eNews: January 20, 2016


     20  PTA General Meeting + Coffee Social (tentative)
           Principal Update from Dr. Max McGee & Dr. Scott Bowers
     22  Movie Night (evening) “Inside Out”
     25  Noon Art
     25 – 28  Tall Sailor Trip (5th Grade)
     29  PTA Board Meeting

       2   Art Night
       3   PTA Coffee Social;
            Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 5
       4   Noon Game
       8   Noon Art
      11 – 15  No School
      22  Noon Art
      26  PTA Board Meeting;  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 and Dr. Scott Bowers on Wednesday, January 20th*: Please attend

Dr. Max McGee/PAUSD Superintendent and Dr. Scott Bowers/PAUSD Assistant Superintendent Human Resources will be at Palo Verde Elementary on Wednesday, January 20th 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 is a PTA general meeting and is open to ALL Palo Verde parents.  The PTA is  hoping that the Palo Verde parent community is able to attend the meeting to collectively express our concern about the current leadership vacuum

 at Palo Verde that affects all of us as a community. Please attend if you can.  


Lost & Found Cart

Pick up Your Items before February 4th!

Please check the lost and found cart and claim any items that belong to you by February 4th.  After February 4th, we will send coats and jackets to refugee children on the island of Lesvos, Greece and remaining items will be donated to a local charity.


Family Movie Nights are very popular and there is more to come.

Please join us on Friday night, January 22, for a showing of Pixar’s Inside Out. 
Bring a blanket or a sleeping bag and a cozy pillow to snuggle on the floor of the MP Room with all your Palo Verde friends. Please bring a travel mug for your drinks to reduce spills. We’ll provide the popcorn! Family Movie Nights are a free social event sponsored by the PTA. All children must have a responsible adult with them. See you at the movies!! 

Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA 
Tuesday, February 2 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM

Come join us for the Palo Verde Art Night: Animals! Fantasy or Real? The evening is 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
  • Book Art – Write a story and illustrate your own 3-D Pop-up Book in animal shapes!
  • Animal Stabiles- inspired by the works of Alexander Calder
If you have any questions or you would like to volunteer, contact Kala Mehta Lansberg kala.mehta23@gmail.com 

Seeking Volunteers to Help with Coffee Socials Set-up and Clean-up
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 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
WednesdayMarch 2
WednesdayApril 20 (PTA Board Elections)
May, (Date TBD)
Thank You for the Palo Verde Ice Skating Social
A record breaking 252 skaters joined by their families enjoyed the festivities at the Palo Alto Winter Lodge the evening of January 9.
Thank you Kala, Maarten, and Sarika Lansberg for coordinating and leading the Palo Verde Ice Skating Party. 400 Palo Verde students and family members attended and skated on the ice at the Winter Lodge. We all enjoyed pasta, pizza and salad for dinner and desserts donated by many of the Palo Verde families to share. Also thank you to Carleen Ho, Yael Valek, Amanda Allen, Vanessa Lui, Coco Matthey, Sunita Ganapati, Guemhee Cho, Iva Reid, Elaine Chien and Mark Joing, Renee and Joe Flemish, Michael Yen and Mira Parekh for helping to set up the event. It was a fun-filled evening and would not have been possible without out their planning and coordination efforts.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Make a difference!  Help children in the PIKPA refugee camp in Lesvos Greece receive the help they need.

A student at Palo Verde Elementary, Kaliope Hendershot, is collecting money to help a child psychologist build an activities room for activity-based therapy at Camp PIKPA.  PIKPA is a volunteer-run refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece providing shelter and care for children who are orphaned, alone, sick, disabled and/or traumatized.  Your donations will go directly towards helping these children recover. To donate, visit www.youcaring.com/PIKPA.  Any amount helps!  For more information, email melinapatterson@yahoo.com or visit:  http://www.onerefugeechild.org/pikpa.html.

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. Session 2 focuses on goal setting, and working with your IEP team to set smart goals. Translation provided – please rsvp if you need a translator: paloaltocac@gmail.com
Presented by the PAUSD Special Education Department, Student Services Department, and co-sponsored by Palo Alto CAC,www.cacpaloalto.org  and the Palo Alto Council of PTA’s 
Whole-Hearted Parenting: Strengthening Balance and Connection with Emotional Intelligence
Thur, Feb 4, 7 PM, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Joshua Freedman, author and co-founder and CEO of Six Seconds, discusses his new book Whole-Hearted Parenting: How to Use Emotional Intelligence to Create More Peace, Collaboration and Joy. He draws on 16 years as a parent and decades as an educator and expert in the field of emotional intelligence to show parents ways to connect with their children so that both parents and children find more happiness and peace in their relationships. How can we be more intelligent with our own emotions and our children’s? And how can we teach them the essential skills to be more aware, intentional and purposeful? In an engaging, interactive session, Josh will help parents transform breakthrough neuroscience into practical tools.  For tickets ($15 in advance or $20 at the door):   http://paloaltojcc.org/Events/whole-hearted-parenting
Learning Challenges Resource Fair
Fri, Jan. 22, 6 – 9 PM, Crittenden Middle School. 1701 Rock Street, Mountain View
Have a child who needs some extra help?  Come to the Learning Challenges Resource Fair!  Sponsored by the Learning Challenges Committee and the SELPA1-CAC. A wide variety of providers will be attending the Fair, including everything from summer camps to speech therapists, social skills to transitional services, tutoring to financial planning. The Regional Center, Parents Helping Parents and several school districts will have representatives there. This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.  Our service area includes all public school districts in Los Altos, Mountain View, and Palo Alto.  Event is free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is required. E-mail lcc@lamvptac.org or call 650-387-6745 if you have any questions.
Pediatric Weight Control Program
When kids and families need more support to maintain a healthy weight, joining a program can be a life-changing step. The Stanford Children’s Pediatric Weight Control Program is a six-month program to help kids aged 8 to 15 and their families develop life-long healthy habits. The program is now enrolling for January, with scholarships available for those who qualify. No referrals necessary, just call (650) 725-4424. Flier (English) http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/content-public/pdf/ppwcp-flyer.pdf
Learn about the challenges and opportunities faced by Asian American children, teens and young adults
Wed Feb 3, 7 – 8.30pm (Q&A 8:30 – 9pm) at CHAC, 590 W El Camino Real, Mountain View
Free talk: Growing up Asian in America: Balancing emotional health and success. Come learn about the special challenges and opportunities faced by Asian American children, teens and young adults, and what their parents can do to help them.  Dr. Hoai-Thu Truong and Dr. Vickie Chang are psychologists who work with high achieving professionals.  Due to the difficulties they see with their Asian clients, they were inspired to promote emotional wellness starting at an earlier age. This talk is for Asian parents (all grades, but especially grades 6-12), Asian American high school teens and young adults, and educators.
For more information and to register see: www.drhttruong.com/asian-parent  or email: contact@drhttruong.com
Sponsored by CHAC www.chacmv.org

City of Palo Alto Sustainability and Climate Action Summit
Sun., Jan 24, 12 – 5 PM, Jordan Middle School, 750 N California Av., Palo Alto 94303
Join us for a conversation on the future of our City, and help craft solutions to the critical issues facing us now and into the future, such as Transportation, Electrification, Water, Climate Adaptation, and Becoming a Carbon Neutral City. Keynote address will be from Marine Lt. Col. (ret.) Mark Mykleby, who led the development of climate and national security strategy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, examining how the nation can thrive in the face of climate change.  Event is free but registration required.

Details and registration: http://paloaltoclimatesummit.eventbrite.com/

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