News: December 12, 2008


Tuesday, December 16:  Fundraiser at Books, Inc., 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday, December 19:  Minimum Day for All Students
December 20 – January 4:  No School – Winter Break
January 5, 2009:  School Resumes

From the Desk of Lupe Garcia….

Dear Palo Verde Parents, Students, and Community,

During this time of year family and friends typically get together and celebrate in the spirit of the season.  Most of us have much for which to be thankful and take the time and opportunity to embrace “our family” in the spirit of appreciation.  There are also some in our midst and many around the world who are struggling.  I want to encourage all of us to “reach out” and extend a helping hand wherever and whenever possible, either directly or through organizations that provide support to those in need.  In either case, please take the time to embrace and express that joy with those close to you and with others, as possible.

I want to express my personal gratitude for your thoughtful, kind and ongoing support.  That support has come in various ways, but all has directly benefited our children.  As such, the PiE Fundraising drive that will benefit our school next year is currently taking place and many have already contributed to the cause.  I thank you in advance for any and all donations that will make it possible to maintain the level of support we currently offer at Palo Verde.

It has been fulfilling for me to observe the children mature, both academically and emotionally, and although the year is quickly passing, I look forward to returning from the winter break in January to see the “burst” of learning that usually takes place this time of the year.

The Palo Verde staff and I wish you and yours a warm, safe, and fun-filled holiday season.  We look forward to an exciting rest of the year— when we return in January 2009.

Happy Holidays!
Lupe García

Kepler’s Book Fair at Palo Verde a Real Page Turner!

After a busy week, the second Kepler’s Book Fair at Palo Verde closed up the registers and packed up the boxes of books… and aside from celebrating reading, offering a peek at the newest and hottest titles from over 40 separate publishers, and helping check off many holiday lists, the Book Fair grossed over $11,000. Kepler’s Books will donate 15% of that amount back to Palo Verde in a combination of cash and books… so that the Palo Verde staff can continue fostering a love of reading and books all year long.

Our warmest thanks go to the following people for their help with setting up, cashiering, tearing down, organizing, reading out loud, recommending, and providing logistical, physical, and emotional support of all kinds: Tori Bers, Alison Cormack, Lidija Davis, Lynn Drake, Gail and Maia Foelsch (who rocked  at labeling boxes), Lupe Garcia, Chris McGranahan, Joan Jennings, Lori Harrenstein, Pat Hanley, Jeanette Brosnan,  Julie Schwardt, Louise Valente, Joanna Schloss, Fidelia Wang, Joan Kusek, Charlene Temple, Rita Wiseman, Teddie Stewart, Julie Sternfield, and Noah and Mara Smith.  Thanks are also due to Moises and Allan for their help in setting up and dealing patiently with opening and closing MP Room doors multiple times every day. And thank you to the 4th grade families who set up and ran a fantastic pizza dinner on opening night.

Tracy and I also wanted to let everyone know that after this year, we will be hanging up our Book Fair Fairy capes and wands. Having wielded them for more years than we care to remember, we would love to pass them along to a new generation of Palo Verde volunteers. Organizing and running the book fair is a wonderful opportunity to bring the joy of reading to Palo Verde, to connect with the greater school and community population, and to show the students at Palo Verde that reading matters. Tracy and I will both be around next year, and we will be more than happy to share our expertise with whoever takes on this enormously rewarding project.

Last but certainly not least, we’d like to thank the entire Palo Verde community for their support for the Book Fair. Everyone who walked out of the MP room with a purchase – anything from the Wookie Cookie Cookbook to the latest adventures of Percy Jackson– has also given their children, and our community, a gift of reading that will last a

Even though the book fair is over, Palo Verde is still a Kepler’s CPE (Community Partners in Education) school. That means every time you shop at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park and mention Palo Verde at the register, Kepler’s will donate 10% of your purchase – including gift cards, toys, games, puzzles, and yes, of course, books — back to Palo Verde. So please don’t forget to support both a wonderful independent local bookstore and your school at the same time!

Thanks again,
Irena Smith and Tracy Stewart, Book Fair Co-Chairs

Buy Scrip Gift Cards for Your Holiday Shopping

Take care of your holiday shopping and support Palo Verde at the same time.  The sale of Gift Cards is back at our school until Winter Break.  Every morning and after school, a table will be set up next to the principal’s office so look for us there.

How is this scrip program different from escrip?  One important difference at this time of year is that you receive a gift card that is just like the one you get from the stores.  You pay retail value for the card ($5-25), but a portion (4-25%) of your purchase goes to Palo Verde PTA.

Many popular retailers participate: Starbucks, Peet’s, and Jamba Juice, for example.  So make it easy on yourself, give a gift that will be appreciated, and support Palo Verde.  We hope to see you at the scrip sales table.

Diane Jakubowski, Gift Card Coordinator, 855-9047

Palo Verde Giving Tree

Want to make this holiday season a little brighter for a child in need?  Please consider the Palo Verde Giving Tree Holiday Drive. The Family Giving Tree is an organization that provides gifts to people, of all ages, who would otherwise not be getting presents this year.

Please stop by the office and pick up a card to find a person’s gift request. Once you get the present, put it under the tree in the office by Monday, December 15. Don’t forget to attach the card to the unwrapped present.

Books Inc. Fundraiser

Books Inc, located at Town and Country Village on El Camino and Embarcadero, is hosting a Palo Verde fundraiser on Tuesday, Dec. 16th, from 6-9 pm. During this time, Books Inc. will donate 20 percent of sales to Palo Verde School. We hope to see you there!

Donate Now to PiE for a 2008 Tax Deduction!

It is not too late to receive a Charitable Tax Deduction for 2008!  Funds raised by PiE support essential staff and programs that directly benefit our students.   $650 per student will bridge the gap in funding; however, any amount is greatly appreciated and every dollar counts!   All mail-in check and credit card donations should be sent by 12/20 to allow processing time. Online donations can be made until 12/31.  Donate now at

“Personal Emergency Preparedness Training”

How to plan and prepare you and your family for a disaster.

When:  Thursday, January 15, 2009, 6:00 – 7:00 PM (Childcare provided)
Where:  Palo Verde Kids’ Club

Dinner & refreshments served 5:30 to 6:00 PM

Open to all Palo Verde School parents and staff

Training provided by the American Red Cross, Silicon Valley Chapter

To RSVP call Palo Verde Kids Club at (650) 852-9475

Save The Date:  Palo Verde’s Ice Skating Party

Friday, Feburary 6, 2009
5:30-7:30 pm, Winter Lodge Ice Rink.

Details will come closer to event date

To volunteer at the front ticket desk, pizza & drink table or bake sale
tables please contact Lori Harrenstien at 856-3237  or iceturtles [at} gmail dot com

Like to Sing?

The Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a nationally-recognized performing arts organization based on the Peninsula, invites boys age 7-11 to join them for a free singing and music workshop and optional auditions on Saturday, January 10, 2008, in Redwood City.   For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Ragazzi at 650.342.8785, or

Community Kiosk

For Community information, please click here.

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