eNews: October 15, 2014


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!;
                     Photo make up day
October  23  Noon Art;
October  29  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
October  31  PTA Coffee;  Halloween Parade at 10:30 am

November  3   PTA Board Meeting
November  4   Site Council
November  5   PTA Coffee; ABC Reader Training: Book #3;
                        Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November  6   Noon Art

November 11  No School – Veterans Day
November 12   Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week 

Palo Verde’s Harvest and International Food Fair

Sunday, October 19th from3-5 pm.    

Please join us at the Fair where you can try out:

-Cricket, a popular bat and ball game in India and Pakistan;

-writing your name in Hebrew at the Israel booth;

-the Cakewalk at our Mexico booth;

-your hockey skills at the Canada booth;

-food from Vietnam, Japan, China and Taiwan

and so much more.  Don’t forget to wear your costumes!


Parents-if you can help us out for a half hour shift, please lend a hand by signing-up on our spreadsheet link

 https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12th8ImTirTVNxytWBxQjCp2BtgtZRBpWf4kBJGlCei8/edit#gid=0   We also need help with Jamba Juice sales, handing out passports to students, and providing adult supervision for the Harvest Fair games. 


We hope to see you at this wonderful cultural event while celebrating the harvest season with your friends and classmates!  See you this Sunday!


Greetings! Palo Alto High School’s Work of Art Club

will be holding a toy drive from 10/9-10/21 to gather materials for their upcoming project on gender roles and equality. Works of Art creates art to raise awareness for issues students are concerned for. We’ll be building the gender signs with the “opposite” gender of toys on them to address the traditional gender roles that are forced upon young children. For this reason we kindly ask parents to please drop off any unwanted toys in the collection boxes in the front office of Palo Verde Elementary School. All the extra toys will be fixed up, wrapped, and donated to children in need during Christmas time. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us through our website or our email provided below:

Thank you for your support,
Paly Works of Art Club

Did you find that blue donation form under a pile of papers or at the bottom of a backpack?  Is it too late to donate?  No way, it’s never too late to donate and show your support for those who walked and Palo Verde.  Forms can be dropped off in the office.  Thanks!  Walk on.
Walk and Roll Success 

A total of 180 students walked/rolled/ carpooled to school in September. That is nearly 43% of all Palo Verde students. Thank you to everyone who encourages your child to green commute to school. Congratulations to all green commuters in our Golden Sneaker trophy winning classrooms, Rm 3, Rm 7 and Rm 19. Please continue to encourage your child to green commute atleast once a week or once a month if your schedule permits. 


Palo Alto PTA Advocate for Palo Verde Elementary
Palo Verde does not have an Advocacy representative (a new position this year).  It would be great to have someone to keep us informed.  As an Advocacy Rep you would:
  • inform Palo Verde on issues impacting our students
  • ensure that our PTA has a voice in Sixth District PTA advocacy
Position description:  http://advocacy.capta6.org  “Get Involved”
Want to sign up?  Please contact Rebecca Fox, PTAC VP of Advocacy (rebecca.stamm.fox@gmail.com
Help us build a strong Palo Alto advocacy team!

Register with eScrip

If you haven’t already had a chance, please take a few minutes to register with eScrip and begin to earn for Palo Verde while you shop. Up  to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register your existing grocery loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program
Just go to  http://www.escrip.com and click on “Sign Up“.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA

  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.   

Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long. Thank you for your support!


Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator, at izreid at gmail dot com

From Last Week 


Make Time for Fun – Purchase Fall Party Book Tickets at Harvest & International Food Fair
Tickets for Fall Party Book events go on sale on Sunday, October 19 at the Fall Harvest & International Food Fair.  The complete catalog of events was circulated in last week’s Friday folder. Check out descriptions of Kinder Donuts & Coffee, Winter Crafts Party, Chai & Samosas, a Progressive Dinner Party, Moms & Margaritas, and so much more! Fair attendees will get first crack at the tickets; cash, check or credit card (Visa/Mastercard) will secure a ticket on the spot! For those who cannot attend, there is an absentee purchase form in the back of the Fall Party Book catalog.
Newly Added Party!
We have a new event to add to the Fall Party Book catalog – Indian High Tea with Ayurveda Talk.The event is an Indian snack cooking demonstration where some common, easy and delicious snack recipes will be shared and cooked for the group. The snacks will be served with different types of teas. There will also be a brief talk on “Ayurveda – living naturally” by Preeti Gupta, who is a certified Ayurvedic Consultant practicing in the Bay area. Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. The party will take place on Sunday, February 22nd from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. and is open to 20 adults at $35 per ticket.


A Few Changes to Your Party Catalog
Please take note of changes to the print version of the Fall Party Book catalog: A) Unfortunately, the Chocolate & Champagne Party has been canceled. B) The Kinder Donut & Coffee Party will take place on SUNDAY, October 26th and Christine Moon will co-host for Rooms 2 and 3. C) The Foothills Mini-Camp will take place on OCTOBER 26th.



PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews


Board Policy Review Committee
Oct 16, 1:00 p.m.   25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306
For more info: http://pausd.org/community/board/downloads/brd_packet/141016_BPRC_pkt.pdf
Love Art and Art History?
Begins Fri, Oct 17, 9:00AM held at Art Education, 25F Churchill Avenue
Interested in O’Keeffe, Rivera, Thiebaud, or Jacob Lawrence?  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. Art History background preferred but not required. Flexible hours. Volunteer docent meetings/training begin Friday, October 17, 9:00AM . or more information contact Art Education (650) 329-3939 or email Emily Marshall at emarshall@pausd.org

Palo Alto voters can review videotaped candidate forums for the PAUSD races via the Media Center’s Election Coverage page at http://midpenmedia.org/government/election-coverage/

Unity Day 2014 – When We Stand Together, No One Stands Alone
     Thu Oct, 23,

WEAR ORANGE on Thursday, October 23rd!
Thursday, October 23rd, PAUSD will celebrate Unity Day 2014 to promote kindness and unity in our school communities. Each school will participate in its own way, so find out what your school is doing. Join us in continuing our journey to build a united voice of respect.  October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Awareness events are sponsored by PAUSD, the Palo Alto CAC of SELPA 1, Palo Alto Council of PTA’s, and Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), and the LGBTQ Committee.

PTA News
Women In Science
Sat, Oct 25, 1- 4pm, Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto Baylands
The Environmental Volunteers is launching a series of free events to encourage girls interest in and pursuit of science and engineering degrees.  Open to girls in grades 3 – 5, the first of these events features hands-on activities in Chemistry, Biology, Geology and Engineering sponsored professional female scientists and engineers.  For more information or to register go to www.evols.org/women-in-science
Palo Alto Children’s Theater and Walter Hays performance of “The Pumpkin Fiesta”
Thu Oct. 16 at 4:30 — Walter Hays Stage: Multi Purpose Room
Fri Oct. 17 at 7pm –Walter Hays Stage: Multi Purpose Room
Sat. Oct. 18 at 2pm – Walter Hays Stage: Multi Purpose Room
Please enjoy this fun, musical performance of the play “The Pumpkin Fiesta”.   The stage will be transformed by professionals from the Palo Alto Children’s Theater into a real stage with props and costumes.  Tickets : $10 child/$12 adult.
Tickets are currently at :  www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre
Gunn Library Speaker Series
Varied Paths to Success
Tue Oct 14 : Gunn Library Acorn Lounge, lunch time (12:52-1:25 pm)
Come and listen Gunn Alumni Brian Keating, Gunn Grad 2008
Allowing the Family to Grow and Adapt.
Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) blog provides valuable clinical information and resources on a range of adolescent issues.  ACS is a community non-profit providing counseling services at no charge to students and their families. More info: www.acs-teens.org   Read http://www.acs-teens.org/allowing-the-family-to-grow-and-adapt-as-the-needs-and-abilities-of-the-family-evolve/
Empowering Creative, Happy & Lifelong Learners
Fri, 10/24, 6:00-8:30 pm. Los Altos
Free parent-education event for parents of 4th to 12th graders. Panelists share experience & perspectives on raising & empowering creative, happy & successful children. And discussion on education changes in next 10 to 25 years.  Program Details and RSVP form (by 10/17) at: http://www.tinyURL.com/GetEdu
Palo alto Children’s theater opens 2014-15 season with
“Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse”
Nov 6, 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7PM, Nov 8, 9, 15, 16 at 2PM, Nov 12, 13 at 4:30PM
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Join the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre for LILY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE!  Children will love the madcap antics of these beloved characters taken from three of Kevin Henkes’ classic tales, Chester’s Way, Julius – Baby of the World and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Performances are approximately 60 minutes long.  View full performance schedule and purchase tickets: call (650) 463 – 4970. Or www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre
Children Health Council presents
Signs of ADHD and Coping Tips
Oct 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m. 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto
Don’t miss this fantastic series led by the expert ADHD team at CHC. Dr. Glen Elliott, Dr. Vivien Kiehl and Shayla Hulgan specialize in evaluating and working with kids with ADHD. Classes will provide tips and strategies that are helpful to all parents. All classes on Wednesdays. For more info: http://www.chconline.org/

Stanford’s Center for Ethics in Society Presents 
Excellent Sheep : The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life

Thu Oct 23, 3:30 to 5pm, at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University
Basically anyone touching the lives of young people facing the challenges and pressures of our elite education system. Bill Deresiewicz to speak about his book and the book book is directed at everyone who collaborates in mindless meritocracy, including students, teachers, and parents. Join the conversation and reflect on your own experience.  This event is free & open to the public.  For more info: http://tinyurl.com/lo2hu6m
Growing up Asian in America: Balancing emotional health & success
Thu Nov 6,7:309pm at CHAC, 590 W.El Camino Real, Mountain View 
A free talk aims to inform Asian parents about the special challenges and opportunities faced by their children as they grow up here in the US, and to give parents tips and strategies for effective parenting.  While the talk will emphasize East and South East Asian cultures, it will also be applicable to South Asian cultures.  Space is limited, and registration is required.  For more www.paloaltocounseling.com/AsianParent.html.
Palo Alto Chinese Parents’ Club hosts
Emergency Preparedness (ePrep) & Home Safety Faire
Sat Oct 25, 2 5pm, Addison Elementary School Lunch Area, 650 Addison Avenue
Learn valuable tips on preparing for a disaster/pandemic, how to keep your family and pets safe, available local resources, household safety tips, bicycle safety and Demonstrations & hands-on activities for children & adults. Free Admission. For more info: http://www.pa-cpc.org/
Palo Alto Art Center Presents
Global Family Day
Sun, Oct 19, 2-5 p.m. at Community Art Center
Celebrate our diverse community at the Art Center this Sunday! Join us for free hands-on art activities and performances inspired by art from around the world. Activities are geared towards children ages 5 and up. More details here.


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