eNews: May 13, 2015


May   13  ABC Reader Training: Book #8 + ThankYou
May   14  Boardgames Thrusday, come help if you can!

May   18  Noon Art
May   19  Open House  6pm – 8pm
May   21  deadline for PV Book Exchange; 

                Eaglesberg (5th grade);   Last Noon Game
May   22  Parent Music Concert
May   25  NO SCHOOL
May   26  ANNUAL PV Book Exchange
May   27  PV Volunteer Thank You Tea

June   1  Noon Art
June   3  PTA Coffee;
               PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
June   4  Last Day of School (minimum day)
               Last Day Ice Cream Social 1:30pm

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News
From Last Week

Noon Games a.k.a Cornerstone Extension Board Game Thursday

Two more noon games left for the school year! 
Next Noon Game is 4/23/15. Last Noon Game is 5/21/15.
Take a lunch break, come on over and play board games with Palo Verde students. 
Palo Verde Spare Change Drive to Help Nepal!  
Palo Verde students have organized a spare change drive to help more than 1,500,000 children and their families who have been affected by the earthquake in Nepal.  Funds will be donated to UNICEF to support the emergency humanitarian response in Nepal.  Contributions can be turned in to the collection jar in the Palo Verde main office.  Thank you for your support!

Questions?  Please contact 4th graders Zephan S. (Room 14), Owen F. (Room 16), and Kieran Z. (Room 17) or mcz at stanfordalumni.org.

Nepal Earthquake Funds raised by Nysa and Pariya

Our Palo Verde girls Nysa Bhat, 5th grade and Pariya Sarin, 4th grade had set up a lemonade stand on May 3rd, Saturday to raise funds for Nepal Earthquake victims. The girls did a wonderful job and raised $210! Parents of the girls had promised to match the funds raised three times which takes the total to $840. Both the girls and their families are extremely thankful to the Palo Alto community for coming out in big numbers and donating generously to support the noble cause.  We are currently looking at options (organization/person) where the raised funds can be put to good use.

Virat and Sunita (Pariya’s parents)
Sandeep and Hema (Nysa’s parents)

Shop at eScrip merchants & earn all summer long for Palo Verde!

While you are getting ready to enjoy your summer vacation, make sure your eScrip profile information is up-to-date including all your registered grocery club cards and payment cards. Up to 6% of what you spend at participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card.
If you haven’t already signed up for eScrip, please take a few minutes and do so now by visiting escrip.com/signup. Simply search by our Group Name (Palo Verde PTA) or Group ID (137331259) and follow the registration instructions.

There are many easy ways to earn with eScrip, and there is no cost to you!! 

Questions: please contact your eScrip coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid at gmail.com

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Blanket and Sheet Collection at Palo Verde
The 4th grade Girl Scout Troop 60296 is collecting new and gently used blankets and sheets for their service project.  Please bring items to school until Friday, May 15 and put them in the collection box near the front of the office.  The items will be donated to a local charity. 

 If you will have a 6th Grader at JLS next year, please subscribe to the JLS Class 2018 List (do this even if you already have a student at JLS).  This will ensure that you will receive the weekly JLS eNews during all of the years your student is at JLS and also any separate communications that are sent only to next year’s 6th grade JLS parents.  To be included in the JLS Class 2018 List, sign up here.

Fall 2015 Stanford Soccer Club World United Tryouts
The World United program within Stanford Soccer is holding tryouts Monday, May 18 through Thursday, May 21 for boys ages 5 to 15 and girls ages 5 to 8. 

The Spring Season starts in August and runs through November.
Please go to www.StanfordTryouts.com or email john.b.rowe@gmail.com for more information.

Stay up to date with weekly communications from Dr. Max McGee
Each week Superintendent Max McGee provides  written information for all interested parents and community members.  These communications include updates on important topics, insights into upcoming agenda items, and other useful pieces of information regarding PAUSD.   Questions regarding these publications can be sent to Kathleen Ruegsegger at kruegsegger@pausd.org. Please share this opportunity to be updated each week from our Superintendent with your neighbors and fellow parents.
PAUSD Annnual Data Update
To update, sign into the PAUSD Infinite Campus Parent Portal with your username and password at:

PAUSD Annual Youth Art Show: K-12 student artwork exhibit
Opening Reception at the Palo Alto Art Center: May 6, 4:30-7pm, Remarks at 6pm.; May 2-24
at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313, Newell Rd.
Friends, family and members of the public welcome.  Additional Youth Art on display May 4-22, at the Palo Alto Unified School District Office, 25 Churchill Ave. Mon – Fri, 8am-4:45pm; PAAC website:

Community E, M, H
Classroom Volunteers Needed in September – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student’s Life
Looking for parents to sign up now to begin volunteering in September to assist in K-4 classrooms one hour per week in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.  Assist teachers in the classroom with individualized instruction much like you may have done in your own child’s school.  These classes in the Ravenswood district have no parents helping and no PTA — thevolunteers make a real difference. The organization provides orientation/training and coordinates everything. More Info? www.allstudentsmatter.org.  Have questions or want to sign up?  Contact Carolyn Blatman atCBlatman@aol.com    
Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra
Sun May 17, 3pm, Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Assistant Conductor Lee Actor, Music Director Thomas Shoebotham, and the Palo Alto Philharmonic present the final concert of our 2014-2015 Season: This competition, open to students from the Bay Area of high school age or younger and enabled by the generous support of J. W. and H. M. Goodman, is designed to recognize outstanding talent and provide an invaluable learning experience to music students. This year, there are seven wonderful young winners, who will each play a concerto movement or a complete short work. Tickets available at www.paphil.org
Her Story: Celebrating ­­Each Woman’s Journey
Sun. May 17 from 6:30-10pm; Mitchell Park Community Center 3700 Middlefield Road Palo Alto
“Her Story: Celebrating Each Woman’s Journey” is a benefit gala by Gunn Brand4U, a Henry M. Gunn High School business club with Deborah’s Palm, a supportive and welcoming space for women to “Connect, Discover, Unwind, Restore”. Beginning with a Champagne Welcome, the event will feature Gunn’s very own jazz band and there will be dancing, a live auction, and Global Tastings–featuring Joya, Creative Sushi, Whole Foods (Los Altos) catering, and SusieCakes. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased via the link below. Info: gunnbrand4u@gmail.com Thank you for supporting the emerging business leaders of the future!
Free Special Arts Reception
Wed, 5/20, 4-7pm (remarks at 5 pm), Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, 2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Celebrating the Launch of Creative Ecology, an innovative art and science residency program that promotes appreciation of the natural world through scientific inquiry and the creative process, engaging artists, art and science educators, and the larger community. Creative Ecology is a unique collaboration between the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo with artists Mari Andrews, Linda Gass, Jenny Odell, and David Tomb. Activities for the whole family. Live animal experiences,. Photo opportunity with bald eagle Sequoia, and hands-on Art! Co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation and the Friends of the Junior Museum & Zoo. RSVPs are encouraged, Contact rsvp@paacf.org
Society of Bookworm: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Wed, May 202:30-3:30 p.m. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St, Palo Alto
Join the monthly kids’ book club! Read Hoot by Carl Hiassen then come discuss this great book and enjoy a special owl visitor from the Junior Museum! Register here
Alligator Zone
Fri, May 22, 7-8 p.m. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
Celebrate entrepreneurship and meet start-up founders. Register here. 4th grade and up..
Secret Agent Training School
Wed, May 27, 3:30-5 p.m. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St, Palo Alto
Do you have what it takes to be a secret agent? Learn the skills and tricks you will need to become a world-class spy! Register here.

Meet the Author: Francisco Jimenez
Thurs, May 28, 7-9 p.m. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
Francisco Jiménez reads from his new book in his award-winning memoir series, Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University. Grades 5 and up. Register here.
Relay for Life Palo Alto
June 27th; Palo Alto High School; 2-9 pm.
This is an organized community fundraising walk to raise awareness and money for cancer research–all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. During Relay. each team pledges to keep one member on the track, walking or running laps, for the entire 7 hours. This event is very family friendly.
2015 Paly Robotics Summer Camp for Middle School Students (incoming 6th – incoming 9th)
Aug 3-7,PALY Lab (Room 903 @ Palo Alto High School);   Recommended Donation: $200 (tax deductible!)
Do you want to learn how to build a robot?  Or how to program using Java or C++?  Or maybe even how to create a 3D animation?  Come to the weeklong 2015 Paly Robotics Summer Camp!  The Paly Robotics Team students will be teaching middle school students (incoming 6th – incoming 9th) about what it is like to be on a high school robotics team.  In our state-of-the-art lab you will gain valuable hands-on experience as well as meet some of our professional mentors (who teach us what we know). Info:  palyrobotics.com/summer

Community E
Paly Math Camp
Mathcounts Camp: 6/15-19, 1-4 pm; AMC Camp: 6/22-26, 1-4 pm; Jordan Middle School
It offers individually paced training and one-on-one teaching, with rigorous curriculum taught by former USAMO/USAJMO and AIME qualifiers as well as a math teacher, all from Palo Alto high schools. These camps will be suitable for any student who enjoys math and will be fun for students of all ages and math levels. Mathcounts Camp is intended for incoming PAUSD middle schoolers who want to learn problem-solving techniques geared more towards Mathcounts. AMC Camp is intended for PAUSD students who want to learn problem-solving techniques geared more towards the AMC 8 and AMC 10 series. Interested? Please fill out the following form:http://goo.gl/forms/Ritq14Bb2s
Community M, H
Stanford School of Medicine Autism Research
Ongoing Weekly 1-2hours; Ongoing; Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research; 401 Quarry Rd, Stanford
12 weeks: Week 1: Cognitive, Behavioral (ADOS), and Pre-Training Assessments (a research report of assessment results available upon request) Weeks 2-11: 1-Hour Training Sessions; Week 12: Post-Training Assessment; Participants will receive a payment of $25 per visit, and up to $350 for your complete participation. More Info: http://cibsr.stanford.edu
Find new reads at the Fierce Reads Spring Fling
Tues May 12; 6pm; Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park
For teen readers Kepler’s is thrilled to be hosting a Fierce Reads Spring Join in for: bookish bingo, pizza, a raffle, a photo booth, and these wonderful YA authors: Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Curse),Lindsay Smith (Sekret), Katie Finn (Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold), and Lynn Matson (NIL) who will be in conversation with Evelyn Skye. (Grades 7 and up)
Enhancing Healthy Families and Healthy Kids
4 part series starting on Thurs, May 7, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m; PAUSD district office (25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto)
Asian Americans For Community Involvement (AACI) and PAUSD are partnering to offer a series of 4 free coaching sessions in Mandarin for interested school district parents. The sessions will address parenting topics and how to better connect and communicate with your teen. The sessions will take place on May 7, 14, 21, and 28.  Childcare (for children 5 years and older) and light refreshments will be provided. Please click here for more information. RSVP to Helen (408) 975-2730 x178  Email: Helen.lei@aaci.org
Teen Writing Club
Thurs, May 7 & 21, 4-5:30 p.m. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd.
Join in on the first and third Tuesdays every month for special writing prompts, guest speakers and more! It’s a great way to practice writing skills in a fun and supportive environment.
Bay Area Quiz Club
Sat, May 9, 2-6 p.m. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Teens, join the Bay Area Quiz Club the second Saturday of every month! Please arrive promptly at2pm, so that lots can be drawn and teams formed. Click here for details.
Teen Tuesday: Movie Night @ the Library
Tues, May 19, 6:30 p.m. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Chill out and watch a fun movie at the library with your friends! Snacks provided. Register here.
Volunteer with BGCP this summer!
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula is currently looking for dedicated Summer Interns seeking motivated students who are excited to work collaboratively with credentialed teachers and BGCP staff mentors to create a fun and educational experience for K-5 students. Interns will be working directly with the K-5 students in the classroom and will also have the opportunity to provide enrichment activities, create innovative learning techniques, and contribute to a positive culture within our team. This is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills, earn over 100 hours of community service, and gain valuable work experience that will help strengthen your resume for your college applications. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to make a difference in the lives of youth! Info: https://vimeo.com/108082339! Click here to apply: Summer Intern ApplicationMore Info: Renee Infelise: renee@bgcp.org or 646-6062
Leadership Palo Alto’s 2015-2016 class
Applications are now being accepted for Leadership Palo Alto’s 2015-2016 class, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce’s leadership development class. Blend real world knowledge with practical volunteer and leadership skills to gain in-depth understanding that will catapult you into positions as leaders in our community, businesses and schools. On line application can be found atwww.paloaltochamber.com or call for additional information. 324 3135
Community E
Love to Sing? Ragazzi Auditions & Camp for Boys Ages 7-10
Auditions May-June; 178 Clinton St, Redwood City; Day Camp July 27-31; Redwood City Parks and Recreation
Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a CBS news ‘best choir of the Peninsula’, will teach your 7-10 year old boy to sing! Test-drive Ragazzi’s choral program at the new no-audition summer day camp. Alternatively, boys can audition for the chorus now-and begin rehearsing in September, 2015. Ragazzi’s opportunities include singing the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, Opera roles, collaborations with Stanford’s choruses or the San Francisco Symphony-and even world-wide touring. Learn a lot and have a blast; no prior experience or preparation needed for camp or auditions. Small group sing-along auditions are fun and low-key. Find Your Voice day camp is through Redwood City Parks and Recreation. Info: 342-8785 or ragazzi.org/join-us/ . YouTube:www.youtube.com/user/RagazziBoys?feature=watch
Help Your Child Fall in Love With Writing This Summer!
June 15th – 26th; El Carmelo Elementary;  June 15th – 26th; 9AM – 3PM(before & after care also available)
El Carmelo Elementary
Authors, teachers, and musicians are teaming up to help Palo Alto children fall in love with writing this summer! Adventures in Writing Camp is a two week “day camp” program that allows campers to write, edit, and publish their own eBook under the guidance of professional authors.  Lessons are delivered as songs, and new writing skills are practiced through games, theater, and songwriting. The program is designed to inspire reluctant writers and delight those that already have “the bug.”  Info: http://www.aiwcamp.com/camp-video/; Students entering grades 2-5 in the fall of 2015
The Silicon Valley Boychoir
Auditions by appointment on Fri May 29; choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave.)
Holding auditions for the 2015-16 season by appointment open to rising 2nd-5th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with experience may audition for upper levels. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-singing, and provides flexible scheduling for busy families. Rehearsals for the 2015-16 season begin at the end of August. Email:info@svboychoir.org; Visit http://svboychoir.org

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