News: October 31, 2008


Monday, November 3 – School Picture Make-Ups
Wednesday, November 5 – Restaurant Night at Armadillos Willy’s from 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Tuesday, November 11 – NO SCHOOL
Tuesday – Saturday, November 18 – November 22 – Book Fair with Kepler’s Books
Wednesday – Friday, November 26 – November 28 – NO SCHOOL

From the PTA President…

Hello Palo Verde Families,

Happy Halloween! Below are updates on new purchases made as a result of your Walk-a-thon donations and information on our upcoming Book Fair.

New Tech/Educational Purchases
First, I want to update you all on some new technology and educational purchases the school recently made as a result everyone’s generous Walk-a-thon donations last month. With the Walk-a-thon funds you and your children raised, Palo Verde has 2 new color printers, one in the library and one in the teacher’s lounge. All the teachers’ laptops have been wirelessly networked to the printers so they are able to use them from anywhere on campus.

Also, with the Walk-a-thon funds, each grade now has access to Reading A-Z, an online resource of downloadable books, reading lessons, worksheets and other research and standards-based materials that allow teachers to develop both highly individualized and classroom reading programs.

More purchases as a result of your Walk-a-thon donations are underway and we will continue to update you on those as they are made.

Kepler’s Book Fair Nov. 18th – 22nd
The Palo Verde Book Fair, in partnership with Kepler’s Book Store, is coming to Palo Verde November 18th – 22nd. This is an annual Palo Verde event that kids and parents enjoy. A percentage of the book fair sales go to Palo Verde School. Also, as a reminder, year-round, a percentage of any purchase you make at Kepler’s Book Store goes to Palo Verde when you mention our school at check out.

Kim Amsbaugh
PTA President
Amsbaugh (at) gmail dot com

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Look for news about the upcoming book fair soon! In the meantime, click here and be sure to mention Palo Verde every time you shop at Kepler’s. When you do, they donate 10 percent of your purchase to our school!

School Pictures Make-up Day

Monday, November 3, 2008

Students who wish to have a picture retaken DO Not need to complete an order form.  Please read the retake policy on your picture package insert.

Students who were not photographed, please complete an order form and return to your classroom teacher on Monday.  Forms can be found in the Office.

The “Help!” Desk

5th grade parents and families –  your 5th graders need your help in making their last year in Palo Verde extra-special!
Can you help with the Promotion (graduation), Promotion party, taking photos, year book?  Contact Julie Schwardt jnschwardt (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Parents and Traffic Safety

Palo Verde’s 3rd Grade Bike/Traffic Safety Program was a big success, with the culmination of the program being the 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo on October 15.

The five stations in the rodeo included practice in signaling and turning, scanning over your left shoulder, controlled riding around obstacles, yielding right of way, and checking for proper helmet fit. Many of these skills are as critical for pedestrians, skaters or scooter riders as they are for cyclists.

But even more important is what happens outside the classroom.  Each of us has an important role in teaching our children to be safe on the street.  Some suggestions for when you’re walking, biking or driving around the community with your children:

  • Encourage your child to observe the behavior of other users of the road, especially at intersections.
  • Help your child recognize examples of safe vs. unsafe choices.   Crossing at corners, making eye contact with drivers before crossing their paths and riding with (not against) traffic will greatly reduce your child’s risk of being hit by a car.
  • Be a good role model for your children on the road.  Whether it’s wearing a well-fitted helmet or yielding to those with the right of way at intersections, they will do as you do, not as you say.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make the Bike Rodeo an excellent learning experience for the children: Diane Jakubowski, Doug Keith, Sylvie Pierce, Kristin Foss, Katharine Saunders, Stefanie Bastian, Alagu Periyannan, Linda Verhulp, Evelyn Guernsey, Celia Cheng, Larry Cheng, Silvia Siu, Paulmer Soderberg, Kathy Phung, John Wang, Jeannie Llewelyn, Fidelia Wang, Lidija Davis, Gaby Boscaci, Jasmine Kuen, Gail Foelsch, Alison Cormack, Tomoko Kamiya, Xioyun Wu, PA Medical Foundation’s Carol Anderson and the PA Fire and Police Departments.

Food Service Department Update

Beginning with the November menu, the Food Service Department will no longer print hard copy menus for all elementary students to take home. In an effort to cut down on the amount of paper used, the Food Service Department will post the menu on the webpage and approximately 50 copies will be sent to each school office.

Please access the menu via the webpage or for those without computer access, the school office.

Noticias al Día del Departamento de comida

Comenzando el mes de Noviembre, la lista de los platos que se sirven durante el mes, ya no será imprimidas (copias que llevan a casa)  para los estudiantes de las escuelas de primaria.  El propósito es cortar la cantidad de papel que se usa.  La lista de platos que se servirán estará en nuestra pagina de la internet (  habrán  aproximadamente 50 copias en la oficina de cada escuela para los que no tienen  acceso a computadora.   Gracias por su cooperación

Renew Palo Alto Libraries!

Measure “N” is an important bond measure that is on the upcoming November ballot.
It will modernize and expand the Palo Alto library system while still keeping our neighborhood branch libraries intact. In particular, it will expand the Mitchell Park library and community center and upgrade the Downtown and Main branch facilities as well.  Each library will be upgraded with energy-efficient lighting and electrical systems to save money and reduce environmental impact.  Collections will be updated and study/meeting rooms will be available for community use.  Students in Palo Alto will finally have a quiet place to study and work on projects.  This library upgrade bond will cost most taxpayers about $139 per year, with 1/3 of the bond paid by commercial property owners.  This bond measure requires a 2/3 “yes” vote in order to pass.

Measure N is endorsed by the Palo Verde PTA

PiE Middle School Tours

Tour your child’s middle school with staff and current parents to see how your gifts to PiE truly make a difference.   Adults only, space is limited, advanced reservations are required.   Please e-mail PiE with attendee name(s), e-mail address and school that you would like to tour. Confirmation e-mails with tour details will be sent out a few days before the tour.  All tours will last about 2 hours and start between 8:15 and 9 am.
Tour Dates:  Jordan – October 28, JLS – November 5, Terman – November 7

JLS Connections Information Night

Please come and learn about the JLS Connections Program at an informational evening with the Connections’ Staff.

The Connections Program is a project based learning environment that promotes learning in a community of students, teachers and parents, where hearts and minds are inspired through challenging, innovative and relevant curriculum.  All current 5th Graders are encouraged to attend.

Date: Thursday, November 13
Time:  7pm
Place:  El Carmelo Elementary MP Room, 3024 Bryant, Palo Alto

Questions: Melinda Schuur, msschuur (at) pacbell dot net

Help Your Child Succeed in School Using Library Tools

The Reference Staff of the Palo Alto City Library will present “How to Help Your Child Succeed in School Using Library Tools.”  Librarians will demonstrate outstanding resources for elementary, middle and high school students available through the Library’s Web site that can be used at home for assignments and projects.  Pre-registration required.

Date:  Wednesday, November 12
Time:  10:30 AM to Noon
Place:  Main Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto

To sign up, go to Library Calendar of Events at

Community Kiosk

Click here for Community Events and Information.

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