News: November 20, 2009


November 25 – 27:  No School
December 2:  Restaurant Night at Armadillo Willy’s

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

Save The Date: Annual Ice Skating Party

Mark Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 on your calendars for our Palo Verde Winter Lodge Skating Party! Strap on those skates and glide into the new year skating under the stars and holiday lights at Winter Lodge from 5:30-7:30pm. More details and sign-ups will be available after the Thanksgiving Break. 

The Family Giving Tree

Once again, Palo Verde is a proud host of The Family Giving Tree.  Please visit the office and select a gift tag.  All gifts must be returned to Palo Verde by Friday, December 11, 2009.  Please do not wrap your gift, just bring it in a bag with the tag securely attached to the bag or the gift.  Also, a new tooth brush would be greatly appreciated.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to select a gift for a child who is less fortunate. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris in the office (856-1672). Thank you for your continued support.

Palo Verde Kids’ Club Has Openings

The Palo Verde Kids’ Club is an on-site child care program provided by Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC). The program includes snacks, quiet homework time, craft activities, games, outdoor activities and special events. There is currently space available for all five days.  Part day schedules also available. Placement is given on a first come first served basis for both permanent and drop-in care. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more information contact:
Raqiyyah Ikram, Director
Kari Taylor, Director
3450 Louis Road
(650) 852-9475
pvkc (at) paccc dot com

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.

Library Volunteers Needed

The library is looking for more volunteers.  Please contact our school librarian, Laura Losier, if you are interested would like to help:

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.

Thank You,
Laura Losier, Palo Verde Librarian

PAUSD Announcements:

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 Art Center’s Children’s Fine Arts Program Late Fall Classes
The Palo Alto Art Center’s Children’s Fine Arts Program has a few late fall classes starting soon.  In “Secret Saturdays Workshop”, kids 7-12 years old will make the gifts, decorations and cards kids need for holiday fun–a Palo Alto holiday tradition.  Classes start Saturday 11/21 at the Art Center.  For preschoolers, “Active Arts for Parents and Tots” provides excellent preschool art experiences for little ones aged 18 months to 5 years. Classes start Wednesday 11/18 at Mitchell Park Center.  Info and to register: see the Enjoy! Catalog found at any City of Palo Alto facility or by calling the Palo Alto Art Center, 329-2366 and online:

Community Announcements:

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

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