eNews: May 6, 2015


May   6   PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
              PTA Coffee
              ABC Reader Training: Book #8 + ThankYou
May   7  5th Grade Visits to Middle Schools
May   13  ABC Reader Training: Book #8 + ThankYou
May   14  Boardgames Thrusday, come help if you can!

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

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

June   1  PTA Board Meeting;  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

**Palo Verde’s 9th Annual Talent Show** 
May 11, MP Room
K-2nd grade show at 8:30
Grade 3 – 5 show at 10:30

The kids have been working hard on their acts and they’re ready to shine!  Family and friends are invited to watch them perform!

See you there!

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. 


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.

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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    

Music with Mister Q
Wed, May 6, 3:30 p.m. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St, Palo Alto
Kids of all ages, come sing and dance with the wonderful music of Mister Q!

Let’s Talk
Mon May 1110am-12 noon; in the community room Los Altos Library on San Antonio Road
A chance to ask questions and share ideas,resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences,mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. future meetings will be:Monday June 8, 7pm to 9 pm Monday July 13, 10 am to 12 noonMonday August 10, 7pm to 9 pm

May 10; Computer History Museum, Mountain View
The Computer History Museum invites moms and girls (middle school) to Design_Code_Build on (Mother’s Day!)https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1H9JxyLbXfInmpExKVMGz5Ak1G_pRusGBf5Nik7qIHbU/viewform?c=0&w=1. Girls Innovate participated in the girls-only event last December and it was fantastic. This event is for mothers, as well.

Mitchell Park Library Closed Until 4pm for Maintenance
Mon, May 11, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Due to maintenance improvements, the Mitchell Park Library will open late on Monday, May 11th. The Library and the automatic book return machine will not be accessible until 4pm on that day. The Library will close as usual at 8pm. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please enjoy one of the four other Palo Alto City Libraries during the upgrade or visit us online. They look forward to seeing you soon.

5/14, 15: 7pm5/16 at 2pm7pm; 5/17: 2pm; 5/20: 4:30pm; 5/21: 4:30pm; 5/22: 7pm; 5/23:2pm7pm;
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/childrenstheatreor 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 .

Free Special Arts Reception
Wed, 5/204-7pm (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.

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 E

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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