eNews: March 11, 2014


March  13  Science Fair Info Meetings
March  18  SCIENCE NIGHT w/ Lawrence Hall of Science
March  20  Noon Art

March  24 –  28  Walk N Roll week
March  27   Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
March  31 – April 4   Spring Break

April  4 – 11  Staff Appreciation Week
April  9   ABC Reader Training: Book 7; PTA Coffee
April 10  Noon Art
April 17  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
April 23  PTA General Mtg (tentative);
              Green Team Craft/Bake Sale (tentative)
Arpil 24  Noon Art
April 29  PV Open House; Science Fair 

Palo Verde PTA and School News
Palo Verde’s “Night at the Oscars” Declared a Smashing Success!
Pick Up Your Winnings/Purchase Unsold Items Tues-Thurs This Week
It’s time to pick up your auction winnings….OR purchase unsold auction items!
This Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before school, auction volunteers will be in front of Anne’s office, handing out winnings. Unsold auction items will also be available for purchase. You can check out the list of unsold items here: https://pvptaauction.shutterfly.com/unsolditems.

As for the auction – the reviews are in and Palo Verde PTA’s Night at the Oscars annual fundraising auction was a “must attend” event!  With over 150 parents, faculty and staff attending, early results show that we have raised over $25,000 so far.  The money we raise is used to fund programs that make our community exceptional and help our students directly – from Noon Art to Science Night, Art Night, Math Night, the International Fair, the Fall Harvest Fair, and so much more.
An event like this requires many hands to pull off.  First and foremost, big thank yous go out to Kim Amsbaugh, Elaine Chase, Emily Jaquette and Maxine Warren. These parents put in countless hours and a great deal of energy to make each part of the auction run smoothly.
We also want to send a shout out to the volunteers who helped follow up with donors, paint posters, run the registration table, set up for the event, and so much more, including:  Alpa Shah, Angie Kung, Ashley Kelly, Callie Turk, Carleen Ho, Jeanette Brosnan, Jessica (Guemhee) Cho, Julie Lim, Kala Lansberg, Karen Wang, Krishna Varia, Kristin Foss, Melina Patterson, Rebecca Thompson, and Tiffany Riley. (Our apologies if we missed anyone – trust us when we say we appreciate each and every person’s unique contribution!)
And to all of the parents, teachers and staff who donated items personally or are hosting events and “get togethers” in the coming months – we offer our deepest gratitude!
The Oscars orchestra is playing, which means it’s time to wrap up this “thank you” speech.  So, last but not least, thank you to everyone who attended the event and to all of those who bid on items. Your contributions to Palo Verde PTA are essential and we count on them for the programs we organize throughout the year.  Enjoy your winnings!

PiE News: Thank You For the Big Gift To Our Schools – $5.0 Million!

Thanks to the generosity of over 4500 donors and the dedication of 200 volunteers, PiE has presented a $5.0 million check to the Palo Alto Unified School District. The 2014 PiE annual gift benefits students of all school ages and preserves academic excellence in PAUSD.  Your donations fund the additional staff and programs that help kids connect with their passions and achieve their fullest potential.  Thank you to all the families who contributed to making this grant possible.  Together, we are working to make Palo Alto schools the best they can be.  For more information, please go to www.papie.org.

Science Night at Palo Verde, MP Room
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA
Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 6:00
-7.45 PM
Come join us for Wizard’s Lab:
A ball floats and spins in midair, fingers pass through a seemingly solid object, words whispered into a metal can are heard over 10 feet away – these are just a few of the weird, wondrous, hands-on exhibits found in the Wizard’s Lab! As “science wizards,” students explore the almost magical properties of matter and energy, participate in high-voltage and subzero experiments, and figure out how things really work in the fun-, fact-, and phenomenon-filled world of physics.

Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com by Friday, March 14th.

Restaurant Night  March 26, 27
Please head to Indochine (2710 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto) on March 26th or 27th for some great tasting Thai and Vietnamese food while socializing with the other Palo Verde families. 15% of the gross receipts from Palo Verde families will be donated to our school.
Flyers will be sent out soon in the Friday folders.

Thanks for your support in the past fundraisers. We look forward to your continued support in making our school even better!

eScrip: Safeway Program Change Reminder

Safeway has made an important change!   


Paying for your groceries with a credit card no longer earns eScrip contributions.  In order to continue earning from Safeway, eScrip supporters need to pay for their groceries with any payment type other than a credit card. All other forms of payment, including cash, check, debit and gift card track for Safeway contributions!


We need your help to earn more with eScrip for Palo Verde!

And, if you have not signed up yet, please go to http://www.escrip.com/signup today!

Questions: please contact Palo Verde eScrip coordinator  

Iva Reid at  izreid (at) gmail (dot) com 

Thank you for your continued support.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Superintendent Search Firm Selection
Mon Mar 10th at 9:00 am, at 25 Churchill, Palo Alto
3 search firms will be interviewed and one selected to help solicit community input from PAUSD students, staff, parents, and community members for use in recruiting and selecting a highly qualified superintendent finalist this spring. Input to the school board on the selection of the search firm is welcome in advance at searchfirm@pausd.org, and/or following the interviews at approximately 12:45 p.m. 
Missed Dr. Madeline’s Levine’s talk on January 29?
Watch a videotape of the event! Dr. Levine’s 60-minute talk,  and a short Q&A session afterward, can be seen  here (Preview) .  Special thanks to the 12 PAUSD school participating PTAs for funding the event, and stay tuned for upcoming Parent Educational events in the future!

PTA News

Parents Place Presents Online Seminars
Raising Your Only Child (2 – 8 years)  
Thu Mar 27, and Apr 3 6:30 – 8:30 pm
We will discuss the joys and challenges of raising an only child and provide practical strategies to avoid spoiling, foster independence, and encourage positive social relationships. Cost $70 for two sessions. Register here .  
Parents Place Presents Online Seminars
Turning Craziness into Calmness: Avoiding Power Struggles (6 – 11 years)
Thu., Mar. 20, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Discover how to defuse your intensity so you can turn a potentially crazy time into a calm one. Learn from brain research the keys and solutions to your emotional turmoil. Take control of yourself so you can create the cooperative and harmonious family you desire. Cost:. $40.  Register here.
Palo Alto Library Presents
Zoo to You at Children’s Library
Friday, March 21 at 3:30 pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto
Join Zookeepers Rob and Lee as you meet and greet the animals of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo at the Children’s Library. For grades K-5 ONLY! Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6705

Parents Place Presents Online Seminars
What To Do With The Mad You Feel (all ages)
Tue Mar 25 12 – 1:00 pm,
It’s a myth that you can be a perfect parent and will always feel love toward your child. The reality is babies cry, kids disobey, and brothers and sisters fight. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, out of control, and, at times, angry. Explore perspectives on anger and self-control for both yourself and your child and learn ways to respond that leave everyone feeling better. Free webinar, but preregistration required. . Register here.
Parents Place Presents Online Seminars
Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs (all ages)  
Wed Mar 26, 7 – 9 pm 
A properly crafted estate plan can provide the protection your family needs if and when something happens to you. You will learn about the following topics: why and how to create a revocable living trust, the difference between a trust and a will, specialized planning if a child or loved one has special needs and etc. Free webinar, but preregistration is required.  Register here.
Palo Alto Library Presents
Author Todd Parr Comes to Children’s Library
Sun Mar 9 at 3:30 pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St. Palo Alto
Todd Parr is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of more than three dozen children’s books. The first 40 families to arrive will receive a free copy of “Reading Makes You Feel Good,” courtesy of FIRST 5 of Santa Clara County. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6297
Palo Alto Library Presents
Author Chris Grabenstein Comes to Children’s Library
Wed Mar 12 at 3:30 pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto
In his New York Times bestseller for young readers, “Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library,” Chris Grabenstein created a technological marvel of a library–all in the service of books and the sharing of knowledge. As Mr. Lemoncello says, “Knowledge not shared remains unknown.” Get to know Chris at the family event! Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6298
Palo Alto Library Presents
Chess Wizards
Thu Mar 20 at 4:45-5:15 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Learn tips and tricks to become a chess wizard! Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6703
Palo Alto Library Presents
He Said, She Said: Strengthening Your Relationship Through Gratitude
Wed Mar 20 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
In this session, Jenn and David from Great Relating will share strategies on how to improve your relationships through gratitude. Registration required. For couples, you only need to register once.
For adults only!   Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6679
Palo Alto Library Presents
Dollars and Sense: Money Saving Tips
Wed, Mar 27 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Learn strategies on how to save money and budget for rainy days from Vanessa and Andrew from Mass Mutual Financial Advisers., Audience: For adults only!  Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6706
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