eNews: October 7, 2015


   7  Palo Verde Walk and Roll Day
       PTA Coffee Social;
       Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 2
   8  Walk and Roll Week
   9  No School – Staff Development Day
  12  Noon Art

  21  Unity Day Noon Time Celebration
  26  Noon Art

  30  PTA Board Meeting; Halloween Parade

    2  PV Food Drive begins
    4  PTA Coffee Social
        Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 3
    9  Noon Art
   11  Holiday – No School 

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Walk and Roll to School Today

Join hundreds of other Palo Alto families today and families all across America and walk, bike to school today. Please stop by at the tables near the Principal’s office or by the kindergarten entrance, get a sticker and post it on the walk and roll chart. Please also stop by for assembly, grab a cup of coffee and join us in applauding our next three Golden Sneaker winning classrooms of walkers, bikers, carpoolers and kids that take the bus. They make a huge difference by choosing to green commute.

From Last Week

PTA Consent Form and Waiver
Please complete and sign the PTA Consent Form and Waiver that came home in your child’s Friday folders and submit it to the office in the bin marked waiver. The form gives permission to all the family members  and children enrolled at Palo Verde to participate in all PTA sponsored activities for the 2015-16 school year. Extra copies of the form are available in the office. You can use one form for all volunteers and kids in your family.


Noon Games schedule for the rest of the year 

Take 40 minutes on a Thursday once a month during your lunch time, come and play board games with Palo Verde students. Your child will be very happy to see you and you will have a fun time helping out. 


Noon Games Schedule: Thursday 11:50 AM – 12:30 PM
10/08/2015,  11/05/201,  12/03/2015,
01/21/2016,  02/18/2016,  03/17/2016,
04/21/2016,  05/19/2016
Click here to sign up and help. 

Ideas for Earth Day

Calling all creative parents: What do you think Palo Verde should do for Earth Day this Spring? In the past we’ve had speakers, plant seed sales and used clothing/housewares drives. Contact Joslyn Leve at the Green Team with any thoughts and suggestions, joslynml at hotmail dot com.



PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews


Share your Passion & Expertise – Become an Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) Program Mentor to Gunn and/or Paly Student(s)
Mentor Matching Oct 1-15
People with passion can change the world for the better, please let our Titans (Gunn) & Vikings (Paly) discover their passion with you… The AAR student application deadline is fast approaching, we are looking for more mentors. If you are willing to participate as a mentor or want to learn more about the role, please email jchoe@pausd.org or visit http://aar.pausd.org/ to learn more and apply online. Your time commitment can be flexible, as the AAR program will provide students the necessary support to allow this flexible time commitment.  The Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) Program is a unique opportunity for PAUSD students in grades 10-12 to do original research in an area of their choosing. These students will bring passion, curiosity, and perseverance to the program. The students will be paired with mentors/advisors who are experts in the field of the student’s choosing. It is possible for more than one student to work on a given project. The mentor will support and facilitate the student’s work in the mentor’s lab, office, or other appropriate environment. The student’s research will be supported by the process oriented curriculum developed by the AAR team. The expectation is that students will spend about 60 hours per semester (3-4 hours per week) on their project. The program is offered as a Pass/Fail option and will earn 5 credits per semester.  Learn more about the Advanced Authentic Research Program: https://www.pausd.org/programs/advanced-authentic-research-aar
Percolate: Coffee Talks to Fuel the Mind (Palo Alto Art Center)
Thur, Oct 1, 11 AM – 12 PM, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto 
Palo Alto Art Center launches a new series of free talks in conjunction with its fall exhibition, Front Yard/Backstreet, featuring compelling speakers and free coffee provided by Peet’s Coffee and Tea. The first speaker, Dr. A. Ghigo DiTommaso from UC Berkeley, is an urban designer and will speak about urban resilience, urban innovation and his work with the Gehl Studio in San Francisco.
Participate in WALK THE WALL
Sun, Nov 8; 1-3 PM, 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-12 to fundraise for the many children in China who are abandoned due to disability.  For more information: https://youtu.be/sNZUpa1mEVc.  Event website: Walk the Wall 2015 – San Francisco – Home
Participate in the 7TH Annual Ride & Yoga For Ravenswood Fundraiser!
Sun, Oct 11, 8am-1pm, 210 Park Lane, Atherton, CA
Help fundraise for the Ravenswood Family Health Center, a community health center providing medical services to Silicon Valley’s low-income residents, by participating in a 30- or 50-mile bike ride ($100 registration), or a 90-minute yoga class ($30 registration). We all prosper when everyone has access to healthcare – Ravenswood prevents thousands of ER visits every year, saving Silicon Valley hospitals and taxpayers millions of dollars. Event includes breakfast, coffee, and lunch for all, and a jersey (for bikers) or hand towel (for yogis) with advance registration. Helmets and yoga mats are bring-your-own. Riders and yogis of all ages are welcome; child care/Spanish translation services not provided. Visit www.4ravenswood.org or email jwurtz@ravenswoodfhc.org for more information or to register.
PARENTS NIGHT OUT Hosted by Palo Alto 9th grade Girl Scout Troop 61420
Sat, October 3, 6 – 10 PM,  Lou Henry Hoover (Girl Scout) House, 1120 Hopkins Dr,. Palo Alto  
The cost is $30.00 for 1st child, $10.00 for each additional sibling (children must be 3 yrs. old and potty-trained). Pizza dinner & healthy snacks PLUS lots of fun games and activities to keep your little ones entertained!! Our troop is saving for a Service trip so appreciate your support. To register, please click on http://tinyurl.com/nt284qd  For more Information, please contact Darcy Huston, Troop Leader at drhuston@aol.com
Make a Difference Day
Saturday, Oct. 24, 8:30am-2pm, King Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
All Ages Welcome!
Join the Palo Alto YMCA Family, the City of Palo Alto, and Youth Community Service on National Make a Difference Day!  The day will kick off with breakfast and a guest speaker.  Groups will then go out to volunteer at various service sites around the area.  After their community service activities, all groups will come back to King Plaza for lunch and to participate in a community art reflection.
For more information and to register, visit:  www.youthcommunityservice.org
Palo Alto Partners in Education Sponsored Middle School Tours for 5th Grade Parents
October 21, 2015
PiE is again partnering with our schools to offer current, fifth grade parents, tours of the PAUSD middle schools:  JLS, Jordan and Terman. Programs at the schools will include a central presentation by principals and staff, a question and answer period, and guided tours across the campus led by a school administrator or counselor.  You are welcome to come 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour for some coffee and the chance to meet other incoming parents.  Parking will be limited at all of the schools, so carpooling or biking is encouraged.  Please keep a special watch out for students on bicycles.  
Tours should be about 1 to 1.5 hours in length depending on the number of questions asked. 
Due to space constraints, the tours are open to current fifth grade parents only.  The timing of the tours at each school is as follows:
JLS:              8:15 AM in Room 730
Jordan:         8:30 AM & 10 AM in Multi-purpose Room
Terman:        8:15 AM in Library
Please register for a tour here: http://papie.org/schools-of-pausd/school-tours/  
For questions, please email: jboccio@papie.org
Social Brain Investigation at Stanford University (For Mothers and Their Children Ages 8 – 12)

The Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) at Stanford University invites you to participate in a research study exploring brain function during social interaction involving brain imaging with fNIRS, scans are safe, non-invasive and do not use X-rays or radiation. Participation will include a 1-hour visit to Stanford and online surveys to be completed online and over the phone. For your participation, we offer a payment of $30, access to ongoing updates about the study, and upon request, information from behavioral assessment results. Please contact Sharon Bade Shrestha (sharonbs@stanford.edu) for more information!

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