eNews: March 30, 2016


March       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
       21  Noon Games
       22  Online Auction Bidding Ends
       25 – 29  Staff Appreciation Week
       25  Noon Art
       27  PTA ELECTIONS + Coffee Social
       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

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)


From Last Week 


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

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

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


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