eNews: December 17, 2014


December 17  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
December 18  2nd Harvest Food Drive ends
December 19  Minimum Day, 1:15pm Dismissal
                        Lost and Found cart emptied
December 22 – January 2  Winter Break

January  7  PTA Coffee; ABC Reader Training: Book #4;
                   Spirit Day (wednesdays)
January  8  Noon Art
January 10 PV Ice Skating Party!
January 12 PTA Board Meeting

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Miss Mary Ann is Leaving Palo Verde 🙁
I’m sad to say that this coming Friday, December 19th, will be Miss Mary Ann’s last day as secretary at Palo Verde.   She is off to have new adventures in her life.  
I would like to thank her for all her hard work she has put into her job over the last year and a half.  The help she has given students, parents faculty and staff has been so appreciated by everyone.  Mary Ann has made such wonderful changes to the office décor.  We have her to thank for all the organization, art and lighting changes we have seen in the office.   Perhaps she will start a career in interior design.  Whatever she decides to do in the future, we will miss her greatly and wish her all the best. 
If you have a moment, please take time to stop by the office and wish Miss Mary Ann a fond farewell. 
I am pleased to announce that Jenny Hsiung will be taking the secretarial position and we will be hiring a new clerk in the new year.  🙂
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Anne Brown
Please make sure to check the lost and found cart – everything left in there on Friday 12/19 at the end of school (1:15pm) will be donated to a charity such as Goodwill or trashed (in the case of lunch bags containing food etc.)
I will photograph the items in the cart on Thursday 12/18/14 and post the pictures on: 
Remember, labelled clothes / items can be returned to students quickly.  It takes just a few minutes to label items clearly.  Encourage your child to keep track of their items and to check the cart regularly. 
A few minutes (and reminders) can save many dollars!

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Peaceful New Year 
Your Lost and Found Coordinator 
Denise White


From the Traffic Safety Team

Congratulations to Rooms 2, 8 and 11 for winning the December Golden Sneaker Trophy. Thanks to all our kids in these classrooms that walk, bike, carpool or take the bus. You really make a difference!

Mileage tracker prizes will be given out/sent home this week to kids who turned in mileage tracker forms for September, October and November.

The Golden Sneaker Trophy and the Mileage Tracker programs will be back in March. Please check outhttp://www.saferoutes.paloaltopta.org/safety/maps.shtml for information on green commute routes in Palo Alto and walking,biking safely. 

From Last Week 


Palo Verde PTA is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank ofSanta Clara and San Mateo Counties to bring hope, relief and security to our neighbors struggling with hunger. Your support allows Second Harvest to continue to provide for the 1 in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo County that are served each month. Now is the time to take action!

From Monday, Nov 17 to Monday, Thursday 18, our Food andFund Drive will help the Food Bank meet more of the growing need in our community.   Drop off non-perishable food donations in barrels located at the front & rear entries of the school. Please consider these most needed foods and avoid donating items packaged in glass: Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), Fruit Juices, Tuna/Canned Meat, Peanut Butter, Low Sugar Cereals, Canned Fruits and Vegetables. Please no refrigerated or frozen items. Please no leftovers from lunch bags or other perishable foods.

Thank you for your active participation!

Questions? Please email “subject: PV Food Drive” to

Victoria Liu: vxqliu(at)gmail(dot)com

The All New eScrip Online Mall is here,
and just in time for your Holiday Shopping!  
Group Name: Palo Verde PTA
Group ID: 137331259
Palo Verde earns more when you do your online shopping at the NEW eScrip Online Mall.  Just visit shopping.escrip.com 

Great deals from awesome merchants like Amazon, Apple Store and Barns & Noble!

Don’t Miss This Holiday Card Promotion! 
This year we are partnering with Shutterfly to help raise money for our school.  With one simple program, we gain access to 6 great brands; Shutterfly, tinyprints, treat, Wedding Paper Divas, Borrowlenses, and thislife. 

13% of all sales of photo cards, calendars, photobooks etc will be donated to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our dedicated page.

Personalized Tracking Link: 
You can also refer family and friends to makes purchases (i.e. holiday cards).  It is very easy to refer your friends and family and they can choose any product they would like. All you need to do is share our personalized tracking link, and have people click on it before placing their holiday card order on our dedicated page. 

Thank you for helping us earn money for Palo Verde PTA.

Questions: please contact Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com


Palo Verde Ice Skating Party
Do you love to skate? Want to try something new? The Palo Verde Ice Skating Party is January 10th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge.  Parents and siblings are invited to skate, too. The cost is $17 per skater, which covers the skate rental. Your Palo Verde PTA will provide pizza and drinks for everyone. Forms went home in Friday folders on 11/14, extras available in the PV office. Please turn in forms by Friday, Dec. 19th! Have a question? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at 







PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews



PAUSD Honored as Part of  SCCOE Board Meeting Celebrating Biliteracy and Pathway  Awards
Palo Alto Unified was honored at the Dec 10 Santa Clara County Board of Education meeting for their successful implementation of the Biliteracy Seal program.  PAUSD implemented this program in the 2013-2014 school year and put seals on 251 senior diplomas and transcripts last May.  Gunn gave out sixty-two seals with six students having three languages. Paly gave out 189 seals. Info: http://news.pausd.org/post.cfm/palo-alto-unified-recognized-at-santa-clara-county-board-of-education-meeting-for-biliteracy-awards

Community E, M, H

Gunn Chamber Singers Holiday Concert
Sun, Dec 21 at 5:30 pm; Grace Lutheran Church, Palo Alto
Fa la la and Happy Hanukah and more! Kick off your winter break and join the Gunn Chamber Singers for a festive evening of holiday songs. All proceeds will go toward the scholarship fund for the Gunn Choir trip to Italy this summer. Tickets are $10 general admission and will be available at the door or in advance from any member of the group. Questions? Contact Kristen Lee (klee@pausd.org) or Liz Matchett (lizmatchett@yahoo.com).

NHN & Girl Scout & Midtown Realty Food Drives 
(Dec. 14th-21st
Our Girl Scout Troop #60011 are partner with Neighbors Helping Neighbors(NHN) to run a local food drive to help 150+ struggling Palo Alto households.
SUNDAY 21st 1pm to 5pm, Girl scouts will be collecting food and donations at Midtown Center 2700 Midtown Court Palo Alto 
(Parking lot next to Wells Fargo ATM) 
During this week NHN food collection barrels are located both at  Midtown Realty near Starbucks ( 2775 Middlefield Rd, M-F 9 am to 6 pm) and Barron Park Elementary School.
Please join us and help girl scouts to raise enough food and donations for people in our community. Thank you for your support!

Stopping Arguing and Win Cooperation with Your Kid
Tues, Jan 137-9pm, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto, CA 94301
Learn how to direct your kids to do “undesirable tasks” without getting  into an argument. It’s simple when you set the stage for success with your new cooperation creating actions and words. Info:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stop-arguing-and-win-cooperation-with-your-kids-9-14-years-registration-13934435271
Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Personal Power ( 9-14 Years)
Wed, Jan 29, 7-9pm, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto, CA 94301
Your children’s feelings of self-esteem and personal power are influenced by beliefs and actions that they learn from you.  Explore ways to build children’s self-esteem and avoid the unsuspecting parental communication blocks. With Cynthia Klein, BA certified parent educator. Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-your-childs-self-esteem-and-personal-power-9-14-years-registration-


Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp

Registration Open; Saturday, January 17, 2015, 9:30am – 1pm, Redwood City

Let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day SingFestminicamp. Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing the week of Jan. 19, 2015. Beginning groups meet once a week for choral singing and theory instruction. Ragazzi offers a complete music education that progresses through a proven, award-winning performance-based educational program. Ragazzi performs its own concert series, sings the National Anthem at a spring SF Giants game, tours domestically and internationally, and collaborates with other prestigious Bay Area arts organizations. Contact: ragazzi@ragazzi.org or 650-342-8785.  SingFest is free, but advance registration is required athttp://ragazzi.org/join-us/singfest/. Can’t make it to SingFest but want to audition?  Go tohttp://ragazzi.org/join-us/



Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement class open

Register Now; Mondays 4:15-5pm, Feb. 2 – May 11, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City

Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging Orff-Schulwerk-based class for active young boys is now open. It’s a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi’s main program. This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A child-developmental approach fosters boys’ creativity and curiosity. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $260 for 13 weeks; early-bird and sibling discounts. Contact ragazzi@ragazzi.org650-342-8785. Register & more info at http://ragazzi.org/program/music-movement/



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