News: April 22, 2011


Apr. 20-28 — Charity Food Drive

Apr. 26 — Restaurant Night @ Chevy’s Apr. 28/29 — Noon Art, Helpers Needed

Apr. 30 — Mother/Son Dance, 6pm

May 1 — Garden Work Day May 2-6 — Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3 — Parent Ed Night & PTA Meeting, 7pm

May 7– May Fete Parade

Palo Verde School and PTA News

From our PTA President…

Dear Palo Verde Families,

Believe it or not, there are only seven more weeks left in this school year. We all know from experience this time will fly by. There are so many exciting happenings in the next few weeks. Among the upcoming events is our Parent Education Night and PTA Meeting on Tuesday evening, May 3rd. We have a timely presentation planned on preventing “the summer slide” now that your children have learned so much this year. It’s very encouraging to see food already being donated to our food drive barrels.

The four barrels will be picked up by InnVision next Friday, April 28. Palo Verde is always such a caring, generous community. Let’s send the barrels back overflowing. Mark your calendars now for Palo Verde’s evening Open House on Wednesday, May 18th. The teachers plan for this evening all year.

We invite all Palo Verde families to bring a picnic dinner before the classrooms open for a casual schoolwide get-together. The following night will be Palo Verde’s ever dazzling Talent Show. In the midst of all this busy-ness, you can give yourself a break from cooking dinner next week and join us for family restaurant night at Chevy’s.

Warmest regards, Heather Schultz

Palo Verde Cares — Food Drive

After the holiday season is over, many local food banks find their shelves emptying since donations have tapered off but the need hasn’t. This week, Palo Verde is helping to restock the Palo Alto food closet for InnVision, Silicon Valley’s leading provider of housing and services for homeless and at-risk families and individuals. What’s needed most are “meal in a can” items and foods that do not require preparation. You’ll find a longer list in today’s Friday Folder. Look for collection barrels near the school office, the MP room and the kinder gate. Let’s share our good fortune with others in the community.

Noon Art Needs Help Thursday and Friday, Next Two Weeks

This Thursday and Friday, April 28-29, our noon artists will be creating Teacher Appreciation crafts. If you have a lunch hour to spare, please come lend a hand. For upcoming Noon Art projects, we still need your unwanted printed color book jackets from children’s hard-backed books and empty egg cartons. On May 5 and 6, we’ll make items for the May Fete Parade. Thursdays the 4th-5th graders work on projects; Fridays are the noon art day for the 1st-3rd graders.

Prevent Summer Learning Loss – Special Parent Ed Evening May 3, 7:00pm

Following our brief PTA Meeting and Elections, we are hosting a special Parent Education Evening, “How Can Summer Change My Child’s Life?” presented by Edventure More. Learn about the latest scientific research on preventing learning loss over the long summer break. All parents are encouraged to attend. If needed, your children are welcome to join you.

The International Fair is Coming!

Share your heritage and help bring our community closer! We are still looking for parent volunteers to make the 2011 Palo Verde International Fair a great success. The fair will be on Sunday, May 15th, 3-5:30pm. We need volunteers to lead country booths and to help out in general during the event. Do you or your children have a short cultural performance that you can bring to Palo Verde? To help, please contact or

Palo Verde Teacher Appreciation Week May 2- May 6

Mark your Calendars! The First week of May we ask our PV community to take some moments to recognize and show our Appreciation to our Teachers, Aides and All our Extended Staff!

Schedule for Teacher Appreciation week:

Monday, May 2nd : Decorated Classroom Doors

Tuesday, May 3rd : Staff Appreciation Luncheon Hosted by Room 2

Wednesday, May 4th : Students to share a Favorite item to a Colorful garden flower with their Teacher, Aide and our Extended Staff members! (Binder of Staff “Favorites” in Main Office!)

Thursday, May 5th : Coffee Cart (organized by PTA)

Friday, May 6th : Picnic Snack for Teachers, Aides and Extended Staff (organized by PTA) Thank you!

Sign Up This Week for the Mother-Son Dance! Hip Hop Lesson, Pizza, and More!

Are you looking for a fun way to spend time with your son? Then sign up for the Mother-Son Dance! It’s a once-a-year chance to hang out with the special boy(s) in your life with no purpose other than having a great time.

What? We’ll have pizza, a disco ball, a hip-hop demonstration & lesson, glowsticks, a photo station, beach balls, and more.

Who? All Palo Verde boys and their moms (limit: 50 boys)

When? Saturday, April 30, 6 to 8 p.m. Cost? $20/child.

Where? Palo Verde Multipurpose Room

How? Contact Callie Turk at or 650-888-3549 to sign up.

This fun evening is hosted by Tammy Huyhn, Susan Papp, Alpa Shah, Rama Srinivasan, Rebecca Thompson and Callie Turk as part of the PTA Auction “Get Togethers.”

Reading Garden – Come plant with us May 1st!

Spring is here and we are ready to add new plants to the Reading Garden at Palo Verde. We will be adding plants, shrubs, decorative boulders and gravel to bring this space to life. Weather permitting, our planting day is set for Sunday, May 1st. If you are interested in putting in plants that day or have some decorative boulders to donate, please contact Sheri Tye at

Introductory Aikido Lesson 50% off from MyTownDeal

This week’s MyTownDeal offer is half off a special introductory Aikido package from Rocky Valley Aikido in Menlo Park. A portion of your purchase comes back to Palo Verde. Check it out at: