eNews: May 25, 2016

27  PTA Board Meeting
30  Holiday – No SchoolJune
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
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Returns to Palo Verde This Fall!
Calling all rising 3rd, 4th and 5th graders! The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre returns to Palo Verde with its biannual outreach play production this fall. We’ll have details when school starts about the play title, parent meetings, rehearsal schedule and more. Until then, pencil in these important dates! Auditions will be held Tuesday, 10/11 and Thursday, 10/13 after school. Performances will be held on Thursday, 12/8, Friday, 12/9, and Saturday, 12/10
. All Palo Verde 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are invited to participate as cast or crew – it’s undoubtedly one of the most fun and memorable experiences your child can have during his or her Palo Verde years. More details to come in August!
Noon Art Supplies
A big thank you to all of the Palo Verde families who have donated recyclables for us to use at
noon art this year.  We held our last noon art session on Monday, May 23rd and we had over 100 students in attendance.  We will no longer be accepting noon art recyclables now that we are at the end of the school year.  Also, if you would like to volunteer with Noon art for next school year please contact Yael Valek at yaelcow@yahoo.com.
Thank you for all of the donations!
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.
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
Survey (All Grades) from PAUSD Student Services
You are asked to participate in a survey through which you can provide important feedback on PAUSD’s support services for students. The Harvard Systems Review Survey of our Supports for students with disabilities will only remain open until Tuesday, May 24.  Teachers and administrators also are being asked to participate.  Access the survey here in English, Spanish and Chinese: http://bit.ly/pausd2016sped   The original request, sent through our PAUSD research department, came from Dr. Tom Hehir, a senior faculty member at Harvard University who is leading this research. Your responses will influence their recommendations to the School Board in mid-late June. There will also be several open town hall meetings to review the results. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Monica Ng, the study director, at monica.alice.ng@gmail.com
Girl Scout Annual Garage & Bake Sale hosted by Gunn 9th grade GS Troop 61420
Sat, May 21, 8:30 AM – 1 PM, 3476 Waverley St, Palo Alto
The troop is saving for a 2017 Service Trip.   Lots of yummy treats and great bargains!  Please contact drhuston@aol.com with any questions or donations.
Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA) Swimming Lessons
Stanford Cardinal Swimming offers a range of swimming opportunities for the beginning swimmer to the elite athlete. Find the best fit for you! Start dates: May – August. Contact swim@pasacardinal.com to find out about options at Avery Pool (Stanford) and in Palo Alto. Programs include high school, age group, competitive, developmental and swim lessons. PASA – Cardinal is a year-round United States Swimming Team: www.pasacardinal.com. All Levels: https://goo.gl/pahsbq. High School: https://goo.gl/Fw1T2S
Summer Reading Kickoff Party
Sat, May 28, 2 – 3 PM,  Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middefield Rd., Palo Alto
The Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage everyone to read- babies, children, teens, and adults. This year’s theme is “On your mark, Get set, Read!” Sign up at http://ca.evanced.info/paloalto/sr/homepage.asp and set a reading goal, log or review your books online, and at the end of the summer, after you have met your goal, come back to the library for your prize!
Winners of Emergency Preparedness Poster Contest Announced
Office of emergency Serviced, City of Palo Alto announced the two winners per grade for Grades 1-8 .
To view the announcement go to:
Selected poster will be on display in City Hall starting May 16 and an award ceremony to honor the winners will be held on May 23. Winners are Grade 1: Anaya Rana (Juana Briones), Sophia Ye (El Carmelo) Grade2: Edwin Spackman (El Carmelo), Zachary Yan (Palo Verde), Grade 3: Graeme Kieran (Duveneck), Abby Yu (Barron Park). Grade 4: Sophia Lee (El Carmelo), AnnaGrace Im (El Carmelo), Grade 5: Grace Li (Hoover), Allyson Dinh (Juana Briones). Grade 6: Erika Walrod (Jordan), Nysa Bhat (JLS). Grade7: Hyewon Anh (Terman), Sarah Chan (JLS). Grade8: Catherine Yap (Jordan), YoonJin Kim (Terman). For questions, please contact emergencypreparation1@gmail.com
Beyond Sibling Rivalry: Keeping the Peace (3 – 10 years)
Tue, June 21, 7 – 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Understanding the ins and outs of sibling relationships empowers parents to manage sibling rivalry with grace and ease. During this workshop, there will be discussions on short- and long-term plans for keeping the peace.  Parents will gain a deeper understanding of sibling conflicts, tools to prevent them, and answers for those challenging questions about fairness, cooperation, compassion, intervention, ground rules, and, ultimately, what it takes to raise siblings who are also close friends. With Rachel Sklar, MSW. $45 individual; $30 second person. For more info and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-sibling-rivalry-keeping-the-peace-ages-3-10-registration-24850428300?ref=ebapi
Helping Your Child With Anxiety (5 – 11 years)
Thu, June 23, 7 – 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
During this workshop, strategies to help your child cope and manage his or her feelings and identify and discuss common anxiety triggers, such as school situations, social dynamics, sleep, and separation issues will be addressed. With Bridget Bertrand, MFT. $45 individual; $30 second person. For more info and registration:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/helping-your-child-with-anxiety-ages-5-11-registration-24848667032?ref=ebapi
Staying Connected as Your Child Grows Up (5 – 11 years)
Wed, June 2, 7 – 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Explore ways to build a lifelong parent-child relationship of trust and love through open communication and true respect.  Discover why spending time with your children is the most important thing you can do as a parent, and learn ways to more thoroughly enjoy your role as a parent. With Susan Stone, BSE.  $45 individual; $30 second person. For more info and registration:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/staying-connected-as-your-child-grows-up-5-11-years-registration-24851747245?ref=ebapi
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