News: January 14, 2011


January 14: Noon Art – 1st – 3rd Grade HELPERS NEEDED

January 17: NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Holiday

January 19: PTA General Meeting – Project Resilience Info7 PM – MP Room

January 20: ABC Volunteers Training9 AM – MP Room

January 21: NO SCHOOL

February 9: Palo Verde Skating Party5:30 – 7:30 PM, Winter Lodge

Palo Verde PTA and School News

From our PTA President…..

Dear Palo Verde Families,

The “Play First, Then Eat” trial period at our school is proceeding well.  There are two more weeks to go in the lunch schedule pilot program.  Principal Brown will be getting input from all the students, via Survey Monkey.  Any parent that has comments about the program is more than welcomed to send her an email.  Reading about other schools that have implemented this schedule, including one in Arizona that deals with hundred degree weather during playtime and one in Montana that has to contend with snow boots and mittens, I was once again very thankful for our mild, easy climate. 

A couple of parents have already stepped forward to volunteer for our PTA Nominating Committee. (Thank You!) Talking with them, I realized they had concerns many other parents might have as well.  This may be obvious, but it’s worth stating plainly:  We all have families.  Some parents are reluctant to volunteer because they have younger children who might interfere or other life challenges.  I think we can all sympathize, and PTA jobs can and should accommodate your family life.  I promise — no one will be surprised by the fact you have children.  To let you in on my own little secret, my preschooler has attended every PTA Executive Board meeting we’ve had this year. 

Please join us at the General PTA Meeting this coming Wednesday evening.  We’ll have a video playing for any children who need to accompany you.  We love children!

Warmest regards,
Heather Schultz

 PTA General Meeting

Wednesday evening, Jan. 19th, 7:00 PM in the Library.

Please join us for our second PTA general membership meeting of the year.  After the brief meeting to review finances, discuss upcoming events, and elect our nominating committee, there will be an informative parent workshop about Project Resilience. This is a great opportunity to learn about important happenings at the school.

Our PTA meetings are scheduled in the evening specifically to allow busy parents the opportunity to attend.  Remember the first word in PTA is Parent!  A video will be set-up to entertain children who need to accompany you.

Project Resilience – Parent Info Meeting

All parents are invited to join us at the Wednesday, Jan. 19th, 7:00 pm PTA meeting, to learn more about our Project Resilience program that begins at the end of January for all 4th and 5th grade students. Parents of children in all grade levels are encouraged to attend to learn more about this important program and to meet our resiliency consultant.  We think all of you will find this information to be interesting and valuable.

The resiliency consultant working with our six 4th and 5th grade teachers in their classrooms is Terese Brennan-Marquez, a licensed clinical social worker with years of experience working with adults and children in school settings.  Some topics that will be addressed with the students include recognizing their strengths, friendship skills, developing empathy for others, leadership and preparation for middle school (5th grade curriculum).  Project Resilience is continuing and expanded at Palo Verde this year, after last year’s pilot program, thanks to support from the PTA and direct donations from some of our 4th grade parents.

Need Three More Volunteers for Nominating Committee

We are currently (and I do mean RIGHT NOW) trying to find THREE MORE volunteers to serve on our PTA Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee’s job is to seek out parents for next year’s PTA Board. The ideal Nominating Committee member is friendly, out-going, positive about the school, and connected with other parents. The time commitment of the Nominating Committee is for only three months, February-April.  If you will volunteer or if you have a great suggestion, please contact Heather Schultz or another member of the PTA Board.  Find us listed on page 3 of the school directory.

Parent of the Month Parking Spot

Did you know the parking spot at the front of the school with the sign designating who the parking space is for was won and paid for by that family at our Annual Palo Verde Auction? That’s right, each year at the Auction, we auction off the Parent of the Month parking space to the highest bidder. The family that wins the spot is able to park there before, during and after school for an entire month. The idea is that no matter when that family arrives at school, that spot is free and clear for them to park.

If families who haven’t won the space could do their best to not park there, the families who have paid to park there would really appreciate it.

And for those wanting to park there, coming to the Auction is a great way to satiate that need. This year’s Auction, Night at the Tropics, is being held at Trader Vic’s in Palo Alto, on March 12, 7-10 PM. We hope everyone joins us. We have lots to bid on – from parking spots to restaurant gift certificates to summer camps.

See you at the Auction!

Kim Amsbaugh
Auction Chair

Load Up those Lunch Funds

The lines for hot lunch can become long, especially on Fridays when pizza is on the menu.  One reasons for the longer lines is that quite a few of the children are paying with cash.  Others don’t have money in their account and are ordering lunch.  You can help us by regularly checking to see if there are funds in the lunch money account for your children.  It is easy to check the balances by going to the Palo Verde website ( and clicking on “Check Your Child’s Lunch Balance” at the bottom.   If you don’t have an account yet, you can get your children’s Student ID from the office and sign up from that link.  An email will be sent with a link to confirm your email address. You can then follow instructions for registration – including adding money.  It’s quite easy and will really help with feeding the kids in a timely manner.

2011-2012 Kindergarten Registration Happening NOW

Priority 1 registrations of new students, including incoming kindergartners, for the 2011-2012 school year must be submitted to PAUSD Central Attendance by February 11th. Full details about the process and required documentation are available on the school district website:

Do you miss the Community Kiosk?

Check out the links the top of this email to access the Community Kiosk published by the Palo Alto Council of PTA’s.  It’s full of information about community happenings for children and families.