News: September 11, 2009


Friday, September 11:  International Potluck Dinner, 6-8 PM
Tuesday, September 15:  Restaurant Night at Chevy’s
Wednesday, September 16:  Class Picture Day
Thursday, September 17:  Individual Picture Day
Friday, September 18: Lice Check Training, 8:15 AM
Friday, September 18:  Palo Verde Walk-a-Thon
Friday, September 24:  No School
Monday, September 28:  No School
Wednesday, September 30:  General PTA Meeting
Sunday, October 4: Palo Verde Harvest Fair, 3-5 PM

From the PTA President:

Calling All Lice Checkers!

Training for this year’s lice checkers will be held on Friday, September 18 at 8:15 am in the Staff Lounge. This is a good refresher course for our returning checkers as well as a good opportunity for our new volunteers to learn the ropes on how to check and identify those critters we know and love!

While not as fun and exciting as meeting Brad Pitt or George Clooney, lice checking does play an important role in preventing the spread of lice throughout a classroom or even our school. I greatly appreciate those who have signed up and hope more can step in to help out. We definitely could use more volunteers, as our goal is to have at least 2 lice checkers per classroom.

Earthquake Kit Reminder:

How many times have you said to yourself, “I should really take the time to put together a survival kit of some kind to be prepared when the next earthquake hits?”  Well, guess what? Earth Shakes, based in Burlingame, does the work for us. Order online or pick up a form in the office and order your Earthquake Survival Kit today. Earth Shakes donates 20% of sales to Palo Verde Elementary School.

Order online at Thank you for your support of this important program.

Kim Amsbaugh
PTA President

Palo Verde PTA News and Events:

Back to School Potluck:

Please join us at our Annual Palo Verde International Potluck and Back to School Social on Friday, September 11, from 6-8 pm on the Palo Verde field. It’s a great way to catch up with friends, meet new families and enjoy wonderful food from all regions of the world.

Last Names A-L please bring an Appetizer. Last Names M-Z please bring a Main Dish

The Palo Verde PTA will provide dessert and drinks!

Chevy’s Restaurant Night:

Don’t miss this year’s first Restaurant Night.  On September 15, eat at Chevy’s in Mountain View for lunch or dinner and present the Palo Verde flier you received in your Friday folder. The PTA will receive a donation of 25% of you total bill.  It’s a fun delicious way to see other Palo Verde families and an easy way to support our school!

Annual Palo Verde Walk-a-Thon:

Palo Verde’s 5th Annual Walk-a-thon is Friday, September 18.  Look for a flyer and donation form in your child’s Friday folder.  Money raised from the Walk-a-thon will be used to help fund students’ lunch time activities including Noon Art, Noon Games, YMCA activities and Walking Club, as well as purchase additional playground games, balls and equipment.  Palo Verde’s Walk-a-thon asks for donations based on participation. There are no per-lap contributions. Please have students ask only people they know for donations. All donations should be turned in with the student’s donation form by Friday, September 18.  All donations are tax deductible. Checks are payable to the Palo Verde PTA. If you can help punch lap cards or pass out water, or have any questions, please email Lauren Aspegren at msboot (at) yahoo dot com.

Palo Verde Harvest Fair:

The Palo Verde Harvest Fair is coming! The Palo Verde Harvest Fair will be Sunday, October 4, from 3-5 pm at Palo Verde School.  This is a fun family activity that offers carnival games with prizes for the kids, a bake sale with hot dogs and goodies made by our own Palo Verde families and the opportunity to meet and socialize with other Palo Verde families.  Admission is FREE – we hope to see you there!

Community News:

Palo Alto Airport Day:
Saturday,  September 12, 10 AM – 4PM, 1901 Embarcadero Road (at the airport), Palo Alto
Organized by the Palo Alto Airport Association,, Airport Day includes a free open house, free airplane rides (8-17 yrs), displays and activities for kids of all ages.  Admission and parking are free.  There will be planes and helicopters on static display, and fly-overs of interesting aircraft.  Airplane rides will be provided by volunteer pilots through the EAA Young Eagles program, a program which has given over 1.3 million children rides over the past dozen years.  There will be many educational booths and displays on aviation topics, as well as other community interests like the Baylands, live birds of prey exhibits, food vendors, and lots to see and do.

Midtown Residents Association Ice Cream Social:
Sunday, September 13, 1 – 4 PM, Hoover Park
The Midtown Residents Association will be hosting an Ice Cream & Issues Social at Hoover Park.  You can meet the City Council candidates, and get information on local issues and enjoy snacks and ice cream! There will also be activities for kids.

Seminar “Homework and School Achievement”:
Thursday. September 17, 7 – 9 PM, Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park
Bethany Lutheran Church is hosting a free seminar for parents and educators (elementary through high school). Speaker Susan Stone Belton, BSE, is a Parenting Coach and Motivational Speaker with Parents Place in Palo Alto.  Seminar Description:  As homework expectations have increased for all school-aged children, it has become an area of conflict and concern for many families.  This workshop will explore the parents’ role with homework, how and when to help, and what to do when problems arise.  Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations required.  To reserve your seat, e-mail lindab (at) bethany-mp dot org or call 854-5897, ext. 210.  Include your name, phone number, e-mail address, and number of people attending.

Bicycle Traffic Skills Classes:
Sunday, September 20, Saturday, October 3, or Sunday,  October 17, 1 – 5:30 PM
For children age 10-14 and their parents, bicycle traffic skills classes are offered by City of Palo Alto Recreation Dept.  Classes will cover the basics of traffic law; basic bike and helmet fitting; common types of bike crashes and how to avoid them; how to position yourself properly on the road; how to let drivers know your intentions; and how to deal with left turns and 4-way stops.  One parent is required to register and attend from each family.

Palo Alto PTA Co-Sponsored Event: The Curse of the Good Girl
Thursday, September  24, 7-9pm, Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto
The Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto public school PTAs are pleased to present best-selling author and expert on girls’ development Rachel Simmons as she kicks off her national book tour for The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence.  Parents and daughters (grades 5 and up), teachers, administrators and medical professionals are invited to hear this highly acclaimed girl expert speaking from The Curse of the Good Girl, the follow up to her international bestseller, Odd Girl Out, providing practical strategies to empower girls and their parents to be confident, courageous, authentic and self-aware.  Free, no registration required. Limited Parking, please carpool.
Info:, or Maureen Griffin at m_a_griffin (at) Comcast dot net

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