eNews: March 18, 2015


March  23   Noon Art
March  26 – 28   Children’s Theatre Performance
March  31   Science Fair

             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


Welcome to the online annex to our gala auction event, Aloha Palo Verde!, held on March 7th.  This is for those families, friends and relatives who couldn’t make it or want a 2nd chance on an intriguing item or two. 
The online catalog is open for viewing!  Check it out!
Items available are:
  1. Items sold at the gala auction event that still have availability.  You can purchase these items for the same price they were sold for.
  2. For unsold items, you will be able to bid or buy it now.  There are really good deals to be had on great items!
Online bidding/buying starts on Wednesday, 3/18, at 12pm.  Bidding on most items will close on Wednesday, 4/1, at 12pm except for those closing sooner due to the scheduled date of the donated party/event.  You will be required to login (if you have already registered) or sign up in order to bid/buy.
Thank you so much for your continued support of our wonderful school! 
Your 2015 Auction Committee
P.S.  This is the 1st time that an online auction is being offered and the software is new to all of us as of this school year.  Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, issues, or feedback.  We are hoping to continue to streamline this process for the 2015-16 school year and maybe even incorporate an online auction before our gala event next year.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience!

Correction to previous edition:
Thank you to 2015 Spring Social & Silent Auction volunteer
Rama Ramakrishnan should be Rama Srinivasan.


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.

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

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!


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!l

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 

Stress Management for Beginners. Ongoing
Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) blog provides valuable clinical information and resources on a range of adolescent issues.  ACS is a community non-profit providing counseling services at no charge to students and their families. Info: www.acs-teens.org or Roni Gillenson, LMFT, Program Director  424-0852 ext. 102.  Read http://www.acs-teens.org/stress-management-for-beginners-and-the-rest-of-us/


Youth Community Service Annual Luncheon: Building & Balancing Success & Well-Being
Thurs, Mar 19, 11:30am – 1pm  Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto
All community members are invited to attend this year’s annual luncheon sponsored by Youth Community Service.  You will have the opportunity to hear the keynote speaker Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D., Education Director at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.  She will be discussing the profound impact that has been achieved in school districts using strategies to build “relational trust” among school staff, students and parents. RSVP by Mon, Mar 16 to ycs2015luncheon@gmail.com. Info: www.youthcommunityservice.org.  There is no cost to attend, though donations are appreciated.

Society of Bookworms: Holes by Louis Sachar
Wed, Mar 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Join the Society of Bookworms for fun activities and book discussion. This month, we will discuss Holes by Louis Sachar. (Please read the book before attending the program so you can join in the fun!) Grades 4-6. Register HERE.


Family Date Night: Women Make A Difference!
Fri, Mar 20, 6-7:30 p.m. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Bring the family to this special even as we learn about the women who improved the world and make related crafts. Register HERE.

Spark! Science Fun
Wed, Mar 25, 3:30-5 p.m. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Explore electricity and magnetism with hands-on demonstrations by Mr. Science! Grades K and up. No registration required.

Leveling the Academic Playing Field: Effective Strategies for Improving Student Learning
Thurs, Mar 19, 7-9 pm., Palo Alto High School Media Center


Are the Schools Fair? Do our schools, classrooms and basic practices unknowingly promote inequality in student learning? Come hear from two Stanford Graduate School of Education professors and PAUSD parents, Dr. Bryan Brown and Dr. Geoff Cohen, as they discuss proven, research driven strategies to increase equity in school and improve educational outcomes for students. Moderator: Dr. Max McGee, PAUSD Superintendent. Sponsored by Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS)

Ragazzi’s Young Men’s Ensemble and The Harker School’s Girls Dance Team
Sat, Mar 21; 5:00 pm; Transfiguration Episcopal Church; 3900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
Ragazzi’s high school Young Mens Ensemble teams up with the Harker School’s varsity dancers in a fun collaboration full of great vocals and sparkling movement. The young men will present songs that highlight their musical camaraderie, including Purcell’s Man Was for the Woman Made, the rousing spiritual Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, and a choral take on a 21st-century Justin Timberlake hit. The Harker School’s Dance Director Karl Kuehn, who is also Ragazzi’s choreographer, presents Harker’s accomplished girls varsity dance students. Mr. Kuehn is an award-winning dancer and choreographer who recently enjoyed dancing in front of the camera for Fox Television’s hit show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Enjoy this feast for eyes and ears, as youth from two premiere Bay-area arts education organizations partner in performance. Get Ticketshere  

Help Kids Create an Organized Life: Mini-Strategies for a Big Impact
Wed, 4/22 7:00-8:30pm Cafetorium
Join Ana Homayoun, education specialist and author of “That Crumpled Paper was Due Last Week” and “The Myth of the Perfect Girl”

Palo Alto Family Y Annual Giving
March 2015
This month, the Palo Alto Family Y launches its 2015 Annual Giving Campaign. 100% of donations received make it possible for children, families, and adults to have access to Y programs that improve lives. Through the campaign, they make sure that their doors are open to all. Your support helps thousands of youth and families live healthier and happier lives. Your gift will help kids do better in school, families enroll their children in Y camp, adults manage their illnesses, and so much more. Donate: https://ssl.charityweb.net/ymcasv/donatemain.htm 

Looking for a soccer camp this summer?

“Kick for Charity” is the perfect soccer camp for children ages 7-11.  Run by high school and club soccer players from Paly and Gunn at Eleanor Pardee Park, Kick for Charity is running two four-day sessions this summer: the weeks of June 8th and June 15th.  All of the funds raised from this camp will go to “Charity: Water”. Over the past two years, Kick for Charity has raised twelve thousand dollars for charity: water, which is an organization that helps developing communities get access to clean water sources. For more information go tokickforcharity.org or contact kickforcharitypaloalto@gmail.com.

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