News: January 06, 2012


January 6           :    Annual Ice Skating Party
January 11         :    Principal’s Coffee and Discussion on Homework
January 16         :    No School
January 20        :    No School
January 25        :    ABC Project Cornerstone Meeting
January 30        :   Deadline for Voice Content Submission

Palo Verde and PTA News

Attention parents/guardians of students under the age of 8.

Starting on Jan. 1, young passengers aged 6 and 7 are required to ride in a booster seat in any vehicle, unless they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. As with the previous booster seat law, the fine for a first offense is $100 and $250 for a second offense, but penalty assessments will push the cost of that ticket to $446 for a first offense or over $1,000 for a second offense.

Homework Policy Discussion on January 11 MP Room, 8:15 am

PAUSD district is in the process of revising the district Homework Policy. The district homework committee is seeking input from all PAUSD stakeholders, which includes the families, students and staff of Palo Verde Elementary School. Please plan on joining me on Wednesday, January 11, at 8:15 in our MP room during the monthly principal’s coffee to take part in an activity that will allow you to provide the district with your input regarding homework. Paula Watson and Lisa Swaggerty will be leading the discussion. Together we will compile information about the homework appropriateness and effectiveness. Now is your time to let your voice be heard regarding your thoughts about homework.

Ice Skating party

Come for a fun time with Palo Verde friends and families. Our annual ice skating party is today, January 6 at the Winterlodge from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Pizza, drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase that evening.   Looking forward to a fun night!

The Palo Alto PTA Art contest

Palo Alto PTA will be hosting an art contest together with PAArtY (Palo Alto Art for Youth). Your child can submit their own artwork, photography or literature (short essay, poem,…). Art work and photos should be sized between 5″ x 7″ and 10″ x 13″. Literature should be limited to 1 page. All entries will be displayed at PALO VERDE, and all participants will receive a certificate. Selected pieces will be displayed at designated places around Palo Alto. Note that all students may submit one piece/entry and that all entries should correspond to one student. Turn in your child’s work with an entry form that is going in the child’s Friday folder by Tuesday, January 31, 2012. A designated collection box will be set at the Palo Verde office starting Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Theme for this year (optional) : ”I am inspired by …” Contact for Palo Verde: Shiah-Yun Chen (

Spots available for the Pool Tournament!

Hey Pool Sharks! Chalk up your sticks and show up at Shoreline Billiards, on Saturday February 4 from 6pm-8pm, for the Palo Verde pool tournament. Your $25 fee includes your pool table time and beverages. Whether you’re The Hustler or the Hacker, come join the fun! Email Emily Jaquette, ebreuner at gmail dot com if you want to join in. Spectators also welcome!

All Aboard the Passport to Fun

March 3, 2012 is the date to mark on your calendars for Palo Verde’s spring social and auction.  This year the Palo Verde Travel Agency (aka the PTA) will issue your “Passport to Fun” at Michael’s at Shoreline.  This event is your ticket to an adult evening of fun and entertainment and a great chance to get to know and enjoy other Palo Verde parents over food, drink, and music; all while doing something great for Palo Verde kids and staff to boot.

Want tickets to see Cirque du Soleil’s “O” in Las Vegas?  A year’s supply of Rick’s ice cream?  A winery tour and tasting for you and 30 of your closest friends?  A getaway at the Rosewood Hotel at Sandhill complete with two massages at the spa?  These are just a few of the goodies already waiting for you at this fun evening — there will be dozens more to chose from!  Look for your invitation and a detailed catalog of items in February.

To join the team creating this event, please contact the auction co-chairs, Emily and George Jaquette (ebreuner at gmail dot com).

Brother, Can You Spare a Vacation Home?

The Palo Verde Travel Agency (PTA) is actively seeking the following types of auction-able items from Palo Verde families and your friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers!  No donation is too small.

ö Vacation Getaways: Donate a few days at your beach house, ski lease, lake cabin or even your grandfather’s wine country estate!
ö Travel Perks: Time shares, airline miles, hotel points in Maui, Vegas, Mexico, Oregon, or anywhere else.
ö Excursions: Sailing or Fishing Trips, Kayak expeditions, Rounds of Golf at private clubs, etc.
ö Concert or Sports Event Tickets: Or sporting and/or celebrity memorabilia
ö Professional services: Fitness training, financial consulting, Technical Support, photography – grow your business!
ö Your Creative or Domestic Talents: Home Decorating, Dog walking, knitting, painting – share your talents!

Complete the form in today’s Friday folder or contact Rebecca Thompson with details (rebeccaherrema at hotmail dot com).  Deadline is January 20.

Attention Party Planners – Be Part of the Spring Party Line-up!

One of the most popular places at our March 3rd, 2012 Passport to Fun spring social and auction will be near the Palo Verde party bid sheets where you can bid on spots for yourself or your kids in one of many unique social and creative gatherings hosted by our families.  Today isyour chance to step up and host one of those parties!
Memorable events last year included a rocking Bollywood Dance Party, a kids-only Stomp Rocket Party, and a multi-house Progressive Fiesta Dinner.  A Sushi Rolling party hosted at the Eichler clubhouse had an eight-year run and the Steaks and Stakes Poker Tournament is headed into a fifth year as a Palo Verde tradition.

As a host you get to throw a fun party, help connect our community and raise money for our students – all in one event! Grab a friend and co-host a party!  Contact Rebecca Thompson (rebeccaherrema at hotmail dot com) with details or to reserve your party date between March and summer! Deadline is January 20th!