eNews: October 1, 2014


October   1   Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!;
                     Meet our New Superintendent! PTA Coffee;
                     ABC Reader Training: Book #2

October   6 – 10 Walk & Roll Week; PTA Board Meeting
October   7   Science Night (Lawrence Hall of Science!)
October   8   PV Walk and Roll day;
                     Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!;

October   9   Noon Art
October  10  NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)

October  15  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
October  17  Third Grade Bike Rodeo
October  19  International Harvest Food Fair

October  22  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!;
October  23  Noon Art;
October  29  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
October  31  Halloween Parade; PTA Coffee

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week 

Attention 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
Walk and roll to school day: helpers wanted

If your child would like to help out with the walk and roll event on Wed Oct 8, please have him/her stop by at one of the three traffic safety tables at the school entrances at 8:05 am on Oct 8. He/she will be helping give out hand stamps and collect walk and roll pledges from arriving students till the first bell rings. As a thank you, we will announce his/her name at assembly. Questions? Contact anjani.sarma at gmail dot com

Palo Verde’s 10th Annual Walk-a-Thon was a success thanks to YOU! 
The Palo Verde students, teachers and staff sure do know how to WALK ON.  And the Palo Verde community sure does know how to show support.  We raised over $4000 while exercising and having fun!


Thank you to the students, teachers and staff for participating and supporting this event!
Special shout-outs go to:
Yael Pasternak Valek for co-chairing this event!
Mary Ann Norton and Jenny Hsiung for answering our questions and pointing us in the right direction as we tried to figure out the logistics of the copier and process of the paperwork!
Carlos Valencia Verduzco and Jose Medina for setting up the tables, helping us with hanging banners and cleaning up our paint mess!


The volunteers on the day of who got the event up and running, kept the event running smoothly and cheered everyone on. . . Lisa Baxter, Liliana Kunze Briseno, Carleen Ho, Emily Jaquette, George Jaquette, Mala Joshi, Kala Lansberg, Esther & Kristen Lee, Lili Nova-Roessig, and Haliel Selig!


A show of gratitude and appreciation all around! 
Thank you!

New Palo Verde eScrip partner! Now Earn Directly from Amazon!
Automatically contribute 2.4% of your Amazon purchases to Palo Verde PTA, at no cost to you!  

Now anyone can earn for Palo Verde PTA when shopping with Amazon. Non-registered supporters can earn from Amazon too! The program is a fundraising initiative to earn money for our school. Simply by accessing the Amazon site using the dedicated link below, you will automatically earn funds for our school while you shop!

Or you can type the following shortened version of the above link into your browser:      http://goo.gl/zRoojR 
Either way, bookmark this link and remember to use it every time you shop at Amazon! There is no cost to you, and your shopping experience will be the same as always.  
More questions? Please contact our eScrip coordinator Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com

eNews Editor Needed

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From Last Week  


Deadline for Submissions of Mileage Tracker Forms
Friday, October 3 

In order to recognize kids that choose to walk,bike carpool to school, the traffic safety team is giving out prizes. To participate, if your child walks, bikes, scooters 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.’  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 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. 

Thank you for encouraging your child to walk/bike/scooter/carpool to school.

Science Night at Palo Verde, MP Room
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA 
Tuesday, October 7th 2014, 6:00
-7.45 PM

Come join us for an Engineering Festival

Step into the shoes of an engineer as you investigate, experiment, and develop solutions to real-world problems. Tweak the blades on a wind turbine to efficiently harness the power of the wind. Construct a working hydraulic arm to explore the strength of water-powered machines. Flip the switch on the world of electricity, as you explore circuits and bring your motorized creations to life. Build bridges, towers, or whatever you can imagine with metal, paper, or wood. 


Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com by Friday, October 3rd.


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD praised in new report from Education Trust West:
The Language of Reform:  English Learners in California’s Shifting Education Landscape
The report identified Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) as one of eleven districts with exemplary practices.  The link to the report : http://tinyurl.com/ot2h7vc 

PTA News
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Playhouse Series
Sat, Oct 18 at 10am/12pm and Sun, Oct 19 at 12pm
Join the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre for JACK AND THE BEANSTALK in the Playhouse, a very special, audience-interactive experience designed for you and your children, ages 3 to 6, where local high school performers bring beloved fairy tales to life on the Magic Castle stage. Performances are approximately 45 minutes long. For more info: www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre
20th Annual California Ave Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Carnival 
Sun Oct 26, 2014, 10am-2pm, California Ave, Palo Alto
A fun, festive start to Halloween for 0-12year olds and their family.   for more info:

PEN-Silicon Valley and Learning Ally presents

Experience Dyslexia: A Learning Disabilities Simulation & Discussion
Tue Oct 21, 7-9 pm, at : Palo Alto Preparatory School, 2462 Wyandotte St, Mountain View
Experience Dyslexia is  the latest version of the Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia’s (NCBIDA) popular learning disabilities simulation.  The simulation is a hands-on activity that lets participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by people with this language-based learning disability.  Cost: Free!  Space is limited – reserve your spot today!
PEN-Silicon Valley Parent Meeting:
Coping with Change & Strong Emotions
Thu  02 Oct  9am, Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park [Map]
Change, transitions and regulating strong emotions are challenging for most kids. Children with learning and attention differences, however, often experience even greater difficulty coping with these every day challenges.  In this practical, interactive workshop, parents will learn specific tools and strategies for helping kids of all ages be able to better manage change, move more easily through transitions, and regulate intense emotions. Cost: FREE for PEN-Silicon Valley members. 
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Auditions
Tues, Oct 14 at 3:45pm and Wed, Oct 15 at 3:45pm
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Auditions: A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (a musical). Open to youth ages 8 – high school.. For more information visit the Children’s Theatre website: www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre
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