News: August 28, 2009


Tuesday, September 1:  Back to School Night

Wednesday, September 2:  PTA Coffee 8:00 – 8:30 AM

Monday, September 7:  NO SCHOOL

Friday, September 11:   Back to School International Potluck, 6 – 8 PM

From the desk of Lupe Garcia:

Back to School Night

On Tuesday, September 1 the teachers at Palo Verde would like to invite you to their classrooms.  Teachers will explain their class requirements and expectations, give an overview of curriculum contents, grading criteria, homework assignment policy, general routines and communication procedures and other information which will help foster a successful environment for learning.  It is also a great way to get to meet your child’s teacher(s).

Please note the specific times for the different grades:

6:00 – 7:00 PM for Grades K, 1 and 2

7:05 – 8:05 PM for Grades 3, 4 and 5

This event is for PARENTS ONLY.  Complimentary childcare will be provided, thanks to our PTA.  Unfortunately, we can ONLY accept SCHOOL-AGED children who already attend Palo Verde (liability prevents us from accepting infants).  Please drop off and SIGN IN your child(ren) at Palo Verde Kids Club before going to their classroom.

Be kind to our neighbors: Back to School Night attracts many parents.  If possible, plan to carpool or walk this evening, as parking will be difficult.  Please be aware of our neighbors’ property and do not park in their driveways.

If you bike and park in front of the school or walk and enter the school through the staff parking lot area: Please take extra care to stay on the extreme right when entering the parking lot— or  to the left, when exiting, as the  signs indicate.

Palo Verde PTA News and Events:

Back to School Potluck:

Please join us at our Annual Palo Verde International Potluck and Back to School Social on Friday, September 11, from 6-8 pm on the Palo Verde field. It’s a great way to catch up with friends, meet new families and enjoy wonderful food from all regions of the world.

Last Names A-L please bring an Appetizer. Last Names M-Z please bring a Main Dish

The Palo Verde PTA will provide dessert and drinks!

Chevy’s Restaurant Night:

Treat yourself, friends and family to a meal at Chevy’s on El Camino in Mt View on September 15 and Chevy’s will donate 25 percent of the proceeds to Palo Verde School. This restaurant “night” is actually good all day long – for lunch or dinner – eat-in or take-out. Simply take a school flyer (available in the office and coming home via Friday folders) into the restaurant and present it to the wait staff when you order.

We will see you all at Chevy’s (2116 W. El Camino Real, Mt. View) on September 15th!

Harvest Fair:

The annual Palo Verde Harvest Fair will be Sunday, October 4 (the flyer that went home in the Back-to-School Packet had the wrong date) from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.  We are looking for volunteers to help organize the Fair.  We need everything from Volunteer Coordinators to Bake Sale Organizers to Booth Builders!

If you are interested in helping out, please get in touch with Katharine Saunders at saunders (at) earthlink dot net.

Community News:

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions

Auditions for fall semester are Monday, Aug. 31 and Wednesday, Sept. 2.  Ragazzi offers a complete music education with a program designed to take young boys from their first exposure to choral singing through a full course of choral/vocal instruction.  Boys from all walks of life enjoy finding new friendships, improving their social skills and self-esteem, and developing an appreciation of music that will last a lifetime.  Boys between the ages of 7 and 11 are encouraged to audition.  To schedule a time, call Ragazzi Boys Chorus, 342-8785 or visit for more details.

Update On Food Allergies in Children

September 8, 7-8:30 PM

Kristina Philpott, M.D. PAMF Allergy and Immunology

Join us to learn about the diagnosis and management of food allergies in children. Dr. Philpott will review the ongoing research on the safety and effectiveness of potential future treatments.

NOTE: Please do NOT bring children, as we cannot accommodate them at this event.

Canopy’s Tree Walks

Saturday, September 12, 10am-noon

Treat yourself to some fresh air, a healthy walk and a new perspective. Canopy’s free Tree Walks provide informative guided tours of the trees in our neighborhoods on the second Saturday of each month.   Visit for more details or call Canopy at 650-964-6110.

SELPA 1 CAC Parent Ed Seminar:  “Momfulness”

Wednesday September 23, 9-11am.  Covington Elementary School MP Room, 205 Covington Rd, Los Altos

Parenting can be stressful, especially if your child has an IEP.  Come hear Denise Roy,  meditator and family therapist, and author of  Momfulness and My Monastery is My Minivan, talk about how to use mindfulness to discover peace, joy, and wholeness while parenting, even while your child may present special challenges. Denise has the gift of being able to help you change how you look at your life in order to make it better.  Of course, her advice is not just for moms.  Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (, whose events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration necessary.

Girl Scouts

Join Girl Scouts!  Girl Scouts (including Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors) is a K-12 leadership program for girls.  To learn more and join, go to or come to our recruitment event Monday August 31 at 7pm at Lou Henry Hoover Girl Scout Program Center, 1120 Hopkins Ave, Palo Alto.

Contacts:  Dipti Joshi, Palo Verde School Coordinator at dsonak (at) yahoo dot com or 858-1370; Palo Alto Troop Development Manager Joanne Westendorf at jwesten7 (at) earthlink dot net or 329-1425.

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