eNews: October 22, 2013

October 23, 24  Resturant Night at Sancho’s

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

October 28  ~  November 1   Book Fair – Banana Seed
October 30  PTA Executive Board Mtg    
October 31  Halloween; PTA Coffee

November  6  PTA Coffee; ABC Reader Training Book 3;
                       Site Counsil
November  7  Noon Art
November  8  Food Drive Ends

November 11  No School    

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Restaurant Night:  October 23-24
Sancho’s Taqueria 2723 Middlefield Rd, PA
Bring in the flyer that was sent in the Friday
folder, present it when you order & 15% of your order will be donated to PV. Purchases include dine-in, take-out and all beverages.

Palo Verde Book Fair Is Coming
The fall book fair, brought to you by Banana Seed is coming October 28 – November 1.  Stop by and shop the huge selection of book perfect for our elementary students, siblings and parents.  It is a great time to start your holiday shopping &/or stay thank you to the teachers.  Look for the teacher’s wish boxes.  Remember a percentage of all proceeds will be donated to our school.

Book Fair Hours (10/28 – 11/1)
Monday 8-9am & 2-3:15pm
Tuesday 8-9am & 2-3:15pm
Wednesday: 8-9am & 1:15-2pm
**Thursday Special Extended Hours: 8-10am & 2-3:15pm
Friday 8-9am

Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.
Email Tina Mondragon (tinamondragon(at)aol(dot)com) &/or Liliane Lehman (lilianelehman(at)yahoo(dot)com

What’s New on the Palo Verde Website:  Parents Guide to Common Core, by grade
New Common Core State Standards will be implemented in California in the 2014-15 school year, along with Smarter Balanced Assessments. The new standards, called Common Core State Standards, set high expectations for all students. The aim of this state-led initiative is to develop standards that ensure all students are held to consistent expectations that will prepare them for college and career. 
Find out what your child will be learning, at each grade level, in Mathematics and English Language Arts once the Common Core State Standards are in place. You’ll also learn more about how you can support your child’s learning and other helpful information.


October Mileage Tracker Forms Due on Friday Nov 1

Congratulations to our first three Golden Sneaker Award Winners – Rooms 12, 14 and 20. Thank you for your committment to walk, bike, carpool or scooter to school.  

We are encouraging families to walk, bike, carpool or scooter to school atleast 5 days a month. 
According to the Brookings Institute, if we all left our cars at home once a week and adopted alternate means of transport, it would lead to a 20% reduction in commuter traffic.

October mileage tracker forms are due on Friday, November 1. We have also made the form available online at   http://pvpta.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/mileage_tracker.pdf

Please return the October form (and the September form, if you missed it) in the bin marked “mileage tracker/traffic safety” in the office. The Golden Sneaker Award raffle for October commuters will be held at the assembly on Wednesday, November 6.

Girls on the Run

Dear parents of 3rd-5th grade girls,


I am pleased to announce that Palo Verde is bringing back Girls on the Run with four teacher-coaches!  Coach Park, Coach Linn, Coach Agrama, and I are excited about our upcoming season!  Our season starts in March, but registration starts on December 7th.  Mark your calendars for registration at 8:00AM on 12/7!  The program is capped at 15 girls.  Registration is first come first serve.   I highly recommend registering early on December 7th to make sure your daughter doesn’t miss out on this valuable program.

Program sessions will be on Mondays and Wednesdays right after school.  Girls will meet in front of Room 20.   If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me, cnosek (at) pausd (dot) org.  You can also pop in to room 20 after school to ask questions in person.  Please also visit the links below to learn more.  I’ll send more information again in November.   


From Last 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

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




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!!

Parent Ed: October is National Bullying Prevention Month
“Breaking the Cycle of Bullying and Building Relationships”
Jordan MP room, focus on Middle & High School;
Oct 17, 6:45 9 pm
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

Parents’ Nights Out on 10/26 and 11/2!
the GS House., Palo alto
Saturday 10/26 and Saturday 11/2 during the hours 5:30p-10:30p
Girl Scouts from Troop 60688 will host two babysitting sessions in Palo Alto. The troop of 10th graders, most of whom are babysitter and/or first-aid certified. The girls welcome children who are potty-trained through elementary school aged. The flat rate is $30 for the first child, and $10 per additional sibling.
Please register by visiting tinyurl.com/GSbabysitting.  Contact troop60688@gmail.com for more information.

Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter: Dog-O-Ween
The Bowl at Rinconada Park
Sat., Oct. 26, 1pm-3pm
Come join the Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter for their first annual Halloween fundraising event!  Bring your dog in costume — and wear one yourself if you’d like — then enter the costume contest to win “pawesome” prizes!  Students can also get community service hours by helping set up and clean up the event.
For more information, contact Cathy Kirkman at cathy@pafriends.org, and visit pafriends.org.

Grace Lutheran Church, corner of Waverly and Loma Verde.
Sunday, October 27th,
Directed by William Liberatore, the concert features the award winning Gunn Concert Choir, Treble Choir, and Chamber Singers in a program of culturally rich and diverse choral music from around the world.
Tickets are $7 adults, $5 students, and are available from Gunn choir students or at the door.
For more information, visit the website at gunnchoir.org or contact Gunn Choir Boosters presidents Kristen Lee <klee@pausd.org>; or Elizabeth Matchett<lizmatchett@yahoo.com>
First Baptist Church,  305  North California Avenue, Palo Alto
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 8:00 p.m.,
The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association presents the first of two Chamber Music Concerts of its 26th season.  The concert features works for wind and brass ensembles and string quartet, performed by musicians from the Philharmonic orchestra, their friends and associates. Tickets $20/17/10 at door or www.paphil.org . Wheelchair accessible

Zoo To You at the College Terrace Library
College Terrace Library, 2300 Wellesley St.
Friday, November 8 at 3:30 pm
Ages: Grades K-5 ONLY!
Meet and greet the animals of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo at the College Terrace Library! Registration is required.

19th Annual California Ave Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Carnival
California Ave, Palo Alto
October 27, 2013, 10am-2pm
19th Annual California Ave Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Carnival Sunday October 27, 2013, 10am-2pm, California Ave, Palo Alto a fun, festive start to Halloween for 0-12year olds and their family.


The Silicon Valley Boychoir Audition Appointments
downtown Palo Alto, 600 Homer Ave
The Silicon Valley Boychoir is now taking appointments for its November 15 auditions. Auditions are open to boys ages 7-12. The multi-level choir is held after school in downtown Palo Alto, 600 Homer Ave. Older boys with experience may audition for upper levels

Parenting Program: How to Talk So Teens Will Listen
Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.
Thursday, November 7 at 7 pm
Audience: Adults only!
Learn to listen and talk in ways that remove the conflicts, power struggles and drama when communicating with teenagers.




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Palo Verde Walk and Roll Map


Carpool to School


Mileage Tracker Form 


Common Core, By Grade 


WildLife Program 


Food Drive 




Jamba Juice Program 


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