eNews: September 24, 2013


September 26 Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions

September 27 PV Voice deadline 

October  1  3rd Grade Bike Rodeo
October  2  PTA Coffee;
                   ABC Reader Training: Book 2;
                   5pm Site Council
October  3  Noon Art
October  4  PTA Exec Board Mtg
October  7 ~ 11  Walk N Roll week

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week 

Photo Make up day

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


Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders 

Show off your school spirit by wearing the Palo Verde logo!


The deadline for placing orders is coming up soon on September 27. If you would like to take a look at samples, please stop by the school office. There are some on display there. 
If you have any questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).

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:



Noon Art 

WOW!!  We had a huge turnout this week for Noon Art!  The kids had so much fun making pom-pom shooters out of recycled yogurt containers.  Ask you child about them, everyone was playing with them on the playground and after school.  Our next noon art will be held on October 3rd and we would love to have some help.  We start at 11:30am to set up, the kids arrive to do the project at 12:00pm and cleanup starts at 12:30.  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!!


Noon art also needs the following recycled goods for some upcoming projects:  toilet paper rolls and empty yogurt containers.  There will be a plastic container marked “Noon Art” located at the front of the school for you to place these items. Thanks so much!

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.


From Last Week


Cornerstone Corner at Palo Verde
September’s ABC book:  “Friends to the End for Kids: The True Value of Friendship” by Bradley Trevor Greive uses engaging photos of animals to illustrate how to make friends, keep friends, and the importance of friends.


Goals of lesson:
* To help all students learn how to respect each other and to develop stronger interpersonal skills.
* To have students explore ways to be UPstanders.


To reinforce this lesson at home:
* Share some stories about your own friendships.
* Here are some questions you can discuss with your child:
* What do you like most about your friends?
* Do they bring out the best in you?
* Do you bring out the best in them?
* How do you show your friends that you care about them?
* How do your friends handle conflict when it arises?
When you “catch” kids modeling positive behaviors…
Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win, Sign up with eScrip today!
Sign up with eScrip and raise money for Palo Verde when you shop. Up to 6% of what you spend at Safeway and other participating merchants 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 sign up your Safeway club card or the credit cards your family uses most. eScrip is one of our biggest fundraisers for the school, please take a few minutes to sign up and add cards. Every participating family makes a difference and, as our way to thank you, everyone registered with eScrip will be entered into a draw to win one of three $10 Safeway gift cards at the end of the September.


Just go to www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).
Follow the registration steps and you’re done.


Don’t delay, register with eScrip today and everyone is a winner all year long!


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


Thank you!


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!!

Bringing Up Bicyclists

A class for parents of children up to age 9

League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor teaches parents what they need to know to develop and judge their young children’s bicycling skills. The course covers:

  • the differences between children and adults when cycling
  • the basic requirements for parents to help their children ride safely
  • the mistakes children make when bicycling
  • the basic skills that need to be taught
  • how to evaluate a child’s skills and encourage proper development
  • How to be a safe driver near bicyclists.

Monday, September 30, 7:00-8:30pm, Ohlone MP Room, 950 Amarillo Avenue

This FREE class is for PAUSD parents. No children, please.

Sponsored by City of Palo Alto , Ohlone PTA – For more information: ohlonetrafficsafety@gmail.com

4-hour Kidpower Full-Force Parent-Child Workshop for 6-12 year-olds with their adults

2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Sunday, Oct 6, 1:30 to 5:30pm

Families practice personal safety skills together for handling every day emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies. Partial scholarships available. Pre-registration required.
To register:Call (800) 467-6997 ext. 1# or email


Starting Strong with Kidpower Workshop for 3-5 year-olds with their adults


2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Sunday, Oct 20, 9am to 9:50am, Palo Alto


Through puppets and fun, interactive stories, learn how to introduce People Safety Skills and to continue to practice them in your daily life. Register early to ensure your spot. Partial scholarships available. Pre-registration required.


To register:Call (800) 467-6997 ext. 1# or emailsafety@kidpower.org


Family Fun Day international fair
the Lucie Stern Community Center courtyard, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto    Sunday, October 6, 11 AM to 5 PM

A lively Neighbors Abroad fund-raiser for children’s projects in Palo Alto’s Sister Cities to support a children’s health program and orphanage in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the children’s library in Palo, Philippines. It will feature an international store with items from around the world; games, crafts, face painting, storytelling and more for youngsters; an international fashion show and food.
To contribute items, call Marion Mandell, (650) 493-3798.

All About Food Allergy
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Auditorium, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto 
Monday, September 30
th ,7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free Event, learn the Latest on Food Allergy Trends and Advances in Research
After this presentation, participants should have a much broader understanding of food allergies in general and its impact for those that suffer from it.
Register now at eventbrite.com and enter SAFAR

Benefit Auction
parking lot of 994 Beech St. East Palo Alto, CA
October 6th, 2013 from 11am-3pm

Lauren’s House 4 Positive Change is co-hosting conducting a benefit auction.
100% of proceeds will go to support the programs that Lauren’s House 4 Positive Change and Praise-N-Motion provide for the underprivileged in the community of East Palo Alto.


Focus Group for YMCA

Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Rd, Palo Alto CA 94303
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:00am-10:30am

Inviting parents, educators and community members to partake in a focus group to assess strengths and opportunities the Y has to support youth in the Palo Alto community. For more information, please contact Erika Buck, Senior Program Director of Youth and Community Services at (650) 842-2741 or

Take Flight for Kids
San Jose’s Reid Hillview Airport
Saturday October 19, 2013, 9am-5pm.

WOO HOO, announcing the 5th annual ‘Take Flight for Kids’ is returning to San Jose’s Reid Hillview for the 5th straight year. We expect about 200+ exhibitors of fun hands on stuff this year, including STEAM+A science/tech/engineering/art/math + aviation.

Teenpower Full-Force Self-Defense Workshop

THE HIRUKO WELLNESS CENTER, 2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Sunday, Nov 3, 12:30-5:30pm, Palo Alto


Teens ages 13 to 17 practice using boundary-setting, conflict resolution, self-protection, and self-defense skills to prevent and stop most attacks, bullying, and harassment. Opportunity for full-force practice of self-defense moves with the head-to-toe padded instructor. Partial scholarships available. Pre-registration required.


To register: Call (800) 467-6997 ext. 1# or email safety@kidpower.org

4th Annual Quakeville
Cubberley Community Center 
Saturday Sept 21, 1pm,

A simulated EARTHQUAKE EVENT. See the Emergency Services Neighborhood Volunteers in action. Learn how your family can be prepared and be one of the first to see the CMU Survivable Social Network in action!
ALSO BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Quakeville Camp Out for the whole family.
For information Contact the Office of Emergency Services (650) 617-3197 or Quakeville@cityofpaloalto.org