eNews: January 5, 2016


      6 Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 4
      7  Noon Games
      9  Ice skating social
     11  Noon Art
     12  STEAM Night (evening)
     18  No School, Holiday
     20  PTA General Meeting + Coffee Social (tentative)
     22  Movie Night
     25  Noon Art
     25 – 28  Tall Sailor Trip (5th Grade)
     29  PTA Board Meeting

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Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week


Palo Verde  IceSkatingParty

The Palo Verde Ice Skating Party is January 9th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge. Parents and siblings are invited to skate, too!

The cost is $19 per skater, which covers the skate rental. 

Your Palo Verde PTA will provide dinner and drinks for everyone.

We have a NEW online registration/waiver system:  http://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating  
Please don’t forget to register early–>the deadline to register is January 6th! 

Have a question or want to volunteer? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at kala.mehta23 at gmail dot com


** Fall Party ** 

We all know moms love margaritas, but only the truly hardcore are ready for a little libation at 8:30am. And sometimes, after you’ve left your precious pearls off at school, that’s just what you need. Join us at the Carls’ house after drop-off for a mimosa, bellini, coffee and breakfast goodies. Preschool children and babes in arms will be tolerated.

Date & Time: January 14  8:30-10:30am
Location: 3170 Ross Rd, Palo Alto
Price: $20 per adult
Hosts: Anna Carl (Rm 5, 17), Martha Mitchell (Rm 5), Mirlaine Mello (Rm 4), Margaret Soliman-Lane (Rm 5)

STEAM Night!  Tues Jan 12th, 6-8pm in the MP Room

Come one, come all and have fun at STEAMNight on Tues Jan 12th from 6-8pm in the MP Room! 


Did you know: 
  • oobleck can dance?
  • there’s art in Math?
  • toothpicks and a post-it can save a grape?
  • duct tape is like The Force?  It has a light side, a dark side and it holds the Universe together.
All this and more at STEAM Night!  See you there! 
Volunteers needed  please email: glen.denise.white@gmail.com


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
New Laws Affecting Immunizations Beginning January 2016
New Law (SB 277) Effective in 2016
Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015. Starting in 2016, SB 277: 
·              Will no longer permit immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children in child care and public and private schools;
·              Will permit personal belief exemptions filed at a school or child care facility before January 1, 2016 to remain valid until a pupil reaches kindergarten or 7th grade;
·              Will remove immunization requirements for:
o   Students in home-based private schools
o   Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction
o   Access to special education and related services specified in an individualized education program
Medical Exemptions
Only a medical exemption can be accepted and this has to be signed exclusively by a California licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.)
A parent or guardian must submit a written statement from a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) which states:
·              That the physical condition or medical circumstances of the child are such that the required immunization(s) is not indicated.
·              Which vaccines are being exempted.
·              Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary.
·              The expiration date, if the exemption is temporary.
·              Student name and date of birth.
·              Physician signature and clinic stamp.
Once this expiration date has occurred, the child may continue in attendance only after the school or child-care center receives documentation of the immunizations now due.
These above laws will apply to any student entering Kindergarten or 7th Grade in the fall of 2016.
Introducing the new Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Choir


Jan 25 – Apr 18, Ages 5-8: 5:30 – 6:30 PM, Ages 9+: 6:30 – 7:35 PM at Mitchell Park Community Center

Register today to join the Children’s Theatre Choir.  No experience or audition required.  The choir is open to all kids who love to sing! Sign-ups are first-come, first-served.  For more information and to register online visit choir.brownpapertickets.com
Raising A Spirited Child (3-8 Years) -Parent Education Workshop at Parents Place
Tues, Jan 12, & 19, 9 PM, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto
Understand children who are persistent and intense and learn how to avoid power struggles and improve communication. Based on the work by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. $90 for 2 sessions. With Karen Friedland-Brown, MA, Director of Parents Place of the Peninsula.   To register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raising-a-spirited-child-3-8-years-2-sessions-registration-1936431217 9

PAUSD Video Operator Needed
All School Board Meetings, Board room at PAUSD
Do you have a keen interest in the proceedings of the Palo Alto Unified School District Board meetings AND have a talent for video production?  Midpen Media Center, the Palo Alto-based non-profit public access cable TV station, is looking for individuals to serve as part-time PAUSD Video Operators. http://midpenmedia.org/about-us/jobs/
Palo Alto Animal Services Home for the Holidays — $15 Adoptions!
3281 E Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto
Palo Alto Animal Services believe there’s someone for everybody. That’s why they are offering $15 adoptions for all animals this holiday season! So stop by Palo Alto Animal Services to meet your new best friend. (Each adoption includes a raffle ticket to win a 1/4 size stuffed Koko the Gorilla!) For a list of available animals, and adoption hours, please go to cityofpaloalto.org/animalservices
SELPA 1 CAC Programs
These parent education events are sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.  All of their events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary.

Emotional Regulation
Wed, Jan 20, 7-9 PM, Covington Elementary School Multi, 2.5 Covington, Los Altos
Do you experience intense emotions or have children with behavior issues and wish you could cope better?  Dr. Yael Enav will present evidence based strategies to help parents regulate both their emotions as well as their children’s.
Let’s Talk
Mon, Jan 11, 7 – 9 PM, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos  
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc.
All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.
Building Your Child’s Self Esteem and Personal Power 9 (Ages 7-12) Parent Education Workshop at Parents Place
Wed, Jan 27, 7 – 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301 – Plenty of free parking
Your children’s feelings of self-esteem and personal power are influenced by beliefs and actions that they learn from you.  Explore ways to build children’s self-esteem and avoid the unsuspecting parental communication blocks. By Cynthia Klein, BA certified parent educator.
Sixth Annual MLK Jr. Family Day of Service Co-sponsored by Youth Community Service (YCS) and the City of Palo Alto
Mon, Jan 18, 11AM – 2 PM, Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto
Join YCS and its partners in celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his teachings on community and service. This annual event includes speakers, local performing groups, activity tables, a children’s reading corner and art projects, face painting, and information about local service opportunities. Food trucks will be present as well as local vendors selling crafts, clothing, and jewelry.  Student volunteer opportunities are also available.  This is a rain or shine event. For more information visit www.youthcommunityservice.org or call 650-858-8019
Palo Alto Adult School Winter Quarter New ESL Student Testing Dates and Information 
Testing for DAY classes Weds, Jan 6 @ 9am-12pm Fri, Jan 8 @ 9am-12pm Greendell Campus 4120 Middlefield Road, Room P 2, 3
Testing for EVENING classes Mon, Jan 4 @ 6:30-9:30pm Weds, Jan 6, @ 6:30-9:30pm Palo Alto High School 50 Embarcadero Road, Room 218
New students must take a placement test to enroll in our free English classes.  Unfortunately there is no childcare.  Please call (650) 329-3752 to make an appointment to take a placement test.  Choose one of the testing dates listed in this section.  Testing and classes are free.


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