eNews: October 26, 2016

27       Noon Art
28       Fall Parties Sales Ends
           Photo Make-up day
           Class photos for Rms 5, 13 and 18
31       Halloween Parade
   3      Noon Game
   4      Project Cornerstone Training
  10     Noon Art
  11     No School, Veteran’s Day
  16     Restaurant Night, Chipotle Mountain View
  17     Noon Games
  18     Morning Assembly and Principal’s Coffee
           PTA Board Meeting
  23  – 24   No School, Thanksgiving holiday

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
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** Fall Party **
10/28 is the last day to buy your fall party tickets! Don’t miss out on these fun events:
Wine, Cheese, & … Pumpkin Pie! 11/10
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 11/13
Food, drinks and games at Seale Park!
2nd Grade Moms vs Kids Kickball 11/20


 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 11/25
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.
Holiday Lights Family Cooking Party! 12/4
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 (date TBD)
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 (date TBD)
Wine, friends, good conversation all while painting your own masterpiece. (Instructor led and all painting supplies provided.)
Zumba & Hip Hop for Kids!! 1/22/17

 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 1/22/17

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 (sold out!)
Dad’s Poker Afternoon (date TBD)
Artisan beer, salsa and chips, and a few rounds of friendly poker.
Braz-Indi-Rica Mamas Coffee and So Much More (sold out!)
From Last Week
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.
“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
 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.
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.
Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) and Special Olympics Northern California 
Basketball Tournament, 9.30AM – 12PM, Mar 15 (Elementary) & Mar 22 (Secondary), Terman Middle School 655 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto
Track & Field Event: TBD, Gunn High School 750 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto
PAUSD and Special Olympics Northern California have joined forces together in a new Special Olympics Schools Partnership program. Through sports, the program aims to provide opportunities for PAUSD special education students and their peers to work together as teammates and to create inclusive opportunities in the school community.  More info: https://www.pausd.org/explore-pausd/news/pausd-partners-special-olympics-schools-program
Make your voice heard for your child and school
November 8 is Election Day in California and across the nation
Laws enacted by local, state and national bodies are primary sources of public policy. Securing adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth is one of the purposes of PTA.
As a non-partisan association with a long track record of speaking up for all families and connecting families, schools and communities, PTA never comments on, endorses or supports individual candidates for office. However, the association does take positions on (http://capta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/) that impact the education, health and well-being of California’s children and families.  California State PTA takes positions based on our authorities: resolutions and position statements adopted by our members. PTAs also can sponsor and hold candidate forums and share resources. Find out more about how the California State PTA takes positions (http://toolkit.capta.org/advocacy/legislative-program/california-state-pta-legislative-policies-and-procedures/).  This election day the California State PTA is supporting five statewide ballot initiatives (http://capta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/current-legislation/state-ballot-measures/).  We encourage everyone to take the opportunity to register (http://registertovote.ca.gov/)andvote (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections) in this election!  Learn more with these resources and information: PTA support on statewide ballot initiatives (http://capta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/current-legislation/state-ballot-measures/).  Research your local ballot (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/2016-county-administered-elections/)and polling place (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/find-your-polling-place/)
Community E, M, H
Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival in San Mateo!
Nov 5th
K-2nd   9 – 10:30 / 11 – 12:30
Gr 3 – 8th  9 – 10:30 / 11 – 12:30
The Julia Robinson Math Festival is a chance for students to work on interesting, inspiring, engaging, thought-provoking math problems and puzzles.  A collaborative, non-competitive setting curated by math-loving adults allows students to explore the joys and power of mathematics.

For more information about the festival visit:  http://jrmf.org/

To register for the festival visit: http://jrmf.org/register.php
To volunteer as a table leader or inquire about hosting a Festival, contact:
Denise White
(Festival and Outreach Coordinator, JRMF)
**NEW**Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet
Fri Dec2, 7PM & Sat, Dec 3, 4PM, Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
Mark your calendars for Dance Connection’s 18th Annual Nutcracker Ballet!  An entertaining, child-friendly, and professionally executed production the whole family will enjoy!  Tickets go on sale through the Dance Connection website beginning October 24th.  Reserved seating. More info at: www.danceconnectionpaloalto.com
Project Safety Net Community Collaborative Meeting
Wed, Oct 26, 4 – 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 tis 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
**NEW**Discover the Bureau of Suspended Objects
Thu Oct 27, 7 – 8PM, Palo Alto Arts Center, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto
Join Creative Ecologist artist Jenny Odell for a free walkthrough of the Bureau of Suspended Objects exhibition (http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/artcenter/exhibitions/artists_in_residence.asp).  Each object features a descriptive tag that provides information on the former owner’s “guilt level” in discarding the item, plus a QR code. The QR code can be scanned easily using a smartphone and takes the viewer to a web page with more photos and a history of the object. The information is also available in a binder at the exhibition and online at http://www.suspended-objects.org/
Jordan Middle School Drama Presents ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’
Thu Oct 27 & Fri Oct 28, 7 PM; Sat 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 28, 5:30-8pm, 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/
**NEW** PreSchool Family Fun Day
Sat, Oct 29, 9:30-2PM, PreSchool Family Campus at Greendell School, 4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
PreSchool Family invites you to our 33rd annual Family Fun Day. Fun for ALL Ages! Raffle, Train rides, Carnival games, Magic shows, Live concert by Asheeba, Food and Bake sale, Used Book sale, Costume sale, and more! Free admission; Info: 650-856-0833www.psf.pausd.org
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.
**NEW**Project Safety Net: Conference on Children’s Grief
Thu Nov3, 9AM – 2PM, Webcast, 457 Kingsley Av. Palo Alto
The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) will conduct a free webcast on Grief and Urban Youth.  This event is sponsored by Kara Grief Services.  More information at: http://kara-grief.org/events/nagc-fall-conference-on-childrens-grief-2016/.  Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSffw-XZSnOu04uD0CIXNRSdYFNznEebprbR0A1jVwPOst-frA/viewform?c=0&w=1
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.