eNews: November 4, 2015


    4  PTA Coffee Social
        Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 3
    5  Noon Game
    9  Noon Art
   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

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

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)

Operation Candy 2015
Are you worried about too much Halloween Candy?
Last year, working with the Dental Office of Dr. Kevin Low & Dr. Whitney Lorenz, we at Palo Verde Elementary School donated over 50 pounds of Halloween candy to  Operation Gratitude (https://www.operationgratitude.com/).
Here is an excerpt from the Thank You Letter to Palo Verde last year from Operation Gratitude :
As one Private First Class wrote:
“It’s Christmas morning over here in Kuwait, and your box is the only present I got to open today and let me tell you — I was all smiles and teared up a couple times with what those wonderful, beautiful kids wrote. It’s hard being away from my wife and two daughters but your words and gifts and support make it a little easier.Please keep doing what you’re doing. It means the world to all of us over here on this side of the world! And the individual label made it really heartfelt and special! I thank you very much for what you all do. God bless and Merry Christmas!”

We will do it again this year! Please bring your extra Halloween candy to school on 
Monday November 2nd. Simply bring the candy to your child’s classroom, our Fifth Graders will help weight the candy by classroom. We will send our candy to Dr. Low & Dr. Lorenz’s Dental Office on Tuesday November 3rd, whom will then ship candy collection to Operation Gratitude. 
On Wednesday Assembly we will announce which class/grade collected most candy.
Here is our Operation Candy Schedule :
Monday    11/2  * Bring extra / leftover Halloween Candy to your child’s classroom
 * Fifth graders help collect and weight candy by grade & class
Tuesday   11/3  * Candy package send to our partner, Dr. Kevin Low & Dr. Whitney Lorenz Dental Office
Wednesday 11/18  * Announce most candy collected class & grade during assembly


Now that the hustle and bustle of back to school is waning, it’s time to slow down and relax a little.  Drop off your children & join other Palo Verde moms for an informal brunch, coffee and tea.  

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 10, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Event Location: Lili’s House, 879 Rorke Way (across the street from Palo Verde)
Price: $25 per person. Adults only. Ladies only.
Hosts: Lili Nova-Roessig (Rm 19), Sheri Bednarz (Rm 20), Maria Zajac (Rm 19) , Susan Papp(Rms 14 & 20) and Emily Jaquette (Rm 16)
Purchase a spot now until Friday, November 6 at https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/2015fallparties/


Party in the Park with Run for Fun
Join Sophie, Suzie, August, Roxanna & Oliver for an afternoon of your favorite field games like dodge ball, capture the flag and survivor. We will meet at Seale Park where a Coach from Run for Fun will lead us in fun games, followed by some light snacks. Spots still available, all proceeds from ticket sales go to Palo Verde PTA.

Ready to play? Game on!
Date: Saturday, November 7, 3:00-5:00pm
Location: Seale Park
Price: $20 per student (grades 1-5)*
Hosts: Amanda Allan (Sophie’s mom, Rm 17), Tina Mondragon (Suzie & August’s mom, Rm 11, 14) & Iva Reid (Oliver & Roxanna’s mom, Rm 4, 17)
*this is a drop-off party, parents welcome to stay & chat (or even play)

Tickets still on sale, get yours NOW!  


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

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders

The ordered items were passed out to the kids on Thursday, Oct 8. If you didn’t receive your items or if there were any errors please email Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).

A limited number of Palo Verde Eagle stuffed beanie mascots ($10), baseball caps ($12 Youth, $14 adult) and grocery bags ($2 or 3 for $5) are available for sale. Please contact me, Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com) or the school office if you’re interested in purchasing any.

PV Staff Favorites & Wish List Binder is Updated!

In the main office, there is a binder that offers our entire PV staff “Favorites” and “Classroom Wish list” items. This is a useful resource for special venues and/or ways to offer staff gratitude throughout the year! The binder has been updated this year and is now available in the office.


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
 6th District Legislative Round Table
Thur, Nov 12, 7 – 8:30 PM,  589 W. Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale (Fremont Union High School District Office) Professional Learning Center (back building)
Come share ideas with our locally elected California legislators and their staff on topics such as increased school funding, early childhood education, hungry students and more. RSVPs appreciated, but not required:  advocacy@capta6.org
Let’s Talk (SELPA 1 CAC)
Mon, Nov 9, 10 AM – 12, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road
Let’s Talk – 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. This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.  The event is  free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary. 
Alternative Pathways Through High School (SELPA 1 CAC)
Wed, Nov 18, 7 – 9 PM, Covington Elementary School MP Room, 205 Covington, Los Altos
High school students with unusual learning, social, or emotional needs often need “customized” high school programs in order to succeed.  Come and hear about some options in our community.  For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org.
Navigating School Services for Children With Special Needs:Two Sessions 
Tue, Nov 3 & 10,  7:00 to 9:00 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Av. Palo Alto 94301
The first workshop will cover how to make the transition from early intervention programs to school district special education services, what should happen in the assessment process, how to establish measurable goals and objectives, when to mainstream, and the concept of inclusion. The second workshop will cover your rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, how to establish a collaborative/team-oriented relationship with the school district, and related school-based services and the resources available when parents/service providers and school district personnel don’t agree. There will be time for personalized questions and answers. With Diana Blank, LCSW, $45 for single workshop, $90 for both. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/navigating-school-services-for-children-with-special-needs-all-ages-two-sessions-registration-17680619208?ref=ebapi&utm_source=November+2015+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PA+Highlights+Nov+2015&utm_medium=email  
CPR for Adults, Children and Infants (all ages)
Wed, Nov 4, 6 – 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Av. Palo Alto 94301
This three-hour hands-on class will focus on the skills needed in an emergency including CPR practice with mannequins and an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Upon completion of the class, you will receive an American Heart Association Adult, Child and Infant Heartsaver CPR certification valid for 2 years.  These certificates will be mailed within two weeks of the scheduled class. This class is for parents and caregivers. This class does not qualify for the day care licensing requirement. Program begins promptly at 6:00 PM.  With: Susan Schmitz, RN, BSN, PHN, former cardiovascular surgical nurse. $80. Register  at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cpr-for-adults-children-and-infants-all-ages-registration-17680144789?ref=ebapi&utm_source=November+2015+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PA+Highlights+Nov+2015&utm_medium=email  
The Mask You Live In – Film Screening
Wed, Nov 18, 7 – 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Av. Palo Alto 94301
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School and Parents Place invite you to attend a screening of The Mask You Live In, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.  This film explores boys’ struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of modern masculinity, repressed emotions, and gender stereotypes. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media weigh in, presenting empirical evidence of what some are calling the “boy crisis” and offering tactics to combat it.  Following the screening there will be a community conversation with experts from Parent Place. This is the youth version of this film and it is appropriate for middle school age students and up. $10. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mask-you-live-in-film-screening-registration-19084304669?utm_source=November+2015+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PA+Highlights+Nov+2015&utm_medium=email
Social Skills Treatment Study
Stanford Psychiatry
Does your son need help to improve his social skills? We are conducting a behavioral treatment study to help children with developmental disabilities learn eye contact and social skills. Participation involves: a 3-4 day visit to Stanford, cognitive testing, awake MRI scan, and intensive behavioral intervention. Inclusion criteria: male children age 8-15 years, diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability, and does not experience seizures. Families will receive a report of the cognitive testing and a $100 honorarium for their time. To determine your child’s eligibility for the study, please complete a brief survey:  https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5AUOIKqWIJ6gN1j
Contact: Rebecca Barnett, BCBA rbarnet2@stanford.edu, 650-724-7395

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