eNews: November 18, 2015

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 BreakClick here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.


Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

Partners in Education (PiE) Doubles Your Donation This Week

If you have donated this year, THANK YOU!  If you have not, all donations and pledges made before November 20thwill 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 fund:

  • 100% of our Classroom Aides
  • Our Reading Specialist
  • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo Science Campus Visits
  • Spectra Art Instructors
  • Traveling Music Program
  • Project Resilience

Help Palo Verde reach our participation target — 225 families.  Give or pledge by November 20th at www.papie.org/donate.  Every donation to PiE (regardless of amount — give something meaningful) makes a difference and helps strengthen our schools.

Palo Verde needs PiE. PiE needs you. Please join us by giving.

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. 9 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.


**Fall Party**


Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration
Celebrate Hanukkah with fun crafts, delicious food, and festive activities! Create your own custom dreidel and gelt box filled with chocolate coins. Enjoy music & games with musical guest Shy Rachman. Nosh on latkes and jelly doughnuts. Light candles & schmooze with other Palo Verde families. Fun for the whole family!
Date & Time: Saturday, December 5th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Eichler Club Party Room
Price: $40 per family
Hosts: Valek Family (rm 4), Lehman Family (rms 11, 14), Teper Family (rm 5)
3 spots still available, all proceeds from ticket sales go to Palo Verde PTA:


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 comDon’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



PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Last Chance to Double Your Donation is Coming!
From Nov 16th to Nov 20th, donations to PiE will be matched, dollar for dollar up to $200,000.
PiE funds over 250 caring adults at all PAUSD schools – including elementary, middle and high schools.  From classroom aides, to elective class teachers, to caring counselors and mentors, PiE funded staff make a difference for our kids every day.  Can’t wait? You can still give today! Click here to donate now!


Health news information from District Nurse

+ The new immunization laws to be enacted in 2016

This is to inform you of the new California immunization laws (SB 277), where changes have been enacted in the California Health and Safety Code, which will become effective in 2016. (Click here for more info…..)

+ Students requiring medications while at school

For the safety of all students, we would like to remind you that ALL medications that come to school MUST be brought by the parent/guardian to the front office first, with the appropriate medication form signed by the student’s physician and parent/guardian. This form will outline instructions for administration of any necessary medication to be given during school hours. This includes any prescription and/or over the counter medications.

(Click here for more info….)


Thank you,
Carol Cannon


Carol Cannon, R.N.
Palo Alto Unified School District
Office line: (650) 329-3765
Internal Ext: 5345
Be Safe. Be Seen. Bike lights are required by law for riding after dusk.
With shorter days, students are commuting at dusk or in the dark.  Bicycle lights and reflectors are required by law at this time of day. Visibility begins to decline at dusk before the sun is completely down, so bicyclists are required to turn on their lights when light begins to fade.  A handlebar headlight makes a bicycle visible to others and illuminates the road so the rider can see. Tail lights and reflectors should be mounted on something stable where they won’t be obscured by bags, panniers or other gear on the bike. Lights are vastly superior to reflectors, so a red light on the rear is recommended for maximum visibility.
Outfitting student bikes for a safe (and legal) ride is a smart investment. For safe school commute information, visit saferoutes.paloaltopta.org/index.shtml
Kiwanis Club Run/Walk to Support the Pediatric Trauma Program
Sat, Nov 21, 2 – 4 PM. Mitchell Park
The Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto is hosting a Fun Run (walk) to benefit the Pediatric Trauma Program and to provide an opportunity for sponsored high school Key Clubs to learn event planning skills.  The Palo Alto High School Key Club will be the lead planning group while the Gunn High School Key Club will provide additional support. The Kiwanis Club will be providing the adult volunteers while the Key Clubs will be providing the student volunteers.   The event is open to all ages. Participants will register and pay at the event.  Participants will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for $5 each at any time prior to the raffle. Participants can also earn raffle tickets by completing a given number of laps.
Let’s Talk. Monthly CAC Parent Support Group. 
Thurs, Dec 3, 7- 8:30pm, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield, Classroom A2
Meet and share ideas, resources and support with other PAUSD parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Sub-Committee of SELPA 1 CAC, a Palo Alto parent volunteer group for special education and inclusion. Free and no prior registration required. For more information,see: http://cacpaloalto.org/
Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert
Sat, Nov 14, 8 PM; First Baptist Church, 305 North California Av. Palo Alto
Come join the Palo Alto Philharmonic for a night filled with beautiful chamber music.  We are excited to present selections of Dvorak: (Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81), Reinecke: (Trio für Klavier, Oboe und Horn, a-Moll, op. 188), Strauss: (Serenade in E-flat Major, Op. 7) and Actor: (Fanfare for 8 Horns).  Tickets: General Admission $22, Seniors $18, and Student tickets $10.  Tickets are available in advance from www.paphil.org or at the door one half-hour before the performance. This concert venue is wheelchair accessible.
Family Holiday Volunteering
If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers.org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help parents find volunteering opportunities during the holiday season with their children in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or assembling a shoebox of small gifts for women in shelters. Happy volunteering!
Fri, Nov 20, 6 – 10pm, Lou Henry Hoover (Girl Scout) House, 1120 Hopkins

Hosted by Palo Alto 9th grade Girl Scout Troop 61420 on Friday, November 20

, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Lou Henry Hoover (Girl Scout) House, 1120 Hopkins Dr. (next to Palo Alto Jr. Museum on Middlefield Rd).   The cost is $30.00 for 1st child, $10.00 for each additional sibling (children must be 3 yrs. Old and potty-trained). Pizza dinner & healthy snacks PLUS lots of fun games and activities you keep your little ones entertained!! Our troop is saving for a Service trip so appreciate your support. To register, please click on http://tinyurl.com/nt284qd  For more Information, please contact Darcy Huston, Troop Leader atdrhuston@aol.com.


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