eNews: January 27, 2016


     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; 
            Kindergarten Informational Meeting 
       8   Noon Art
      11 – 15  No School
      16  Science Fair Experiments, Demo, MP Room
      18  Noon Games
      19  Palo Verde Kindergarten visitation day (parents only) 
      22  Noon Art; 
            Science Fair, Parent Information Night, MP Room 
      26  PTA Board Meeting; 
            Movie Night (evening)
      29  Math Night (evening)

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Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week


Send Palo Verde Teachers & Staff Flowers for Valentine’s Day! 

You can send Valentine’s Day flowers to any teacher or staff member to be delivered to their classroom on February 10th, with your note attached.  Each flower is $3 and all proceeds go to the Palo Verde PTA.
1)    Fill out a note (forms available in Friday folders and in the front office) for each staff member and indicate number of flowers 

2)    Attach cash or check, (make checks to Palo Verde PTA), $3/flower
3)    Put form in the basket in the front office

 Deadline: Monday, Feb 8

** Fall Party

New date for our 
Kids Book Club and Treats’ Fall Party for 4th-5th Graders!

Join us on Friday, March 4 at 3pm!
Sign up at: https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/2015fallparties/catalog/show/30 

Join us for an afternoon book club to discuss Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. We’ll meet at the Palo Verde Library after school for sharing, discussion and tasty treats, as we talk about 4th and 5th grade perspectives on this popular grade school book. Please purchase/borrow and have your 4th or 5th grader read the book in advance. Each child will go home with a new book!
Date & Time: Friday, March 4, 3pm-4:30pm
Event Location: Palo Verde Library
Price: $20 per student
Hosts: Laurence Kancherla (Rm 4, 16), Iva Reid (Rm 4, 17)  and Lili Nova-Roessig (Rm 19)


4th and 5th Grade Palo Verde students only.

From Last Week

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.


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)


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.

12th Annual Sweetheart Awards – Call for Nominations
Nominations Due Feb 10
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. Nominations for theFebruary 24th event 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.

Totally Gone with the Wind: The Gunn Choir/Staff Musical, benefiting the Gunn Choir Tour Scholarship Fund
Feb 9 & 10, 8 P, Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road
Join a cast of nearly 200 for the 20th annual Gunn High School Choir/Staff musical! Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of rockin’ music and sublime satire in this original musical of unbalanced proportions. Designed to out-produce The Producers, Totally Gone with the Wind – presented two nights only – is the story of two lovable scoundrels who set out to create a Broadway flop by turning an American literary classic into a 1970’s musical disaster. All proceeds benefit the Gunn Choir Tour Scholarship Fund, providing financial assistance so that all choir students can participate in the concert tour to New York City in April. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults, and are available online at www.gunnchoir.org or at the door. Questions? Contact Choir Board Co-Presidents Liz Matchett (lizmatchett@yahoo.com) or E.J. Hong (ej@ejhong.com). 

Palo Alto Library — Friday Fun
First Fri of the month, 3:30 – 5 PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd. AND Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and Bingo!
Palo Alto Library — Lunar New Year Celebration
Sat, Feb 6, 2-4 PM, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Enjoy crafts, snacks, and a music performance by the fantastic Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra.
Palo Alto Library — Exploring Happiness through Meditation & Movement
Wed, Feb 10 & 24, 5:30 – 6:30 PM, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd.
Learn mindfulness through meditation and yoga-middle and high school students are welcome to join us! We meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
Palo Alto Library — Knack-4-Knitting
Wed, Feb, 3, 10, 17 & 24, 4 – 6 PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Share & learn knitting skills at this weekly program!
Palo Alto Library — Parenting Program: Boys & Discipline
Thu, Feb 4, 7 – 8:30 PM,  Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Ave.
This month’s topic teaches parents how to guide a boy’s energy in a positive and productive manner. Our Parenting Programs are held the first Thursday of every month at Rinconada Libraries through May.
Palo Alto Library — Saturday Board Games
Sat, Feb 6, 10 – 6 PM, Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave.
Enjoy a day of modern board-gaming in the Library! Teens and adults welcome-and bring your own snacks to keep fueled throughout the day! This monthly program is held the 1st Saturday of every month.
Palo Alto Library — Tai Chi 
Feb 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10 – 12 P.M, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Ave.
You will begin with simple stretching and breathing exercises to create awareness of your body movements and to calm your mind.  This class is open to beginners as well as those who have previous Tai Chi experience. People of all ages are welcome. Group meets every Sunday.
Palo Alto Library — VITA: Volunteer Tax Assistance
Saturdays,, Feb 6 through Apr 9, 10 AM – 3 PM.  Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Free Income Tax Preparation by VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) IRS-certified volunteers will provide free basic 2015 income tax return preparation to qualified individuals who earned $54,000 or less. First come, first served. Last files accepted no later than 2PM.
Palo Alto Library — Family Date Night Presents “Family Prom!”
Fri, Feb 19, 7 – 8:15 PM, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd.
Submit Your Art to Public Alchemy Exhibit
The Cubberley Artist Studio Program invites artists to submit work for their inaugural 2016 no-fee entry, open exhibition, Public Alchemy. This open-ended theme is intended to encourage and draw upon a broad range of community perspectives, aesthetic responses, and media. Cubberley Community Center exists to support and cultivate a diverse range of community interests and groups. Public Alchemy seeks to build upon this foundation and make space for artistic exchange and dialogue within and between our neighboring communities. This exhibition is non-juried, and all forms and media are encouraged and will be exhibited, as space allows. Exhibition dates are Feb. 27-March 12. For more information and eligibility requirements, visit http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/50493
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre presents Mo Willems’ ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S WE ARE IN A PLAY
Join the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre for “Elephant & Piggie’s ‘We are in a Play,’” based on the classic stories by Mo Willems and featuring a cast of local theatre professionals. Elephant and Piggie, with the help of the nutty backup singers The Squirrels, take the audience on a madcap musical romp about friendship. Running time: approximately 60 minutes. View full performance schedule and purchase tickets at  www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre or call (650) 463-4970.
The Palo Alto Swing Dance- a Gunn HS Music Fundraiser
Sat, Mar 5, 6:30 – 10 PM, Lucie Stern Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
You are all invited to join the fun at the Inaugural Palo Alto Swing Dance, a fundraiser for the Gunn High School Music Department.  Swing dance group lessons will be provided along with live music performed by the Gunn Jazz Bands throughout the evening. Each ticket includes swing dance lessons, light food, and non alcoholic drinks throughout the event. Multiple ticket options are available. Tickets & information can be found at  www.paloaltoswingdance.eventbrite.com or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/797783626998473

Palo Alto Philharmonic Association Orchestra Concert III
Sat Feb 20, 8 PM, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View 
Come join the Palo Alto Philharmonic for a night of classics, both old and new. Pianist Daniel Glover will perform Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, written by their own composer-in-residence, Lee Actor. Glover, who debuted the work in 2013.  The concert will also feature Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1 and Symphony No. 7 by Antonin Dvorak


General admission tickets are: General Admission $24, Seniors $20, and Student tickets $12.  Tickets are available in advance from www.paphil.org or at the door one half-hour before the performance.  This concert venue is wheelchair accessible.  For more information, please contact Geri Actor (geri.actor@comcast.net)

Palo Alto LibrarySociety of Bookworms – Dumpling Days by Grace Lin
Wed, Feb 17, 3:30 PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6.
Paly Cheerleaders and Dancers Cheer, Stunt & Dance Clinic
Feb 1 – 4, 3:45 – 5:00 PM, Palo Alto High School
The Paly Cheerleaders and Dancers are hosting a cheer, stunt and dance clinic for local middle and elementary school students.  On February 6th the clinic participants are invited to perform at the Varsity Basketball game, which will take place at Gunn High School.  Please visit palycheer.net for more information or the registration form. If you have any questions contact Hilary McDaniel at hmcdaniel@pausd.org.  


Palo Alto Library — Afternoon Adventure: Superhero Training Academy
Wed, Feb 24, 3:30 – 5 PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Do you have what it takes to be a superhero? Create an alias, make a costume, and train so you’re ready to fight crime! For grades K-5 only. Register here.  http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=10283
Palo Alto Library — Meet Author Kathy Price
Wed, Feb 3, 3:30 – 5 PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Kathy Price, author of The Bourbon Street Musicians, will visit the library to tell stories, play music, and make crafts.
Parenting Young Children Through Separation and Divorce ( birth – 10 years)
Tues, Feb 2 &  9, 7 – 9 PM,   Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto 94301
Acquire information and effective skills on how to manage the challenging process of separation/divorce while keeping your child’s best interest in mind.  Open to individual parents only, please. NO co-parents in attendance.  A certificate of completion can be provided. With Diana Blank, LCSW. $90 for 2 sessions
Birds and the Bees (3 – 10 years)
Wed, Feb 3,  7 –  9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301
Learn effective ways to provide your kids with age-appropriate answers to those uncomfortable questions about our bodies and sex. We will discuss when to have the talk, how to prepare for it, and why this kind of open communication is beneficial. With Torrey Freeman, MS, certified parent educator. $45


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