eNews: November 2, 2016

   3      Noon Game
   4      Project Cornerstone Training
  10     Noon Art
  11     No School, Veteran’s Day
  16     Restaurant Night, Chipotle Mountain View
  17     Noon Games
  18     Morning Assembly and Principal’s Coffee
             PTA Board Meeting
  23  – 25   No School, Thanksgiving holiday


    2      Morning Assembly
    8  9  10       Children’s Theater Performances
   16     Minimum Day

   19  – Jan. 2   Winterbreak, No School


    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee
Project Cornerstone Training

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
Thank You!
Our Harvest and International Fair was held on Sunday, October 16Th with an amazing turnout of Palo Verde families. We handed out over 180 passports to students who visited 12 international country booths, played harvest games run by our 5th graders, and watched incredible international performances. Everyone sampled delicious food and tried fun games and crafts from around the world, reflecting Palo Verde’s diverse community.
This event would not have been possible without the tremendous support from our parent and student volunteers. A huge THANK YOU to the fair co-chairs: Kala Mehta Lansberg and Mirlaine Mello who made this incredible event such a success. And thank you to the many parent volunteers and their families who created the engaging country booths!
Finally, thank you to Mrs Miller and Carlos Valencia for the incredible support and energy they put into this fair. We would like to thank the many parents and families who contributed their time and energy to make this community event one to remember. I hope you will join us in thanking them when you see them at school.
Don’t miss our next big social event, Palo Verde’s Ice Skating Party on Sat, Jan 7, 2017 5:30-7:30pm at Winter Lodge.

From Last Week
Shop on Amazon Smile and Raise Money For Palo Verde    https://smile.amazon.com/
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible  smile.amazon.com purchases. Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their smile.amazon.com product detail pages. 
Remember, only purchases made at  smile.amazon.com, (not www.amazon.com or the mobile app,) generate AmazonSmile donations. 
Please select Palo Verde Elementary when shopping on Amazon Smile.

It’s not too early to buy tickets for Alice in Wonderland performances at Palo Verde! Visit this web site to purchase tickets for performances on 
December 8, 9 or 10  AliceatPaloVerde.
Questions? Contact parent coordinators Laurence Kancherla at lvarlet at hotmail dot com or Callie Turk at callie_turk at yahoo dot com.

“Alice in Wonderland” – Art Contest!
As part of our collaboration with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre to bring “Alice in Wonderland” to Palo Verde, the Theatre is sponsoring an art contest open to all 1st through 5th grade Palo Verde students!  Children are invited to use the themes from Alice in Wonderland to create graphic images that best capture the essence of the story.  Selected artwork will be used to create the posters and programs for the play.Here are the rules:  Art work must be the original work of the student entering the contest.  Use standard copy paper, 8 ½” x 11.” Use colored pencils or colored ink pens. Do not use plain pencil, chalk or paint{s}. Fill the whole page with your images, and make sure to use dense, vibrant colors. Do not write any text on your entry: i.e. name of the production, production dates, etc. On the back of your entry, please write legibly the following: child’s first and last names, grade, parent’s name and email address.  Deadline for entries is Wednesday, November 16, 1:30 p.m. Please turn your entry in to the basket in the Palo Verde Front Office.

Holiday season is coming up fast! Beat the rush and
don’t miss out on this holiday card promotion.
Once again Palo Verde is 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 school’s dedicated Shuttferly page. All you need to do is click on the personalized Palo Verde tracking link before placing your orders, the rest is the same. 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 by shopping with Shutterfly.

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

 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
TO RENAME OR NOT TO RENAME any of Palo Alto’s schools, that is the topic distinguished historians and ethicists with expertise in Eugenics will discuss. The panelists will share their views on how to evaluate the legacy of those Palo Alto school namesakes that were also some of California’s leading Eugenicists. They will look at Eugenics in the context of its time, the lasting impact Eugenics has in the US, and what learning opportunities a school renaming would provide our public school district. The panelists are: Mary Rorty, Clinical Associate Professor at the Stanford University Medical Center and a Fellow of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Milton Reynolds, Senior Program Manager of the ‘Facing History and Ourselves’ non-profit organization with focus on how historical events shape today’s society, and Tony Platt, Prof Emeritus of American History, Public Policy and Social Science; University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, Cal State University Sacramento, San Jose State University. The townhall will be moderated by Ken Yale, and a representative from the Palo Alto Historical Society will share relevant events from Palo Alto’s and our schools’ history.
Make your voice heard for your child and school
November 8 is Election Day in California and across the nation
Laws enacted by local, state and national bodies are primary sources of public policy. Securing adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth is one of the purposes of PTA.
As a non-partisan association with a long track record of speaking up for all families and connecting families, schools and communities, PTA never comments on, endorses or supports individual candidates for office. However, the association does take positions on (http://capta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/) that impact the education, health and well-being of California’s children and families.  California State PTA takes positions based on our authorities: resolutions and position statements adopted by our members. PTAs also can sponsor and hold candidate forums and share resources. Find out more about how the California State PTA takes positions (http://toolkit.capta.org/advocacy/legislative-program/california-state-pta-legislative-policies-and-procedures/).  This election day the California State PTA is supporting five statewide ballot initiatives (http://capta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/current-legislation/state-ballot-measures/).  We encourage everyone to take the opportunity to register (http://registertovote.ca.gov/)and vote (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections) in this election!  Learn more with these resources and information: PTA support on statewide ballot initiatives (http://capta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/current-legislation/state-ballot-measures/).  Research your local ballot (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/2016-county-administered-elections/)and polling place (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/find-your-polling-place/)
Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions
Fridays in November by appointment, Palo Alto
Audition for the January 2017 semester and join 80 other boys across four levels. Auditions are held at the choir’s rehearsal location in Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave). Open to boys ages 7 and up. 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.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including performances at Stanford University, West Bay Opera, and singing the national anthem at sporting events.  Email info@svboychoir.org or visit http://svboychoir.org
Starting Strong with Kidpower Workshop for 3-5 year-olds with their adults 
Sat Nov 59-9:50am PACCC Kids Club El Carmelo
Through puppets and fun, interactive stories, learn how to introduce People Safety Skills and to continue to practice them in your daily life. 
Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you’re interested.
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Opens its 51st Season!
Nov 5, 7:30pm Dreams and Prayers (Senior Orchestra)
Nov 6, 3pm (Sinfonia Orchestra)
Nov 13, 3pm (Debut Orchestra)
Dec 18, 3pm Holiday Extravaganza (Senior Orchestra)
Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto
Admission is FREE except for the Holiday Extravaganza (Adults $10, 18 & under FREE)
Award-winning youth orchestra PACO’s Senior Orchestra will open its season with music by Handel, Britten and more. There is something for everyone at PACO concerts from small ensemble pieces to orchestra music as these dedicated musicians present an extraordinary passion for music making! Mark your calendars for the Holiday Extravaganza with guest performers from the Pacific Ballet Academy and Cantabile Youth Singers. More info and compete line-up of concerts on the 2016-17 season brochure or visitwww.pacomusic.org.
Gunn Choir Fall Concert
Sunday, November 6, 7 PM, First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto 
Join the award-winning Gunn Choirs, under the direction of William Liberatore, for a festive evening of song featuring the Treble Choir, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers. The diverse repertoire includes selections from South Africa, France, Korea, China, Bulgaria and Hungary, as well as American folk songs and spirituals. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students in high school or younger) and are available from choir members or at the door. 
City to host Veteran’s Day Recognition Event
Mon Nov 73 – 6.30PM, El Palo Alto Room, Mitchell Park Community Center
In honor of all Armed Forces veterans and active duty service members, the City is hosting a Veterans Day Recognition Event on Nov. 7.  There will be Veterans services and resource tables open from 3-4 p.m. with the recognition event beginning at 4 p.m. Lieutenant General Rex C. McMillian, Commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, will be in attendance to share his experiences serving the nation. The public is invited to come salute our military members and Veterans are encouraged to dress in uniform.  For more information, please contact Janice Svendsen at janice.svendsen@cityofpaloalto.org or 650-329-2105
Palo Alto Philharmonic Fall Chamber Concert
Sat, Nov 12, 8 PM, 1313 Newel Rd, Palo Alto
Featuring the works of Richard Strauss, Johannes Brahms, Arcangelo Corelli and Morley Calvert.  For more information or to purchase tickets: http://www.paphil.org/pages/main/frontPage.php
Huge Children’s Used Book Sale to benefit Palo Alto Libraries
Sat Nov. 12 & Sun Nov. 13, 10 am – 4 pm, Cubberley Community Center (FOPAL Children’s Sale Room)
More than 13,000 kids’ books, games, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs will be on sale at incredibly low prices at Friends of the Palo Alto Library’s monthly book sale-  everything from board books and picture books to school age fiction and nonfiction titles to early teen fiction.  All items are lightly used or new and are sorted by age level and subject matter.  Many books in foreign languages.  Over 50,000 books for adults in FOPAL’s Main and Bargain rooms.  www.fopal.org
Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet
Fri Dec 2, 7PM & Sat, Dec 3, 4PM, Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
Mark your calendars for Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet!  An entertaining, child-friendly, and professionally executed production the whole family will enjoy!  Tickets go on sale through the Dance Connection website beginning October 24th.  Reserved seating. More info at: www.danceconnectionpaloalto.com

Conference on Children’s Grief – Sponsored by Kara   (Editors: Pl. note this item is corrected to reflect that it is sponsored only by Kara and not by Project Safety Net.  Request that you please run this item again – thanks!)
Thu Nov 3, 9AM – 2PM, Webcast, 457 Kingsley Av. Palo Alto
The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) will conduct a free webcast on Grief and Urban Youth.  This event is sponsored by Kara Grief Services.  More information at: http://kara-grief.org/events/nagc-fall-conference-on-childrens-grief-2016/.   Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSffw-XZSnOu04uD0CIXNRSdYFNznEebprbR0A1jVwPOst-frA/viewform?c=0&w=1 

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