eNews: November 5, 2014


November  5  PTA Coffee;
                       Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                       ABC Reader Training: Book #3;
                       PiE 5th Grade Tour (Jordan)
November  6  Noon Art

November 11  No School – Veterans Day
November 12  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                        PiE 5th Grade Tour (JLS)

November 19  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November 20  Noon Art
November 26 – 28  No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

December  1  PTA Board Meeting
December  3  PTA Coffee;
                       Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                       PTA ASSOCIATION MEETING

December  6  PV Toy Swap
December 10 Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
December 11  Noon Art

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Deadline for Submissions of Mileage Tracker Forms

In order to recognize kids that choose to walk,bike carpool or take the bus to school, the traffic safety team is giving out prizes. To participate, if your child walks, bikes, scooters or takes the bus to school, please fill out a mileage tracker form for September, October and November and drop it in the office in the PTA basket marked “Mileage Tracker.’  October mileage tracker forms are due on Nov 7. We will hold a raffle during the last assembly in December and award some cool bike accessories to the winners.

Mileage tracker forms can be found
1) On the last page of the monthly Voice

Or you or your child/ren can write their name and room number on a piece of paper and estimate the number of days they walked/biked/carpooled in September and October and drop it in the traffic safety PTA basket in the office. Your child is eligible to participate even if he/she green commutes only once a month during September, October and November.  

Parent Ed Event 

When: Wednesday Nov 5th, 7pm-8:30pm in the Flex Room at Duveneck School (building just past the front office to the left) 
Topic: Physical Stress and Your Child: Preventing Pain, Sports Injuries and ‘The Slump’
Speakers: Pamela Rief and Jennifer Antonow

Join biomechanics educator Pamela Rief and Duveneck parent Jennifer Antonow for a fascinating look at how a disruption in children’s motor patterns between the ages of 6 and 10 is affecting their ability to: 
– stay safe on the sports field

– avoid overuse injuries and pain from technology use
– carry a backpack safely
– look strong, rather than slumped, and
– concentrate in school

Poor posture doubles the risk of adolescents developing back, neck, shoulder, or head pain (Brink Y and Louw Q. Manual Therapy. 2013). Learn about the efforts underway at Duveneck Elementary to improve school furniture and help students learn biomechanical habits to keep them safe and strong.

Join us for an interactive session where parents will gain tips for reinforcing good habits at home and selecting shoes, chairs and desks. Plus, adults will leave with tools to relieve their own aches and pains! 

Pamela Rief is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine, where she studied the design of educational preventative health programs. For her biomechanics education work, Pamela was recently featured as a future-making woman at www.Makers.comby AoL/PBS. Together, she and Jennifer Antonow co-founded the Strengthen Up Project, which is turning the science of biomechanics into practical steps to help coaches, parents and schools prevent musculoskeletal problems in today’s kids.

From Last Week    


2nd Annual Toy Swap is Coming, December 6th!

Last year was so much fun that we thought we’d do it again! Set aside your slightly used and age-appropriate (no baby, pre-school or NC-17) toys and games and bring them to school at 9:30 am. The swap will start at 10 and run until 11:30am. More details to follow. 


The Green Team is looking for adults and 5th graders to help out from 9-11:30 am in hour (or longer) shifts. Please contact Joslyn Leve, joslynml at hotmail dot com.

If you shop at Piazza’s Fine Foods, we need your help!
Please support us through eScrip- it’s easy to earn from Piazza’s and these other local grocers (Mollie Stone’s, Fresh & Easy and Safeway) simply by registering your customer loyalty, debit and credit cards with eScrip. Then when you shop at participating merchants using registered cards, Palo Verde automatically earns funds at no cost to you. If you are not signed up with eScrip, please visit www.escrip.com/signup and follow the instructions. Search by our
Group Name: Palo Verde PTA or Group ID: 137331259

If you are currently signed up with eScrip, there is now a simple way for you to add the debit/credit cards you use and carry every day to your existing account.  Visit www.escrip.com/addcards and select the card(s) you’d like to add from the drop down box.


Thank you for your continued support.

Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator (izreid at gmail dot com)

Project Cornerstone Extensions.
Come and help out and have lunch with your child. 


Board Games Thursday 10/30/14
When:  11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where:  Multipurpose Room (MPR)
Lead:    Marcy Tivol
November Board Games Thursday is 11/13/14
We always need extra hands to run and lead the board games. 

Weekly Monday Yoga for Kids 
When:  Lunch Time 11:50 am – 12:30 pm 
Where: On the lawn behind room 6, outside of kinder yard.
Lead:   Cynthia Gordon & Haliel Selig


Weekly Wednesday Walking Club 
When:  Lunch Time 11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Laps around the quads
Lead:   Lisa Baxter, Anna Carl & Mala Sivapalasingam


Try Our New Online Parent/Student Directory!

Within PAUSD, 10 out of 17 school have an online directory through a little organization called Tangleworks.  When you registered with the district on Infinite Campus, you opted in to share your information for the directory.  Your information has been uploaded into a Palo Verde specific directory that has the same data as our printed directory (minus any updates you provided directly to the folks at Palo Verde).


It’s secure: you can only access the directory by logging in with the email address you provided to Infinite Campus.  After validating you are who you say you are through an email link, you will be able to search for your fellow Palo Verde parents and students with ease on any internet device.  And bonus, you can make updates yourself if any of your information has changed so the online version can always be current!


Try it today!
– Click on Click HERE to register or recover your password.
– Enter your email address you provided to the directory and click Next
– You should receive a password reset link via email almost immediately.  If you don’t, check you Spam and/or Promotions folder.  Password reset emails often get filtered as Spam.
– Click on the emailed link or copy and paste it into a browser. 
– Reset your password
– Navigate back to https://paloverde.tangledir.com/ 
– You should now be able to login.


If you have issues or comments, please email ebreuner at gmail dot com and Emily will try to assist you.  Let us know what you think!

Lost and Found Cart
With the change in weather and fall upon us, the lost and found cart is starting to fill up!  Please remember to check the lost and found cart regularly for forgotten sweaters / hats / coats / lunch boxes /water bottles / boomerangs or pumps (I’m serious!) etc.


The lost and found cart is located near the office and is left out before school and for quite a long time after school. 
If you can’t make it to school, there is also a virtual way to check:   
I update the flickr page regularly, so check back often.  The lost and found cart is emptied at the end of every term and the items therein are donated or trashed. 

Labeling clothes and items is the easiest way to get your items returned to you, and can save you a LOT of money and time.  Please spend a few minutes to save many dollars!  Encouraging our kids to be responsible by putting their jackets/sweaters etc. in their backpack or on their hook outside their classroom is the best way to look after their clothes and keep them out of the lost and found cart.   Items left on the field are often soaked by sprinklers, trodden on etc. and this diminishes the quality of those clothes. 



Denise White 

Lost and Found Co-ordinator 
(Mum of a 2nd and 5th grader)
Time to clean out your medicine cabinets! 
Cooler weather is on the way and so is cold and flu season. As you replace expired medications, remember: No drugs down the drain! Keep medicine out of the water supply and the SF Bay.


You can get rid of expired medications at the following places:
– Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant,
  2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto 
– Palo Alto Medical Foundation Pharmacy,
  795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 
– Walgreens, downtown Palo Alto,
  300 University Avenue, Palo Alto 
– Los Altos Senior Center,
  97 Hillview Avenue, Room 10, Los Altos  
– Palo Alto Medical Foundation Mountain View,
  701 E El Camino Real, Mountain View  (Camino Pharmacy) 


A friendly reminder from joslynml at hotmail dot com, Joslyn Leve, PTA Green Team Chair
Palo Alto PTA Advocate for Palo Verde Elementary
Palo Verde does not have an Advocacy representative (a new position this year).  It would be great to have someone to keep us informed.  As an Advocacy Rep you would:
  * inform Palo Verde on issues impacting our students
  * ensure that our PTA has a voice in Sixth District PTA advocacy
Position description:  http://advocacy.capta6.org  “Get Involved”
Want to sign up?  Please contact Rebecca Fox, PTAC VP of Advocacy (rebecca.stamm.fox@gmail.com
Help us build a strong Palo Alto advocacy team!



PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews


Spanish-language IEP workshop for parents of children with special needs
Sat, Nov 8th, 9- 12 noon, East Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club, 2031 East Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto
Presented by Parents Helping Parents. Learn about your rights as a parent in the IEP process and how you can best support your child by partnering with their teachers and other professionals. 
English translation available. Childcare provided. Light beverages and snacks. Sponsored by the Palo Alto CAC of SELPA 1, Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), the PTA Council and PAUSD. For more information email:paloaltocac@gmail.com and check the CAC website: cacpaloalto.org

IEP en español. El taller para padres con hijos con necesidades especiales será realizado
Sábado 8 de Nov  de 9 a 12hrs, East Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club, 2031 Ave. Pulgas, East Palo Alto.
Presentado por Padres Ayudando a Padres. Conozca sus derechos como padres en el proceso de IEP y como puede apoyar mejor a su hijo trabajando en conjunto con sus profesores y otros profesionales.
Traducción en ingles disponible. Se proporcionará cuidado de niños, refrescos y bocadillos.
Este evento es co-patrocinado por el Comité Asesor de la Comunidad para Educación Especial de SELPA 1 y Padres en Defensa del Éxito del Estudiante (PASS en ingles), el Consejo de PTA, y PAUSD. Para más información mande un correo electrónico a: paloaltocac@gmail.com o vea el sitio en la red: cacpaloalto.org

Community News

Proposed Bicycle Boulevards :: City of Palo Alto Community Meetings
Thu, Nov. 6, 6pm for Louis, Ross, Greer, Moreno/Amarillo network segment at Ohlone Elementary School MP Room
Weds.,Nov.12, 6pm for Charleston/Arastradero Corridor network segment at Hoover Elementary School
PAUSD families and staff are invited to view and comment on early draft plans for the following segments of the proposed City of Palo Alto Bicycle Boulevard Network . Look to see if your school commute route is on this list!  Provide comments to help city staff shape a bicycle boulevard network that serves families and children better. If you are unable to attend, you may comment here:  http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/pln/transit/bicycling/default.asp .
Meeting Schedule:  
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