eNews: February 25, 2015

February   26  NoteCard Fundraiser: completed card/check
                  due in office;  5th Grade Parent Night

March   2 – 4 Choice Program Night  – 5th grade
March   2   PTA Board Meeting
March   4   PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
                  PTA Coffee; 
                  ABC Reader Training: Book #6

March   6   Palo Verde Voice distribution
March   7   Palo Verde Auction
March   9   Noon Art
March  12  Boardgames Thursday – come help if you can!
March  13  NO SCHOOL

March 23   Noon Art
March 26 – 28   Children’s Theatre Performance
March 31   Science Fair

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Palo Verde Notecard Fundraiser
Thank you all to those who have already submitted orders for Norecards.
If you have not done so, but plan to do it, the due date is on the 26th this Thursday.
Please submit :  1. finished notecard  2. order form  3. check
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

And the Nominees Are…..
The Oscars may be over, but you can still grab yourself a coveted spot on the Palo Verde PTA Board for the 2015-2016 season.

Serving on the PTA Board is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference in your child’s life, learn more about the inner workings of Palo Verde, and work with some of the many intelligent and capable people in the Palo Verde community. There is a role to fit every schedule. Many current and past board members have held full time jobs while serving.

The PTA Nominating Committee is actively seeking PTA Executive Board Members for the 2015-2016 school year. 

Open positions include President, VP of Fundraising, VP of Programs & Social Events, Secretary, and Auditor. 

Whether you are merely curious or ready to step up, please contact us at: pvptanominating@gmail.com or directly seek out: Shiraaz Bhabha, Liliana Kunze-Briseno, Tina Mondragon, or Rebecca Thompson.

Please also join us at the PTA coffee, on Wednesday, March 3rd at 8:15am

PTA Executive Board Office Descriptions 

Below are descriptions of all PTA Executive Board roles.  Consider joining the PTA Board! Board members meet monthly – generally on a Monday morning.


* Orchestrate and lead the PTA officers and committees in an effective manner.
* Meet regularly with the school Principal on matters concerning the PTA.
* Prepare meeting agendas and conduct PTA association and board meetings.
* Prepare and present the PTA budget to the association membership.
* Represent Palo Verde at District PTA events.
* Attend and lead monthly PTA meetings.

VP of Communications:

* Help communicate Palo Verde PTA-sponsored social, educational & fundraising events & activities to the school-wide population. 
* Work closely with the publishing volunteers of The Voice & the PTA & Palo Verde website volunteers to communicate information on those events. 
* Perform the duties of the president in the case of their absence. 
* Attend monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board.

VP of Fundraising:

* Determine overall fundraising strategy and ensure that fundraising programs are run efficiently, cohesively and in a manner consistent with Palo Verde values.
* Support the chairs and volunteers of all fundraising activities.
* Help ensure that all fundraising activities are meeting the appropriate deadlines and timelines.
* Act as a liaison between the PTA Executive Board and the chairs of the Palo Verde fundraising events.
* Attend monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board.

VP of Programs and Social Events:

* Help ensure all school-wide social events and programs are meeting the appropriate deadlines and timelines.
* Act as a liaison between the PTA Executive Board and the chairs of the Palo Verde social activities and programs.
* Work with the school administration and the Palo Alto PTA to disseminate information about parent education opportunities happening throughout the district. 
* Attend monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board.


* Record minutes of all PTA association and Executive Board meetings (attendance, votes, expenditures, and major discussion items that might be necessary for future reference).
* Distribute copies of prior meeting minutes for review at board meetings. 
* Keep copies of minutes & treasurer’s report in a binder. 
* Find a back-up recording secretary when unable to attend meetings. 
* Act as Historian by maintaining records of PTA activities & logging volunteer hours.
* Attend monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive


* Attend all executive board and PTA association meetings and advise on parliamentary procedure when requested.
* Initiate the formation of the nominating committee, recruit members as needed, and give instructions on procedure.
* Chair the by-laws committee and review by-laws annually.


* Maintain accurate PTA financial books & records, including authorization of all receipts & disbursements.
* Maintain PTA bank accounts: Write checks to cover expenses, act as one of three authorized bank signatories on all deposits & disbursements of PTA funds, & keep paper records of all deposits & checks. 
* Deliver a treasurer’s report at PTA & executive board meetings. This record becomes part of the minutes. 
* Chair the budget committee & prepare the annual budget for adoption by the PTA association. 
* Attend monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board.


* Audit the books and financial records of the PTA association twice a year and upon resignation of the treasurer or any check signer.
* Prepare/present a written auditor’s report for the executive board and present the written auditor’s report for adoption by the PTA association.
* Attend monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PTAC Honorary Service Awards
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 & youth in our community.  The individuals or organization nominated must
make far-reaching, notable contributions.  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 indicate their name so that they may be put into nomination when the committee meets to choose this year’s recipients. The chosen recipients will be announced at our Honorary Service Award Breakfast May 8th, 2015. Form: http://goo.gl/hn2R7p
11th Annual Sweetheart Awards – Calling for Nominations
Wed Mar 4th, 6:30: Refreshments; Awards 7:00-8:00; Jordan Middle School MP Room
***NOTE DATE CHANGE, rescheduled from previous Feb 25th date to March 4th***
Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something (however large or small) for your special needs child that makes that person a sweetheart to your family? Are you a student who has experienced support and compassion from an unexpected source and would like to say thanks? Help honor those wonderful people in our community who have made a positive difference in the life of a child with special needs by nominating them for a CAC Sweetheart Award. You can nominate anyone and you can nominate up to three people or organizations. New this year! To nominate a sweetheart, go to and complete the form. http://goo.gl/forms/iFXwHkBlQI Info: http://cacpaloalto.org/events/11th-annual-sweetheart-awards/
“Listening to Youth Voices”
Sunday, March 1, 5 – 7 PM, First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto
This forum is intended to provide youth with an opportunity to be heard by community leaders, parents, and other youth. We are asking youth to share their thoughts on the subject of youth well-being – how they perceive their lives, what they would like, what would make them feel better, more included, and more valued across the domains of school, home, and community. We are asking adults to actively listen to what our children have to say.
5:00 Welcome and Introductions – Pat Burt, Palo Alto City Council Member
5:10-6:00 Youth Panelists, facilitated by Becky BeacomPAMF
6:00-6:50 Youth Speaker Open Mike
6:50 Closing Remarks – Ken Dauber, PAUSD Trustee

Reading Tutors & Classroom Volunteers Needed Next School Year – Sign up Now
Need parents willing to volunteer beginning in September for K-4 classrooms in East Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.  Either tutor students in a structured reading program or assist teachers in the classroom.  These classes have no parents helping, no PTA, 62% of students are below grade level in reading and 53% below grade level in math – The volunteers make a difference for these kids. It’s one hour per week; Training & coordination will be provided. www.allstudentsmatter.org.  Contact Carolyn Blatman at CBlatman@aol.com
Juana Run Races – Help is Needed!
Sat Feb 28 starting at 8am; 4100 Orme Street, Palo Alto
The Juana Run race is less than 2 weeks away! If you’re not planning on running in the race, please consider helping out as a course monitor. We need adults 18+ to be at specific points along the course to keep runners safe and headed the right direction. Click here for Course Monitor Spots. Other help needed and we’re happy to sign student volunteer hours forms. Click here for Pre-race help: Click here for Race day help:  But do you still Juana Run the race? Great! Click here to register as a runner.

Student Advisors for Education (SAFE) — A panel discussion by LD/ADHD High School Students
Thu, Feb 25, 7:00pm at Google, 1345 Shorebird Way (Pacific Ocean Room) in Mountain View
Thu, Mar 5, 7:00pm at Gunn High School (Little Theater) 780 ArastraderoRd, Palo Alto
SAFE is a community of students with learning and attention differences who they strive to educate, mentor and support students, parents and educators and spread awareness about the importance and value of learning diversity. In PANEL format, students will discuss their challenges and strengths through their own experiences. Their candor and unique role as students offers a new perspective on learning differences and the educational environment they have learned to work within. Intended Audience: Middle and high school students, parents and educators. Cost: Free.  Register for 2/25 student panel at Google here. Register for 3/5 student panel at Gunn here.

Free Family Science Night at the Junior Museum and Zoo
Thur, Feb. 26, 6-8pm; Palo Alto Junior Museum; 1451 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto.
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!
Spring Workshop Preview!
Spring quarter begins Apr 7; Palo Alto Art Center; Reg begins Mar 6 for Residents; Mar 13 non-res
Upcoming spring workshops for adults offer something for everyone! The workshops include fabric printing, water-based Japanese woodblock printmaking, monotype, Gelli printing, and hand papermaking and cast-paper sculpture. Check here: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/artcenter/classes/adults/classes.asp. Info:  Fanny Retsek at 617.3525 or fanny.retsek@cityofpaloalto.org

Listening to Youth Voices – Youth Forum
Sun, Mar 1, 5-7pm, First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto
Come hear what is on the minds of our youth.  Developmental Asset #7 is “Community Values Youth” yet, only 22% of our teens surveyed feel that this true.  Project Safety Net concluded that “few middle and high schoolers feel like they have a voice in the community or that the community cares about them”.  This youth forum is intended to provide youth with an opportunity to be heard by community leaders, parents and other teens.  Please come listen as our young people speak about their life experience in Palo Alto, at school, home and in the community.  Questions? Email payouthforum2015@gmail.com

Unlocking the Potential for PAUSD Students to Thrive: An Evening with DreamCatchers – featuring Superintendent Max McGee, Dr. Amado Padilla, Stanford University and County Supervisor Joe Simitian.  
Mar 5,  Thur  Evening 6:30 – 8:30 PM ; Palo Alto HS Media Arts Center.  
In an interactive and informative evening, learn about DreamCatchers, an innovative non-profit partnership with PAUSD and Stanford that helps low income, historically under-represented students in Palo Alto reach their full potential.  Hear from PAUSD educators and DreamCatchers’ Stanford student volunteer corps.  Compare their strategies with the ones you use at home.  Contact Barbara Sih Klausner.  Barbara@dreamcatchersyouth.org.  Info: www.dreamcatchersyouth.org.

Junior Museum and Zoo will host WHOOOO
Mar 8, 1-2pm (11-1pm for members), Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
A Celebration of Owls During the Day. This family-friendly event will be a lot of fun for local students and their families – and it’s free! Info: Julie: 326-6338; julie@friendsjmz.org

Building a Community for our Children through Social Capital
Wed,  Mar 18, 7-9pm.  Hospitality: 6:45pm; Covington Elementary School Multi, 205 Covington, Los Altos
The Interdependence Network (http://buildingsocialcapital.org) is dedicated to helping human service organizations shift to a model based on helping their clients build social capital, which is created when people are included, involved, and engaged in their communities. Organizations will discuss how they are building inclusive communities right here in the Bay Area using this model. The discussion will include what each of you can do to help your kids build social capital and make this community a reality. This talk is based on the book written by Al Condeluci, Social Capital: The Key to Macro Change  http://alcondeluci.com/social-capital-the-key-to-macro-change/This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org)  Free & no  registration is necessary.

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