News: October 23


Wednesday, October 28:  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:

Walk & Roll Wrap-Up

The Walk & Roll on October 7 had a great turnout. The foot power won,  69% of students walked & rolled to school and 31% of students came to school by gas power.

Other days the average is 54% foot power to 46% gas power. You can see the big difference in numbers. When we focus on the task ahead the positive numbers go up and negative go down.

Our hopes for this school year are:

a) to stay focused on being healthier and gentler to our environment by using more foot power

b) to try to get closer to 69% of foot powered students on any given school day

Congratulations to all the raffle winners! Don’t forget to put your prizes to some good use soon.  The raffle prizes came from Cardinal Bike Shop in Palo Alto. Thank you for your support.

A big thank you to all parents, students, and school staff, who participated in Walk & Roll.

Safety reminder: Always wear your helmet when riding and rolling! It is the law for children under 18.

Way2Go Palo Verde!

George and Silvie Pierce

PTA Traffic/Bike Safety Reps

Got Books?

Donate your books to our reading and English language program and help Palo Verde’s young readers.  Natalie Bivas would like your gently used picture books, early/easy readers, and easy chapter books for the students learning to read.  If you have books your children have outgrown (new books welcome too), please drop them off at the office or in room 10.

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!

Palo Verde Green Team

The Palo Verde Green Team, chaired by 5th grade teacher Jennifer Aza is soliciting help from our school community and parents this yearto join the team and help with upcoming projects and meetings.  The Green Team meetings will be (all dates are a Thursday at lunch unless otherwise noted):

October 22nd

November 5th

November 20th (a Friday–5th graders have their State Fair the day before and lunch time will be very precious to them)

December 10th

Sally Foster/Cookie Dough Fundaiser Orders Due!

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.

PAUSD Announcements

Fairmeadow Elementary School’s 16th Annual Harvest Fair

Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, Fairmeadow, 500 E. Meadow Dr., Palo Alto

The 16th annual Fairmeadow Elementary School Harvest Fair features an array of family fun activities, a scrumptious barbeque cooked by seven award-winning chefs from Facebook’s CaféX, and a bone-rattling new graveyard attraction in the ever-shape-shifting, always hair-raising Scaremeadow Haunted House.   The Harvest Fair and Facebook Chef Barbeque is on Saturday, October 24, 12-4 PM.  The Scaremeadow Haunted House is open on Friday, October 23 6-10 PM and during the Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 24 12-4 PM and then later that night from 6-10 PM.

School Board Town Hall Meeting:

Ever wondered. . . ?  Now you can ask in person (or by email (TownHall (at) paloaltopta dot org)) at the PTAC’s first ever School Board Town Hall meeting and see what School Board members Dana Tom and Barb Mitchell have to say.  The PTAC Town Hall series gives you a very different kind of access to our school board members – one where you can ask whatever is on your mind, easily, informally and anonymously if you wish.

Monday, October 26, 7-8:30 PM, PAUSD Boardroom, 25 Churchill Ave., 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.  Questions can be emailed in before to TownHall (at) paloaltopta dot org 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.


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 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).

Screening: Speaking in Tongues

Tuesday, November 3, 7-8:30 PM, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High

Speaking in Tongues explores the provocative notion that being bilingual can be a national asset.  Taking us beyond rote arguments and stereotypes, this intimate film witnesses the joys and challenges of four diverse children on their journey to become global citizens.  Enter their world and ask, today, is knowing one language enough?  Free screening of 2009’s San Francisco International Film Festival Audience Award winner.  Sponsored by: PAUSD, SIPAPA (Spanish Immersion Parents Association of Palo Alto) and Menlo Park Spanish Immersion Parents.  Trailer:

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,

For the Community Kiosk click here.

City of Palo Alto Announcements

Day of the Dead Celebration

Sunday, November 1, 12-5 PM, Stern complex/Rinconada area

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a full afternoon of storytelling, dancing, and food.  Participants in Children’s Theatre’s Night of the Living Dead will guide visitors between venues throughout the day–a festive and spooky procession for kids of all ages.  Food will be available for purchase at the Art Center and at the Children’s Library.   Presented by the Palo Alto Library, Art Center, Jr. Museum and Children’s Theatre.  Details:

Community Announcements:

Emergency Prepareness Fair

Saturday, October 24, 10 AM-1 PM, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3865 Middlefield, Palo Alto

Come to this free, informative Emergency Preparedness Fair to educate yourself on home storage, evacuation planning, water storage, first aid and many other aspects of preparedness. The Red Cross, Fire Department and PANDA associations will all be at the fair with demonstrations and important information. You’ll feel good leaving the fair knowing how to keep your family safe.


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,


Museum of American Heritage: Bill Lane Remembers Sunset

Monday,  October 26, 6:30 PM, MOAH,  351 Homer, Palo Alto

The Lane family molded the character of Sunset Magazine and the Western lifestyle from the Depression era until nearly the end of the 20th century.  Hear Bill Lane’s insider perspective on the changes, influences and personalities that created the uniquely Western institution that shaped the life and daily activities of generations of Westerners.  Free for Members/$5 for Non-members. Info: 321-1004,

Menlo Park Library and Kepler’s Books Present Barbara Kingsolver

Wednesday, November 18, 7 PM, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton.

In The Lacuna, her first novel in nine years, Barbara Kingsolver, the bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico City of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is a poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities.