Food Service Department Open Forums
Palo Alto USD invites parents, employees, students, and community members to a series of Food Services Department Community Open Forums held throughout the 2016-17 school year. Please visit:
Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC) Survey
The PAUSD School Board created a Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC) and charged this committee to explore and recommend processes for naming or renaming schools based on community input and feedback. The community consists of students, parents, alumni, former parents, community members, and PAUSD teachers and staff. With this short survey, we would like to get your initial input concerning the criteria you consider to be most important for the naming of any district school. Your input will help the RSAC understand the community’s values, and alongside other data, help inform the Committee’s discussions and recommendations to the Board. The survey is very short and we appreciate you taking two or three minutes to give your input by completing and submitting this seven question survey. Simply click the following link to begin
PAUSD Seeks Parent Member for Board Policy Review Committee
Notice of Public Hearing: Sufficiency of Textbooks and Instructional Materials
Tues, Sept 13, 6:30 pm, Board Room, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto
The Board of Education will receive input from the public relative to certification that students have sufficient textbooks and/or instructional materials for the 2016-2017 school year. Additional information available through Educational Services at 650-329-3709
Juggling Two: Your New Baby and Older Sibling (2nd trimester-newborns)
Thu, Sept 29, 7-9:00 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Growing your family can be a big adjustment. Discuss the emotions and preparations needed for juggling the individual needs of two children. Learn strategies for before, during, and after the new baby comes home. Anticipate older child behaviors and nurture a healthy sibling relationship right from the start. With Heidi Emberling, MA, parent educator. $45; $30 additional parenting partner. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juggling-two-your-new-baby-and-older-sibling-2nd-trimester-newborns-registration-26426073096?ref=ebapi&utm_source=Sept+2016+Palo+Alto+Highlights&utm_campaign=PP+PA+Highlights+Sept+2016&utm_medium=email
Know a Child Who Loves to Sing?
Tue, Sept 6, 3.30 (Pre K/K), 4.30 (1-2gr), Los Altos
Cantabile Youth Singers an internationally recognized children’s chorus presents their September Open House on Tuesday September 6th. You are invited to a free demo class, open to boys and girls with a love for choral singing! Come learn about Cantabile, and experience music from all over the world, as we sing, move, and build our musicianship within a fun choral community. Each demo session is age-appropriate, with a 40-minute rehearsal, followed by a Q and A for parents.
Cub Scouts Pack 6
Calling all 1st -5th grade boys! Come check out Cub Scout Pack 6! Does your son like camping, hiking, building things, exploring, playing games and hanging out with friends? If so, Cub Scouts is for you. Fun for the boys as well as the grown-ups! During the school year, we meet 2 Thursdays a month. We also usually have 2 camping trips and another overnight. Dens are grade-based and the boys progress towards earning their rank through fun activities done in meetings and at home. Build confidence and learn new skills! Our first meeting takes place Thursday, September 1 at 7:00pm in the Palo Verde MP room. Questions? Please email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Effective and Joyful Discipline With Your Strong-Willed Child (7 – 11 years old)
Tues, Sept 20, 7- 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Strong-willed children want to cooperate, yet they need to be approached differently than easygoing children. Rather than ending up in power struggles, break this cycle and learn how to win cooperation effectively. You can bring out the best in yourself and your children. With Cynthia Klein, BA.
$45; $30 additional parenting partner.
What is Sensory Motor Development? An Introduction to Occupational Therapy (all ages)
Tues, Sept 27; 7-9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto
Occupational therapy (OT) can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and increase their confidence and sense of accomplishment. Come meet our occupational therapist and learn how OT can help your child’s development. We will discuss:What is occupational therapy? What is sensory processing disorder? What does a motor skill delay look like? How can occupational therapy help my child? With Lisa Matudio, MS, OTR/L. $45; $30 additional parenting partner. Register here.
Palo Alto Library — Family Date Night- Fort Making Pajama Party
Fri, Sep 16, 7-8:15PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Wear pjs. Build forts. Eat snacks. Have fun. Please register for each family member who will be attending.
Palo Alto Library — Friday Fun
Fri, Sep 2, 3:30-5PM. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Drop in for board games, simple crafts, and a couple of rounds of Bingo! Every first Friday of the month.
Love Art and Art History?
Interested in O’Keeffe, Rivera, Thiebaud, or Jacob Lawrence?
Volunteer docents needed to give presentations about the lives and work of Master Artists to PAUSD elementary students. Training provided by Arts Coordinator, Sharon Ferguson. Art History background preferred but not required. Flexible hours. Volunteer docent meetings/training at held at Art Education, 25F Churchill Ave. For more information contact Emily at Art Education (650) 329-3939
Palo Alto Library — Saturday Board Games Day
Sat, Sep 3, 10-6PM, Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave.
Attendees can bring their own games to play or jump-in with others. Please bring your own snacks and drinks to fuel an afternoon of marathon gaming in the Downtown Library program room.
Palo Alto Library — Knack 4 Knitting
Wednesdays, 4-6PM. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
This a great opportunity to share your love for knitting, meet new friends and help others with their projects. Meets every Wednesday each week. Grades 9-12 and adults. Please register for this event online.
Community Service Opportunity: Coastal Clean Up Day
Sat Sept 17, 9AM – noon, Baylands (Matadero or Adobe Creek)
The City of Palo Alto is hosting two clean-up sites (Matadero and Adobe creeks) to clean up litter in the Baylands. To sign up: Please go to www.cleanacreek.org
(scroll down to Palo Alto) to sign up and be sure to bring your waivers. Three hours of community service will be available.
Media Rules: Healthy Connections in the Digital Age
Fri Sep 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Memorial Aud., 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Do you feel that media is all-consuming and rules your family life? Navigating technology can feel like uncharted and unprecedented territory for parents. How can we effectively manage media use when the rules of engagement seem to be constantly changing? Join us to explore how adults and kids can establish healthy connections and positive relationships in the digital age.
Adults $10; students free. Details & tickets: http://www.challengesuccess.org/media-rules/
Let’s Talk, A SELPA 1 Support Group
Mon, Sept 12, 7-9pm, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org
PreSchool Family 70th Anniversary Celebration
Sun, Sept 25, 3-5pm, Greendell School, 4120 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
PreSchool Family is turning 70. Celebrate with classroom visits, alumni class photos, and refreshments. Alumni and Current Families welcome. Hosted by Friends of PreSchool Family. For more information, visit psf.pausd.org
Community Discussion on Teen Suicide
Wed Sept 7, 6.30-8PM CHC, 650 Clark Way. Palo Alto 94304
CHC (Childrens Health Council) and the Findings from the CDC Preliminary Report on Teen Suicide: A Community Discussion. CHC’s Dr. Ramsey Khasho
will present the findings of the recent CDC report and will lead an open discussion about its implications for teen mental health in Palo Alto and the neighboring communities. Additionally, Dr. Khasho will discuss the results from our 8-week McKinsey & Co. study, and how all these reports shape our Teen Mental Health Initiative
Following events are sponsored by Project Safety Net. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month:
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (2-day Training, Ages 16+)
Tues, Sept 6 and Wed, Sept 7, 3-7pm
, Mitchell Park Complex (9/6) & Cubberley Community Center (9/7), Palo Alto
Question Persuade and Refer (QPR) Training
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) for suicide prevention is a FREE two-hour training available to anyone 18 years of age or older. QPR training helps you learn the signs of suicide, and what to do to help prevent this most preventable of deaths.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Silicon Valley Walk
Sat, September 17, 2016, Walk begins at 11am
, Arena Green, San Jose, CA
Put on your walking shoes-on-site or virtually– to join the Palo Alto Community and Project Safety Net for this important mental health awareness event. Your support will help change the perceptions about mental wellness, reduce mental health stigma, and promote suicide prevention. For more information, visit http://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=9367
Project Safety Net at the Palo Alto Community Health Fair
Sat, 10 Sept, 2 – 4PM, Mitchell Park Complex, Palo Alto
Come drop by the PSN table to get mental health resources
PSN Collaborative Community Meeting
Wed, Sept 28, 4 – 6PM, Rinconada Library, Palo Alto
Join us at our next meeting to meet and hear from community members who are reducing youth mental health stigma and supporting youth voice. Register at: http://.bit.ly/PSNAug2016