eNews: November 9, 2016



  10     Noon Art
  11     No School, Veteran’s Day
  14     Family Giving Tree Gift Card and 
           Toy Donation starts
  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
    9      Family Giving Tree Gift Card and 
            Toy Donation Ends
   16     Minimum Day 
   19  – Jan. 2   Winterbreak, No School 



    6       Morning Assembly Principal’s Coffee 

      Project Cornerstone Training
    7       Palo Verde PTA Ice Skating Social 


Click  here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.


Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week
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. 14 to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Fri, Dec 9. 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.


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. When you shop at Piazza’s (and other participating merchants) using your registered credit, debit and loyalty 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. All ready signed up? Make sure your cards are up-to-date in their system.   Thank you.
Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator (izreid at gmail dot com)
Spirit Gear Orders
The ordered items were passed out to the kids during the last week of October. If you didn’t receive your items or if there were any errors, please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com) asap.
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.


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
Renaming Schools Advisory Committee Community Townhall Meeting
Mon, Nov 7, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Media Arts Center at Palo Alto High School ** New date/time**
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/)
Financial & Legal Planning for Students with Challenges
Wednesday, November 16, 7-9 PM
Santa Rita Elementary, 700 Los Altos Rd, Los Altos
Whether your student’s challenges are mild or severe, hear this expert panel describe the long-term financial planning and legal checkpoints parents may encounter. Topics will include financial planning, trusts and special needs trusts, conservatorships, SSI/SSDI benefits, and Medi-Cal benefits. Panel members includes Ken Prodger, Ann Robbeloth, Lisa C. Bryant and Sara E. Hire. For more information, goto www.cacpaloalto.org or contact paloaltocac@gmail.com
The next monthly support group for parents of students with IEPs, 504s and learning differences will meet on 11/14 7-9pm in the Los Altos Library. All are welcome, participants are asked to respect confidentiality.
ADHD and Barriers to Learning: How Working Memory, Processing Speed and Executive Functioning Challenges Impact Functioning
Thu, Nov 17, 9-11:00 AM, Terman Middle School Cafetorium (check-in at Front Office for a visitor badge)
Learn about how children and adolescents with ADHD often have barriers to learning that are outside the diagnostic criteria of the disorder (e.g., weaknesses in attention and impulse-control). Dr. Vivien Keil, Neuropsychologist at Children’s Health Council, will describe why it is crucial to consider these areas, specifically weaknesses in working memory, processing speed, and executive functioning as these are often just as impairing, if not more impairing, than the core symptoms of ADHD, particularly as students get older and the academic demands increase dramatically in middle and high schools. Attendees will learn ways to manage these areas of weakness, with a focus on compensatory strategies that parents and teachers can use to help support their students. Presented by the Parents Education Network and co-hosted by Terman Middle School and Palo Alto CAC for Special Education. Free for PAUSD Parents and Staff. Spanish translation available. RSVP here or contact paloaltocac@gmail.com
La tarea TDAH y Barreras para el aprendizaje: Como Trabaja la Memoria, la velocidad de procesamiento y el funcionamiento ejecutivo a los desafíos de Impacto.
Cuándo: Jueves 17 de Noviembre 9 a 11 AM.
Donde: Terman Middle School 655 Arastradero Rd Palo Alto
Vivien Keil, PhD, Neuropsicólogo Personal y Gerente de Programa Clínico en el Consejo de Salud Infantil.  Los asistentes aprenderán sobre cómo los niños y adolescentes con TDAH con frecuencia tienen barreras para el aprendizaje que están fuera de los criterios de diagnóstico de la trastorno (por ejemplo, deficiencias en la atención y control de impulsos). Es crucial considerar estas áreas, específicamente las deficiencias en la memoria de trabajo, velocidad de procesamiento, y el funcionamiento ejecutivo, ya que son a menudo y sin menoscabar, el mayor deterioro, las de los síntomas principales del TDAH, especialmente cuando los alumnos crecen y aumentan dramáticamente las exigencias académicas, como en las escuelas intermedias y secundarias. Los asistentes aprenderán la forma de gestionar estas áreas de debilidad, con un enfoque en estrategias compensatorias que los padres y los maestros pueden utilizar para ayudar a sus estudiantes. Presentado por Parents Education Network y co-organizado por Terman Middle School y Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.  Gratis para padres y personal del PAUSD. Comuníquese con paloaltocac@gmail.com o con RSVP aquí.
The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals (JRMF) in partnership with Connect Community Charter School will be hosting a 2nd-5th Grade math festival on Saturday, November 12 from 2pm – 4pm.

The mission of JRMF is to inspire student interest and joy in deep mathematics. This mathematics festival is for EVERY kid – from those who love math to those who are fearful of mathematics and those in-between. It’s a hands-on, collaborative, and creative mathematical event where kids can try a variety of tables, each with a different mathematical activity or problem. Each table is led by a table leader who encourages and supports students during the problem solving process.

For more information and videos about the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals, go to: http://www.jrmf.org/

To register for the upcoming Festival at the Connect Community Charter School, go to: http://jrmf.org/register.php

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 5, 9 – 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.   For Information Call (800) 467-6997 ext. or register at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ed8a8m8385f540d0&llr=cthyjxbab
Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you’re interested.
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
Knitting for Charity
Wednesdays until Nov. 15, 4-6pm. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Do you enjoy knitting & giving back to the community? The hats will be part of a holiday gift bag given to those living with mental illness in Santa Clara County, many of whom have little or no family support. Please join us to knit, or bring in hats you’ve already knitted from now through November 15. Supplies are provided! Register at: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=3724&TargetID=140
Make a difference: Tutor Low Income East Palo Alto 5th Graders in Reading or Writing – 8 one hour sessions
If you’ve enjoyed helping in your own child’s classroom, or just love literacy, please consider tutoring 5th graders at Brentwood School in East Palo Alto (near IKEA). It is a special project to work with low income students from February 6th – March 31st.  Volunteers would work in the same classroom one day per week, for an hour either at 9:45 am (reading) or 11:40 am (writing). All Students Matter provides a brief training in January and coordinates all details.  You can make a real difference! To sign up, visit www.allstudentsmatter.org or to learn more contact Keri Tully at keritully@gmail.com.
Society of Bookworms book Club – The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Wed, Nov 16, 4:00-5:00 PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6.
Friday Fun
1st Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and a couple of rounds of Bingo!
Lego Friday
3rd Friday of Every Month, 3:30PM-5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Let your imagination soar and come build with us! No registration required. For all ages.
Family Date Night – Let’s Glow! A mind glowing experience!
Fri, Nov 18, 7-8:15 PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Join us for games, crafts, and glowing fun!
STEAM Lab Saturday: Engineering Marble Tracks
Saturday, Nov 5, 2:30-3:30pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street
Put your engineering skills to work! Use a variety of materials to build a unique marble track. Grades K-5. Please register for this event online.
Afternoon Adventure: Movie Showing
Wednesday, Nov 23, 3:30-5pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street
Relax and enjoy a movie and snacks at the Children’s Library. Grades K-5. No registration required.



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