eNews: March 23, 2016


       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 Bidding 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
       22  Online Auction Bidding Ends
       25 – 29  Staff Appreciation Week
       25  Noon Art
       28  Dine out @ Kirks + Book Shopping at Books Inc
       29  PTA Board Meeting 

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.  


Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week 

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

Why is the Palo Verde PTA Spring Social and Online/Silent Auction, our school’s biggest fundraiser of the year, even more important this year than in recent years?

1.The PTA has seen a decline in funding in recent years along with an increase in the number of students to support and a drop in volunteers to implement its many programs.

2.     Many factors have affected the PTA’s funding including a drop in support from businesses (i.e. Safeway dropped from eScrip), a drop in family contributions & a decline in volunteers to help raise funds.
Why support the PTA?
This week the PTA is hosting Project Cornerstone BIG week with activities every day during lunch recess.  Just yesterday the PTA hosted a Project Cornerstone BIG Fun Day noon assembly of music, appearances by the Palo Verde Eagle and Gerald the Giraffe, and brand new hula-hoops, jump ropes and balls.  It was quite festive on campus and there was so much joy among the children!  It was contagious!
One of the primary uses of the funds raised from the Palo Verde PTA Spring Social and Online/Silent Auction is to fund our teachers’ training in the Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop Instruction that benefits EVERY child.
In addition, the Palo Verde PTA supports the children and community of Palo Verde in so many wonderful ways year after year.  The following is a list of some of what the PTA organizes and provides volunteers and/or funds for that touch our lives in the classroom, at school and in the community.
  • Art night
  • Back-to-School packets
  • Bike/Traffic Safety
  • Book Fair
  • Classroom Materials and Supplies
  • Green Team
  • Harvest/International Fair
  • Ice Cream Socials for Back-to-School and End-of-Year
  • Ice Skating Party
  • Project Cornerstone assemblies, books, materials (i.e. Warm Fuzzies), and classroom readers
  • Technology in the classrooms (laptops/projectors)
  • Kindergarten Welcome and Summer Play Dates
  • Landscaping Improvements
  • Library Funding
  • Lost and Found
  • Math Night
  • Morning Coffee Socials throughout the year
  • Noon Art
  • Noon Games
  • Note Card Fundraiser
  • Parent Education
  • Playground Supervision
  • Reading Garden maintenance
  • Science Fair
  • Special Ed/Inclusion Rep
  • Student directory
  • STEAM night
  • Talent show
  • Teacher and Staff appreciation
  • The Palo Verde Voice and eNews
  • Third Grade Bike Rodeo
  • Walking club
  • Movie Nights throughout the school year
  • Walk and roll to school
  • Welcome Back Picnic
It does indeed take a village to raise a child.  Please partner with the PTA to help foster their growth!

PTA Board Positions Open for Next Year

If you’d like to help drive many of the fun activities at Palo Verde – please consider joining the Palo Verde PTA Board! There are many roles available with varying levels of commitment. The Board meets just once a month and often has special guests like the school principal and superintendent – be the first to know!

The following positions are open: 
  • EVP – Serve as the primary aide to the president.
  • VP Communciations- send out room parent emails and reminders to chairs about the Voice and enews submission dates, work closely with the Voice and enews editor, update the PTA website calendar
  • VP of Fundraising – determine overall fundraising strategy & ensure that fundraising programs are run efficiently.  Support the chairs & volunteers of all fundraising activities.
  • VP membership- maintain a database of PTA members, send out membership cards and promotions and discount cards to our PTA members.
  • VP Parliamentarian- advise the board on the rules and procedures listed in our bylaws.
Can’t quite join the board but still want to help? Check out these positions too! 
  • Websites (PTA & School) – maintain and update our websites to keep everyone informed
  • Auction Co-Chairs – two people to plan the fun event and gather donations and 1-2 people to enter donations into  schoolauction.net 
  • Fall Party Book – two people to gather party donations + 1 to enter into schoolauction.net 
If you are interested in any of these, or any other PTA opportunities: http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/wp-content/uploads/volunteer-descriptions.pdf   

Please email Yael at yaelcow@yahoo.com

From Last Week 

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. 

 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.

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)


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:


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 Â 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  


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
 Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) invites its stakeholders to provide input as part of the school district’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Renaming Schools (RSC). The school district authorized the establishment of this committee in early 2016 to research and review the names of all 17 PAUSD schools and submit recommendations for renaming one or more of the schools for the Board’s consideration. The school district invites current Palo Alto residents, current Palo Alto Unified employees, current Palo Alto Unified students, graduates of PAUSD, and former employees who worked for PAUSD for a minimum of five years to consider applying for the committee. Applications can be downloaded from the school district’s website. The deadline to submit an application is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28th, 2016.
Completed applications should be sent to:
Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee, Superintendent
Palo Alto Unified School District
25 Churchill Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
     The committee will consist of four parents of current students, four members of the community at large, up to four alumni, two administrators, four faculty and staff, and up to four students. The committee members will meet every two or three weeks during the school year and the meetings will last between two or three hours. Additional work between meetings is likely and may require two to four hours per week. The committee will be formed by April 11, 2016 and their recommendations will be submitted to the Board by December 31, 2016.

Palo Alto Summer Camp Fair
Thurs, March 24, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Addison School Multi-Purpose Room 
Discover terrific summer camps (for grades K-12) all around Palo Alto, meet camp vendors in person, and get help planning a summer your entire family will love. Free to attend. Free pizza for the first 100 to arrive, plus activities for kids, snacks, giveaways, and camp discounts. More info: http://camps.activityhero.com/pacampfair
Informational Coffee for All Students Matter
Tue, Apr 19, 10 AM
If you’ve wondered what All Students Matter is all about, then please join other local parents who are already volunteering with us in the classroom of K-4th grade students to learn more.  We invite you for coffee and refreshments while you hear about how you can make a true difference in the life of students in east Menlo Park and East Palo Alto by volunteering for an hour a week. Please e-mail jkc_kennedy@yahoo.com to RSVP and learn of the location.  www.allstudentsmatter.org
Art Poster Contest on Emergency Preparedness for Grades 1-8  Submission Deadline: April 11, 2016
Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo Event – Learn About to Build a New JMZ
Tue, Mar 23, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, 1451 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Launch tennis balls into the air while launching your ideas for building a new Junior Museum & Zoo!
·      Play, discover and spark curiosity as you preview and test the expanded Kid-Power Machine.
·      Build a ball ramp while you generate exhibit ideas for a two-story ball machine in the new JMZ.
·      Take behind-the-scenes tours of the museum and zoo and learn about the plans to build a new JMZ. This is a Club JMZ member-only event. Join or renew online at www.friendsjmz.org. For more information: (650) 326-6338 or Julie@friendsjmz.org.
Children’s Classes at Palo Art Center
Unleash the creativity in your child by signing up for a children’s classes. The Art Center offers classes in ceramics, painting and sculpture on Monday – Saturdays. Classes are held at the Art Center (1313 Newell Road) and the Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Road). Online Registration is open now! All of Art Classes are listed at website. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello (rebecca.passarello@cityofpaloalto.org or 650-617-3509).


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