eNews: March 11, 2015


March  12  Boardgames Thursday – come help if you can!
March  13  NO SCHOOL

March  17  Project Cornerstone Extensions:
                  Leaving Positive Footprints
March  23   Noon Art
March  26 – 28   Children’s Theatre Performance
March  31   Science Fair

April  1  PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
             PTA Coffee
             ABC Reader Training: Book #7
April  2  PV Lost and Found Items Will Be Donated!
April  3 – 10  Spring Break

April  13  PTA Board Meeting
April  15  MATH NIGHT

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Ahoy Mateys!  Deadline for “Treasure Island” Art Contest Fast Approaching
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is sponsoring an art contest open to all 1st through 5th grade Palo Verde students. Selected artwork will be used to create the posters and programs for the production of Treasure Island taking place later this month at Palo Verde.  Use standard 8 ½” x 11” paper and colored pencils or colored ink pens. Fill the whole page with your images, and make sure to use dense, vibrant colors! Do not write any text on your entry: i.e. name of the production, production dates, etc. On the back of your entry, please write legibly the following: Your name, first and last; Your grade; and One of your parents name and e-mail address. Please return all entries to the Office by Monday, March 16, @ 2:30 p.m.


Tickets on Sale for “Treasure Island” Production at Palo Verde


Over 60 Palo Verde students have signed on as the cast and crew for the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre outreach production of Treasure Island at Palo Verde. This swashbuckling tale features our innocent lass, Jill, as she gets caught up at the center of intrigue and adventure with pirates on the high seas. The production is appropriate for all ages. Go to http://tinyurl.com/treasureislandtickets to get your tickets to performances on Thursday, March 26th @ 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 27th @ 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 28th @ 2:00 p.m.


Our 2015 Spring Social & Silent Auction was quite a success this past weekend!  Thank you to ALL for your support and help in your 2015 Auction Committee succeeding in its mission statement and meeting its main goal of community building and increasing parent participation.  Our community rocks!

We’d like to send a special shout to the amazing team of hands-on volunteers we had the pleasure of working with:

Alpa Shah, Angie Kung, Anjani Sarma, Ashley Kelly, Bill Elfsten, Carleen Ho, Courtney Gelberman, Deby Shevat, Denise White, Emily & George Jaquette, Esther Lee, Iva Reid, Jennie Goldensen, Julie Yong, Kala & Maarten Lansberg, Karen Wang, Krishna Varia & Scott Gualdoni, The Lehman Family, Lili & Trey Roessig, Liliana & Tobias Kunze Briesno, Lisa Baxter, Maria Zajac, Melina Patterson & Michael Hendershot, Michelle Hines, Min Luo, Rama Ramakrishnan, Susan Papp, Sandy & Daniel Zaner, Shami Purba, Shannon Huang, Sherry Heller, Tiffany Riley, Yael Valek


The hands on help and support was amazing, especially during event clean-up!  If anyone was inadvertently missed on this list, please let us know.




Don’t forget to check the Lost and Found Cart!

The Lost and Found Cart is filling up again!  Please take a few minutes to encourage your child to check the cart and reclaim your belongings.  You never know what you’ve forgotten about!  Lunch boxes, pumps, boomerangs, hairbands, water bottles, scout uniforms, baseball gloves, bats etc. have all been occupants of the cart at some point!

Labeling items helps me to return belongings.  A few minutes can save a LOT of $$$$.

Please remember, the cart is emptied and the goods donated or disposed of at the end of terms.  Next emptying date:  Apr 2nd.

Talent Show is coming soon! (May 11)

It’s time to start thinking about your Talent Show act!  Entry forms will come home just before Spring Break and Auditions will take place soon after.  Please remember that:

  • acts need to be 2 minutes or less,
  • acts must be inoffensive (please check music selections),
  • each participant can only take part in one act,
  • acts may be individual or in groups
  • acts must be rehearsed and “show-ready”

Volunteers are essential to make the talent show happen, both before and during the show.  If you are able to help out, please email: Denise White (glen.denise.white@gmail.com) or Lisa Baxter (BaxterL@bnei.net).

eScrip Dining
Think eScrip Dining next time you go out for dinner. Each time you dine at a participating restaurant, you can earn contributions when you pay for your meal with an eScrip registered credit or debit card. A percentage of your purchase will then be automatically contributed to Palo Verde by the merchant. Take a break from the dishes and earn while you eat out!
Check out some local eScrip dining faves…
Palo Alto Pizza Co.   2450 Park Blvd
Anatolian Kitchen      2323 Birch St
Buca di Beppo          643 Emerson St
Or for a complete list of participating restaurants, go to
Be sure to log onto www.eScrip.com  to sign up or update your debit or credit card information.
Questions, please contact: Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews


Thank you from PiE. And, we’d love your feedback
PiE sends its warmest thanks to all who have given and helped PiE this school year. With the support of over 4,500 donors and 200 volunteers, PiE is gifting $5.3 million to Palo Alto schools!  These vital funds pay for support and enrichment staff for all 12,500 students in our district. PiE is now asking for your help in shaping next year’s campaign.  PLEASE COMPLETE OUR BRIEF SURVEY by going here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015PiESurvey PiE wants to hear from everyone, donor or not.  Please share your thoughts about what and how PiE is doing. Questions?  Comments?  Email Kathy Schroeder at kathy@papie.org.  And thank you for all that you do for our schools and our kids!

Rally to Save Buena Vista
Mon, Mar 9, 5:30-6:30pm; Palo Alto City Hall Plaza
The Palo Alto Council of PTA and the School Board have both passed resolutions in support of finding options that allow the Buena Vista students to continue to stay in our schools.  The County of Santa Clara has set aside $8 million for the preservation of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park and Palo Alto City Manager, Jim Keene also directed city staff to set aside $8 million to preserve the park.  This rally is to thank the City Council for it action and also to encourage them to ratify funding at their earliest opportunity.
Please join PTA and the PAUSD school community at the Mar 9 rally.  It is critically important for our community to come out in force to encourage City Council to support the preservation of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. RSVP:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rally-to-save-buena-vista-registration-15670473809 
5:30 – Arrive at City Hall Plaza to enjoy pizza with  County Supervisor Joe Simitian and your neighbors.
6:00 – Show your support for preserving the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park by attending the beginning of the City Council Meeting.

Open Positions for PTAC Slate for 2015-2016
The Council supports all 17 school PTAs. It is a great opportunity to work with parents and community members throughout the school district. If you are interested in one of the open positions or would like additional information, please contact Louise Valente at  moscato@pacbell.net or 494-2045.
The PTAC Executive Board will be voted in at the March 18th general meeting. Executive Board:
President-Susan Usman; Executive VP-Bill Cortright; Secretary-Lillian Hom; Treasurer-OPEN; Historian- OPEN; VP Advocacy-Komey Vishakan; VP Communications-Gabrielle Conway; VP Community Outreach- Leigh Metzler; VP Education-OPEN; VP Health & Welfare-Jessica Ferrell; co-VP Health & Welfare-Sumita Vasudeva; VP Leadership Services-Ilene Page; co-VP Leadership Services-Keri Wagner;  VP Parent Education-Jennifer Landesman; Immediate Past President-Sigird Pinsky; Parliamentarian (appointed by the president)    ; Committee: Arts-OPEN; Auditor-OPEN; Chinese Parent Group-Lin Sun- Hoffman; Environmental Action-Kristen Anderson; Honorary Svc Awards Luncheon-NEW; Membership-OPEN;  New Teacher Luncheon-Rosemary Busher; PASS Chair-Sara Woodham; PASS Chair-Kim Bomar; Special Education-Christina Schmidt; Social Emotional Learning-OPEN; Staff & Volunteer Appreciation-OPEN; Traffic Safety-OPEN; Communications Committee: Directory Editor-James Cook; Enews Coordinator-OPEN; Webmaster-Bill Cortright

Let’s Talk: A Community Conversation on Healthy Kids and Healthy Schools _VIDEO
If you missed the Community Conversation on Feb 25,  here is the video of the full 2 hour 7 minute event.

Vote YES on Measure A
Mail in Ballots must be posted by April 30
PTA Council has proudly voted to support the parcel tax renewal, now called Measure A, including a $999 donation to the parcel tax campaign. PTA is the largest child advocacy organization in the country. While we are strictly non-partisan, we can and do advocate for ballot measures. This Measure is extremely important to pass to keep the 80 teachers, counselors, librarians and psychologists for which the current parcel tax pays as well as support the increasing student enrollment (+1100 student since 2008/9, projected increase of +700 in the next 5 years) . The modest increase in the parcel tax will enable a small expansion of funding to support struggling students, STEAM programs and student wellness. Even with the increase in property taxes we have enjoyed in the last year, our school district funds do not keep up with inflation.  We have lost approximately $4 million of income annually from the Cubberley lease as well as having to fund our employee pension plan that the state has pushed onto school districts. Because we are a basic aid district we will not get more money from the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. Please volunteer to help  http://www.SupportPaloAltoSchools.org Election info including how to register to vote  http://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Voting/VotingMay2015/Pages/VotingMay2015.aspx 


This spring, Palo Alto voters will decide whether to approve Measure A, which renews expiring school funding that is used to:
 -Attract and retain qualified teachers to keep class sizes small
-Support advanced programs in science, math and technology
-Keep school libraries open and staffed
-Provide elective courses, including art, music, and social sciences for a well rounded education
-Support at-risk students who are struggling
If the parcel tax expires, PAUSD will have to cut $13 million from the annual budget. This tax currently funds 85 full time staff (67 are teachers, others are librarians, counselors and psychologists).  For more information on the campaign, please visit our website:
The Palo Verde community is helping the campaign with phone banking on the following dates:
-Thursday, March 26 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)
-Monday, May 4 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)
 Phone banks are the best way to reach our broader community because this mail-in only vote needs a 2 YES votes for every NO vote to pass.  Getting supporters to cast a vote in favor of our schools is critical as every vote matters.  (This is also a perfect volunteer gig for a working parent as it’s at night and a one time commitment)
To help with phone banking, please go to http://supportpaloaltoschools.nationbuilder.com/calendar to RSVP directly.

Thank you!

Remembering Susan O’Malley  Artist, Colleague, and Friend  Memorial: Mon, Mar 9; 11am; Villa Montalvo

Susan meant so much to so many, and touched so many through her life and work-she will be greatly missed. Additional information about the memorial can be found here.

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
Mar 7, 7:30PM; Cubberley Theatre
PACO favorite Michel Taddei returns to the podium in a wide ranging program of brilliant string orchestra music, including Britten’s sensuous song cycle Les Illuminations featuring soprano Maria Valdes, a San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellow.  Czech master Antonin Dvorak’s son-in-law, Josef Suk, was a talented composer as well; his sumptuous Serenade for Strings is a charming and virtuosic masterpiece.

PAUSD Students Can Learn Hindi as a World Language
Info workshop: Mar 14, 2-4 pm; Los Altos library
MBK is hosting an Information session will cover options for all students in PAUSD to learn Hindi as a world language. Students of all ages can learn Hindi through After School Program, Summer Classes, and get High School credits. Language is taught at different levels such that is appropriate for both native and non-native speakers. Info: www.mbkhindi.org.

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra New Member Audtions
Now Open Due Mar 23
Auditions for the 2015-16 season are now open!  PACO is the Bay Area’s premiere training ground for young string players.  They are seeking qualified musicians from elementary age to high school.  Please click here for more information and to sign-up

SFCO’s upcoming gala
Sun, Mar 22; 4PM; Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco
Are you looking for a way to acknowledge the great job that Ben Simon has done with his PACO students over the past ten years? The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra’s Board of Directors is pleased to invite you to its annual gala to be held on. Ben Simon is the host and the theme of the gala is Battle of the Romantics: Beethoven vs. Rossini. Senior PACO players will be making a special guest appearance as the “conduct-us” orchestra at the event. There will be a full orchestral performance by the SFCO and fun live appearances by Beethoven and Rossini themselves! Come and be a part of this great battle and enjoy the music, food, drink, fun parlor games, rivalry and revelry all in support of Ben Simon’s professional orchestra. Info: http://www.thesfco.org/ 

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