eNews: March 25, 2014

March  24 –  28  Walk N Roll week
March  26 ,  27  Restaurant Night, Indochine
March  27   Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
March  28   Lost & Found Cart Emptied!
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

May  2  PTA Executive Board Mtg
May  3  May Fete Parade
May  6  Talent Show (tentative)
May  7  PTA Coffee;  Site Council; ABC Reader Training: Book 8
May  8  Noon Art

May 18  PV International Fair
May 21  ABC Reader Thankyou & Year End Wrap Up
May 22  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
May 26  Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
May 29  Last Day of School – minimum day

Palo Verde PTA and School News

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

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!


The lost and found cart is filling up again with abandoned sweaters, jackets, lunch boxes, jewelry, eye glasses…..there’s even a house key and a pair of high heels!
Please take time to check the cart and/or the website:
(The website is updated regularly, usually on Thursdays)
The cart will be emptied after 3pm on Mar 28th.

Remember:  if you label your items they are more likely to get returned to you, a few minutes can save many dollars!

Staff Appreciation Week!

Staff Appreciation week is April 7th  -11th. During this week, the staff will enjoy a wonderful Spring luncheon hosted by the Kinder Families to a handful of events hosted by the PTA.


In past years, we have offered that a simple gesture (a flower from your garden!), statement, picture or note of what your child enjoys or has learned from a staff member often brings smiles and true recognition to our entire staff: current or past teacher(s), classroom aides, resource team, librarian, office staff, custodians, Music, Art and PE!


You might ask your child who they would like to thank!

For those who would like to purchase a small token for staff members, the “Staff Favorites Binder” is a great resource located in the Main Office.


Importantly, the PTA wants to clearly state there is no obligation to do anything during this week as your ongoing support throughout the year is greatly appreciated.


Thanks for reaching out with simple and kind gestures any day this week!


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


Bringing Up Bicyclists

How to Teach Your Child the Skills and Habits of Safe Bicyclists: A Class for Parents,  see flier HERE
El Carmelo MP Room, 3024 Bryant Street

Wednesday, April 16, 7-8:30pm

There are differences in the physical and cognitive development of young children that affect their ability to make traffic-related decisions.  Teaching children the skills and habits they need to avoid the most common types of crashes results in 70-80% reduction in crashes. This class teaches parents of children up to age 9 what they need to know to foster and judge development of their children’s bicycling safety skills.  The class is FREE and is open to parents from any Palo Alto school. Please do not bring children. For more information, contact SafeRoutes@cityofpaloalto.org . This class is offered by the City of Palo Alto and El Carmelo Elementary School PTA.


Fireworks, Soccer, Fun!  San Jose Earthquakes Fundraiser for PV PTA
Join us for a fabulous night of soccer on Saturday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m.  The San Jose Earthquakes will take on the Los Angeles Galaxy right here in our “backyard” – the Stanford Stadium. The Palo Verde PTA will receive $5 for each ticket purchased by a Palo Verde family. What better way to spend a summer Saturday than with soccer, fireworks, your family and your friends! Please look in your child’s Friday folder or in the office for the ticket form. Please return all forms to the office.


Start your Spring Cleaning with eScrip
Please continue to support Palo Verde PTA through your ongoing participation in the eScrip program!
If you are currently signed up with eScrip, please take a few minutes to make sure your card information is current. There is now a simple way for you to add the debit/credit cards you use and carry every day to your existing eScrip account.  Visit www.escrip.com/addcards and select the card(s) you’d like to add or update from the drop down box.
If you are not signed up with eScrip, visit www.escrip.com/signup and follow the instructions.
Group Name: Palo Verde PTA
Group ID: 137331259
Questions? contact your eScrip Coordinator
Iva Reid izreid (at) gmail (dot) com
Thank you.
PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
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.    Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave.
2)       March 26 – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  PAUSD District Office Room A, 25 Churchill Ave.
3)       March 26 – 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.    PAUSD District Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave.
Input may also be offered by fax, letter, or email.  Additionally, all members of the community are encouraged to take a survey as a way of giving input.
For questions, please contact Kathleen Ruegsegger at (650)329-3737 or kruegsegger@pausd.org 

Kick for Charity camp, run by Palo Alto teens 

We are nine Gunn and Paly sophomores running a charity soccer camp for children ages 7-11 this summer. We ran this camp last year and were very successful raising nearly $4000 for Charity: Water. 

Our website:  kickforcharity.org    Our flier is HERE

Wheel Kids Camp for Kids Who Love To Bike!
Wheel Kids Camp helps children (ages 5 – 16) learn skills they need to share the road more safely and legally when bicycling around the area. Starting each day with bike handling, repair, and safety lessons, campers then get on-bike practice as they transport themselves by bicycle to explore community destinations with the group. They’ll enjoy powering themselves to park and natural open spaces, museums, creative professional environments. The camp is led by a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor.
A short introduction is below and more information can be found at: www.wheelkids.com
Wheel Kids is Palo Alto’s premier adventure and exploration summer camp for kids. At Wheel Kids we’re passionate about getting your child outside exploring, learning, growing. Each week offers a wide range of cultural, recreational and environmental learning opportunities, all based on our daily bicycling adventures. No two days are exactly the same – we balance programmed and free time to keep kids challenged while also letting them discover their own interests and passions. To promote this we strive to:
  Teach safe bicycle riding skills & habits
  Build confidence and self-esteem
  Improve cycling skills and cycling etiquette
  Encourage kids to consider their bikes as viable means of transportation
  And have FUN in a unique activity-oriented camp experience
Wheel Kids is dedicated to letting kids be kids and doing the things they love to do:
  Ride – we teach them how, we teach them new skills, we ride along with them
  Explore – we guide them to places they’ve never been and to experiences they’ve never had
  Learn – we provide opportunities to gain new skills and new interests and encourage hands-on immersion in everything we do
  Grow – we give them just enough autonomy to allow them a sense of self-guided accomplishment and self-confidence
Our goal is to get your child excited about cycling and begin a life-long journey of health and fitness while helping improve our environment! Come ride with us!

Palo Alto Community Child Care Presetns
2014 Summer Camps
Variety of PACCC summer camps held at Addison, Hoover, Walter Hays, El Carmelo, Barron Park and Escondido, are now open for registration! Check out all the fun camps that are being offered for kids entering 1st through 6th grades.  Enrollment is by the week, so you can plan around your vacations /activities with ease and convenience. For more info: visit http://paccc.org/centers/summer_fun_camps
City of Palo Alto, Recreation Presents Camp Jive
Weekly from Jun 9to Jul 3. 8 to 6 pm, at JLS Middle School
For kids 6-8 Grade. You will be inspired to think creatively, surprised by special guests and a encouraged to find the leader in you! Learn ‘green’ cooking with Zero Waste and move your body and mind as you create your summer adventure. For more info: www.cityofpaloalto.org/campjive


PAUSD  Presents
A to Z Salad Bar
Briones- April 8,  Walter Hays Hays- April 10, Escondido- April 22, Ohlone- April 24, El Carmelo- April 29 
A to Z Salad Bar is coming to our school! Come and discover new and wonderful fruits and vegetables at the A to Z salad bar during lunch time. All you need to do is sign your child up for Hot Lunch on that day. Your student will receive hot lunch + will be able to visit the exploratory salad bar. Each letter of the alphabet is matched with a different fruit or vegetable.
PAUSD Board meeting
Mar 25, 6:30pm Board Room – Administration Building 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto
The materials are posted for Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.  You can find them at this link:  http://pausd.org/community/board/agenda.shtml
Project Safety Net Presents
Passionate about youth?
Thu, Mar 27 4-6 pm , Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, room H1, in Palo Alto.
At general meeting you will meet Project Safety Net’s new Leadership Team, as well as meet others in the fields Mental Health, Youth Development, Education, and community members who share this same passion. You will get a glance at youth led events, such an upcoming art exhibit called “Youth Speaks Out” where youth will share heartfelt experiences through art, you will hear about many youth led initiatives including a peer support group called “No One” and an online website for youth events called “Click PA”. www.psn.paloalto.org


Edventure More presents Camp Edmo
Jun 9 – Jul 25 at Palo Verde Elementary
First Time Campers Use Code: FIRSTNEWS14 For $50 Off Your Total! 
Join the camp voted Entering K-4th graders participate in Arts & Science, Animation and Nature activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, Children’s Creativity Museum & MOCHA. Wacky weeks include Incredible Edibles, Magic & Medieval Times, Critterville and Planet Power. Early Bird Savings of $20/Week until Feb 28!  Visit campedmo.org.
Edventure More presents Camp EdTech
Jun 9 – Jul 25 at Palo Verde Elementary
Entering 5th – 8th graders create android- compatible apps, use hardware and software to control analog components like lights and buzzers, make, direct, edit & star in their own short films and animations, develop 2-D and 3-D video games or express their unique perspective of the world via digital photography. Early Bird Savings of $20/Week until Feb 28! Visit campedtech.org,


JLS  Presents Spring Play
Schoolhouse Rock
Thu, Apr 10 & Fri, Apr 11t, 7pm, The Cafetorium at JLS
This musical is a compilation of all of your favorite Schoolhouse Rock videos brought to life that is enjoyable for everyone of all ages. Bringing back childhood memories, Schoolhouse Rock Live! is a tribute to the ‘80’s most educational cartoons. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children (8th grade and under). So what are you waiting for? Clear your schedules for the show that will rock your world!
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre presents This Boy’s Life
Wed Apr 2 at 7:00pm, Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson Street, Palo Alto
Join us for a FREE one-night-only screening starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin. The story of a rebellious ’50s teenager and his abusive father, This Boy’s Life is based on the memoirs of writer and Stanford professor Tobias Wolff. This film is rated R.
Palo Alto Philharmonic Presents Orchestra Concert IV
Sat  Apr 5,at 8 pm at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Under the baton of Music Director Thomas Shoebotham, the Palo Alto Philharmonic presents the fourth orchestra concert of its 2013-14 season, featuring works by three of Eastern Europe’s most admired composers, Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Antonín Dvorák, plus American 20th century composer John Corigliano. For more info: www.paphil.org
Palo alto Art Center Presents
Small Art & Small Bites: An evening with Exhibiting Artist Dalton Ghetti
Thu, Mar 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Palo Alto Art Center, Lobby
Join us and be inspired by how Dalton Ghetti transforms ordinary pencils he finds on the street into extraordinary, miniature works of art.  One Night Only! Visit the Gallery Shop and receive a $5.00 off coupon with purchase of $20.00 or more!
Palo alto Art Center Presents
From Ingres and Cézanne to Hockney and Sol LeWitt: Artists Working in Graphite
Wed, Apr 2, 6:30 p.m. Palo Alto Art Center, Meeting Room
Join Curator Emerita of Prints and Drawings at the Cantor Arts Center Betsy G. Fryberger as she sheds light on earlier artistic uses of the indispensable pencil, presenting sketchbooks and slides of more formal works of art.  One Night Only! Visit the Gallery Shop and receive 35% off all Pencils and Paper-notebooks and journals.
Palo Alto City Library
Dollars & Sense: Money Saving Tips
Thu, Mar 27 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.
Learn strategies on how to save money and budget for rainy days from Vanessa and Andrew from Mass Mutual Financial Advisors. For Adults Only. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6706
Palo Alto City Library
Parenting Program: Listen Up! I’m Talking…
Thu, Apr 10 at 7 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.
“Talk to your children, the way you want them to talk to you” is sometimes easier said than done. We will discuss how families can develop and maintain positive communication throughout all the phases of childhood.” For Adults Only. Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6681
Palo Alto Friends Nursery School Presents
FIESTA! Pre School Carnival and Silent Auction
Sat, Apr 19, 11am to 2pm, 957 Colorado Ave
Come one, come all to FIESTA which is a fundraiser for the Friends Scholarship Fund.  Save the Date!   Silent auction, music, games, prizes, food and more!

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