News: November 13, 2009


November 17 – 20: Annual Book Fair with Kepler’s

November 18:  PTA Coffee and Kepler’s Book Talk, 8:15 – 9:15 AM

November 18:  Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM

November 25 – 27:  No School

December 2:  Restaurant Night at Armadillo Willy’s

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:


Your PiE donation will be DOUBLED between Nov. 2nd and Nov. 20th, through a generous $250,000 matching grant provided by the PiE Board and Advisory Council.

Take advantage of this opportunity to stretch your dollars and retain critical school programs and staff funded by PiE!  Suggested donation is $650 per child, although we welcome any contribution that is meaningful for your family.  All schools will sponsor “Donation Days” events during the last week of the Challenge Grant, Nov. 16th-Nov. 20th.  Meet your PiE representatives, ask your burning PiE questions, and make your tax-deductible donation count…twice!  Online donations welcome:

5 Reasons to Visit the Book Fair:

  1. Teachers will have wish lists for books so you can purchase one as a gift for your child’s classroom
  2. A Kepler’s staff person will always be available to answer questions and help you find a great book
  3. The money raised from the book fair will be used for our Palo Verde library
  4. It’s a great place to get gifts!
  5. It’s fun!

What is the Book Fair?

This is a fabulous event when Kepler’s sets up a store just for us in the Palo Verde multi-purpose room, bringing tons of books just right for our elementary students and some for their siblings and parents as well.

How do I pay for things?

We take cash, checks, and credit cards

More questions?

Email Gail Foelsch at foelschg (at) hotmail dot com or Alison Cormack at acormack (at) sbcglobal dot net

To sign up to help click here.

Book Fair Events:

Tuesday, November 17

  • 8 AM – 12 PM:  Book Fair Open!
  • 1 PM – 4 PM:  Book Fair Open!
  • All classes will come to the Book Fair during the day to hear the Kepler’s Staff talk about age appropriate books for each grade level.  Parents are welcome too!

Wednesday, November 18

  • 8 AM – 12 PM:  Book Fair Open
  • 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM:  PTA Coffee and Parent’s Book Talk with the Kepler’s Staff (book club books, new titles for adults, etc.)
  • 1 PM – 4 PM:  Book Fair Open
  • 5 PM – 8 PM:  Book Fair Open
    • 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM:  5th Grade Fundraising Dinner
    • 6 PM:  Mr. Garcia’s Story Hour
    • 7 PM:  Miss Laura’s Story Hour

Thursday, November 19

  • 8 AM – 10 AM:  Book Fair Open
  • 2 PM – 4 PM:  Book Fair Open

Friday, November 20

  • 8 AM – 10 AM:  Book Fair Open
  • 10 AM – 1 PM:  Pack up books

Wednesday Night Dinner at Palo Verde!

Where: Palo Verde, MP Room

What: Pizza Dinner — Pizza,salad,drink and dessert for $7.00 or Individual slices for $2.00

Why: 5TH Grade Fundraiser!

When: Wednesday, November 18,  5:30-7:30 PM

Who: Anyone and everyone!

News from the Library

New Library Website

Did you know there is a new Palo Verde Library website?  It’s linked through the Palo Verde site (go to then  click on ” Our Staff” and scroll down until you see my name – Laura Losier) but you can also get there directly at Here you will find useful links to the Palo Alto Public Library, Kidalog (Book Recommendations), Palo Verde Book Blog, the online catalog and district databases, booklists, and more.  I hope you and you child will find it very useful.

Thanks Kepler’s!

On October 29, 2009 Kepler’s Books treated the 2nd – 5th grades to a visit from Marissa Moss (author), Carl Angel (illustrator), and Maggie Gee.  (Pat Hanley made a surprise visit too!)  Our guests were promoting their new book called Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee. This inspiring story is about Maggie Gee, one of two Chinese American women to fly as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during the height of WWII.  This year President Obama presented her with the Congressional Medal of Honor for her service.

Award-winning author Marissa Moss has published over 50 books including the famous Amelia’s Notebooks series (   Carl Angel’s website is also very interesting (  I enjoyed looking at his beautiful sketchbook to see the various stages of his artwork.  You might also like to watch one of Maggie’s interviews on YouTube.  (Go to the Library website and then look under Blog.)

Marissa, Maggie, and Carl all worked hard to achieve their dreams.  They never gave up, despite the many obstacles and rejections they faced. (It took Marissa ten years to convince a publisher that this book was worth publishing!)

Volunteers Needed

The library is looking for more volunteers.  Please contact me if you are interested.

Mondays:   9-10 AM to help with book check-in and shelving

Thursdays:   10:30-11 AM Room 1 kinders need an adult to come assist with checkout

TBA:  Book Repair Person

Gently Used Children’s Magazines Requested

Do you have children’s magazines at home that you no longer want but are still in excellent condition?  The library is interested in copies of the following magazines: Sports Illustrated for Kids, American Girl, Boys’ Life, Dog Fancy, Nickelodeon, National Geographic Kids, Young Rider, Kids Discover, Muse, Ask, Dig, or Zoobooks.    I know the students at Palo Verde would enjoy reading these.

I hope to see you at the Book Fair.

Laura Losier, Palo Verde Librarian

PAUSD Announcements:


Remember that all PiE donations made between Nov. 2nd and Nov. 20th are DOUBLED through our generous $250,000 matching grant provided by the PiE Board and Advisory Council.  Don’t wait another day–donate today to retain our valuable PiE programs next year!

Everyday Math: Building Basic Facts Fluency (Grades K-5)

Monday, November 23, 7-9 PM, Palo Verde School, 3450 Louis Road, Palo Alto

A Parent Information Night on Everyday Math.  Spanish interpreting will be available.

Questions?  Linda, 329-3709

For the Community Kiosk click here.

City of Palo Alto Announcements

Palo Alto Library Commission Openings

Applications due Friday, November 20

The Palo Alto Library Commission is looking for three volunteers to serve in unexpired terms.  The Commission meets once a month and is responsible for advising the City Council on a variety of matters including reviewing budgets, receiving community input, commenting on fund raising efforts, and more.  If you wish to apply to serve on this committee contact the City of Palo Alto City Clerks Office at 329-2267 or Ronna.Gonsalves (at) cityofpaloalto dot org.  More information can be found at

Community Announcements:

PACO Sinfonia Concert

Sunday, November 15, 3 PM,  Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra’s Sinfonia will perform their first concert of the 2009-2010 season ounder the direction of PACO music director Benjamin Simon. This challenging program includes movements of four primary pieces and a variety of masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire performed by small ensembles comprised of Sinfonia members.  $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors and students.

Info:, 856-3848.

Willy Wonka at Cañada College

November 13-22, Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM & 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, Cañada College Mainstage Theater 4200 Farm Hill Road, Redwood City

The Bay Area Educational Theater Company presents the Bay Area premier of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.  Join the fantastic fun as Willy Wonka, The Candy Man, and the Oompa Loompas lead Charlie and his friends on a delicious, candy-filled adventure.  Based on the Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Special flying effects by ZFX

Info and to order tickets, or call 802-8423


Menlo Park Library and Kepler’s Books Present Barbara Kingsolver

Wednesday, November 18, 7 PM, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton.

In The Lacuna, her first novel in nine years, Barbara Kingsolver, the bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico City of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is a poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities.

Parents Place Winter Workshops

200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto

Parents Place is offering workshops of interest to elementary and middle school parents in their Winter 2010 Quarter. Winter Quarter 2010 workshops include: Empowering Your Daughter to Look Confidently at Herself, Her World, Her Future (for mothers of girls in middle school), $90 for 3/sessions, Bridging the Digital Divide: A Cyberspace Workshop for Parents and Teens (ages 11 up), $35/person, $50/family of 2 or more, For Dads Only – The Joys and Challenges of Fatherhood (all ages), $35, and Setting Limits- Raising Responsible Children Through Choices and Consequences (grades 2 – 8) , $35

Info / Registration:

Stanford Email Newsletter, Stanford For You

As a service to the community, Stanford recently launched a free monthly email newsletter, Stanford For You, about upcoming events on campus,  including information about concerts, sports, lectures, parenting and health resources, art exhibits and more.  All of these events are open to the public, and many of them are free.  To subscribe:  You can see the November newsletter at

Stanford Study Seeks Mothers and Daughters

Stanford Psychology Department’s Mood and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory is currently conducting a study of mothers who have suffered from depression in the past and their 9-15 year old daughters to better understand how they think and process information.  The long term goal of the study is to better improve treatments for emotional disorders.  The study involves visiting Stanford University a few times to participate in interviews, game-like computer tasks and fill out questionnaires.  Most girls also have a brain scan and take home a picture of their brain as a souvenir.  $40/hour for 3-10 hours over up to three visits.

Info: Jessica Gallagher, 736-2318, jgallagh (at) stanford dot