News: October 9, 2009


October 2-28: Sally Foster®/Cookie Dough Fundraiser
Wednesday, October 28:  Restaurant Night at Fresh Choice
November 17 through 20: Annual Book Fair with Kepler’s

From the PTA President….

The school year is well underway. And as our kids get more comfortable with their new classrooms, teachers and classmates, our lives get busier and busier. I would just like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to become members of the PTA. We have forms available in the office. Parents can join and so can grandparents. It’s open to anyone who may have a special interest in the well-being of your child.

With your membership and the funds raised through your annual dues and contributions toward classroom supplies and the library, we are able to provide a better experience for our children while at school. With the help of the PTA, teaches are able to purchase supplemental classroom necessities, such as reading materials, pencils, crayons and markers. We are able to purchase playground equipment and support activities such as Noon Art and Noon Games, which keep our kids entertained and active during recess and lunch. We also are able to support the Walking Club, Writing Club, Science and the Science Fair, which promote healthy minds and bodies.

We appreciate your continued support and hope, if you haven’t already, become a member of the Palo Verde PTA.

Harvest Fair Thank Yous

The Annual Palo Verde Harvest Fair was a huge success. Thank you to all the students, staff, families, parents and friends who gathered on campus to enjoy the games and goodies. I also want to thank all the volunteers (parents, students and staff, alike) who helped behind and in front of the scenes. Without them, the Harvest Fair could not happen. And a special thank you to Katharine Saunders who continues to orchestrate this event year after year.

Kim Amsbaugh
PTA President

Palo Verde  and PTA Announcements:

Sunday Fun Day at the Harvest Fair

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this year’s Harvest Fair a big success!  Every year it’s wonderful to see the families of Palo Verde come together to enjoy themselves, and it would never have been possible without help from parents, teachers, family, staff and students who worked together to make it happen.

Special thanks go to Mala Nayak and Maria Zajac, who organized the bake sale and to all of the parent volunteers who donated their time manning booths and cleaning up, as well as donating amazing and delicious baked goods.  Because of your generosity, we raised enough money at the bake sale to cover our costs completely.  Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 60684 for handing out the prizes.  Thank you also to the generous folks, including many Palo Verde students, who stepped up to help out at the last minute, and to the fifth graders who ran after balls, strung beads, set up pins and got very wet in the name of family fun.

Big thanks go to two local businesses who continue to support the Harvest Fair year after year:  Palo Alto Bowl, who let us use their popular bowling game, and Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream, who donated half the cost of the icecream certificates.  Please consider showing your appreciation by patronizing these generous supporters of our school.

It took a lot of work from so many people to put on the Fair and I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such generosity and enthusiasm.   

Thank you!
Katharine Saunders

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 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!

Sally Foster®/Cookie Dough Fundraiser

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 28th.

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. Never approach strangers.

EPGY Available to Palo Verde Students

Enroll now for 2009-2010 School Year! The Stanford Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) is a web-based math and language arts tutorial program.  Although originally developed with gifted students in mind, Stanford has found that EPGY is valuable to students at all levels.   EPGY starts at the K-2 level and continues with course offerings through secondary school, including AP and college level, thus providing a runway that parallels potential academic trajectory in school.

EPGY is being offered to ALL STUDENTS as a parent-supported, extracurricular opportunity, in conjunction with Palo Verde PTA and PAUSD.  Cost is $135 PER SCHOOL YEAR. On your own, the cost would be around $165 PER MONTH.  Depending on the level of interest at Palo Verde, we can work together to design an EPGY club and/or work with the school and child care providers to find opportunities for extracurricular computer time. 

To ask questions or indicate interest in EPGY, please call Pak Panitchpakdi, Palo Verde EPGY Coordinator, at 650-424-6409 or send email to pakpanitchpakdi (at) hotmail dot com. Please include the following information in your email when you express interest: Your child’s or children’s names and grades, parent/guardian names and your phone number/e-mail. Please visit our Yahoo Group To subscribe to our Yahoo Group:

To register for the program, go to the EPGY District Open Enrollment page at Fill out the registration form and select “Palo Alto” for the district then write or type in “Palo Verde”. It takes ten days or less to get accounts up and running.

A View of Youth Stress: Warning Signs and Strategies for Coping and Dealing with Stress from the Experts

Wednesday, October 21, 6:30pm, Cubberley Auditorium, 4000 Middlefield, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Council of PTAs will host a program on middle- and high-school stress, removing the pressure to be perfect and opening up about depression in conjunction with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Adolescent Counseling Services. The panel will include Frances Wren, MD and Shashank Joshi, MD from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Philippe Rey, Psy.D, Adolescent Counseling Services; and a Student Panel of middle and high school students. Resource fair 6:30pm, panel discussion and Q&A 7-8:30pm.
Info: PTA Web site:

Learn About the Connections Program at JLS Middle School

Thursday, October 22,  6:30-7:30pm,  Ohlone MP Room
Are you a 5th grader or the parent of a 5th grader?  Come find out if JLS Connections is right for you at this informational meeting.  Open to all interested parents and current fifth grade children (please do bring your fifth grader).  The JLS Connections Program is open to all PAUSD 2010 Incoming 6th graders.  Connections is a learning community of students, teachers, and parents where hearts and minds are inspired through challenging, innovative, and relevant teaching practices, including project-based and hands-on learning, differentiated instruction, and leadership development.  Application to the program is through lottery, with applications due in March.
Info: Connections website: or Jen Hetterly, hetterly (at) sbcglobal dot net or Becky Epstein Epstein (at) meer 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 

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

Barron Park Family Fun Day and Silent Auction
Sun. Oct. 11, 1-4pm, Barron Park Elementary School
Barron Park Elementary PTA invites you to their Family Fun Day and Silent Auction.  All proceeds will benefit Barron Park Elementary School.  Flyer:

For the Community Kiosk click here.

Community Announcements:

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 (

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra 44th Season First Concert
Sat., Oct. 24, 8pm, 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,