eNews: August 20, 2013


August 23     Site Council letter of interest due
August 27     Back To School Curriculum night
August 29     Picture Day, Class photos
August 30     Picture Day, Individual Photos
PV Voice deadline
PTA Exec Board Meeting

September 2   No school, Labor Day
September 4   PTA Coffee
ABC Reader Training: Book 1
September 5   Noon Art
September 6   Welcome Back Picnic

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Back To School Curriculum Night
(An event for parents only)
5:45- 6:45pm Grades 3-5
6:45 – 7:00pm Meeting in MP Room
7:00 – 8:00pm Grades K-2

School Site Council Members Needed
For 2013-15 School Year

If you are interested in running for a seat on the council, please submit a letter
of interest to Mrs. Brown with the following information: name, grade levels for
your children, a brief statement for the reason you want to be a member of the
School Site Council by Friday, August 23rd. The election of new parent representatives to the SSC will be held at Back-To-School Curriculum Night on August 27, 2013.

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Please consider volunteering during lunch at Palo Verde. Only sign up for once
this school year if this is what you can do. If you can come once a month or once
a week, it will be even better!
Research shows that youth whose parents are actively involved in their schooling
are more engaged in school. Every parent, every day can positively affect kids’
The more adults are present during recess, the safer the playground will be. Children
really enjoy seeing their parents, their friends’ parents, or a new caring adult
with a smile on her/his face.Logistics:
* Sign-up online go to: http://tinyurl.com/pvyardduty or contact Katie Renati at
* Days/Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday = 12pm-12:45pm
Wednesday: 11:45am-12:30pm
Kindergartners starts lunch hours on October 14.
* Children play for the first half, and then eat at their designated tables. Bell
will ring when it is time to sit down and eat.
* Go to the office and sign in/out using the volunteer sheet on the counter.
Vest & walkie-talkies will be available in office.
* Once you sign up, we will email you a sheet with general guidelines. There will
be a staff person in charge if you have questions onsite.
* Any questions call or email Katie Renati, 650-520-0750 or windkatie(at)gmail(dot)com

PTA Special Ed/Inclusion Representative 

Did you know that 1,600 students in PAUSD receive Special Services? That is about 13% of the student population, which is almost 80 children at a typical 500 student Elementary school.
Being a PTA Special Ed/Inclusion Rep means representing kids with special learning
needs and their parents on your campus. In this role, you can have a very positive
impact at your school.
You help to create a sense of community among special ed parents at your school,
in mainstream as well as SAI classes, including those who’s children are just being
identified and don’t yet have an IEP or 504. You can also help to raise awareness of learning differences in your school community, and promote an inclusive school culture.
It can take as little or as much time as you are able to give. You can expect to
spend 26 hours a month in this role. It helps to share the role between two people.
· Host at least 2 social events a year (coffee or similar), for all parents of kids
with IEPs, 504s, or learning differences
· Introduce yourself & your role to the school principal, the PTA president, chair
of site council, any special ed teachers
· Be available to help connect parents with resources
· Help publicize Special Ed/Inclusion (CAC) events by posting flyers at your schoolInterested?
Contact volunteer coordinator Alison Guan, alisonguan(at)gmail(dot)com or 4152442058

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto and Community eNews

Fun and Informative
Emergency Preparedness and Home Safety FaireSunday, September 8, 2013, 1pm-4pmEl Carmelo School Multi-Purpose Room* Free Admission. Gifts to the first 150 attendees (limit 1 per family)
* Win a Trek Bicycle and other fun raffle prizes!
* Hands-on activities for children & adults
* Come participate in your safety & well-being
* Learn tips on preparing for a disaster/pandemic, how to keep your family and pets
safe, local resources, household safety tips,
bicycle safety, emergency service vehicles, and more!
* Ride your bike to the faire for a free helmet fitting

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions

By appointment through September; 178 Clinton St, Redwood CityThe Ragazzi Boys Chorus will teach your boy to sing! Call to schedule a no-stress audition for boys ages 7-10; no previous singing experience or prepared piece required. Boys offered membership begin in September and perform during the 2013-14 season, which aligns with Bay Area school calendars. Beginning singers meet every Monday -or- Wednesday evening for choral singing and theory instruction. Ragazzi offers a complete music education which progresses through a proven, award-winning choral program. Ragazzi performs its own concert series, sings the National Anthem at a spring Giants game, tours domestically and internationally, and collaborates with other prestigious Bay Area arts organizations. Appointments: www.ragazzi.org/Interested.htm, 650-342-8785 or ragazzi@ragazzi.org. More info: www.ragazzi.org , www.ragazzi.org/WhyRagazziFY13.pdf and www.youtube.com/user/RagazziBoys?feature=watch

Ragazzi’s Music and Movement for 5-7 year old Boys

Register Now; Mondays, Sept. 16 – Nov. 18, 178 Clinton St, Redwood CityRagazzi Boys
Chorus’ engaging Kodály-based class for active young boys is now open. The class
is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A
child-developmental approach fosters boys’ creativity and curiosity. Participants
explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting. $200 per 10-week session; early-bird and sibling discounts. Contact ragazzi@ragazzi.org, 650-342-8785. Register & more info at j.mp/1314RagMM


We have a new funding formula (called LCFF) for our schools, but California remains
49th in per-pupil funding. Will LCFF get us back to adequate funding? How will
it impact YOUR child’s school? With this new info, plus PTA advocacy training,
let’s work together to raise CA schools from worst back to first! “Now, More Than
Ever,” our children need each of us!SAVE THE DATE: Sat Sep 7, at Sixth District PTA’s Leadership Day. Morning, ending by 2 p.m. $15 includes workshops and lunch. Info: Nancy, advocacy@capta6.org.

Learn to Blow Glass at Palo Alto High School

Sat & Sun. Aug 24-25, Sep 21-22,
Oct 5-6, Nov 9-10, Dec 7-8 for 20139-3 pm at Palo AltoHigh School’s Glass Studio, 50 Embarcadero Rd.Come learn the magic of the age-old art of glassmaking. The 2 day weekend workshop will focus on beginning glass blowing techniques. It’s an incredible, fun, hands-on experience. Repeating students progress from their last session. Advanced Sign up required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults. $375 per person. Open to the public.
Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Program.To sign up, contact: David Camner, founder of the Paly Fiery Arts, dcamner@pausd.orgpaly booster glass workshop 2013-2014palylink.jpeg linkPeninsula Youth Theatre:You can fly! Students ages 8-18 are invited to audition August 26 and 27 for Peninsula
Youth Theatre’s production of Peter Pan. All who audition will be cast. For more
information and to schedule an audition time, please visit www.pynet.org.

Want to support kids in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park?

Library volunteers are needed at K-8 public schools in the the Ravenswood District
to support and encourage students as they learn to read. Activities include reading
to children, helping students find books they love, checking-out books, and organizing. Reading skills dramatically impact children’s educational prospects, so this is a fun way to make a big difference! For more information, please visit http://readerstakeflight.org or email readerstakeflight@gmail.com.

The Museum of American Heritage:

Beginning Electronics(October 5, 9, & 26 from 10am-12pm)This is a hands-on class where students learn what electricity is, how to control it to do useful things, and how to read a schematic diagram. Then, each student incorporates these ideas to assemble, wire, and solder an electric circuit that consist of lights, switches, and LED, and a tone generator. Students can use this take-home project to learn how to send and receive Morse Code, the universal language that Ham Radio Operators use every day to send messages directly to each other all over the world without wires and without using the Internet. This class serves as a prequel to MOAH’s “Solid State Electronics” Workshop.

Electrostatic and Electromagnetism(November 2, 9, & 16 from 1pm-4pm)

Learn the basics of the early electrical sciences (starting from early experiments
with static electricity up through the discovery of electromagnetism) via integrating
science and history, many hands on demonstrations, and the construction of take
home projects.