eNews: March 16, 2016


       18  PTA Board Meeting
       21 –  25  “Big” Week Project Cornerstone
       28  Online Auction Catalog Available
       29  Parent Education Workshop

       30  Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 7

        1   Online Auction Opens
        1 – 8  Spring Break, No School
       11  Noon Art; 
       16  AUCTION: Palo Verde Rocks 90’s Style
       18 – 22 walk and roll to school week
       19  Science Fair
       20  PTA ELECTIONS + Coffee Social
       21  Noon Games
       25  Noon Art
       28  Dine out @ Kirks + Book Shopping at Books Inc
       29  PTA Board Meeting 

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Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week 


The 2016 Palo Verde PTA Spring Social & Auction Needs YOU!
The theme this year is Palo Verde Rocks!  90’s Style!  Well really, Palo Verde rocks any style but not without our wonderful parent community!  This is our biggest fun-draiser and community building event of the year and we need your help for it to be successful.
Please donate an item or an event for the silent auction at the Palo Verde Rocks! 90s Style! event.  Parent donated items are very popular!  To donate, please send an email to vp.fundraising@pvpta.org with the following information by March 25, 2016:
  1. Donor Name(s)
  2. Name of the donated item or event
  3. Description of the donated item or event
  4. Estimated value of the donated item or event
  5. If an event, please include the following:
    1. Date
    2. Time
    3. Location
    4. Winners – How many can attend & who is the party open to?
    5. Sign-up price (one flat fee per sign up) or Opening bid 
What should I donate to the Auction?  Feel free to be creative!
  • Host a party!  You provide the space and the fun and ticket sales go to Palo Verde!
  • Season Ticket Holder (i.e. sports, theatre)?  Donate tickets!
  • Own a Vacation home?  Donate a week or weekend!
  • Work somewhere cool that would be willing to host a tour (i.e. Tesla factory)?
  • Have a skill you can share?  Offer a lesson in something you love!  Tennis, Ice Skating, Chess, Guitar!  You just might help someone find something new to love!
  • Are you a great cook or baker?  Offer to host a meal of authentic cuisine, a how-to get together, or provide a cake/cupcakes for a birthday party or once a month for a year!  Yummmmmmm!
  • Are you good at putting gift baskets together?  We love themed baskets and they make great gifts!  (Wine & Cheese, Movie & Popcorn, Kids’ Crafts, Chocolate!) 
  • Are you crafty?  Donate something beautiful you made and/or share your talents (and business card) with other Palo Verde parents!
  • Donate a bottle of wine (minimum value $20) for the Mystery Wine Grab! 
Thank you from your 2016 Auction Committee!

It’s Coming! BIG Week at Palo Verde, March 21-25 
The weather has cleared up so it let’s have some fun!  Join us for a week-long celebration to encourage our children to take “big” actions through “small” gestures.  It’s the accumulation of all those actions that help make changes.  Assemblies will take place at lunchtime. 
Monday – (wear Green) BIG Message, special Noon Art Project
Tuesday – (wear Red) BIG Fun, noontime assembly “Exercise Challenge”
Wednesday – (wear Blue) BIG Feet, special Walking Club charms
Thursday -(wear Orange) Big Hats, wear your Big Hat, aerobic/zumba/hip-hop moves at lunch
Friday-(wear Purple) Big Quilt, make a Cornerstone quilt
Make an impact on a child… drop by at Palo Verde & help. If you can spare an hour, please consider helping during BIG week. 
Thank you to those who have already signed up. Kindergarten parents: please note that we cannot extend the activities to the kindergarten yard without additional volunteers. 


Engineering / MakerSpace Night!  

Mon Apr 11, 6-8pm in the MP Room

Make a rocket that can fly over 100ft in the air!
Design and build your own Geoboard
Can you meet the challenge of the wind tube?
Will you save the grape from Squishy the Grape Squasher?

All this and more at:
Engineering / MakerSpace Night Mon Apr 11 from 6-8pm in the MP Room

See you there!   (Volunteers needed  please email: glen.denise.white@gmail.com)

Palo Verde PTA Survey
Dear Palo Verde Parents:  Please take a few minutes to complete the PTA survey below. The survey is anonymous and the Palo Verde PTA is not collecting and storing any personal information. The survey is to help us figure out what we are doing right and what we can do better. This will help us plan for the next year. – Palo Verde PTA board.  


The PTA needs tech help ! Calling all dads (and moms) who can help us improve the MP room sound system! 
With the talent show coming up soon, the PTA needs better speakers. The ones we have do not give a good sound. The PTA is looking to get them fixed and put them in the back of the MP room and get new ones for the front. There would be some work to connect both sets to the box in the front of the stage. We also need a permanent reliable connector for MP3 players, iphones, ipods so that we can play music from them without having to rely on converter cables. We also need a permanent reliable connector to the projector for movie nights, presentations etc:  If you are interested in this volunteering opportunity , please send an email to glen.denise.white@gmail.com

President, Palo Verde PTA


Still time to sign-up with eScrip! 

If you haven’t already had a chance, please take a few minutes to register with eScrip and earn for Palo Verde while you shop. Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants (like Piazza’s & Mollie Stones) will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register or update your existing loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program

Just go to  http://www.escrip.com  and click on ” Sign Up“.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA
  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.   
Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long. Thank you for your support!
Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator, at  


From Last Week 

Palo Verde Elementary Traffic Safety Poster Contest

Theme: walking, biking driving to school safely
Deadline for entry: Thursday March 31
The traffic safety team needs your help in promoting safe drop offs/pick-ups and walking/rolling to school. Put on your creative hats and give us a catchy slogan or an eye-catching poster.  Here are some of our existing drop off/pick up guidelines:  http://palo-verde.pausd.org/voicePDF/2015-2016%20BTS%20SafeVehicleDropoff.pdf  
·      Poster contest open to all students K-5
·      Students may work alone or with other students from their room. It is okay to ask parents to help. 
·      All submissions must be made on 18X11 inch paper and must be bold, bright and colorful.
·      To be eligible for prizes, students must provide their first and last name and room number.
·      Messages and drawings must educate and inform and must not be offensive or derogatory.
·      Submissions must be turned into the office in the bin marked traffic safety, by Thursday, March 31.
·      All eligible posters will be entered into a raffle to win prizes. Prizes will be announced during assembly on Walk and Roll day on Wednesday April 20.
·      All eligible posters will be displayed around the school starting the week after Spring break.


Parent Education Workshop
Do you often experience intense emotions as a parent and wish you could cope better? Do you often feel angry and frustrated at your child’s behavior?  You are invited to hear Regulative Parenting clinicians discuss emotion regulation in the parent-child relationship. They will discuss evidenced based strategies to help parents be mindful during stressful situations, in order to calm themselves and handle the situation with a clearer mind.  Topics include: parental emotion regulation, adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies, and ways to better understand the mind of your children.
This workshop was developed out of research at Stanford University department of psychology for parents of children with special needs. After eight successful multi-week workshops, this introductory workshop is now offered to the general public.

The workshop will be held in the Palo Verde MP Room on Tues, March 29th 7-9pm.  Advance tickets available $10/person, scholarships available
This workshop is limited to 30 participants so buy your tickets early:


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Kick-off Meeting to launch the new Continuing the Conversation Series
Mon, Mar 14, 7 – 8 PM, Mitchell Park Library, Midtown Room, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Who do you talk to about the joys and challenges of parenting our teens? Would you value exploring new perspectives from nationally recognized experts, while fostering a stronger community with other parents within Palo Alto?  Please join us for a one-hour meeting to launch Continuing the Conversation Series.
Please complete https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mVxrDj6zXkGkmZF-M7xkoeniBRtS_I_XhySggqBLa24/viewform to let us know about your interest in the Continuing the Conversation Series — Parenting our Teens. This opportunity is being offered by the collaborative PAUSD Parent Ed Committee. Please email Kirsten Daehler (krdaehler@gmail.com) if you have any questions about the Continuing the Conversation Series or the March 14th meeting.

Midtown Bicycle Boulevards: Concept Plans Review Meeting
Tuesday, March 29th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Ohlone Elementary School MP Room, 950 Amarillo Avenue
The City of Palo Alto seeks to improve walking and biking infrastructure for students as well as pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages.  You are invited to attend a public meeting to review the final draft concept plans for the Amarillo Avenue-Moreno Avenue, Bryant Street Update, Louis Road-Montrose Avenue, and Ross Road Bicycle Boulevards projects.  At this meeting, the City will provide you with a brief summary of the work that has been done to-date on these four bikeway projects, discuss some of the challenges that the public identified at previous meetings, and provide you with an opportunity to review the draft concept plans with us. More information is available by visiting www.cityofpaloalto.org/bike, e-mailing transportation@cityofpaloalto.org, or calling 650-329-2520.

Click here to see Notice Card

El Camino Youth Symphony Orchestra Spring Auditions
 Mar/Apr Palo Alto
Palo Alto-based El Camino Youth Symphony invites musicians ages 6-18 to audition for the 2016-17 Season. Led by an internationally renowned faculty, ECYS offers six orchestras/ensembles for students at all levels of musical ability. Auditions are held in March and April. Apply online at www.ECYS.org.
Art Poster Contest on Emergency Preparedness for Grades 1-8
Submission Deadline: April 11, 2016



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