eNews: April 29, 2015


April  27 – May  1   PV Teacher Appreciation Week

May   4   PTA Board Meeting;  Noon Art
May   6   PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
              PTA Coffee
              ABC Reader Training: Book #8 + ThankYou
May   7  5th Grade Visits to Middle Schools
              8:30 – 10  K-2
             10:30 – 12 3 – 5
May   13  ABC Reader Training: Book #8 + ThankYou
May   14  Boardgames Thrusday, come help if you can!

May   18  Parent Music Concert;  Noon Art
May   19  Open House
May   21  deadline for PV Book Exchange;  Eaglesberg
May   25  NO SCHOOL
May   26  ANNUAL PV Book Exchange
May   27  PV Volunteer Thank You Tea

June   1  PTA Board Meeting;  Noon Art
June   3  PTA Coffee;
               PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
June   4  Last Day of School (minimum day)
               Last Day Ice Cream Social

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Palo Verde Notecard Fundraiser
Thank you so much for supporting Notecard Fundraiser!
Every year, I really enjoy the art that Palo Verde students made.
Hope you enjoy the finished products as well.
Special thanks to siblings who already graduated from Palo Verde and
prospective students. You made this fundraiser not just a student’s event,
but also a Palo Verde family event! 

Notecard Fundraiser volunteer 

Sunday Afternoon Eichler Tour
Thinking about a remodel? Or just curious to see what others have done with their Eichler homes? There are still spots open for a walking tour on Sunday, May 3rd, through five recently remodeled Eichler homes of Palo Verde families. From 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., you can walk at your leisure from home to home, hear remodel stories from the owners, learn tips and tricks for what works and what doesn’t and maybe meet a contractor or two. Adult drinks and appetizers will be served at each location. Tickets are $20 per adult and all proceeds benefit Palo Verde PTA. Please contact Callie Turk (callieturk@gmail.com) for details.

Palo Verde Staff Appreciation Week!
April 27-May 1
Staff Appreciation week is April 27- May 1! During this week, the staff will enjoy a traditional luncheon hosted by the Kinder Families (Thurs. April 30th)   and the PTA will support a few venues (Door Décor by the students, Snack Attack and flower day).

In past years, we have offered that a flower from your garden or 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 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 to do anything as your ongoing support throughout the year is greatly appreciated.
(Room parents are not being asked to organize anything by the PTA).  Thank you for reaching out to our school community with simple and kind gestures any day this week!

Happy Staff Appreciation Week Palo Verde!

Talent Show

Talent Show Forms due Apr 17th (Hard deadline, no acts accepted after this date)

Talent Show is coming soon! (May 11)

It’s time to start thinking about your Talent Show act!  Entry forms came home just before Spring Break and Auditions will take place soon.  Please remember that:

  • acts need to be 2 minutes or less,
  • acts must be inoffensive (please check music selections),
  • each participant can only take part in one act,
  • acts may be individual or in groups
  • acts must be rehearsed and “show-ready”

Screenings will take place at lunchtime on Apr 20 / 22 / 24 and 27 in the MP Room.  Please remember that your act MUST be screened to be accepted into the Talent Show. 

Volunteers are essential to make the talent show happen, both before and during the show.  If you are able to help out, please email: Denise White (glen.denise.white at gmail.com) or Lisa Baxter (BaxterL at bnei.net).

Noon Games a.k.a Cornerstone Extension Board Game Thursday 

Two more noon games left for the school year! 
Next Noon Game is 4/23/15. Last Noon Game is 5/21/15.
Take a lunch break, come on over and play board games with Palo Verde students. 


Start your Spring Cleaning with eScrip

Please continue to support Palo Verde PTA through your ongoing participation in the eScrip program!


If you are currently signed up with eScrip, please take a few minutes to make sure your card information is current. Visit www.escrip.com/addcards and select the card(s) you’d like to add or update to your existing eScrip account from the drop down box.

If you are not yet signed up with eScrip, visit www.escrip.com/signup and follow the instructions. It’s easy to earn for Palo Verde.

Group Name: Palo Verde PTA

Group ID: 137331259


Questions, please contact: Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com  – thank you!


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
VOTE NOW to renew some 7% of our annual school budget in parcel tax funds that expire next year. Measure A needs two YES votes for every NO vote to pass.
Update: As of the Tuesday, 9,979 ballots have now been received, or 48% of the total votes we expect to be cast in this election. 33% of the ballots are from a probable PAUSD parent households.   Based on phone banking results and past voting demographics, 67% of our YES supporters still haven’t voted, and similarly 67% of likely parents haven’t voted.  That’s a ton of YES votes waiting to be returned.  We NEED to get the identified supporters to vote and return their ballots or this Measure could fail.    

Please sign up to phone bank on Addison’s next phone banking date, April 27 between 6pm and 8:30pm at Keller-Williams on the corner of Hamilton and Cowper.  If you can’t make it then, make up that date on  any Monday to Thursday.   http://www.SupportPaloAltoSchools.org/calendar until May 4. We need more volunteers, so please come and urge friends or neighbors to join you. We will call only identified YES Supporters to remind them to mail in their ballot ASAP (no postage required). A mailed in ballot removes them from our calling lists.  

Ballots must be postmarked by May 5th, but should be placed in the mail by May 1st to ensure they are counted. Ballots have been mailed to you.  Find your ballot and VOTE NOW.   If you didn’t receive a ballot or have lost your ballot, call the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters at 1-408-299-VOTE.

Calling all Parents of JLS-Bound 5th Graders! 
If you enjoyed your time at <Ohlone>, here’s how to extend that experience into middle school: Volunteer with the JLS PTA!

There are just as many opportunities to be a part of your child’s JLS experience as there were at Ohlone, and the JLS PTA welcomes whatever level of time and talents you can contribute. 

Volunteering on the PTA will accelerate your familiarity with the campus, staff, and fellow parents; there’s no better or faster way to become a part of the JLS community. And we have a lot of fun!

Click here to see a full list of the open positions on the JLS PTA executive board and committees, and fill out the form to indicate any interests you may have. This is not a commitment! We will contact you with more information which will help you decide if you would like to join us.

The following openings are very important to us, so if you are willing and able to help us with any of these, please click on the above link to submit your name!
eNews Editor (year-round)Panther Tracks (printed newsletter) layout (4 editions per year)
6th grade parent network (year-round)6th grade Panther Camp co-coordinators (August)
PiE co-chairs (year-round)Book fair co-chairs (September)
Webmaster (year-round)Student directory (September)
Traffic safety co-chair (2x per year)Panther Tracks (printed newsletter) distribution (4 editions per year)

Click here for job descriptions of most of the Chairperson/Committee jobs.

Questions? Contact Barbara Best: barbarabest@gmail.com


Vote YES on Measure A
Mail in Ballots must be posted by April 30
PTA Council has proudly voted to support the parcel tax renewal, now called Measure A, including a $999 donation to the parcel tax campaign. PTA is the largest child advocacy organization in the country. While we are strictly non-partisan, we can and do advocate for ballot measures. This Measure is extremely important to pass to keep the 80 teachers, counselors, librarians and psychologists for which the current parcel tax pays as well as support the increasing student enrollment (+1100 student since 2008/9, projected increase of +700 in the next 5 years) . The modest increase in the parcel tax will enable a small expansion of funding to support struggling students, STEAM programs and student wellness. Even with the increase in property taxes we have enjoyed in the last year, our school district funds do not keep up with inflation.  We have lost approximately $4 million of income annually from the Cubberley lease as well as having to fund our employee pension plan that the state has pushed onto school districts. Because we are a basic aid district we will not get more money from the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. Please volunteer to help  http://www.SupportPaloAltoSchools.org Election info including how to register to vote  http://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Voting/VotingMay2015/Pages/VotingMay2015.aspx

Stay up to date with weekly communications from Dr. Max McGee
Each week Superintendent Max McGee provides written information for all interested parents and community members.  These communications include updates on important topics, insights into upcoming agenda items, and other useful pieces of information regarding PAUSD.   Questions regarding these publications can be sent to Kathleen Ruegsegger at kruegsegger@pausd.org. Please share this opportunity to be updated each week from our Superintendent with your neighbors and fellow parents.

PAUSD Annnual Data Update
To update, sign into the PAUSD Infinite Campus Parent Portal with your username and password at:

EdRev 2015: Re-imagine the Learning Journey
Sat, April 25 | AT&T Park, SF
EdRev (Education Revolution) is a unique day of information, resources, celebration and community for students who learn differently and the families and professionals who support them. Explore the latest technology that supports learning, a wide range of informative, relevant workshops and speakers, music and outdoor/hands-on student activities, connect with other differently-abled students and over 100 exhibitors in the School and Career Fair, Testing and Solution Center, and Community Corner. http://www.edrevsf.org/   

Classroom Volunteers Needed in September – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student’s Life
Looking for parents to sign up now to begin volunteering in September to assist in K-4 classrooms one hour per week in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.  Assist teachers in the classroom with individualized instruction much like you may have done in your own child’s school.  These classes in the Ravenswood district have no parents helping and no PTA — thevolunteers make a real difference. The organization provides orientation/training and coordinates everything. More Info? www.allstudentsmatter.org.  Have questions or want to sign up?  Contact Carolyn Blatman at CBlatman@aol.com    

Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast

Thurs, Apr 30, 8 am,  Transportation Office behind Paly football field (85 Churchill)
Each year, the Palo Alto Sub-Committee of SELPA 1 CAC honors the bus drivers who play a vital role in transporting students to and from school. The event will be on April 30th, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. at the transportation office. If you want to show your support for the dedication and kindness demonstrated daily by your child’s bus driver, please send a thank-you note with your message to adrianarepjrd@gmail.com. If you would like to donate a breakfast item, please let us know as well.

Paly Choirs Spring Concert Mozart vs. Bach
Friday May 1st, 7:30 pm, Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street, Palo Alto
Paly Choirs Spring Concert featuring Bach’s Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4 and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339.  Adults $10, Seniors $5, Students and Children free.

Palo Alto Children’s Theater presents Hot Dog Season
Tickets go on sale May 2; June 10-21 Sleeping Beauty; July 8-19 The Bremen Town Musicians; July 29-Aug15 Snoopy! The Musical; 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Enjoy outdoor theater all summer long. Bring a picnic for your family or purchase treats such as hot dogs, burgers, veggie burgers, or ice cream from the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theater. Estimated running time: approximately one hour. Recommended ages 4+; Performance dates subject to change. Tickets: www.cityofpaloalto.com/childrenstheatre or 463-4970;

Let’s Talk. Monthly Special Needs Parent Support Group.
Tue, May 5, 10-11am; Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield, Classroom A2
Meet and share ideas, resources and support with other PAUSD parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Sub-Committee of SELPA 1 CAC, a Palo Alto parent volunteer group for special education and inclusion. Free and no prior registration required. For more information,
Let’s Talk
Mon May 11; 10am-12 noon; in the community room Los Altos Library on San Antonio Road
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. future meetings will be:Monday June 8, 7pm to 9 pm Monday July 13, 10 am to 12 noon, Monday August 10, 7pm to 9 pm

Executive Function Boot Camp
Summer 2015! (GUNN High & Near Sequoia High School.)
Got Disorganization? (Academic, Time Management, Thinking, Planning)  Had too many academic camps and tutors without successfully getting your kiddo to organize his/her thoughts, writing, backpack, assignments/projects, reading, time management, and note taking? That may be because your child needs a different kind of approach–a therapeutic intervention for Executive Function (or dysfunction of the centers of the brain that deal with organization, prioritization, impulse control, sifting, sequencing, self awareness (metacognition), higher order thinking with reading comp and writing, visualization for short/long term memory, conceptually understand & sensing time for estimating, predicting, & more.  It’s 34 hours of therapy over a two week boot camp (but only half day so your kiddos don’t burn out), then follow through at school and w/parents. Email exfunctionbootcamp@gmail.com for details.

May 10; Computer History Museum, Mountain View
The Computer History Museum invites moms and girls (middle school) to Design_Code_Build on (Mother’s Day!)https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1H9JxyLbXfInmpExKVMGz5Ak1G_pRusGBf5Nik7qIHbU/viewform?c=0&w=1. Girls Innovate participated in the girls-only event last December and it was fantastic. This event is for mothers, as well.

Free Special Arts Reception
Wed, 5/20, 4-7pm (remarks at 5 pm), Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, 2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Celebrating the Launch of Creative Ecology, an innovative art and science residency program that promotes appreciation of the natural world through scientific inquiry and the creative process, engaging artists, art and science educators, and the larger community. Creative Ecology is a unique collaboration between the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo with artists Mari Andrews, Linda Gass, Jenny Odell, and David Tomb. Activities for the whole family. Live animal experiences,. Photo opportunity with bald eagle Sequoia, and hands-on Art! Co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation and the Friends of the Junior Museum & Zoo. RSVPs are encouraged, Contact rsvp@paacf.org

Relay for Life Palo Alto
June 27th; Palo Alto High School; 2-9 pm.
This is an organized community fundraising walk to raise awareness and money for cancer research–all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. During Relay. each team pledges to keep one member on the track, walking or running laps, for the entire 7 hours. This event is very family friendly.

5/14, 15: 7pm; 5/16 at 2pm, 7pm; 5/17: 2pm; 5/20: 4:30pm; 5/21: 4:30pm; 5/22: 7pm; 5/23: 2pm, 7pm;
5/24: 2pm; Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Presents ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Chasing the White Rabbit, Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole into Wonderland where she meets all its famous residents. Join us for this beautifully adapted comedy for audiences of all ages. Performance runs approximately 80 minutes. Info:  www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre or 463 – 4970.

Community E

Help Your Child Fall in Love With Writing This Summer!
June 15th – 26th; El Carmelo Elementary;  June 15th – 26th; 9AM – 3PM(before & after care also available)
El Carmelo Elementary
Authors, teachers, and musicians are teaming up to help Palo Alto children fall in love with writing this summer! Adventures in Writing Camp is a two week “day camp” program that allows campers to write, edit, and publish their own eBook under the guidance of professional authors.  Lessons are delivered as songs, and new writing skills are practiced through games, theater, and songwriting. The program is designed to inspire reluctant writers and delight those that already have “the bug.”  Info: http://www.aiwcamp.com/camp-video/; Students entering grades 2-5 in the fall of 2015

The Silicon Valley Boychoir
Auditions by appointment on Fri May 29; choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave.)
Holding auditions for the 2015-16 season by appointment open to rising 2nd-5th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with experience may audition for upper levels. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-singing, and provides flexible scheduling for busy families. Rehearsals for the 2015-16 season begin at the end of August. Email: info@svboychoir.org; Visit http://svboychoir.org

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