eNews: September 16, 2015

Calendar

September
 16  PTA General Meeting + Coffee
 18  Walk A Thon
 21 – 25  Book Fair     
 25  PTA Board Meeting
 28  Noon Art

October
   4  International Harvest Festival
   5  Photo Make Up Day
   5  Science Night
   5 – 9  Walk and Roll Week
   7  PTA Coffee Social;
       Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 2
   9  No School – Staff Development Day
  12  Noon Art
  

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week


Attention PTA Members –  PTA General Meeting,
Wednesday September 16, 8:15 am
Please stop by near Principal Bailey’s office today after dropping off your child, grab a complimentary cup of coffee/treats and take a look at and vote on the proposed PTA budget and calendar of events. As a PTA member you have a say in everything PTA and we need your approval to spend budgeted funds and run the proposed enrichment, community building and academic programs that benefit all of Palo Verde’s kids. The board will also be on hand to take questions.

If you are not a PTA member, and would like to vote today, please bring a check for $12 (per member) payable to Palo Verde PTA,with the member’s name in the memo line, give it any of the board members present and you are set to vote !

Don’t forget to send your kids in comfy shoes THIS FRIDAY!!  It’s WALK-A-THON time!! 

PALO VERDE WALK-A-THON ,  September 18th, 9am

Hello parents!  Each year Palo Verde kicks off its noon time walking club with a Walk-a-thon —  we also raise money for other noon time activities as well.  All students participate whether they help us raise money or not.  Palo Verde’s Walk-a-Thon asks for donations based on participation — there are no per-lap contributions.  We hope your child enjoys the Walk-a-thon AND Walking Club…both are a  great way to reinforce a healthy lifestyle and have some fun!

Each child received a donation form last Friday in their Friday folder but you may download the pdf HERE as well or DONATE ONLINE right now!

Can you help us with the Walk-a-thon?  If you can help on September 18th, please use this link to sign up.  It’s really fun to see the kids’ sense of accomplishment as you punch their cards each time they complete a lap.  Join in the fun!

 

***2015 PV FALL PARTIES***
NOW is the time to team up with friends and donate an event to the 2015 PV Fall Parties.  You can offer a Pumpkin Carving party, a Diwali Celebration, or a themed-progressive dinner.  How about a series of gatherings focused on a winter-time hobby you can share such as holiday baking, knitting, or jewelry making? Dream it up and make it happen! We’re accepting party donations from now until Friday, September 25th.
Some of the most popular items in the Palo Verde Spring Auction are spots in the unique social and creative gatherings donated and hosted by Palo Verde families. Memorable events include a Bollywood Dance Party, a Stomp Rocket Party, a Pokemon Trading Party, and Progressive Dinners donated by a group of Palo Verde families who live near each other. Palo Verde students benefit from the PTA funds raised, people have fun, and our community grows stronger! 
 
The Fall Parties were created to foster and promote community throughout the fall and winter months. Previous events included an Oktoberfest for adults, Halloween Treats and Eats, a White Elephant Party, Kids Bingo Bash, hiking trips and more. This year, tickets will be sold online from Monday, September 28 until Friday, October 2.  Remaining spots will then be made available for purchase on site at the International Harvest Fair on Sunday, October 4th.
 
To discuss donating a fall, winter, or holiday-themed gathering for kids, adults, or families, please contact Merlaine Mello, Renee Flemish or Lili Nova-Roessig or email us at: pvfallpartybook@gmail.com.

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.

 

Become a Member of the PTA and Make A Difference
If you have already purchased a PTA membership for $12, thank you very much. If you have not, please consider becoming a PTA member.  Becoming a PTA member allows you to have a vote in all matters PTA. Money raised from membership fees are used for funding academic activities such as this year’s reader’s workshop in each classroom, community building activities such as the upcoming ice-skating social, the welcome back picnic, ice-cream social and for enrichment activities such as project cornerstone, art night, noon art, math night, science night and this year for the very first time, STEM and Engineering nights. 

Your membership card, comes with the following perks
Staples Discounts: Save 10% on supplies and furniture and 25% on copy and print purchases.
Sylvan Learning: 50% off a Sylvan Insight Assessment and exclusive savings for PTA members on a detailed academic assessment plus free parent seminars
Teen Safe: With the TeenSafe smartphone monitoring service, parents are given a window into their children’s digital lives to create an open dialogue between parents and their kids. As a PTA member, TeenSafe will offer a 33 percent lifetime discount on its monitoring software and contribute $10 to each new customer’s selected local PTA. Sign up for a free trial at www.teensafe.com/pta.
 Legoland: Book a PTA Familiy Field Trip at Legoland and Sea Life Acquarium for only $52 per adult or child- that’s half off. http://california.legoland.com/tickets/groups/education_programs/pta/
California Academy of Sciences: Receive discounts while preordering tickets at http://www.calacademy.org/etickets2 with sales code “CAPTA”
Enterprise Car Rentals: PTA members are eligible for a discounted rate on all cars.

 visit http://capta.org/join/member-perks/ to know more and for additional perks. 

Parents and even grandparents can become PTA members. If you are interested in becoming a member please make your check for $12 payable to Palo Verde PTA and write the member’s name in the memo line so we can send your membership card to you. If both parents would like to become members, please write ‘both’ in the memo line and make your $24 check payable to Palo Verde PTA
and we will make sure that both membership cards reach you.

For questions contact Palo Verde PTA President, Anjani Sarma at anjani.sarma at gmail dot com

From Last Week

The Palo Verde Online and Printed Directories

The Palo Verde student directory is a valuable resource that contains contact information to enable the school staff, PTA & parents to communicate with one another regarding school or class information.  The directory is published exclusively for the convenience of school staff and families.  

This year, the Palo Verde printed directory will be generated directly from the online directory.  You must be included in the online directory to be included in the hardcopy version.  Updates should therefore be made using the online directory. Information will be pulled from the online Directory to create the printed Directory on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.   

Get started now: https://paloverde.tangledir.com.  

Detailed information can be found on the PTA website at:
http://paloverde.paloaltopta.org/palo-verde-online-directory/
The printed directories will be distributed in the Friday Folders in late September or early October.  Please refer to the flyer in your Friday Folders to get more details about both directories.

Thank you, Palo Verde families, for your patience as we fully transition from forms to the new online system this year.

Help Us Reserve a Date for our Ice Skating Party at the Winter Lodge

Don’t mind staying up late or getting up early in the morning? PTA is looking for volunteers to help us reserve a date for our fun-filled winter Ice Skating Party. Because of the high demand for weekend parties in the winter, we need volunteers to stand in line in shifts beginning in the late afternoon Tuesday, September 15th through the night until sign-ups open at 9:00am Wednesday, September 16th at the Winter Lodge.  Please select a shift on the sign-up sheet if you can help: https://goo.gl/Wi5e65 

Palo Verde Book Fair Is Coming
The annual book fair will be September 21 – September 25, just in time for back to school and early holiday shopping.  This is a fabulous event when Books Inc. sets up a store for us in the Palo Verde multi-purpose room.  Books perfect for our elementary students, siblings and parent.  As you might expect, it is a fundraiser for the PTA.  Please email Tina Mondragon (tinamondragon at aol.com) &/or Martha Mitchell (marthamitchell at hotmail.com) with any questions.
5 Reasons to Visit the Book Fair:
1.    Teachers will have their wish lists for books so you can purchase one as a gift for your child’s classroom.
2.    Books Inc. staff will always be available to answer questions and help you find great books.
3.    Proceeds from the books fair support the school library and other needs.
4.    It’s a great place to get gifts!
5.    It’s fun!
How do I pay for things? We take cash, checks and credit cards. When is it? September 21 – September 25
Monday  2-3:15pm
**Tuesday Special Extended Hours 8-11am, special kinder hours 11:45am-12:15pm,  & 1-3:15pm
Wednesday 8-9am & 1:15-2pm
Thursday 8-9am & 2-3:15pm
** Thursday Special evening Hours join us for milk and cookies (while supplies last) while you shop 5:30-6:30pm
Friday 8-8:30am
More Questions? Email Tina Mondragon (tinamondragon at aol.com) &/or Martha Mitchell (marthamitchell at hotmail.com)
Join the fun! If you would like to volunteer please e-mail Tina or Martha

Earn for Palo Verde with eScrip!

Sign up with eScrip and your everyday shopping can earn funds for Palo Verde. Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants  (Piazza’s, Molly Stone’s, Fresh & Easy and more) will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register your existing grocery loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program.
Just go to http://www.escrip.com and click on Sign Up.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA
  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.   

Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long.

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

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

Community

Palo Alto Chinese School is Accepting New Enrollment
Palo Alto Chinese School has been serving the community in Chinese language instructions for 53 years, and is still accepting new enrollment. Class meets every Friday 7-9 PM at JLS Middle School. There are two tracks. The Mandarin track is offered from Preschool – Grade 12, for students from heritage families. The Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) track is offered from K – Grade 7, for students with little exposure to Chinese language. For more info, check  http://www.paloaltochineseschool.org/ or email admission@paloaltochineseschool.org.

Come Join Cub Scouts Pack 6!

Pack 6 invites all boys Grades 1 – 5 to join Cub Scouting. Cub Scouts have lots of fun, learn new things and make new friends. But scouting is much more than that! IT IS FUN WITH A PURPOSE! Scouting is a family oriented activity that develops character, leadership, communication skills and good citizenship. Activities include camping, hiking, building and racing pinewood derby cars, archery, skits, public speaking, field trips, family events, learning about the environment and our society, helping the less fortunate, etc. No prior scouting experience is needed and boys can join at any age.

Scouts meet every alternate Thursday from 7 – 8 PM at Palo Verde MP Room.
The first meeting this year was on Sep 3, Thursday. But if you are interested, you can still enroll your son into scouting. The next meeting is on Sep 17th.

For information on scouting, visit  http://www.pacsky.org/. If you have any questions, please contact Cub Master, Dan Lieb atpack6info@gmail.com.

 
Education Update Meeting:  Testing Our Children
Sat Sep 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Hillview Middle School Library
Location: 1100 Elder Ave, Menlo Park [map] [https://www.google.com/maps?q=hillview+middle+94025]
Is the new, online, standardized, test of Common Core principles working? What did we learn from this year’s testing?  Please join Assemblyman Rich Gordon and education leaders to explore the very latest results and discuss how we can get the most out of the tests.  Among other things, we will delve into technical problems, opt-outs, whether there is evidence that children are mastering Common Core concepts, and what can be improved.
FREE.  Please join Assemblyman Rich Gordon and a panel of experts for this important discussion.
Info or to RSVP: http://asmdc.org/sba or 650-691-2121.

Fiery Arts Glass Workshops
Sat & Sun.  Sept. 12-13, Oct. 10-11, Nov. 14-15, or Dec. 12-13, 9 – 3 PM,  Palo Alto High School’s Glass Studio, 50 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto  
Yes, we have a glass studio at Paly.  These workshops are open to the public, students and parents. Here’s your chance to learn to blow glass at Paly.   Each weekend workshop will focus on beginning glass blowing techniques. It’s an incredible, fun, hands-on experience.  Repeating students progress from their last session.  Advanced Sign up required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults.  $375 per person. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto High School sculpture classes. http://palylink.paloaltopta.org/flyers/2015Glass_Workshop_flier.pdf
To sign up, contact:  dcamner@pausd.org   
 
3rd Annual Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale at Palo Alto High School 
Fri, Sept. 25, 3-6pm & Sat, Sept. 26, 11am-4pm, in front of the Tower Bldg. 
Come see exquisite new glass designs hand-blown by instructors, alumni and students.  Over 1000 unique glass pieces – pumpkins, pears, seashells, elephants, acorns, vases and more on sale to benefit Paly’s Fiery Arts program. Come learn about the craft with live glass blowing demonstrations. For more information contact PalyFieryArts@gmail. comfacebook.com/PalyFieryArts or http://tinyurl.com/ PaloAltoHighGlass 
 
“Walk the Wall”  
Sun, Nov 8; 1-3pm. Meet at 1101 San Antonio Ave., Mountain View
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 around the world the ability to sign up, obtain sponsors, and walk to raise money for the many children in China who are abandoned due to disability.  For more information https://youtu.be/sNZUpa1mEVc.  Event website: http://walkthewall.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1141725.

Parent Ed Event: Social-Emotional Health & Well-Being of Children with Special Needs
Wed, Sept 16, 6:45 – 9 PM,  Covington Elementary, MP Room, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos
School can sometimes lead to stress, depression, or self-injury for any student, and students with special needs are at higher risk. Project Cornerstone will discuss this from a preventative standpoint based on the Developmental Assets that apply to all children. A parent panel will also address mental health challenges from first-hand experience. Please join us!

Sponsored by SELPA1 CAC, SELPA1CAC.org, & the Palo Alto Sub-Commitee of SELPA1, cacPaloAlto.org. This event is free for the community, no registration needed.

 

 
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