eNews: March 2, 2016


        2  PTA Coffee Social;
            Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 6
        7  Science Fair Proposals Due;
       11 No School
       17 Noon Games
       18 PTA Board Meeting
       21 –  25  “Big” Week Project Cornerstone
       28  Online Auction Catalog Available

       30 Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 7

        1  Online Auction Opens
        1 – 8  Spring Break, No School
       11  Noon Art; 

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Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week 

We will have PTA coffee on 3/2 

Thank you to the parent volunteers for stepping up. We are still looking for parent volunteers to help with the May coffee. Please contact president@pvpta.org if you would like to help.

** Fall Party 
New date for our 
‘Kids Book Club and Treats’ Fall Party for 4th-5th Graders!
Join us on Friday, March 4 at 3pm!

Join us for an afternoon book club to discuss Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. We’ll meet at the Palo Verde Library after school for sharing, discussion and tasty treats, as we talk about 4th and 5th grade perspectives on this popular grade school book. Please purchase/borrow and have your 4th or 5th grader read the book in advance. Each child will go home with a new book!
Date & Time: Friday, March 4, 3pm-4:30pm
Event Location: Palo Verde Library
Price: $20 per student
Hosts: Laurence Kancherla (Rm 4, 16), Iva Reid (Rm 4, 17)  and Lili Nova-Roessig (Rm 19)


4th and 5th Grade Palo Verde students only.

From Last Week 

Palo Verde PTA Spring Social & Auction
Palo Verde Rocks – 90’s Style

Our biggest FUN-draiser and Social Event of the year is coming up on Saturday, April 16, 2016!!!

Mark those Calendars!
Wednesday, March 16
Event Ticket Sales Start for Palo Verde Rocks – 90s Style
Monday, March 28 – Online Catalog Available
Friday, April 1 – Online Auction Opens
Saturday, April 16 – Palo Verde Rocks – 90s Style Event
Friday, April 22 – Online Auction Closes

In previous years, the silent auction items have only been available at the event.
This year, the majority of the silent auction is going online through SchoolAuction.net.  Starting April 1, summer camps, gift cards, and more go up on our e-auction. Last year, we used SchoolAuction.net for items that were still available after the auction event and it was quite successful. 
But wait, not everything will be online. The popular Principal-of-the-Day, 5th Grade Promotion Front Row Seats, Teacher/Staff Parties and Parent Parties will only be available for sign-up and bidding starting at the the Palo Verde Rocks event on April 16th. So be sure to get your tickets and get ready to rock the 90s!  

We are planning for and looking forward to a great event all around!

Please do not hesitate to contact us at vp.fundraising@pvpta.org with any questions or interest in helping out.  There are many aspects to pulling this event together and most are quite fun.  Every little bit counts!

-Your 2016 Auction Committee

Talent Show is coming soon! (May 9)
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”
  • acts must be previewed at the auditions in order to be eligible for the show
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 (at) gmail (dot) com) or Laam Wong (laam.wong (at) gmail (dot) com

How to Voice Your Concerns: CDE Database 
A February federal  court ruling is requiring the California Department of Education to release all personal data on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008: more than 10 million students including your child’s information. Take action now to voice your objection to releasing your child’s personal information. 

What you can do right now: Voice your objection  
Follow these step-by-step instructions to complete the Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records:  

     1. Download the objection form — available in English and Spanish:

     2. Mail the completed form, one for each student, exactly as required to:  

United State District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller  
c/o Clerk of the Court  
Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse  
501 I Street, Room 4-200  
Sacramento, CA 95814  
Attn: Document Filed Under Seal.

     3. Mail a copy to the California Department of Education at:

California Department of Education
1430 N Street 
Sacramento, CA 95814  
Attn: State Superintendent Tom Torlakson,
Morgan Hill Court Ruling.  

The deadline to submit objection forms and make your voice heard is April 1 – get yours in the mail to the court and CDE today. Do not fax or email the form, and do not phone or message – only hard-copy forms will be accepted.


It’s hard to believe  that a judge would allow this type of release of children’s information. While California State PTA is not part of the court ruling, we are exploring other avenues to delay, reduce or possibly reverse the release of so much of our children’s personal information. California State PTA has a long history of protecting and upholding students’ privacy rights, and today is no different. Read our media statement, and we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.  

In April 2012, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) alleging non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law.  
While this lawsuit called for students’ general demographic information, a federal court has just ruled that CDE must release all data — even including names and Social Security numbers — it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008 – more than 10 million students. Find out more from the CDE.Read the California Department of Education’s media statement.    



PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Lucky winners from each school will be chosen as finalists to compete in our contest at JLS Middle School on March 23rd, 2016. As an added bonus, the winner of this event will be entered into a national competition for some great prizes!
Click Tips for Future Chefs

They’re available in the cafeteria!
Turn them in to the cafeteria by March 4th, 2016.

The Palo Alto Council of PTAs is looking for a few good candidates to help fill some vacancies on our roster for the 2016-17 school year.  The Council works with the district staff, the Board of Education, community partners and the PTAs at all 17 schools to support the students and families of our district.  It offers a great opportunity for individuals to get a broader view our district and build bridges between schools/PTAs in service of the broader community.  The current 2016-17 roster is posted at http://ptac.paloaltopta.org/2016-17-ptac-board-nominees/ 
If you are interested in any of the open positions, send an email to ptacouncil@paloaltopta.org and specify the position that you are interested in.  
City of Palo Alto Community Meetings (Fall 2015 Palo Alto Shuttle Community Survey)
Thurs, Mar 10, 3:00 – 4:30 PM, Embarcadero Room, Rinconada Library,1213, Newell Road, Palo Alto or  6:00 – 8:00 PM, Community Room, Lucie Stern Community Center,1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Some of the items to be discussed:
·         New service concepts for Palo Alto Shuttle Program
·         New or modified shuttle routes
·         Possible shuttle rebranding & awareness campaign
·         Possible renaming of routes
 If you have any questions please contact Ruchika Aggarwal at 650-617-3136 or at  Ruchika.aggarwal@cityofpaloalto.org.
The Anxious Worried Child – Parent Education Event Sponsored by SELPA 1 CAC
Wed, Mar 16, 6:45 – 9 PM, Santa Rita School Multi, 700 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos
Challenging academic expectations, advances in technology, and social pressure are all contributing to an increase in anxiety among our children.  As a result, we are seeing a rise in behavioral issues, poor social interactions, and an inability to function at school. What are typical worries for children and when should you be concerned that your child is worrying excessively?  There are several strategies that can help relieve stress, decrease anxiety and increase calm feelings. In a world that is constantly evolving, having the ability to manage the anxiety that comes with change is becoming an essential life skill. Free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.  Led by Dr John Brentar, a licensed psychologist who conducts evaluations and provides therapy to children and adolescents, and Amy Keezer , a licensed marriage and family therapist.   Sponsored by SELPA 1 CAC, an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs whose service area includes all public school districts in Los Altos, Mountain View, and Palo Alto. 
Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2016 (for middle school students, incoming 6th – incoming 9th)
July 18-22, July 25-29, Aug. 1-5, The Paly Robotics Lab (Room 903 at Palo Alto High School)
 Do you want your child to experience what it is like to design and build robots?  Or how about learning how to program and create 3D animations? What about creating a business plan and promoting it with a website? This year, Paly Robotics will be hosting our annual summer camp for incoming middle school students (incoming 6th – 9th). There are three sessions to choose from – Robot Design and Hardware; Programming and 3D Animation; and Entrepreneurship and Website Design. For more information about our camp and the different sessions, visit palyrobotics.com/summercamp.
World Water Monitoring Challenge
Thur Mar 3, 4-5:3 PM, Bol Park, Palo Alto
Come join Acterra Stewardship to learn more about the watershed in which you live, how watersheds work, and what you can do to protect important creek habitat. Volunteers are invited to come test the quality of water in Matadero Creek and have the opportunity to learn about watersheds and do a bit of biomonitoring by looking at which aquatic bugs live in this part of the creek.
Let’s Talk
Mon, Mar 14, 1 – 9 PM, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. Sponsored by SELPA 1 CAC, an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs whose service area includes all public school districts in Los Altos, Mountain View, and Palo Alto.  All are welcome and participants must respect confidentiality.
Friday Fun (Palo Alto Library)
First Fri/Month, 3:30-5 PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd. AND Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto
Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and Bingo!
Saturday Board Games (Palo Alto Library)
First Sat/ Month 10 AM – 6 PM, Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto
Enjoy a day of modern board-gaming in the Library! Teens and adults welcome-and bring your own snacks to keep fueled throughout the day!
Opera San Jose presents “The Barber of Seville” (Palo Alto Library)
Wed, Mar 2, 3:30 PM,  Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
A condensed one-act production of The Barber of Seville.
Knack-4-Knitting (Palo Alto Library)
Weekly on Wednesdays, 4 – 6 PM. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Share & learn knitting skills at this weekly program!
Auditions –Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Production of James And The Giant Peach
Mar 1 or Mar 2, 3:45 – 6:00 PM, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Announcing auditions for James and the Giant Peach, part of the 2015 – 2016 Main Stage Season at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Auditions are open to youth ages 8 – High School. For more information about what to prepare, rehearsal and performance dates, as well as FAQ’s, please visit: www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre and click the AUDITIONS link.  The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is a program of the City of Palo Alto’s Community Services Department, Arts and Sciences Division.
Robotics Workshop (Palo Alto Library)
Sat, Mar 26, 7 – 8 PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Learn how to build and program robots in this 3 week session through 4/16. Grades 4-8 only.
Society of Bookworms: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea (Palo Alto Library)
Wed, Mar 16, 3:30 – 4:30 PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6.
STEAM Lab Saturday (Palo Alto Library)
Sat, Mar 5, 2:30 – 3:30 PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto
Try a new maker project each month! March: Things that Move. Grades K-6.
Parenting Program: Birds and the Bees: Know What You’ll Say Before They Ask (Palo Alto Library)
Thu, Mar 3, 7-8:30 PM. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Learn effective ways to provide your kids with age appropriate answers to those uncomfortable questions about our bodies and sex. Our Parenting Programs are held the first Thursday of every month through May.
Afternoon Adventure: Pirate Treasure Hunt (Palo Alto Library)
Wed, Mar 23, 3:30 – 5 PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto
Create pirate-themed crafts and embark on a hunt for pirate treasure around the library! For grades K-5 only.
Water Cycle Storytime & Craft (Palo Alto Library) 
Tue, Mar 8 & Wed Mar 9, 10:30 AM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto 

Special “Silicon Valley Reads 2016” Storytime & Craft. Includes a reading of Miranda Paul’s Water is Water. No registration required.



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