eNews: October 21, 2015


  21  Unity Day- WEAR ORANGE;  Noon Time Celebration
  21  PAPiE Middle School Tours for 5th Grade Parents
  23  PTA Board Meeting
  26  Noon Art

  30  PTA Board Meeting; Halloween Parade at 8:20 am

    2  PV Food Drive begins
    2  Operation Candy 2015
    4  PTA Coffee Social
        Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 3
    5  Noon Game
    9  Noon Art
   11  Holiday – No School
   16  Start of Toy Drive
   18  PV Food Drive ends
   23  Noon Art
   25 – 27  Thanksgiving Break 

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Operation Candy 2015

Are you worried about too much Halloween Candy?
Last year, working with the Dental Office of Dr. Kevin Low & Dr. Whitney Lorenz, 
we at Palo Verde Elementary School donated over 50 pounds of Halloween candy to 
Here is an excerpt from the Thank You Letter to Palo Verde last year from Operation Gratitude :
As one Private First Class wrote:
“It’s Christmas morning over here in Kuwait, and your box is the only present I got to open today and let me tell you — I was all smiles and teared up a couple times with what those wonderful, beautiful kids wrote. It’s hard being away from my wife and two daughters but your words and gifts and support make it a little easier.Please keep doing what you’re doing. It means the world to all of us over here on this side of the world! And the individual label made it really heartfelt and special! I thank you very much for what you all do. God bless and Merry Christmas!”

We will do it again this year! Please bring your extra Halloween candy to school on 
Monday November 2nd. Simply bring the candy to your child’s classroom, our Fifth Graders will help
weight the candy by classroom. We will send our candy to Dr. Low & Dr. Lorenz’s Dental Office
on Tuesday November 3rd, whom will then ship candy collection to Operation Gratitude. 
On Wednesday Assembly we will announce which class/grade collected most candy.
Here is our Operation Candy Schedule :
Monday    11/2  * Bring extra / leftover Halloween Candy to your child’s classroom
* Fifth graders help collect and weight candy by grade & class
Tuesday   11/3  * Candy package send to our partner, Dr. Kevin Low & Dr. Whitney Lorenz Dental Office
Wednesday 11/4  * Announce most candy collected class & grade during assembly

Don’t Miss this Holiday Card Promotion!

This year Palo Verde is once again 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 dedicated page. All you need to do is click on the personalized Palo Verde tracking link before placing your holiday card orders. 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.
Happy shopping!

Questions: please contact Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com

From Last Week

***Fall Party Book Back By Popular Demand!***

Due to popular demand, the fall party book is back online for ticket purchases to fun Palo Verde community parties. 100% of ticket sales to go the Palo Verde PTA.
Please buy your tickets here: https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/2015fallparties 
These parties still have spots open: Kindergarten Fall Party, 2nd Grade Parents Brew Haha, Brunch for Moms, Party in the Park with Run for Fun, Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration, Holiday Caroling Drop Off Party, Books Samosas & Wine, Momosas, Moms & Margaritas, Kids Book Club & Treats
Party tickets will remain available for sale until a few days before each event or when it sells out. Don’t delay, parties are selling out fast!

The 2015 Fall Parties Team

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders

The ordered items were passed out to the kids on Thursday, Oct 8. If you didn’t receive your items or if there were any errors please email Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).

A limited number of Palo Verde Eagle stuffed beanie mascots ($10), baseball caps ($12 Youth, $14 adult) and grocery bags ($2 or 3 for $5) are available for sale. Please contact me, Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com) or the school office if you’re interested in purchasing any.

October is National Bullying Prevention month.  PTA, Project Cornerstone and all PAUSD schools are partnering with the Palo Alto Special Education Advisory Committee to acknowledge “Unity Day – Stand Together”.  That’s the day everyone comes together to send one large ORANGE message of support, hope and unity to show that we are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
When we stand together, no one stands alone. On Wednesday, October 21st show your support by wearing ORANGE.  We will kick start Unity Day at noon by forming a human chain and attempting to do a “wave.” A noontime assembly will follow where the kids will decorate our black top with chalk, create posters to place around the school, and other fun activites.  We will have music and hand out “kindness” & “bucket filling” tags.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR ORANGE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21.
Can you spare 30 to 45 minutes on October 21st?  If you are interested in helping hand out stickers, tags or chalk, helping the children make posters, dressing up as one of the Project Cornerstone or Eagle mascots or just hanging out with your kids, please email cornerstone@pvpta.orgCheck in at the office & come to the black top at noon.  We hope to see you there in orange!

PV Staff Favorites & Wish List Binder is Updated!
In the main office, there is a binder that offers our entire PV staff “Favorites” and “Classroom Wish list” items. This is a useful resource for special venues and/or ways to offer staff gratitude throughout the year! The binder has been updated this year and is now available in the office.


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
Unity Day 2015 – When We Stand Together, No One Stands Alone   Wed, Oct 21, all PAUSD schools
PAUSD will celebrate Unity Day 2015 to promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion in our school communities. Each school will participate in its own way, so find out what your school is doing. Join us in building a united voice of respect, WEAR ORANGE on Wednesday, October 21st!
  October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Awareness events are sponsored by PAUSD, and supported by the Palo Alto Council of PTA’s, the Palo Alto CAC of SELPA 1, Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), and the LGBTQQ Committee. Questions: Ghislene Da Silva, gdasilva@pausd.org (Student Services office) or contact your school PTA.

October Palo Alto High School Choirs Concerts 
Sun, Oct. 18, 9pm, Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. 
The 75 voice Palo Alto High School Concert Choir will sing this Sunday at Stanford Memorial Church.  A reflective, contemplative 30-minute set of choral music will be set in the tranquil candlelit ambiance of Memorial Church. All are welcome.
Sunday, Oct. 25, 4pm, Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street, Palo Alto. 
Palo Alto High School Choral Program presents “Gems”, a Fall Concert featuring classic choral repertoire from J.S. Bach, Randall Thompson, William Byrd, Claudio Monteverdi and more.  The award-winning Paly Concert Choir will be joined by our Madrigal Singers, Spectrum Singers, Beginning Choir, Men’s Chorus, and a cappella groups.  Tickets at the door – $10 adults, $5 students and seniors, children under 12 free.
Domestic Violence-It Couldn’t Happen Here, Couldn’t It?
Wed Oct 28, 7- 9:00 pm, El Palo Alto Room, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
This forum will give residents a safe place to talk openly about this difficult subject. Seven expert panelists moderated by Major Karen Holman will discuss the psychological, legal, cultural and economic challenges facing domestic violence victims in Palo Alto, along with local resources available to assist them. Keynote address by Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor and head of Intimate Partner Violence Taskforce. Info: mary.constantino@cityofpaloalto.org
Mitchell Park Library November/December Events 
International Games Days
Tue, Nov 17, and Thu Nov 19, 4-6 PM Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Mitchell Park Library and Community Center have teamed up together to give teens two days to celebrate International Games Day. Play or compete for prizes on console gaming systems, online gaming, air hockey, card games, board games, and more. Refreshments provided.

Finals Cram Slam
Mon, Dec 14, and Tue, Dec 15, 6-10 PM Mitchell Park Library
Mitchell Park Library will be extending its hours for finals week. You can study in the teen room or just drop in for snacks and emotional support. There will be a calming therapy dog you can pet to help you decompress before the chaos begins. Open to high school students who are studying for finals. Refreshments provided.

Afterschool Science for Kindergarteners at the ZOO
The Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo offers fun hands-on science classes for Pre k – 5th graders. Kindergartners are invited to become “Science Sleuths” for eight weeks on Wednesdays at 3:30pm starting Oct. 28 or “Zoo Keepers” for three weeks on Tuesdays at 2:15 starting Nov. 3.  Come learn what it’s like to work in a zoo.  Meet some of our animals up close.  In December, kinders can make one of a kind gifts in “Holiday Creations” on Tuesday afternoons.  Advance registration is required for our classes.  To register, call 650-350-2111 or visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/enjoy.
Theme from Star Wars tops Halloween Family Concert
Sun, Oct. 25, 3 PM, Main Theater at Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City
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 the Theme from The Simpsons, followed by Williams’ Suite from Star Wars.  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 $10 at RedwoodSymphony.org. 
21st Annual California Ave Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Carnival
Sunday October 25, 2015, 10am-2pm, California Ave, Palo Alto
This Silicon Valley tradition 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, carnival games, live music with Andy Z and the Stanford Band, costume contest, and toddler friendly.  All proceeds raised from the event support Blossom Birth Services a nonprofit resource center for expectant and new families. Website: http://www.blossombirth.org/halloween.html

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