eNews: September 23, 2015


 21 – 25  Book Fair     
 25  PTA Board Meeting
 28  Fall Parties Open online  (through 10/2)
       Noon Art

   4  International Harvest Festival
   5  Rescheduled Individual Photos
   5  Science Night
   5 – 9  Walk and Roll Week
   7  Palo Verde Walk and Roll Day
       PTA Coffee Social;
       Cornerstone: ABC Reader Training: Book 2
   9  No School – Staff Development Day
  12  Noon Art

  21  Unity Day Noon Time Celebration
  26  Noon Art

  30  PTA Board Meeting 

  31  Halloween

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This 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.

Palo Verde’s Harvest and International Fair is on Sunday, October 4th from 3-5 pm.  Please join us at our Fair where you can try out food samples and crafts from 11 different International booths and play harvest games on the lawn all run by our very own 5th graders.

New this year! An International Parade– all welcome to come in an international dress/costume and participate.  We’ll take a short parade around the school!
Parents-if you can help for a one hour shift at the Fair, please lend a hand by signing-up on our spreadsheet link http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044aa5a82da64-parent
We hope to see the entire family at this wonderful cultural event while celebrating the harvest season with your friends and classmates!

SCIENCE NIGHT!  Mon, Oct 5th, 6-8pm in the MP Room

Come one, come all and have fun at Science Night on Mon Oct 5th from 6-8pm in the MP Room!

Did you know:

  • electronic circuits can be squishy or snappy?
  • red cabbages can be indicators?
  • a mirror can show you infinity?
  • cosmic rays are all around us?

All this and more at Science Night!  See you there!

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. 


Individual picture day for those classrooms that was cancelled a few weeks ago,  has been rescheduled to Monday, October 5.   Please have your student bring in their photo order forms with payment to hand to the photographer if you have not already pre-ordered photos online.  Photo make-up date TBD after the pictures are delivered.  Extra School photograph order forms are available in the office.  Refer to poster in the office for more information or call Heslin Photography.

A big THANK YOU to Anna Carl, Aleks Totic, Kala Lansberg, Trey Roessig, Maarten Lansberg, and Yael Valek for standing in line at the Winter Lodge in shifts – including an 8 hour overnight shift by Anna! – so that we could sign up for Palo Verde’s winter Ice Skating Party to be held on Saturday, January 9, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm. Please save the date! 


From Last Week

***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


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews


Palo Alto Chinese School is Accepting New Students

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.

Challenge Success Parent Ed Event: Sparking Creativity: Imagining Tomorrow’s Schools
Fri, Sept 25, 7 – 9 PM, Memorial Auditorium

Challenge Success invites you to our biggest parent education event of the year. This year’s keynote speaker will be Tony Wagner, author and Expert in Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab. He will be joined by Challenge Success Co-Founders, Dr. Denise Pope and Dr. Madeline Levine, for an interactive discussion on fostering creativity in schools and at home.  Students attend for free.  Adult tickets are $10 per person. Purchase ticket  at http://www.challengesuccess.org/sparking-creativity-imagining-tomorrows-schools/ 
Stanford YMCA Community Health Fair
Sat, Sept 26, 10 AM- 3 PM, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
This is a health and wellness event featuring: Panels & Workshops with Doctors and Medical Professionals, Group Exercise Demonstrations, Ask-a-Doctor Booth, Wellness Consultations, Children’s Activities and a Nonprofit Open House. For more information contact: Joshua Selo at 650 842 7152 or joshua.selo@ymcasv.org    


Chinese Star Contest for K- 12 Students

Parents/guardians are encouraged to register their children for the 2nd Annual San Jose -Silicon Valley Chinese Star Contest for K-12 Students by September 28. Students from any language background can participate in the Painting/Drawing and Team Video categories. This contest provides an opportunity for students to develop global awareness and apply 21st century skills. First prize winner from grades 9-12 group will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a free 7-day trip to Beijing, China. The trip will begin between April 9-13, 2016. Register at http://www.sfsu.edu/~ci/ .



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