eNews: August 27, 2013

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
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

New This Week

PiE Back to School Challenge: Double your Impact

Partners in Education (PiE) is the education foundation that raises additional necessary money for our PAUSD schools.   Between now and August 31, PiE is holding its “Back to School Challenge Grant” that will match EVERY DOLLAR GIVEN, up to a total of $300,000.   PiE strengthens our K-12 experience by funding caring adults from aids, specialists to counselors and a rich array of electives, arts, music and science programs. Please make a gift to PiE today! For more information or to donate online: papie.org/donate.

eScrip for Palo Verde  

With Safeway’s Back to Schools Program in Progress, Now Is a GREAT Time to Register for eScrip for Palo Verde!
As many of you know, through our relationship with eScrip, we can raise funds for Palo Verde just by shopping at Safeway and other merchants. We can raise even more through September 10th, when manufacturers of over 5,000 products sold in Safeway stores will contribute an additional 10% of sales to schools such as ours as part of Safeway’s Back to Schools program.
If you are not registered with eScrip or don’t have your Safeway Club Card registered, please do so soon! It’s easy and only takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Go to www.escrip.com and follow the instructions. Be sure to have your Safeway Club Card number and credit cards on hand when you register. Our group number is 137331259 and we are listed as Palo Verde PTA.
If you don’t remember your Safeway Club Card Number, call Safeway Customer Service at 1-877-723-3929 – they will happily help you identify your number.
If your Safeway Club Card is already registered with eScrip, great! Your contributions will automatically be sent to Palo Verde every time you enter your Safeway Club Card or associated phone number when you shop at Safeway.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid(at)gmail(dot)com.
Girl Scout Parent Information Night
Palo Verde MP room Tuesday, September 17 at 6.30pm
Find out how Girl Scouting  helps girls grow strong by having fun, learing skills, performing service, and developing leadership.
Learn about Girl Scouting in our community, how troops are formed, and how your K-12 girl can participate.
Children are welcome to attend with their adult.
If you have questions in advance of the meeting, please contact school coordinator at theivanai_p(at)hotmail(dot)com
If you already know you want to join, please visit http://www.girlscoutsofpaloalto.org  and fill out an interest card by clicking “Join us”

From Last Week

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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’ lives.
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.
* Sign-up online go to: http://tinyurl.com/pvyardduty or contact Katie Renati at windkatie(at)gmail(dot)com
* 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 school
Contact volunteer coordinator Alison Guan, alisonguan(at)gmail(dot)com or 4152442058
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Silicone Valley BoyChoir


600 Homer Ave, Palo alto

Auditions through Aug 30th, 2013

The Silicon Valley Boychoir will hold auditions through August 30 by appointment. Auditions are open to 2nd-6th grade boys.  Older 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.

Adolescents Needed for a Brain Imaging Research Study


September -December,
SRI International 333 Ravenswood Ave, Menlo Park
SRI International is recruiting boys and girls aged 12 – 18 for a brain imaging research study.  Participants can earn $400 a year.  The study is funded by the National Institute of Health.  All participant information will be carefully protected;
For more information please call Dr. Prouty at 650-859-2605
or email at brain@sri.com or follow this link to our website:  http://www.sri.com/work/projects/brain-development-across-adolescence



at Sixth District PTA’s Leadership Day
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.

Are you the parent of an elementary aged child who has experienced challenges in school and/or a child with a documented disability (IEP or 504 plan)?


I am a Stanford graduate student studying sociology and law (and a mother of three). I am a conducting an interview-based study on parental decision-making when children are in challenging situations in school. Those challenges could be: Academic underperformance , Difficulty interacting socially, Behavior difficulties, or A documented disability for which he/she receives services.

I need research participants who are parents of an elementary-age child (grades K-5) who are willing to sit for a one-hour interview.

Questions will concern your role in helping your child succeed in school, including how and when you interact with teachers, administrators, other parents, and service providers. This research is completely confidential, with only myself having access to identifying information.

Your participation will take approximately 1 hour, and the interview will take place at a time and place convenient for you.

If you are interested, please contact me, LaToya Baldwin Clark, at (215) 779-1690 or at ljb@stanford.edulatoyabaldwinclark.com

Norcal Crew Open House


Saturday Sept 7 from 9am to 12 noon
1450 Maple St Redwood City

Norcal Crew is looking for middle and high school aged athletes. Crew is an all inclusive, no experience necessary sport – everyone rows, everyone competes. Professional coaches will teach your kids all they need to know. Scholarships are available! Meet the coaches, other families and rowers at the Open House.  Come for food, drink, demonstrations and camaraderie!

RSVP to admin@norcalcrew.org    visit: Norcalcrew.org

Emergency Preparedness and Home Safety Faire


El Carmelo Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room
Sunday September 8 1pm-4pm  Come one, come all.  Mark your calendar for the Emergency Preparedness and Home Safety Faire at El Carmelo Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room on Sunday September 8 1pm-4pm.  3024 Bryant Street, Palo Alto.  All Palo Alto families are invited to enjoy an afternoon of fun games and informative exhibits.  Free Admission. Gifts to the first 150 attendees.  Win a Trek Bicycle and other fun prizes!  Hands-on activities for children & adults.  Ride your bike to the faire for a free helmet fitting.  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!  Come participate in your safety & well-being and please tell your neighbors about it.

Developing Social Skills at Home:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – meeting is 9 to 11 am.

Covington Elementary School Multi, 205 Covington, Los Altos 94024.

What can parents do to encourage social thinking at home? Lani Hessen, Occupational Therapist and Clinic Director of KidSpace therapy center in Mountain View, will discuss ways to use the curriculum from therapy so that they can be generalized to the outside world.  Techniques for both older and younger children will be addressed, including:

·      How to structure play dates
·      What to do for kids who are too old for play dates
·      Cooperative games to use at home
·      The impact of multi-player computer games on social skills
·      How to encourage social success outside the home, at school and elsewhere

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – meeting is 9 to 11 am.  Hospitality begins at 8:45am.  Covington Elementary School Multi, 205 Covington, Los Altos 94024.

This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org)  All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary.

Join a class at the Museum of American Heritage


351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto    (650) 321-1004

There are two classes this fall to choose from:

Electrostatics and Electromagnetism
Saturdays, October 5, 19, & 26 from 10am-12pm
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.

Beginning Electronics

Saturdays, November 2, 9, & 16 from 1pm-4pm
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. Sign up today!
For ages 10 and up. $70 for Members/$80 for Non-members.