eNews: February 4, 2014


February   5  PTA Coffee; Site Council; 
                     ABC Reader Training: Book 5
February   6  Noon Art
February   7  PTA Board Meeting

February 12  Kids Note Cards fundraiser begins
February 13 – 17  No School
February 20  Noon Art
February 21  Kinder Orientation (incoming Kinder) 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

New This Week

Palo Verde Notecard Fundraiser

It’s time for our annual Note Card Fundraiser! Each child designs his/her own personal and unique note card. They come in very handy and also make great gifts (Mother’s Day/Father’s Day). In addition to notecards, there are other products (notepads, stickers, and gift tags), that you can also order at the same time. A portion of the proceeds goes directly to our school.

The notecards and order forms will go home in the Friday folders on Wednesday, February 12th. Extra blank notecards and order forms are available in the office. Please return the order form, completed notecard, and a check made payable to “Palo Verde PTA” to your child’s teacher or the office by Wednesday February 26th.  The orders will be distributed in late April or early May.  

Question? contact Junghee Hsieh, heatherjhcho (at) hotmail (dot) com


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.

From Last Week

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
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

 Parents Place and the Oshman Family JCC presents
Documentary BULLY
Thu Feb 6 from 6:30-9:00pm at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
This film opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders.  After the film, there will be panel and separate teen discussion lead by experts in the fields of bullying and counseling.

CAC invites Nominations for:
10th. Annual CAC Sweetheart Award
Wed Feb 26, 7:30 to 8:30pm , PAUSD Board Room at 25 Churchill, Palo Alto
Nominations must be received by Feb 12, 2014. Help us honor wonderful people in our community who have made positive difference in the life of your child with special needs by nominating them for CAC Sweetheart Award. Send nominations to Sweethearts.award@gmail.com or 650-346-5169

Junior Naturalist Afterschool Program

Wed March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 from 3:30 – 5:30pm at EcoCenter 2560 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto,
The Environmental Volunteers invites 3rd – 5th grade students. Students meet live birds, fish, and sharks, and will learn about and even help restore the beautiful Palo Alto Baylands. $85 includes t-shirt, merit pins, daily snacks, and 5 sessions.
For more info call (650)493-8000 x345. Or at  www.EVols.org
Medaka no Gakko summer program
June 23-July 11, 2014  8:45 am-12:30 pm at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple in Palo Alto.
The parent cooperative program features arts and crafts, music, literature, cooking, social studies and language. Classroom activities are enriched by demonstrations and performances by artists and community members. After school care available until 3:00 p.m.  For more information, please visit www.medakanogakko.org or email medakanogakkopaloalto@gmail.com. 

Paly Choirs Pops Concert
Tue Feb 11, 2014 and Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the historical Haymarket Theater
The Paly Choirs will present their annual Pops on.  Paly Choirs sing classics featuring our 80 voice Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Spectrum Singers, Beginning Choir and all 5 of our a cappella groups. Prices: General Admission ($10), Students ($5), and Children Under 12 (Free)
Palo Alto City Library presents
Teen Etiquette 
Thu Feb 20 at 4 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. 
Linh Dang, Etiquette Expert, will teach teens manners, respect, kindness, and consideration so your child can obtain the competitive social edge among their classmates.
Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6287   

The Palo Alto City Library will host
Book discussion of Robin Sloan’s break-out bestseller, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore”.
Tue Feb 4, 7 p.m., Downtown Library, 270 Forest Avenue
Part of Silicon Valley Reads: “Books & Technology: Friends or Foes.
Registration & Information:  www.cityofpaloalto.org/library  
PEN Silicon Valley presents
On Time, On Task and Organized: Using Technology to Build Executive Function Skills
Tue Feb 25, 7 – 9 pm,Athena Academy, 525 San Antonio Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Through lecture and live demonstrations, attendees will learn about tools to help students: Manage and monitor use of time, Reduce visual, auditory, and internal distractions, Break large projects and problems into manageable chunks, Cost: FREE for PEN members plus a guest. $10 for non-member registration. For Info : http://pen-siliconvalley.org/ViewEvent.ashx?eventId=805971
Juana Run 2014 Run It or Walk It 
Sat Feb 22, First race at 8:30am, 4100 Orme St., Palo Alto
It might be the final Juana Run in Palo Alto, so now’s your chance to take part in this great neighborhood event.  Races for the whole family: 8k, 5k, or 1-mile. Kids’ races (¼ and ½ mile) and those with special needs.  Pancake breakfast after the 8k; BBQ lunch after the kids’ races. $5 of your registration is donated back to your school. Register TODAY at  www.juanarun.org
Palo Alto City Library presents
Dollars and Sense: Tax Diversification Strategies 
Thu 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   

Palo Alto City Library presents
Parenting Program: Making and Keeping Friends and the Impact of Digital Media 
Thu Feb 6 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. 

Making and keeping friends is challenging, particularly with all the technology that keeps kids connected electronically, but not face-to-face. During this workshop, tips will be provided for helping children and teenagers make and keep positive, productive friendships. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6275 

Palo Alto City Library presents

Chess Wizards 
Thu Feb 20 at 3:30 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. 

Learn tips and tricks to become a chess wizard!
Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6288 

Palo Alto Apps Challenge
Deadline February 28
Will your app transform the way local government and citizens connect?  Find out! Enter the Palo Alto Apps Challenge.  Multiple prizes awarded. You don’t have to be a software engineer to win! Registration online at hackpaloalto.org .
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