News: Friday, March 22, 2013

March 23                        Palo Verde Auction Night

April 1-5                          Spring Break, No School
April 8                              Star Testing Begins
April 9                              Project Cornerstone Book Training
April 10                            PTA Coffee Social/ Site Council Meeting
April 12                            PTA Board Meeting
April 22-26                       Teacher Appreciation Week/Earth Day Celebration
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week   


A Message From Principal Brown


Dear Parents:


As you may know the district is engaging in a process to refresh its strategic plan.  One of the most valuable sources of input is the direct feedback from you.  This survey is one of a number of opportunities you have to make your voice heard and represent the needs of our school community.  Please take the time to provide your input on this very important topic.  If you would like to utilize a computer on our campus to complete the survey, please feel free to come by the front office and we will provide you access.

Here is the link:


If you would like to respond to the survey in Spanish, go to


If you have questions or concerns or want to respond in any other language, please send an email to The survey will remain open until March 27, 2013 at 9 am. The School Site Council and I will be reviewing our school results as well to help us set priorities in the coming school year.  Please take a few minutes right now to complete the survey.



Anne Brown





Rockin’ the 80’s Auction – It’s On Like Donkey Kong


Saturday night, March 23rd at Ming’s Restaurant, Palo Verde parents will join together to celebrate the 80s, mingle over great food, listen to music from “Stealing 3rd”, and raise important funds for Palo Verde.

Today is the last day to buy your $35 tickets on-line at 


Tickets will be sold at the door for $40/person.


Live Auction!
Auction attendees have the option of bidding in the second annual Live auction which will feature three fabulous vacations.


Hundreds of Silent Auction Items
The silent auction will include sleepaway camps, day camps, art classes, event passes, and more.  Over a dozen parties have been donated by Palo Verde Teachers and Staff and a dozen more donated by Palo Verde families. Caddyshack fans may want to bid on a round of golf at one of several private clubs. If you come Hungry Like a Wolf, be sure to bid on gift certificates from Sundance Steakhouse, Buck’s Woodside, Reposado, Lyfe Kitchen, and more.

Pick of the Auction
All attendees will receive a chance to be drawn for “Pick of the Auction” where you will have your choice of silent auction items. Come dressed with an 80’s look and receive a second chance for “Pick of the Auction”.  See you there!







































From Last Week


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!

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).

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,
To get involved in the Palo Alto Developmental Assets Initiative of Project Safety Net, contact us

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 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? Fee: a one-time $10 donation for a workbook.
Our dates are:  4/8, 4/15, 4/22
We will meet in the Library from 8:15am to 9:45am on each day.