eNews: November 11, 2015


   11  Holiday – No School
   16  Start of Toy Drive
   18  PV Food Drive ends
   23  Noon Art
   25 – 27  Thanksgiving Break

     2  PTA Coffee Social
     3  Noon Games
     4  PTA Board Meeting
         Star Wars – The Original! at Family Movie Night
     7  Noon Art
     8  End of Toy Drive
    10  Book Night Social: Books Inc. Fundraiser
    18  Minimum Day
     Dec. 21 – Jan. 3  Winter Break

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Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

Palo Verde needs your PiE Donation THIS MONTH! 

If you have donated this year, THANK YOU!  If you have not, all donations and pledges made between November 16th and November 20th will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $200,000.

Donations from parents like you, not corporations or businesses, make up 96% of PiE’s gift to Palo Verde and pay in whole or part for:
  • Classroom Aides
  • Our Reading Specialist
  • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo Science Enrichment
  • Spectra Art Instructors
  • Traveling Music Program
  • Project Resilience
Help Palo Verde reach its goal of 225 donating families and give or pledge whatever is meaningful to your family by November 20th at www.papie.org/donateEvery donation to PiE makes a difference and helps strengthen our schools.

Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive
Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Stop by the office starting on Mon, Nov 16 to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Tues, Dec 8. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:
Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need. Please contact Yael Valek (yaelcow at yahoo dot com) with any questions.

From Last Week


Palo Verde PTA is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to bring hope, relief and security to our neighbors struggling with hunger.  Your support allows Second Harvest to continue to provide for the 1 in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo County that are served each month.  Now is the time to take action! 
From Monday, November 2 to Wednesday, November 18, our Food and Fund Drive will help the Food Bank meet more of the growing need in our community.   Here’s how to help. 
Visit our Online Food Drive to donate directly to Palo Verde’s drive. As one of the most efficient nonprofit organizations in the nation, Second Harvest turns every $1 into 2 nutritious meals!
 https://www.shfb.org/page.aspx?pid=817&FFDDrive=13 FD Holiday&FFDOrg=112854
DONATE FOOD ! Thanksgiving is just around the corner!
Drop off non-perishable food donations in barrels located at the front of school. Please consider these most needed foods and avoid donating items packaged in glass:  Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), Fruit Juices, Tuna/Canned Meat, Peanut Butter, Low Sugar Cereals, Canned Fruits and Vegetables.  Please no refrigerated or frozen items.  Please no leftovers from lunch bags or other perishable foods.
A bag labeled Second Harvest food bank will be going home with each student in their Friday folders on November 6th. Please help your child bring a full bag to school the following week and help them win a prize for their classroom. This year we are having a friendly competition between K-5th grades to see which grade will fill up their barrel first! Our school goal this year is to fill 6 barrels!  
Thank you for your active participation! Questions? Want to help out? 
Contact: Nora Matta  norabro at aol dot com

Did you know?

Do you shop at Amazon.com?  If so, did you know that you could earn funds for Palo Verde while you shop?  
Here are 2 ways that you can help:
  1. Amazon Smile 
    • go to http://smile.amazon.com/ and select “Palo Verde Elementary PTA” as your charitable organization.  It’s that simple!  After that, shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Palo Verde.
  2. Amazon via Escrip
    • If you shop through the Escrip online mall, Palo Verde will receive 1.2% of the price of eligible purchases. You must go through Escrip, though. PTA has put the link on its website for your conveniance: http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org. If you scroll down, it’s on the right hand side of the screen.
If you shop at Piazza’s Fine Foods…
      shop with eScrip to earn for Palo Verde!
Please support us through eScrip – it’s easy to earn simply by registering your customer loyalty, debit and/or credit cards with eScrip. Then when you shop at Piazza’s and other participating merchants using your registered cards, Palo Verde automatically earns funds at no cost to you. 
If you are not yet signed up with eScrip, please visit www.escrip.com/signup.  Simply search and select by our Group Name: Palo Verde PTA or Group ID: 137331259 and follow the registration steps.
Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long.
Thank you.
Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator
(izreid at gmail dog com)

 Don’t Miss this Holiday Card Promotion!

This year Palo Verde is once again partnering with Shutterfly to help raise money for our school.  With one simple program, we gain access to 4 great brands; Shutterfly, tinyprints, Wedding Paper Divas and Borrowlenses. 
13% of all sales of photo cards, calendars, photobooks etc will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our dedicated page. All you need to do is click on the personalized Palo Verde tracking link before placing your holiday card orders. See our link below:
You can also refer family and friends to make their purchases sharing our school’s personalized link.  It’s that easy.

Thank you for helping us earn money for Palo Verde PTA.
Happy shopping!

Questions: please contact Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com

***Fall Party Book Back By Popular Demand!***

Due to popular demand, the fall party book is back online for ticket purchases to fun Palo Verde community parties. 100% of ticket sales to go the Palo Verde PTA.
Please buy your tickets here: https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/2015fallparties 
These parties still have spots open: Kindergarten Fall Party, 2nd Grade Parents Brew Haha, Brunch for Moms, Party in the Park with Run for Fun, Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration, Holiday Caroling Drop Off Party, Books Samosas & Wine, Momosas, Moms & Margaritas, Kids Book Club & Treats
Party tickets will remain available for sale until a few days before each event or when it sells out. Don’t delay, parties are selling out fast!

The 2015 Fall Parties Team


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Indian Art Open House and School Fundraiser (10% of sale proceeds go to PiE)
LAASYA ART & Sonia Patwardhan invite you to an Open House and Fundraiser Sale on Contemporary and Traditional Indian Art on Saturday and Sunday, November 14th & 15th, 2015, from 12 pm – 5 pm, at 316 El Verano Ave., Palo Alto CA 94306. 
Feel free to come and enjoy the art. Curator’s tour at 1pm & 4 pm on both days. 
10% of the sale proceeds will be donated to PiE (Palo Alto Partners in Education)


NEW! Is your child struggling in school? PAUSD informational sessions on IEPs & 504 plans
Session 1: Intro to Special Education, What’s an IEP or 504 and does my child need one?
Mon, Nov 9th, 9:00-10:00 a.m. SDC Room, 25 Churchill Av. Palo Alto
If your child is struggling in school, they may qualify for support under an IEP (Individualized Education Program) or 504 plan. This session is the first in a series and will provide an overview of available supports, and answer parent questions. (Session 2: Goal Setting will be held on January 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.) Presented by the PAUSD Special Education Department and Student Services Department. Co-sponsored by Palo Alto CAC, http://cacpaloalto.org/


Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
The Silicon Valley Boychoir (based in Palo Alto) is holding auditions on November 16-17) for the January semester at the choir’s rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto. Beginning levels are open to boys second grade and older. 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. For an appointment e-mail info@svboychoir.org or call 650-424-1242
“Executive Functioning: What it is and How to Support It”
Wed, Nov 11, 6.30 – 8.00 a.m, Children’s Health Council, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto

Executive Functioning skills help with planning, organizing, prioritizing and staying on task–all great skills for school and more! Find out how to support your child at home and school.  Stephanie Cole and Lindsey Bruett will provide background, tips and strategies.  Appropriate for all ages.  Register for free at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/executive-functioning-what-it-is-and-how-to-support-it-registration-18235008401


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