eNews: March 25, 2015


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
April  18  Goodwill Fill-A-Truck fundraiser

April  20 – 24  Walk and Roll to School Week
April  20  Noon Art
April  22  PTA Association Meeting: ELECTIONS/Bylaw updates
April  23  Boardgames Thrusday – come help if you can!
April  27 – May  1   PV Teacher Appreciation Week

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Pirates Set Sail This Week! 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.

Palo Verde Science Fair
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: M.P. Room and Library
The Palo Verde Science Fair is coming next week. We hope you are having lots of fun working on the projects. Please bring in your completed projects to the MP room before school on Tuesday, March 31st (7:50 am to 8:15 am).
Ensure that you have marked your name and classroom clearly on the front of the poster. If your project uses any expensiveor fragile items, use a photograph for display instead.

Volunteers needed
We need volunteers on the morning of the Science Fair to help with the signup (8:00 am to 8:20 am), and the ribbons (8:15 am to 8:50 am); If you are able to help out, please email pavand@gmail.com or philip.bednarz@stanfordalumni.com



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!

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, reminder for 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

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

PAUSD: Music Teachers Scholarship Concert

Sat Apr 18; 4pm; Palo Alto High School
For the 23rd year, Palo Alto Unified School District Music Teachers will present a chamber music concert at PALO ALTO High School’s Haymarket Theatre. Many of the music teachers perform in professional ensembles throughout the Bay Area. Proceeds from the concert will provide scholarships for district Music students in grades 4-8.  Sign ups for an audition time takes place at the concert (audition times are limited!).  Sign up forms will be coming home with your students.Info: Call: 329-3944 or e-mail music@pausd.org Tickets will also be available at the door.    Tickets: Adults $12.00 ($15 at door) Student/Senior $5.00

Community E, M, H

Stress Management for Beginners.
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/

Happiness Workshops in Palo Alto: Rajshree Patel from the Art of Living for Adults
Apr 12; 10AM-12:00 PM | Mitchell Park Community Center; Apr 25, 26; Gunn High School
Whether in the personal or professional space, our deepest connections spring from the qualities we embody and express. How can we develop and nurture more inclusive and enriching relationships for the long haul? Join the conversation. From “Me” to “We” Finding Harmony in Relationships Register Today
Special Weekend Happiness Program | | Register Today These special workshops are for adults aged 18+. For younger ones: Youth Program by Art of Living

Hands-on Science at JMZ

The Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo offers science classes for preschoolers through 5th grade.  Registration is open now for classes beginning April 14.  Inquisitive 4th and 5th graders will solve mysteries scientifically in the brand new “Forensic Entomology” class on Thursday afternoons.  Kinders and 1st through 3rd graders explore “Geology” on Tuesday afternoons. Topics for preschoolers include Animals, Bridges & Boats, Jr Geologists, and the Art of Science. Class sizes are kept small for an intimate, interactive experience.  Register:  www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy<http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy or 329-2111.

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