eNews: October 12, 2016

11, 13 Children’s Theater Auditions
12       Restaurant Night – The Counter
13       Noon Art
14       Morning Assembly and Principal’s Coffee;
           Project Cornerstone Training
16       Fall Parties Sales Begin;
           Palo Verde PTA International, Harvest Fair

17       Children’s Theater Rehearsals Begin

19       Unity Day
20       Noon Games
21       PTA Board Meeting
27       Noon Art

28       Fall Parties Sales Ends

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
We had a wonderful day of auditions for the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre/Palo Verde Alice in Wonderland production
on Tuesday. There’s one more day for auditions – tomorrow, Thursday, 10/13 from 2:50 to 4:20 in the MP Room. The first rehearsal for all cast members is Monday, 10/17 from school dismissal until the Parent Meeting that will start at 5:00 p.m. All parents of cast members need to attend the parent meeting to learn the nitty gritty details of play participation.
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.

Unity Day 2016 – Stand Together

on Wednesday, October 19th
All Palo Alto schools will celebrate Unity Day 2016 on
October 19th to promote kindness towards all students and unity in our school communities.
Everyone at Palo Verde will come together at noon to send one large Orange message showing that we are united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. At the all-school assembly, we will form a human chain and do a “wave”. The kids will decorate the black top with chalk and decorate orange strips of paper to be used in a chain displayed at school.
Please join us at Palo Verde by WEARING ORANGE on Wednesday, October 19th!
Can you spare 30 to 45 minutes on October 19th? If you are interested in helping hand out art supplies or just hanging out with the kids, please email nanda at nandagarber dot com. Check in at the office & come to the black top at noon. We hope to see you there wearing orange!
“The Fun Bee Trophy”
The Glory. The Victory. The Champ.
Contestants, MC, Judges, Awards!Wed, Nov 9, 1:30-2:30 pm, library.
Open to all PV students K-5.All contestants must register by Nov 1:
(A PV National Geo Bee Club event) 


From Last Week
Palo Verde FUNDRAISER – Restaurant Night 
Location:  The Counter Palo Alto
369 South California Avenue, Palo Alto , 94306
Give the flyer that went home in your child’s Friday folder to your server and The Counter will donate 15% of your bill to
Palo Verde PTA
International Harvest Fair

NEW Date: Sunday, October 16th from 3-5 pm

Please join Palo Verde’s diverse community as it celebrates the harvest season and the many beautiful cultures that make up our community.
The fair will have different country booths & harvest games led by the 5th graders. A planning meeting will be held on 9/23, Friday after drop off~8:20 in the teacher’s lounge. If you are planning to attend the fair and can lend a hand, please contact Kala Mehta Lansberg kala dot mehta23 at gmail dot com or Marline Mello marlanemello at gmail dot com. Spots not filled: China; USA ; Harvest game supervision.

Seeking Fall Party Chairs
Palo Verde PTA is able to offer a variety of programs such as the upcoming Children’s Theater, Julia Robinson Science Night, Ice Skating, and International Harvest Fair because of the generous contributions and donations made by our families and the time and effort of our volunteer teams that set up and run fundraisers such as the upcoming Fall parties
However, over the last two years the PTA has been finding it hard to replace volunteers who have moved on to middle schools with newer volunteers who will take charge of and/or help run the fundraisers and donate parties that are crucial to support our enrichment, community building and academic programs. Without the funds we raise through the Fall Parties or the Spring auction, the PTA will find it increasingly harder to support a lot of our existing or new programs all of which support all of our kids.
We are looking for new energy and talent especially from the lower K-3 grades to help us try and meet our fundraising goals by chairing the upcoming Fall Parties fundraiser, NO PREVIOUS FUNDRAISING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. We have a team in place to guide you and a software in place to run Fall Parties. The Fall parties chair/s will seek out parties from the community: eg halloween cup cake making, Moms and Margaritas, wine tasting, Eichler Tours. These parties are hosted generously by our families and proceeds from ticket sales from these parties come back to the PTA.
The fall parties chair will work with the existing team to advertise and promote the fundraiser. They will work with the auction software to create a catalog and facilitate online sales.
Since this is time sensitive, Please contact Yael Valek, yaelcow at yahoo dot come or Anjani Sarma president@pvpta.org if you would like to volunteer to lead or help with Fall Parties.

 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.
Awareness events are sponsored by PAUSD, the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC), Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning (LGBTQQ) Committee. Contact jgonzalez@pausd.org for more information.
Unity Day 2016 – When We Stand Together, No One Stands Alone
Wednesday, October 19th, all PAUSD schools
PAUSD will celebrate Unity Day 2016 to promote kindness towards all students and unity in our school communities. Each school will participate in its own special way, so find out what your school is doing and join us in sending a united voice by wearing Orange on Wednesday, October 19th!
Right NOW – Join us, and double the impact of your donation during PiE’s Rally Days!
Pledge or donate before October 17th and your donation will be matched by our Rally Day’s Challenge Grant happening now.  We need the support of the whole community in order to reach our goal and help our schools and students.  We know all families are different, so we have different giving options to meet the needs of every family:  You canPledge now and pay in January 2017 or Spread your gift over 10 months through installmentsor Company matching counts towards your gift
To learn more or to donate, please visit http://papie.org/donate/
Special Olympics Soccer Competition
Mon, Oct 17, 9AM-Noon, Jordan Middle School
PAUSD and Special Olympics Northern California have joined together in a new SpecialOlympics Schools Partnership program. Through sports, the program aims to provideopportunities for special education students and their peers to work together as teammates and to create inclusive opportunities in the school community. Come cheer on the students in their first event of the year. Elementary, middle and high school students throughout the district will be participating and showing off their skills. For more information contact Angel Sheridan at asheridan@pausd.org.
Local Control Accountability Plan Community Meeting
Tues, Oct 25, 8 – 10 AM & 5 – 8 PM, District Office, Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Unified School District is updating the Local Control and Accountability Plan as required by the California Department of Education. Development of the plan must include input from key stakeholders. The District would like to invite you to return and participate in the LCAP Community meeting. At this meeting we will share progress on this year’s plan and solicit feedback on 16-17 goals, actions and measurements as we began to develop the 2017/18 plan.
Spanish and Mandarin translation provided
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.
Arts Education Volunteers Needed
The Palo Alto Council of PTA’s http://ptac.paloaltopta.org/ seeks Arts Education Volunteers to support high quality arts education for all students and to share best practices and programs.  Goals might include communicating about visual and performing art programs taking place at PAUSD schools and encouraging collaborative opportunities.  All PTA members (both parents and teachers) are welcome to volunteer.  Please contact PTAC President Audrey Gold  (president@paloaltopta.org) if interested.
Looking for an opportunity to help kids in need?  Volunteer for DreamCatchers!
DreamCatchers runs an after-school enrichment program for low-income PAUSD middle school students at Paly in the afternoons and evenings Monday through Thursday.  We are looking for the following:
– One-on-One Tutors (high school students) or Classroom Assistants (like a classroom aide – we need adults as well as high school students):  contact Miguel Fittoria at miguel@dreamcatchersyouth.org
– Adults or experienced high schoolers interested in helping with graphic design, web design, curriculum support, or general non-profit help, please contact Barbara Klausner at barbara@dreamcatchersyouth.org
Thanks so much for your support!  Visit our website at dreamcatchersyouth.org.
 The Museum of American Heritage   Beginning Electronics workshop
Sun, October 16 & 23, 1 – 4pm, The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto
This is a hands-on class where students (ages 10y+) learn what electricity is, how to control it to do useful things, and how to read a schematic diagram. Each student incorporates these ideas to assemble, wire, and solder an electric circuit that consists of lights, switches, an LED, and a tone generator.  Students can use this take-home project to learn how to send and receive Morse Code, the universal language that Ham Radio Operators use every day to send messages directly to each other all over the world without wires and without using the Internet.
Register by Friday October 7, at http://www.moah.org/pdf/MOAH_ClassREGISTRATION.pdfor call (650) 321-1004 or email admin@moah.org
Cost: $70 for members and $80 for non-members
Let’s Talk, A SELPA 1 Support Group
Mon Oct 10, 10AM-12 noon, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
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. For more information, seewww.selpa1cac.org.
5th Annual Kiwanis Angel Award honors Agent DuJuan Green, PA Police Department 
Thu Oct 13 5.30 – 7.30PM, Palo Alto Sheraton 625 El Camino Real Palo Alto
Kiwanis Angel Award recognizes an individual who has provided significant contributions to children and youth.  Agent DuJuan Green is being honored for his exemplary work as a School Resource Office, Facilitator of the Parent Project which teaches enhanced parenting skills and member of Project Safety Net.  Program relevant for parents of students 6 grade to 12 grade.  Cost $50 per person and sign up by October 6. Proceeds benefit children and youth programs.
Registration  www.KiwanisAngelAward.org  Contact Gail Price   gail.price3@gmail.com
SheHeroes Afternoon Tea with Fathers in Tech Encouraging Girls in STEM
Sun Oct. 16; 2 – 4:30pm, The Fairmont, San Francisco, Crowne room
Enjoy an afternoon tea for the whole family (all ages) and listen to tech leaders speak about the crucial role men play in supporting women and girls in STEM and other fields. Formal tea includes gourmet food and beverages. Fun activities for kids include raffle, photo booth, girl panel, temporary tattoos. Further info at: http://bit.ly/fatherdaughtertea
Special Education 101, SELPA1CAC Coffee Talk
Tue Oct 18, 7-9 PM, Castro Elementary, Mountain View (Spanish Language)
Wed Oct 19, 7-9 PM, Santa Rita Elementary, Los Altos (English Language)
These trainings will offer a brief overview of the educational rights of parents when a child has a disability.  Topics will include general education supports, student study team meetings, Section 504, special education referral and assessment timeline, eligibility, and important key rights held by the parent and child.
ORDER NOW!  The Gizdich Pie Sale will be ending soon!
Now thru Oct. 12
Order delicious Gizdich Ranch Pies before Oct. 12 for your holiday gatherings, and help raise funds for the Class of 2017 Senior Picnic, Grad Night Celebration and scholarships for Seniors to attend those events.  The pies come frozen and are made locally at Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville.  You can choose from Apple, Two Berry (raspberry and blackberry), Pumpkin or Apricot! Buy a pie and donate it to a special teacher or staff member!  For the Gizdich Pie Order Form and more information: http://gunn.paloaltopta.org/wp-content/uploads/Gizdich-Ranch-Pie-Order-All-Schools.pdf.
  Any questions?  Contact Cassandra Gencarella mginx@sbcglobal.net .
  Gunn’s class of 2017 thanks you!
Support Paly Cheer and Dance with our Holiday Pie Fundraiser
Mon. Oct. 24 (order deadline), Fri. Nov. 18 Pick up your pies at Palo Alto High School in front of the Tower Bldg. from 3:30-6:30pm.
Enjoy delicious farm fresh pies while supporting Palo Alto High School’s Cheer and Dance teams!  Apple, Two Berry, and Pumpkin Pies are available. They are flash-frozen from Gidzich Farms in Watsonville and are simply scrumptious!  Get all the details at:  http://www.palycheer.net/holiday-pies.html
Theatre Costume Garage Sale supporting the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre
Sat Oct 15 & Sun Oct 23 2:30 – 5:30 PM, Lucie Stern Community Center (Community Room) 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Theatre Costume Garage Sale is a fundraising event produced by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, supporting Children’s Theatre performing arts programs which reach more than 50,000 community members annually. A large collection of hand made theatre costumes (kids and adults’ sizes) from previous productions will be for sale.
Family Date Night: Tricks and Treats
Fri, Oct 21, 7-8:15pm, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Join us for Halloween party fun after hours at the Children’s Library! We will have monstrous music, ghoulish games, terrifying treats, and a creepy costume contest. Please register online for each family member attending. Register at http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventcalendar.asp?dt=mo&Lib=ALL
 Palo Alto Philharmonic Season Opening Performance
Sat, Oct 22, 8 PM, Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Philharmonic opens it 29th concert season with “Russian Masters,” an exciting program featuring Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. The Philharmonic is pleased to invite the audience backstage after the concert, to meet Music Director Thomas Shoebotham, Assistant ConductorLee Actor and our musicians at our annual season-opening reception.  For more information or to purchase tickets: http://www.paphil.org/pages/concerts/orch1.php
 Emergency Preparedness & Home Safety Fair
Sun Oct 23, 2 – 4PM, Addison Elementary School. 650 Addison Av., Palo Alto
Are you prepared when an emergency occurs?  How do you protect yourself and your family if a catastrophic earthquake, a pandemic disaster, or a fire rampage occurs?  How do you deal with a robbery? How do you ensure that your child(ren) ride their bicycle(s) safely?  How do you stay connected in an emergency when your phone does not work?  Come to the Emergency Preparedness & Home Safety Fair to learn, share and save lives!  Event highlight: Mr. Andy Huang, Chief of Red Cross, Silicon Valley, will deliver an ER demo on site.  This annual event is sponsored by the Palo Alto (PA) Chinese Parents’ Club, PA School District, PA Police Station, PA Fire Station, PA Utilities, Children’s Hospital and City of Palo Alto.  Free admission!  In addition to secret raffle prices, the first 100 attendees will win free gifts.
Palo Alto 紧急救援及防范展会
地点:Addison小学,650 Addison Ave, Palo Alto
大地震发生了怎么办?火灾时怎么逃生?碰到入室抢劫的强盗怎么应对?怎么让你的孩子骑车更安全?茫茫黑夜在外避难,手机没法用,怎么与外界联系?宝贵生命只有一次,灾难面前无法”到时试试看”。请参加我们一年一度的紧急救援及防范展会!活动亮点:将特邀红十字会硅谷分会负责人 Andy Huang 来现场做ER讲座。本活动由以下团体及机构赞助支持:Palo Alto (PA) 华人家长会, PA学区, PA 警察局,PA消防局, PA 公用事业单位, 儿童医院及Palo Alto市。免费入场。现场抽奖,头一百名到访者还有免费礼物。
Halloween Zoo Night at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
Fri, Oct 28, 5:30-8pm, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Join friends for a special, member-only Halloween Zoo Night at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume: Meet animals from Wildlife Associates, Bay Area Amphibian and Reptile Society (BARS), and JMZ; Enjoy pizza, drinks, and other treats in the zoo; And much, much more! This is a Club JMZ members-only event. Join at the door or online at http://www.friendsjmz.org   For more information see the flyer at http://friendsjmz.org/event/halloween-zoo-night/
Spooky theme for Halloween Family Concert
Sun, Oct. 30, 3pm, Main Theater at Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City 94061
Violinists in witches’ black, a cellist as Snoopy and Maestro Eric Kujawsky in pirate’s stripes will greet the children (pre-schoolers through middle-schoolers) as they arrive for the Halloween Family Concert of Redwood Symphony. The afternoon event begins with a Tour of the Orchestra. Then the symphony will play  Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and the finale from the Organ Symphony by Saint-Saens, both noted for their high spookiness quotient. A raffle will determine 10 children who will take the baton to direct the symphony in a Sousa march. Adults, $25 (pre-sale), and children $15 at RedwoodSymphony.org. Free and ample parking. Usually sells out.
Walk & Roll to Palo Alto Libraries – NEW Suggested Walking & Bicycling Routes Map
Check out City of Palo Alto ‘s new Walk & Roll map with suggested walking and bicycling routes to Palo Alto libraries from every neighborhood citywide.   Palo Alto libraries are popular after-school destinations and they often are the center of fun family outings. Walking and bicycling is an active, healthy, fun way to get there!  See the new Walk & Roll to Libraries brochure with map here http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/documents/PASRTL_Map_Brochure_092116.pdf
Society of Bookworms book club – Wild Wings by Gill Lewis
Wed, Oct 19, 4:00-5:00 PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6.
A Taste of Cantabile Youth Singers: Roots and Rhythms of Africa!
Sat Oct 15 1-4pm, Los Altos Hills Town Hall Council Chambers
This exciting afternoon for 3rd-5th graders investigates song, dance, folktales and instrumental elements from the Music of West Africa. Featuring Cantabile’s signature pedagogical approach of Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze methods, this workshop will include both traditional folk songs, and contemporary songs from current African artists. Through vocal warm-ups, singing games, and theatrical improvisation, singers will have a blast learning how to develop and express their natural singing voice, and will walk away with a starting toolbox to continue their journey as young singers. Cost: 45.00 for non-residents, 50.00 for residents.cantabile.org/info@cantabile.org  650.424.1410
Contact: sgualtieri@losaltoshills.ca.gov/ 650-947-2518
Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Personal Power (5 – 10 years)
Thu, Oct 20 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parking
Your children’s feelings of self-esteem and personal power are influenced by beliefs and actions that they learn from you.  Explore ways to build children’s self-esteem and avoid the unsuspecting parental communication blocks. With Cynthia Klein, BA, certified parent educator.
Cost: $45 and $30 second parenting partner.
Parenting The Positive Discipline Way (3 – 10 years)
Wed, Oct 26 – Nov 16, (4 sessions), 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parking
During this series of four sessions, based on Jane Nelsen’s Positive Discipline books and interactive activities, discover how better to understand your child’s behavior; discipline with friendship, love, and respect; and find common-sense solutions to everyday challenges. With Bridget Bertrand, MFT.
Cost $160 and $100 second parenting partner.