eNews: December 3, 2014


December  2 & 3  PV Restaurant Night: Sanchos
                       Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

December  6   PV Toy Swap
December  8   2nd Harvest Food Drive ends
December 10  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                        Family Giving Tree Holiday toy drive ends
December 11  Noon Art
December 12  FROZEN Sing-Along at Family Movie Night
December 16  Project Cornerstone: Lunchtime Assembly
December 17  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

December 19  Minimum Day, 1:15pm Dismissal
December 22 – January 2  Winter Break

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week


Safe Routes to School Parent/Caregiver Survey — Your input requested!
How do your students get to Palo Verde School? How would you like to improve the trip to school? The City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School program, in partnership with PAUSD and the PTA, is conducting an online survey to help us evaluate and improve the program.  You may choose between the English, Mandarin or Spanish surveys, if you have not already done so.  Please respond by Thursday, December 11.

For English version, click here:
For Mandarin version, click here:
En Español:  Por favor, ayúdenos a evaluar y mejorar el programa ”Rutas Seguras a la Escuela” invirtiendo unos pocos minutos para completar esta encuesta electrónica para padres o cuidadores:

Sancho’s Restaurant Night December 3 – Tonight!
Tired of cooking after the long holiday weekend?  Enjoy dine in or take-out from Sancho’s tonight and earn money for Palo Verde!  If you don’t have the flier, you can download it here:

PTA Association Meeting & Coffee
Date: Wednesday, December 3rd
Time: starting at 8:30am (near reading garden)

As part of its 2014-2015 Budget, Palo Verde PTA was going to help fund Teacher’s College Writer’s Workshop. However, due to the District’s generosity to cover these costs, we have had to reallocate the funds.  Please come by to grab a cup of coffee, review the changes to 2014-2015 PV PTA Budget, ask questions & vote on the changes to the budget.

FROZEN Sing-Along at Family Movie Night

Friday, December 12, 6:30pm

What you’ve been waiting for!  A chance to “Let It Go” with all your friends at Palo Verde.  We’ll have a special interactive showing of Frozen in the MP Room on Friday Night, December 12, at 6:30pm.  Wear your PJs or your favorite princess outfit, if you like. 

Bring a cozy floor blanket and a pillow and your own reusable travel mug or your own water bottle.  Cuddle up with your family and friends and sing your heart out.  PTA will provide the movie, hot popcorn, and warm cider.  Please note, this is not a drop-off event.  All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Family Movie Night is a FREE social event open to all Palo Verde families.  See you there!!

From Last Week  

Toy Swap Saturday, December 6th, 9:30-11:30 am

It’s almost here! Kids, start sorting through your *age-appropriate* toys, games and DVDs that you’d like to swap. Parents, if you donate a lot of DVDs your child might bring home many small toys; you may want to set some limits. 🙂
The event will be held in the MP room. Doors will open at 9:30 am, but only to exchange toys for tickets. You will not be able to “shop” for toys with your tickets until 10 am. The ticket values are the same as last year: 1 ticket per action figure or matchbox car, 2 for puzzles, 3 for board games, crafts and mid-size toys, 4 for DVDs and large toys.
There will also be hot chocolate for sale, with proceeds going to the Green Team. All leftover toys at the end of the swap will be donated to Goodwill.
Any questions? joslynml at hotmail dot com.

Gearing Up to Order Your Holiday Cards?

Earn 13% for Palo Verde at Shutterfly and Tiny Prints!

We are excited to introduce a new fundraising program for our school. If you will be shopping at Shutterfly, Tiny Prints or one of their related brands*, please use our Palo Verde Storefront link http://paloverde.shutterflystorefront.com/ and 13% of your purchases will automatically be donated to our school!! So go ahead and make those Holiday cards, order Holiday gifts and make some calendars, etc…..and earn some money for our school!

Note: *Offer applies to all 6 of the Shutterfly brands (Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Treat, Wedding Paper Divas, thislife and Borrowlenses)
Questions: please contact Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com 

Holiday Earnings with eScrip!
With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up with eScrip and that all your card information is up-to-date. 
Up to 5% of what you spend participating merchants is then automatically donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card.

 Just go to www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.

Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).


Tips on how to earn the most with your eScrip registered cards when Holiday shopping:
Safeway Club Card holders generate earnings when paying with cash, debit card and Safeway gift cards.
Piazza’s Fine Foods:
Earnings are automatic when you pay with an eScrip registered credit or debit card.
Mollie Stone’s:
Mollie Stone’s Community Cards create automatic contributions of up to 5% of your purchase price. All forms of payment apply. 
Fresh & Easy:
Fresh & Easy Friends Rewards Members automatically earn up to 5% back. All forms of payment apply.
Automatically earn 1.2% every time you shop by accessing our dedicated Amazon link http://goo.gl/zRoojR. No preregistration is required to earn when you shop via our Amazon school link. 

eScrip Online Mall:

There are two easy ways to take advantage of the eScrip Online Mall

  1. Go to shopping.escrip.com; search for the link to the online store where you want to shop; click on the link; shop; then pay with a credit card that you’ve registered with eScrip. That’s it!

  2.Or download the eScrip “AutoEARN” tool onto your computer. Once it is installed on your computer, you just go about your online shopping without having to enter the eScrip Online Mall. The tool will automatically track the percent donation earned when you go to any participating retailer, and you don’t have to keep track of the hundreds of participating retailers. To install the tool, go to shopping.escrip.com; click on the “Download AutoEARN” at the top of the page; follow the instructions. Then you are ready to shop ’til you drop!

Every participating family makes a difference. Thank you for your continued support. Questions?  Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid at gmail dot com) 


Palo Verde PTA is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa 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, December 8, our Food and Fund 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


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 


Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive

It’s back! 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 Nov 17 to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your unwrapped toys to the office by Wed, Dec 10th. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:  https://vgt.familygivingtree.org/paloverdeelementaryschool/ 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

One Step at a Time: Preparing for Life After High School: What does my young adult need to know?

Wed, Dec 3, 6:30: Coffee, light snacks, 7-8pm Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto
Karen Hyde, College and Career Counselor, will be presenting an educational event for parents of high school students who receive special education services. High school students are welcome to attend as well. Join CAC for an informative discussion about preparing your student for success after high school. Coffee & light snacks provided by CAC

Let’s Talk. Monthly CAC Parent Support Group.
Thurs, Dec 4, 7-8pm, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield, Classroom A2
Special Guest this month, for Inclusive Schools Week: Shari Grande, Parent Coach, Special Needs Advocate, MSW, will join us to talk about advocating for your child and family support strategies.  Monthly ‘Let’s Talk’ meetings are a chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other PAUSD parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Sub-Committee of SELPA 1 CAC, a Palo Alto parent volunteer group for special education and inclusion. Free and no prior registration required. Info: http://cacpaloalto.org/

Celebrate Hour of Code during CS Ed Week
Wed Dec 10, 6-7:30pm; Barron Park Elem Room 15, Palo Alto
Learn about what is coding, code with your student, learn about the tools yourself; all levels of abilities and expertise welcome. If you would like to help or want more info? Contact Smita Kolhatkar skolhatkar@pausd.org

Shop Paly Glass for Holiday Gifts @ the Fiery Arts Winter Glass Sale
Fri, Dec. 5, 3-6:30pm & Sat, Dec. 6, 11am-6pm Inside the Tower Bldg, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Exquisite Paly-designed reindeer, hand blown ornaments, candy canes, acorns, apples, pears, penguins, pumpkins & more for sale. Paly Glass is a triple win: impressive & memorable gifts, your proceeds benefit Paly’s Sculpture classes & easy parking. Glass is hand made by instructors, alum, & students. The last public sale for the school year to fund the pgm. Free demonstrations, hot apple cider & cookies Info: www.facebook.com/PalyFieryArts.  Contact: PalyFieryArts@gmail.com

Do you hear the people sing?  
Auditions are December 3-4 with callbacks Dec 6-7, Peninsula Youth Theater, Mountain View
Peninsula Youth Theatre is producing the full version of Les Miserables with actors ages 8-18.   Info & to schedule an audition www.pytnet.org

Palo Alto Children’s Theatre presents Frog & Toad
Dec 11-21, Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, Palo Alto
Based on Arnold Lobel’s well loved books, this whimsical musical tells the story of two great friends. Approximate running time: 70 mins. Call 463-4970

The Parent Project-a class for parents of adolescents presented by PAPD ,PAUSD & PA  Adult Education
12 week course begins Jan 8;
If you are the parent of a challenging adolescent, this class is for you. Learn not to argue with your teen anymore;  Improve school attendance and performance; Prevent destructive behavior; Strengthen family unity and self-esteem; More information
Or Det,DuJuan Green 329-2274; Dujuan.green@cityofpaloalto.org. Want to talk to a recent graduate from this class? Contact Sigrid Pinsky sigridkp@yahoo.com
Silicon Valley Boychoir performs “Making Spirits Bright”
Dec. 14, 4-5 pm; First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto
Silicon Valley Boychoir, featuring 65 boys from Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Los Altos and surrounding communities, will present their family-friendly holiday concert, “Making Spirits Bright!” $10-$15; free for children under age 5. www.svboychoir.org


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