News: September 17, 2010


Sept. 21:       Restaurant Night @ Armadillo Willy’s
Sept. 29:       PTA General Membership Meeting, 7:00pm, MP Room
Sept. 30:       Sprit Gear Orders Due
Oct. 6:            International Walk to School Day
Oct. 8-11:      No School
Oct. 17:         Harvest Fair

Palo Verde School and PTA News

From our PTA President…….

Dear Palo Verde Families,

September and October are Emergency Preparedness Months for the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto PTA Council, and PAUSD.  Although these decisions were made some time ago, they seem very prescient given the recent catastrophe in San Bruno. I know that I was once again shaken into asking myself, when am I going to finally organize my disaster supplies in the garage?  We make our entire community stronger when we prepare ourselves individually.  Ask me in a couple months, if I’ve organized my emergency supplies yet.

While large scale tragedies certainly capture our attention, I want to let you all know that the PTA Caring Committee exists to help Palo Verde families coping with personal crises. In the past our Caring Committee has helped provide meals, school transportation, and moving assistance to families in the midst of medical emergencies or loss of home due to fires, etc. Often family friends are the first to learn of a crisis and report the need to the front office staff who then contact the PTA.  If you learn of a family in need, please let us know.

With warmest regards,
Heather Schultz
PTA President

Dining for Dollars

Please join us at Armadillo Willy’s for great barbecue on Tuesday evening, September 21st.  20% of the proceeds come straight back to Palo Verde.  Have fun with other families, let someone else make you dinner, and help the school at the same time! Look for a flyer in your child’s Friday folder today.

Parent Education  

Common Sense Media Hosts “Learning and Growing in a Digital Age” 
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m,, Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.   Mountain View, CA. A public forum about creating digital opportunity for families through innovation in education and by empowering both parents and kids online. 

This event will feature  leaders from Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.,  discussing  the best strategies for bringing technology innovations to our schools — and other learning settings — and bringing the benefits of the digital revolution to parents and kids while addressing online risks. For more information, please contact:  Marisa Connolly; mconnolly at commonsensemedia dot org (415) 553-6703 

Developmental Assets – A Community Framework for Helping Youth Thrive
Wednesday, Sept. 22; 7-9pm; PAUSD Boardroom at 25 Churchill Avenue;  A panel presentation to introduce the Developmental Assets framework which has been adopted by the school district, the City and community agencies to support the health, resiliency and overall well-being of our youth.

 The framework identifies 41 essential assets for wellness and thriving in young people; the more developmental assets they have, the better they do in school and life. Learn about the upcoming school survey which will measure student attitudes, behaviors and assets, of 5th-12th graders. Become an asset builder for your child.

Mark your calendars!

Our first General Membership meeting of the Palo Verde Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) will be on Wednesday evening, September 29th.  We’ll have coffee and chatting at 6:45, and then the meeting will begin at 7:00 in the MP Room.  All PTA members are encouraged to attend.

Curious about the PTA, but you haven’t joined yet?  You are welcome to attend the meeting to learn more.  We introduce our officers, present plans for the coming year, vote on our budget, and hear from Principal Brown.

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders 

Show off your school spirit by wearing the Palo Verde logo!  The deadline for placing orders is coming up on September 30.Please stop by the school office if you’d like to take a look at samples or if you need order forms. If you have any questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).

After School Enrichment Programs at Palo Verde  

The following after school programs are still accepting registrations:

French – Monday
Dance – Tuesday – NEW PROGRAM
Chess- Wednesday
Basketball – Wednesday
Spanish – Thursday
Hindi – Friday

Please come by the office to pick up information/registration forms.

MyTownDeal for Palo Verde

A new way to support Palo Verde Elementary School!
MyTownDeal has special offers from local Palo Alto businesses at a significant discount.  Subscription is free, with no minimum purchase.  With subscription new limited-time offers are emailed each week, with no obligation.  5% of all your purchases will go to Palo Verde.  See today’s offer and subscribe at:

Stanford EPGY — Math and Language Arts Tutorial 

The Stanford Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) is a web based math and language arts tutorial program.  Developed with the gifted student in mind, Stanford has found that EPGY is valuable FOR ALL LEVELS OF STUDENTS. EPGY is being offered to ALL STUDENTS as a parent-supported, extracurricular opportunity. It is not part of curriculum and is purely optional at the discretion of parents as to whether it would be useful for their children. Cost will be $135 PER SCHOOL YEAR. On your own, the cost would be around $165 PER MONTH.    

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