eNews: April 29, 2014


April 29  Project Resilience;
              PV Open House; Science Fair;
              5th Grade Fundraiser Dinner;
              School Site Council Election

May  3   May Fete Parade 

May  5   PTA Executive Board Mtg

May  6   Talent Show
May  7   PTA Coffee;  Site Council;  

              ABC Reader Training: Book 8
May  8    Noon Art

May 15   Eaglesburg (5th grade)

May 16   Box Top Competition;

               PAUSD DEADLINE: Annual Data Update 

May 18   PV International Fair
May 21   ABC Reader Thank you & Year End Wrap Up;

              PV Volunteer Thank you Tea 

May 22   Proj. Cornerstone: Dance Party!
May 26   Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
May 29   Promotion – 5th graders ;

              Last Day of School – minimum day,  

              ICE CREAM SOCIAL at 1:15 pm  

Palo Verde PTA and School News
It is time for Annual Data Update

The 2014-15 school year is right around that corner.  That means that it’s time to update emergency and health information for all PAUSD students. All students’ information must be updated each year to ensure that the district has current information: emergency contacts, health conditions, and healthcare providers.

This must be completed by 05/16/2014

To complete this process, you will need to access your PAUSD Parent Portal account with your username and password by going to this page:

Family Pizza Dinner Night Fundraiser – April 29th

Who: All Palo Verde families attending Open House and Science Fair
When: Tuesday, April 29th from 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Where: Near MP room
What: 5th Grade Pizza Dinner Fundraiser
5th graders will serve you dinner on April 29th while raising money for a gift to Palo Verde. Relax and enjoy Palo Verde’s Open House and Science Fair.  It’s a busy evening – leave the dinner to us!

Dinner Plate – $10 (slice of pizza, salad, drink and dessert)

  • Extra Slice of Pizza – $5
  • Drink – $2
  • Dessert – $3
Questions?  Contact Dipti Joshi at dsonak (at) yahoo (dot) com

The Palo Verde Science Fair
Tuesday, April 29th at 6:00 pm
We hope you are all having a great time working on the projects.

Please bring in your completed  projects to the MP room on the morning of the 29th before school (7:50 am to 8:15 am). Do not forget to have your name and grade on the front of the poster. Note that expensive or fragile items should not be displayed, use a photograph instead.

We need volunteers on the morning of the Fair from about 8:00 am to 8:20 am to help with the sign up and the table set up when the students are bringing in their projects, and from about 8:20 am to 8:50 am to help with the participation ribbons.
Please drop a mail to pavand (at) gmail (dot) com or philip.bednarz (at) stanfordalumni (dot) com if you are able to help.


The 8th Annual Talent Show is coming – Volunteers needed!
We are very excited that our Talent Show has so many eager participants this year!  At least 80 hopefuls are going to come to the screenings this week!

To be able to run the Talent Show however, we need volunteers – otherwise we will have to cancel the show!  (That would be very sad!)

The Talent Show is on May 6th,
The Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Graders will have a show at 8:30am,  Grades 3 – 5 will have a show at 10:30 am

We need 6 parent volunteers to help with each show (so far we have about 3 for each!)  Please let us know which show you can help with.  You are also very welcome to help with both shows!  Thanks in advance!
Lisa Baxter (baxterl at bnei dot net) or
Denise White (glen.denise.white at gmail dot com)

Mileage Tracker Forms For April
Due by Monday May 5 
The last mileage tracker forms for the year are due on Monday May 5. At the assembly on May 14, we will be handing out tokens and certificates of appreciation to all kids that walked, biked or carpooled through February, March and April and turned in their mileage forms.

Thank you for encouraging your child to walk, bike or carpool to school.

International Fair    Sunday, May 18th 4-6pm 

It’s the last Palo Verde event this year and we still need parent and student volunteers to make this event run smoothly.  W

e have 9 country booths: China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia and Taiwan, but there are more countries represented in our Palo Verde community and we would love to see them at our Fair!  We also need parent and/or student help at each booth to answer questions, hand out treats or just stamp passports.  Lastly, we don’t want to miss the USA booth-so please sign-up to represent this important booth too.  If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Haiyan Zhang at haiyan1210 (at) yahoo (dot) com or call 650-863-5016.  Thank you!

Shop at eScrip merchants & earn all summer long for Palo Verde!

If you haven’t signed up for eScrip yet, please take a few minutes and do so now by visiting  escrip.com/signup . Simply search by our Group Name (Palo Verde PTA) or Group ID (137331259) and follow the registration instructions.


There are many ways to earn, and there is no cost to you!!  

If you are already an eScrip supporter, make sure all your participating grocery club and payment cards are registered and up-to-date.

Remember, to earn, you will want to use your registered cards at every opportunity.


Thank you. We appreciate your time and support!
Questions: contact your eScrip coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid(at)gmail(dot)com

Fireworks, Soccer, Fun!  San Jose Earthquakes Fundraiser for PV PTA

Join us for a fabulous night of soccer on Saturday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m.  The San Jose Earthquakes will take on the Los Angeles Galaxy right here in our “backyard” – the Stanford Stadium. The Palo Verde PTA will receive $5 for each ticket purchased by a Palo Verde family. What better way to spend a summer Saturday than with soccer, fireworks, your family and your friends! Please look in your child’s Friday folder or in the office for the ticket form. Please return all forms to the office.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Palo Alto Unified School District Stakeholders,
The Local Control Accountability Plan Advisory Group met on April 17th to provide input for the LCAP plan.  All community groups  were represented, plus many other community members attended.  The presentation included details on new state funding formulas and district requirements and how PAUSD can integrate all those components with our District Strategic Plan.  District personnel created displays that highlighted many of the wonderful programs our district has already aligned with state priorities. The community was asked to review the displays and give feedback on how to improve PAUSD’s alignment with state priorities.  
If you missed this meeting but would like to provide input, the district has two follow up days: April 29th or May 7th from 3-6pm at the District Office in the Board room. 

Green Innovation Speaker Night
Tue, Apr 29, 7 PM, Spangenberg
The Green Energy Innovation Club at Gunn High School will host a green innovation speaker night with renowned green innovators, educators, leaders, and students to spread awareness of our changing environment and how today’s technology and creative minds can save the world.. For more info: the Spotlight or at http://greeninnovation.strikingly.com. Questions? Email greenenergytitans@gmail.com.
Youth Violinists Offer Free Spring Concert for Local Community
Sat, May 10 in Los Altos High School Theatre (201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos)
Directed by Sue Mann, violinists ranging in age from 4 to 14 years old will present musical selections from Bach, Mozart, Veracini, Vivaldi, and Rodgers & Hammerstein, among others. Please, reserve tickets  for the Free Concert via Eventbrite: http://magicalstringswest.eventbrite.com. For more info: http://www.magicalstringswest.org/
Cantor Art center presents
Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums
Apr 23-Aug 17
This exhibition of nearly 70 photographic prints by Carleton Watkins-perhaps America’s most influential 19th-century landscape photographer-celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant of 1864, the first official step toward preserving the Sierra Nevada Mountains for public use and establishing the National Park system. Read the press release



Bicycle Boulevard Projects Outreach Bike-Along Rides

The City of Palo Alto is hosting four bike-along rides to help introduce and solicit information on proposed Bicycle Boulevard projects.  Each of the Saturday rides will include a bicycle tour of proposed project sites with stops at key locations to allow residents an opportunity to provide input on improvements to be presented at future community meetings. Please note that many of these streets include PAUSD school commute routes. PAUSD families are invited to participate.  For specific times, a map of each ride and more details, go to http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/40079

Palo Alto City Library presents
*May Appy Hour
Wed, May 7 (1st Session at 3:30 pm, 2nd Session at 5 pm) at  Parents Place, 200 Channing Avenue
Enjoy some mocktails and kid-friendly appetizers as you play with Tangible Play’s Beta games for kids. Tangible Play is changing the way we use iPads to educate our kids. Their breakthrough product opens up a new era of multi-sensory apps that enable both a hands-on and social play experience. Ages: For grades K-5. *Space is extremely limited so please do not register unless you are absolutely coming!
Register at:
3:30 pm Session- http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6913
5 pm Session- http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6897
Community E,M
Kids Love Writing Presents
Adventures in Writing Camp
Jun 16 – Jun 27, 9to 3pm, at Addison Elementary School.
Help your child become a better writer!  Authors, teachers, and musicians are teaming up to help your child fall in love with writing this summer! This two week program at nearby Addison Elementary School allows campers entering grades 2-6 to write, edit, and publish their own eBook under the guidance of professional authors.  Common Core aligned lessons are delivered as songs, and new writing skills are practiced through games, theater and songwriting. For more info: www.kidslovewriting.org
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre presents
Transitions: Human Connections
Thu Apr 24,at 7:00pm The Little Theatre at Henry M. Gunn High School
The Palo Alto Teen Arts Council and Gunn High School present an evening of original student works inspired by themes from Tobias Wolff’s Old School.  Join us for a discussion of the novel as well as an exploration of human connections and life changes.
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre with the Palo Alto City Library presents
Knowing Your True Self: Values Under Pressure
Wed Apr 30, at 7:00pm Cubberly Community Center, Room A-6, 4050 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Join us for a special live theatre presentation based on the Tobias Wolff novel Old School. Afterwards, audience members will have the opportunity to join a reflective discussion around some of the main themes of his novel, including the ideas of identity and integrity.
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre presents
An Evening with Tobias Wolff
Wed May 7, at 8:00pm Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Join us for an engaging exploration of local, award-winning author Tobias Wolff’s novel Old School. This very special event will feature original short films, an exhibition of student works which respond to the novel, and a conversation with Tobias Wolff. 
Palo Alto City Library presents
Going Green: Green Shopping
Wed, May 14 at 7 pm Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Learn how to refresh your wardrobe without wasting money or resources. We will share shopping secrets on finding fabulous clothes and accessories. Audience: For Adults only!   Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6912
Palo Alto City Library presents
Parenting Program: The Last Minute Kid
Thu, May 1 at 7 pm  at Lucie Stern Community Center
Raising a successful adult is one of the major goals of parenting. Learn to help your child or teen set realistic goals, timelines and boundaries so that the “last minute kid” does not become “the last minute adult”. Audience: For Adults ONLY  Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6876
Palo Alto City Library presents
Parenting Program: Positive Life and Body Image for Teens
Thu, Jun 5 at 7 pm at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.
For many people, especially people in their teens, body image can be closely linked to self-esteem. Family life can sometimes influence our body image. We will focus on raising confident, happy, and healthy teens! Audience: For Adults ONLY  Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6931
The Palo Alto Art Center
Youth Art and Cultural Kaleidoscope opening celebration  Wed, Apr 30, 4:30-7:00 p.m.   Celebrate both exhibitions in a creative atmosphere with hands-on art activities for all ages. Opening Remarks: 6:00 p.m.
The Palo Alto Art Center presents
Youth Art
Apl 27 – May 18,
Youth Art showcases artwork produced by students from kindergarten through high school within the Palo Alto Unified School District. This year’s show, The Arts and the Creation of Mind, is dedicated to the ideas of Elliot Eisner, a leader in the field of arts education.
The Palo Alto Art Center presents
Cultural Kaleidoscope
Apr 27 – May 25, 2014.
Cultural Kaleidoscope is a unique artist-in-the-schools program building bridges through the arts. By partnering two K-5 classrooms from PAUSD and Ravenswood City School District to foster connections between students of diverse backgrounds, Cultural Kaleidoscope transcends traditional classroom instruction, providing engaging cross-cultural arts education. This exhibition showcases artwork produced in the residencies, featuring artwork in a wide range of media inspired by world cultures.

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