News: March 26, 2010


March 30: Hobee’s Restaurant Night & Books, Inc. Fundraiser

April 2: Kids’ Bingo Party, 6:30-8:30pm

April 12 – 16: No School – Spring Break

April 20 – 22: Three Days of Earth Day Celebration & Walk and Bike to School

April 21: Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM

Palo Verde and PTA News

Fundraiser for Palo Verde PTA at Hobee’s and & Books Inc.

DATE: TUESDAY, March 30th, 2010
TIME: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
WHERE: HOBEE’S and Books, Inc. @ TOWN & COUNTRY Palo Alto (El Camino & Embarcadero)
 HOW: Present one of our flyers or tell your Hobee’s server and Books, Inc. sales clerk you are from PALO VERDE ELEMENTARY and 20% of your ticket totals from Hobee’s and Books, Inc. goes to PALO VERDE PTA.
KIDS: Wear your PALO VERDE shirt or BLUE and WHITE and get a SPECIAL TREAT at HOBEE’S!

KIDS’ BINGO PARTY – Spaces Still Available

The Kids’ Bingo Party on Friday, April 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm, still has some spaces available. For $20 per child, your K-5 student can come to the MP room for fun, games, prizes, and light snacks while you have a couple hours of tranquility. Fifth grade parents (Heather Schultz, Tracy Stewart, Xia Guan, Deepika Thukral, and Rachel Weitzman) and their fifth graders are hosting the party and will be on hand to help younger students with the BINGO games. Money raised from the tickets will be added to the auction fundraising total. To join in on the fun, please contact Tracy Stewart,

Workshop with Kenneth R. Ginsburg M.D., M.S. Ed.

Sat. March 27, 8:30-11:30am, Family Resource Ctr, Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena, Los Altos, For Teachers, Counselors, Health Professionals and interested community members who work with children and teens in Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Mountain View. Free. Limited seats available, online registration required: Info:

International Fair & Food Festival: Saturday, May 15th 2010, 4 – 7 PM

Experience the cuisines around the world. This year, for the first time, families of Palo Verde will get to enjoy an International Food Festival at the International Fair. Bring friends and family to enjoy the food festival. The proceeds from the food festival will go to PTA. Thanks to all the volunteers who have stepped up to help with the fair. We have booth leaders for India, UK, Thailand, Netherlands, Brazil, Taiwan and Russia. We need your help with the following: • Volunteers to help with booths, setup, cleanup, activities etc on the day of the fair as well as planning and preparation before the fair. • Booth leaders for more countries. • Food contributions for the Food Festival. For more information or to volunteer contact: Ritu Das (rituparnad (at) yahoo dot com), Dipti Joshi (dsonak (at) yahoo dot com) or Priya Junnarkar (priya dot junnarkar (at) gmail dot com)

PTA Council and PAUSD News

PAUSD Music and Art Teachers Collaborative Faculty Concert and Art Show

March 27, 3:30 PM, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School For the 18th year, PAUSD Music Teachers present a chamber music concert. Also, art teachers will showcase their artwork and offer it for sale. Proceeds from the concert provide scholarships for district music students in grades 4-8. Audition sign-ups take place at the concert (audition times are limited). Proceeds from the art sale will be awarded to a PAUSD art student. Tickets may be purchased by sending a check, made out to “PAUSD” and a SASE to the Music Office, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto, 94306 before March 19; calling 329-3944; or e-mail music (at) pausd dot org for information. Tickets will also be available at the door. Adults $12.00 ($15 at door) Student/Senior $5.00

Parent Workshop Series on Helping Youth Thrive

Six Mondays, starting Mon. March 29, 8:45-10:15M, Room 360, JLS Middle School. In an effort to think about how our work as parents promotes resilience and healthy success in our kids and teens, JLS PTA has organized a Parent Group facilitated at no cost by Project Cornerstone (Project Learn how to support our children’s uniqueness and their efforts and dreams, and build a more supportive community. Light refreshments courtesy of JLS PTA. Free, $10 requested donation for the workbook. To sign up in advance or learn more: Gordon,


Wednesday, March 31, Mitchell Park Community Center, 7 – 9 PM, 3800 Middlefield Road (simultaneous Mandarin translation) In the last decade, the Asian student population in PAUSD has grown by 1,500. In a number of schools, “Asians” and “Whites” are almost equal in number. In some classrooms, Asians outnumber other ethnic groups. • Who are our Asian students & their families? • What experiences & values do they bring to our schools? • What successes & challenges do the children face? • What do the parents dream for their children? • What do the children dream for themselves? Come join us for this community conversation. Everyone is welcome, including students! Engage with a panel of PAUSD parents, students, & alumni as they share their perspectives. Hear their diverse, illuminating stories: Some immigrated as children, others as adults. They came from China, India, & other Asian countries. Some were born in the U.S., into communities with no other Asians; others were enveloped by their Asian culture. They are caring parents and dutiful children. Brought to you by PTA Council’s Parent Education & Community Outreach committees. Info:

Last Call For You Made It Jamboree Entries

Only one more week to enter the PTA Council’s You Made It! Jamboree. Don’t miss your chance to participate in the first-ever maker’s faire for the students of the Palo Alto Unified School District. Does your student make robots? Invent new toys? Design computer games or animations? Create new fashions? The You Made It! Jamboree is your student’s chance to celebrate the creative spirit within and display their innovations at the Palo Alto Art Center on May 15. He or she might even be invited to show their creation at the San Mateo Maker Faire! More information and entry forms available at

PAUSD Summer School: Middle School Music Opportunities Registration begins April 19;

Summer School June 21 – July 16, J.L.Stanford Middle School Music opportunities at PAUSD Summer School include Brass, Clarinet, and Flute Ensembles, Chorus, Band, Chamber String Workshop, and Intermediate String Orchestra. Registration information and forms may be obtained from the district web page at Click on the “Summer School” button and scroll down to “Middle School Program” for registration information and forms. Flyer:

Raffle to Benefit Paly Choirs

Support the Palo Alto High School Choirs and have a chance to win valuable prizes including an aerial tour of the SF Bay, Apple iPad, $1000 cash, and a Grand Prize trip for two to Paris. Tickets ($10 each or $40 for 5) on sale through Sunday, May 16. Winners selected at the Choirs’ Spring Concert at St Mark’s Episcopal Church; need not be present to win. Must be 18+ to buy ticket/enter raffle. Info including ticket purchase: Paly Choir website.

City of Palo Alto News

Family and Children’s Concert

Saturday, April 3, 10-11 AM, Cubberly Community Theater, 4000 Middlefield, Palo Alto. The Palo Alto Child Care Advisory Committee is pleased to sponsor a family and children’s concert of the award-winning Banana Slug String Band. $5 for children 10 and under; $8 for adults and children over 10. Tickets: 493-2361 x20. Click here for more info Palo Alto

Children’s Theatre Presents: Dr. Noize

Saturday, April 3, 12pm, Children’s Theatre’s Castle Stage in the Secret Garden, 1305 Middlefield, Palo Alto. $5 Children, $10 Adults, Box office 463-4970. For more info click here

Palo Alto Art Center Community Celebration

Sun. April 11, 2-5pm, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. A special free community celebration in conjunction with the Palo Alto Art Center’s exhibition, Treasures from The Mexican Museum: A Spirited Legacy. Enjoy hands-on art activities, food by Oaxacan Kitchen and a special performance by Los Cenzontles. Fun for the whole family. Family Art Activities (ages 5 and up): 2-4pm. Performance by Los Cenzontles: 4-5pm. Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) have pioneered a revival of music with Mexican roots in California, creating a powerful new hybrid sound, a fresh Chicano voice for a new generation.

Bicycle Traffic Skills Classes

Choose date: Sat. Apr 24, Sun. Apr 25, Sat. May 1, Sun. May 2. 1-5:30pm. Classes for children age 10-14 and their parents, offered by City of Palo Alto Recreation Dept. Classes will cover the basics of traffic law; basic bike and helmet fitting; common types of bike crashes, & how to avoid them; how to position yourself properly on the road; how to let drivers know your intentions; and how to deal with left turns & 4-way stops. One parent is required to register and attend from each family. Info:

May Fête Children’s Parade

Sat. May 1, 10am, downtown Palo Alto. Palo Alto Recreation invites you to the 88th Annual May Fête Children’s Parade. This year’s theme, “Free to be…Me!” is all about honoring all the ways that our children and youth express themselves in a joyful and positive manner along life’s journey. The morning will be filled with spirited entertainment from local high and junior high school marching bands, floats, and thousands of children marching, skating, and cycling through downtown. Following the parade, join Partners in Education and celebrate our schools with food, music, and games at the 8th Annual PiE Fair at Addison School until 1pm. info: 463-4921,

Palo Alto Spring Children’s Fine Art Classes Begin April 3

It is time to sign up for an exciting, extraordinary art class for your son or daughter. Featured classes this quarter include Story Sculpture with local ceramic artist Nora Sarkissian and Painting Techniques with our very popular teaching artist Paulina Shapona. To register:, 329-2366.

Palo Alto Summer Studio Camp Registration is Underway

There is still room in great Summer Studio Camps for youth and teens. Info: 329-2366. To register:, 329-2366. Community News Donate and REcycle Bikes Sat. March 27, 10am-2pm, First Christian Church parking lot, 2890 Middlefield, Palo Alto. REcycling,, will be collecting working, old and broken bikes in Palo Alto. All you have to do is drop off your bike donation. All donated children’s bikes will be donated to the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition for repair and free distribution. All adult bikes are sold, with 100% of the proceeds donated to Finite Sphere, a start-up non-profit.

Seussical the Musical

March 19-28, Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays/Sundays 2:00 pm, Cañada College Mainstage Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Road, Redwood City Bay Area Educational Theater Company presents Seussical the Musical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss. “Seussical” is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza. Info and to order tickets: or 802-8423.

Stanford Math Brain Projects Seek Volunteers

Math Development and Disabilities: seeks 2nd graders with and without difficulties in math. Participants commit to sessions in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade, each with one 3-4 hour neuropsychological assessment and one 1.5 hour fMRI scan. Brain Imaging Research on Math Abilities in Autism Spectrum Disorder: seeks verbal 7-12 year olds with high functioning autism (HFA) for a study about how the brain does math. Participants would have a neuropsychological assessment, two autism diagnostic assessments, and two MRI scans. Info:,, 736-0128.

Kidpower Full-Force Parent-Child Workshop

 Saturday, April 17, 9 AM – 1 PM, Palo Alto. 4-hour Kidpower Full-Force Parent-Child Workshop for 6-12 year-olds with their adults. Families with older children practice personal safety skills together for handling every day emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies. Info:; Register:

CAC Parent Ed: Cognitive Therapies presented by a panel of therapists

Wed. May 5, 7-9pm, Covington Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos. Cognitive enhancement with programs such as PACE, Brainware Safari, Cogmed, Interactive Metronome, and Captain’s Log can provide many benefits to all students. These programs use brain-based learning and assist those that need extra boosts with their auditory and visual functions and short and long term memory. Sound therapy can also play an important role in cognitive enhancement. Come hear several speakers discuss the benefits of these alternative approaches for students with LD, ADHD, and ASD. Free, no registration necessary. Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC ( Community Kiosk