eNews: October 8, 2013


October  7 ~ 11  Walk N Roll week

October 13  Harvest Festival

October 15  Photo Make Up Day
                    Math Night
October 17  Noon Art
October 18  No school

October 24  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
October 25  PV Voice deadline

October 28  ~  November 1  Book Fair – Banana Seed
October 31  Halloween; PTA Coffee
November 1  PTA Executive Board Mtg 

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Get Your Tickets!  Fall Party Book Tickets on Sales At Harvest Fair This Sunday

Tickets for Fall Party Book events go on sale this Sunday, October 13, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Fall Harvest Fair.  A Dumpling Party, Moms & Margaritas, Holiday Crafts Party, Wine and Food Pairing, Clash of Clans Party, Swedish Glogg Party and so much more will go on sale at the Fall Party Book table. Harvest Fair attendees will get first crack at the tickets; check or credit card (Visa/Mastercard) will secure a ticket on the spot! For those who cannot attend, there is an absentee purchase form in the back of the Fall Party Book catalog; absentee ticket sales will be processed after initial Harvest Fair sales. Remaining tickets will be sold at the following Wednesday morning assembly (October 16).

Let’s have fun this fall, Palo Verde!

Noon Art
This week in Noon Art we did bottle cap art.  The kids created sculptures and pictures out of bottle caps and boy were they creative!!  No two were the same.  Please come by the outside of the office to see the pictures of their artwork.  Our next noon art will be on October 17th and we would love your help.  We start at 11:30am to set up, the kids arrive to take part in their art project at 12:00pm and cleanup starts at 12:30pm.  Join us for as much time as you have!!  It’s a blast and the kids love having their parents help out.  See you there!

Thanks so much for all the donations we have received in the “Noon Art” box located at the front of the school, we appreciate them so much.  We still need more empty cereal boxes, empty yogurt containers and toilet paper rolls for upcoming projects – so keep them coming.  Thanks again!
Palo Verde PTA is coordinating its first community service project by 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 Wednesday, October 9 to Friday, November 8, 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 FDHoliday&FFDOrg=112854

Drop off non-perishable food donations in barrels located at the front & rear entries of the 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.

Thank you for your active participation!
Questions?  Want to help out?  Have an idea for another community project?  Please email “subject: PV Food Drive” to Victoria Liu:  vxqliu(at)gmail(dot)com

From Last Week

We are All Winning with eScrip!

Congratulations, the 3 winners of our September draw for the $10 Safeway Gift Cards are: Queenie Huang, Norie Haines, & Willy Lai. Look for your prizes to go home in the Friday Folders this week.  For October, celebrate the fall harvest with Piazza’s. Everyone registered with eScrip will be eligible to win one of 3 $10 gift cards for Piazza’s Fine Foods. Winners to be drawn at the end of the month.   Just go to www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.  Search and select “Palo Verde PTA”.  Follow the registration steps and you’re done.  Then when you shop with your eScrip registered credit or loyalty cards, you automatically raise money for Palo Verde. It’s that simple.


Questions? Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid(at)gmail(dot)com 

Photo Make up day

will be on Tuesday, October 15 starting at 8:30 in the MP Room

Wildlife on campus, your PTA dollars in action

Grades 2-5 at Palo Verde met with some special animals from the Wildlife Associates..  The guests were all rescued and can no longer survive in the wild.  The kids enjoyed getting close to a red fox, a red-tailed hawk, an opossum  a porcupine and an owl.  Ask your child how sharp a hawk’s talons are, the size of an opossum at birth, what a porcupine’s quill is made of!  New this year, the PTA Board worked with Principal Brown to fund these types of programs and we’re off to a great start! For more information about the wildlife program, see:



Green Commute During Our October Walk and Roll Week and Double Your October Miles

October Walk and Roll Week is from October 7-11. Green commute (walk, scooter, bike, carpool) that week and double your miles for October. On Wednesday October 9, the traffic safety team will be setting up tables outside the three school entrances before the morning bell to thank all our green commuters. Please have your child stop by, collect a healthy snack and get a thank you stamp from one of our volunteers. We will also be picking out the first three classroom winners of our golden sneaker award during that day’s assembly. Please turn in your mileage tracker forms for September in by September 30. If you have lost or misplaced the form,

click here to download it.

Green commuting is good for you and for our community. 

Math Night

at Palo Verde, MP Room: Build It 

Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA

Tuesday, October 15th 2013, 6:00-7:45 PM
Build It! brings out the engineer and the architect in everyone. Participants exercise their design, problem-solving, creativity, and spatial skills by constructing in both two and three dimensions. The Build It! Festival includes several bridge-building activities, some of them illustrating design elements of the world-class new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. 


Volunteers needed to assist with the stations. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com by Friday October 4th.


Lost something?  Have you checked the Lost and Found Cart?

Been wondering where that coat or sweater are?  Can’t find that pair of eyeglasses?  Don’t remember the last place you saw your stilettoes? Unable to locate your razor scooter?

Maybe it’s in the lostandfound cart!!

Please come by and check it out, encourage your kids to check it out too!  It sits outside Mrs Brown’s office from before school until quite a while after school finishes!  If you can’t get to the cart, check out the online photo gallery which is regularly updated:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/lost_and_found_at_palo_verde/
I make a big effort to return labelled clothes and items to owners, please help by labeling everything!  A few minutes can save a lot of dollars! 

Denise White

Jamba Juice Program 
Announcing the Jamba Juice Sip to Support program, the EASY and FRUITFUL way to support Palo Verde. By signing up for Sip to Support, every time you visit Jamba Juice and pay using the Card, 10% of the net sales will be donated back to us from Jamba Juice.

What You Get: 

  • Free participation! There is absolutely no cost to participate.
  •  It’s easy! Special Jamba Juice offers!
  • Additional offers available through Marqeta.
How to Participate: 
  • Go to jambajuice.marqeta.com and register for your Jamba Juice Sip to Support Marqeta Card.  
  • Be sure to select Palo Verde Elementary PTA as your organization to support.  
  • The Card is sent to you in the mail. 

Questions? Email the Sip to Support Team at jambajuice@marqeta.com.


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Let’s Go Crafting Sewing Classes

Does you child want to learn to sew?  On a sewing machine?  Let’s Go Crafting is an art school that teaches sewing to children ages 8 to 15.  New sessions start every month on Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at Let’s Go Crafting’s Art Studio located in Palo Alto.   


For more information and a complete schedule go to:  www.letsgocrafting.wordpress.com or
email to:  letsgocrafting@gmail.com.


We’d love to hear from you!!

Please join us for this special community event!
Raising Happy and Successful Children: A Developmental Assets Approach
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Paly High School Library
Light refreshments, childcare (5 and over) and Spanish translation provided!


Clay Roberts, national trainer and education consultant will share how every adult in our community can work together to help children achieve to their maximum potential. Participants will learn about:
* Positive experiences or qualities that influence the choices of children and youth, guiding them to become successful adults
* How assets enable youth to succeed in school
* How to promote the health and well-being of children and youth in our community
For more information about this event, please contact, Brenda Carrillo at (650) 329-3769 or via email at


PAUSD Board Meeting
Board Room- Administration Building, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, California
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
5:00 P.M. – Closed Session (Conference Room A)
6:30 P.M. – Open Session
Board materials for the next meeting have been posted at http://pausd.org/community/board/agenda.shtml 
Looking for School Foodie Representatives
Are you a foodie?  Is school lunch nutrition important to you? We are looking for representatives at each of our school to continue working to improve school lunch programs and participation in nutritional programming.
Contact your school PTA president or Cindy Wenig, VP of Health and Wellness for PTA Council cindywenig@yahoo.com.
Parent Ed for October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Unity Week events are sponsored in partnership by the Palo Alto Special Education Advisory Committee (cacpaloalto.org), PAUSD, PTAC (paloaltopta.org), Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS) and Student Equity Action Network (SEAN).
UNITY DAY October 9th 2013
Join Us and Wear Orange on October 9th.
Unity Day is a call to action for our community to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education.
Palo Alto Firefighters Pancakes in the Park
Rinconada Park,
Oct 12, 9 – 1 pm
Come have breakfast and see a “Jaws of Life” and Life Flight helicopter demo, automated external defibulator demos, police dept display with K9 and SWAT teams and much more. This is a community pancake breakfast benefiting Project Safety Net. Cost $5/person.
For more information::   http://paloaltopta.org 


The November ballot has only one item, Measure D, which would approve an ordinance to rezone property along Maybell Ave. to build 12 single-family homes and a 60-unit affordable housing development for seniors. The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto has held a debate on Measure D. Watch the debate [online], or [click for schedule] to watch on cable TV. Note that local elections tend to have low turnout, so your vote is especially important. Please inform yourself, and DON’T FORGET TO VOTE on Tue Nov 5!

Kidizens Build-A-City Workshop
Friday, October 18, 9 AM-3 PM
4546 El Camino real, Ste. B9, Los Altos, CA 94022
Cost: $90/child
Come spend your day off school creating an entire city out of LEGOS.  You’ll get to build your own house, choose your own LEGO mini-figure to represent you, help with important building projects like hospitals and police stations, and cast your vote on a few key issues A great way to combine some learning with lots of LEGO fun!  
Space is limited, so email info@kidzzinc.com to reserve your spot today!


San Jose Reid Hillview Airport, 2500 Cunningham Drive, San Jose, California

Saturday, October 19, 2013    9am-5pm
Kids’ the biggest FREE hands-on science technology engineering art aviation & math festival in the Bay Area.  Live bands, classic cars, aircraft displays, 200 exhibitors, tons of fun

Onsite/Advance Media Contact: Dean McCully, Take Flight for Kids Program Director takeflight@regathon.com  408-209-3049
Pumpkins, more Pumpkins, and Pumpkins, oh my!
the Haymarket Theatre at Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto
Wednesday, Oct 16,  9-3 pm
Last chance to pick out your favorite glass pumpkin. Decorate your Halloween and Thanksgiving table with amazing, magical pumpkins.  Sales benefit the Fiery Arts and the sculpture classes at Palo Alto High School.   
Twelfth Night
: Tickets Now Available     
Haymarket Theatre, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
November 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7:30 pm & November 3 at 2:00pm,

The Twenties were roarin’. Everyone wanted to get in the Pictures. After a boating accident leaves her with only boy’s clothes to wear, one young woman decides to test the waters of studio life as a man. The wacky hijinx that follow were dreamt up by Shakespeare himself.
Select and order seats at www.seatyourself.biz/palytheatre <http://www.seatyourself.biz/palytheatre> For more information, see www.palytheatre.com <http://www.palytheatre.com/>  or email palyboxoffice@gmail.com.
Auditions for THE NUTCRACKER
Tuesday, October 8th & Wednesday, October 9th
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road
October 8th OR 9th (attend either day), From 3:45 pm to 6:00 pm 
Sign-up for audition slot upon arrival (no earlier than 3:45 pm). On average, it can take 1-2 hours to be seen, depending on demand. 
For more information about auditioning for a Children’s Theatre production, please call the Theatre at (650) 463-4930.
Paly Choirs Fall Concert: For Love of Song
The Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto, CA 94306
Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 3:00pm
Award winning Paly Choirs present For the Love of Song featuring choral and solo selections from the world’s great song composers.
Tickets at the door: $10 adults, $5 students and seniors, children under 12 free.
The new science of happiness and well being
Maples Pavilion, Sanford University
Friday, October 18, 2013
Moderator Katie Couric leads 2013 Roundtable at Stanford University on the topic of happiness.
Roundtable begins at 10 a.m.
Parking is limited so plan to arrive early and consider public transportation or carpooling.
Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.       
The Book Arts Jam is a one-day celebration of book, print & paper arts. Book Arts Jam 2013 will feature demonstrations and make-and-take projects for children and adults, a gallery of Bay Area Book Artists’ work, and a continuous letterpress demonstration by the San Jose Printers Guild. The event is free.  Food will be available for purchase from MoBowl and Treatbot the Karaoke Ice Cream Truck.
socialsklz:-) for SUCCESS: How to Give Children the Skills They Need to Thrive in the Modern World
Fairmeadow Elementary School
Thursday, Oct. 10th at 7:30pm
Parent Ed program presents Guest speaker, Faye de Muyshondt. She address the hot-button topic of social and emotional learning in the digital age.  De Muyshondt is the founder of socialsklz:-), an NYC based program featuring modern day social and emotional program for kids and young adults. 


Linsanity Coming to Theaters 10/4
Bluelight Cinema, Cupertino
Starting on10/4 for a week
“Linsanity” chronicles the surprising rise of basketball player Jeremy Lin, who in February 2012, while playing for the New York Knicks, put together a record breaking string of games giving the world one of the most remarkable underdog stories ever to unfold in the history of sports.  Jeremy Lin graduated from JLS in 2002 and from PALY in 2006. 
For more information http://bluelightcinemas.com/.