eNews: September 24, 2014


September 24  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!;
                         Restaurant Night at Chevy’s 

September 25  Noon Art
September 26  Walk-A Thon; PV Voice deadline;
                         Last Day to Order Spirit Gear
September 30  Wildlife Assembly

October   1   Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!;
                     Meet our New Superintendent! PTA Coffee;
                     ABC Reader Training: Book #2

October   6 – 10 Walk & Roll Week; PTA Board Meeting
October   7   Science Night
October   8   PV Walk and Roll day;
                     Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!;

October   9   Noon Art
October  10  NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)

October  15  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
October  17  Third Grade Bike Rodeo
October  19  International Harvest Food Fair

October  22  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!;
October  23  Noon Art;
October  29  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
October  31  Halloween; PTA Coffee 

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week 

Restaurant Night at Chevy’s

Please join us for this year’s restaurant night tonight at Chevy’s.  They can be sticklers about having the flier with you so if you don’t have it, please follow this link to print yourself a new copy.  Hope to see you there!!

Deadline for Submissions of Mileage Tracker Forms

In order to recognize kids that choose to walk,bike carpool to school, the traffic safety team is giving out prizes. To participate, if your child walks, bikes, scooters to school, please fill out a mileage tracker form for September, October and November and drop it in the office in the PTA basket marked “Mileage Tracker.’  We will hold a raffle during the last assembly in December and award some cool bike accessories to the winners.

Mileage tracker forms can be found

1) On the last page of the monthly Voice
2) http://pvpta.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/mileage_tracker.pdf 

Or you or your child/ren can write their name and room number on a piece of paper and estimate the number of days they walked/biked/carpooled in September and drop it in the traffic safety PTA basket in the office. Your child is eligible to participate even if he/she green commutes only once a month during September, October and November. 

Thank you for encouraging your child to walk/bike/scooter/carpool to school.

NEW eScrip Partner: Now Earn Directly from Amazon! 

Now anyone can earn for Palo Verde PTA when shopping with Amazon. Non-registered supporters can earn from Amazon too! The program is a fundraising initiative to earn money for our school. Simply by clicking on the dedicated Amazon link below, you will automatically earn funds for our school when you shop!


Click here to shop & earn!


Frequently asked questions:

Do I have to be a member of eScrip? No, this fundraising initiative allows us to earn from anyone who shops Amazon from the link. So be sure to tell your family and friends about this great program and share our dedicated link to start shopping and earning today.   


How do I use the Amazon Shopping Program? Simply click on the Amazon link in this email communication.

Do I need an Amazon account? No – you do not need to register an account with Amazon. Just click through to Amazon from the link posted here.


Is this program secure? Absolutely! All purchases are made through Amazon. No account, payment, or order information is collected or processed by us. It’s exactly like shopping directly through Amazon, except that Palo Verde receives a percentage of your purchase when you access Amazon through our website. Free to you, invaluable to us!


What’s the catch? There are no catches and no extra fees. The shopping experience through Amazon is exactly the same as it would be if you went to Amazon directly. But when you access Amazon by clicking on the Amazon link in this communication, our school will get a percentage of your purchase.

From Last Week 

Science Night at Palo Verde, MP Room
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA 
Tuesday, October 7th 2014, 6:00
-7.45 PM

Come join us for an Engineering Festival

Step into the shoes of an engineer as you investigate, experiment, and develop solutions to real-world problems. Tweak the blades on a wind turbine to efficiently harness the power of the wind. Construct a working hydraulic arm to explore the strength of water-powered machines. Flip the switch on the world of electricity, as you explore circuits and bring your motorized creations to life. Build bridges, towers, or whatever you can imagine with metal, paper, or wood. 


Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com by Friday, October 3rd.


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews
PiE Thanks You
Thank you to all the families who donated or pledged during the PiE Back to School Campaign. PiE earned our biggest challenge grant of $500,000. We are almost halfway toward our annual goal to help provide additional caring adults and innovative learning programs for all students in our school district. For more information or to donate, please visit papie.org.
PTA Council hosts Board Candidate Forums
Sun, Oct 5, 2 – 4 pm Gunn High School, Little Theater
On Sunday Oct 5 ask questions focused on Secondary Education of the 5 candidates running for school board. This is a great opportunity for high schoolers and their parents to meet all the candidates, ask them questions and understand their priorities for our middle and high schools.
PTA Council hosts Board Candidate Forums
Wed, Oct 15, 7 – 9 pm, Location- an elementary school
On Wednesday, Oct 15 the School Board Candidate Forum will focus on Elementary School Issues.  Again, come meet the candidates and hear their priorities for elementary school education. Questions: susanlusman@gmail.com

Parent Education Talk: The (Progressive) Schools Our Children    Deserve by Alfie Kohn

Thursday, October 2 at 7 pm at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Our knowledge of how children learn – and how schools can help – has come a long way in the last few decades, and they still rely on grades, tests, homework, lectures, worksheets, competition, punishments, and rewards. Alfie Kohn explores the alternatives to each of these conventional practices, explaining why progressive education isn’t just a realistic alternative but one that’s far more likely to help kids become critical thinkers and lifelong learners. General Admission: $20 before Sep 15; $40 after september 15; $50 at the door; Students $10 with valid school/college ID. For more info www.eventsatfusion.com or contact asmita@runge.us
The League of Women Voters presents
Palo Alto City Council Candidates Forum
Tue, Sept 30, 7 – 9:30 p.m. at Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto
Come hear the candidates and their views on city issues. There are 12 candidates for 5 seats. Election day is Tue Nov 4.

Emergency Preparedness Training For Kids
Oct 18, 10 – 11, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Room A7, Palo Alto
This class is intended for children 6-10 years of age. Kids will learn, through a multitude of hands-on activities, some of the most essential information on how to become prepared for any sort of disaster (specifically fires and earthquakes). In addition, they will get the opportunity to meet Officer Bradley Young of the Palo Alto Police Department and his K-9 partner, Eddie! To sign-up for this training please contact Ms. Divya Saini at s.divyasaini@gmail.com.
How to Teach Your Child the Skills and Habits of Safe Bicyclists: A Class for Parents
Tue, Sep 30, 7-8:30pm, Fairmeadow School Library, 500 E. Meadow Drive, or Mon Oct 6,  7:00-8:30pm, Ohlone MP Room, 950 Amarillo Avenue
There are differences in the physical and cognitive development of young children that affect their ability to make traffic-related decisions.  Teaching children the skills and habits they need to avoid the most common types of crashes results in 70-80% reduction in crashes. This class teaches parents of children up to age 9 what they need to know to foster and judge development of their children’s bicycling safety skills.  The class is FREE and is open to parents from any Palo Alto school. Please do not bring children. For more information, contact SafeRoutes@cityofpaloalto.org .

What Will Our Education System Look Like in 20 years?
Tues, Sept 30, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, University Club, Palo AltoJoin
Dartmouth Silicon Valley for a discussion with State Board of Education President Dr Michael Kirst, PAUSD Superintendent Dr Max McGee, Seth Rosenblatt former President of the San Mateo County School Boards Association and PAUSD teacher Elizabeth Fee. RSVP BY SEPT 23 to amjhooper@gmail.com. $20 pp (Includes program, reception and hors d’oeuvres).
Boys and Girls Club volunteer sign up and Ice cream social
Sat Oct 4,  from 2 – 4pm,  EPA Clubhouse-2031 Pulgas Ave, East Palo Alto
Come learn about the vast array of volunteer opportunities at Boys and Girls Club and how to get involved .This event is open to all middle and high school students  who are interested in helping younger students. Get a tour of the club house, sign up for different volunteer opportunity, enjoy an ice cream sundae and  play pool or fooseball. RSVP to Dsaini775@gmail.com
City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Airport Association
Palo Alto Airport Day
Sun, Sep 28, 10am – 4pm ., Palo Alto Airport
An open house (no admission fee), with Free Airplane Rides for kids 8-17, Air Traffic Control Tower Tours, Aircraft on Display, Food Vendors and more! Every one is Welcome.  Everyone from 1 – 100!
Sponsored by the City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Airport Association
Feeling Out of Sync with Your Teen?  Bridging Cultural Gaps
Tues, Oct 7, 7 – 9 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, 4000 Middlefield Ave, Palo Alto
Broadening the definition of culture and understanding how it affects your child and you. Learn how to have a better connection with your teen.  We will have a panel discussion about many different types of cultural gaps with 4 panelists including Anthony Ross, Outlet Program; Jomary Hilliard, Parent Educator; Rona Hu, Stanford Psychiatrist and Sami Hartley, School Mental Heatlh Coordinator (Stanford).  Dr Shashank Joshi will be our moderator. susanlusman@gmail.com
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Daumier on Art and the Theatre
Oct 15-Mar 16, 2015 at Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
After 1840, Honoré Daumier (France, 1808-1879) made numerous prints for the popular press that deal with art theory, the public reception of painting, and the performing arts. With sharp wit and a keen understanding of the complexities of modern life, Daumier turned his critical eye on the artists, musicians, dancers, and singers in the spotlight as well as their audience. This installation contains approximately 16 prints and one drawing, all by Daumier. 
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Shop, Gallery, Studio: The Art World in the 17th and 18th Centuries,
Oct 15-Mar 16, 2015, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
During the 17th and 18th centuries, European artists increasingly rendered in prints and drawings the new and traditional spaces in which people could view, buy, and converse about art. The 15 images in this exhibition depict different sites in the rapidly evolving art world-some real and some more imaginary-where art was created, displayed for the public, sold, or discussed. 
Palo Alto Art Center Presents
The 2014 Great Glass Pumpkin Patch®
Exhibition dates:: Oct. 7-8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Oct. 9- 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Sale dates are Oct. 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® will rise again as 10,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins will be exhibited. More than 20 prominent glass artisans have created a dazzling array of one-of-a-kind glass pumpkins and other unique glass art objects.  Proceeds from the sale of the glass pumpkins support the three presenting organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute; Palo Alto Art Center; and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, as well as participating artists. For a complete list of pumpkin patch artists, please go to: http://www.greatglasspumpkinpatch.com/2014-participating-patch-artists.html.

The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto present
Pros and Cons (Nov 4 election, Ballot Measures & Propositions)
Tue Sep 30, 2 p.m., Avenidas, 450 Bryant St.
Mon Oct 6, 7 p.m., Channing House, 850 Webster St.
Sun Oct 12, 4 p.m., Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.
Thu Oct 16, 2 p.m., Stevenson House, 455 E Charleston Rd.
The ballot includes 3 Palo Alto measures & 6 State Propositions. At these events, trained volunteers from the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto will present the arguments for and against.
Meeting the Challenges of the Twice-Exceptional Child 
Wed, Oct 15,  7 to 9 pm at Covington Elementary School Library, 205 Covington, Los Altos 94024Do you have a gifted learner who also struggles with learning or social challenges?  Ms. Weistart will discuss how to meet the academic and social needs of a gifted learner with special needs, how to parent your unique child, and how to find support for both of you.   For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org.
Frente a los Retos del Niño Doblemente Excepcionales
Miércoles, 15 Oct   7 – 9 pm en la Escuela Primaria Covington Multi, 205 Covington, Los Altos, 94024
¿Tiene un estudiante talentoso que también lucha con el aprendizaje o los problemas sociales? Sra Weistart discutirá la forma de satisfacer las necesidades académicas y sociales de un estudiante dotado con necesidades especiales, la forma de criar a su hijo único, y cómo encontrar apoyo para los dos. Nuestro orador tiene más de 20 años de experiencia como profesor de los estudiantes superdotados, muchos de los cuales eran doblemente excepcionales. Será presentado en Inglés. Para más información, consulte www.selpa1cac.org 

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