News: January 22, 2010


January 22:    No School

January 27:    Restaurant Night at California Pizza Kitchen

February 9:    Science Night, 6:30 PM

February 24:  Family Math Night, 6:30 PM

March 13:      Annual Palo Verde Auction

Palo Verde and PTA News

Restaurant Night
Please join us at California Pizza Kitchen on Wednesday, January 27 any time between 11 AM and 9 PM for our first Restaurant Night of 2010!  20% of all proceeds go straight back to Palo Verde.  It’s a chance to have some fun and help the school at the same time!

Last Chance to Donate To PiE
The deadline is January 29th!
In this economy it is so important to support our schools
100% of Our Teachers at Palo Verde have donated – they believe that PiE funding is vital in our classrooms
Only 42% of Palo Verde families have donated so far – last year we had 65%

Drop your check off in the office or go to

Parent Education — Social Cruelty 101: Tools to Help Your Child

Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30 PM; Addison School MP Room
Addison PTA Parent Education invites you to attend the first Parent Education event of 2010. We have invited a local expert on social cruelty/friendships/caring for others to present information and practical tools to help your child navigate through relational issues at school and beyond.

Have you ever considered what the best way to empower your child is when it comes to challenging social interactions?  Have you wondered about differences boys and girls may exhibit in the ways they deal with social cruelty?   During this seminar, these and many other questions about social cruelty will be answered and solutions provided. You will also learn the importance of friendships and how to encourage their development, what to do if your child is targeted, and what a child can do as a bystander/observer of social cruelty.
This is a parent-only event, and Spanish translation will also be available. If you have questions, contact Jennifer Devine jendev7 (at) yahoo dot com

A Healthy Balance
Wednesday, February 3 from 9-11 AM; Fairmeadow MP Room

Please join us for a conversation with Denise Clark-Pope and help your child be fulfilled without sacrificing achievement. Children today live in a culture that is increasingly characterized by a “more is better” and “earlier is better” mindset, both in and out of school. This fast-paced existence for kids too often places them under undue pressure and stress, which can result in burnout, disengagement, unhealthy life patterns, or debilitating health problems. Over-scheduling further infringes upon the most productive activity for children: unstructured play.

This thought-provoking program is a must for parents seeking a healthy balance between achievement and personal fulfillment for their children. In this presentation, you will explore the unique demands placed on children’s time today and examine how today’s high-pressure, fast-paced culture can have unintentional but damaging effects on children. Come discover simple ways your family can counter the fast-paced culture without sacrificing achievement and while allowing kids to be kids.

Sponsored by the PTAs of  Fairmeadow, El Carmelo, Palo Verde and Walter Hays. Parking is limited; please park in Mitchell Park. For more information, contact Sigrid K Pinsky sigridkp (at) yahoo dot com.

Save The Date!

Science Night at Palo Verde
Tuesday, February 9th 2010, 6:30-8:20 PM
The Lawrence Hall of Science will be transforming our multipurpose room into hands-on learning stations.  The Build It! festival brings out the engineer and architect in everyone. Participants can exercise their design, problem-solving, and spatial skills by constructing in two and three dimensions.

Volunteers needed to assist with the stations! To volunteer, please call Theivanai Palaniappan at (510) 795-9084 or theivanai.palaniappan (at) gmail dot com

Family Math Game Night

Students, parents, and siblings are all invited to join Palo Verde teachers in an evening of Math Games. Join your children as we play a variety of games from our new math program, Everyday Mathematics. You will see how games develop over the grades, and gain insight into the deeper mathematical thinking involved in some activities that may be deceivingly simple on the surface. Learn games that will help your child master the basic number facts as well as develop a solid number sense. Modifications will be shared that will help to make games appropriate and challenging for your whole family!

What?           Math Game Night for Families
When?          Wednesday, February 24th
Time?            6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where?         Palo Verde Multipurpose Room
Who?            Palo Verde students and their families

Palo Verde Auction Update

Join us for a night of fun and fundraising March 13th at Trader Vic’s Mai Thai Lounge! The Palo Verde PTA Auction Committee is busy drumming up donations of products, services, and events from local businesses for everyone to bid on. Funds raised at the auction will help support school and PTA-sponsored events and activities for our kids.

How You Can Help: In addition to attending the event, consider contributing your time and talents toward auction items such as personal services, parties, vacation homes and more.  Everyone has something to offer.  We can help you package your skills and interests into a valuable auction item!  Hosting (or co-hosting) a party is a fun way to bring families together while raising money for the school community.  Talk to your friends!  No donation is too small.

Below are just a few ideas to help you start.  Contact us!

  • Host a kid-themed party: Tie-dye party, fire station birthday, model airplane building, princess tea party, cupcake decorating, Star Wars theme, etc.
  • Host a party or event for adults: Retro Bingo Night, Tamale Making, Progressive Cocktail party, Tennis Mixer and BBQ, Mom’s Boot Camp, etc.
  • Offer professional services: Donate a few hours of computer tech support, handyman time, photography, landscaping, or other sought after skills.
  • Package your talents or interests: Do you enjoy baking, calligraphy, sewing, scrapbooking, winemaking, or a unique sport?  Share your talents or interests through lessons or a party or simply deliver a package to the highest bidder (e.g. Pie-of-the-month, Indian dinner for six, Cricket clinic, etc).
  • Offer services from older siblings:  Yard work, babysitting, dog walking, etc.
  • Donate a vacation home or time share (it may be tax deductible)
  • Donate extra airline or hotel points or sporting or arts event tickets

Please email details to Rebecca Thompson: rebeccaherrema (at)hotmail dot com or complete one of the forms in the office.  You’ll need to include your name, phone number, email, item description, value, minimum bid and expiration date.  Thank you from your auction co-chairs: Sheri Tye and Jackie Cook


Fundraisers for Haiti
Local organizations and schools all across PAUSD are rallying in a number of ways to support various humanitarian efforts in Haiti.  Schools with scheduled fundraisers include Duveneck, Fairmeadow, El Carmelo, Escondido, Juana Briones, Ohlone, Nixon, and Walter Hays.  After finals week, high school student groups are expected to join in the efforts.The organizations in Haiti to benefit from these fundraisers include Partners in Health, Soles4Souls: Project Haiti Relief, Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, and Operation Rainbow, and the Red Cross, in addition to local PA resident, Dr. Enoch Choi of PAMF who served those in need in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and will do the same in Haiti, reporting back to our community about Haiti, the effect of his work, and its needs going forward.

Duveneck: Quarters for Quake Survivors drive.
El Carmelo: Check and cash donations through February 12.
Fairmeadow: Quarters for Quake Survivors drive through January 26

Thursday, January 21

Duveneck: Bake sale at 2:30
Escondido: Bake sale at 2:30
Ohlone: Book sale at 2:30

Saturday, January. 23

PAMP, Silicon Valley Moms Blog, Gemini Crickets, and other local supporters: Huge Bake Sale – Calling all bakers, volunteers and purveyors of baked goods.  Find out how to help at, bake sale 9 AM – 3 PM in front of Draeger’s Market, Menlo Park

Week of January 25

Juana Briones: Bake sale, possible toy drive, Quarters for Quake Survivors drive
Nixon: Haitian Relief Garage Sale January 30.
Walter Hays: Children-inspired donations.
Palo Verde:  Student made macrame bracelets for sale

For more information on how to donate, help with any of these fundraiser activities, or jumpstart a fundraiser with your group, contact: Sara Woodham atwo-jo (at) msn dot com or sawoodham (at) gmail dot com

Homework and Organizational Strategies for Children with ADHD
Monday, January 25, 7:30-9 PM, Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto
A Parent Education Seminar sponsored by Community Advisory Committee for Special Education with speaker: Dr. Betsy Corrin, Director of Child Anxiety Disorder Clinic at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford.  Dr. Corrin will present to parents strategies to improve their child’s on-task behaviors, focus, and organizational skills.  General principles for using reinforcement strategies to shape improved behavioral compliance will be discussed.  Dr. Corrin will also provide guidelines on how to interface with the school and with teachers to create an effective behavior management system.

School Board Study Session
Tuesday, January 26, 12:30 PM, 25 Churchill
To discuss high school Single Plans for Student Achievement.

School Board Regular Meeting
Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 PM, 25 Churchill

A Celebration of the Arts at PAUSD
Wednesday, January 27, 7:30-9 PM, PAUSD District Office, 25 Churchill Avenue
Enjoy a sampling of PAUSD’s art, music, theater and dance offerings.  Learn more about the philosophy of the art education programs at PAUSD. Talk to the professionals who bring their knowledge and talents to our youth.  Great fun for all.  Enjoy refreshments.  Families welcome.  Hosted by PTA Council’s ArtSpeak and PAUSD Art and Music Education
Info: Art Education emarshall (at) pausd dot org, 329-3939

Monthly ADHD Parent Education and Support Group
Next meeting, Thursday, January 28, 7:30-9 PM, Room A, 25 Churchill
This group meets on one Thursday of each month (Jan. 28,  Feb. 18, March TBD, April 22, May 20).  The group will discuss a wide range of issues and information will be provided regarding managing ADHD at home and at school.  Behavior management, getting chores and homework done,  managing school, organization, time management and study skills,  and how to get help at school through 504 Plans and IEPs.  Come get your questions answered and share your experiences with other parents.  The meetings sometimes feature guest speakers.  Led by Janet Dafoe, Ph.D., Morrissey-Compton Center.  Questions: 208-1224.

Elementary and Middle School GATE Parent Presentation
Wednesday, February 3, 7-8:30 PM, Board Room, 25 Churchill
Intensity, Perfectionism, and Stress by Beth Littrell.  This presentation will describe the characteristics of intensity, perfectionism and associated stress in gifted students, and give a few strategies for reflection and self-management of the difficulties that arise from these phenomena.
Beth Littrell is a BTSA Advisor and Resource Specialist for GATE in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.
Questions: 329-3769, Flyer:  Click here

“Heavenly Bandstand” Rocks Gunn High School
Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday February 10, 8 PM, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of young love, lots of laughs and music at Gunn’s annual musical extravaganza, starring the Gunn High School Choirs, the JLS and Terman Middle School Choirs, and 50 of your favorite Gunn Staff.  Directed by Gunn choir director William Liberatore, script by Nancy Hersage.
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students,, or in the Gunn Students Activities Center starting February 1.

Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards
Monday, February 22, 7:30-9 PM,  Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue,  Palo Alto
Come help CAC honor those “Every Day Heroes” who have made a difference in the life of a special needs child. This will be a joyous, heartwarming and touching event to celebrate many deserving individuals.  Refreshments will be served.

You Made It! Jamboree
Submission deadline Sunday, February 28
Jamboree – Saturday, May 15, Palo Alto Art Center
The You Made It! Jamboree is PAUSD’s first-ever  celebration of creativity and innovation, giving PAUSD students an opportunity to show and share their  original creations with the community in a non-competitive environment, and to inspire others to pursue their own creative ideas and passions. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, with support from the Palo Alto Art Center.
Info and entry forms:

City of Palo Alto News

Children’s Theatre 10-Minute Playwriting Contest
Deadline March 22
Bay Area students are invited to participate in the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre’s Second Annual 10-Minute Playwriting Contest.  All genres of plays accepted from students ages 8 through high school.  Winning plays receive a staged reading and reception at PACT.  They will be performed by members of the Teen Arts Council and directed by a professional director.  Winning authors will also receive a prize donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Plays will be judged in three categories: Elementary (age 8-10), Jr. High (Age 11-13), and Young Adult 14-18.  Winners announced May 11.  Submit plays electronically to Childrens.Theatre (at) cityofpaloalto dot org or by snail mail to Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, ATTN: Playwriting Contest, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.  Questions: 463-4930.

Community News

Palo Alto Little League Spring 2010 Registration
Palo Alto Little League has baseball leagues for Palo Alto children 5 years of age and older by April 30, 2010.  Kindergarten students: Sign-up for Tee Ball.  New and returning players can sign-up on-line now.
Info:, registration (at) pabaseball dot org

MOAH Workshop: Whisper In the Wind: How To Build a Crystal Radio
Sundays, January 24 – February 21, 1-3:30 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto
At this Museum of American Heritage workshop, students build their own crystal radio sets, winding coils, drilling a mounting board and placing all components on it, and then wiring the set according to a schematic.  tudents learn radio history dating back to Marconi and Tesla, basic radio theory, modulation, how headphones work, and how to read schematics.  Ages 10 and up; $65 members/$75 non-members.  Registration must be completed by January 19.

Music For Minors Benefit Family Concert:  Red Grammer
Sunday, January 31, 3 PM, Carrington Hall, Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City
Award-Winning Grammy nominee Children’s Entertainer Red Grammer will perform with proceeds to benefit music education in local elementary schools.  Nearly all of his albums have received Parents’ Choice Awards.
Tickets: $14, by calling Music For Minors, 237-9130, or Artsopolis,  Group discounts available.

Parent Education Event, Self Advocacy & Resiliency: “I Can!”
Thursday, February 4, 6:30-8:30 PM, Springer Multi-Purpose Room, 1120 Rose Ave, Mountain View
All PAUSD are welcome to this free event featuring Karen Grites, M.S, Center for Community Education Director, Children’s Health Council.
When learning styles are demystified and a child can articulate how he learns best, he gains a sense of power and creates the groundwork for a better self-image.  This talk will address ways your child can weather the challenges that come with each new grade or situation and create resiliency to bounce back from setbacks.  Sponsor: Los Altos Special Education PTA.
Info: Gita Gopal, gita.gopal (at) gmail dot com

Kara’s Summer Grief Camp
July 30-August 1, Applications due Monday, February 22
Kara’s annual summer grief camp, Camp Erin, is a free grief camp designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend.  It is a weekend-long experience that combines traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers.  Applications and info: or call Kara, 321-5272.

MOAH Workshop: Solid State Electronics & Integrated Circuits
Sundays, February 28 – March 28, 1-3 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto
This Museum of American Heritage course covers the basics of transistor and vacuum tube circuits.  Students learn about the invention and development of tubes and transistors, then the history, development, and uses of integrated circuits.  Students will discover what ICs are made of, how they work, and how they are designed and manufactured right here in Silicon Valley. Students will also learn how to read simple schematic diagrams and build portable radios that use 2 ICs as take-home projects.  Ages 10 and up;  $75 members/$85 non-members.  Registration must be completed by February 23.

Sibling Relationship Issues When One Sib Has Special Needs
Wed. March 17, 7-9pm, Springer Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 1120 Rose Avenue, Mountain View
Speaker Leslie Vasquez is the parent of two daughters, one with special health care needs, has a Masters degree in Counseling, and has served as a PHP support group facilitator, mentor parent, and board member.  Her talk focuses on why it’s important to focus on siblings in a special needs family and the ways parents and others can support siblings.  Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC,

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