News: November 2, 2012


November 4                          :  Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 7                          : School Site Council Meeting
November 7                          :  Math Night Around the World
November 7                          :  PTA Coffee
November 9                          :  PTA Board Meeting
November 12                        :  No School, Veteran’s Day
November 21                        :  No School
November 22                        :  Thanksgiving, No School
November 23                        :  Local Holiday, No School
Palo Verde PTA and School News

The Lost and Found Cart is Overflowing! 


We want to encourage you to check the cart and also to encourage your kids to check the lost and found cart.

Many (not all) of the items appear to belong to older children from perhaps 3rd, 4th and 5th grades who perhaps venture to and/or from school independently. Please consider spending a few minutes writing your child’s name inside their jackets or on their lunchboxes/bags. That way the items can find their owners more quickly.


Remember, you can check the flickr site:

 to see what is in the cart at the end of the month.


Math Night at Palo Verde, MP Room: Math Around the World
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA
Wednesday, November 7th 2012, 6:00-7:45 PM
Take a mathematical trip around the world! Timeless games from many areas of the globe are offered to challenge students’ skills in using probability, logic, and strategy. From Native American Game Sticks to Lo-Shu Puzzles of China, students exercise their ability to focus and problem-solve – traits necessary for succeeding in math. Maps as well as historical information blend social studies and geography with mathematics.
Volunteers needed to assist with the stations. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail dot com
Donate to Partners in Education (PiE): 
One Week to Double Your Donation!

You can 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.
November Community Service Project


The November Community Service Project is a food drive, that will kick-off on Halloween Day. Please send a can of food, or other non-perishable food item, to school with your goblin on Halloween. Second Harvest Food Bank will be delivering barrels for food collection in time for Halloween, and our job will be to fill them from Halloween to November 19. Much of the early collections will be distributed to local food closets (S. Palo Alto Food Closet, Ecuminical Hunger Project, and other local areas) to help ensure that our local neighbors-in-need are cared for. We will keep filling the barrels to help Second Harvest Food Bank help all our neighbors of Santa Clara County. If you’d rather donate a Safeway gift Card so that perishable items can be purchased by the recipient institution, a donation box will be placed in the front office. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity. The kids really got a kick out of watching the food pile up last year! For questions, or to find out what days perishable items can be accepted, please contact Jana


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,
October Asset resource kit:
To get involved in the Palo Alto Developmental Assets Initiative of Project Safety Net, contact s at: