eNews: January 13, 2016


     18  No School, Holiday
     20  PTA General Meeting + Coffee Social (tentative)
     22  Movie Night (evening) “Inside Out”
     25  Noon Art
     25 – 28  Tall Sailor Trip (5th Grade)
     29  PTA Board Meeting

       3   PTA Coffee Social;
            Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 5
       4   Noon Game
       8   Noon Art
      11 – 15  No School
      22  Noon Art
      26  Movie Night (evening)
      29  Math Night (evening)

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Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week


Principal Update from Dr.Max McGee 
Wednesday January 20′ 
Dear Parents:
At the request of the Palo Verde PTA board, Dr. Max McGee the district superintendent is coming to the PTA general meeting on Wednesday January 20, to address the parent community on the status of the search for a permanent replacement for Principal Anne Brown.  The meeting will be in the teacher’s lounge from 8:15 am -8:45 am. This meeting is open to all Palo Verde parents. 

From Last Week  

Seeking Volunteers to Serve on the Nominating Committee

Our school relies heavily on its PTA volunteers to build community and offer amazing programs that entirely and exclusively benefit our families and kids. The PTA is looking for a committee of volunteers  (3-5)who will help us find candidates to fill some vacant board positions for the ’16-’17 school year. Some of the open board positions include Executive Vice President, VP Membership and Parliamentarian. Most of our current board members have children in 3-5 grades and will be moving on to middle school in the next couple of years. We are looking for board members especially from the K-3 families who will bring a fresh perspective and energy to the board. If you know someone who fits the bill or can help us find someone to fill board positions, please consider joining the nominating committee. This is a one-time position only and you will not be asked again to volunteer on the nominating committee. If you are interested in volunteering please contact PTA president Anjani Sarma at president@pvpta.org 
Seeking Volunteers to Pick up and Deliver Coffee and/or Help with Set-up and Clean
As part of our community building efforts, the PTA has a tradition of providing coffee once a month during assembly. This provides parents/PTA members with an opportunity to stop after drop off and connect with other parents over a cup of coffee and treats once a month, vote on PTA matters during our general meetings and get up to speed with school events announced at the assembly. 
We are looking for parent volunteers who are willing to pick up coffee for any or all of the upcoming monthly coffee socials from either the Starbucks on Charleston or Peets on Middlefield and deliver it to school by 8:05 am on the designated date. The PTA will pay for the coffee and donuts. We are also looking for parents (1-2) who will be willing to set up the coffee table and clean up after the assembly on any or all of the coffee social dates. 
The following are the upcoming coffee social dates
Wednesday, January 20 (Tentative General Meeting to Appoint Nominating Committee)
Wednesday, February 3
Wednesday, March 2
Wednesday, April 20 (PTA Board Elections)
May, (Date TBD)
Please sign up here for the coffee social or to set up/clean up. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1R9bEHOGsDON-0gjBG0aazwH9KhhbZNdPnCahOEpCe3A/edit?usp=sharing  
Farmer’s Market at Palo Verde
The Palo Verde PTA board has decided to trial run a farmer’s market at Palo Verde through Farmigo, subject to community interest and if someone volunteers to run the program on behalf of the PTA.  Farmigo is an online farmers market featuring the best small family farms and local producers where the food is harvested or prepared to order. The online farmer’s market will be exclusive to Palo Verde families and staff only. Families/staff can order their weekly groceries,seasonal fruits and vegetables, to meat, eggs, bread, dairy, artisanal treats and more all organically and sustainably sourced from local farmers through a Farmigo website created for Palo Verde. Some of the  prices are comparable to some of the organic prices at Safeway. Orders will be delivered once a week to Palo Verde. With enough orders, Farmigo will give 10% of total sales back to Palo Verde. The parent who volunteers to distribute the produce to our families at school on a weekly basis will get 30% off their orders. For more information on Farmigo and to see what they have to offer, please visit  https://www.farmigo.com/market/ohlonekidsclub-paloalto  
Please note, that this program will only run if we have a volunteer and sufficient interest among our Palo Verde school community members including staff. To help us gauge interest please sign up here if you would be interested in participating. 

To volunteer or for more information please contact Anjani Sarma at president@pvpta.org.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
PAUSD Parent Information Session on IEPs & 504 plans (Part 2) – SMART GOALS
Wed, Jan 27, 6:30 – 7″30 PM, SDC Room, 25 Churchill, Palo Alto
This session is the second in a series for parents whose children receive support under an IEP (Individualized Education Program) or 504 plan. Presented by PAUSD staff, including Director of Special Education Chiara Perry, Director of Student Services Brenda Carrillo, and Coordinator of Student Services Lissette Moore-Guerra. The first session provided an overview of IEPs and 504s. Come learn and have questions answered.  Presented by the PAUSD Special Education Department and Student Services Department, and co-sponsored by Palo Alto CAC, http://cacpaloalto.org/
Inclusion for All Students in Middle and High School in Electives and Extracurricular Activities: What does inclusion look like in Middle and High School and what can be done to improve it?
Mon, Jan 256:30-8:30 PM  (hospitality starts at 6pm), PAUSD Board Room, 25 Churchill, Palo Alto.
Join the discussion on how to improve the inclusion of all students (including those with special needs and disabilities) in Middle and High School electives and extracurricular activities and share success stories and best practices that benefit all. Let’s come together to make our PAUSD Middle and High Schools a better place for everyone. There will be a panel discussion with PAUSD teachers from Gunn, Paly, JLS, Jordan and Terman followed by a break-out in small groups where questions can be asked. Spanish translation will be available. Sponsored by Palo Alto CAC http://cacpaloalto.org/ and PAUSD. Anyone is free to join in.
PTAC Honorary Service Awards
Deadline for Nominations: Feb 12, 2016
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 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 April 22, 2016. Please use this Nomination Form to submit a nomination. Questions?  Contact evp@paloaltopta.org
Community E, M, H
STEM Innovation Bowl
Sat. Jan 30, 10 AM – 5 PM, Santa Clara Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara
Your Free Ticket to STEM. Families can enjoy learning about the future of immersive technology: virtual reality, augmented reality, telepresence robots, computer vision, 3D video, and gaming (recommended for grades 6 and up). Younger grades will enjoy the Innovation Stations—hands-on areas—where kids can learn about circuit boards, build with blocks and straws, create mosaics using math, interact with robots and launch rockets. Sign up for your FREE tickets at santaclaraca.gov/innovation.
Palo Alto Library Event — Magician Dan Chan
Sat, Jan 9, 3:30 PM, Mitchell Park, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Award-winning magician Dan Chan performs at the magical events for all ages. No registration required.
Palo Children’s Library Photo Scavenger Hunt at the Library!
Fri, Jan 157-8:15 PM, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto
Come to the library for an evening of family fun! All ages.
Avenidas Tech Faire
Sat. Jan 16, 10 AM – 2 PM, 450 Bryant Street, Palo Alto
Come One, Come All! Kick off the New Year by attending the Avenidas Tech Faire[https://www.avenidas.org/activities/conferences-events/tech-faire]. Enjoy a free and interactive day filled with new gadgets, engaging presentations, food, and fun! Bring your family to explore innovative technologies that will shape our future. Don’t miss out on Tech Talks with industry experts and check out the exhibits of Apple watches, 3D printers, robots, and more! Free and open to the public! For more information, call (650) 289-5435 or email tkamita@avenidas.org.
12th Annual Sweetheart Awards – Call for Nominations
Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, administrator, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something (however large or small) for your special needs child? Honor that person by nominating him or her for a Sweetheart Award. Submit nominations using this online form: goo.gl/HIHtkO Nominations are due by February 10th.  For more information about the awards email: sweethearts.award@gmail.com or go to the CAC website for ceremony details, www.cacpaloalto.org
Mon – Sat Art Center (1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto) & Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto)
Unleash your creativity by signing up for one of our classes. We offer classes for children, tweens, teens and adults in ceramics, painting and sculpture.
Registration is open now! All of our Art Classes are listed in our brochurehttp://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/49898.
Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello (rebecca.passarello@cityofpaloalto.org) or650-617-3509).
Friends Nursery School Open House! 
Saturday, January 30, 2016. 11:00am – 1:00pm. 
Children Welcome! Come and visit our amazing preschool. Meet the teachers, talk with parents and check out our great indoor and outdoor spaces.

Need more info? Contact Anne Horgan: 650.856.6152 or pafns@sbcglobal.net 

Please Help Gunn Win a $15,000 Grant 

I’m part of 5 member team from Gunn High School that recently won Best in State for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge and a $5,000 grant for Gunn’s STEM program. We now have the opportunity to win Gunn an additional $15,000 grant and develop our app if we receive the most votes for the App Challenge Fan Favorite Award contest. If you don’t mind, could you send the following message along to the other staff members at Palo Verde and vote for the team?

A team of 5 Gunn High School students won Best in State for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge and received a $5,000 grant to enhance Gunn’s STEM program. They now have the opportunity to win Gunn an additional $15,000 grant if the team receives the most votes in the App Challenge Fan Favorite Award contest.

To vote, text SAYIT1 to 22333
Your help will be greatly appreciated!!!


Palo Alto Children’s Library Society of Bookworms – Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger by Pflugfelder and Hockensmith
Wed, Jan 20, 3:30 PM, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6.  Register here.  http://tinyurl.com/oez7pdx
Palo Alto Children’s Library — Coding for Kids
Sat, Jan 9, 3-4:30 PM. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Coding for Kids introduces kids in grades 2-6 to computer programming using visual programming languages. This workshop consists of three 1.5 hour sessions on 1/9, 1/16, and 1/23. Register only if you can attend all 3 sessions. Register herehttp://tinyurl.com/plc4sud
Palo Alto Library’s  Annual Storytelling Festival at Children’s Library
Sun, Jan 24, 1:15 PM, 1276 Harriet St. Palo Alto
A Children’s Library tradition for over 30 years! Drop in for refreshments by the fireplace and enjoy the art of storytelling. Great fun for all ages!
Palo Alto Children’s Library — S.T.E.A.M. Lab Saturday
Sat, Jan 2, 2:30-3:30 PM OR 4-5 PM (two sessions), 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto   
Each month we’ll engage in maker projects utilizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts. See http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/lib/branches/childrens.asp for details. For K-6th grade.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp
Sat, Jan 16, 9:30 AM – 1 PM, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day
SingFest minicamp. Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January, 2016. Beginning groups meet once a week for choral singing and theory instruction. Ragazzi proven, award-winning program is sequential and performance-based. Ragazzi performs its own concert series, sings the National Anthem at a spring SF Giants game, tours domestically and internationally, and collaborates with other prestigious Bay Area arts organizations. Contact: ragazzi@ragazzi.org or 650-342-8785.  Minicamp is free, but advance registration is required at http://ragazzi.org/join-us/singfest/. Can’t make it to SingFest but want to audition?  Go to http://ragazzi.org/join-us/book-audition/
Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement class open
Mon 4:15 – 5 pm, Feb. 1 – May 9, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging class for active young boys is now open. It’s a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi’s main program. This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A child-developmental approach fosters boys’ creativity and curiosity. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $260 for 13 weeks; early-bird and sibling discounts. Contact ragazzi@ragazzi.org650-342-8785. Register & more info at http://ragazzi.org/program/music-movement/
Paly Cheer & Dance Little Vike Clinic
Feb 1-4, 3:45 – 5 PM, Paly Dance Studio
Sat, Feb 6, 6:15 – 8 PM, Gunn High School Gym – Perform at Paly Basketball Game
Have fun learning basketball cheers, a halftime dance and stunts and tumbling.  Perform at a Paly Varsity Basketball game. More info: http://www.palycheer.net/little-vikes-winter-clinic.html
Palo Alto Children’s Library Minigame Madness
Wed, Jan 27, 3:30-5:00 PM, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto
Game on! Come to the library for an afternoon or fast-paced games and friendly competition. Grades K-5th. Register here   http://tinyurl.com/j2fssds

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