News: November 27, 2009


December 2:  Restaurant Night at Armadillo Willy’s

December 16:  Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM

December 18:  Minimum Day, 1:25 Dismissal for ALL students

December 19 – January 3:  No School

January 4:  School Reopens

January 6:  Ice Skating Party at Winter Lodge, 5:30 PM

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

Book Fair Success!

Thank you to all the Palo Verde families who came to our Book Fair. This is a long-standing Palo Verde tradition and one we enjoy doing with Kepler’s. Kepler is a wonderful bookstore that is a community-based business that deserves our commitment and patronage. Through the book fair, the teachers now have some great new books in their classrooms and our library will soon have new additions, as well.

As a school community, we also need to thank the volunteers who organized this event. Alison Cormack and Gail Foelsch lead the charge, working closely with Kepler’s throughout the event and organizing the additional volunteers who worked shifts during the fair. Please join me in thanking Alison and Gail as well as the others who helped: Angie Rodriguez, Katharine Saunders, Shubha Ranga, Tracy Stewart, Joan Kusak, Irena Smith, Fidelia Wang, Lori Harrenstien, Joanna Schloss, Pat Hanley, Padmini Krishnan, Karen Wang, Diane Jakubowski, Mala Nayak, Heather Schultz, Jeanette Brisnan, Sophia Gu. Evelyn Guernsey

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).

Palo Verde Kids Club

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:  Raqiyyah Ikram, Director or Kari Taylor, Director, (650) 852-9475 or

Save The Date!

Palo Verde’s Annual Ice Skating Party
Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 5:30-7:30 PM, Winter Lodge Ice Rink

Sign Up Forms Will be sent home early December.  Volunteers needed to work the the front ticket desk,
pizza, and bake sale tables!
To volunteer, please call Lori Harrenstien, 856-3237 or iceturtles (at) gmail dot com

PAUSD Announcements:

Parent-Ed: Children’s Friendships: How Parents Can Help

Wednesday, December 2, 7 PM, Multipurpose Room, Hoover Elementary

A discussion with noted local expert, Dr. Louise Singleton.  This PTA Parent Ed program is free and open to all parents of PAUSD children in Young Fives or K-5th grade.  Dr. Singleton will discuss why friendships are important for elementary school children, how friendships change as children get older, and some ways to help children communicate and get along better with their peers.  Topics include shyness, bullying, assertiveness, and strategies to teach positive social skills.  They’ll discuss ways parents can help improve children’s peer relationships.  Questions and discussion are encouraged.

Building Blocks to Student Success
Tuesday, December 8,  6-8 PM, Boys and Girls Club, 2031 Pulgas Ave, East Palo Alto
The Parent Network for Students of Color and Hispanic Community (PNSCHC) with PTA Council and PAUSD invite you to join other Palo Alto Unified School District parents prepared to share what is or isn’t working for your child. Use this informal session to learn great strategies for raising highly successful children.  Childcare and light dinner will be provided.  You are welcome to bring a dish to share if you like.
Venga a reunirse con otros padres del Districto Escolar de Palo Alto (PAUSD) quienes participaran en lo que esta o no esta trabajando para sus niños.  Use esta sesión informal para a prender buenas estategias para cultivar niños exitosos.  Tendremos Guarderia.  Se serbira una cena ligera, pueden traed algo de comer si desean.
Info: Hilda Espinoza, 813-9556 (Español), Kim Bomar, 323-7845 (English),

Community Announcements:

French Afterschool Classes at Barron Park School

Come and play, read and write in French.  Second quarter starts Monday, November 30 – there is still time to register.

Non French Speakers:  K – 2nd Grade:  Tuesdays, 3:20 – 4:40 PM, 3rd – 5th Grade:  Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:40 PM, $20/hour; tuition is asked every quater.

Info: or Judith Rapoport, judith.rapoport (at) gmail dot com

Palo Alto Art Center Holiday Family Day

Sunday,  December 6, 2-4 PM, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road

An afternoon of free art activities for families with children ages 5 and up.  Make gifts, ornaments, cards, and more!  Activities will be led by artists and volunteers from the community and will be accompanied by live Mariachi music!  This free program is made possible by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation,

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