eNews: May 18, 2016

19  Eaglesburg;  Noon Games (Cancelled)
23  Noon Art
27  PTA Board Meeting
30  Holiday – No School

2  Last Day of School – Minimum Day

        15  Class lists and Back to school packets
        16  First Day of School

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

PTA Volunteer Positions
The secretary position has now been filled. Thank you Amanda Allan for volunteering. Thank you also to everyone who expressed interest.
We have other crucial non-board positions that need to be filled. The PTA budget is planned on the assumption that we will hit fundraising targets. If we do not hit our fundraising targets, we will be unable to pay for supplies/materials for parent volunteer led programs. This will limit how many programs we are able to offer Palo Verde kids and the community. All the money raised by the PTA goes back a 100% toward community building, enrichment and education. The PTA is looking to fill these important non-board positions for the 16-17 year. No previous fundraising experience required.
1) Fall party chairs: The PTA is looking for a team of 2-3 parents who will lead the Fall Parties community building/fundraising effort. The fall party raises about $5000 for the school through the parent hosted parties.  Essentially the fall party chairs will reach out to the Palo Verde community via flyers, enews and Voice promotions and seek out parents who are willing to host parties such as cup cake making, wine and cheese, book club, tea and samosas, mimosas, halloween, diwali parties and many more. These parties not only raise money for the school but  are community building opportunities for our families to connect with each other. The fall party promotion starts in September and runs through end October/early November.
We have the infrastructure and the software set up for the Fall party book. We are looking a team of 2-3 parents who will bring it all together. Please contact Anjani Sarma at president@pvpta.org if you would like to sign up.
2) Auction chairs: This year the auction raised a whopping $38,000. Thanks to the efforts of our auction chair Elaine Chase and her amazing team of parent volunteers, the PTA was able to pay for all the programs we spent on in the ’15-’16 year. We are looking for a team of 2-3 parents who will lead the auction effort for the ’16-’17 year. The auction is tentatively scheduled in March 2017. There is an auction friendly software in place and most importantly a team of parent volunteers who worked on this year’s auction and who are willing to do it again. The auction chairs will work to coordinate and put together the entire effort. No previous fundraising experience necessary.  Please contact Anjani Sarma president@pvpta.org to sign up.
If you have any questions on these positions or want to get in touch with this year’s chairs for more information please send an email to president@pvpta.org
Please visit this link to check out other volunteering opportunities and to sign up.


We are looking for a parent who will help the PTA board with online data entry mostly at the start of the school year. This is not a board position and can be done at home.
President, Palo Verde PTA

Lost & Found Cart –
Pick up Your Items before June 2nd!
Please check the lost and found cart and claim any items that belong to you by the last day of school, June 2nd.  Any items remaining in the lost and found cart at 1:30 p.m. on June 2nd will be donated to charity.
Fill-A Truck Thank you!
Thank you for everyone who donated to the Goodwill Fill-a-Truck event, with a special thanks to Maarten Lansberg, Jaron Waldman, and Kris Giesing for the heavy lifting. We collected a total of 3,122 pounds, which means a check of $453.63 to Palo Verde!
From Last Week

How to Reduce Junk Mail
Did you know that the average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail a year? That’s about 16 pieces a week, almost half of which are tossed in the recycling bin unopened. Help reduce this unnecessary waste with these websites:
 (by the Direct Marketing Association)
(A partnership between credit agencies to reduce credit card and insurance offers)
There are many other options out there, but these two are a good start!
Start your Spring Cleaning with eScrip
If you are currently signed up with eScrip, please take a few minutes to make sure your card information is current. There is now a simple way for you to add and update the debit/credit cards you use every day to your existing eScrip account.  Visit

www.escrip.com/addcards and select the card(s) you’d like to add or update from the drop down box.

If you are not already signed up with eScrip, please visit www.escrip.com/signup and follow the simple enrollment instructions.
Group Name: Palo Verde PTA
Group ID: 137331259
Earn for Palo Verde all summer long with your continued participation in the eScrip program!
Questions? contact your eScrip Coordinator Iva Reid izreid (at) gmail (dot) com
Shop with Shutterfly and earn for Palo Verde 
Our Shutterfly school fundraiser continues all summer long. Simply click on our dedicated Shutterfly storefront at http://paloverde.shutterflystorefront.com/ and shop at any of the participating Shutterfly, Inc brands to earn. A portion of all sales will automatically be donated to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our dedicated page. Share our dedicated link with family and friends who like to shop with Shutterfly. It’s time to get snappy!
Questions: please contact Iva Reid izreid (at) gmail (dot) com
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Calling all Parents of JLS 6th Grade-Bound students! 
Come volunteer with next year’s JLS PTA!

There are just as many opportunities to be a part of your child’s JLS experience as there were at Palo Verde, and the JLS PTA welcomes whatever level of time and talents you can contribute.

Volunteering on the PTA will accelerate your familiarity with the campus, staff, and fellow parents; there’s no better or faster way to become a part of the JLS community. And we have a lot of fun!

Current “hot” jobs still open:
Jump Start Day and First Day assistance (forms, PE uniforms, etc)
6th Grade Parent Networks co-chairs
6th Grade Panther Camp co-chairs
Dance Chaperones
Community Service Day chaperones
Science Fair, Book Fair helpers
Co-chairs for Back-To-School Pizza Dinner (September 2016)
Co-chairs for Many Faces Potluck (May 2017)
Special Education Inclusion Rep
Health and Wellness Rep
Advocacy Chair
Ways and Means chair
Click here to see a full list of the open positions on the JLS PTA committees and events, and fill out the form to indicate any interests you may have. This is not a commitment! We will contact you with more information which will help you decide if you would like to join us.

Click here for job descriptions of most of the PTA jobs.

Questions? Contact Julia Jacobsen, JLS PTA President 2016-2017: juliacjacobsen@gmail.com
Help Kids in Grades K-4 with Reading or Math – You Could Change a Life
Please join other parents volunteering with All Students Matter in grades K-4 in east Menlo Park and East Palo Alto schools. You’ll work in the same classroom once a week, building a relationship with the teacher and students, and be able to see the progress achieved. The students are always eager to work with you and you’ll have real impact in a community where over 80% of students are performing below grade level in reading and math.  Sign up now to start in September – we provide training and coordinate everything. To learn more or to sign up, please visit our web site at www.allstudentsmatter.org or contact Keri Tully at keritully@gmail.com.
Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Thurs/Fri, May 19-20 by appointment, Palo Alto
Auditions for the 2016-2017 season are held at the choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave). Open to 2nd-5th grade boys in the fall. 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. In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB has performed for local events including performances with West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events.
Coding for Kids
Sun, Jun 12, 10 AM – 12 PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
An introduction to coding using visual programming languages. Sundays through July 3. Open to kids in grades 2-6.
Wacky Wednesday: Magician Pete G.
Wed, Jun 15, 3:30 PM, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
Magician Pete G. will be performing amazing magic tricks.
UC Berkeley BELL Lab Study
The BELL lab at UC Berkeley has fun and engaging studies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) aged 6 to 12 years old at the UC Berkeley Campus. These studies will help researchers to better understand how children with ASD engage in inference and generalization, with the end goal of informing education for the ASD population.  For more information: babylab.berkeley.edu
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