eNews: June 3, 2015


June   3  PTA Coffee;
               PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
June   4  Last Day of School (minimum day)
               Last Day Ice Cream Social 1:30pm

August 18  First Day of school

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Palo Verde eNews will resume in August. 
Have a happy and safe summer! 

New This Week

Lost and Found Cart will be emptied on Wed 6/3/15
It’s the end of the year hurrah!  Time to clean out cubbies, classrooms and the lost and found cart!
All items in the cart will be donated or thrown away on Wednesday after school.
Please be sure to check the cart so you don’t lose anything!! 

Palo Verde Raises $1,200 to Help Nepal!
Our caring community generously donated to the schoolwide spare change drive, macrame bracelets project led by Mrs. Watson’s 4th grade class, and even a lemonade sale to raise funds to help the earthquake victims in Nepal.  $1,200 has been donated to UNICEF to support their humanitarian response in Nepal.  Thank you, Palo Verde!

From Last Week

Shutterfly School Fundraiser
Simply click on our dedicated Shutterfly storefront at  http://paloverde.shutterflystorefront.com/ and shop at any Shutterfly, Inc brand to earn. A portion of all sales will automatically be donated to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our dedicated page.
Questions: please contact Iva Reid at izreid at gmail.com

Your Summer Grocery Shopping with eScrip
With summer vacation quickly approaching, remember eScrip when purchasing goodies for all those big BBQs, summer camp outs and the out-of-town visitors you will be hosting.
Here’s a reminder how to make the most of your grocery shopping with some of our most popular eScrip partners:
  1. When you shop at Piazza’s Fine Food, earnings are automatic when you pay with any credit or debit card you have registered with eScrip.
  2. Make sure you use your registered Mollie Stone’s Community Card at check out to create automatic contributions of up to 5% of your purchase.
  3. And registered Safeway Club Card holders will generate earnings with all cash, debit card and gift card purchases. (unfortunately credit card purchases no longer apply towards earnings at Safeway)
eScrip is one of our biggest fundraisers for the school, every participating family makes a difference. Don’t delay, make sure your account is up-to-date with current credit/debit and loyalty card information.
It’s not too late to register and earn all summer long!
Just go to www.escrip.com  and click on “sign up”.
Search and select “Palo Verde PTA”.
Follow the registration steps and you’re done.
Thank you for your continued support.
Questions? Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid at gmail.com


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews


 If you will have a 6th Grader at JLS next year, please subscribe to the JLS Class 2018 List (do this even if you already have a student at JLS).  This will ensure that you will receive the weekly JLS eNews during all of the years your student is at JLS and also any separate communications that are sent only to next year’s 6th grade JLS parents.  To be included in the JLS Class 2018 List, sign up here. 

Calling all Parents of JLS-Bound 5th Graders! 

If you enjoyed your time at  Palo Verde, here’s how to extend that experience into middle school: Volunteer with the JLS PTA!
There are just as many opportunities to be a part of your child’s JLS experience as there were at Palo Verde, and the JLS PTA welcomes whatever level of time and talents you can contribute. 
Volunteering on the PTA will accelerate your familiarity with the campus, staff, and fellow parents; there’s no better or faster way to become a part of the JLS community. And we have a lot of fun!

Click here to see a full list of the open positions on the JLS PTA executive board and committees, and fill out the form to indicate any interests you may have. This is not a commitment! We will contact you with more information which will help you decide if you would like to join us.

Questions? Contact Barbara Best: barbarabest at gmail.com 



PAUSD Board Policy Review Committee (BPRC) Accepting Applications for Parent Representative for the 2015-2016 School Year


The Board Policy Review Committee (BPRC) has been established as a Board of Education committee to assist the Board in its thinking about District policies.  The scope of the work involves policies in operations, new mandates and policies derived from State of California legislation, and policy needs for Palo Alto Unified School District.


Application forms can be obtained from the Superintendent’s assistant, Kathleen Ruegsegger, at kruegsegger@pausd.org. You can obtain information by phone by calling 650-329-3737Completed applications must be sent to: Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee, Superintendent, Palo Alto Unified School District, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, or emailed to:  kruegsegger@pausd.org All Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015.


A Conversation with PAUSD Superintendent Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee TV Show
Wed, May 27,   6:006:30 p.m.
All Palo Alto families, staff, and community members are invited to watch A Conversation with PAUSD Superintendent Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee which will stream live from the  Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent page: http://pausd.org/community/Superintendent/  This live show will feature Dr. McGee with members of the Minority Achievement and Talent Development (MATD) Advisory Committee and the Gunn High School Creative Bell Schedule Committee discussing their respective work during Spring 2015 and the positive future impacts for our school district.  Info: www.pausd.org.

Stay up to date with weekly communications from Dr. Max McGee
Each week Superintendent Max McGee provides  written information for all interested parents and community members.  These communications include updates on important topics, insights into upcoming agenda items, and other useful pieces of information regarding PAUSD.   Questions regarding these publications can be sent to Kathleen Ruegsegger at kruegsegger@pausd.org. Please share this opportunity to be updated each week from our Superintendent with your neighbors and fellow parents.



Community E, M, H

Classroom Volunteers Needed in September – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student’s Life
Looking for parents to sign up now to begin volunteering in September to assist in K-4 classrooms one hour per week in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.  Assist teachers in the classroom with individualized instruction much like you may have done in your own child’s school.  These classes in the Ravenswood district have no parents helping and no PTA — thevolunteers make a real difference. The organization provides orientation/training and coordinates everything. More Info? www.allstudentsmatter.org.  Have questions or want to sign up?  Contact Carolyn Blatman at CBlatman@aol.com    

Ragazzi boys Chorus Spring Family Recital
Sat, June 6; 5pm; Messiah Lutheran Church; 1835 Valota Road; Redwood City
Come hear the boys of Ragazzi, from small to tall, sing in their end-of-the-year Spring Family Recital. Many of Ragazzi’s groups are showcased, particularly our younger boys. Ragazzi’s program of musical growth and progress is laid out, from the entry-level groups through middle school. The choristers are at their finest at this recital.  Experience the artistry of our young singers; we’re delighted to share their beautiful choral accomplishments.   Get Tickets

Let’s Talk
Mon June 8, 7-9pm; Los Altos Library Community Room, San Antonio Road, Los Altos
A chance to ask questions and share ideas,resources, and support with other parents ofstudents with IEPs, 504s, learning differences,mental health challenges, etc.All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Info: www.selpa1cac.org 

How To Raise an Adult: An Evening with Julie Lythcott-Haims
June 13, 7:30-9:30pm; Schultz Cultural Arts Hall; Oshman JCC, Palo Alto
In the provocative manifesto How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success (Henry Holt; on sale June 9, 2015), self-proclaimed “anti-Tiger Mom” and former Stanford University Dean of Freshmen Julie Lythcott-Haims explores how and why the hyper-attentive parenting, or helicopter parenting, trend has taken parents and their offspring hostage in this country, and exposes the real-life dangers that lie ahead for the kids who are raised this way, and for society at large. Info: http://paloaltojcc.org/Events/EventId/539/e/how-to-raise-an-adult-an-evening-with-julie-lythcott-haims-13-jun-2015 


Relay for Life Palo Alto
June 27th; Palo Alto High School; 2-9 pm.
This is an organized community fundraising walk to raise awareness and money for cancer research–all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. During Relay. each team pledges to keep one member on the track, walking or running laps, for the entire 7 hours. This event is very family friendly.

2015 Paly Robotics Summer Camp for Middle School Students (incoming 6th – incoming 9th)
Aug 3-7,PALY Lab (Room 903 @ Palo Alto High School);   Recommended Donation: $200 (tax deductible!)
Do you want to learn how to build a robot?  Or how to program using Java or C++?  Or maybe even how to create a 3D animation?  Come to the weeklong 2015 Paly Robotics Summer Camp!  The Paly Robotics Team students will be teaching middle school students (incoming 6th – incoming 9th) about what it is like to be on a high school robotics team.  In our state-of-the-art lab you will gain valuable hands-on experience as well as meet some of our professional mentors (who teach us what we know). Info:  palyrobotics.com/summer

Community E

Paly Math Camp
Mathcounts Camp: 6/15-19, 1-4 pm; AMC Camp: 6/22-26, 1-4 pm; Jordan Middle School
It offers individually paced training and one-on-one teaching, with rigorous curriculum taught by former USAMO/USAJMO and AIME qualifiers as well as a math teacher, all from Palo Alto high schools. These camps will be suitable for any student who enjoys math and will be fun for students of all ages and math levels. Mathcounts Camp is intended for incoming PAUSD middle schoolers who want to learn problem-solving techniques geared more towards Mathcounts. AMC Camp is intended for PAUSD students who want to learn problem-solving techniques geared more towards the AMC 8 and AMC 10 series. Interested? Please fill out the following form: http://goo.gl/forms/Ritq14Bb2s 

Love to Sing? Ragazzi Auditions & Camp for Boys Ages 7-10
Auditions May-June; 178 Clinton St, Redwood City; Day Camp July 2731; Redwood City Parks and Recreation
Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a CBS news ‘best choir of the Peninsula’, will teach your 7-10 year old boy to sing! Test-drive Ragazzi’s choral program at the new no-audition summer day camp. Alternatively, boys can audition for the chorus now-and begin rehearsing in September, 2015. Ragazzi’s opportunities include singing the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, Opera roles, collaborations with Stanford’s choruses or the San Francisco Symphony-and even world-wide touring. Learn a lot and have a blast; no prior experience or preparation needed for camp or auditions. Small group sing-along auditions are fun and low-key. Find Your Voice day camp is through Redwood City Parks and Recreation. Info: 342-8785 or ragazzi.org/join-us/ . YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/RagazziBoys?feature=watch 

Help Your Child Fall in Love With Writing This Summer!
June 15th – 26th; El Carmelo Elementary;  June 15th – 26th; 9AM – 3PM(before & after care also available)
El Carmelo Elementary
Authors, teachers, and musicians are teaming up to help Palo Alto children fall in love with writing this summer! Adventures in Writing Camp is a two week “day camp” program that allows campers to write, edit, and publish their own eBook under the guidance of professional authors.  Lessons are delivered as songs, and new writing skills are practiced through games, theater, and songwriting. The program is designed to inspire reluctant writers and delight those that already have “the bug.”  Info: http://www.aiwcamp.com/camp-video/; Students entering grades 2-5 in the fall of 2015


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