eNews: May 20, 2015


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

New This Week

Palo Verde’s annual Book Exchange is approaching quickly!
The Book Exchange gives children at all grade levels an opportunity to donate and take home gently used books for summer reading. The students will select their books during their weekly library visit next week. The last day to turn in books is Thursday

Amy Hansen
Teacher Librarian  

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.



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


 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.

Calling all Parents of JLS-Bound 5th Graders! 
If you enjoyed your time at  Palo Verde, here’s how to extend that experience into middle school: Volunteer with the 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!


Click here to see a full list of the open positions on the JLS PTA executive board and committees, 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.


The following openings are very important to us, so if you are willing and able to help us with any of these, please click on the above link to submit your name!
eNews Editor (year-round)Panther Tracks (printed newsletter) layout (4 editions per year)
6th grade parent network (year-round)6th grade Panther Camp co-coordinators (August)
PiE co-chairs (year-round)Book fair co-chairs (September)
Webmaster (year-round)Student directory (September)
Traffic safety co-chair (2x per year)Panther Tracks (printed newsletter) distribution (4 editions per year)


Click here for job descriptions of most of the Chairperson/Committee jobs.


Questions? Contact Barbara Best: barbarabest@gmail.com 



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.


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 at CBlatman@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 
5/14, 15: 7pm; 5/16 at 2pm, 7pm; 5/17: 2pm; 5/20: 4:30pm; 5/21: 4:30pm; 5/22: 7pm; 5/23: 2pm, 7pm;
5/24: 2pm; Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Presents ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Chasing the White Rabbit, Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole into Wonderland where she meets all its famous residents. Join us for this beautifully adapted comedy for audiences of all ages. Performance runs approximately 80 minutes. Info:  www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre or 463 – 4970.
Family Date Night: Green Thumb!
Fri, May 15, 6:15 p.m. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Join in for a family program after hours at the library! You will make fun gardening-related crafts and read stories about gardens, plants and flowers. Register here.
Join us for Health Matters – Stanford Medicine Community Day Sat.
May 16, 9am-2:15pm, Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge,291 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA  (Stanford Medicine Campus)
Join Stanford Medicine for an interactive, fun-filled day on campus. Health Matters is a free community event where you can explore the latest in medical advancements from Stanford Medicine, meet leading health experts, and go home with valuable information for you and your family.  Visit healthmatters.stanford.edu for more details! Contact: events@med.stanford.edu or 725.0644

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 20, 2:30-3:30 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.
Ragazzi boys Chorus Spring Family Recital
Sat, June 6; 5pm; Messiah Lutheran Church; 1835 Valota Road; Redwood City
Come hear the boys of Ragazzi, from small to tall, sing in their end-of-the-year Spring Family Recital. Many of Ragazzi’s groups are showcased, particularly our younger boys. Ragazzi’s program of musical growth and progress is laid out, from the entry-level groups through middle school. The choristers are at their finest at this recital.  Experience the artistry of our young singers; we’re delighted to share their beautiful choral accomplishments.   Get Tickets 

Let’s Talk
Mon June 8, 7-9pm; Los Altos Library Community Room, San Antonio Road, Los Altos
A chance to ask questions and share ideas,resources, and support with other parents ofstudents with IEPs, 504s, learning differences,mental health challenges, etc.All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Info: www.selpa1cac.org 

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

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