eNews: April 27, 2016




       25 – 29  Staff Appreciation Week
27  PTA ELECTIONS + Coffee Social
28  Dine out @ Kirks + Book Shopping at Books Inc
4  Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 8
7  Goodwill Fill-a-Truck Event
11  Palo Verde Volunteer Appreciation Tea
17  Open House (evening)
19  Eaglesburg;  Noon Games
23  Noon Art
27  PTA Board Meeting
30  Holiday – No SchoolJune
2  Last Day of School – Minimum Day


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Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week 



This Thursday, April 28, you can Shop and Dine for a Cause and earn for Palo Verde an amazing 25% of purchases at Books, Inc. and 20% at Kirk’s Burgers (dine-in or take out).

Dads, Grads, Mother’s Day, or just for play! Book’s Inc has an amazing collection of high quality books, puzzles, games, calendars, paper goods, and more.  All kinds of wonderful gifts are on hand for you to browse and shop this Thursday from 5-8pm.

Teacher Appreciation Week is here! Donating a book from the teacher wish lists is a wonderful way to show appreciation for your child’s teacher.  We will have Teacher Wish Lists and Book Plates for your dedication.

Enjoy some wine and treats while browsing and take advantage of free gift-wrapping of your purchases.  Then head over to Kirk’s for their award-winning steakburgers, delicious vegetarian black bean burgers and tasty sides and desserts. Be sure to mention “Palo Verde” at purchase for dine in or take-out.
We hope to see you at Town & Country!
Message from 2016 Auction Committee

Good evening Palo Verde Families!  Our Palo Verde Rocks! 90s Style! Spring Social and Online/Silent Auction was a big success. Together, we reached our goal of raising $38,000!  Thank you for your support and participation!

Congratulations to the Online Auction winners!  Your winnings will be available outside the Principal’s Office on Wednesday, 4/27 mornings from 7:45-8:30am.
Our Palo Community Rocks!!!
Thank you,
Your 2016 Auction Committee
Anne Marie Hallada
Elaine Chase
Esther Lee
Haliel Selig
Lili Roessig
Melina Patterson
Yael Valek
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at vp.fundraising@pvpta.org.



From Last Week


PTA Coffee, General Meeting and Parent Ed Talk on Neurofeedback,
Wednesday April 27, Teacher’s Lounge 8:15 am. 

Join us for the last PTA general meeting of the year. Grab a cup of coffee and some treats. Elect the incoming board. Take a look at the updated PTA budget and ratify the checks the PTA has written this year. Plus this month we a guest speaker- Dr. Kimberly Bell, Palo Verde parent and project cornerstone chair who will share about how neurofeedback can be used to  treat ADHD, learning challenges, anxiety, depression and more without medication or in combination with medication. This is an innovative  treatment option that can benefit both kids and adults. We look forward to seeing you there.

2016 Staff Appreciation Week! April 25-April 29  

Staff Appreciation week is April 25th – April 29th! During this week, the staff will enjoy a traditional Spring Luncheon hosted by the Kinder Families (Tues. 4/26) including PTA and Grade collaboration by offering a “Snack Attack” hosted by 2nd grade families (Wed. 4/27), “Sweet & Salty Treats” by 1st grade families (Thurs. 4/28) and a “Granola Bar” hosted by 4th grade families (Fri. 4/29)! Also, all PV staff will receive a Colorful Door Poster made by the PV children. (PTA organizes).

In past years, we have offered that a simple statement, picture or note of what your child enjoys or has learned from a staff member often brings smiles and true recognition to our Entire Staff during this week: current or past teacher(s), classroom aides, resource team, librarian, office staff, custodians, Music, Art and PE! You are welcome to celebrate staff as you see fit for your family.You might ask your child who they would like to thank!

For those who would like to purchase a small token, we highly recommend the “Staff Favorites Binder” located in the Main Office.  Classroom wish list items are listed as well.
Importantly, the PTA wants you to know there is no obligation this week as your ongoing support, throughout the year, is greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance to the Kinder, 1st, 2nd and 4th grade families for your support this week and a huge thanks to the 3rd and 5th grade families that have already supported a PV Staff Appreciation venue this year!
(Room parents are not being asked to organize anything by the PTA. All rooms and families are welcome to organize and celebrate our staff as they see fit, voluntarily.)
Thank you for reaching out to our school community with simple and kind gestures Any Day this week!
Happy Staff Appreciation Week Palo Verde!


PTA Board Positions Open for Next Year

If you’d like to help drive many of the fun activities at Palo Verde – please consider joining the Palo Verde PTA Board! There are many roles available with varying levels of commitment. The Board meets just once a month and often has special guests like the school principal and superintendent – be the first to know!

The following positions are open:
  • EVP – Serve as the primary aide to the president.
  • VP Communciations- send out room parent emails and reminders to chairs about the Voice and enews submission dates, work closely with the Voice and enews editor, update the PTA website calendar
  • VP of Fundraising – determine overall fundraising strategy & ensure that fundraising programs are run efficiently.  Support the chairs & volunteers of all fundraising activities.
  • VP membership- maintain a database of PTA members, send out membership cards and promotions and discount cards to our PTA members.
  • VP Parliamentarian- advise the board on the rules and procedures listed in our bylaws.
Can’t quite join the board but still want to help? Check out these positions too!
  • Websites (PTA & School) – maintain and update our websites to keep everyone informed
  • Auction Co-Chairs – two people to plan the fun event and gather donations and 1-2 people to enter donations into  schoolauction.net
  • Fall Party Book – two people to gather party donations + 1 to enter into schoolauction.net
If you are interested in any of these, or any other PTA opportunities: http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/wp-content/uploads/volunteer-descriptions.pdf  
Please email Yael at yaelcow@yahoo.com


Still time to sign-up with eScrip! 

If you haven’t already had a chance, please take a few minutes to register with eScrip and earn for Palo Verde while you shop. Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants (like Piazza’s & Mollie Stones) will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register or update your existing loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program
Just go to http://www.escrip.com  and click on ” Sign Up“.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA
  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.
Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long. Thank you for your support!
Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator, at 


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
PAUSD Student Artists Invite Community Members to Experience Rescue Animal Adoption through Fine Arts Education
Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) fine arts students and teachers invite the PAUSD community to experience “Adoptables,” an innovative art exhibit designed to use the power of art to bring a unique kind of visibility to the issue of rescue animal adoption. Teachers and students from Duveneck Elementary and Gunn High teamed up with a Palo Alto photographer to bring her concept to life. The exhibit is currently on display through April 29 at the district office, which is located at 25 Churchill Ave. in Palo Alto. Community members are welcome to visit and view the display during the building’s normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm.
Matadero Creek “Greenway for a Day” Event
Sat, Apr 23, 1 – 5 PM, Matadero Creek between Cowper and Waverley, Palo Alto
The City of Palo Alto is hosting a one-day pop-up event– Matadero Creek will be opened for the community to experience a possible new off-road trail along the Creek. Bring your bike or lace up your sneakers! Tell them what you think! Contact: transportation@cityofpaloalto.org or call: 650-329-2442 for more information.  Map and flyer: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/ civicax/filebank/documents/ 51957
Let’s Talk  –  (parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC)
Mon, May 9, 7 – 9 PM, Orchard Community Room, 13 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. SELPA 1 CAC is an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.  All events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary.
Art Center Drive Dedication, Spring Family Day
Sun, May 1, 2 PM, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto 94303
Help celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Art Center beginning May 1 at the kickoff for this milestone with the dedication of an “Art Center Drive” commemorative sign and the celebration of free Spring Family Day, both beginning at 2 p.m. Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt will be on hand for the unveiling of the new sign, and the Spring Family Day will feature spring-themed artmaking activities for the entire family. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Art Center’s website  [http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/artcenter/default.asp].
Children’s Used Book Sale to Benefit Palo Alto Libraries 
Sat May 14 & Sun May 15 10 AM – 4 PM, Cubberley Community Center (FOPAL Children’s Sale Room)
More than 13,000 kids’ books, games, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs will be on sale at incredibly low prices at Friends of the Palo Alto Library’s monthly book sale-  everything from board books and picture books to school age fiction and nonfiction titles to early teen fiction.  All items are lightly used or new and are sorted by age level and subject matter.  Many books in foreign languages.  Over 50,000 adult books available in FOPAL’s Main and Bargain Rooms.  www.fopal.org
PTA Hispanic Network presents Adriana Flores Ragade about Univision’s Clave al Éxito/ La Red de Padres Hispanos del PTA presenta a Adriana Flores Ragade a una presentación sobre Clave al Éxito de Univision.
Fri/Viernes, Aprl 29, 6 – 7:30 PM, Walter Hays Elementary, 1525 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto 94301
This is an invitation to join the Hispanic Parent Network and strengthen the networks at each school. The conversation will be in Spanish and translated into English. Este es un llamado para que se unan a la Red de Padres Hispanos del PTA y fortalecer las redes en cada escuela. La charla será en español y traducida al inglés Please contact us at/Por favor comuniquese ptahispanos@paloaltopta.org or/o  650-427-0314
Eprep Class for 7-12 yrs old 
Sat, May 14, 10 – 11 AM, Cubberley Community Center, 4000  Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto 94303
Is your family prepared for an emergency or natural disaster? Have you discussed with your children how you all will contact one another and where your designated spot is to regroup?  The City of Palo Alto Department of Emergency Services now provides you with an opportunity to discuss these important topics with your children in a fun way. Kids will learn, through a multitude of hands-on activities, some of the most essential information on how to become prepared for different sorts of emergency situations (specifically earthquakes). Kids will receive their “Preparedness Passports” and a starter emergency kit
 RSVP is required:  dsaini775@gmail.com and class size is limited to 12 participants.



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