eNews: March 9, 2016


       11  No School
       14  New Principal Mtg with Scott Bowers
       17  Noon Games
       18  PTA Board Meeting
       21 –  25  “Big” Week Project Cornerstone
       28   Online Auction Catalog Available

       30  Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 7

        1   Online Auction 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
       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 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.


Palo Verde Rocks!  90s Style!

Online Auction
Opens April 1, 2016 – No joking!
Here’s a peek at some of the fantastic items that have been donated:
Weekend getaway in Aptos, CA
3 month Fitness Family Pass to Bay Club Redwood Shores
$100 gift card to Macarthur Park
Weeklong camp for kids ages 5-11 at Camp Shoreline
Tickets for the SF Ballet, CAL football, Children’s Fairyland
Gift certificates/Gift cards for delicious food at Rojoz, Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too!, Buck’s
Gift certificates/Gift cards for spa and skin care services

. . . and so much more!

BIG Week at Palo Verde: March 21-25 

Project Cornerstone reminds all children to identify & value the intrinsic rewards resulting from doing “Big” things. When we do “Big” things we become valuable members of our family, school & community. “Big” things include small actions such as random acts of kindness, encouraging others, staying healthy, etc… We’re having a week-long celebration to encourage our children to be “Big.” 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
BIG week is tentatively scheduled for March 21-25 (weather permitting). Please refer to the school website calendar for details. Parents, please join us to support this message both at school & at home. Want to join the fun? Please consider dropping-in to help during BIG week. We need extra help on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Sign up at:

or email us cornerstone@pvpta.org 

Court rules against releasing CDE CALPADS database 

Parents and students’ objections help make the case

In a welcome step in the right direction, Federal Judge Kimberley Mueller ruled that the California Department of Education (CDE) will not have to release its largest database — called the “California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System” or “CALPADS” — which contains the most sensitive, personal and vulnerable information on California’s current and former public-school students. 

The order does not address the type of information CDE can or cannot release if requested by the plaintiffs or whether any of that information can be redacted. The judge’s decision was supported by all parties who will be working together over the next month to determine a process.

While California State PTA is not a party to these legal proceedings, the organization is on record calling for a balance of data with privacy. We will keep you updated with any further information regarding these legal proceedings.


At the related hearing, Judge Mueller noted she has received “voluminous” numbers of objection forms from parents and students concerned about the possible release of personal information. While the forms are not opt-out forms and will not be considered by the court as such, she emphasized that the objection forms reinforced the need to protect students’ information. 

Concerned parents and students who attend or attended California public schools since Jan. 1, 2008, may still submit forms. Objection forms will be accepted until April 1. Forms received will be included in the court’s official documentation.

From Last Week 

Talent Show is coming soon! (May 9)
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”
  • acts must be previewed at the auditions in order to be eligible for the show
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 (at) gmail (dot) com) or Laam Wong (laam.wong (at) gmail (dot) com



PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews


Poster Art Contest for Grades 1-8 
 Announcing Poster Art Contest on Emergency Preparedness.
Format: Create a 1 page poster on the topic of emergency preparedness.
Medium Colored Pencils, Crayons, Markers or Computer Generated Electronic Art
Theme: Showcase how you can accomplish one or more of the four steps of Emergency Preparedness( Make a plan,Build an emergency kit,Stay informed,Get involved)
How to act during a specific disaster e.g Fire or Earthquake etc 
Resources: Used the following websites to gain better understanding of emergency preparedness
Poster size not to exceed 24’x36′
All posters must include the following information on the back to enter the contest 
Student Name, School, Grade, Parent Contact Email and Phone
Submission deadline: April 11,2016  
Drop off your poster at your school office any day from March 9-April 11
Two winners will be announced for each grade level 1-8 on National PrepareAthon day , April 30th
All winner will be honored by City Mayor, receive gift certificates and Certificates of achievement. All participants will receive America PrepareAthon certificates.
The Art will be displayed at City Hall and Palo Alto Art Center.
For any questions and submitting digital entries email emergencypreparation1@gmail.com
*This contest is made possible through the support of Office of Emergency Services and Chair of Neighborhood Emergency volunteers for City of Palo Alto*

Gunn High School Theater Department Presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” set in 1996 Los Angeles
Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto
Opening Night Gala (Lecture and Reception): Mar 17 at 6:00 pm, all tix $20;
•Other performances: Mar 18,19, 24,25,26 @7:30 pm, $10.00 Students/$12.00 General;    
•Matinees: Wed. March 23 @ 4pm and Sat. March 26 at 2 pm, all tix $5.
TICKETS available at gunntheatre.org, at the Gunn Student Activities Center, or at the door (until they sell out!).
The Palo Alto Swing Dance- a Gunn HS Music Fundraiser
Sat, Mar 5, 6:30 – 10 PM, Lucie Stern Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
You are all invited to join the fun at the Inaugural Palo Alto Swing Dance, a fundraiser for the Gunn High School Music Department.  Swing dance group lessons will be provided along with live music performed by the Gunn Jazz Bands throughout the evening. Each ticket includes swing dance lessons, light food, and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the event. Multiple ticket options are available. Tickets & information can be found at  www.paloaltoswingdance.eventbrite.com or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/797783626998473
 Sat Mar 12 & Sun Mar 13, 10 AM – 4 PM, Cubberley Community Center (FOPAL Children’s Sale Room)
Thousands of kids’ books, games, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs will be for sale at incredibly low prices at Friends of the Palo Alto Library’s monthly book sale- everything from board books and picture books to school age fiction and nonfiction titles to early teen fiction.  All items are lightly used or new and are sorted by age level and subject matter.  Many items in foreign languages. www.fopal.org
 Classroom Volunteers Needed – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student’s Life 

Have you enjoyed volunteering in your child’s classroom? Then consider visiting a classroom in east Menlo Park or East Palo Alto.  Our All Students Matter volunteers work once a week for about an hour on reading and math skills with kids in grades K-4.  Sign up now to start in September. Training will be provided. To learn more or sign up, visit www.allstudentsmatter.org

or contact Keri Tully at keritully@gmail.com.  





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