News: October 17, 2008


Wednesday, October 22, 8:15 AM – Palo Verde Assembly

Friday, October 31, 10:30 AM —  PTA Coffee and Halloween Parade

From the Desk of Lupe Garcia…

Dear Palo Verde Parents and Community,

We are now into our normal school routines and students, parents, and teachers are working to ensure we maximize the results of our collective efforts.  Parent/Teacher conferences will begin toward the middle of October and continue through November. Teachers spend countless hours reviewing your child’s work in order to complete the progress report card and to prepare for the conference with you.  Do drop by your child’s classroom to get informed about what your child is doing in his/her class.

Here are some of the things to expect at your parent-teacher conference:

·  The teacher will review your child’s strengths and areas for continuing development.

·  Samples of your child’s work and the results of various assessments will be shared.

·  The teacher will refer to the report card and will indicate your child’s progress toward meeting the standards that we expect students to know and be able to achieve by the end of the school year.  Is s/he making expected progress?  Is s/he making limited progress? If so, is there a need to put increased attention on a particular skill or concept? Has s/he already met or exceeded the standard?

·  Conference topics will include academic growth and performance, as well as study skills and social/emotional development.

·  The teacher may suggest ways in which you can assist and support your child’s progress at home.

·  The teacher will give you an opportunity to ask questions and share reflections about your child’s growth and achievement. 

It is our common goal, as parents and teachers, to work together in the best interest of all our children.  Thank you for taking the opportunity to meet with us, so we can move ahead together in supporting your child.

Updates and other general information:

   A Special Thanks to the many of you who take the lead (as well as the many “quiet doers”) in sponsoring and bringing school related activities to fruition. In particular, a “Special Thank You” to:

  • Katherine Saunders for organizing and putting on two successful events: the International Pot Luck Dinner and the Harvest Fair. These activities brought the parents and the children together in a spirit of community.  It was great fun!
  • Lauren Aspegren for organizing and cheering our students on another successful Walkathon.  Thank you also to the many of you who sponsored the fundraising event, which provides direct support for needed classroom items. 

•   School Site Council Election: the community will be voting on two (2) new community members for the Site Council to replace the two outgoing members.  You will find the ballot inside this edition of the Voice.  Please vote for two (2) candidates and turn in the ballot to Chris McGranahan, at our Main Office by Friday, October 24, 2008. 

Again, thank you for your active and supportive role in helping Palo Verde School provide a strong educational foundation for our children and a clear sense of community for all.

Warmest regards,

Lupe Garcia                                                                                                                                    

The “Help!” Desk…

Noon Games organizers are looking for donations of table games, Lego’s and other inside activities for our students to participate in during lunch-time in the Multi-Purpose Room. The table games should be complete in their parts and in good condition. Please drop your donations off at the Palo Verde office.

Our Harvest Fair Was a Big Success!

I would like to give a big thank to all the volunteers who worked hard to make this year’s Harvest Fair a big success!  The bake sale, fabulously run by Mala Nayak and Maria Zajac, made enough money to cover the costs of the Fair plus a little extra for the PTA general fund.  Adults and kids alike had a great time, and none of it would have been possible without help from parents, teachers, family, staff and students who came together to make it happen.

Special thanks go to the fabulous Harvest Fair Committee: Julie Curnow, Queenie Huang, Charlene Temple, Priya Junnarkar, Monica Kim, Ani Gnanalingam, Kathie Yang, Aisha Abeid and Jeff Saunders.  Many thanks also to Lupe Garcia, Chris Mcgranahan, Joan Jennings, Jeannie Llewellyn, Evelyn Guernsey, Theivanai Palaniappan, Khanh Doan, Girl Scout Troops 60801 and  60324, the firefighters of Engine #4, Gaby and Tony Boscacci of National Towing for their hot dog cart, Dan Nitzan, Moises Aguilar and Allan Pascual, the 5th graders at Palo Verde who volunteered at the fair, everyone who came to the Fair and to the wonderful families who donated food and ran the booths.

Thanks also to Palo Alto Bowl for their very popular bowling game and to Gary at Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream for donating half the cost of the ice cream certificates.  Both are wonderful local businesses which are involved in the community – please consider stopping by to say thanks in person.

Thank you!

Katharine Saunders

The Caring Committee Needs You!

Do you know of a family in our Palo Verde community who is going through a medical, financial, or relational struggle? Would you like to be able to help families at PV in those situations, but you wonder what you could do?

As Chair of the Caring Team, I invite you to do two things:

1)  When you become aware of a family in need, get their permission and then contact me with details.  I will speak with the family to explore how best to serve them and organize a team of helpers.

2)  If you’d like to be notified of needs (potential helping opportunities!), email me with your name and phone number(s).  I will contact you when opportunities arise.

We want to be a community of friends, and this is one very practical way to stand alongside each other. Thanks for considering these opportunities.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Charlotte Wilson, charwils (at) pacbell dot net

Last Chance for Cookie Dough and Gift Wrap!

Today is the deadline for your Sally Foster order!  Remember, there are 2 easy ways to shop!

1) Shop On-line at

  • You can shop on-line and have it delivered to your home. Palo Verde’s account number is 0357833.  Ask family and friends to shop on-line.

2) Order from the Catalog

  • Orders are due to the office by Friday, October 17. Checks for catalog orders are payable to Palo Verde PTA. (Internet orders are paid on-line with a credit card.)

Remember, we earn 50% on every item!  Thank you for your support!

Questions? Contact April McCandless – aprilmccand (at) yahoo dot com

Walk and Roll Day Success

Thank you to all the Palo Verde kids and parents that made Walk and Roll Day on Wednesday, October 8th a success at Palo Verde.   Nearly every child came to school either by walking, biking, scooter, carpool, or bus.  As a measure, we normally have 55 bicycles parked during the school day and on Walk and Roll Day we had a whopping 115 on campus.    Children were greeted by several parents. our principal Lupe Garcia, and our Superintendent Kevin Skelly. 

Please continue the habit of leaving the car at home.  If you must bring your car, please bring a friend or two with you.  For more information on safe routes please see the Palo Alto PTA’s website.

Thanks again to the parents who helped, including Carol Hyde and Jasmine Kuen for making the colorful posters and raffle boxes.  If you would like to help continue the success, please contact Lynn Drake (Traffic Safety Rep for Palo Verde) at lynndrake2004 (at) yahoo dot com.

Palo Verde Site Council Elections for 2008-2010

Please VOTE for TWO (2) candidates for the Palo Verde School Site Council by picking up a ballot at the school office and placing an “X” to the left of the names of your choice.  Two candidates will replace two outgoing community Site Council members. Elected members will serve a two-year term, beginning in the 2008 – 2009 school year. 

Turn in the completed ballot to Chris McGranahan at the Palo Verde School Main Office by Friday, October 24, 2008


This is my 4th year in the Palo Verde community with two sons, a third grader and a pre-schooler, who will be in kindergarten next year.  I have enjoyed being involved with a variety of school programs in the past, including a previous term on the Site Council and two years as the PTA president.   I am currently on the district-wide Math Adoption Committee and the Co-chair of the Palo Verde Annual Auction.   In addition, I have been a Little League coach for three years.   I look forward to participating in the Site Council this year.


I am a parent of a 3rd grader at Palo Verde and a 9th grader at Gunn. I am interested in serving on Palo Verde’s Site Council. I have experience serving on the site councils at both, Palo Verde and JLS Middle School, when my son attended these schools and am currently on the board of Palo Alto Partners in Education.  Participating on school committees has given me an opportunity to work with parents and staff towards a common goal of preserving and improving our school’s environment focusing on the academic, social and emotional needs of the students. As the Executive Director of the Morgan Family Foundation, I work directly with non-profit organizations in the area of education. I feel that both my personal and work experience provide me with a unique perspective that would be an asset, if I am selected to serve on Palo Verde’s Site Council. Thank you for your consideration.

Have You Made Your PiE Contribution Yet?

PiE has had a great start to the year. Over $960K has already been collected!  Palo Verde participation rate is 15% at this point. We would like to make 70% this year. Remember to send in your checks and don’t forget to ask your employer for matching funds.


Google, Intel, Microsoft, Sun, Cisco, Wells Fargo, Yahoo, Ebay, (and many, many more)

Donations go twice as far with matching gifts from your employer.  If you are not sure whether your company offers a matching gift program, you can check on our website

Donate now and take advantage of this great matching opportunity! 


Remember to fill in your matching employer information.

Questions?  Please email donations (at) papie dot org or call the PiE office at: (650) 329-3990.

Scaremeadow Haunted House

The public is cordially invited to visit the 15th Annual Scaremeadow Haunted House at Fairmeadow Elementary School, 500 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.

Also, Gunn Robotics Team members have designed and built a robotic haunted mansion that will be on display outside the Scaremeadow Haunted House and will be available, via silent auction, for one lucky family to display at their residence on Halloween night.

Fri. Oct. 24, 6-9pm and Sat. Oct. 25, 1-4pm. and 6-9pm.

Gifted Youth Web Program Available

The Stanford Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) is a web based math and language arts tutorial program, $135 PER SCHOOL YEAR. Developed with the gifted student in mind, Stanford has found that EPGY is valuable FOR ALL LEVELS OF STUDENTS.  EPGY starts at the K-2 level and continues with course offerings through secondary school, including AP and college level, thus providing a runway that parallels potential academic trajectory in school.  For more information, click here.  

Available to Palo Verde Students as a Community-based, extracurricular offering for 2008-2009 school year and beyond.  Ready for your Enrollment NOW!  You are invited to join Stanford EPGY seminar on Thursday, 10/23/08, 6-7pm at MP room, Palo Verde Elementary School where you can get more information about this program. 

Guest speaker:  Marie E. Pfeiffer, Assistant Director of School Marketing, Stanford EPGY

Halloween Make-Up Workshop at Paly

Let Palo Alto High School drama students help you create the make-up to match your child’s Halloween costume! This is a fundraiser for their trip to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland next year!  Make-Up Kits will be for sale too so you’ll be totally set for Halloween.  Cost per child- $10.00.

Saturday, October 25th from 1 – 4 PM, Paly High School, Haymarket Theatre, Sponsored by:  Paly High School Drama Department.  Questions call Lisa @ 494-1288 

Community Kiosk

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