News: December 17, 2010


Dec. 17: Minimum Day, school ends 1:25p.m.

Dec. 18-Jan. 2: Winter Break

Jan. 3:  School Resumes, deadline for Voice submissions

Jan. 5:  Project Resilience info session, 8:30a.m.

Jan. 12: Principal’s Coffee, 8a.m.

Jan. 19: PTA General Meeting, 7p.m.

Jan. 20: ABC Volunteers Training, 9a.m.

From our PTA President…

Dear Palo Verde Families,

Last week, our student Noon Artists participated in a lovely service activity.  In addition to making snowflakes for their own enjoyment, they created holiday cards for American Soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  The children were very eager to make something to give to someone else.  Fourth and fifth graders worked on the project Thursday during lunch and then several returned on Friday to assist the younger students.

Seventy-five beautiful, hand-crafted cards were decorated and filled with holiday greetings, words of encouragement, and messages of gratitude.  One of our first graders wrote, “Thenks for protecting our countree!”  Another student provided video game advice for a soldier who might have some extra free time now.  Our Noon Art coordinators, Rita Wiseman and Katharine Saunders, were very touched by the enthusiasm of the children for this selfless activity and are considering repeating the project in the spring.  Their only regret was that more parents didn’t get to see and read the heart-warming cards.  The cards along with a note about our school were mailed out this week.  At the end of the eNews, I’ll provide the mailing address in case any families would like to send a card themselves.

The Holiday Card to an American Soldier project in combination with the Family Giving Tree, the Gift of Reading, and the Humane Society collection has truly made December a month of giving at Palo Verde.  Teaching our children to think of others and share their good fortune is such a valuable lesson.  Thank you for participating in these worthy efforts.

With warmest wishes for a peaceful holiday and a joyful new year,
Heather Schultz

Important News: Lunch Schedule Change in January

With the start of the new year, Palo Verde will test a different lunch schedule for 1st-5th graders.  Students will still be dismissed from their classes for lunch break at the same time, but they will begin the break period with free play time.  After twenty minutes of play, a lunch bell will ring and students will settle down to eat.  This will provide a nice, calm transition period before starting the afternoon’s lessons.

As with any change, there may be some kinks to work out as everyone adjusts to the new schedule.  Any child who is just too hungry to wait will be allowed to eat from his lunchbox, but hot lunch won’t be available until the 12:20 lunch bell.  The best way parents can help is by remembering to pack a healthy snack for the mid-morning break every day, in addition to lunch foods.  All students will be encouraged to eat their snack during morning recess to “fuel up” for late morning learning.

Project Resilience Parent Info Meetings

Please join us on either Wednesday morning, January 5th at 8:30 AM or at the Wednesday, January 19th 7:00 pm PTA meeting, to learn more about our fourth and fifth grade Project Resilence program that will be beginning at the end of January.  All Parents Are Welcome!  Further details will follow in a separate message.


As you may recall, this past September Safeway partnered with eScrip for the “Back to Schools” promotion, contributing 10% of sales from participating vendors. Can you believe that – because of this promotion – we raised over $1,300 for Palo Verde in September alone? That’s almost double our typical monthly eScrip fundraising.

Let’s get out and do it again! Safeway is launching a second Back to Schools campaign from January 2 to January 25. Check out these three scenarios and follow the instructions that fit your description:

1) If you’re already registered with eScrip and have included your Safeway Club Card number, you’re all set! The contributions you’ve earned will go directly to the Palo Verde eScrip account.

2) If you’ve not registered with eScrip, make it your new year’s resolution to do so! It’s easy to do. Visit and follow the simple instructions. Our group number is 137331259. Make sure to have your Safeway Club Card number!

3) If you don’t have a Safeway Club Card registered with you eScrip account, please add it before January 2nd. If you’re like me, you just punch in your phone number at Safeway and lost your Club Card years ago. No problem! Just call Safeway’s at 1-877-723-3929 (select option 3) and the Safeway Customer Service team will help you identify your Club Card Number.

Let’s start the new year off right – raising more than $1,300 in January 2011 would really set the stage for a great year!

Questions? Contact our PTA eScrip Coordinator Callie Turk at

Still Need Help for Nominating Committee

We need five volunteers for the PTA Nominating Committee to help us survey this year’s leaders and recruit volunteers for next year’s open positions.  Nominating Committee members are not permitted to serve on the committee for two consecutive years.  So that means if you help us with the committee this year, we can’t ask you again next year.  The ideal committee member is outgoing and enthusiastic about the school.  In particular, we would love to have parent representatives from K-2nd grade classes on the committee.  If you are interested in learning more about the committee or if you have a suggestion of a parent who would be great for the job, please contact Heather Schultz or another PTA board member.

Discount on Young Builders Winter Camps

The current MyTownDeal for Palo Verde families is 33% off a 2-session woodworking and model-building camp during winter break or February school holidays.  Young Builders is located on Middlefield Road in midtown.  You can access the deal by clicking this link:

Holiday Card to an American Soldier

Here are three addresses to send an encouraging message to a recovering American soldier, if you would like to follow the example of our Noon Artists.

A Recovering American Soldier, Care of Walter Reed Army Medical Center,6900 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington , D.C. 20307-5001

A Recovering American Soldier
Care of  Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) 3851 Roger Brooke Dr # 3600San Antonio, TX 78234-4501

A Recovering American Soldier
Care of Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC)Lackland Air Force BaseLackland AFB, TX  78236-9908