News: October 30, 2009


November 11:  NO SCHOOL

November 17 – 20: Annual Book Fair with Kepler’s

November 18:  PTA Coffee and Kepler’s Book Talk, 8:15 – 9:15 AM

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

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, is looking for parent-volunteers this year to join the team and help with upcoming projects and meetings. Come join the team and see how Palo Verde’s 4th and 5th graders are taking the lead in making our campus and our community GREENER.

All meetings are held on Thursdays at lunch (12:00 PM) in room 18, unless otherwise noted:

November 20th ( Friday)

December 10th

PAUSD Announcements:

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, emarshall (at) pausd dot org.

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 in conjunction with the Art Center’s exhibition, “Treasures from the Mexican Museum: A Spirited Legacy.” Activities will be a four venues:

  • Palo Alto Art Center: art making and traditional music and dance performances co-sponsored by Raices de México starting at noon.
  • Children’s Library: storytelling with Olga Loya at 1:30 and 2:30 PM.
  • Main Library: teen workshop decorating sugar skulls at 3 PM.
  • Junior Museum and Zoo: contribute to an altar commemorating extinct animals or in memory of your own special animal friend starting at 1 PM.

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 Palo Alto Art Center and at Palo Alto Children’s Library.


Palo Alto Library Commission Openings

Applications due Friday, November 20

The Palo Alto Library Commission is looking for three volunteers to serve in unexpired terms.  The Commission meets once a month and is responsible for advising the City Council on a variety of matters including reviewing budgets, receiving community input, commenting on fund raising efforts, and more.  If you wish to apply to serve on this committee contact the City of Palo Alto City Clerks Office at 329-2267 or Ronna.Gonsalves (at) cityofpaloalto dot org.  More information can be found at

Community Announcements:

Dia de los Muertos and Full Moon Hike

Monday, November 2, 5-8 PM, Pearson-Arastradero Preserve

Join Acterra Stewardship staff for Dia de los Muertos activities and enjoy a rare opportunity to explore the sights, sounds and smells of the Pearson Arastradero preserve after dark. Meet at 5 at the Gateway facility, enjoy burritos, Mexican hot chocolate, decorate cookie skulls, make tissue paper marigolds, and learn about the human history of the preserve. At 6pm, join one of several hikes of varied length and venture out and learn first hand about the natural history of the preserve.  Cost $10.  Recommended for kids 8 and up.   Hike to be postponed with heavy or steady rain, call our rain-out line at 962-9876 ext. 347 on that day. To registert:

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.