eNews: October 29, 2014


October  29  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
October  31  PTA Coffee;  Halloween Parade at 10:30 am

November  3  PTA Board Meeting
November  4  Site Council; Armadillo Willy’s Restaurant Night
November  5  PTA Coffee; ABC Reader Training: Book #3;
                       Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November  6  Noon Art

November 11  No School – Veterans Day
November 12  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

November 19  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November 20  Noon Art
November 26 – 28  No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Thank you, Palo Verde! Fall Party Book a Great Success
Palo Verde, you rock! We sold a record-breaking $5,000+ in tickets to great gatherings this fall and winter. Your enthusiastic support of this annual Palo Verde tradition supports PTA programs AND helps build connections between kids, family and parents in our community. Thank you! Special appreciation goes out to everyone who helped put the Fall Party Book together, including Rebecca Thompson, Iva Reid, Callie Turk, Jane Gorokhovsky, Julie Lin, Mary Ann Norton, and all the party hosts. Have fun this fall Palo Verde!

Restaurant Night at Armadillo Willy

Please join the fun at Armadillo Willy’s on 11/4.  They will donate up to 20% of what you spend on dinner that night.  You must bring the flier to get credit for Palo Verde.  Watch for the flier in this week’s Friday folder or download the flier here:  http://tinyurl.com/pzcp6v5

2nd Annual Toy Swap is Coming, December 6th!

Last year was so much fun that we thought we’d do it again! Set aside your slightly used and age-appropriate (no baby, pre-school or NC-17) toys and games and bring them to school at 9:30 am. The swap will start at 10 and run until 11:30am. More details to follow. 


The Green Team is looking for adults and 5th graders to help out from 9-11:30 am in hour (or longer) shifts. Please contact Joslyn Leve, joslynml at hotmail dot com.   


If you shop at Piazza’s Fine Foods, we need your help!
Please support us through eScrip- it’s easy to earn from Piazza’s and these other local grocers (Mollie Stone’s, Fresh & Easy and Safeway) simply by registering your customer loyalty, debit and credit cards with eScrip. Then when you shop at participating merchants using registered cards, Palo Verde automatically earns funds at no cost to you. If you are not signed up with eScrip, please visit www.escrip.com/signup and follow the instructions. Search by our
Group Name: Palo Verde PTA or Group ID: 137331259

If you are currently signed up with eScrip, there is now a simple way for you to add the debit/credit cards you use and carry every day to your existing account.  Visit www.escrip.com/addcards and select the card(s) you’d like to add from the drop down box.


Thank you for your continued support.

Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator (izreid at gmail dot com)

Project Cornerstone Extensions.
Come and help out and have lunch with your child. 
Board Games Thursday 10/30/14
When:  11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where:  Multipurpose Room (MPR)
Lead:    Marcy Tivol
November Board Games Thursday is 11/13/14
We always need extra hands to run and lead the board games. 

Weekly Monday Yoga for Kids 
When:  Lunch Time 11:50 am – 12:30 pm 
Where: On the lawn behind room 6, outside of kinder yard.
Lead:   Cynthia Gordon & Haliel Selig
Weekly Wednesday Walking Club 
When:  Lunch Time 11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Laps around the quads
Lead:   Lisa Baxter, Anna Carl & Mala Sivapalasingam


From Last Week   

Try Our New Online Parent/Student Directory!
Within PAUSD, 10 out of 17 school have an online directory through a little organization called Tangleworks.  When you registered with the district on Infinite Campus, you opted in to share your information for the directory.  Your information has been uploaded into a Palo Verde specific directory that has the same data as our printed directory (minus any updates you provided directly to the folks at Palo Verde).


It’s secure: you can only access the directory by logging in with the email address you provided to Infinite Campus.  After validating you are who you say you are through an email link, you will be able to search for your fellow Palo Verde parents and students with ease on any internet device.  And bonus, you can make updates yourself if any of your information has changed so the online version can always be current!


Try it today!
– Click on Click HERE to register or recover your password.
– Enter your email address you provided to the directory and click Next
– You should receive a password reset link via email almost immediately.  If you don’t, check you Spam and/or Promotions folder.  Password reset emails often get filtered as Spam.
– Click on the emailed link or copy and paste it into a browser. 
– Reset your password
– Navigate back to https://paloverde.tangledir.com/ 
– You should now be able to login.


If you have issues or comments, please email ebreuner at gmail dot com and Emily will try to assist you.  Let us know what you think!

Lost and Found Cart
With the change in weather and fall upon us, the lost and found cart is starting to fill up!  Please remember to check the lost and found cart regularly for forgotten sweaters / hats / coats / lunch boxes /water bottles / boomerangs or pumps (I’m serious!) etc.


The lost and found cart is located near the office and is left out before school and for quite a long time after school. 
If you can’t make it to school, there is also a virtual way to check:   
I update the flickr page regularly, so check back often.  The lost and found cart is emptied at the end of every term and the items therein are donated or trashed. 

Labeling clothes and items is the easiest way to get your items returned to you, and can save you a LOT of money and time.  Please spend a few minutes to save many dollars!  Encouraging our kids to be responsible by putting their jackets/sweaters etc. in their backpack or on their hook outside their classroom is the best way to look after their clothes and keep them out of the lost and found cart.   Items left on the field are often soaked by sprinklers, trodden on etc. and this diminishes the quality of those clothes. 



Denise White 

Lost and Found Co-ordinator 
(Mum of a 2nd and 5th grader)
Time to clean out your medicine cabinets! 
Cooler weather is on the way and so is cold and flu season. As you replace expired medications, remember: No drugs down the drain! Keep medicine out of the water supply and the SF Bay.


You can get rid of expired medications at the following places:
– Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant,
  2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto 
– Palo Alto Medical Foundation Pharmacy,
  795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 
– Walgreens, downtown Palo Alto,
  300 University Avenue, Palo Alto 
– Los Altos Senior Center,
  97 Hillview Avenue, Room 10, Los Altos  
– Palo Alto Medical Foundation Mountain View,
  701 E El Camino Real, Mountain View  (Camino Pharmacy) 


A friendly reminder from joslynml at hotmail dot com, Joslyn Leve, PTA Green Team Chair
Palo Alto PTA Advocate for Palo Verde Elementary
Palo Verde does not have an Advocacy representative (a new position this year).  It would be great to have someone to keep us informed.  As an Advocacy Rep you would:
  * inform Palo Verde on issues impacting our students
  * ensure that our PTA has a voice in Sixth District PTA advocacy
Position description:  http://advocacy.capta6.org  “Get Involved”
Want to sign up?  Please contact Rebecca Fox, PTAC VP of Advocacy (rebecca.stamm.fox@gmail.com
Help us build a strong Palo Alto advocacy team!



PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Notice for Elementary Schools
Fifth Grade Parents Only: PiE Middle School Tours
Wednesday, Nov 5 at Jordan,  at EITHER 8:30 or 10 AM
Wednesday Nov 12 at JLS and Terman at 8:15 AM
Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) has organized tours for parents of next year’s incoming 6th graders at all three middle schools next month:  Jordan on 11/5 and JLS and Terman on 11/12. You are invited to come tour the middle school your child will attend, hear from its principal and staff, and learn how PiE dollars make an enormous difference at middle schools throughout the Palo Alto school district. Please allow extra time for parking and please be extra watchful for student bikers.

Jordan: CHOOSE ONE TIME (and if you can do the 10 AM time please save 8:30 for working parents)  Sign in and coffee at the Multi-Purpose Room starting 15 minutes before tour; program starts at 8:30 or 10. Please park in the big lot off Middlefield or on the streets on or near North California.    


: Sign in and coffee at 8:15 in the library; program starts at 8:30. Please park in the main parking lot off Waverley. 

Terman: Sign in and coffee at 8:15 in the library; program starts at 8:15. Park in the main Terman lot and come early to avoid Gunn traffic (Gunn starts at 8:25). 

To attend a tour, please RSVP by emailing Jamey Boccio, jboccio@papie.org, with the full name of the parent(s) attending, the name of the school you wish to tour, and, if at Jordan, the time you prefer. You will receive a confirmation email from PiE. For our planning purposes, please let us know if you plan to attend by Monday November 3. Questions? Email info@papie.org or 329-3990.


Palo Alto Council of PTAs Endorses Measure B
Palo Alto Council of PTAs has endorsed Measure B, a proposed 2% increase in the tax paid by visitors staying in Palo Alto hotels and motels, raising the tax from 12% to 14%.  For example, Measure B adds $3 to a $150 hotel room, or $4 to a $200 hotel room.
The state cannot take these funds from Palo Alto .  Measure B funds will be invested in city infrastructure that PAUSD families and schools rely on:
·         Make Palo Alto ’s fire stations and emergency operations earthquake safe;
·         Improve pedestrian and bike safety on paths and bridges, including school commute routes;
·         Maintain city streets and roads, and improve safety at city street intersections;
·         Reduce neighborhood parking impacts by creating new off-street parking options;
·         Maintain city parks and recreation facilities.
Find more information about Measure B here http://www.yesonbpaloalto.org


PTA Policy on Candidate Endorsements
PTA is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates for School Board or City Council races.  Current and former PTA officers/ board members may not use their title or the name of the PTA to endorse a candidate (or advertise negative information) even for purposes of identification in any print, electronic, or website candidate literature.  Any such use is an oversight on those people’s part and does not constitute an endorsement on the part of PTA.  Activities on behalf of any candidate must be conducted separately and apart from any activities of the PTA organization.
Let’s Talk. Monthly CAC Parent Support Group
Tuesday, November 4, 10-11 a.m. 
Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield, Classroom A7
Meet and share ideas, resources and support with other PAUSD parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Sub-Committee of SELPA 1 CAC, a PAUSD parent volunteer advocacy group for special eduction and inclusion. Free and no prior registration required. Questions: paloaltocac@gmail.com
Restoring Excellence to CA Schools – Sixth District PTA Legislative Round Table Mon Nov. 17, 7 –  8:30pm,  FUHSD Professional Learning Ctr (rear building),
Fremont Union High School District Office, 589 W. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale
Join us for a robust discussion with our local legislators and their staff on ways to restore school funding, and spend our education funds wisely.  A once-a-year opportunity for a robust discussion with our local legislators and staff on education issues impacting our PAUSD children.  How do we ensure full access to the technology created here, the arts, and more, when our PAUSD schools are funded just at national average (thousands of dollars less per student compared to top performing education states). Due to limited seating, RSVPS appreciated but not required:  advocacy.capta6.org
PTA News
The Gunn High School Theatre Department proudly presents

HAY FEVER by Noël Coward
Opening Night Gala:   Nov 6 at 6pm in the faculty lounge
Nov 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 @ 7:30pm and  Nov12 @ 4pm and Nov 15 @ 2:30pm
Performances at the Studio Theater in Spangenberg Theater, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Opening Night Gala:            All tickets $20
Other performances:           $8 Students/$10 General in advance or $10 Students/$12 General at the door
Available online at http://www.gunntheatre.org, at the Gunn Student Activities Office, or at the door.
 Long considered to be one of Noël Coward’s finest comedies, Hay Fever is a classic 20’s British romp and, spun out of the thinnest and most dizzying of air, shows that brilliantly penned fluff still rises.  And, while the story may be frothy and trivial, its characters self-indulgent and determinedly lacking in depth.
Gunn Choirs Fall Concert 

Sunday, November 9th, 2014, 4:00 pm, Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St, Palo Alto
Join the Gunn Choirs for a festive evening of song, featuring the Treble Choir, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students in high school or younger) and are available from choir members or at the door. See you there!

Green Apples Education Presents:
Computer Classes for Kids
Open enrollment : All year around After SChool
Green Apples Education  non-profit organization working with Computer Science Internship Programsfrom local university to teach computer science courses, such as Game design, Java Programming, Web Design,  Mobile Apps Design. Beginner from ages 5 to 12, advanced from 13 to 18 years.  For more info:  www.greenappleseducation.org
Redwood Symphony presents:
Mahler’s Ninth opens Redwood Symphony’s 30th season
Sat, Nov. 22, 8 pm,  Main Theater at Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City 94061
Gustav Mahler’s emotion-wracked Ninth Symphony will open the 30th season of Redwood Symphony.  The pre-concert talk will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets from $10-$25 are available at RedwoodSymphony.org, and children under 18, accompanied by an adult, are admitted free.
the Midpeninsula Community Media Center.
Voter Resources
For Palo Altans who are still doing “voter homework” there are links to videotaped candidate forums (City Council and PAUSD) and measure debates on the Election Coverage page of the Midpeninsula Community Media Center.
Also, tune in to live coverage of local election results, insightful commentary, and interviews with candidates on Election Night, Tuesday, November 4 from 9:30 PM to 11 PM on cable community Channel 27.  Our hosts will be former Mayors Liz Kniss and Peter Drekmeier.  Channel 26 will be dedicated to election return data as it arrives from the county registrar. Web-streams are available in real time at: http://midpenmedia.org/local-tv/watch-now/


Paly Theatre presents: 
Thu.Nov 6 thru Fri Nov 7 and Thu., Nov 13 thru Sat Nov15 @ 7:30pm,
at the Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Rd.
What happens when an adorable guy arrives in Silicon Valley with empty pockets, an empty belly, and an empty head? Well, duh. Hop on your bike and come out to the Haymarket Theater to see an adapted and updated version of Carlo Goldoni’s 1745 Commedia dell’arte play. Warning: This is a live performance. Very little of it will be exhibited on an electronic screen. Students & Seniors $7.00, Adults $10.00, reserved seats are available at http://palytheatre.seatyourself.biz  or at the doorBox office opens one hour prior to curtain.   
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Presents
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest 
The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Announces the 2014 – 2015 Ten Minute Playwriting Contest! Students grade 3 – 12 may submit original work in three categories:  Elementary School (3rd-5th grade); Middle School (6th-8th grade);  High School (9th-12th grade). Submissions will be accepted Oct 13 – Dec 5, 2014.  Selected plays will receive a reading in a Showcase on Feb 25, 2015 at 6:30PM.  Winners to be contacted in advance of the Showcase.  To request an application, email: christopher.luciani@cityofpaloalto.org.

Teach kids about trees! Training workshop for volunteers
Tue and Thu, Nov 4 and 6, 4:30 – 6:30pm at 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto 94303
Canopy’s classroom education programs provide hands-on outdoor activities that spark kids’ curiosity about trees and nature. This two-part workshop will prepare you to volunteer as an Education Leader with Canopy, exploring the wonderful world of trees through hands-on science lessons with elementary and middle school students.Learn more or RSVP online.  Email maika@canopy.org with questions.
Thu, February 26, 2015, 6- 9pm, Moldaw-Zaffaroni Clubhouse, 2031 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto
Please join us for an unforgettable evening to select and celebrate the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula’s 2015 Youth of the Year. Our teens will share their stories of resilience, character, and accomplishment. The selection evening is our biggest night of the year, and we promise you will be inspired. Individual Ticket: $250. For more info :: Sean Mendy, smendy@bgcp.org, 650-646-6073.


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