News: November 16, 2012


November 21                        :  No School
November 22                        :  Thanksgiving, No School
November 23                        :  Local Holiday, No School




Palo Verde PTA and School News


Family Giving Tree


Once again, Palo Verde is a proud supporter of the Family Giving Tree.  The Family Giving Tree supports 300 social services agencies and schools around the Bay Area, fulfilling the needs of low income families.  


Please come to the office, along with your child, and select a gift card.  All gifts are due back to the Palo Verde Office, no later than, Wednesday, December 5, 2012.  If you have any questions, please feel free to see Chris in the office.

 Thank you for your kind and generous support.


Donate to Partners in Education (PiE):  Last Day to Double Your Donation!

 Today is the last day  to double the impact of your donation during our PiE Donation Days Challenge, November 9-16, 2012 . Your PiE donation can be matched-dollar for dollar-up to $225,000 total for PiE, thanks to the “Donation Days Challenge” offered by generous PiE supporters. 


PiE funds at our school
  • Aides in each classroom
  • Reading specialists
  • Spectra Art
  • Project Resilience counselors

 THANK YOU!  Donate today at or leave your donation form in the PiE box in the school office.

Food Drive Reminder

Monday, 11/19 is the final day to donate food to Second Harvest Food bank.  If you would rather support Alameda County Community Food Closet, there is a collection jar for Safeway gift cards on the front counter of the Front Office.  The ACCFC has lost their USDA shipments which they relied on heavily.  ACCFC can turn $1 donation into $4 of healthy food.  If you would like to donate perishable items, please contact the coordinator at
Thank you for all the wonderful donations so far!  
Spare Change Project from October

At last Wednesday’s assembly the students decided to have their fundraiser support those devastated by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast.  Keep bringing in the spare change until the Thanksgiving Break.  The week AFTER Thanksgiving, students will count and roll the money their grade level collected on specific days AFTER school.  Look for a separate eNews mailing containing sign-ups for kid and adult volunteers, or contact Jana Baxter at 
In the meantime, we need lots and lots of empty money sleeves, especially for pennies, nickels and dimes.  There is a labeled box in front of the school (by the front office) for you to place donated money sleeves into.  Please don’t burden your child’s teacher with them.  Thanks in advance for volunteering to help your kids count their money and and for getting money rolls from your bank!!

November Asset of the Month: Embrace Diversity

It is important for youth to feel that they belong. Positive identity brings self-assurance, a sense of belonging, a positive view of personal future, and better success in school. Developing a positive cultural identity-a critical element of personal identity-can be difficult for young people, especially when they may be bridging more than one culture.  
The way that youth are treated in regard to their ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or gender directly affects their ability to develop a positive personal identity. As adults, it’s critical that we model recognition, understanding, and celebrating of all cultural identities, including the cultures to which we and/or our children do not belong.
Sharing and celebrating different cultural identities increases self-esteem and promotes cultural competence among all young people. The diversity of Palo Alto is a benefit to our youth as they are exposed to many different cultures.
The following discussion topics* can help families talk about their cultural identity: 
* What is our cultural background?
* What are some things that you value about our culture?
* What are some things about our culture that you would like other people to know?
* Do you know anyone who’s from a different culture? In what ways are your cultures similar and different? Do your cultural differences make it difficult to be friends? How can you share your cultural differences in a positive, nonjudgmental way?
*Adapted from the Canadian Child Care Federation’s “Supporting Our Children’s Social Well-Being…It’s a Team Effort!” workshop
This content is based on Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program resource kit. For more information, visit
October Asset resource kit: 
To get involved in the Palo Alto Developmental Assets Initiative of Project Safety Net, contact s at: