eNews: February 11, 2014


February 12  Kids Note Cards fundraiser begins
February 13 – 17  No School
February 20  Noon Art
February 21  Kinder Orientation (incoming Kinder) at 9:00;
                      Final Winter Family Movie Night

February 24  New Report Card Parent Input Meeting
February 26  Deadline for Kids Note Cards fundraiser
February 27  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
February 28  Submit Books for book exchange;
                      Bringing up Bicyclists; PV Voice deadline

March   4   PV Annual Book Exchange
March   5   PTA Coffee; Site Council;
                  ABC Reader Training: Book 6
March   6   Noon Art
March   7   PTA Executive Board Mtg
March   8   PV Auction “A Night at the Oscars”

March  13  Science Fair Info Meetings
March  18  SCIENCE NIGHT w/ Lawrence Hall of Science
March  20  Noon Art

March  24 –  28  Walk N Roll week
March  27   Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
March  31 – April 4   Spring Break

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

PiE Thanks Our Donors

Thank you to the many families who donated to PiE this year! With your help we earned the $175,000 January challenge grant and are closing in on our goal. Together, we are helping PAUSD schools be the best they can be for our kids; our collective generosity helps fund critical staff and programs that make a difference for PAUSD. Please stay tuned in February for the announcement of what we have been able to raise for PAUSD.  Thank you again for your support!

E-waste drive results
We collected 1289 lbs of electronic waste earlier this month! Palo Verde will receive $64.45 from Green Citizen. Thank you to everyone who brought their obsolete electronics to the school; your efforts make a huge difference. Special thanks go out to Catherine Celio; Karen Wang; Risa Altaf; Banafsheh and Sofia Hussain; Diya Thukral; and Harini and Sundeep Shekhar for helping out with the drive.

New K-5 Report Card Being Developed

Staff and parent groups have been working since September to design a new report card aligned with the Common Core Standards.  In addition, we have used this as an opportunity to consider changes in format and to make the language more parent-friendly.


The Common Core Standards address the content areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics; therefore the most significant changes will be seen in these areas.  Palo Alto Unified School District is excited to transition to these standards and plans to fully implement these standards by the 2014-15 school year. Efforts have been made to streamline all content on the report card, to make the language more understandable to parents, and to identify performance labels that are more effective in helping describe student progress. 


During the month of February, all elementary staff and parents are being asked to review a first draft of the revised report card.  We will host a parent input meeting on MondayFebruary 24th at 8:20 in the multipurpose room.


For more information about how the committees were formed, the timeline for the work, and a link to a PowerPoint presentation designed for use with parent groups to gain input, visit:  http://pausd.org/community/Committees/ElementaryReportCard/index.shtml   


Final Winter Family Movie Night – February 21 

Have you come to Family Movie Night yet?  You’ve got one last chance to join in the FREE fun.  On Friday, February 21, we will have our last winter social movie night in the MP Room at 6:30.  Remember to bring your floor blanket, pillows, and personal reusable cup or water bottle.  The popcorn will be popping!  The whole family is invited – younger and older siblings, grandparents.  They can all join in the fun.  Stay tuned to enews for the movie title announcement. 


Palo Verde Notecard Fundraiser
Inside of Friday folder on Wednesday, February 12th you will find a finished artwork or blank Notecard and order form/instruction for Notecard fundraiser.
If you are new to this fundraiser, take a look at the samples on the posters around school. Please return 1. completed notecard  2. order form  3. a check to your child’s 

teacher or the office by Wednesday, February 26th. Question? contact Junghee Hsieh at heatherjhcho (at) hotmail (dot) com


FREE Family Science Night at the Junior Museum and Zoo        Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:00-8:00pm 

Join the award-winning science teachers of the Junior Museum and Zoo for an after-hours, special night of family learning and fun.  Get your hands on exciting science activities and experience a taste of what the JMZ teaches in your schools.  We are celebrating our fantastic community, which values and supports science for all ages, and Palo Alto Partners in Education, which funds science education in PAUSD elementary schools through community donations.  Admission is free!  The Palo Alto Junior Museum is located in Rinconada Park at 1451 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto.

Palo Verde’s Night at the Oscars Auction Tickets Now Available
Palo Verde’s Night at the Oscars Auction Party is nearly here. The auction volunteers are putting together a fun event, filled with plenty of goodies to bid on as well as good food, music and friends. 

So join us on the red carpet, Saturday, March 8th, from 7-11 at Michael’s at Shoreline. You can purchase your tickets online at https://pvptaauction.shutterfly.com. Tickets are $35 per person in advance; $40 at the door. 

We will see you at the Oscars!

Science Night at Palo Verde, MP Room
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA

Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 6:00-7.45 PM

Come join us for Wizard’s Lab:

A ball floats and spins in midair, fingers pass through a seemingly solid object, words whispered into a metal can are heard over 10 feet away – these are just a few of the weird, wondrous, hands-on exhibits found in the Wizard’s Lab! As “science wizards,” students explore the almost magical properties of matter and energy, participate in high-voltage and subzero experiments, and figure out how things really work in the fun-, fact-, and phenomenon-filled world of physics.

Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com by Friday, March 14th.

eScrip Dining
Think eScrip Dining next time you go out for dinner. Each time you dine at a participating restaurant, you can earn contributions when you pay for your meal with an eScrip registered credit or debit card. A percentage of your purchase will then be automatically contributed to Palo Verde by the merchant. Take a break from the dishes and earn while you eat out!

Check out some local eScrip dining faves…

Palo Alto Pizza Co.   2450 Park Blvd

Anatolian Kitchen      2323 Birch St
Buca di Beppo          643 Emerson St
Or for a complete list of participating restaurants, go to

Be sure to log onto www.eScrip.com to sign up or update your debit or credit card information.

Questions, please contact:
Iva Reid at  izreid (at) gmail (dot) com


From Last Week

Looking for an Easy Way to Support the Palo Verde PTA Auction?
Back for its third year in a row, the “Wall of Wine” at the PTA Auction is always a hit! And, an easy way for you to contribute to the fun. We’re looking for parents to donate bottles of wine that are worth at least $20. Donated bottles of wine get wrapped up. Participants pay $20 to choose a bottle of wine from the wall. It’s a surprise if the person gets a bottle worth $20 or even MORE! We’re looking for donations of champagne, sparkling, red, and white wines. Each donated bottle needs to be worth at least $20, but can be worth more. If you can contribute a bottle, please email pvauctionparentdonations@gmail.com. We’ll send you details on how/where to drop your donation. Donations can be made until Thursday, 3/6

Important announcements from the library

1) The library is in desperate need of more volunteers.
 I currently am unable to sufficiently help the students with book selections and library assignments because so many classes either do not have volunteers or the volunteers have been absent.  Please help if you can.  It need not be your child’s library time.

* Tuesdays 8:15-11:10
Book Check-in & Shelving- 8:15-9; Room 13, 8:45-9:30; Room 15, 9:30-10:10; and Room 12, 10:30-11:10

* Wednesdays 8:15-12  8:15-9 Book Check-in & Shelving Help; 8:50-10:10
4th Grades (assignment support & checkout); 10:30-12 5th Grades (assignment support & checkout)

* Thursdays 8:15-9 Check-in Shelving Help; Room 5 Checkout & Shelving 11:10-11:50

* Friday 10:30-11:30 Shelving Books; 12:40-2:40
Book Repair

Shelf-Reading- Drop in once or twice a week to “Read” the Shelves to ensure things are properly in their place.  Important and flexible.

2) PV Annual Book Exchange- March 4th 8:15-Noon; Book donations due by  Friday, Feb. 28th

Set up Help needed March 3rd 3-5pm
Assistance Needed March 4th in shifts 8:15-10 & 10-12 & 12-2 (Clean-up)

3) February is Palo Verde’s Love a Picture Book Month.
 We ‘re trying to read 7,000 PICTURE BOOKS (Fairy Tales & Folktales count too.) as a school in an effort to educate the community about their value.  They are for everyone!

4) The library is getting a new library system over Presidents’ Weekend.  We are once again having a “friendly” contest with Duveneck in an effort to return all of our books before this transfer.  
All library books will be due Feb. 11th.  Checkout will resume as normal on Tuesday, Feb. 18th.

5) All Library Volunteers will need to be trained on the new library system.  Two trainings are offered on Feb. 18 7:30-8:15am and 2:15-3.  If you are not able to make these times, please make arrangements with Laura to be trained prior to your regular volunteer time.  Thanks.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Let’s Go Crafting Summer Camps

Has your child ever wanted to learn how to sew?  Or knit, or weave?  Let’sGo Crafting is a fiber arts school that is owned and operated by long time Palo Alto Parent, Connie Butner. This school specializes in teaching children 8 years old and up in sewing, knitting, and weaving. Morning sessions are from 9:00am to 12:00pm and focus on a specific fiber art skill each week.  Camps run weekly from June 9th through August 8th.  See the complete summer schedule at: www.letsgocrafting.wordpress.com 

Donation Drive for Humane Society Silicon Valley

Palo Verde Girl Scout Junior Troop 60011 is collecting:

– Large Blankets,
– Towels,and
– Comforters

for the animals at the Humane Society Silicon Valley.  Please donate items by Feb 7th. Our box is outside the office.  Thank you!   The Girl Scouts of Troop 60011

PAUSD Board Meeting
Regular Meeting
Feb 11, 2014, the Staff Development Center at 25 Churchill Avenue.
Open to Public. Contact Info : lbaranoff@pausd.org 
Education Update with Assemblyman Rich Gordon & The Legislative Analyst’s Office
Sat Feb 22, 10- 12pm, PAUSD Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave.Palo Alto, CA 94306
How does School funding effect Palo Alto Schools. Please join for a discussion on K-12 Education in California, including: new regulations for the Local Control Funding Formula, the implementation of Common Core, efforts to expand Transitional Kindergarten. Please RSVP Online or call (650) 691-2121
10th Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards
Wed Feb 26, 7:30-8:30pm, PAUSD Board Room at 25 Churchill
Help us honor those wonderful people in our community that have made a positive difference in the life of your child with special needs. You can nominate up to three people or organizations. The only requirement is that you must write a paragraph (it can be short) explaining why the nominee deserves a CAC Sweetheart Award. Please send the info, along with the nameand contact information of the person you are nominatingto Rachel Paley at:sweethearts.award@gmail.com

2014 Honorary Service Award
NominationsDeadline Feb 12
Each year the Palo Alto Council of PTAs may bestow one of several California State PTA Honorary Service Awards to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service to children and youth in our community.  The PTA Council HSA Committee selects persons or groups who have benefited children and youth on a district-wide or Palo Alto community level. If you know of someone or an organization that deserves to be honored at this level, please see the nomination form on the PTA Council website  http://paloaltopta.org or contact Susan Usman susanlusman@gmail.com
Gunn Challenge Success presents
Tinker, tailor, soldier, student?:  
How a gap year and community college can support your graduate’s path
Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 7pm, Gunn Library
Open to all parents and high school students.
Join us for a panel discussion on how your student can use community college and/or taking a gap year towards a meaningful post-high school path. We will discuss the benefits and difficulties of these routes and engage in an interactive Q&A session. This event reinforces that there are varied paths to success and every child needs to discover where his/her passion intersects with education and career.
For info: contact  <adamsplanet@sbcglobal.net> or  <rasiegel_pta@att.net>
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