News: December 4, 2009


December 18:  PTA Coffee, 8:15 AM
December 18:  Minimum Day, 1:25 Dismissal for ALL students
December 19 – January 3:  No School
January 4:  School Reopens
January 6:  Ice Skating Party at Winter Lodge, 5:30 PM

From the desk of Lupe Garcia:

Dear Palo Verde Parents 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 also want to express my personal gratitude for your thoughtful, kind and ongoing support, all of which has directly benefited our children and our community.  Even during tough economic times you continue to rise to the challenge so that we may provide the best education possible to all our students.  This single-mindedness and dedication to our children and community is what makes Palo Verde and our district so unique.  A sincere and hearty THANK YOU on behalf of the Palo Verde parents, staff, community, and most of all—the students.  We are most grateful for your ongoing support and generosity!

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 2010. 

Warmest regards,
Lupe García

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

Boxes of Books

When the Kepler’s book fair was over, there were 30 empty boxes, representing hundreds of books now being read by our kids, shelved in our classrooms, and wrapped to go under trees or next to menorahs. The final numbers aren’t in, but we know that we raised well over $1,000 for our library.

Thank you to: Kim Amsbaugh, for personally bringing the coffee and treats for the adults’ book talk; Irena Smith and Tracy Stewart, for handing off a great event and still helping! Laura Losier and Lupe Garcia, for reading to kids on Wednesday nightPat Hanley, our former librarian, for helping us every day

Sincere thanks to the following people who unpacked books, ran the cash registers, and repacked books: Jeanette Brosnan, Evelyn Guernsey, Lori Harrenstien, Sophia Gu, Diane Jakubowski, Padmini Krishnan, Joan Kusak, Mala Nayak, Shubha Ranga, Angie Rodriguez, Katharine Saunders, Joanna Schloss, Heather Schultz, Fidelia Wang, and Karen Wang

We had a wonderful time looking at all the books and talking with the Kepler’s staff about literature and look forward to seeing you next fall at our annual Kepler’s book fair!

— Gail Foelsch and Alison Cormack

News From the Palo Verde Library

The Kepler’s Book Fair was a great success this year thanks to the Palo Verde Community.  We raised $2,176 in store-credit for the library.  This will buy around 110 books.  I know the teachers and students will enjoy these high-interest titles.   

I would like to properly thank Gail Foelsch and Alison Cormack for all of their hard work and incredible organization to ensure everything ran smoothly.  Additionally, I would also like to thank the following people who signed up for one more shifts to help:  Mala Nayak, Diane Jakubowski , Joanna Schloss, Pat Hanley ,Tracy Stewart, Fidelia Wang, Katharine Saunders, Irena Smith, Lori Harrenstien, Sophia Gu, Alison Cormack, Kim Amsbaugh , Joan Kusak, Karen Wang, Padmini Krishnan, Jeanette Brosnan, Shubha Ranga, Heather Schultz, Angie Rodriguez and Evelyn Guernsey. Thank you for being so generous with your time. 

Thanks again for your wonderful support of literacy and the library.  It was a great event. 

— Palo Verde Librarian Laura Losier

Family Giving Tree

Once again, Palo Verde is a proud host of The Family Giving Tree.  Please visit the office and select a gift tag.  All gifts must be returned to Palo Verde by Friday, December 11, 2009.  Please do not wrap your gift, just bring it in a bag with the tag securely attached to the bag or the gift.  Also, a new tooth brush would be greatly appreciated.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to select a gift for a child who is less fortunate. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris in the office (856-1672).

Girls Scout Collections for Soccer Uniforms and Coats

The Daisy and Junior Girl Scout troops of Palo Verde are collecting soccer uniforms and coats as a part of their community projects. The soccer uniforms (shirts, shorts and socks ONLY, no shin guards or shoes) will be sent to our Sister City of Oaxaca, Mexico, for the Child-to-Child Health Program. The coat drive is through the One Warm Coat organization. Please donate gently used coats, sweaters, jackets. The donation will be made to “Project K.E.Y.S”, an organization in East Palo Alto that helps people get back on their feet. The collection bins are near the school office.  Please contact Evelyn Guernsey at jandeg(at)sbcglobal dot net or Dipti Joshi at dsonak(at)yahoo dot com if you have any questions.

Palo Verde Kids Club

The Palo Verde Kids’ Club is an on-site child care program provided by Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC).  The program includes snacks, quiet homework time, craft activities, games, outdoor activities and special events. There is currently space available for all five days.  Part day schedules also available. Placement is given on a first come first served basis for both permanent and drop-in care. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. For more information:  Raqiyyah Ikram, Director or Kari Taylor, Director, (650) 852-9475 or

Save The Date!

Palo Verde’s Annual Ice Skating Party will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 5:30-7:30 PM, at the  Winter Lodge Ice Rink. Sign-up forms will be sent home early December.  Volunteers needed to work the front ticket desk, pizza, and bake sale tables! To volunteer, please call Lori Harrenstien, 856-3237 or iceturtles (at) gmail dot com

PAUSD Announcements:

Building Blocks to Student Success
Tuesday, December 8,  6-8 PM, Boys and Girls Club, 2031 Pulgas Ave, East Palo Alto
The Parent Network for Students of Color and Hispanic Community (PNSCHC) with PTA Council and PAUSD invite you to join other Palo Alto Unified School District parents prepared to share what is or isn’t working for your child. Use this informal session to learn great strategies for raising highly successful children.  Childcare and light dinner will be provided.  You are welcome to bring a dish to share if you like.
Venga a reunirse con otros padres del Districto Escolar de Palo Alto (PAUSD) quienes participaran en lo que esta o no esta trabajando para sus niños.  Use esta sesión informal para a prender buenas estategias para cultivar niños exitosos.  Tendremos Guarderia.  Se serbira una cena ligera, pueden traed algo de comer si desean.
Info: Hilda Espinoza, 813-9556 (Español), Kim Bomar, 323-7845 (English),

PTA ArtSpeak!  Workshop: Developing Confidence in Your Creative Ability Through Design Thinking
Thurs. Dec. 10, 7:15pm, Boardroom, 25 Churchill
Led by Ben Grossman-Kahn of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, aka the, this fun, hands-on workshop is back by popular demand.  Learn about the design process, create a prototype and share your solution with others at the end of the session.  This event is open to the community; adults and students.
Questions, or to be on the ArtSpeak! mailing list: artspeak (at) paloaltopta dotorg

Community Announcements:

Palo Alto Art Center Holiday Family Day
Sunday, December 6, 2-4 PM, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road
An afternoon of free art activities for families with children ages 5 and up.  Make gifts, ornaments, cards, and more!  Activities will be led by artists and volunteers from the community and will be accompanied by live Mariachi music!  This free program is made possible by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation,

Stanford Email Newsletter, Stanford For You
As a service to the community, Stanford recently launched a free monthly email newsletter, Stanford For You, about upcoming events on campus,  including information about concerts, sports, lectures, parenting and health resources, art exhibits and more.  All of these events are open to the public, and many of them are free.  To subscribe:  You can see the November newsletter at

Parents Place Winter Workshops
200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto
Parents Place is offering workshops of interest to elementary and middle school parents in their Winter 2010 Quarter. Winter Quarter 2010 workshops include: Empowering Your Daughter to Look Confidently at Herself, Her World, Her Future (for mothers of girls in middle school), $90 for 3/sessions, Bridging the Digital Divide: A Cyberspace Workshop for Parents and Teens (ages 11 up), $35/person, $50/family of 2 or more, For Dads Only – The Joys and Challenges of Fatherhood (all ages), $35, and Setting Limits- Raising Responsible Children Through Choices and Consequences (grades 2 – 8) , $35
Info / Registration: