News: Friday March 30, 2012


March 30              :  Voice Submissions Due
April 2-6               :  School Closed for Spring Break
April 16-20          :  Earth Week Events
April 22                 :  Palo Verde International Fair
May 5                      :  Palo Alto May Fete Parade


Palo Verde and PTA News

May Fete Parade: Theme “We Know How to Play”

 Seeking a Fearless Parent Float Leader

This year’s May Fete parade in downtown Palo Alto is on Saturday May 5.

Last year thanks to some amazing ideas from PV students and dedicated and creative parent volunteers, we won the mayor’s award for the best float in the parade and were able to create a lovely banner .

Palo Verde will be participating this year, but we will not have a float unless someone steps up to lead the float construction. If you are handy and/or creative and would like to step up to be our fearless float leader, please contact Anjani Sarma at by Friday, April 13.

As the float leader, you will have a pre-built base with wheels to work with, a group to support you, a budget for materials and an idea to work with (see Banner Contest below). We have until May 4 to finish our float.

Banner and Float Idea Contest

Calling all artists! Calling all artists! We’re inviting all Palo Verde kids to help design the banner/ float. The name of the child whose idea is used for the school float, will be announced at the parade on May 5.

Designs should be related to the parade theme: “We Know How to Play and Have Fun”. Please submit entries at the office by Tuesday April 10. Entries should be on 8 ½” by 11″ paper, and include your child’s name and room number. (note: only 1 entry per student & 1 student per entry).

Winner will be selected shortly after spring break and will receive a special Palo Verde gift.  

Palo Verde International Fair

Sunday April 22, 3-5:00pm

Share your heritage and help bring our community closer!

We are looking for parent volunteers to make the 2012 Palo Verde International fair a great success. Please fill out the bottom portion of this form and return to the office by Monday April 16. You can also contact us directly – (415 205 8780) or ( 650 857 9026 )
Yes!! I would like to help! Name ___________________
  • Volunteer in a booth for this country ___________.
  • Volunteer on a general role during the event.
Lost and Found
There are loads of jackets, clothing, lunch boxes and bike helmets filling up the lost and found. Please have your child check the lost and found or come yourself. The lost and found is located at the school entrance right before you enter the quad. Unclaimed items will be cleared out on Friday, March 30 and will be donated.
Earth Week Events: April 16-20
  • T-Shirt Sales-Buy a Palo Verde Earth Week t-shirt and support charity. All profits go to an environmental charity.
  • Recycle Drive-Bring in all your plastic bottles and cans (no glass please) during the week. All proceeds will go to charity.
  • Build a Library in Malawi-Book Drive. Bring in gently used books PreK-8th grade reading levels. 1000 books!
  • No Waste Week-All lunch and snack items should be waste free. Send tupperware and reusable bags.
  • Walking Week-Please walk, ride, carpool during the week. Motorless Monday, Turboless Tuesday, you get the picture
  • Dress in Green-Show your spirit by wearing green to make others aware that you are doing something for Earth. 
Family Portraits Fundraiser in Gamble Gardens April 14 & 22 and May 19 & 27.  
Students with a Camera (SWAC) will be offering 25 min Mini Sessions to capture family and individual portraits at Gamble Gardens. Sessions are $40 and include one 8×10 and an online viewing portfolio of your images. Visit our website to see samples and learn more about our organization. All photographs will be available for digital as well as print purchases and we have a great variety of custom unique gifts and items for your home. Book your session online A.S.A.P at 100% of the profits go to benefit local students in their photography pursuits.  


Spring Basketball Camp at the Palo Alto Family YMCA, April 2 – 6

If your child wants to improve skills or just enjoy a week of basketball, join us for the YMCA Spring Basketball Camp. We focus on teaching fundamentals and building skills, confidence and character. Instruction lasts 3-4 hours each day. Your child will also enjoy swimming a field trip and other activities at the Y.  Camp hours are 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with free extended care from 7:30 – 9:00 am and 4:00 – 6:00 pm. This camp is open to youth from first to sixth grade.  To learn more or to register, visit or contact the Y at (650) 856-9622.

Annual PAUSD Youth Art Show

Grades K- 12

District Office, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto

May 7 – 29

Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm

Open one weekend only

May 19 & 20, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Opening reception Wed. May 9, 4:30-7:30pm

Remarks at 6:00pm

District Office, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto

Additional Youth Art Venues:

City of Palo Alto Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street
Kepler’s Books and Magazines, Menlo Park
Pacific Art League, Palo Alto
Union Bank of California, University Avenue, Palo Alto


Our Children Our Future Education Initiative on November Ballot

 The California State PTA supports the Our Children Our Future education initiative for the November ballot.  If passed this measure will raise between $10-11 billion each year for 12 years to restore education programs and services our children need now.  It devotes funds to state debt reduction.

More information on why California State PTA supports this initiative may be found at

For more information on the initiative itself, please

If you have any questions, please contact Louise or Sigrid

Stay informed!


Dine Out & Earn More eScrip $$$ for Palo Verde

eScrip runs the eScrip Dining rewards program. When you dine at participating restaurants and use a credit card that is registered with eScrip, a percentage of your payment will be given to Palo Verde. Here is a sampling of participating restaurants in and around Palo Alto:


  • Anatolian Kitchen
  • Café Epi
  • Illusions
  • Janta
  • Mantra
  • Siam Orchid
  • Sliderbar Café

To search for other participating restaurants, go to Please just be sure the credit cards you use when you dine out are registered with eScrip. If you aren’t registered for eScrip yet, please go to www.escrip.comand complete the registration process; we are group number137331259. If you are registered for eScrip but need to add credit card numbers to your registration, go to and click on “my eScrip”.