News: October 16, 2009


Wednesday, October 21:  General PTA Meeting, 8:20 AM

Wednesday, October 28:  Sally Foster Orders Due

Wednesday, October 28:  Restaurant Night at Fresh Choice

Friday, October 30:  Halloween Parade & PTA Coffee, 10:30 AM
November 17 – 20: Annual Book Fair with Kepler’s

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

Save the Date – Palo Verde Book Fair

The annual book fair is coming in November, just in time for the holidays. This is a fabulous event when Kepler’s sets up a store just for us in the Palo Verde multi-purpose room, bringing tons of books just right for our elementary students and some for their siblings and parents as well.  As you might expect, it is a fundraiser for the PTA and provides books for our super library and our new librarian.  The prices you pay are the same as in the store, and the convenience just can’t be beat.  So, mark your calendars for November 17 to 20. Please e-mail Gail Foelsch at foelschg (at) hotmail dot com or Alison Cormack at acormack(at) sbcglobal dot net if you can help with set-up, clean-up or work a two-hour shift at the cash register.

P.S.  Working is fun because you get to talk with the Kepler’s staff, and they always have wonderful recommendations!

Sally Foster®/Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Please take some time to look through the catalogs sent home last week and share them with family, friends and co-workers. We strongly recommend online ordering this year. It is fast, easy and your order gets delivered to your home. It also makes it easy for out-of-town friends and family to participate. If you do want to order by paper form, please return the order form and money to school by October 28.

Our school earns up to 50% profit on all purchases, making it a very important fundraiser for our school.  As always, students should sell only to people they or their parents/guardians know. Remember:  Never approach strangers.

A View of Youth Stress: Warning Signs and Strategies for Coping and Dealing with Stress from the Experts

Wednesday, October 21, 6:30pm, Cubberley Auditorium, 4000 Middlefield, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Council of PTAs will host a program on middle- and high-school stress, removing the pressure to be perfect and opening up about depression in conjunction with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Adolescent Counseling Services. The panel will include Frances Wren, MD and Shashank Joshi, MD from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Philippe Rey, Psy.D, Adolescent Counseling Services; and a Student Panel of middle and high school students. Resource fair 6:30pm, panel discussion and Q&A 7-8:30pm.
Info: PTA Web site:

Santa Clara County H1N1 Flu Update:  October 1, 2009

As you may know, pandemic influenza (flu) is a world-wide outbreak caused by a new flu virus.  Because this H1N1 virus is a new flu strain and people have little or no immunity and it has spread world-wide, it has been declared a pandemic. At this time the virus seems to be no more severe than what is normally experienced with seasonal flu. But even if this virus does not become more severe, it will infect larger numbers of people, more than we typically see with seasonal flu.

On September 29, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency in response to the pandemic H1N1 virus. The declaration supports the Public Health Department’s response to pandemic H1N1 flu in our community, it makes it possible to redirect and gather additional resources to protect the health of Santa Clara County residents.  The Board’s action included allocating $500,000 in funds for flu emergency response efforts.

October is the beginning of the flu season and flu strains are circulating in our community – both seasonal flu strains and the pandemic H1N1 flu. The symptoms of seasonal flu and pandemic H1N1 flu are similar. Symptoms include fever plus other symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Many people with the pandemic H1N1 flu, especially children, also have diarrhea and vomiting. It is important to

remember most people who get sick with the pandemic H1N1 flu will get better without any medical attention and will recover at home.

Currently, human cases of flu have been increasing in the United States, including more than 2,000 reported cases of pandemic H1N1 in California. As of October 1st, there have been 159 hospitalized cases and 9 deaths attributed to H1N1 in Santa Clara County. The majority of these patients had underlying medical conditions.

Response and Planning

The overall response to the upcoming flu season will be challenging for the entire community. There will be particular challenges for the Public Health Department, hospitals and clinics, and the medical community. The Public Health Department, working with the entire Health & Hospital System and other partners, has organized the work at-hand into three major areas:

1. Surveillance, epidemiology and laboratory testing.

The Public Health Department continues to receive and monitor reports of pandemic H1N1 infections, especially in populations at highest risk.  The Public Health Department staff continues to investigate outbreaks and clusters of reported flu infections in settings where people gather together, all across our community.

2. Medical Intervention & Vaccination.

H1N1 vaccine manufactures will eventually produce enough vaccine to meet the nation’s need. But at first, vaccine supplies will be limited. The Public Health Department is working with the local medical community on the distribution of the H1N1 vaccine to local medical providers.

The department will also run several targeted vaccination clinics for people who do not have access to a medical provider and are at-risk for illness or serious illness.

The federal government has set priorities for those at highest risk for illness or for serious complications from H1N1:

  • Pregnant women;
  • People who live with or provide care for infants under 6 months;
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services workers;
  • Children and young adults between the ages of 6 months to 24 years of age; and
  • People from 25 – 64 years old who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications.

3. Risk Communication and Community Information.

Good information and clear messages will be critical in preparing the public for the potential impact of pandemic H1N1 flu. Because pandemic H1N1 is striking our school-age population, staff is working with school districts and has recently launched a H1N1 student awareness and education campaign. While this age group is a focus of these educational efforts, other information and tools will be made available for the parents of all school-age children and the Santa Clara County community at-large.

The emphasis of early communication activities will include information about preparing for this potential public health emergency, and how important it is that each and every one of us do all that we can to limit the spread of this disease – at work and at home.

What You Can Do

It is important to remember that most or the people who have been sick with pandemic H1N1 flu, have been taken care of at home and have fully recovered without any special medical attention.

If you do get the flu or have flu-like symptoms, it is important to stay home until you no longer have fever for at least 24 hours (after you stopped taking medication). The exception is people working in the healthcare setting, for them the period of time to stay home will be for 7 days from the time symptoms began, or until 24 hours after symptoms have stopped, whichever is longer.

Because so many people may become sick with this new flu virus, each individual and family should prepare and have they supplies they may need. As we saw during in the spring, pandemic influenza can have an affect on everyday life. Schools may have to be closed again, business may experience high absenteeism, and there may be spot shortages of supplies. Have a plan for yourself and your family in case any of these things happen. By preparing now, you can help protect yourself and your family later. Go to and look for the Home Care Guide for the information you need to prepare at home.

It will be important to stay informed. Information about prevention and control actions will be shared in a number of ways. Visit the Public Health Department’s web site at and by the CDC at for the latest. On the Public Health Department site you can now subscribe to the e-newsletter which will send new information about H1N1 and other Public Health Department activities as it becomes available.

H1N1:  When to Call the Doctor

You may be wondering why the pandemic H1N1 “flu” is getting so much attention. A pandemic flu is a new flu virus that spreads easily from person-to-person, and causes illness worldwide.  Since it’s new, people have no or little immunity – or protection – against it.

What’s also different is this new flu is affecting large numbers of young people between the ages of 5 and 24 years old. It’s important to know that most young, healthy people will recover at home without any special medical attention.

What to Do If You Think You’ve Been Exposed to H1N1

  • If you feel fine and have no symptoms you do not need to call or see a doctor, and you don’t need to miss school or work.
  • Watch for flu-like symptoms. Monitor yourself for a fever over 100 ºF plus a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue.

What to Do If You Are Sick with Flu-Like Symptoms

  • If you’re sick, stay home and keep away from other healthy people. If you have a fever plus another symptom stay home. Stay home until you no longer have a fever for at least 24 hours – without taking any fever medications.
  • Get plenty of rest and make sure to drink lots of water and other healthy clear liquids.
  • Treat fevers and aches with over-the-counter flu medicines. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

When to Call or Go to a Doctor

  • You have an underlying medical condition.
  • Your symptoms get worse.
  • You have trouble breathing.
  • You get dehydrated from vomiting and/or diarrhea.

When to Go to the Emergency Department

  • Go to the emergency department if you have any of the following symptoms:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Continued vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Confusion

To Help Prevent the Spread of Flu

  • Get your flu vaccines. If you haven’t gotten your seasonal flu vaccine – get it now.  Once the H1N1 vaccine is available, get that too.
  • Keep up good health habits. Wash your hands and cover your cough.
  • Stay informed. Get the latest updates by visiting our website at and becoming a fan of our page on Facebook at or on MySpace at

PAUSD Announcements:

Measure A Neighborhood Meetings

Wednesday, October 21, 6:30-8 PM, Staff Lounge, Gunn High

The Palo Alto Unified School District will hold a Gunn High School Neighborhood Meeting to present an update on the Group 1 projects of Measure A: Classroom Buildings A & B, an New Gymnasium, Portable Relocation Plans, and the Interim Parking and Drop-Off plan.  The presentation will be given by Deems Lewis McKinley Architecture.

Thursday, October 22, 6:30-8 PM, Library Paly High

The Palo Alto Unified School District will hold a Palo Alto High School Neighborhood Meeting to present an update on the Measure A Group 1 projects: Math and Social Studies Building, Media Arts Building, Bleacher Replacement, and the Portable Relocation Plans.  The presentation will be given by Deems Lewis McKinley Architecture, who will also discuss the exterior concept design of the new buildings. .

Learn About the Connections Program at JLS Middle School

Thursday, October 22,  6:30-7:30 PM,  Ohlone MP Room

Are you a 5th grader or the parent of a 5th grader?  Come find out if JLS Connections is right for you at this informational meeting.  Open to all interested parents and current fifth grade children (please do bring your fifth grader).  The JLS Connections Program is open to all PAUSD 2010 Incoming 6th graders.  Connections is a learning community of students, teachers, and parents where hearts and minds are inspired through challenging, innovative, and relevant teaching practices, including project-based and hands-on learning, differentiated instruction, and leadership development.  Application to the program is through lottery, with applications due in March.

Info: Connections website: or  Jen Hetterly, hetterly (at) sbcglobal dot net or Becky Epstein Epstein (at) meer dot net.

Partners in Education Offers Middle School Tours

Fifth-grade parents are invited to visit the district’s middle schools in a private tour offered by Partners in Education (PiE). Adults only, space is limited, advanced reservations are required. Please e-mail PiE at info (at) papie dot org with your name and the one school you’d like to visit.   All tours will last about 2 hours and start about 8:30 AM.

Tour Dates: JLS – November 4, Jordan – October 27 and Terman – October 28 or November 6 (choose one).

Dine For Kids

Thursday, November 12

Dine For Kids is an annual community event that raises funds to provide quality child care to low-income families. Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) families, supporters and the community at large will dine out at participating restaurants, enjoy some delicious food and share a wonderful evening. Participating restaurants will then donate 10 – 25% of their evening’s proceeds to PACCC. All funds raised by Dine For Kids directly support the 150-plus children currently enrolled in the PACCC Child Development Subsidy Program.  Please check the PACCC website ( for updates on participating restaurants and sponsors.  Also included in the event is an on-line auction that runs Nov. 5-16 and is located at


Volunteer Docents Needed

O¹Keeffe, Rivera, Thiebaud, Lawrence – Interested?  Volunteer docents needed to give presentations about the lives and work of Master Artists to PAUSD elementary students. Training provided by Arts

Coordinator, Sharon Ferguson, at Art Education, 25 Churchill, Portable C.  Art History background preferred.  For more information contact Emily at Art Education 329-3939, emarshall (at) pausd dot org.

For the Community Kiosk click here.

Community Announcements:

Electrostatics and Electromagnetism

Sundays, October. 11, 18, 25 & November 1, 1-3 PM, (4 sessions) MOAH 351 Homer, Palo Alto

At this Museum of American Heritage Workshop, the students learn about static electricity, going back to the days of the Greek scientists and tribo-electricity (creating electricity by rubbing, e.g., cat’s fur on amber), and progressing to Michael Faraday’s monumental discoveries. Then, students discover magnetism and induction. Content includes the history of magnetism and explores modern theories and applications that underlie electric power generation and magnetic material physics. Class projects include the construction of an electromagnetically charged (no battery required) flashlight.  Ages 10 and up

Fee: $65 members/$75 non-members.  Instructor: Jim Wall  Info or to register: 321-1004 or

Parent Ed Program: I Think My Child Needs Help – Now What Do I Do?

Wednesday, October 21, 7-9 PM, Covington Elementary School Multi, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos

A presentation for Special Ed. parents just getting started. The first hour will be a panel presentation by a developmental psychologist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, and a speech pathologist who will cover how they assist families who are seeking initial help. Dr. Steve Newton, a Los Altos-based developmental psychologist will discuss private testing and evaluation as well as psychological therapies. During the second hour, the floor will be open for questions and concerns. Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra 44th Season First Concert

Saturday, October 24, 8 PM, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Hall on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra will perform their first concert of the 2009-2010 season, featuring the founder and first violinist of Quartet San Francisco, Jeremy Cohen.  PACO will present the world premiere of Cohen’s new jazz violin concerto, with Respighi’s lovely Ancient Airs and Dances and the dark, powerful Chamber Symphony based on Shostakovich’s famous String Quartet No. 8.  Also on the program will be chamber music featuring the young musicians of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.  $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students.

info: 856-3848,