eNews: February 25, 2014


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

Message from Principle Ann Brown
Dear Palo Verde Families;

Spring is right around the corner, and with spring we tend to see more outbreaks of lice at school.   I strongly encourage parents to perform regular lice checks on your children at home.  For your reference please log onto the PAUSD Health and Wellness page at http://pausd.org/parents/services/health/.  If you scroll to the bottom of the page for information on head lice, including the PAUSD Lice Protocol and Board Policy.  Educational materials and videos are posted for families to use for performing regular lice checks at home throughout the school year.  If your discover lice on your child, please notify office so we can send home exposure notices.  Having parents regularly check their own children at home is the best way to control head lice.
Lice Policy
Lice are common age-old pests that are easily transferred from person to person. All age groups and localities are susceptible. If you discover a lice problem, please call your school office to help us keep the problem under control. Parents are encouraged to check their child’s head for lice at home on a regular basis throughout the school year.

For help with treating head lice, please view the videos from HeadLice.Org – Video Theatre, and the California Department of Public Health brochure, A Parent’s Guide to Head Lice, also available at your school office.

  •     Palo Alto Unified School District BP 5141.33, adopted 02.26.13 


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.

Mileage tracker forms for February are due on Monday March 3

Please drop your February mileage tracker forms in the traffic safety bin in the office. Every child who green commutes through February, March and April will receive a prize and a certificate of appreciation from the traffic safety team in May. If you have misplaced your form please download one from here

Thank you for green commuting.

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.

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!

eScrip: Safeway Program Change Reminder

Safeway has made an important change!   


Paying for your groceries with a credit card no longer earns eScrip contributions.  In order to continue earning from Safeway, eScrip supporters need to pay for their groceries with any payment type other than a credit card. All other forms of payment, including cash, check, debit and gift card track for Safeway contributions!


We need your help to earn more with eScrip for Palo Verde!

And, if you have not signed up yet, please go to http://www.escrip.com/signup today!

Questions: please contact Palo Verde eScrip coordinator  

Iva Reid at  izreid (at) gmail (dot) com 

Thank you for your continued support.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD Board Regular Meeting
Regular Meeting
Tue, Feb 25 6:30 P.M. – Open Session at 25 Churchill Avenue.

Open to Public. Materials for the next Board meeting can be found at http://pausd.org/community/board/agenda.shtml 

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:

Parenting with Ease  An 8-Week Parenting Series

Thursdays, 10AM – Noon; Starting February 27, 2014

In this 8-week series parents will learn practices to nurture an environment based on connection, empathy and mindfulness.  We will demonstrate how to set limits in ways that meet the needs of parents and children.  We will also practice ways of engaging with ourselves and others to facilitate openness and agreement.

Topics will include connecting communication, setting and holding limits, recognizing and managing anger/stress/overwhelm, and much more. We will focus on practicing new skills that bring greater consciousness into daily interactions in a safe and supportive environment.

All eight classes will be held on Thursdays from 10 a.m. – Noon at  554 Kelly Way  Palo Alto, CA 94306


Dates: 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1

Series Fee: $200 per person (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

Please contact Bob (bobniederman@comcast.net; (650) 857-0772) or Gayathri (gayathri7000@gmail.com; (310) 994-3727) for a registration form.

Peninsula Youth Theatre
offers classes, camps and performance opportunities for ages 3.5 and up all summer long.  Popular “Theatre in the Park” camps have campers creating their own sets and costumes before putting on a play for family and friends the last night of camp.  Visit www.pytnet.org for more information.
The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts will be alive with “The Sound of Music” when Peninsula Youth Theatre presents this family favorite March 1-9.  For tickets and more information, please visit www.pytnet.org. See you at the show!


Cantor Arts Center Presents
“Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology, and Surgery”
Apr 9 Aug 3 at Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
An exhibition that allows museum visitors to experience Rodin’s hands in much the same manner as Dr. Chang’s students. The exhibition, unique in how it merges art and science, involved an unprecedented collaboration. For more info: http://museum.stanford.edu
Kidpower Presents
Workshop for 3-5 year-olds with their adults 
Sun Mar 23, 9am to 9:50am,

2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303,
Through puppets and fun, interactive stories, learn how to introduce People Safety Skills and to continue to practice them in your daily life. Pre-registration required. 
To register: http://www.kidpower.org/what-we-do/california-services/register/


Parent-Child Workshop for 5-8 year-olds with their adults  

Sun  Mar 23, 10:30am to 12:30pm,

2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303, 

Protect your child from harm and gain valuable tools for building better relationships. Register early to ensure your spot. Pre-registration required.To register: rhttp://www.kidpower.org/what-we-do/california-services/register/ 

Parent-Child Workshop for 6-12 year-olds with their adults  

Sun Apr 6 , 9 to 1pm, 2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303,Families practice personal safety skills together for handling every day emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies. Pre-registration required. 
To register:  http://www.kidpower.org/what-we-do/california-services/register 

Canopy presents,
Arbor Day Festival
Sat Mar 8,  10:30 to 1:30 pm, Mitchell Park, Palo Alto
With Live music by The Banana Slug String Band and The Tree Circus. Family fun, Rope tree climbing and Food trucks.  Canopy plants and protects trees to create livable communities in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. Join for the next free Canopy Tree Walk on the second Saturday of every month, 10 AM to Noon
Neighbors Abroad Summer Exchange
Travel to Palo Alto’s sister city of Oaxaca, Mexico as an exchange student and live with a Mexican “brother” or “sister” while improving your Spanish fluency. Develop a deeper understanding of another culture, visit archaeological ruins and villages famous for outstanding native handcrafts.  The only cost is airfare and spending money.  Contact: marion@sonic.net or phone: 650-493-3798.
Palo Alto City Library Presents
Stanford Mall Book Blast 
Sat Feb 22 from 11-1pm, Stanford Mall (in the middle near the Macy’s entrance) 
Kids of all ages are invited to share in the joy of reading with Lori & RJ from Cotton Candy Express. Bring in a book to donate to a local charity and receive a special gift. Free for Kidgits Members/ Small fee for non-members. For info: http://www.simon.com/mall/stanford-shopping-center/stream/kidigts-book-blast-1020338


Dollars and Sense: Tax Diversification Strategies 
Thur  Feb 27 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. 
Tax season is here! Learn tax diversification strategies from Vanessa and Andrew from Mass Mutual Financial Advisers. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6280

Parenting Program: Risky Behaviors and Wise Decisions 

Thur Mar 6 at 3:30 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd
Helping children and teenagers make wise decisions and recognize the consequences of risky behaviors is the focus of this workshop. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6680 

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