eNews: September 3, 2013

September 4 ABC Reader Training, Book
September 5 Noon Art
September 6 Welcome Back Picnic
                      Deadline for student directory updates
September 11 Kindergarten and New Family Coffee Social
September 13 Walk a Thon
September 18 PTA General meeting;
                        Walking Club starts
September 19 Noon Art;
                        1st Eagle Report Mtg (5th graders)
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week


Generate Funds for PV for Free –
And Win Something for You!

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!


Please Return Your Palo Verde PTA One Check Form

If you haven’t had a chance to return your One Check form to pay your school supply fee, become a California PTA member or “adopt a book’, it’s not too late! If you misplaced the one check Form, just download the pdf from:
… and return to the office at your convenience.

Thanks for supporting Palo Verde kids!

Welcome Back Picnic!
Please come join fellow Palo Verde families for a fun, casual get together this Friday evening, September 6th, 6-7:30pm. The PTA will provide dessert, drinks, and name tags for everyone. Pack up a picnic dinner for your family and dine with all of us “al fresco”. Parents have a chance to reconnect with old pals and make new friends at the school. Kids get to run around with each other after hours (and then sleep really well that night). See you there!
Questions? contact Heather Schultz, 424-8380, hschultz(at) hotmail (dot) com.
PTA Social date, Kinder & New family coffee

Please note that the PTA coffee social date has moved from September 4 to September 11. Coffee will be served at the Kinder/New family welcome & orientation in the MP Room. Returning families are welcome to drop in & meet our new families.

Help Us Reserve a Date for our Ice Skating Party
Many of our Palo Alto schools and organizations reserve the Winterlodge for ice skating parties, but available dates are limited. Do you enjoy sleeping outdoors or getting up early in the morning? PTA is looking for a volunteer(s) to help us reserve a date for our winter Ice Skating Party. Because of the high demand, we need volunteer(s) to stand in line and hold a spot either the night before and/or very early morning on Wednesday, September 18. Please contact Carleen Ho at carleen_ho(at)yahoo(dot)com if you can help.

Let’s Have a Ball This Fall – 3rd Annual Fall Party Book

It’s time to pull together the 3rd annual Fall Party Book. Help us continue this special tradition by donating a fun fall, winter, or holiday-themed gathering for kids, adults, or families.

The Fall Party Book offers a slate of fall and winter gatherings, focused on building our community through fun activities and parties while raising money to support the Palo Verde PTA. Parents host social, creative, or cultural gatherings sometime between mid-October and late February. Then, at the annual Harvest Fair, everyone in the Palo Verde community has the chance to purchase tickets to the events with proceeds going towards PTA programs.
Memorable events last year included the “Not So Newlywed” Dinner Party, Fun Run/Walk for Palo Verde Moms, Halloween Treats and Eats, Billiards Tournament, Pokemon Card Trading Party, “Let’s Play with Rice,” Spanish Tapas Party, White Elephant Gift Exchange, Swedish Glogg Party, Holiday Cookie Decorating, and so much more.
If you would like to donate an event, send an email to the Fall Party Book Team (Callie Turk, Rebecca Thompson, Maxine Warren) at pvfallpartybook (at) gmail (dot) com.

Seeking New Harvest Fair Leaders
Are you looking for a fun volunteer position at Palo Verde? Do you love the Harvest Fair? Do you have new ideas for making it even better?
Now’s the perfect time to get involved!
For the past 8 years, I’ve have a blast chairing the Harvest Fair Committee, but this year is my last one at Palo Verde, and I’d love to share what I know with someone before I head off to JLS next year. The Harvest Fair is one of the most popular social events at our school, a favorite of both kids and adults alike, but we need volunteers who are interested in working to make sure it continues after this year. The timing is flexible, plus I’ve got the planning down to a science, and you’ll be able to hit the ground running now to make next year even easier.
Amaze your friends! Inspire your kids! Enjoy the opportunity to meet many, many Palo Verde families! Experience the thrill of discovering what’s really hiding in the PTA closet!
Contact Katharine Saunders at spiderpi314 (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.

From Last Week

eScrip for Palo Verde

With Safeway’s Back to Schools Program in Progress, Now Is a GREAT Time to Register for eScrip for Palo Verde!
As many of you know, through our relationship with eScrip, we can raise funds for Palo Verde just by shopping at Safeway and other merchants. We can raise even more through September 10th, when manufacturers of over 5,000 products sold in Safeway stores will contribute an additional 10% of sales to schools such as ours as part of Safeway’s Back to Schools program.
If you are not registered with eScrip or don’t have your Safeway Club Card registered, please do so soon! It’s easy and only takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Go to www.escrip.com and follow the instructions. Be sure to have your Safeway Club Card number and credit cards on hand when you register. Our group number is 137331259 and we are listed as Palo Verde PTA.
If you don’t remember your Safeway Club Card Number, call Safeway Customer Service at 1-877-723-3929 – they will happily help you identify your number.
If your Safeway Club Card is already registered with eScrip, great! Your contributions will automatically be sent to Palo Verde every time you enter your Safeway Club Card or associated phone number when you shop at Safeway.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid(at)gmail(dot)com.

Girl Scout Parent Information Night
Palo Verde MP room Tuesday, September 17 at 6.30pm
Find out how Girl Scouting helps girls grow strong by having fun, learing skills, performing service, and developing leadership.
Learn about Girl Scouting in our community, how troops are formed, and how your K-12 girl can participate.
Children are welcome to attend with their adult.
If you have questions in advance of the meeting, please contact school coordinator at theivanai_p(at)hotmail(dot)com
If you already know you want to join, please visit http://www.girlscoutsofpaloalto.org and fill out an interest card by clicking “Join us”

Please consider volunteering during lunch at Palo Verde. Only sign up for once this school year if this is what you can do. If you can come once a month or once a week, it will be even better!
Research shows that youth whose parents are actively involved in their schooling are more engaged in school. Every parent, every day can positively affect kids’ lives.
The more adults are present during recess, the safer the playground will be. Children really enjoy seeing their parents, their friends’ parents, or a new caring adult with a smile on her/his face.
* Sign-up online go to: http://tinyurl.com/pvyardduty or contact Katie Renati at windkatie(at)gmail(dot)com
* Days/Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday = 12pm-12:45pm
Wednesday: 11:45am-12:30pm
Kindergartners starts lunch hours on October 14.
* Children play for the first half, and then eat at their designated tables. Bell will ring when it is time to sit down and eat.
* Go to the office and sign in/out using the volunteer sheet on the counter. Vest & walkie-talkies will be available in office.
* Once you sign up, we will email you a sheet with general guidelines. There will be a staff person in charge if you have questions onsite.
* Any questions call or email Katie Renati, 650-520-0750 or windkatie(at)gmail(dot)com

PTA Special Ed/Inclusion Representative
Did you know that 1,600 students in PAUSD receive Special Services? That is about 13% of the student population, which is almost 80 children at a typical 500 student Elementary school.
Being a PTA Special Ed/Inclusion Rep means representing kids with special learning needs and their parents on your campus. In this role, you can have a very positive impact at your school.
You help to create a sense of community among special ed parents at your school, in mainstream as well as SAI classes, including those who’s children are just being identified and
don’t yet have an IEP or 504. You can also help to raise awareness of learning differences in your school community, and promote an inclusive school culture.
It can take as little or as much time as you are able to give. You can expect to spend 26 hours a month in this role. It helps to share the role between two people.
• Host at least 2 social events a year (coffee or similar), for all parents of kids with IEPs, 504s, or learning differences
• Introduce yourself & your role to the school principal, the PTA president, chair of site council, any special ed teachers
• Be available to help connect parents with resources
• Help publicize Special Ed/Inclusion (CAC) events by posting flyers at your school
Contact volunteer coordinator Alison Guan, alisonguan(at)gmail(dot)com or 4152442058

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NEW: Introduction to Literacy class for Parents
Day (1:00 – 3:00pm) and evening (6:30pm – 8:30pm)
literacy classes are available on Monday and Wednesday

The Palo Alto Adult School offers a free English literacy class for parents and adults that cannot read or write in their first language or English. After finishing this class, students will be able to participate in an English as a Second Language (ESL) class more effectively.

NO FEE. For registration and more information, please call (650) 329-3752.

La escuela de adultos de Palo Alto ofrece una clase sin costo para padres y adultos que no pueden leer ni escribir en su lengua maternal. Los estudiantes aprenderán los sonidos y las letras in ingles, palabras communes y gramática básica. ¿Conoce a alguién que necesita este clase? Por favor llame al (650)329-3752 para obtener información sobre cómo registrarse.

Zoo to You

Friday, September 13 at 3:30 pm

Downtown Library, 270 Forest Avenue

Ages: For ages K-5

Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=5976

Meet and greet the animals at the Junior Museum and Zoo! Registration is required (Maximum of 30 people). Sponsored by the Junior Museum.

PALY Music Boosters Flea Market

SUNDAY, Sep 15, 2013 8:30A – 3P,

Palo Alto High School parking lot

Come and enjoy a unique shopping experience! Variety of items for sale including books, antiques, crafts from around the world, plants and much more! Proceeds benefit PALY Instrumental Music Program. To reserve a booth for sales, call 650-324-3532 or email palyflea@gmail.com.

Writing the College Essay

Saturday, September 7, 4-5 p.m.
Cubberley Community Center, Room H1
Learn the essentials of preparing, and writing the college admissions essay from admissions consultant Felicia Fahey, PhD. For high school juniors and seniors, and their parents.
FREE! Registration is required

The College Application Process

Saturday, September 28, 4-5 p.m.
Cubberley Community Center, Room H1
Gather practical information to help you make key decisions for the college admission process. College admissions advisor, Felicia Fahey, PhD., will lead students through the ins and outs of the college application.For high school juniors and seniors, and their parents.
FREE! Registration is required

Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale and Festivities

Fri, Sep 13, 3:30-7:30pm and Fri, Sep 20, 3:30-7:30pm

50 Embarcadero Rd, near the Haymarket Theatre.

Mark your calendar to come see exquisite new glass designs hand-blown by instructors, alumni and students. Over 800 unique glass pieces on sale to benefit the school’s Fiery Arts program. Come enjoy live Gourmet Food trucks on campus, live glass blowing demonstrations and a live band each Friday.

Contact PalyFieryArts@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/PalyFieryArts http://palylink.paloaltopta.org/flyers/FieryArtsSale913.pdf.

Parenting Program: Tough Times: Keeping Calm & Carrying On*

Thursday, September 5 at 7 pm

Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.

Audience: For Adults Only

Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=5942

Learn how to navigate through tough times and maintain a sense of control and minimize stressful situations. Registration is required (max 50)

Parenting Program: Kids’ Protection Program*

Thursday, September 12 at 7 pm

Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd.

Audience: For Adults Only

Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=5943

Lawyer Khristine Serbin will teach parents how to about how to choose a guardian, estate planning, inheritance, and how to leave a lasting legacy for your children. Registation is required. (max 50)

Photo contest for youth
– Deadline Sept 10

Do just one new thing May through September to build assets for your neighborhood.
Throw a Block Party or try something. Be creative! Be sure the youth in your neighborhood take photos and submit them to our monthly photo contest to win cash prizes. Youth can win up to $50 in our photo contest supporting the Caring Neighborhood Challenge More information at http://www.devassetspaloalto.org/neighborhoods.html

School Funding Update and PTA Advocacy Training

Sixth District Fall PTA Leadership Training Day

Saturday, September 7, 2013, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m

Peterson Middle School in Sunnyvale

Open to all PTA members

We have a new funding formula, LCFF, for our schools but California remains 49th per pupil in funding. Let’s work together to raise California schools from worst back to first! “Now, More than Ever” our children need each of us.

Register at http://www.capta6.org/training/ Lunch included in the $15 registration fee.

More information, contact Nancy at advocacy@capta6.org

Palo Alto Unified Offers First Annual Student Services Fair

Thursday, September 12th from 6:00 – 8:00pm

PAUSD District Office located at 25 Churchill Ave

Journey to Success: Resources to Help Students Thrive is the title of this year’s first annual Student Services Fair, to orient parents to the many resources and supports available to K-12 students. Dinner and childcare will be provided for free to all participants. For questions about the Student Services Fair, please contact Susie Pierson at spierson@pausd.org .