eNews: October 1, 2013




October 1 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo
October 2 PTA Coffee;
ABC Reader Training: Book 2;
Site Council
October 3 Noon Art
October 4 PTA Exec Board Mtg
October 7 ~ 11 Walk N Roll week

October 13 Harvest Festival
October 15 Photo Make Up Day
Math Night
October 17 Noon Art
October 18 No school


Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

We are All Winning with eScrip!


Congratulations, the 3 winners of our September draw for the $10 Safeway Gift Cards are: Queenie Huang, Norie Haines, & Willy Lai. Look for your prizes to go home in the Friday Folders this week.


For October, celebrate the fall harvest with Piazza’s. Everyone registered with eScrip will be eligible to win one of 3 $10 gift cards for Piazza’s Fine Foods. Winners to be drawn at the end of the month. 


Just go to www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Search and select “Palo Verde PTA”.
Follow the registration steps and you’re done.


Then when you shop with your eScrip registered credit or loyalty cards, you automatically raise money for Palo Verde. It’s that simple.


Questions? Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid(at)gmail(dot)com  

From Last Week

Photo Make up day

will be on Tuesday, October 15 starting at 8:30 in the MP Room

Wildlife on campus, your PTA dollars in action

Grades 2-5 at Palo Verde met with some special animals from the Wildlife Associates..  The guests were all rescued and can no longer survive in the wild.  The kids enjoyed getting close to a red fox, a red-tailed hawk, an opossum  a porcupine and an owl.  Ask your child how sharp a hawk’s talons are, the size of an opossum at birth, what a porcupine’s quill is made of!  New this year, the PTA Board worked with Principal Brown to fund these types of programs and we’re off to a great start! For more information about the wildlife program, see:



Noon Art 

WOW!!  We had a huge turnout this week for Noon Art!  The kids had so much fun making pom-pom shooters out of recycled yogurt containers.  Ask you child about them, everyone was playing with them on the playground and after school.  Our next noon art will be held on October 3rd and we would love to have some help.  We start at 11:30am to set up, the kids arrive to do the project at 12:00pm and cleanup starts at 12:30.  Join us for as much time as you have!!  It’s a blast and the kids love having their parents help out.  See you there!!


Noon art also needs the following recycled goods for some upcoming projects:  toilet paper rolls and empty yogurt containers.  There will be a plastic container marked “Noon Art” located at the front of the school for you to place these items. Thanks so much!


Green Commute During Our October Walk and Roll Week and Double Your October Miles

October Walk and Roll Week is from October 7-11. Green commute (walk, scooter, bike, carpool) that week and double your miles for October. On Wednesday October 9, the traffic safety team will be setting up tables outside the three school entrances before the morning bell to thank all our green commuters. Please have your child stop by, collect a healthy snack and get a thank you stamp from one of our volunteers. We will also be picking out the first three classroom winners of our golden sneaker award during that day’s assembly. Please turn in your mileage tracker forms for September in by September 30. If you have lost or misplaced the form,

click here to download it.

Green commuting is good for you and for our community. 

Math Night

at Palo Verde, MP Room: Build It 

Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA

Tuesday, October 15th 2013, 6:00-7:45 PM
Build It! brings out the engineer and the architect in everyone. Participants exercise their design, problem-solving, creativity, and spatial skills by constructing in both two and three dimensions. The Build It! Festival includes several bridge-building activities, some of them illustrating design elements of the world-class new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. 


Volunteers needed to assist with the stations. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com by Friday October 4th.


Lost something?  Have you checked the Lost and Found Cart?

Been wondering where that coat or sweater are?  Can’t find that pair of eyeglasses?  Don’t remember the last place you saw your stilettoes? Unable to locate your razor scooter?

Maybe it’s in the lostandfound cart!!

Please come by and check it out, encourage your kids to check it out too!  It sits outside Mrs Brown’s office from before school until quite a while after school finishes!  If you can’t get to the cart, check out the online photo gallery which is regularly updated:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/lost_and_found_at_palo_verde/
I make a big effort to return labelled clothes and items to owners, please help by labeling everything!  A few minutes can save a lot of dollars! 

Denise White

Jamba Juice Program 
Announcing the Jamba Juice Sip to Support program, the EASY and FRUITFUL way to support Palo Verde. By signing up for Sip to Support, every time you visit Jamba Juice and pay using the Card, 10% of the net sales will be donated back to us from Jamba Juice.

What You Get: 

  • Free participation! There is absolutely no cost to participate.
  •  It’s easy! Special Jamba Juice offers!
  • Additional offers available through Marqeta.
How to Participate: 
  • Go to jambajuice.marqeta.com and register for your Jamba Juice Sip to Support Marqeta Card.  
  • Be sure to select Palo Verde Elementary PTA as your organization to support.  
  • The Card is sent to you in the mail. 

Questions? Email the Sip to Support Team at jambajuice@marqeta.com.


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews



Let’s Go Crafting Sewing Classes


Does you child want to learn to sew? On a sewing machine? Let’s Go Crafting is an art school that teaches sewing to children ages 8 to 15. New sessions start every month on Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at Let’s Go Crafting’s Art Studio located in Palo Alto.

For more information and a complete schedule go to: www.letsgocrafting.wordpress.com or
email to: letsgocrafting@gmail.com.

We’d love to hear from you!!



Junior Naturalist program for 3rd-5th graders

the EcoCenter
From October 16- Nov. 6
Students in the Junior Naturalist program learn about Baylands ecology, bird science, marine science, and early California Indians. Cost: $75 (includes t-shirt, daily snacks, and four lively sessions with presenters). Scholarships available..

Parenting Program: New Parent Bootcamp

Date and Time: Thursday, October 3 at 7 pm
Location: Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.
Audience: Adults ONLY!
Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=5968
Learn practical strategies to prepare for your newborn: from infant care to the developmental stages and beyond. Registration is required.

Halloween Costume Swap Event

Date and Time: Friday, October 4 from 5-8 pm
Location: Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.
Ages: For ages 0-12
This event will include Magician Dan Chan and fun Halloween themed activities and info tables such as making a recycled t-shirt bags for collecting treats, sampling healthy treats, learning about Halloween safety tips and much more!

Adolescent Counseling Service Open House

Sunday October 6th., 2013 3 to 6pm
1717 Embarcadero Road, Suite 4000, Palo Alto
We invite friends and community members to join us for an afternoon of fun, friendship, and fall festivities as we formally welcome our 4th program- Outlet. For more information or to RSVP, email denise@acs-teens.org or call 650-424-0852 ext 103.

Parent Ed for National Bullying Prevention Month

“Breaking the Cycle of Bullying” Strategies for Parents
Ohlone Elementary school MP room,
Oct 7, 6:45 – 9pm, focus on Elementary School Children
Both presentations will address how students can respond to bullying, prevention strategies, and responsible “digital citizenship”. Refreshments, Childcare and Spanish translation will be provided.
For additional information contact: Christina Schmidt at unityday2013@yahoo.com

UNITY DAY October 9th 2013

Join Us and WEAR ORANGE ON October 9th.
Unity Day is a call to action for our community to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education.

Parent Education Workshop

Greener Schools, Cleaner Schools–PTAs can Help

Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, Room 40. Thursday, October 10, 8:30-10am
The JLS PTA, in collaboration with PAUSD Energy Specialist Rebecca Navarro, the U.S. Green Building Council, and GreenWaste, invites us to look at the messy reality of the waste generated at our schools and to learn how we can keep our schools clean and green.
All are welcome–just bring your reusable mug for coffee! Questions? Contact Nancy Smith

Bike Palo Alto !

starts at El Carmelo School (Loma Verde & Bryant).
Bike Palo Alto ! is a fun family event. Join in and explore easy ways to get around the city using bike-friendly routes. Come to this free even.Participants receive local bike maps, safety information, free helmet fitting, bike maintenance, and more! For more information go to: www.pagreenteams.org/bikepaloalto

Food and Your Brain

Covington Elementary School Multi, 205 Covington, Los Altos 94024.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 9 to 11 am
The food you eat impacts your energy, your ability to think, and your emotions. Kandice Stellmon, who works at Whole Child Wellness, will talk about how food affects brain function. This talk will cover foods to eat, foods to avoid, and natural supplements. This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org)

Junior Naturalist after school program for youth grades 3 – 5

4 Wednesdays, from 3:30pm – 5:30pm (10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6)
Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter (across from the Palo Alto Duck Pond)
2560 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94303
Each student gets a T-shirt, naturalist name tag, snack each day, merit pin each day, and will have the chance to meet live birds, touch a Bay fish, meet a park ranger, make an Ohlone fire, and more.
Contact Eric@EVols.org or call (650)493-8000 ext.345

9th Annual Bay Area Buddy Walk

Saturday, October 19, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Lake Cunningham Park – Cypress Pavillion, 2305 S. White Road, SJ CA 95148

Warm up with Yulissa Arrescurenaga, the first certified Zumba instructor with Down syndrome! Enjoy free t-shirts and food (while supplies last), music, face painting, bounce house, games, crafts, photo booth, henna tattoos, prize drawing and more! Register to walk, start a team or make a tax-deductible donation at: bayareabuddywalk.org.

2013-14 Season

Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, CA
SATURDAY, October 19, 2013, 7:30pm
Celebrating Verdi and Wagner anniversaries with a night of opera.
Soloists, duets, and quartets, Also including: Wagner’s Rienzi Overture and Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino.
Tickets $20, 17 and 10 www.paphil.org

San Jose’s Reid Hillview Airport

Saturday October 19, 2013, 9am-5pm.
WOO HOO, announcing the 5th annual ‘Take Flight for Kids’ is returning to San Jose’s Reid Hillview for the 5th straight year. We expect about 200+ exhibitors of fun hands on stuff this year, including STEAM+A science/tech/engineering/art/math + aviation.

Love Art and Art History?

Volunteer docents needed to give presentations about the lives and work of
Master Artists to PAUSD elementary students.
Training provided by Arts Coordinator, Sharon Ferguson, at Art Education, 25 Churchill Portable F.
Flexible hours.
Volunteer docent meetings/training start in October.

For more information contact Art Education (650) 329-3939 or email Emily Marshall at

Teenpower Full-Force Self-Defense Workshop

THE HIRUKO WELLNESS CENTER, 2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Sunday, Nov 3, 12:30-5:30pm, Palo Alto
Teens ages 13 to 17 practice using boundary-setting, conflict resolution, self-protection, and self-defense skills to prevent and stop most attacks, bullying, and harassment. Opportunity for full-force practice of self-defense moves with the head-to-toe padded instructor. Partial scholarships available. Pre-registration required.
To register: Call (800) 467-6997 ext. 1# or email safety@kidpower.org