eNews: October 19, 2016

19       Unity Day
20       Noon Games
21       PTA Board Meeting
27       Noon Art
28       Fall Parties Sales Ends
           Photo Make-up day.
           Class photos for Rms 5, 13 and 18
   3      Noon Game
   4      Project Cornerstone Training
10     Noon Art
11     No School, Veteran’s Day
17     Noon Games
18     Morning Assembly and Principal’s Coffee

           PTA Board Meeting

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
“Alice in Wonderland” – Art Contest!
As part of our collaboration with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre to bring “Alice in Wonderland” to Palo Verde, the Theatre is sponsoring an art contest open to all 1stthrough 5th grade Palo Verde students!  Children are invited to use the themes from Alice in Wonderland to create graphic images that best capture the essence of the story.  Selected artwork will be used to create the posters and programs for the play.Here are the rules:  Art work must be the original work of the student entering the contest.  Use standard copy paper, 8 ½” x 11.” Use colored pencils or colored ink pens. Do not use plain pencil, chalk or paint{s}. Fill the whole page with your images, and make sure to use dense, vibrant colors. Do not write any text on your entry: i.e. name of the production, production dates, etc. On the back of your entry, please write legibly the following: child’s first and last names, grade, parent’s name and email address.  Deadline for entries is Wednesday, November 16, 1:30 p.m. Please turn your entry in to the basket in the Palo Verde Front Office.

Holiday season is coming up fast! Beat the rush and

don’t miss out on this holiday card promotion.
Once again Palo Verde is partnering with Shutterfly to help raise money for our school.  With one simple program, we gain access to 4 great brands; Shutterfly, tinyprints, Wedding Paper Divas and Borrowlenses.
13% of all sales of photo cards, calendars, photobooks etc will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our school’s dedicated Shuttferly page. All you need to do is click on the personalized Palo Verde tracking link before placing your orders, the rest is the same. See our link below:
You can also refer family and friends to make their purchases sharing our school’s personalized link. It’s that easy.
Thank you for helping us earn money for Palo Verde PTA by shopping with Shutterfly.
Questions: please contact Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com
** Fall Party **  
Here is the list of Palo Verde Fall Parties.   Catalog Page
Sign up!  and Have Fun!
Kindergarten Halloween Donuts & Coffee (10/23 Coming Soon)
Join us for a casual morning at Seale Park with other Kindergarten families while enjoying some tasty coffee, juice, tea, and donuts. Come get to know other Kindergarten families while our children play and work on fun Halloween crafts. Open to all Kindergarten families. Rain plan TBD.
Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament and BBQ Dinner  (10/24 Coming Soon)
Wine, Cheese, & … Pumpkin Pie! 

Join us for an evening of great wine, delectable cheese, and pumpkin pie tasting! You get to vote for best pie in town, or at least in Paloverdeville.
Do you think Costco’s the best? Or are you a fan of SusieCakes? Let’s put it to the test, a blind one, and see what you really feel about your fave – you may be surprised!
Mimosas and Munchkins 

Food, drinks and games at Seale Park!
2nd Grade Moms vs Kids Kickball 

Don’t let the makeup and perfume fool you, the mamas are in it to win it.
Show ’em what you got, when moms get off the sidelines to face-off second graders in this friendly game of kickball.
Followed by snacks and beverages at the park.

Pokemon Go Party
Walk crawl or run you just have to catch them all!
Have a fun party with your friends while exercising and catching Pokemon and enjoy pizza, cookies and drinks in the park.
Healthy Hanukkah Family Cooking Party!
Join Palo Verde families and our professional chef instructor Michelle Greenebaum of Together in the Kitchen (http://togetherinthekitchen.com/) for a fun family cooking celebration. We’ll learn to make healthy organic versions of latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and eat all of our creations. We’ll also enjoy lighting candles together. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to celebrate Hanukkah to join the yummy fun!
Gingerbread House Decorating (sold out!)
Pokemon Card Hunt & Movie
Kids will hunt for Pokemon trading cards and small figurines. Time to share, trade and play. Then popcorn, lemonade and a Pokemon movie.
Mom’s Paint Night

Wine, friends, good conversation all while painting your own masterpiece. (Instructor led and all painting supplies provided.)
Zumba & Hip Hop for Kids!! 

Do your kids like to dance? Or do they want to learn some new moves? Who better than from our very own Laam Wong! She is a Group Fitness Instructor, an awesome dancer, and amazing with the kids. They will get to challenge each other with a Dance Off and learn songs choreographed by Laam to boot! Don’t pass this one up – leave your kids with us and come back at the end to see your kids perform some Zumba, Hip Hop, and Bollywood dances. Snacks and beverages will be served.

White Elephant Party 

Fun & Laughs
— Did you get a really crazy gift this year? Have something that isn’t your style taking up precious storage space? Here’s your chance to give it away!

Join us for a light dinner and gift exchange.

Please bring one wrapped white elephant gift per person & your sense of humor.
Weird? Strange? Completely hideous? No problem– here’s your chance to pass it on to someone else! Prizes for the absolute worst gift!
Mrs Miller’s Movie Time! (sold out!)
4th Annual Moms & Margaritas 
The tradition continues!  Arriba! We’ve had such a great time at our last three Moms & Margaritas that we just had to keep the party going again this year! Join your hosts at Celia’s for a night of fun. Your hosts will sponsor a couple rounds of margaritas and light appetizers. Leave the kids at home and head out on the town!
Dad’s Poker Afternoon
Artisan beer, salsa and chips, and a few rounds of friendly poker.

Braz-Indi-Rica Mamas Coffee and So Much More

Braz-Indi-Rica Mamas Coffee & So Much More
Happiness begins with Coffee!
Please join us for Coffee + Cocktails + Food + Thanks for supporting Palo Verde and our kids – AWESOME!
From Last Week

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!
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.
 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 onWednesday, 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 installments or Company matching counts towards your gift
To learn more or to donate, please visit http://papie.org/donate/
Love Art and Art History?  
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 at held Friday morning at Art Education, 25F Churchill Ave.  For more information, contact Emily at Art Education(650) 329-3939 or emarshall@pausd.org
Local Control Accountability Plan Community Meeting
Tues, Oct 258 – 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.


Project Safety Net: AFSP Out of Darkness Walk; Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Sun, Oct 23, Opening Ceremony: 9:30 am, Walk Ends: 12:30 pm Arena Green East, San Jose, CA
Join the Project Safety Net team as we walk to fight suicide in the Out of the Darkness South Bay Walk (http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=3772).  This is great opportunity for community partners to unite to change the perceptions about mental wellness, reduce mental health stigma, and promote suicide prevention. Register for free(http://bit.ly/PSNAFSPWalk2016) as a walker or virtual walker.  We are joining the community of nearly 250k people walking in hundreds of cities across the country in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. 
The Out of the Darkness Walks are proof that when people work together they can make big changes in the world. They are AFSP’s largest fundraiser – they produce millions for suicide prevention programs, unite those who have been affected by suicide, and create communities that are smart about mental health.  We hope you can join us.
Paly Choirs Fall Concert – New
Sunday, October 23th4-5:30pm at the Paly Performing Arts Center, Palo Alto High School
Missed the PAC Gala? Loved what you heard and just want more?? Come enjoy the Paly Choirs Fall Concert in the new Performing Arts Center featuring the Premier Choir, Concert Choir, Festival Choir, Spectrum Singers, the Vikings Mens Chorus, Madrigal Singers and various a capella groups. Tickets available at the door: $10 adults; $5 seniors & kids.
Buy your Holiday Pies Now! – Support Paly Cheer and Dance with our Holiday Pie Fundraiser! 
Mon. Oct. 24 (order deadline), Fri. Nov. 18 is pie pick-up at Paly 3:30- 6:30pm)
Enjoy delicious farm fresh pies while supporting your 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. 
Palo Alto Art Center Artist Led Nature Walk
Sat. Oct 15 & Oct 222 – 4 PM, Palo Alto Art Center, 1330 Newell Road, Palo Alto
Artist Mari Andrews invites members of the public to join her in a series of free Palo Alto nature walks as participants collect branches, twigs, leaves, pine cones, tree bark and other natural objects that will be turned into wire-based sculptures during her residency at the Palo Alto Art Center beginning in October.
Family Date Night: Tricks and Treats
Fri, Oct 217-8:15pm, 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 232 – 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 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
Project Safety Net Community Collaborative Meeting
Wed, Oct 264 – 6PM, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
Are you interested in reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice? Please join Project Safety Net at their next meeting where you will have the opportunity meet and hear from members in our community who have the same interest. At this month’s meeting, PSN will feature two presentations. The first presentation will feature the high school wellness staff and students describing the inspiration for and launch of the new wellness centers.  For the second presentation, in honor of October is National Bullying Prevention Month, Executive Director Anne Ehresman from Project Cornerstone will talk about the 41 Developmental Assets program for youth. You will also hear about upcoming community events.  Light drink and snacks served. Project Safety Net is a collaborative community network held together by a common interest of fostering youth well-being in Palo Alto. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-safety-net-community-collaborative-meeting-october-26-2016-tickets-28201170460
Jordan Middle School Drama Presents ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’
Thu Oct 27 & Fri Oct 28, 7 PMSat Oct 29, 2:30 PM, Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave., Palo Alto
Come support Jordan Middle School Drama in their newest musical, Willy Wonka Jr., Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir.  The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Willy Wonka Jr. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Tickets:  $5 for Student / Child; $10 for Adult.
Halloween Zoo Night at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
Fri, Oct 285:30-8pm, 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/
Cal Ave Trick or Treat and Blossom Halloween Carnival 
Sun, Oct 30, 10 AM – 2 PM, So California Ave (between Birch Street and Park Blvd), Palo Alto
This Silicon Valley tradition for over 22 years in Palo Alto provides a kid friendly, fun, festive start to Halloween for 0-12year olds. Event includes Trick or Treats at participating businesses on California Avenue, costume contest, carnival games, live music, and toddler friendly activities. Free Event. All proceeds raised from the event support Blossom Birth Services a nonprofit resource center for expectant and new families. Lead Sponsors: City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto Recreation Foundation. http://www.blossombirth.org/halloween.html
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.
Literary classic The Diary of Anne Frank comes to life at Palo Alto Players
Nov 4 – 20, Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Palo Alto Players presents one of the most powerful stories of the 20th century, The Diary of Anne Frank, adapted by Wendy Kesselman from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Based on the personal memoirs of Anne Frank about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank is a timeless testament to the human spirit that resonates through generations. Recommended for ages 11 and up. For more information or to purchase tickets ($25-52): www.paplayers.org or by calling the Box Office at 650-329-0891. Students/Educators enjoy $10 off regular priced tickets to any performance, except preview night.  Additional discounts available for groups of 10 or more.
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.
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.
Beat the Street for Little Feet – Fall Fun Run and Tot Trot at Friends Nursery School
Sat Oct 22, 10:30am-12:30pm, Friends Nursery School, 957 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto
Come join us for a 1 mile run/walk (strollers welcome) and Tot Trot 50-yard dash for children 8 and under. The Fun Run includes free lunch, face painting, pumpkin decorating and music. Costumes optional but encouraged. All proceeds benefit the Friends Nursery School scholarship fund. For more information, see pafns.org.
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.


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