eNews: October 15, 2013


October 15  Photo Make Up Day

                    Math Night
October 17  Noon Art
October 18  No school

October 24  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
October 25  PV Voice deadline

October 28  ~  November 1   Book Fair – Banana Seed
October 31  Halloween; PTA Coffee
November 1  PTA Executive Board Mtg  

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Message From Our Principal:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

       New Common Core State Standards will be implemented in California in the 2014-15 school year, along with Smarter Balanced Assessments. Please join us for an evening informational session that will introduce you to the new standards that focus on 21st century skills, and will prepare our students for college and career readiness. Learn about the shifts in teaching and learning that will benefit our students, and the new performance based assessments that will measure their progress. 


Two dates are offered: 
Monday, October 28th, 6:3-8:00 pm at the Boys & Girls Club, 2031 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303; Wednesday, October 30th, 7:00-8:00 pm at the PAUSD District Office, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306.  


Please click HERE for more info.

Photo Make up day

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

Math Night

MP Room: The Lawrence Hall of Science’s Build It! Festival
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

There’s Fun to Be Had – Tickets Still Available, Palo Verde!
The Party Book table was buzzing with interest and ticket sales at the Harvest Fair.  So far we’ve raised over $3,500! It’s not too late to join the fun. We will be selling tickets near Principal Brown’s office on Wednesday, October 16 from 8 to 8:30am. You may also place your order with a check (payable to Palo Verde PTA), in the Party Book basket in the school office using the absentee form at the back of the Fall Party Book Catalog. Please contact the Fall Party Book team at pvfallpartybook@gmail.com with any questions.  
Tickets to the following parties are still available. 
Nature, Then Nurture
Art of Wine & Food Pairing
Chocolate & Champagne Party
2nd Grade Parents Coffee & Book Swap
White Elephant Party
Moms & Margaritas
Come Clash with Clans!
Wimbledon at Eichler

Kinder Halloween Donuts & Coffee 

The Palo Verde PTA food drive is here.  You have probably noticed the Second Harvest Food Bank bins at the front and rear entrances of the school.  The bins will be out until Friday, November 8.  The food and funds will help the Food Bank meet the growing needs in our community.  
DONATE FUNDS: Visit our Online Food Drive to donate directly to Palo Verde’s drive at
 https://www.shfb.org/page.aspx?pid=817&FFDDrive=13 FDHoliday&FFDOrg=112854 
DONATE FOOD: Drop off non-perishable food donations in barrels located at the front & rear entries of the school.  Please no refrigerated or frozen items,leftovers from lunch bags or other perishable foods.


Can you lend a hand?  Please let us know if you can help deliver food to our local food closet or can help us filter out glass or more fragile items from the bins (one time help is okay!).  Please email “subject: PV Food Drive” to Victoria Liu: vxqliu(at)gmail(dot)com


is one of our biggest school fundraisers, please take a few minutes to sign up or update your information.

Here’s How it Works 
Register any one (or all) of your existing grocery loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program.  Participating merchants will then automatically make contributions to Palo Verde, based on purchases made by using your registered cards. 
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.  Visit the eScrip family of merchants for a complete list of participating retailors. 
Winning with eScrip  Every participating family makes a difference. So everyone registered with eScrip will be entered into a draw to win one of three $10 Piazza’s Fine Foods gift cards at the end of the October.

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

From Last Week



Noon Art
This week in Noon Art we did bottle cap art.  The kids created sculptures and pictures out of bottle caps and boy were they creative!!  No two were the same.  Please come by the outside of the office to see the pictures of their artwork.  Our next noon art will be on October 17th and we would love your help.  We start at 11:30am to set up, the kids arrive to take part in their art project at 12:00pm and cleanup starts at 12:30pm.  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!

Thanks so much for all the donations we have received in the “Noon Art” box located at the front of the school, we appreciate them so much.  We still need more empty cereal boxes, empty yogurt containers and toilet paper rolls for upcoming projects – so keep them coming.  Thanks again!


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:


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!!

Please join us for this special community event!
Raising Happy and Successful Children: A Developmental Assets Approach
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Paly High School Library
Light refreshments, childcare (5 and over) and Spanish translation provided!


Clay Roberts, national trainer and education consultant will share how every adult in our community can work together to help children achieve to their maximum potential. Participants will learn about:
* Positive experiences or qualities that influence the choices of children and youth, guiding them to become successful adults
* How assets enable youth to succeed in school
* How to promote the health and well-being of children and youth in our community
For more information about this event, please contact, Brenda Carrillo at (650) 329-3769 or via email at


Fifth Grade Parents Only: Middle School Tours,

Wednesday October 16
Please join us for PiE Middle School Tours  at JLS, Jordan and Terman. Tours take place just after the start of school and last approximately 2.5 hours. Please RSVP by October 14, and please plan to walk, bike or use alternate transportation if possible as parking is extremely limited.  Thank you to the staff at our middle schools for offering these tours!

JLS: Sign in and coffee at 8:15 in the library; program starts at 8:30.
Jordan: Sign in and coffee at 8:20 through main door to the library; program starts at 8:50.
Terman: Sign in and coffee at 7:45 in the library; program starts at 8:15.

To register, please contact Jamey Boccio in the PiE office, jboccio@papie.org.
Immigrant Stories on Stage at Media Center
Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Rd. • Palo Alto, CA
Sunday, October 20th from 3 PM – 5:30 PM.
The Midpeninsula Community Media Center presents seven dramatic stories at an event called “Foreign Correspondents: Immigrant Odysseys,” on  The seven storytellers represent an intriguing mix of Silicon Valley include a high tech CEO, a drama teacher from Gunn High School in Palo Alto, a Stanford instructor, a leader from the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, that will share personal vignettes with flavors of Vietnam, Ireland, Nigeria, Russia, Italy, Mexico, and more. The free event begins with a reception and is made possible by support from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  To reserve seats, email: Editor@MadeIntoAmerica.org.

Parent Ed: October is National Bullying Prevention Month

“Breaking the Cycle of Bullying and Building Relationships”
Jordan MP room Oct 17, 6:45 – 9 pm,
focus on Middle & High School; students welcome
Presentation 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 or our website at http://cacpaloalto.org/events/national-unity-day

Juana Briones Elementary
October 24th at 4:30pm or October 25th at 7pm
Juana Briones Elementary youth have been hard at work, getting ready to mount ALICE IN WONDERLAND! Bring the kids October 24th at 4:30pm or October 25th at 7pm. 
Tickets are just $10 for kids, $12 for adult.
Tickets  may be purchased online at www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre,
or in person at Juana Briones one hour prior to performance. 


Math Olympiad for Kids

Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.
Thursday, October 24 at 3:30 pm
Ages: For Grades 3-5 ONLY
Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6003
Brush up on your math & problem-solving skills at this popular program. Co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Recreation Department and Communication Academy. Registration is required.

Jordan’s MP Room
October 24, 25 at 7pm and October 26 at 2:30pm
Jordan’s Drama Department a unique comedic musical, a play within a play.  based on a secret diary with a mysterious missing page. There’s something very peculiar about one of
the actors who shows up to audition for the role of Count Dracula. Fun for the whole family. Come support the arts at Jordan.  $10 for adults.  $5 for students/children.

School Funding Legislative Roundtable
Santa Clara County Office of Education, Oak Grove Room, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose
November 14, 7-8:30 p.m. FREE 
California remains bottom ranked in school funding and performance.  No great economy ever grew by dis-investing in education.  What are our legislators’ ideas on how we can return California from “worst to first” in education funding and performance?  Come meet and talk directly with your California representatives and members of Congress representing districts throughout Santa Clara County.
Please forward  school funding questions you would like addressed by our representatives to advocacy@capta6.org.