eNews: March 4, 2014


March   4   PV Annual Book Exchange
March   5   PTA Coffee; Site Council;
                  ABC Reader Training: Book 6
March   6   Noon Art
March   7   PTA Executive Board Mtg
March   8   PV Auction “A Night at the Oscars”

March  13  Science Fair Info Meetings
March  18  SCIENCE NIGHT w/ Lawrence Hall of Science
March  20  Noon Art

March  24 –  28  Walk N Roll week
March  27   Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
March  31 – April 4   Spring Break

April  4 – 11  Staff Appreciation Week
April  9   ABC Reader Training: Book 7; PTA Coffee
April 17  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
April 23  PTA General Mtg (tentative); Noon Art
April 29  PV Open House; Science Fair 

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Palo Verde Auction Buy Your Tickets Today

The biggest fundraiser AND the most fun Palo Verde event of the year! The Night at the Oscars silent auction is Saturday, March 8th,7-11 pm at Michael’s at Shoreline. There are 5 things you need to know about the auction as our countdown to the date begins:
1. The auction is full of fun, food and friends!
2. The auction is Palo Verde’s biggest fundraiser of the year (and the most fun, too!)
3.  Come as you are; a costume is NOT required or necessary.
Tickets are now available: $35 per person in advance; $40 at the door. There are 3 ways to purchase your tickets:
  • Purchase your tickets this Wednesday, February 26th, before school. PTA volunteers will be on hand in from of Principal Brown’s office to answer questions. You can pay via credit card or check.
  • You can purchase your tickets online at https://pvptaauction.shutterfly.com 
  • You can fill out the form and pay via check, made out to Palo Verde PTA, available in the office.  
 5. The PTA is also hosting a pizza party contest for the kids.

The classroom with the most tickets sold wins a pizza party from the Palo Verde PTA. At last count, Room 14 was ahead, followed closely by Rooms 11, 17, 18 and 19. 
Science Night at Palo Verde, MP Room
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA
Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 6:00
-7.45 PM

Come join us for Wizard’s Lab:
A ball floats and spins in midair, fingers pass through a seemingly solid object, words whispered into a metal can are heard over 10 feet away – these are just a few of the weird, wondrous, hands-on exhibits found in the Wizard’s Lab! As “science wizards,” students explore the almost magical properties of matter and energy, participate in high-voltage and subzero experiments, and figure out how things really work in the fun-, fact-, and phenomenon-filled world of physics.

Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com by Friday, March 14th.

Important announcements from the library

1) The library is in desperate need of more volunteers.
 I currently am unable to sufficiently help the students with book selections and library assignments because so many classes either do not have volunteers or the volunteers have been absent.  Please help if you can.  It need not be your child’s library time.

* Tuesdays 8:15-11:10
Book Check-in & Shelving- 8:15-9; Room 13, 8:45-9:30; Room 15, 9:30-10:10; and Room 12, 10:30-11:10

* Wednesdays 8:15-12  8:15-9 Book Check-in & Shelving Help; 8:50-10:10
4th Grades (assignment support & checkout); 10:30-12 5th Grades (assignment support & checkout)

* Thursdays 8:15-9 Check-in Shelving Help; Room 5 Checkout & Shelving 11:10-11:50

* Friday 10:30-11:30 Shelving Books; 12:40-2:40
Book Repair

Shelf-Reading- Drop in once or twice a week to “Read” the Shelves to ensure things are properly in their place.  Important and flexible.

2) PV Annual Book Exchange- March 4th 8:15-Noon; Book donations due by  Friday, Feb. 28th

Set up Help needed March 3rd 3-5pm
Assistance Needed March 4th in shifts 8:15-10 & 10-12 & 12-2 (Clean-up)
eScrip: Safeway Program Change Reminder

Safeway has made an important change!   


Paying for your groceries with a credit card no longer earns eScrip contributions.  In order to continue earning from Safeway, eScrip supporters need to pay for their groceries with any payment type other than a credit card. All other forms of payment, including cash, check, debit and gift card track for Safeway contributions!


We need your help to earn more with eScrip for Palo Verde!

And, if you have not signed up yet, please go to http://www.escrip.com/signup today!

Questions: please contact Palo Verde eScrip coordinator  

Iva Reid at  izreid (at) gmail (dot) com 

Thank you for your continued support.

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
LAMV PTA Council Sponsoring
Planning Ahead for the College Selection Process
Tue Mar 25, 7-9pm Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View
Talk by Dr. Jerrold Shapiro about Learn how to address the emotional concerns of college bound children, What does “fit” mean in a college, and how can your child find the best fit? Get a realistic view of the college choice process. Admission is Free

Impact of Common Core Standards on Students with Special Needs

Wednesday, May 7, 6:45 – 8:45 pm

Egan Junior High School MP Room, 100 W. Portola Ave, Los Altos


How will common core change the curriculum and assessments?  Common Core Standards (CCS) recognize speaking and listening as an integral part of learning. Standards included in the new CCSs include concepts related to collaboration, cooperation, understanding other’s minds or point of view, analysis of fiction, understanding bias in our media and science, just to name a few!  These new standards emphasize communication and group work, skills that students with learning (or other) disabilities often struggle with.  How will teachers work with these students (IEPs, 504s, or struggling) so that they learn what they need to meet these valuable new standards?  We are inviting representatives from each of our school districts (MVW, PAUSD, LASD, MVLA) to talk on a panel.


 SELPA1CAC is organizing an event and PAUSD is participating on how Common Core Standards will effect students with special needs, learning challenges, or disabilities.

The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts Presents: The Sound of Music

March 1 – 9

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents this family favorite.   For tickets and more information, please visit www.pytnet.org . See you at the show!


El Centre de Performing Arts de Mountain View va a estar viviendo con “The Sound of Music” cuando Peninsula Youth Theatre presenta este favorito familiar en Marzo 1-9. Para billetes y más información, visita www.pytnet.org . ¡Nos vemos!

Palo Alto City Library Presents:

Parenting Program: Risky Behaviors and Wise Decisions  

Thursday, March 6, 3:30 pm


Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.  

Helping children and teenagers make wise decisions and recognize the consequences of risky behaviors is the focus of this workshop. Register here. 

The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association Presents:

Saturday, March 8,  8 pm

First Baptist Church, 305  North California Avenue, Palo Alto  

Program consists of Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen, Zstor Piazzolla: selections from “Histoire du Tango”, Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise, Kurt Weill: “Threepenny Opera Suite”, and Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer: Three Little Pieces for Brass Quintet. Wheelchair accessible, Tickets $20/$17/$10 at door or www.paphil.org .


Canopy Presents: Arbor Day Festival

Saturday, March 8,  10:30 – 1:30 pm

Mitchell Park, Palo Alto


With Live music by The Banana Slug String Band and The Tree Circus. Family fun, Rope tree climbing and Food trucks.  Canopy plants and protects trees to create livable communities in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. Join for the next free Canopy Tree Walk on the second Saturday of every month, 10 am to noon.

Cantor Arts Center Presents:

“Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology, and Surgery”

April 9 – August 3

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University


An exhibition that allows museum visitors to experience Rodin’s hands in much the same manner as Dr. Chang’s students. The exhibition, unique in how it merges art and science, involved an unprecedented collaboration. For more info: http://museum.stanford.edu

Camp EdTech

June 9 – July 25

Palo Verde Elementary School


Make what you play. Play what you make.  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! For information, visit www.campedtech.org , or email info@edventuremore.org

Wheel Kids Bicycle Club is coming to the Peninsula!


Wheel Kids is Palo Alto’s premier adventure and exploration summer camp for kids. Wheel Kids is passionate about getting your kid outside exploring, learning, growing. Each week offers a wide range of cultural, recreational and environmental learning opportunities, all based on daily bicycling adventures. The goal is to get your child excited about cycling and begin a life-long journey of health and fitness while helping improve our environment!

Click here for more info.


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