News: October 2, 2009


Friday, October 2:  Sally Foster Sales Start

Sunday, October 4:  Harvest Fair, 3 – 5 PM

Wednesday, October 7:  Walk & Roll to School Day

Wednesday, October 28:  Restaurant Night at Fresh Choice

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

The Palo Verde Harvest Fair is coming!

The Palo Verde Harvest Fair will be Sunday, October 4th, from 3 – 5 pm at Palo Verde School.  This is a fun family activity that offers carnival games with prizes for the kids, a bake sale with hot dogs and goodies made by our own Palo Verde families and the opportunity to meet and socialize with other Palo Verde families.  Admission is FREE – we hope to see you there!

Palo Alto Walks & Rolls Day 2009

Wednesday, October 7th is the annual citywide Palo Alto Walks & Rolls Day to promote safer streets, healthier bodies, a greener planet.  Palo Verde families let’s join in!  Give your car a break and Walk & Roll to and from school on October 7th.  If you have any questions or for more information contact Silvie and George Pierce at silviep (at) att dot net.

Town Hall — Live & Online — “Everything You Wanted to Know & Now Can Ask School Board Members Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom”

Monday, October 26, 7-8:30 PM, PAUSD Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto.

Join as Moderator PTA Council President Terry Godfrey asks School Board members Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom audience questions about education matters that matter before election day.  Can’t leave home?  Watch live over the internet; plug in your speakers or headphones and go to to download Microsoft Office Live (free) and view.  Candidate questions can be emailed in before to or posed during the meeting live or via InterCall’s “Q&A” tab.

This event is open to the entire community and hosted by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.


PAUSD Announcements:

Pie Interview with Superintendent Kevin Skelly

Superintendent Kevin Skelly discusses the impending budget shortfall in our District and the ever increasing importance of PiE in the September PiE newsletter!  Read it at Will your employer match your PiE donation doubling its impact?  Check at  Join the 1,340 families who have already given their support and donate today at

Gunn Facilities Steering Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 7, 12:30-1:30 PM, Gunn Teacher’s Lounge

The Palo Alto Unified School District will host a Facilities Steering Committee Meeting to begin Schematic Design development on the Gunn High School’s New Math and English Building, New World Languages

Building, New Gymnasium, Modernization of Existing Gymnasium, Portable Relocation, and the Parking and Drop-Off Plans.  The meeting will be conducted by Deems Lewis McKinley Architecture.

Dine Our For Packard

Thursday, October 8

Support your Children’s Hospital by joining the first-ever Dine Out for Packard day, benefiting the patients and families of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  Participating restaurants throughout Palo Alto will donate a percentage of total sales to the Children’s Fund, which helps the Hospital meet its greatest needs each year. Info including list of participating restaurants:

“Raising Authentic, Courageous and Confident Daughters”  On Public Access Cable

Oct. 7, 9pm, Oct. 10, 10am and Oct. 11, 8pm, Channel 28

If you missed the recent live presentation by author/educator Rachel Simmons at Gunn’s Spangenburg Theater Sept. 24, organized by Palo Alto PTA Council Parent Education and the Los Altos PTA Council, the presentation will be featured soon on the Palo Alto Media Center’s local cable access Channel 28 ( In The Curse of the Good Girl, Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence, Simmons addresses how to boost a girl’s ability to manage interpersonal conflicts in a healthy way. She also offers girls advice on how to handle criticism constructively, and how to be true friends with peers. Her goal is to inspire and empower girls to be truly confident, courageous, authentic, and self-aware.


Current Research on the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Students

Wednesday, October 14, 7-8:30 PM, Board Room, 25 Churchill, Palo Alto

PAUSD’s Elementary and Middle School GATE Parent Presentation by Dr. Tracy Cross, Ball State Univ. The lives of students with gifts and talents are quite complicated.  They grow up within many subcultures that have differing notions about giftedness.  Consequently, they face dilemmas in their development that their non-gifted peers do not.  Most gifted students develop social coping strategies to help them navigate the complicated social waters of childhood and adolescence.  This presentation will report the recent research on the social and emotional development of our students with gifts and talents.  Flyer:, Questions: 329-3769

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,

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City of Palo Alto Announcements:

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

Thousands of glistening glass pumpkins and other unique glass art objects return to Palo Alto, when the Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, and the Bay Area Glass Institute present the 14th Great Glass Pumpkin Patch.  Held at the Palo Alto Art Center, this beloved autumn event—and the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in California.  All glass pumpkins and other glass art are available for purchase only on Saturday & Sunday, October 3 & 4, from 10 AM – 5 PM, rain or shine.  For more information, call (650) 329-2366, or (408) 993-2244 or visit

Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Annual Costume Sale

Sunday October 4, 9:30 AM – 3 PM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

The Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre in cooperation with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre will be selling costumes and accessories from past Palo Alto Children’s Theatre productions including animals, fantasy characters, and vintage clothing in a variety of sizes just in time for Halloween.  Flyer: Info: 463-4930

International Fair to Benefit Palo Alto’s Sister-City Projects

Sunday, October 4, 11 AM – 5 PM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Family Fun Day, an international fair, will benefit children’s projects of Neighbors Abroad (NA) in Palo Alto’s Sister Cities in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Palo Leyte, Philippines.  Centerpiece of the event is an international store, along with games, crafts and storytelling for children.   Sharing the spotlight is an international fashion show. Admission to the courtyard is free.  All proceeds from activities at the international fair will go directly to NA’s support of a children’s orphanage and a Child-to-Child health program in Oaxaca and a children’s library in Palo Leyte.  Co-sponsored by Neighbors Abroad and the City of Palo Alto.  Donations for the international store welcome.  Questions: 493-3798.

Community Announcements:

Lecture on Century-Plus History of Woman’s Club of Palo Alto

Sunday, October 4, 2 PM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Margaret Feuer, former president of the Woman’s Club of Palo Alto and co-author of A Walk Through History:  Women of Palo Alto, will trace the 115-year history of the organization at a free public meeting of the Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA).  Feuer will discuss the activities of the Club through the years and its relationship to the history of women in America.  She promises to explain what Charles Dickens, who died in 1870, had to do with a Club which was founded in 1894.

Gamble Garden Community Day

Sunday, October 4, 10 AM-2 PM, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

Join for a day filled with children’s activities, a gorgeous plant sale, horticultural resources, garden demonstrations, food, entertainment, and much more.  This event is free of charge and is open to the community.   Throughout the day neighbors, friends, members, volunteers, and families will be entertained, educated, and inspired.  Info: 329-1356, ext. 212

Humane Planet Expo

Sunday, October 4, 12-4 PM, Cogswell Plaza (a park), corner of Lytton and Ramona, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) is putting on this community event in honor of World Animal Day.  This Humane Planet Expo will have children’s puppet shows at 1pm and 3pm, as well as (non-toxic) face painting, food, and other goodies.  The full announcement, showing details and partners, is on the PAHS home page:

Parents Place Workshops

200 Channing, Palo Alto

Parents Place Fall Quarter 2009 workshops for elementary and middle school parents include:

Beyond Sibling Rivalry, Keeping the Peace (ages 3-8), Wednesdays, 9/23 & 9/30, 7-9 PM, $60

Creative Parenting (preschool-5th grade), Mondays, 10/5-11/2, 6:30-8:30 PM, $175

Connecting With Your Child Everyday (5-11 years), Thursday, 10/15, 7-9 PM, $35

Children Who Struggle With Homework (grades 2-6), Tuesdays, 10/20 & 10/27, 6:30-8:30 PM, $60

Pay Attention (Kindergarten-grade 6), Tuesday, 12/8, 6:30-8:30 PM, $35

Registration and full class descriptions:

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 (