eNews: October 22, 2014

Palo Verde PTA and School News
EVENT: Unity Day “Celebrating UPstanders”  
TIME: 12-12:30pm
All PAUSD schools are participating in National Bullying Prevention month.  At Palo Verde, we will have a noontime celebration to promote & develop a positive school climate.  We invite all parents & guardians to come at lunch to show our children that we are caring adults who support them.  Let’s strongly send the message that “Kindness is the Norm” at our school & remind them that “Everyone wants to belong.”
How can I help?  We will have a noontime assembly where the kids will decorate our black top with chalk, create posters to place around the school & listen to books in the reading garden.  We need parents to hand out chalk & gifts to all the children, read books, help with posters & just “be present” to let them know we care.  We will play music & kick off the event by making a human chain. 
What if I’m busy on Thursday?  You can still help us by reminding your child to wear ORANGE.  
Please let us know if you can you spare 30 to 45 minutes on October 23.  If you are interested in reading, helping hand out materials, making posters or dressing up as one of the Project Cornerstone or Eagle mascots, please email Lili at roessig4 at yahoo dot com or just show up at the office around 11:45am on Thursday.  Thanks!

Food and Fun at the Harvest and International Food Fair!
Our Harvest and International Food Fair was held this past Sunday with an amazing turnout of Palo Verde families.  We handed out over 170 passports to students so they could visit 9 international country booths, play harvest games run by our 5th graders, have their face painted, and play our “Guess how much I weigh” pumpkin game, before leaving with a prize bag and balloon.  Everyone got to sample delicious food, play games, sports and crafts from around the world reflecting Palo Verde’s unique community.   This event would not have been possible without the tremendous support from our parent and student volunteers and we would like to acknowledge everyone who helped in the November issue of the Voice newsletter.  A huge THANK YOU to the lead parent volunteers:  Iva Reid (Canada), Haiyan Zhang (China), Vandana Adya (India), Yael Valek (Israel), Norie Haines (Japan), Susan Papp, Sheri Tye & Maria Zajac (Mexico), Risa Altaf (Pakistan), Katie Hsu (Taiwan), Mimi Truong (Vietnam), Kelli Hoke, Victoria Liu, Darla Secor & Denise White (Harvest Games) and Trey Roessig & Laam Wong (Set-up/Clean-up) who contributed their time and energy to make this community event one to remember.   

 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews


Minority Achievement and Talent Development Advisory Committee Seeks Applicants
The Superintendent is seeking applicants for appointment to the volunteer Minority Achievement and Talent Development Advisory Committee. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of the District. A description of the purpose of the committee and a link to the application are available on the PAUSD home page www.pausd.org. Please consider applying and joining Dr. McGee on this important work.

The Museum of American Heritage Presents
Electrostatics & Electromagnetism
Sat Oct 25, Nov 1 & 8,  from 10 – 12pm, at at  351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, California
Geared for children 10 and up, students will learn the basics of the early electrical sciences (starting from early experiments with static electricity up through the discovery of electromagnetism) by integrating science and history, and via many hands-on demonstrations and the construction of take-home projects. Cost is $70 for members and $80.  for non-members. For more info : admin@moah.org or call  (650) 321-1004.
The Museum of American Heritage Presents
Beginning Electronics
November 2, 9, & 16,  from 1 to 3:30pm, at  351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, California
Instructor Larry Pizzella will lead this hands-on class teaching students about electricity, how to control it to do useful things, and how to read a schematic diagram. Each student will then incorporate these ideas to assemble, wire, and solder an electric circuit that will be capable to send and receive Morse Code. Cost is $70 for members and $80.  for non-members. For more info : admin@moah.org or call  (650) 321-1004.
Palo Alto Philharmonic Presents
Concerto Movement Competition for Bay Area Youth
Dec 31, 2014 :  Due date for submissions
Concerto Movement Competition open to school-aged music students, both instrumentalists and vocalists. The purpose of the competition is to recognize outstanding talent and provide an invaluable learning and performing experience, and is underwritten by J.W. & H.M. Goodman. Applicants must be students from the greater Bay Area who are 18 years of age or younger, and who have not yet graduated from high school as of December 31, 2014.  Each applicant should submit an unedited and unaccompanied CD of his or her performance of a movement from a concerto or concert piece for soloist and orchestra, with a duration of approximately 5 to 15 minutes.  For more info:  Palo Alto Philharmonic, www.paphil.org  Or Geri Actor (408) 395-2911; geri.actor@comcast.net
The Media Center’s second storytelling salon:
“Foreign Correspondents: Immigrant Odysseys.”
Sun, Nov 9, 3 – 5pm,  900 San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Stories by 6 extraordinary people including one current student from Gunn High School
Gripping personal stories about a new life in the US – with flavors and  Stories of escape, empowerment, passages, and reinvention.  Free. Made possible with support from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Only 75 seats so grab some today!  RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/nobmbo7
Palo Alto Art Center presents
VHS Tapes Transformed
Thru Dec 23, 1313 Newell Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94303
Visit Cristina Velázquez’s shimmering installation, Repurposed Black – Endless, on view in the Glass Gallery through December 23. For Repurposed Black-Endless, Velázquez employs VHS tapes as material for large-scale, densely knit sculptures, transforming trash into art. Velázquez created the artwork during her residency by knitting together VHS tape from some of the 4,000 videocassettes donated by the community. 
Palo Alto Art Center presents
Community Creates artist returns to  Palo Alto
At 1313 Newell Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94303
Anthony Discenza, an artist from our grand reopening exhibition, Community Creates, has returned to Palo Alto with a new temporary sign installation. Questions About Your City hopes to spark community conversations with 20 provocative, signage-based artworks that are installed downtown on existing light poles. More information and a map of the installation here.
Join the Teen Arts Council
Calling all teens! We’re currently seeking teens to serve on the 2014-2015 Teen Arts Council, a group dedicated to giving students a voice through all forms of creative self-expression. Through leadership and public service, high school students can voice their opinions and take an active role in the community. For more information, email TeenArtsCouncil@CityofPaloAlto.org