News: October 8, 2010


Sept. 30:       Sprit Gear Orders Due

Oct. 8-11:      No School

Oct. 13:         3rd Grade Bike Rodeo

Oct. 17:         Harvest Fair, 2-4pm

Oct. 29:         Parents’ Coffee, 10 am; Halloween Parade, 10:30am

Nov. 16-18:     Book Fair with Kepler’s


Palo Verde School and PTA News

From our PTA President….

Dear Palo Verde Families,

It was great fun to see so many students walking and rolling to school this week.  Our children were part of a celebration taking place across the nation and in over 40 countries around the world.  Let’s keep those bikes and scooters and feet moving throughout the year.  Thank you, Silvie and George and other volunteers, for getting to school early Wednesday morning and greeting every one of our green commuters.

Next Wednesday our third graders will be practicing important bicycling safety skills during the annual 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo.  This event takes place at every elementary school in Palo Alto as part of the city-wide Safe Routes to School program. The program brings together teachers, police officers, fire fighters, health professionals and bike enthusiasts to actively teach our students rules of the road, safe biking practices and proper helmet use.  The black top will be transformed into a virtual streetscape complete with intersections, stop signs, pedestrians and car traffic for third graders to navigate on their bicycles. Many thanks to all the parents and professionals who work to organize and staff this important event, including April McCandless, our Palo Verde coordinator.

There is some important district news to pass along.  The proposed new school year calendars for 2011-12 and 2012-13 are now available at the PAUSD website.  The proposed calendars do contain changes from previous years, including an earlier start date in August and earlier ending date in late May.  An explanation of the process for developing the calendar and the reasons behind the changes is available on the website.  The time period for open comments from parents, students, staff and the community lasts until October 19th.  To review the calendars and offer comments, please go to the district website at

Enjoy the long weekend!
Heather Schultz
Principal’s Coffee
The Wednesday morning Principal’s Coffee has been cancelled for Oct. 13th. Due to the 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo, there will be no school assembly on Wednesday morning.
Harvest Fair Bake Sale
The Palo Verde Harvest Fair Bake Sale is coming up on Sun., Oct. 17, 2 – 4pm.  We rely on your generous baked good contributions to make the bake sale a success.  Treats can be dropped off beginning at 1:30pm on Oct. 17 at Palo Verde.  Thank you for your help!
Questions?  Please contact Mala Nayak at nayakfamily (at) earthlink dot net or  Maria Zajac at mcz_1 (at) yahoo dot com

Noon Games
Noon Games began this week.  Every Tuesday at lunchtime, parent and 5th grade volunteers supervise students playing board games in the MP Room.
Parents, if you would like to help, please email me!
—  Araceli Aleman; aaleman71 (at) yahoo dot com
Walk & Roll Wrap Up
Thank you to all Palo Verde students, families, and school staff for their great support of our annual Walk & Roll event. Your green commute helped to reduce the amount of cars lined up at Palo Verde drop off areas and gave you a healthy start for the day.

We had a beautiful sunny morning for our walking and rolling to school. The students who participated were given Palo Alto Walks & Rolls stickers and Green Wednesdays’ punch cards.

The teachers filled out school commute tallies and here are the results: 382 students coming to school on Wednesday, 89 walking, 88 bicycling, 46 scootering or skateboarding, 10 taking the bus, 14 carpooling, 105 riding in a car, 17 riding in a car part of the way and then walking, 13 other (not sure how they got to school). In the end, the green commuters outnumbered the gas commuters. Way 2 Go Palo Verde! Keep green commuting any day not just on Wednesday.

For clarification:If your child brought the punch card home, ask him/her to sign it (optionally decorate the back of the card) and return the card to their teacher or the office. We will have the punch cards ready every Wednesday morning (8:00-8:15am) by the play structure area. The punch cards will be organized in baskets by the classroom number (similar to Walking Wednesdays). Our volunteers will punch the card to each student who is using green transportation (walking, bicycling, scootering, skateboarding, carpooling, taking the bus). After collecting 15 card punches the students will get a prize. Questions? Email Silvie at: silviep (at) att dot net
Earthquake Survival Kits
Next Friday, Oct. 15th, is the deadline for ordering Earthquake Survival Kits through Earthshakes.  You can submit the order form that was attached to last week’s Voice newsletter, or you can order on-line at  Be sure to indicate Palo Verde Elementary at check out.  If you order by Oct. 15 and choose “Event Delivery” as the shipping option with Palo Verde Elementary School as the shipping address, you will pay no shipping charges.  Your kits will be delivered to school.
Proposed School Calendars for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013
In accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, the Calendar committee, representatives from the Palo Alto Educators Association (PAEA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), and the District met in September to develop and negotiate the work calendars for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years and presented the Proposed School Calendars for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 at the September 28, 2010 Board Meeting.

At this point in the Calendar adoption cycle the Calendar committee would like the community, parents, students, and staff to provide input on the proposed calendars by emailing comments to prior to October 19, 2010.