News: November 18, 2011


November 23-25    : Thanksgiving Holidays, No School
November 28          : PTA Board Meeting
November 30          : Project Cornerstone ABC Volunteer’s Meeting

Palo Verde/PTA News
Spirit Gear Orders
The ordered items were passed out on Monday, Nov 14. If you didn’t receive your items or if there were any errors, please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com) asap.
Halloween Candy Buyback

Operation Gratitude is here in the Bay Area and will be sending 60,000 care packages to the soldiers in Iraq for the holidays…. THEY NEED YOUR CANDY and are willing to buy it from you. All you have to do is take your candy to a participating dentist office, then they ship the candy to the soldiers, who are happy to get the sweet treats to eat, or use as a goodwill gesture to share where they are deployed. You can trade that “unwanted” candy for $1/pound, or choose to get dental health gift bags for your kids. To learn more about the organization, and find an office near you, go to

Kids’ Bingo Bash! = Parents’ Night Out!
There are still some spaces available in the Kids’ Bingo Party on Friday night, December 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm. Your PV school-aged kids can play games, have snacks and win prizes, while you get a couple of hours to yourself for holiday shopping – or just tranquility – on a Friday night! That means BINGO! for both of you. Tickets are $15/child and include all activities, there are no additional costs to play the games. Advance registration is required. To have your child(ren) join in the fun, contact Xia Guan or Heather Schultz before the end of November, Please include “Bingo party” in the subject line of your message. All proceeds from this Fall Party Book event go to Palo Verde PTA.
Are you Missing a Coat? A Lunchbox? A Scooter?

With the cold mornings and warm afternoons, our Lost and Found is overflowing with coats and sweaters. Some nice ones, too! Please take a look and claim your belongings. They will be donated before the December holiday break. Also sitting in the bin unclaimed are lunch boxes, thermoses, hats, bike helmets, and a Razor scooter. To help get your belongings back to your family faster, please label them.

Looking for Palo Verde’s Girl Scouts Leader

Girl Scouts is a well established organization ( almost 100 yrs. old ); there are a lot of training classes, on-line and in person, and other volunteers who could share their successes (and failures) to help learn how to be a Girl Scout Leader. There is a great amount of flexibility in scheduling meetings and events according to what works for the families of your Girl Scout troop.

Girl Scouts has a whole catalog of already-organized events a troop can sign up for so it was more of a scheduling of events than actual figuring out what to do and when J. Some favorites have been visiting the tide pools at Pillar Point/ Half Moon Bay, camping with other Girl Scout troops, the annual Ice Skating Party at Winter Lodge and most recently the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk overnight.  Darcy Huston, the Girl Scouts coordinator for Palo Alto, would be glad to meet with/talk to any person who would potentially like to start a troop and share more specifics and answer any questions to help get a troop started. Please contact her at or via telephone at (650)857-9273