eNews: October 28, 2015


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


Palo Verde PTA is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to bring hope, relief and security to our neighbors struggling with hunger.  Your support allows Second Harvest to continue to provide for the 1 in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo County that are served each month.  Now is the time to take action! 
From Monday, November 2 to Wednesday, November 18, our Food and Fund Drive will help the Food Bank meet more of the growing need in our community.   Here’s how to help. 
Visit our Online Food Drive to donate directly to Palo Verde’s drive. As one of the most efficient nonprofit organizations in the nation, Second Harvest turns every $1 into 2 nutritious meals!
 https://www.shfb.org/page.aspx?pid=817&FFDDrive=13 FD Holiday&FFDOrg=112854
DONATE FOOD ! Thanksgiving is just around the corner!
Drop off non-perishable food donations in barrels located at the front of school. Please consider these most needed foods and avoid donating items packaged in glass:  Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), Fruit Juices, Tuna/Canned Meat, Peanut Butter, Low Sugar Cereals, Canned Fruits and Vegetables.  Please no refrigerated or frozen items.  Please no leftovers from lunch bags or other perishable foods.
A bag labeled Second Harvest food bank will be going home with each student in their Friday folders on November 6th. Please help your child bring a full bag to school the following week and help them win a prize for their classroom. This year we are having a friendly competition between K-5th grades to see which grade will fill up their barrel first! Our school goal this year is to fill 6 barrels!  
Thank you for your active participation! Questions? Want to help out? 
Contact: Nora Matta  norabro at aol dot com

Did you know?

Do you shop at Amazon.com?  If so, did you know that you could earn funds for Palo Verde while you shop?  
Here are 2 ways that you can help:
  1. Amazon Smile 
    • go to http://smile.amazon.com/ and select “Palo Verde Elementary PTA” as your charitable organization.  It’s that simple!  After that, shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Palo Verde.
  2. Amazon via Escrip
    • If you shop through the Escrip online mall, Palo Verde will receive 1.2% of the price of eligible purchases. You must go through Escrip, though. PTA has put the link on its website for your conveniance: http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org. If you scroll down, it’s on the right hand side of the screen.
If you shop at Piazza’s Fine Foods…
      shop with eScrip to earn for Palo Verde!
Please support us through eScrip – it’s easy to earn simply by registering your customer loyalty, debit and/or credit cards with eScrip. Then when you shop at Piazza’s and other participating merchants using your registered cards, Palo Verde automatically earns funds at no cost to you. 
If you are not yet signed up with eScrip, please visit www.escrip.com/signup.  Simply search and select by our Group Name: Palo Verde PTA or Group ID: 137331259 and follow the registration steps.
Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long.
Thank you.
Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator
(izreid at gmail dog com)



Now that the hustle and bustle of back to school is waning, it’s time to slow down and relax a little.  Drop off your children & join other Palo Verde moms for an informal brunch, coffee and tea.  

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 10, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Event Location: Lili’s House, 879 Rorke Way (across the street from Palo Verde)
Price: $25 per person. Adults only. Ladies only.
Hosts: Lili Nova-Roessig (Rm 19), Sheri Bednarz (Rm 20), Maria Zajac (Rm 19) , Susan Papp(Rms 14 & 20) and Emily Jaquette (Rm 16)
Purchase a spot now until Friday, November 6 at https://pvpta.schoolauction.net/2015fallparties/

Party in the Park with Run for Fun
Join Sophie, Suzie, August, Roxanna & Oliver for an afternoon of your favorite field games like dodge ball, capture the flag and survivor. We will meet at Seale Park where a Coach from Run for Fun will lead us in fun games, followed by some light snacks. Spots still available, all proceeds from ticket sales go to Palo Verde PTA.

Ready to play? Game on!
Date: Saturday, November 7, 3:00-5:00pm
Location: Seale Park
Price: $20 per student (grades 1-5)*
Hosts: Amanda Allan (Sophie’s mom, Rm 17), Tina Mondragon (Suzie & August’s mom, Rm 11, 14) & Iva Reid (Oliver & Roxanna’s mom, Rm 4, 17)
*this is a drop-off party, parents welcome to stay & chat (or even play)

Tickets still on sale, get yours NOW!  


From Last 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

***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.

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

Henry M. Gunn High School Theatre Department presents OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder

Nov, 5 at 6 PM, Nov 6-7 & 12-14 at 7:30 PM, Nov 10 at 4 PM; Studio Theatre, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto  TICKETS: Available at the http://www.gunntheatre.org/ , the Gunn Student Activities Office, or at the door.  Opening Night Gala (Nov 5): all tickets $20.  Other performances:    $8 Students/$10 General in advance or $10 Students/$12 General at the door.

Steve Silberman on “The Legacy of Autism and Future of Neurodiversity”

Thurs, Oct 22, 6:30-7:30pm. Book signing and short reception to follow from 7:30-8pm. 100 Middlefield Rd, Menlo Park.

Today, more than 3.5 million Americans have an autism spectrum disorder and the condition remains misunderstood and stigmatized. In his book, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, Steve Silberman delves into the forgotten history of the condition and provides long-sought understanding to the autism puzzle. Join in conversation with Steve on the subject of autism, his research, and his journey to publishing this rich and engaging book. Free and open to the public – appropriate for all parents.  For more information and to reserve your free ticket, click https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steve-silberman-on-the-legacy-of-autism-and-future-of-neurodiversity-tickets-19046809520?aff=curious

Veteran’s Day Recognition Event
Mon, Nov 9 at 4pm, King Plaza (in front of City Hall.)  

In the spirit of community please join us in saluting all the men and women who have served our country and the families who support them.  The Mobile Vet Center, Mobile Medical Outreach and public safety vehicles will be open for tours.  The city will host an art table to create ‘Thank You’ cards to be sent to service members oversees. Firefighter John Preston, a military vet, and his band will provide music. For more information, please contact Janice Svendsen at 329-2015 or 

Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert
Sat, Nov 14, 8 PM; First Baptist Church, 305 North California Av. Palo Alto

Come join the Palo Alto Philharmonic for a night filled with beautiful chamber music.  We are excited to present selections of Dvorak: (Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81), Reinecke: (Trio für Klavier, Oboe und Horn, a-Moll, op. 188), Strauss: (Serenade in E-flat Major, Op. 7) and Actor: (Fanfare for 8 Horns).  Tickets: General Admission $22, Seniors $18, and Student tickets $10.  Tickets are available in advance from 
 or at the door one half-hour before the performance. This concert venue is wheelchair accessible.

Rad American Women A-Z: A Conversation with Author Kate Schatz and Artist Miriam Klein Stahl
Sat, Nov 7 at 4 PM, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 

Join an honest and engaging discussion with Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl about their new book, Rad American Women A-Z. Kate and Miriam are both mothers and teachers, so they’re no stranger to entertaining young folks-audience participation is encouraged as they discuss how to be rad! Books will be on sale at the event. Miriam will also be silk-screening, so bring a t-shirt, onesie, or other clothing item if you want to rock your own Rad American Women A-Z gear!  Tickets are $10 General Public/$5 Children under 18.  

Museum of American Heritage Science Spooktacular
Sun Oct 18, 3- 4:30 PM, 351 Homer Ave, Palo Alto

The Science Spooktacular begins at 3 pm and ends at 4:30, although visitors are welcome to view the current exhibit and stay past the regular opening hours until 5:30 pm! Admittance to the event is $10 pre-paid with a reservation, and then $15 at the door. This special event is the first of its kind at the Museum of American Heritage.
For more information call (650) 321-1004 or email mail@moah.org.


Help Disabled Orphans in China
Sun, Nov 8; 1-3pm. Walk-a-thon around Shoreline lake.

Walk the Wall is a global movement organized by International China Concern to overcome abandonment in China. The annual walk-a-thon gives participants from K-12th grade a chance to fundraise for the many children in China who are abandoned due to disability.  For more information 


Two Weeks. Fifty Events. Unleash Your Inner Scientist.
Bay Area Wide – Oct 22 to Nov 7 & at AT&T Park on Sat Nov 7, 10am-4pm

The 5th annual Bay Area Science Festival returns with over 50 events throughout the Bay Area. Over 200 science, technology, and engineering organizations will present the fun and excitement of science through hands-on, interactive exhibits, science-themed performances and demonstrations, and family-oriented entertainment (K-12). Full festival schedule can be found at  http://www.bayareascience.org.   And be sure to join us at the free hands-on science Discovery Day at AT&T Park on 11/7/15 from 10AM-4PM (link: http://www.bayareascience.org/festival/discovery-days-at-att-park/).

Adopt A Teacher Who Needs Your Support

Make a real difference for a teacher and his/her students by “adopting” a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or east Menlo Park for a school year.  Provide the teacher with encouraging notes and/or small gifts of appreciation, school supplies and support for two class parties. Financial commitment $500-600, time commitment very flexible. It’s easy and fun to adopt a teacher with friends. Learn more or sign up at  http://ravenswoodef.org/adopt-a-teacher/ or by contacting Jennifer Wythes Vettel at jwvettel@yahoo.com

Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Presents Roald Dahl’s “THE BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
Nov 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7PM, Nov 7, 8, 14, 15 at 2PM, Nov 11, 12 at 4:30PM; 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Join the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre for Roald Dahl’s “THE BFG (Big Friendly Giant)”!  When Sophie encounters a giant in the middle of the night, she thinks she’s about to be eaten!  Lucky for her, this giant turns out to be the Big Friendly Giant, and together they embark on an adventure that will save the children of England! Running time: approximately 60 minutes. View full performance schedule and purchase tickets online:  

The 2015-2016 Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest

Announcing the 2015 – 2016 Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest.  Students in grade 3 – 12 may submit original work. Submissions will be accepted October 26 – December 18, 2015. For more information and to download an application, please visit:  http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=2861&TargetID=281

Special Happiness Program in Palo Alto | Discover Your Unlimited Power by Art of Living Foundation

Special Happiness Program taught by Annelies Richmond. Annelies is the Director of teacher training programs at the Art of Living and is incredible in enabling people to own their power.  Please visit  http://bit.ly/HappyPeninsula to register for her Happiness Program, taught at Gunn High School Nov 12-16 (weeknights 7-9:30pm, weekend 9:30am-3:30pm). 
The following are free community events offered:
Yoga At the Park Sat. 11:30 – 12:30am, Oct 24, 31 and Nov 7thhttps://mitchellparkyoga.eventbrite.com
Fall Meditation Series 7:00pm – 8:00pm Mon. Oct 26th https://fallmeditations.eventbrite.com
Meditation and power of breath Oct 21th 12:00noon-1:00pm Wed.  https://lunchmeditate.eventbrite.com
Creativity and meditation Oct 21st 6:30pm- 8:00pm Wed. http://wednesdaytalkpm.eventbrite.com
Special Workshop on Leadership and Mindfulness
Nov 7th Saturday 10:30 – 11:30am ($15 online, $20 at door) https://leadwithmindfulness.eventbrite.com




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