News: Friday May 11, 2012


May 13                  :  Mother’s Day
May 15                  :  Bike Safety Community Meeting
May 17                  :  Eaglesburg, MP Room
May 22                  :  Open House 6-8 pm
May 28                  :  School Closed, Memorial Day
May 30                  :  Annual Talent Show
May 31                  :  Restaurant Night, Fresh Choice

Palo Verde and PTA News

No Regrets Parenting Book on Sale 

The Palo Verde PTA, in conjunction with the Fairmeadow, El Carmelo and JLS PTAs, was pleased to sponsor Dr. Harley Rotbart for a Parent Education event on May 1st. Dr. Rotbart spoke about his most recent book, No Regrets Parenting. We had over 100 guests and enjoyed a potluck before the presentation. 

With his book as a foundation for his talk, Dr. Rotbart provided an overview of the challenges we face as parents and outlined some strategies and suggestions for making the most of these precious years, which fly by so quickly. Many were inspired by Dr. Rotbart’s suggestions because they seemed so achievable and so instinctive. In brief, the book is about time management with kids, from crib through college. Unlike other time management books that concentrate on finding and creating efficiencies and new methods for organizing, No Regrets Parenting talks instead about creating opportunities that result in meaningful and memorable times with your kids.

If you missed Dr. Rotbart’s talk but are interested in his book, copies are available for $10. You can pick up a copy in the Palo Verde office and drop your check off in the PTA president’s mail box..Chris or Jenny can help you. For more information on Dr. Rotbart andNo Regrets Parenting, please visit

Walk and Bike to School Committee Needs Helpers for 2012-13

With no early late reading schedules from the next school year, and with the potential for increased traffic volume at pick up and drop off times, the walk/bike and safe routes to school committee is looking for parent volunteers to help plan and execute activities that will encourage a greener and safer commute to school in 2012-13. If you are interested in helping out with activities that encourage our kids to walk/bike or carpool to school next year or promote traffic safety, we would like to brainstorm with you. Please contact Anjani Sarma or Sylvie Pierce at

New Schedule For 2012-13 School Year: More Instructional Time for Reading

We are excited to announce a new schedule that will be in place at Palo Verde beginning next year.  As a staff we have decided to end our Early/Late Reading sessions.

With the district-wide implementation of Reader’s Workshop and Guided Reading we are finding that dividing our students into two groups for reading limits the amount of time and activities that we are able to spend on reading instruction. Reader’s Workshop requires significantly more time than the 50 minutes of time allotted for reading instruction currently.

Every first through third grade student will now receive an additional fifteen minutes of instruction Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.   We will have one start time for all students, 8:15 am.  Kindergarten schedule will remain the same for next year.  1st – 3rd grade students will be released as an entire group at 2:15 Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday.  4th and 5th grade students will be released at 2:50 pm.   

In the past Palo Verde had a longer Wednesday schedule than all other schools in the district to make up some of the time lost for the fewer minutes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  With our increase in minutes for next year we will reduce Wednesday’s schedule to match the rest of the schools in PAUSD.  Wednesday’s all students, K – 5, will attend school from 8:15 am to 1:15 pm.

The new Schedule is as follows

K – 5 School Starts at 8:15 am for all students every day, M – F

1-3 grades   School ends at 2:15 pm – M, Tu, Th and Fri

4-5 grades   School Ends at 2:50 pm – M, Tu, Th and Fri

Wednesday Schedule for all 8:15 am to 1:15 pm

Open Seats on School Site Council

Please contact Principal Brown today, If you are interested in running for a seat on the council. Please submit a letter of interest to Principal Brown with the following information:  name, grade levels for your children, a brief statement for the reason you want to be a member of the School Site Council. The election of new parent representatives to the SSC will be held at Open House on May 22, 2012. 

School Site Councils were set up as a result of a statewide program begun in 1990 called School-Based Program Coordination (SBPC). The goal was to enable those individuals closest to the students to be involved in making significant decisions affecting the school’s instructional programs, curriculum, and budget. It was a way for those in the school community to work together toward the common goal of improving the school for all students by coordinating and directing the use of supplemental funds.

The School Site Council (SSC) is composed of representatives from all segments of our school community: the principal, 4 staff members, and 4 parents. The SSC comes together to develop a comprehensive school plan to ensure that students of all ranges of ability are best served.

 At Palo Verde, the SSC meets generally at 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the Staff Lounge. Meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Members serve for two years, with terms staggered so that about half of the council is re-elected each year to insure continuity. The Site Council is an important communications link between parents and teachers to ensure that we all work together to meet the needs of all students in the school. The Site Council also works closely with the PTA to set priorities and coordinate our expenditures to benefit the maximum number of students.

Open House May 22 6:00pm – 6:30pm BYOF Dinner and Project Resilience Meeting

6:30pm – 8:00pm Classrooms Are Open

Please plan on attending our 2011/12 Open House, Tuesday, May 22. This is an event for the entire family.   The evening begins with families gathering for a “BYO Food” picnic at 6:00 PM.  

For parents of our 4th and 5th graders, there will be an informational meeting about Project Resilience in the multi-purpose room from 6 to 6:30.  Come hear about what your child has been doing this spring in Project Resilience and get some wonderful insight on preparing you child and yourself for middle school.

Classroom doors will open at 6:30 PM.  A reminder to all, that Open House is not a night to conference with your child’s teacher about the academic progress he/she is making, nor is it a time to interview potential teachers for next year.  We encourage you to visit all the classrooms in the school and let your child (ren) show off the school to you.

Annual Talent Show

Palo Verde’s sixth annual Talent Show will be on Wednesday, May 30!  We have more acts than ever before, including musical instruments, great dancing and beautiful singing.  In order to accommodate everyone, we have scheduled three daytime performances in the MP Room.  Grades 4 and 5 will be at 9am.  Kindergarten and 1st grade is scheduled for 10:30am.  Grades 2 and 3 will be at 12:15pm.  Parents are invited to attend the assemblies during the day.  We will not be having an evening event this year.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Restaurant Night

Give yourself a night off from the kitchen and join other Palo Verde families for lunch or dinner at Fresh Choice, a self-service salad, soup and pasta restaurant. Fresh Choice will donate 15% of lunch and dinner sales to our school from patrons bringing in the Palo Verde flyer on Thursday May 31st.  Join us at Fresh Choice, Mountain View at 2540 W. El Camino Real, across from Whole Foods.

Technology & PE Summer Class @ Palo Verde!   

A Mixture of Technology, P.E., & Fun    

4 Weeks / 16 students / Current Grades 3rd, 4th, & 5th

The goal for this summer school class is to provide a fun, interactive learning experience that offers a small number of students the opportunity to increase, explore, and expand their technology skills while making time to exercise and have fun outside.  The class will be limited to 16 students and will be held during the dates of traditional summer school: June 18th through July 13, with no class on July 4th.  Each day this 3-hour class will include a blend of morning warmup activities, a technology session, a time for organized PE activities & games, then another technology session.  There will not be a separate recess or snack time as the class is three hours.  Snacks and drinks can be brought to class and consumed when needed.

In Palo Alto, families have numerous summer opportunities for kids, however this class is offered as a unique opportunity focusing on fun, technology, and exercise.   Due to the limited number of students in this program, the class will be filled according to a first come, first serve basis.  Thank you for considering this summer class for your child.

Teacher:Trebor Winslow – Palo Verde  4th Grade Teacher

Time:9:00am to 12:00pm
Days:Monday – Friday 
Dates:June 18 to July 13  (No Class on July 4th)
Family Portraits Fundraiser in Gamble Gardens 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.  

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”.