News: Friday, March 15, 2013

March 11-15                   Mars Testing
March 16                        Reading Garden Planting Day
March 18                        Take It Personally- Project Cornerstone
March 18                        Fifth Grade Bake Sale/ Science Night
March 23                        Palo Verde Auction Night
April 1-5                          Spring Break, No School
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week


Rockin the 80’s Auction – One Week Away! 


The Sears catalog may be gone, but the Rockin’ the 80’s Auction Catalog arrived last Friday! Check out Friday folders for your catalog and start planning your bidding strategy. Remember that every attendee has a chance to win “Pick of the Auction”. Will it be you?
Auction Ticket Sales and Q&A
Purchase auction tickets or ask questions about the event outside Principal Brown’s office before and during assembly on Wednesday, March 20th. In a rush? You can purchase tickets now on the auction website using a major credit card or Paypal account.
Join the fun on Saturday, March 23rd at Ming’s Restaurant. For (optional) 80’s attire inspiration, stop by the display case outside the school office to see photos of Palo Verde Staff in all their 80’s glory. See if you can name the staff member based on their 80’s look!

Your Ticket Purchase Can Help Your Child Win a Pizza Party!


The 2nd annual Pizza Party contest is going strong! Rooms 13 and 19 are catching up to Room 14 while Rooms 5 and 6 are leading among K-2 classes. Check out the chart outside the Principal’s office for the latest contest standings.



May Fete Parade: Banner and Slogan Contest


“What will you Discover” is this year’s theme for the May Fete Parade on May 4 at University Avenue in Palo Alto. We are inviting students to submit drawings, one verse poems or slogans telling us what is the talent or activity that creates a spark in them and unleashes their energy and joy. Winning entries will be used to design Palo Verde’s banner and float that will be paraded on University Avenue. Names of winners will be announced not only at one of the school assemblies in April but also during the parade itself. Winners also get first go at pulling Palo Verde’s float during the parade. All entries must be submitted with a name of the child and the grade and room number. Collaborations among friends across rooms is welcome as long as each student’s name and room number is written on the entry. Entries must be submitted in the bin marked May Fete in the office by April 8, 2013. Please contact anjani dot sarma at gmail dot com for questions.



Food Drive for the 2nd Harvest Food Bank


Brownie Troop 60296 is holding a food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank.  They will be collecting food until Friday, March 29.  Please donate canned & boxed foods like pasta or cereal.  Please do not donate perishables or anything in glass containers.  Donations can be placed in the collection bins near the office and the rear entry near room 1.  Thank you for your support!
Science Night at Palo Verde, MP Room: Ocean Creature Features 


Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA

Monday, March 18th 2013, 6:00-7:45 PM


Explore creatures of the sea, and learn the various adaptations that enable diverse marine animals to survive in their habitats. Students see, touch, listen, and smell, collecting information about characteristics of marine animals, from anatomy to defenses to feeding habits. These hands-on science activities help students  gain an understanding of what ocean creatures need to survive in their specific habitats.

Volunteers needed to assist with the stations. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com



5th Grade Bake Sale: Monday evening, March 18


Our 5th graders will be having a bake sale on Monday evening to raise funds for their end-of-year activities and class gift.  They will be selling goodies outside the MP room during the Science Night “Ocean Feature Creatures” event on Monday, March 18.  The bake sale will start at 5:45pm and end at 7:45pm.  Please drop by and show your support.
Imagineering After School Program by Wizbots
ROBOTS + IMAGINATION + ENGINEERING = FUN.  That’s what Wizbots Imagineering Labs are all about!  We combine LEGO® robotics with a vast array of interesting projects, materials and choices to provide an outstanding range of possibilities.  Our dynamic labs indulge the imagination while enriching the mind, so girls and boys learn without even knowing it!  New and returning students either start or continue on their journey through our unique, year-round curriculum – our “Path to Mastery.”  Week to week, students are always doing something new to move forward and engage their inventive minds!

Spring Session Details:

  • Open to 2nd – 5th grade students
  • Located at on the Palo Verde campus
  • Held Thursdays: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
  • 8 sessions: 3/28 – 5/23, no lab 4/4
  • Cost: $200
  • Class size limited to 12 students
  • Register at

Summer Camps at Palo Verde  

Camp Edmo is at Palo Verde this summer from June 4th to July 19th!

Get more out of camp this summer! Join the camp voted Best Bay Area Camp and Educational Support Program 2009-2012 by BayAreaParent! Entering K-4th graders participate in Arts & Science & Animation activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, Children’s Creativity Museum & MOCHA. Wacky weeks include Aquatic Adventures, Backyard Biology, Cosmic Creations and Super Spy. Camp Edmo serves San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Visit or call 415.282.MORE (6673).


Camp EdTech is at Palo Verde this summer from June 4th to July 19th!
Make your summer…Make Digital Media Art! Entering 5th – 8th graders create, direct, edit & star in their own Short Films and Animations, develop 2-D and 3-D Video Games or express their unique perspective of the world in our Digital Photography program. Optional Extended Day: Graphic Design Lab. Taught by industry pros and designed by Edventure More in partnership with the Children’s Creativity Museum. Camp EdTech serves San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Visit or call 415.282.MORE (6673).































From Last Week


Lost and Found Cart

Been wondering where that coat or sweater are?  Can’t find that pair of gloves?  Don’t remember the last place you saw your baseball bat?
Maybe it’s in the lost and found cart!!
Please come by and check it out, encourage your kids to check it out too!
It sits outside Mrs Brown’s office from before school until quite a while after school finishes!
If you can’t get to the cart, check out the online photo gallery which is regularly updated:

I make a big effort to return labelled clothes and items to owners, please help by labeling everything!  A few minutes can save a lot of dollars!

PLEASE NOTE:  The cart will be emptied and the contents donated to charity on March 29th



March Asset of the Month



March asset of the month is Asset # 17: Youth spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts. In Project Cornerstone’s 2011 survey, 79% of 5th graders, 32% of our 7th graders, and 31% of our high school students reported that they spend three or more hours each week in lessons or practice for music, theater, dance, or other arts.

For many young people, creative activities can fulfill what Peter Benson describes as a “spark” – the hidden flames that tap their true passions, motivate and inspire them to achieve and create, and keep them on a positive path. Youth who have sparks, and are surrounded by people who recognize and support their sparks, have higher grades in school, are more socially competent, are more likely to volunteer to help other people, have a greater sense of purpose, and are less likely to experience depression.
Creative activities are one of the most common categories where youth find their sparks. They provide benefits like fostering creative problem solving, critical thinking, and discipline, even if this is not a person’s life passion.
Special Event:
Palo Alto teens at Gunn and Paly have had an opportunity to share their heartfelt experiences of life in Palo Alto as participants in Youth Speaks Out. We hope you will attend the exhibition featuring artworks by these students from March 9-24. The Opening Reception at the Palo Alto Arts Center is Saturday, March 9 fro 5-8pm. The opening will also feature student performances. A concurrent student exhibit will be on display at Palo Alto City Hall from March 9-24. For more information, contact Carolyn Digovich ( We hope to see you there to support these creative youth!
This content is based on Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program resource kit. For more information and activities, visit:
March Asset resource kit:
To get involved in the Palo Alto Developmental Assets Initiative of Project Safety Net, contact us at:

Thank you for your ongoing support and help in encouraging everyone to be an asset builder!



Interested in Forming A Carpool? http://paloverde.carpooltoschool.comis Now Live! 


We have recently joined the network. Click the above link or go to
and look for the logo to get help forming or joining a carpool, bikepool or walkpool. gives you tools to help you locate other interested parents and then form, schedule and manage your carpool. Carpools save time, money and the planet. Check it out.



Palo Verde Box Top Classroom Competition



STEP 1:  Start collecting Box Tops from now until Friday, May 10, 2013


STEP 2:  Submit** your box tops to your teacher or the Box Top box in the main office.



STEP 3:  The classroom that turns in the most box tops gets an ice cream party in May.

** Parents: Please place box tops in a Ziploc bag or envelope. Each bag should contain 50 – 10¢ box tops (or $5 worth of box tops). If a Ziploc bag has less than 50 – 10¢ box tops, please write how many 10¢ box tops are in the bag. Do not confuse the 10¢ box tops with bonus box tops worth more.  These are often found on bulk items from Costco.  If you turn your box tops at the office, please make sure and mark your child’s classroom number on the bag(s).  Please do not turn in expired Box Tops or Labels for Education.



Take it Personally Study Group – Project Cornerstone


How do we ensure our kids will thrive? How can I show my support for my child’s efforts & dreams? How can I know what’s most important in helping my child succeed academically & in life? Are there enough positive adults in my child’s life? Contact:; Fee: a one-time $10 donation for a workbook. Questions:
Our dates are:  3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
We will meet in the Library from 8:15am to 9:45am on each day.