eNews: March 18, 2014


March  18  SCIENCE NIGHT w/ Lawrence Hall of Science
March  20  Noon Art

March  24 –  28  Walk N Roll week
March  26 ,  27  Restaurant Night, Indochine
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
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!

How Well Do You Know the Landmarks On Your Way to School? Walk and Roll  March 24-28, and Find Out

The traffic safety team wants to send you on a landmark  hunt. Use the attached landmark map and see if you can identify any of the pictures in the map. They are on your way to school and If you walk or roll to school it is easy to locate them. We will have our walk and roll event on Wednesday March 26. Please stop by at any of the tables and get a snack from one of our volunteers as a thank you for choosing to green commute.
Can you help us?  We are looking for student volunteers to help distribute snack/stamps at the entrances on Wednesday March 26 before the morning bell. If you have a few minutes to spare please stop by at any of the three tables. It will not take more than 10 minutes. Questions? contact Anjani at anjani dot sarma at gmail dot com


The May Fete Parade is Coming and We Need Your Ideas For This Year’s Float.
Palo Verde students have given us amazing ideas for our beautiful award winning floats. (four times in a row I must add). We are excited to announce that it’s May Fete time again. This year’s theme is ‘Let Me Be Your Neighbor.’
We are looking for you child’s ideas on how Palo Verde Elementary is our neighborhood community where people care and connect with each other to create a great caring community. This will be a great time to encourage your child  to think about all he has learned from the project cornerstone readings and use that as the basis for his idea. Or he could think of something else that makes Palo Verde Elementary such a great neighborhood. 
The best idea selected by our judging panel will be used for creating our float and our banner. The float winner’s name will be also be announced three times during the parade on University Avenue and he/she will be the first one to pull the float. Students may work in groups. 
Float and banner entries can be in the form of drawings, or creations with paper, clay or other objects. Be sure to have your child write his/her name and room number.  All entries must be received in the office by Monday April 7


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Questions? contact your eScrip Coordinator
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Thank you.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Managing Parental Stress: A Toolkit for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Barron Park Elementary School’s MP Room 
(800 Barron Dr., PA, CA 94306)
7-9 pm. Hospitality begins at 6:45pm.
Speaker Marci Schwartz, PhD, LCSW, will help parents to identify sources of stress, understand their impact, and look at areas of support in order to create a plan to give them a better sense of balance. Please Note: this event is intended for an adult audience. Sponsored by the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, 
PAUSD. Our website: http://cacpaloalto.org/

Special Board Meeting

Mar 19, 10am, at 25 Churchill street, Palo Alto

The Board will hold a special meeting on March 19 at 10:00 a.m.  There is only an agenda; there are no materials associated with this discussion item. 
Palo Alto Unified School District Seeks Community Input
on Superintendent Characteristics
Tue Mar 25 and Wed Mar 26, 2014
The Board of Education has begun the search process to select a new superintendent. .  The Board is soliciting input to respond to the prompt: “What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for PAUSD?”
Input from members of the community (students, parents, employees, and others interested community members) is valuable to the process and all members are encouraged to participate. You may attend and participate in an Open Forum (no appointment is necessary) where you may express your thoughts and where the process will be explained. 
Please consider participating in one of the following public forums in which all inputs will be gathered: 
1)       March 25 – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Location: TBD
2)       March 26 – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Location: PAUSD District Office Room A, 25 Churchill Ave.
3)       March 26 – 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  Location: TBD
Input may also be offered by fax, letter, or email.  
For questions, please contact Kathleen Ruegsegger at (650)329-3737 or kruegsegger@pausd.org

Kidizens: Leveraging Love of LEGOs to Learn Civic Responsibility and Leadership 
Join us for one or two weeks of intensive, action-packed sessions, where children partner up to create and run their own small civilization from TONS of LEGOs.  As mayors, our campers have LOTS of responsibility and opportunities for Leadership –they’ll be providing residents of their cities with EVERYTHING they need to stay safe, healthy, and happy . For more info: visit  http://thekidizens.com or email us at info@kidzzinc.com.  

Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement Spring Session
Mon Mar. 24 – May 19, 4:15-5pm, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Spring registration now open for Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging Kodály-based class for active young boys. The class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A personalized, child-developmental approach fosters boys’ creativity and curiosity. $160 per 8-week. Register & more info at Ragazzi Boys Chorus
Palo Alto Art Center Spring Classes
Registration is now open for art classes for Preschoolers, Kids and Teens. Classes start April 7.
View the full descriptions for all our classes online at www.apm.activecommunities.com/paloalto.
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=6706
Palo Alto Library Presents
Dollars and Sense: Money Saving Tips
Wed, Mar 20 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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