Enews January 7, 2019

Palo Verde Elementary PTA Newsletter

January 7, 2019
Coming up This Week
This Week
Friday, January 11th, Palo Verde Ice Skating Party!

Weeks Ahead
Friday, January 18th, Principal CoffeeMonday, January 21st, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. DaySaturday, February 23rd, Palo Verde Spring Social     Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Upcoming and Ongoing Volunteer OpportunitiesThe PTA is looking for volunteers for the following events:
Ice Skating Party (11 January 2019): Various positions available. Click here to view positions and sign up. For more information, contact Nicola (nicoladel@msn.com).Spring Social (23 February 2019): Various positions available. Click here to view positions and sign up. For more information, contact Nicola (nicoladel@msn.com).Noon games Chair (available immediately): Wednesdays during lunch, once or twice monthly. Coordinate/set up board games in the MP Room or playground; reserve MP room; supervise students playing board games. Drop in volunteers welcome. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).Walking Club Chair (2019/2020 school year): Every Wednesday during lunch but varies depending on volunteer availability and weather. Track laps, announce mileage at assemblies; purchase/distribute walkingcharms. Drop in volunteers welcome. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).Family Movie Nights Chair (2019/2020 school year): Kid-friendly movies are shown in the MP Room on 2-3 Friday evenings in winter. Set event dates; select age-appropriate movie; rent popcorn machine; advertise event. For more information, contact Narusha (narusha@mathen.net).

Palo Verde/PTA NewsThe Palo Verde PTA Website has been updated!
The Palo Verde PTA has a new and updated website. Please visit http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/about/ for
1) Up to date rosters of the executive board and event chairs. 2) PTA board and membership meeting dates3) Up to date PTA events calendar and the latest eNews4) Back to school forms5) Volunteer job descriptions and openings, reimbursement forms and much more. Palo Verde Ice SkatingParty: Friday Jan 11th @ Winter Lodge
Join us this FRIDAY, January 11th from 5:30-7:30pm for the annual Palo Verde ice skating party at Winter Lodge! 
Beat the rush and buy your tickets now. $25 for skaters, includes skate rentals and pizza dinner. $5 for non-skaters, includes pizza dinner. 
Bring the whole family and let’s have some fun! Parents and siblings are welcome to skate. 
Register early! (Ticket prices go up on Thursday.) Buy your tickets at https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/iceskating2019.Scholarships are available for those in need, please contact pvpta.treasurer@gmail.comto request, no later than January 9th.
Volunteers Still Needed! The Ice Skating Party can’t happen without volunteers! Please consider helping out. You can sign up in Konstella..Palo Verde Spring SocialSaturday, February 23rd
Parent Party DonationsThe Palo Verde Spring Social is coming up Feb 23, 2019! We are paring down the auction portion of the social this year, because of our up front ask at the beginning of the year.  HOWEVER, we are retaining the parties, since they offer a great way to connect with the Palo Verde community while raising a significant amount of funding for our school!!  You and your friends donate a party, and all ticket proceeds go to the PTA. Palo Verde parties donated by parents continue to fund a significant portion of the PTA’s support of our school. It funds things like Science Night, Art Night, Math Festival, International Fair, Project Cornerstone, Walking Club, school supplies, teacher discretionary funds, and more! 

Donate a party:  (Some popular party ideas from the past)A tour/special experience at your companyMargarita moms nightPoker dads nightChampagne brunchMulti course dinnerWine & chocolate nightHike & winery picnicGuided indoor cycling classGirl scout cookie & wine pairingPampering and pedisYoga eventPizza oven partyRun for fun in the parkPokemon party for kidsBubblesmith family partyFamily picnic in the park
Approximately a third of the money raised by the Palo Verde Social comes from donations of parties from Palo Verde parents like you.  Please sign up by emailing pvpta.auction@gmail.com   Any questions?  Please contact Anne Marie Hallada amhallada@gmail.com or Yael Valek yaelcow@yahoo.com

Palo Verde Spirit GearPalo Verde Spirit Gear is available for order now through January 15 online. This is the perfect time to order a hoodie or long sleeved t-shirt to show your Palo Verde pride!  Check out the catalogue and get your order in now!  Here’s the link to order:   https://shop.spiritwearhero.com/collections/palo-verde 
5th graders – stay tuned in the winter for a special edition “Class of 2019” Palo Verde t-shirt!

Girls On the RunThis Spring Palo Verde will have a Girls on the Run Team! Girls on the Run is an after-school program that gives 3-5th grade girls the tools to be happy, healthy and confident. Girls on the Run is more than just a running program – it gives girls the opportunity to build confidence and healthy habits. Over 10 weeks, from March through May, girls will recognize their star power, make new friends, and so much more! Teams meet twice each week to play games and learn new life skills while building endurance to complete the Girls on the Run 5K on May 18. Registration opens December 1 through the GOTR website: https://www.gotrsv.org/.  Scholarships are available – please apply for scholarships before registration.

For more information email Michelle Steingart at michellesteingart@yahoo.com. You can also learn more about the program on their website. 


Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent’s Weekly Board UpdateRead Dr. Don Austin’s Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday https://www.pausd.org/news 
LET’S TALK – Easy Click to Send Your Comments  PAUSD has announced a new online feature to allow parents, teachers, neighbors, and anyone to give direct feedback to our Superintendent, Don Austin.  In case you missed it from the Superintendent Weekly Friday Communication, here is the link again. https://www.pausd.org/explore-pausd/lets-talk 


Video of the Stanford GUP meeting is now available Complete with Closed Caption with auto translation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUunJ0IXn5A Subscribe to the PTAC Youtube channel and enable notification for future live streaming of important meetings and events.

LET’S TALK – Easy Click to Send Your Comments PAUSD has announced a new online feature to allow parents, teachers, neighbors, and anyone to give direct feedback to our Superintendent, Don Austin.  In case you missed it from the Superintendent Weekly Friday Communication or last week’s eNews, here is the link again. https://www.pausd.org/explore-pausd/lets-talk 

Community NewsCommunity E: Children’s Classes at the Palo Alto Art Center!Unleash the creativity in your child by signing up for one of our children’s classes.  We offer classes in ceramics, painting and sculpture on Monday – Saturdays. Classes are held at the Art Center (1313 Newell Road) and the Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Road). Please review our brochure for class information and live links to registration. https://tinyurl.com/PAEnjoyBro    Classes will run January – March, 2019. Questions?  Please contact Rebecca Passarello (rebecca.passarello@cityofpaloalto.org or 650-617-3509). 
Starting Strong with Kidpower Workshop for 3-6 year-olds with their adults Sat, Jan 12, 9-9:50AM,  Palo AltoThrough puppets and fun, interactive stories, learn how to introduce Social Safety Skills and to continue to practice them in your daily life. Visit the registration page or call (800) 467-6997 ext. 0# or email safety@kidpower.org for information. 
Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you’re interested! 
2 hour Kidpower Safety Workshop for 5-8 year-olds with their adults 
Sat, Jan 12, 10:30am-12:30PM,  Palo AltoProtect your child from harm and practice skills for safety and for building better relationships, such as boundary-setting, awareness, and effective help-seeking. Visit the registration page or call (800) 467-6997 ext. 0# or email safety@kidpower.org for information. 
Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you’re interested!

Mothers and Sons: Raising Boys into Men (Preschool/Elementary)Tues, Jan. 22nd 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Parents Place 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301Plenty of free parkingExplore this special relationship between mothers and sons and learn what boys need from their moms.  Discuss how to handle boy energy and foster long-lasting communication and closeness. With Rachel Sklar, MSW. Fee: $45Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mothers-and-sons-raising-boys-into-men-preschoolelementary-registration-51481642980

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest MinicampRegistration Open: Saturday, January 12th,  9:30am – 12:00pm 178 Clinton St, RWCLet your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day minicamp.  Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January, 2019.  Beginning groups start slow, then grow, meeting in Redwood City and San Mateo for choral singing and theory instruction. SingFest is free, and spots will go fast at bit.ly/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 classes openRegister Now; Mon, 3:15 and 4:15 sessions, Jan. 28 – May. 20, 178 Clinton St, RWCRagazzi 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. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $375 for 15 weeks; sibling discounts. Contact swilen@ragazzi.org, 650-342-8785. Register & more info at bit.ly/musicmov 

Community E, M:
Will Your Child Be a 6th or 9th Grader Next Year?Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) has posted some helpful tips on how to get prepared for middle and/or high school.  And if you missed their info nights at Greene, JLS, Fletcher, Paly or Gunn, they have the presentations posted.Helpful Tips and Preview Night Presentations

Community E, M, H:ONLINE Workshop-Babies, Bodies, and Boundaries(Preschool/Elementary)Tue, Jan 15,1:00 – 2:00PM Online workshopLearn 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. Fee: $25Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-workshopbabies-bodies-and-boundaries-preschoolelementary-registration-51484590797 

Navigating School District Services for Children with Special Needs (All Ages)Tue Jan 15-22, 7 – 9PM, Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parkingThis workshop is intended for parents who have children with any type of special needs or suspected special needs.  Come and learn about how and when a child would qualify for special education services in the public school system. Tips on how to develop a collaborative relationship with the school district will be discussed, as well as what recourse parents have when parents and school district personnel don’t agree about the assessment process.  With Diana Blank, LCSW. Fee: $90Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/navigating-school-district-services-for-children-with-special-needs-all-ages-registration-51483369143

Parents Place Summer Camp Fair  – Preschool/Elementary- High School FamiliesSun, Jan. 27, 10AM – 12PM, Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parkingIt’s already time to start planning a great summer for your kids!  The Parents Place Summer Camp Fair is a unique opportunity to engage with more than 20 summer camps, located on the Peninsula and beyond.  This is the only event in the area that connects you with multiple regional and independent summer camps, including sleepaway camps and special needs camps, in one convenient location. Make a personal connection with camp staff, explore the variety of flexible options, and discover how to maximize your child’s summer camp experience.  Fee $5 per family.Summer Camp Panel Discussion before the Fair is from 9:00am – 10:00am.  Moderated by Parents Place Director Karen Friedland-Brown, camp directors will discuss “Solving the Summer Camp Dilemma: How to schedule your child’s summer and find the best fit for your family.”  Fee: FREERegister here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parents-place-summer-camp-fair-all-ages-registration-50702353103 

Celebrating Palo Alto CAC’s 30th Anniversary (Free)Fri Jan 11, 8:30 – 10A, Lucie Stern Community Ctr, 1305 Middlefield Rd.Join the Palo Alto CAC in celebrating its 30th Anniversary.  Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and breakfast treats while walking through a visual timeline of our committee’s role in helping parents and children with special needs in Palo Alto.  Learn about legislative, program and advocacy milestones for inclusion of children in PAUSD. Childcare will not be provided, but children are welcome.  Spanish language translation will be available.  Hosted by the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Please contact paloaltocac@gmail.com with questions or for more information.

City of Palo Alto Enjoy Catalog for local after school activities…from Art Classes to Beginning Pickleball!Sign-up for January classes/activities now…to register goto: www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy   Palo Alto Residents enjoy discounted fees.

Dream Volunteers Summer 2019 Family Service Trip to Latin AmericaTrip takes place June 24, 2019 – July 1, 2019.  Deadline for sign-up is January 13, 2019.Dream Volunteers, a local non-profit, has been organizing service trips abroad for schools and families since 2007.  A service trip with Dream Volunteers is an incredible way to immerse your family in a beautiful culture, while make a difference in the lives of people striving to lift up their communities.  Sign-ups for next summer’s Guatemala Family Volunteer Trip are happening now online.  This trip is appropriate for families with kids between pre-school and high-school age. Click here for trip info There will be a live webinar with more information about the trip on Dec 5 at 7:30pm using this link: https://zoom.us/j/898941891  Or you can reach out directly to Dream Volunteers with questions at info@dreamvolunteers.org.

Calling elementary, middle and high school families. You are eligible to host an AFS Exchange Student.Hosting helps a high school student from abroad become fluent in English and experience life in America. “Becoming a host family took us out of our comfort zone and provided many new experiences.”Contact Veronica Buxton at vbuxton@afsusa.org.  AFS USA is a premier volunteer cultural exchange program approved by the State Department.https://www.afsusa.org/team/san-francisco-bay/contact-us/ 

Stanford’s Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) .
We are recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 years diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. For more information see here please or contact Ellen Wilkinson, MA or Tobi Britton, BA, BCaBA; 650-736-0591; Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D; 650-498-4799

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