eNews: November 25, 2015


   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

Star Wars – The Original! at Family Movie Night, December 4

A not very long time from now in an MP Room not very far away … Palo Verde families will gather to share A New Hope (or as the parents know it, simply, Star Wars).
Join us on Friday night, December 4th, at 6:30pm for this free, fun social event.  Bring a floor blanket and some pillows, wear your R2D2 pajamas, and feel free to quote along with the movie.  PTA will provide the popcorn!  Please remember:  Family Movie Night is not a drop-off event.  All young Padawans must have a Jedi Master with them.   May the force be with you!

Operation Candy 2015 Updates

Operation Candy 2015 is a fantastic success. Thank you to all the students and families, we have collected over 180 pounds of candy for the troops.  Fourth Graders in Ms. Kim’s class, Room 16, has collected over 65 pounds of candy, and is our winner classroom. We entered all Room 16 students to a raffle drawing organized by the Dental Office of Dr. Kevin Low & Dr. Whitney Lorenz and local Businesses. To our great surprise, two students from Room 16 won the raffle prizes:  a $15.00 Gift Card to Palo Alto Bicycles on University Avenue and the GRAND PRIZE of a $50.00 Gift Card to LYFE Kitchen on Hamilton Avenue.   Congratulations to our winners and to Room 16!

From Last Week

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:


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Palo Alto is having its first Hour Of Code
The week of December 7th is the Hour of Code. This will be celebrated by
PAUSD hosting its first Code Fest.
Details: Saturday, December 12th
Time: 1 – 5 p.m.
Venue: JLS

Click for Flyer info here
Registration, Schedule and FAQ at:

It is open to everyone kindergarten and up.  Families are invited too!

Hope to see everyone there.




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….) 


For more information please check out:
Guide to Immunizations Required For School Entry
Parent’s Guide to Immunizations


Thank you,
Carol Cannon


Carol Cannon, R.N.
Palo Alto Unified School District
Office line: (650) 329-3765
Internal Ext: 5345




Spectra Art teacher needed for: Ohlone 


 2 days, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 3 classes each day: 9-10, 10:30-11:30 and 12:50-1:50
 All K/1 combination classes
Classified position, credential not required
Artist with teaching experience preferred.
Contact PAUSD Art Coordinator, Sharon Ferguson at sferguson@pausd.org or 650-329-3939



Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Winter Glass Sale
Fri, Dec 4, 3-6 PM; Sat, Dec 5, 11 AM – 4 PM, Tower Building, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Proceeds of the sale of unique pieces of art glass made by students benefit the Fiery Arts Program at Palo Alto High School.  For more information, go to Paly Fiery Arts  http://sites.google.com/site/palyglass/


 Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert II 
Sat, Dec 8, 8 PM, Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


The Palo Alto Philharmonic presents Viola Night featuring Geri Actor and Mimi Dye performing the works of Aaron Copland, Gustav Mahler and others. The pre-concert talk begins at 7:30 PM. To purchase tickets, go to http://www.paphil.org/pages/concerts/orch2.php


Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research
Does your child have a diagnosis of a developmental or intellectual disability and engage in frequent problem behavior, such as aggression or self-injury? A study is being conducted study to evaluate how environmental stressors affect problem behavior in males, ages 10-18. Participation includes: 2-2.5 day visit to Stanford University, comprehensive behavioral assessment, parent interview, and non-invasive physiological measures (cortisol and heart-rate). Families will receive a full behavioral report and a $100 honorarium.  To determine your child’s eligibility for the study, please complete a brief survey: https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5vVevWksrkuM8dL
Contact: Rebecca Barnett, rbarnet2@stanford.edu, 650-724-7395



Palo Alto Art Center Give Your Child a Head Start in Art Program for Pre-Schoolers
Spend quality time with your child creating art and having fun together during the My First Art Class Mini Session beginning Dec. 2. Experience five art stations with a new theme each week! Art projects are age-appropriate, allowing children the freedom to explore materials at their own pace and in their own way. Class ends on a musical note with singing and dancing.  For more information, got to https://apm.activecommunities.com/paloalto/Activity_Search/my-first-art-class-mini-session/4854
Cubberley Artists Studio Holiday Open House
Sat, Nov 21, 11 AM – 5 PM, Cubberley Community Center, at 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA
The Cubberley Artists Studio Program (CASP) http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/studios/default.asp will open their working studios during the annual Holiday Open House event. In addition to meeting the artists and visiting their studios, visitors will have the opportunity to engage in artmaking activities and participate in hands-on workshops. This Holiday Open House will also feature guided drop-in tours and a special MakeX exhibition curated in collaboration with CASP artists.



Palo Alto Library –Parenting Program: Staying Connected with your Child
Thu, Dec 3, 7-8:30pm. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
This month’s topic provides tips for parents to stay connected in our digital world. The Parenting Programs are held the first Thursday of every month at Mitchell Park or Rinconada Libraries.



Palo Alto Library  — Kids and Teens Writing Contest
Tue, Dec 1. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St. and Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Palo Alto Library will begin submissions for its Writing Contest. This year’s essay prompt is “Who is your hero?” Grades 2-12. Submission deadline is January 8 by 11 pm.
Palo Alto Library — Saturday Board Games
Sat, Dec 5, 10-6pm. Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave.
Enjoy a day of modern board-gaming in the Library! Teens and adults welcome-and bring your own snacks to keep fueled throughout the day! This monthly program is held the 1st Saturday of every month.
Palo Alto Library — Friday Fun
Fri, Dec 4, 3:30-5pm. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, AND Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street.
Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and Bingo!



Palo Alto Library — STEAM Lab Saturday: Coderbunnyz
Sat, Dec 5, 2:30-3:45pm. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street.
Join 2nd grader Samaira Mehta as she presents her board game CoderBunnyz, which teaches basic coding fundamentals and algorithms. A great introduction to coding for kids. Register here.
Palo Alto Library — Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Wed, Dec 30, 5pm-6pm. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street.
Bring your favorite stuffed animal for an evening storytime, then leave your stuffed animal overnight in the library! Register here.


Palo Alto Library — Happy Birds Performing Parrot Show

While we’re on a break in December, please join the group on January 14 (Feb 11, Mar 10, Apr 14, and May 12) for a lively discussion on a graphic novel selected by the group. For adults and teens (age 16+).



Wed, Dec 2, 3:30-4:30pm. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street.
Watch beautiful and talented birds perform over 25 tricks in this fast paced show.



Palo Alto Library — Society of Bookworms – The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Wed, Dec 16, 3:30pm. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6. Register onlineSociety of Bookworms – The True Meaning of Smekday



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