eNews: January 14, 2014


January 15  PTA Coffee & General Meeting

January 20  No school, Martin Luther King, Jr’s Day
January 22 – 23 Restaurant Nights at Tava
January 23  Noon Art
January 24  Friday, 6:30pm, Family Movie Night, MP Room
January 27 – 30  Age of Sail (5th grade)
January 28  Art Night
January 30  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions

February  1  Electronics Recycling
February  5  Site Council;  ABC Reader Training: Book 5
February  6  Noon Art
February  7  PTA Board Meeting

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

Tava Restaurant Nights – Jan 22nd and 23rd (5 -9 pm)
Please support Palo Verde by enjoying some delicious Indian food at Tava Indian Kitchen on Jan 22nd and 23rd.
It is located in Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Unit 162, Palo Alto (http://www.tavaindian.com).
Tava will donate 15% of all sales generated during 5-9 pm on these 2 days to our school. Purchases include dine in, take out, delivery and beverages. Look for a flyer in the Friday folders this week!

Let’s Go to RIO! for Family Movie Night

Friday, January 24, 6:30pm
It’s the middle of winter.  Wouldn’t we all love a tropical vacation?  Well, we can always dream and come to Family Movie Night instead.  On Friday, January 24, we’ll gather in the MP Room at to watch “Rio” and briefly escape from winter gloom.  Bring a floor blanket or a cozy pillow and your own reusable travel mug or water bottle.  Cuddle up with your family and friends.  PTA will provide the movie, hot popcorn, and tropical fruit punch.  Please note, this is not a drop-off event.  All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Family Movie Night is a FREE social event open to all Palo Verde families.  See you there!!  Questions? contact Heather Schultz.

EScrip Dining

This year, resolve to try new eScrip Dining restaurants. Each time you dine, 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. It’s a great way to eat and be merry!

To access list of participating restaurants, go to
Or 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

Optional After School Activities at Palo Verde

Several organizations offer after school activities at Palo Verde.  Flyers for these activities are available in the school office.  Please contact the groups directly, if you have any questions.  Starting times and dates and applicable grades vary for each activity.
Mondays       —  Mad Science, Taekwondo
Tuesdays      —  Golf Fore Kids, Speak Debate
Wednesdays– Art Design, Basketball, Chess, Knitting & Sewing, Tennis
Thursdays    —  Art Clay, Hindi, Run for Fun, Wizbots
Fridays         —  Hindi

From Last Week
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA
Tuesday, January 28th 2014, 5:30-7:30 PM
Come join us for the debut of Palo Verde Art Night, designed to draw out the creative spirit in both children and parents.
Three fun activities are sure to ignite your creativity:
  • Fish Printing – Learn about the Japanese art of Gyotaku by painting “fish” to create an impression on textured papers and tie-dyed cloth
  • Bookmaking – Write a story and illustrate your own 3-D Pop-up Book!
  • Tree Construction – Design feathers and leaves for the Palo Verde community art tree

Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. Art expertise not required. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail (dot) com by Friday, January 24th.

Electronics Recycling Drop-off Event, Feb. 1st
Did you replace your old phone or media player this winter? Do you have ancient computer equipment hiding in the garage? Come to our second annual E-waste recycling event on Saturday, Feb. 1st from 10-2!
Appliances, printers, computer accessories, cellphones, toner cartridges, audio and stereo equipment are accepted. NOT accepted: smoke detectors, thermostats, lightbulbs, batteries or tape media. See http://greencitizen.com/what_we_recycle.php for a more complete list.
The event is open to all CA residents. This is not a fundraiser. Green Citizen refurbishes the ewaste if possible, recycles it in the US if not.

We NEED volunteers (students welcome)! Please contact Joslyn Leve, Green Team Chair: joslynml@hotmail.com.


Lights! Camera! Action! Palo Verde’s annual auction is set for Saturday, March 8th, 7-10:30 pm, at Michael’s at Shoreline. This year’s theme: A Night at the Oscars! Get ready to enjoy a fun-filled evening with drinks, food, music and your Palo Verde friends as we raise money for our kids and Palo Verde school. More details will follow in the coming weeks; but mark your calendars now and schedule those babysitters so you don’t miss out! 

Want to help put on Palo Verde’s biggest, most fun event of the year? Join us at 5 pm, this Sunday, January 12th, for a volunteer meeting. Whether you want to be a star or an extra, anyone can help. The more the merrier! Email Kim Amsbaugh at amsbaugh at gmail dot com. She’ll provide the volunteer meeting location and additional details.

Speaking of volunteers: are databases, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, and mail merges up your alley?  The auction committee could use your skills to help pull off our Night at the Oscars! If you’re interested, contact ebreuner (at) gmail (dot) com to learn about and help with what we do today – or better yet, improve it!


 See everyone on the Red Carpet, March 8th, at Michael’s!

Please consider volunteering during lunch at Palo Verde. Only sign up for once this school year if this is what you can do. If you can come once a month or once a week, it will be even better!  Research shows that youth whose parents are actively involved in their schooling are more engaged in school. Every
parent, every day can positively affect kids’ lives.
The more adults are present during recess, the safer the playground will be. Children really enjoy seeing their parents, their friends’ parents, or a new caring adult with a smile on her/his face.
* Sign-up online go to: http://tinyurl.com/pvyardduty
* Days/Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday = 12pm-12:45pm
Wednesday: 11:45am-12:30pm
* Children play for the first half, and then eat at their designated tables. Bell will ring when it is time to sit down and eat.
* Go to the office and sign in/out using the volunteer sheet on the counter.  Vest & walkie-talkies will be available in office.
* Once you sign up, we will email you a sheet with general guidelines. There will be a staff person in charge if you have questions onsite.
PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
PAUSD is Looking for Substitute Teachers 
Substitutes teachers are an important part of the school system and help keep a school running smoothly on days when teachers are out for professional development, illness, or personal necessity.  Parents who do not need a long term position and have the flexibility and support to cover unfilled absences may find substituting very rewarding.  Staff in the PAUSD Human Resources office would be happy to assist anyone interested in trying this work.  For more information on becoming a substitute in PAUSD, please go to http://www.pausd.org/community/employment/teachers/index.shtml#Substitute

PAUSD Board Meeting,
Tue Jan14, 6:30 P.M. – Open Session, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, California
Materials for the next regular Board meeting have been posted at http://pausd.org/community/board/agenda.shtml

Meet California State Senator Jerry Hill, Thirteenth Senate District
Jan 11, 2014, 9:30 to 11am at Printer’s Café, 320 South California Ave, Palo Alto
The public is invited to speak with and ask questions of Senator Hill regarding the upcoming legislative session.
The Palo Alto Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC) Presents
The Inclusion Panel that will focus on Extra-Curricular and after school activities
Tue Jan 21, 6:15-8pm 25 Churchill – Board Room – PAUSD Office
Are you looking for ways to include your children in extracurricular activities and after school programs?  Join us for a speakers panel focusing on inclusion for after school activities. For info: http://cacpaloalto.org/events/what-does-inclusion-look-like-after-school-your-child-can-play-too/
City of Palo Alto, Project Safety Net, LPCH and Stanford Present panel on
“A Community Dialog About Mental Health, Stigma, Suicide Prevention and Advocacy”
Wed Jan 15  6:30-8:30pm at the Cubberley Theater on 4000 Middlefield Rd. in Palo Alto
This event presents a great opportunity for our community to gain awareness and hear inspiring stories regarding suicide prevention, stigma and advocacy. The panel of Kevin Hines, Keynote Speaker, and  panel of Christina Khan, Becky Beacom, Rebecca Bernert, Shashank Joshi.  For info http://www.psnpaloalto.com/
PTA News
The Learning Challenges Committee of the Los Altos Mountain View PTA Present
The Learning Challenges Resource Fair
Fri, Jan 31, 6-8 pm at Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St, Mountain View.
The Learning Challenges Resource Fair will include a broad array of service providers, from speech therapists to tutoring services, from art classes to adapted physical education, legal services to advocacy organizations. For info: http://learningchallenges.lamvptac.org/
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Presents
DR. Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat
Jan 23, 24, 25 and Feb 1, 7, 8 at 7:00pm, Jan 25 and Feb 1, 8, 9 at 2:00pm, Jan 29, 30, 31 and Feb 5, 6 at 4:30pm
Don’t miss this brilliantly exuberant stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic tale! Filled with “lots of fun that is funny,” Get tickets or more information at: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=2012&TargetID=279

The Museum of American Heritage Presents

Build a Crystal Radio 
Feb 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 1-3:30pm, at
351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, California
  Students learn to build a crystal radio. Students will explore the history of radio dating back to Tesla and Marconi. Basic radio theory, modulation, headphone function, and reading radio schematics will also be taught. $75 for Museum members; $85 for non-members.
The Museum of American Heritage Presents

Solid State Electronics & Integrated Circuits 
 Mar 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 1-3:30pm, at
351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, California
  Introductory course covering the basics of transistor and vacuum tubes and integrated circuits.. Students will discover what ICs are made of, how they work, and how they are designed and manufactured right here in Silicon Valley. Includes a class project that students can take home.
$75 for Museum members; $85 for non-members.

The Museum of American Heritage Presents
Digital Logic
Apr 19 & 26 from 1-4pm, at
351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, California
An introduction to digital integrated circuit operationStudents assemble and solder a human reaction timer built from discrete digital logic devices. Basic electrical knowledge of voltage, current, and circuits is strongly suggested. $70 for Museum members; $80 for non-members.
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