News: April 20, 2012


April 16-May 4      :  Star Testing Window for Gr 2-5
April 22                 :  Palo Verde International Fair
May 5                    :  Palo Alto May Fete Parade
May 7                    :  2012-13 PTA Board Election

Palo Verde and PTA News

May Fete Parade  

We are in the process of constructing the Palo Verde school float for this year’s May Fete parade. We wanted your help with the following:

1) If you have any shoe boxes, over-sized fridge, TV, washer dryer cardboard boxes, over-sized legos that you no longer use, and any board game covers, please drop them off by the front office by Friday April 20.

2) If you are free on Sunday April 22, please join us in the MP room from 10 am to noon to help us put the float together. This is for adults only as there will be cutting, gluing, nailing and some heavy lifting.

3) If you have some time, please come by to the MP room with your child on Sunday April 29 between 2 pm and 4 pm to help us put the finishing touches on the school float. Your child will contribute to the decorating of the float along with other kids under the supervision of one of our May Fete parent volunteers. Could there be a better way to have pride and ownership in creating our school float that will be paraded on University Avenue on May 5?  Parents, please note, do not drop off your kids as we will be unable to provide supervision outside the MP room.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Anjani Sarma at

No Regrets Parenting

Palo Verde PTA together with the PTAs of El Carmelo, Fairmeadow and JLS schools Presents an evening with Dr. Harley Rotbart Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 PM, Fairmeadow MP Room. Dr. Harley Rotbart has been a pediatric specialist for the past 28 years and is the professor and vice chairman of pediatrics at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Denver. He is a nationally recognized parenting expert, speaker, and educator and is the author of more than 175 medical and scientific publications.

 Each exhausting day with young kids can feel like it will never end, yet the years streak by. No Regrets Parenting is about time with your kids: finding enough of it and making the most of it, from crib to college. It’s timeless advice for when time is in short supply.

Dr. Rotbart is an engaging speaker. Following his remarks, he will answer questions and sign his new book No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids.

There will be a potluck supper at 6:30 PM. Childcare will be available by reservation. If you have any questions or would like to reserve childcare, please contact Sigrid Pinsky

PTA General Meeting & 2012-2013 Board Election

The election of 2012-2013 PTA board members will take place during our next General Membership meeting on May 7, 8:20 am at the teachers’ lounge.

The candidates are:

President:Kim Amsbaugh

Treasurer:Emily Jaquette

Vice President – Communication:Lili Nova-Roessig

Vice President – Programs & Social Events:open

Vice President – Fundraising:Rebecca Thompson

Auditor:Susan Miley

Secretary:Maxine Warren

All PTA members are invited to attend and cast their vote.  For more information contact Helena Vincent (

Technology & PE Summer Class @ Palo Verde! 

A Mixture of Technology, P.E., & Fun

4 Weeks / 16 students / Current Grades 3rd, 4th, & 5th

The goal for this summer school class is to provide a fun, interactive learning experience that offers a small number of students the opportunity to increase, explore, and expand their technology skills while making time to exercise and have fun outside.  The class will be limited to 16 students and will be held during the dates of traditional summer school: June 18th through July 13, with no class on July 4th.  Each day this 3-hour class will include a blend of morning warmup activities, a technology session, a time for organized PE activities & games, then another technology session.  There will not be a separate recess or snack time as the class is three hours.  Snacks and drinks can be brought to class and consumed when needed.

In Palo Alto, families have numerous summer opportunities for kids, however this class is offered as a unique opportunity focusing on fun, technology, and exercise.   Due to the limited number of students in this program, the class will be filled according to a first come, first serve basis.  Thank you for considering this summer class for your child.

Teacher:Trebor Winslow – Palo Verde  4th Grade Teacher
Time:9:00am to 12:00pm
Days:Monday – Friday
Dates:June 18 to July 13  (No Class on July 4th)

Family Portraits Fundraiser in Gamble Gardens April 14 & 22 and May 19 & 27.  

Students with a Camera (SWAC) will be offering 25 min Mini Sessions to capture family and individual portraits at Gamble Gardens. Sessions are $40 and include one 8×10 and an online viewing portfolio of your images. Visit our website to see samples and learn more about our organization. All photographs will be available for digital as well as print purchases and we have a great variety of custom unique gifts and items for your home. Book your session online A.S.A.P at 100% of the profits go to benefit local students in their photography pursuits.  

Our Children Our Future Education Initiative on November Ballot

The California State PTA supports the Our Children Our Future education initiative for the November ballot.  If passed this measure will raise between $10-11 billion each year for 12 years to restore education programs and services our children need now.  It devotes funds to state debt reduction.

More information on why California State PTA supports this initiative may be found at

For more information on the initiative itself, please

If you have any questions, please contact Louise or Sigrid

Stay informed!

Dine Out & Earn More eScrip $$$ for Palo Verde

eScrip runs the eScrip Dining rewards program. When you dine at participating restaurants and use a credit card that is registered with eScrip, a percentage of your payment will be given to Palo Verde. Here is a sampling of participating restaurants in and around Palo Alto:


  • Anatolian Kitchen
  • Café Epi
  • Illusions
  • Janta
  • Mantra
  • Siam Orchid
  • Sliderbar Café

To search for other participating restaurants, go to Please just be sure the credit cards you use when you dine out are registered with eScrip. If you aren’t registered for eScrip yet, please go to www.escrip.comand complete the registration process; we are group number137331259. If you are registered for eScrip but need to add credit card numbers to your registration, go to and click on “my eScrip”.