eNews: December 2, 2015


     2  PTA Coffee Social (Cancelled)
     3  Noon Games
     4  PTA Board Meeting
         Star Wars – The Original! at Family Movie Night
     7  Noon Art
     8  End of Toy Drive
    10  Book Night Social: Books Inc. Fundraiser
    18  Minimum Day
     Dec. 21 – Jan. 3  Winter Break

      6 Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 4
      7  Noon Games
      9  Ice skating social
     11  Noon Art
     12  STEAM Night (evening)
     20  PTA General Meeting + Coffee Social (tentative)
     22  Movie Night
     25  Noon Art
     29  PTA Board Meeting

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Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week


Palo Verde Ice Skating Party — Saturday, January 9, 2016

 Do you love to skate? Want to try something new? The Palo Verde Ice Skating Party is January 9th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge.  Parents and siblings are invited to skate, too. The cost is $19/skater (misprint in the Palo Verde Voice-this is the correct cost), which covers the skate rental. Your Palo Verde PTA will provide pizza, pasta and drinks for everyone. New this year, all tickets will be managed using an ONLINE registration system.  Sign-up here: http://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating

Have a question or want to volunteer? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at kala.mehta23 (at) gmail (dot) com

PV Fundraiser at Books Inc in Town & Country

Thursday, December 10th from 5-8PM 

*      Shop your teacher’s wish list for classroom donations
*      Find an amazing selection of teacher and librarian-recommended titles
*      Get help from Books Inc staff in choosing the best and most thoughtful gifts
*      Enjoy wine, cheese, and treats
*      PV will receive 20% of ALL register sales from 5-8PM, including non-PV patronage!
*      Invite your neighbors, co-workers, and friends to join this uniquely curated event
*      Get all your shopping done with FREE gift wrapping
*      You’ll be on the top of “the nice list” and ready to relax and enjoy the holiday

**Fall Party**

Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration
Celebrate Hanukkah with fun crafts, delicious food, and festive activities! Create your own custom dreidel and gelt box filled with chocolate coins. Enjoy music & games with musical guest Shy Rachman. Nosh on latkes and jelly doughnuts. Light candles & schmooze with other Palo Verde families. Fun for the whole family! 
Date & Time: Saturday, December 5th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Eichler Club Party Room
Price: $40 per family 
Hosts: Valek Family (rm 4), Lehman Family (rms 11, 14), Teper Family (rm 5)
3 spots still available, all proceeds from ticket sales go to Palo Verde PTA:

Need a little kid-free time for your holiday shopping? Or, perhaps a quiet evening break from the holiday hustle? We’ve got you covered!
Drop your kids off after dinner for some old fashioned holiday fun with friends. We will decorate gift tags and/or cards for teachers before we head out on foot to sing for 4-5 of our lucky Palo Verde neighbors. Hearty snacks and hot cocoa by the fire will warm our spirits afterwards as we enjoy a short holiday classic (animated feature). Take home your creations and a holiday souvenir.
Note: Kids who love to sing and are able to read simple song lyrics are sure to enjoy this one. Some walking with adults is also required (1/2 mile total in a low traffic PV neighborhood).
Date & Time: Saturday, December 19th 6:30-9PM
Location: 3385 Cork Oak Way
Price: $25
Donors: Renee Flemish (Rm 5) & Anne Marie Hallada (Rm 13) with help from PV alumni elves

From Last Week

Star Wars – The Original! at Family Movie Night, December 4 

A not very long time from now in an MP Room not very far away … Palo Verde families will gather to share A New Hope (or as the parents know it, simply, Star Wars).  
Join us on Friday night, December 4th, at 6:30pm for this free, fun social event.  Bring a floor blanket and some pillows, wear your R2D2 pajamas, and feel free to quote along with the movie.  PTA will provide the popcorn!  Please remember:  Family Movie Night is not a drop-off event.  All young Padawans must have a Jedi Master with them.   May the force be with you!

Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive

Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Stop by the office starting on Mon, Nov. 9 to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Tues, Dec 8
You can also donate online using our virtual tree:


Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need. Please contact Yael Valek (yaelcow at yahoo dot com) with any questions.


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD Code Fest for K-12 Students, Educators & Families
Sat Dec 12th 1-5 pm, JLS Middle School, 480 E. Meadow, Palo Alto
Bringing you PAUSD’s Code Fest during the week of the Hour of Code. Everyone is welcome. The event will contain thirty hands-on sessions and challenges to choose from during three 50 minute sessions, ranging from computers to robots to iPads and phones. Registration & FAQ: bit.ly/PAUSDCodeFest   Questions? Contact Smita Kolhatkar:  skolhatkar@pausd.org 
The Mindset Revolution: How to Help Children Learn and Love Math
Mon, Dec 7th, 6:45 PM, MP Room Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave, Palo Alto  
In this presentation Dr. Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education, Stanford University and presenter at the White House on girls and STEM will share the latest brain science that sheds important new light on the best ways to learn math. She will also engage the audience through videos of students learning math in different ways and share a wealth of resources to help students on their mathematics journeys. (Target Audience: 4th to 12th Grade Parents, Teachers, Middle and High School students.) RSVP appreciated:  http://goo.gl/forms/kb00AQ44fD Co-sponsored by PAUSD and Parent Advocates for Student Success, a parent network dedicated to closing the achievement gap in PAUSD.
Jordan Choirs Winter Concert – “Let It Be”
Wed, Dec 9th, 7:00 PM, MP Room, Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave, Palo Alto  
Please join the Jordan Choirs for its Winter Concert – “Let It Be.”  This will be the first big concert of the year and all of the Jordan Choirs will entertain the audience with music by Mozart, Haydn, and Faure, as well as a variety of Beatles hits from across their career. It’s sure to be a fun night celebrating all of the amazing ways that music has transformed over the centuries to give us what we have and appreciate today in modern music.  In addition to the formal concert, we will have an optional Audience Singalong immediately before at 6:30.  Join our choirs in singing some of your favorite Beatles songs from over the years. All are welcome to join in the spirit and sing along!
Paly Choirs’ 13th Annual Madrigal Feaste 
Sat & Sun, Dec. 5 & 6, Westminster Hall (Jordan MP Room), 750 N. California Ave, Palo Alto
His Majesty King Henry welcomes all ye to his palace, to join him and his third wife, Queen Jane Seymour, in the festivities of the yuletide season. When ye arrive at the palace ye may find that his young daughter, the Princess Elizabeth has disappeared! Suspects abound in Westminster Palace including the King’s other daughter Princess Mary. As ye discover the truth about the disappearance of Princess Elizabeth ye may see tomfoolery, shenanigans, mischief, and the occasional anachronistic guest star (rhymes with Maylor Wift). Interspersed ye shall hear the finest choirs in all the lands, see a jester of unparalleled talent, and feast on sumptuous tea sandwiches and desserts. Huzzah!  Tickets available at palymadrigals.com.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus Performances
Sat, Dec 5; 4pm; St. First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
Ragazzi Boys Chorus presents I Dream a World, an effervescent holiday concert series inspired by the classic Langston Hughes poem of the same name. These jubilant Bay Area concerts celebrate the power of love and music to transform lives across cultures. Selections include a Sufi chant sung in Arabic, Hebrew pieces, and classical European choral works. Concerts will conclude with Ragazzi’s carol sing-a-long featuring favorites such as Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, and O Come All Ye Faithful. Info and Tickets http://ragazzi.org/performances/ 
Ragazzi Boys Chorus Winter Recital
Sat, Dec 12; 5pm; First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
Join us in celebrating the singers of Ragazzi Boys Chorus, from small to tall. Many of Ragazzi’s groups are showcased, particularly our younger boys. Ragazzi’s program of musical growth and progress is laid out, from the entry-level groups through middle school. Each group performs a set of songs, and wonderful seasonal music is presented throughout the concert.  Info and Tickets http://ragazzi.org/performances/ 
Palo Alto Art Center — Holiday Family Day
Sun, Dec. 6th, 2-4 PM, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto
Join us for hands-on artmaking projects that transform everyday objects into gifts, goodies, and d├ęcor for the whole family. Design your own wrapping paper and cards, create brooches and pins, compose wonderland scenes, and personalize garlands to display in your home. A special performance by Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra will take place from 4-4:30 p.m. Palo Alto Art Center Foundation members receive early entry to the event for a special artmaking activity from 1-2 p.m. 
Palo Alto Art Center — Percolate: Coffee Talks to Fuel the Mind
Thu, Dec 3rd, 11 AM, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto
David Evan Harris, Research Director and Curator, Institute for the Future and Executive Director of the   Global Lives Project, a video library of life experience around the world that has been screened and exhibited at dozens of venues, will speak about his work with the Project and the Institute. Percolate is a series of free lectures in conjunction with the fall exhibition,  Front Yard/Backstreet [http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/artcenter/exhibitions/current.asp]. Free coffee will be provided by Peet’s Coffee and Tea. 
Dance Connection & Palo Alto Dance Connection Youth Ensemble Present the 17th Annual Production of The Nutcracker
 Fri, Dec 4, 7pm; Sat, Dec 5, 2pm and 7pm; Sun, Dec 6, 3pm, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto
Celebrate the holiday season with a classic the whole family will enjoy. There are four breathtaking performances for audiences of all ages.  The production includes many dancers who are PAUSD students ranging from elementary school to high school. Tickets available online at: www.danceconnectionpaloalto.com 


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