eNews: August 31, 2016

  2        Back to School Picnic, PTA General Meeting 
  5        No School, Labor Day 
  8        Class picture day (K-5), 5th grade individual pictures
  9        Picture day, Individual picture day K-4 
26-30   Books Inc, Book Fair
27        Third grade Bike Rodeo

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
Help Us Reserve a Date for our Ice Skating Party at the Winter Lodge!

The PTA is looking for volunteers to help us reserve a date for our fun-filled winter Ice Skating Party. Because of the high demand for weekend parties in the winter, we need volunteers to stand in line in shifts beginning Monday, September 12th through the night until sign-ups open at 9:00am Tuesday, September 13th at the Winter Lodge. We have all shifts covered other than the overnight. Are you able to take the 12am-6am shift? If so, please contact VP Social Yael Valek, yaelcow@yahoo.com.

Shhh! The School Mascot May Make a Special Appearance at the Back to School Picnic and PTA General Meeting this Friday.

We are very excited to announce that our very own school mascot, the Baby Eagle, may make an appearance at the back to school picnic this Friday. But please let this be a surprise for your kids! Pack a picnic dinner and come with your family to Palo Verde this Friday. Check out the PTA tables set up by the principal’s office to see what the PTA has planned for the year. Drop off your one check form, order your spirit gear, pick up your PTA membership cards and your Baskin Robbins coupon as a thank you for becoming a PTA member. Looking forward to seeing all of you at this very exciting PTA organized social. The PTA will provide dessert and drinks. Picnic is from 6:00 pm -7:30 pm

We have a VP of Fundraising, and the First Dad on the PTA Board!  Will You Be Our VP of Communication ?
A huge thank you and welcome to Marc Shubb, who is now the VP of Fundraising and the first dad on the PTA board !  We are very excited to have Marc join the board. We are now looking for a VP of communication, someone who will ensure that the flow of information to the community is smooth and efficient. The VP of Communication works with the Voice and news editors, sets deadlines for submissions, manages the school calendar and sends reminders to the various chairs. This year, the PTA has subscribed to Konstella, an online directory provider and an online platform where parents can not only view the directory, but also receive communication from the PTA, sign up for events, check out who else has signed up. The VP of communication will manage the site on behalf of the PTA board.  The VP of Communication is required to attend the once a month board meeting, usually the last Friday of the month. All the rest of the work is done over email. No previous experience necessary. With so many exciting events scheduled, including the very popular Ice Skating Social and the Harvest and International Fair coming up soon, it is very crucial for the flow of communication to be smooth. Please contact Anjani Sarma, president@pvpta.org  to sign up.
Palo Verde PTA’s 12th Walk-a-Thon Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016. We Need Volunteers

Get your walking shoes ready, Palo Verde! During the Walk-a- Thon on Wednesday, September 28, Palo Verde students walk laps around the field getting some exercise and raising money for Palo Verde. In addition, the Walk-a- Thon is the kick-off for Walking Club which will commence in October . Please show your Palo Verde pride by wearing blue! Money raised by asking for donations from family and friends supports:
Noon Art which provides a calm alternative to the bustle of the playground.
Walking Club which meets weekly at lunchtime to promote exercise and awards fun prizes to participants for reaching milestones.

Please look for the donation form which went out in this week’s Voice. Deadline for turning in donation forms is Wednesday, September 28. Donations are based on participation. There are no per lap contributions. Please have your student ask only people he/she knows for donations. All donation checks should be turned in to the office with the student’s donation form (in this month’s Voice) by Wednesday, September 28. All donations are tax deductible. Checks are payable to the Palo Verde PTA. Palo Verde PTA Tax ID is: 94-6184933

We need volunteers to help our Walking Club chair Anna Carl run the event. Volunteers hand out water, punch lap cards and cheer on our walkers. Please contact Anna Carl,abjoring@yahoo.com to volunteer.

From Last Week
Back to school picnic and PTA general
Meeting, Friday September 2
Pack a picnic dinner and bring it to school. Catch up with old friends and meet new Palo Verde families.  Stop by the PTA table to meet the board and learn more about what the PTA does and how you can get involved. Look at and approve the proposed budget, Calendar of events. Drop off your back to School forms and order your spirit gear.
The PTA will provide dessert and drinks and name tags for everyone.

Coming Soon – Alice in Wonderland!
We’ll all have the chance to follow Alice down the rabbit hole – this school year, the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre returns to Palo Verde to work with our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to stage the play “Alice in Wonderland.” Any 3rd through 5th grader who wants to participate as cast or crew will be able to participate. PACT will accommodate whatever number of students express interest and commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule. More information will be coming soon, but key dates to put on your calendar include auditions on Tuesday, 10/11, and Thursday, 10/13, with performances on Thursday, 12/8, Friday, 12/9, and Saturday, 12/10. A parent meeting will be held prior to the auditions to cover key details and answer questions. Whether your child participates in the production or enjoys being part of the audience, everyone at Palo Verde is sure to love the fantastical world of Alice in Wonderland!
Konstella – PTA Communication and eDirectory software
Dear Palo Verde Families,
Welcome back to school!!  This year, your PTA selectedKonstella as our school’s communication and eDirectory software. Konstella will help streamline and centralize communication to create a great experience for everyone at Palo Verde.
We are requesting that you join our new secure and private parent communications platform to stay up-to-date on classroom and school-wide announcements, events, sign-up opportunities and to be part of a searchable directory, (with a smartphone app).
When you receive your invitation email to join Palo Verde on Konstella, we would like you to click on the link, add your name and create a password, you will be prompted to add child/ren, and place your child/ren in a classroom and setup your privacy preference.
Once you are on Konstella, you will be able to view the Palo Verde school calendar, school-wide and classroom events, announcements, volunteer sign-up sheets, join event committees, interest-based social groups (such as Kinder playdates), and much more.
We recommend that you download the Konstella iPhone/Android app, to stay connected with Palo Verde even while on the go. PTA believes with this will make communication and organizing easier, will strengthen our community and will help us better serve our children.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Your Palo Verde PTA

PIE – Join us!  Together we strengthen our schools.
PiE has launched its 2016-2017 fundraising campaign. We ask to you to join us as our kids need the support of the whole community.
PiE funds go to every Palo Alto district school and give each principal the funding needed to staff many programs that make a difference for the students and families at each school location. From our classroom aides, to teachers for STEAM-focused electives, music and art, to caring counselors and mentors, PiE-funded staff make a positive impact on our kids every day.
Between now and September 6, you can double your impact via the $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant which matches every dollar donated to PiE. Please donate today!
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Cub Scouts Pack 6

Calling all 1st -5th grade boys! Come check out Cub Scout Pack 6! Does your son like camping, hiking, building things, exploring, playing games and hanging out with friends? If so, Cub Scouts is for you.  Fun for the boys as well as the grown-ups! During the school year, we meet 2 Thursdays a month.  We also usually have 2 camping trips and another overnight.  Dens are grade-based and the boys progress towards earning their rank through fun activities done in meetings and at home.  Build confidence and learn new skills! Our first meeting takes place
Thursday, September 1 at 7:00pm in the Palo Verde MP room.  Questions? Please email: pack6info@gmail.com
The Palo Alto chapter of National Junior Basketball (“NJB”) is opening registration to new players on September 12, 2016 atpanjb.com.  Space is limited due to limited gym space and there have been waiting lists in previous years.  NJB has separate teams for girls and boys in 3rd through 8th grade. The Palo Alto chapter also runs a Clinic League for K thru 2nd grade boys and girls, and a High School league for boys (grades 9-12).  More details at panjb.com or email doug@panjb.com.
YCS Sponsors Art in the Street!
Sat, Aug 27& Sun, Aug 28, 10 am – 6 pm, Tasso St.Downtown Palo Alto
Join Youth Community Service chalk artists on Tasso Street during the Palo Alto Art Festival. Youth under 8 years old can create their own chalk art on the street. Watch Palo Alto teens and professional artists create beautiful 3-D works of art in colored chalk on street pavement. Benefits YCS youth service and leadership programs in local schools. Info: www. youthcommunityservice.org or call 650-858-8019.
Classroom Volunteers Needed – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student’s Life 
If you’ve enjoyed spending time in your child’s classroom, please join other parents volunteering in east Menlo Park or East Palo Alto schools where there are virtually no parent volunteers. You’ll help tutor kids in grades K-4. Over 80% of students are performing below grade level in reading and math. Work once a week in the same classroom for about an hour, building relationships with students. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates everything. We start in mid-September. You can make a real difference!  To learn more or sign up, visit www.allstudentsmatter. org  or contact Keri Tully at keritully@gmail.com.
Financial Aid for Students:
Have or know a college-bound student? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA will now open Oct 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 school year for anyone seeking financial assistance.  FAFSA offers grants, work-study funds and low-interest federal student loans. The program includes information on state funds that may be available to pay for a child’s higher education.  More info at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
Kids.gov is the official kids’ portal for the U.S. government. It links kids, parents and teachers to information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.  Kids.gov is organized into four audiences: Kids (Grades K-5), Teens (Grades 6-8), Teachers and Parents. Each audience tab is divided into educational subjects like Arts, Math, and History. For more information, go to kids.usa.gov.
Let’s Talk, A SELPA 1 Support Group
Mon, Sept 12, 7-9pm, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, 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.  For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org
Trail Closure/Tree Removal Along San Francisquito Creek
As part of the San Francisquito Creek flood control project, the Bay/San Francisquito Creek trail that runs from Geng and Embarcadero Road to the Friendship Bridge (through the Baylands Athletic Center, along the Golf Course) will soon be closed. The flood control project is scheduled to beginSeptember 1, but the trail may be closed as early as mid-August. On the Palo Alto side of the creek, the trail is expected to be closed for the entire two-year duration of the project. Signs are being posted along the trail in advance to warn users about the upcoming closure and tree removals that are required for the construction project
Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Thurs Sept 1/Fri, Sept 2 by appointment, Palo Alto
Open to 2nd-12th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with experience may audition for upper levels. Auditions for the 2016-2017 season are held at the choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave).  SVB has four levels of choirs and provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-singing, and provides flexible scheduling for busy families. In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including performances with West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and at Stanford University.
El Camino Youth Symphony Orchestra Fall Auditions
Aug/Sept Palo Alto
Palo Alto-based El Camino Youth Symphony invites musicians ages 6-18 to audition for the 2016-17 season. Led by an internationally renowned faculty, ECYS offers six orchestras/ensembles for students at all levels of musical ability. Auditions are held in August and September. Apply online atwww.ECYS.org. Call ECYS at 650-213-7111 for more information.
PreSchool Family 70th Anniversary Celebration
Sun, Sept 25, 3-5pm, Greendell School, 4120 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
PreSchool Family is turning 70.  Celebrate with classroom visits, alumni class photos, and refreshments.  Alumni and Current Families welcome. Hosted by Friends of PreSchool Family.  For more information, visit psf.pausd.org.
Free Community Day at Gamble Garden
Sun, Oct 2, 10AM – 2PM, 1431 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 9430
Gamble Garden celebrates our community with a FREE fun filled all ages day.  The day’s festivities include fun children’s activities, a gorgeous plant sale, horticultural resources, educational displays, garden demonstrations, food, entertainment, and of course… digging for worms!  This is an opportunity for the community to spend some time at Gamble Garden, meet neighbors and enjoy some activities and hospitality.  Please register at https://www.gamblegarden.org/ event/community-day-oct/
Community Discussion on Teen Suicide
Wed Sept 7, 6.30-8PM CHC, 650 Clark Way. Palo Alto 94304
CHC (Childrens Health Council) and the Findings from the CDC Preliminary Report on Teen Suicide: A Community Discussion.  CHC’s Dr. Ramsey Khasho will present the findings of the recent CDC report and will lead an open discussion about its implications for teen mental health in Palo Alto and the neighboring communities. Additionally, Dr. Khasho will discuss the results from our 8-week McKinsey & Co. study, and how all these reports shape our Teen Mental Health Initiative.
Following events are sponsored by Project Safety Net.  September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month:
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (2-day Training, Ages 16+)
Tues, Sept 6 and Wed, Sept 7, 3-7pm

, Mitchell Park Complex (9/6) & Cubberley Community Center (9/7), Palo Alto

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, andteaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.  RSVP at  https://www.eventbrite.com/ e/youth-mental-health-first- aid-training-palo-alto- tickets-26960741303
Question Persuade and Refer (QPR) Training
Thurs, Sept 8, 2016, 6-8pm, Lucie Stern Community Center
, Palo Alto
Sat, Sept 10, 2016, 2-4pm, Palo Alto Community Health Fair, Mitchell Park Complex
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for suicide prevention is a FREE two-hour training available to anyone 18 years of age or older. QPR training helps you learn the signs of suicide, and what to do to help prevent this most preventable of deaths.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Silicon Valley Walk
Sat, Sept 17, Walk begins at 11am

, Arena Green, San Jose, CA

Put on your walking shoes-on-site or virtually– to join the Palo Alto Community and Project Safety Net for this important mental health awareness event.  Your support will help change the perceptions about mental wellness, reduce mental health stigma, and promote suicide prevention.  For more information, visit http://www.namiwalks.org/ index.cfm?fuseaction= donorDrive.team&teamID=9367
Ragazzi Boys Chorus
We have openings for boys, ages 7-10, in Ragazzi’s award-winning chorus. It’s just for boys – and they sing in one of the Bay Area’s best choirs.  Visit https://ragazzi.org/ to book a time to audition.