News: September 25, 2009


Friday, September 25:  NO SCHOOL
Monday, September 28:  NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, September 30: 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo
Sunday, October 4:  Harvest Fair, 3 – 5 PM
Wednesday, October 7: Walks and Roll Day

From the PTA President:

Purchase a reusable lunch kit at

Did you know that the average school-age child generates 67 lbs of lunch waste each school year?  Help us reduce waste at school by packing a waste-free lunch for your kids. Palo Verde School has partnered with citizenpip, a company that sells reusable lunch kits designed to be fun and stylish for kids, and practical and convenient for parents. When you purchase a reusable lunch kit at, Palo Verde received 15% of each purchase.

Everything in the kits is made from eco-friendly and lab-tested materials that are lead-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free, and BPA-free.  Kits include an insulated lunch bag, stainless steel water bottle, BPA-free airtight food containers, stainless steel insulated food jar, stainless steel fork and spoon, and 100% cotton napkins.

Purchase a reusable lunch kit at During checkout, enter school code ilovePALOVERDE and 15% of your purchase will be donated to Palo Verde School.  Spread the word to family and friends, Palo Verde School benefits from any purchases with the school code.

Walk-a-thon Great Success

Thank you Palo Verde Families! This year’s Walk-a-thon was an incredible success. Thanks to the generosity of our Palo Verde families, we have $4500 to spend on new playground equipment for all the students. We will keep the community updated on our purchases – and hopefully so will your kids as they tell you about the new equipment they play with during recess and lunch. The Walk-a-thon certainly could not have been such a success without the help of our staff and the many parents who volunteered their time during the morning of the Walk-a-thon. And special thanks to Lauren Aspegren, who’s annual Walk-a-thon and ongoing Walking Club inspires the kids to get moving!

Kim Amsbaugh
PTA President

Palo Verde PTA News and Events:

The Palo Verde Harvest Fair is coming!

The Palo Verde Harvest Fair will be Sunday, October 4th, 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!

Harvest Fair Help Needed

Interested in baking goods for the Bake Sale? Helping at a booth? Setting up the Fair? Please contact Katharine Saunders, saunderz (at) earthlink dot net, if you are interested in volunteering. The Harvest Fair is Sunday, Oct. 4th, 3-5 pm.

Palo Alto Walks & Rolls Day 2009

Wednesday, October 7th is the annual citywide Palo Alto Walks & Rolls Day to promote safer streets, healthier bodies, a greener planet.  Palo Verde families let’s join in!  Give your car a break and Walk & Roll to and from school on October 7th.  If you have any questions or for more information contact Silvie and George Pierce at silviep (at) att dot net.

PAUSD Announcements:

Important Reminder about Bike Helmets
If your student bikes, please remind him or her to wear a helmet, properly adjusted and fastened.  It’s the law for those under 18, and may save them from serious injury.  If you ride with your children, please model this safe practice.

Dine Out For Packard
Thursday, October 8
Support your Children’s Hospital by joining the first-ever Dine Out for Packard day, benefiting the patients and families of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  Participating restaurants throughout Palo Alto will donate a percentage of total sales to the Children’s Fund, which helps the Hospital meet its greatest needs each year.  Info including list of participating restaurants:

Google and the Power of Doodles
Thursday, October 8, 7:30pm, Boardroom, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto
The Palo Alto PTA Council’s ArtSpeak! program begins its ’09-’10 season with this talk by Dennis Hwang, International Webmaster and Logo Designer, Google.  Dennis Hwang is known for his creative reinventions of the Google logo, developed for all kinds of special and offbeat occasions. He’ll tell how he got started doing his designs, show some examples, and talk about the challenges juggling this creative pursuit with his full-time job (he’s the international webmaster at Google, overseeing all content development). He’s also a driving force behind Doodle 4 Google—a nationwide competition for K-12 students to reinvent the Google logo. He’ll talk about this exciting program and why Google believes so strongly in it. Info:

CAC Meet the School Board Candidates: Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom
Monday, October 12, 7:30-9pm, Conference Room A, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto
Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom are two incumbents running unchallenged for Palo Alto School Board this year.  They graciously offered their time to meet with parents of children with special needs and teachers working with children with special needs. Take the opportunity to meet them and let them hear your concerns and issues or just come and share your story.  This is an informal Parent Meeting sponsored by Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.

Current Research on the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Students
Wednesday, October 14, 7-8:30 PM, Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave., 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

Parenting children with special needs: Finding the balance between the joy and the sorrow
Monday, November 16, 7:30-9pm, Boardroom, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto
Parent Education Seminar sponsored by Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.  When you have a child with special needs, it is normal to be traumatized and have a range of difficult feelings which can impact all of the relationships within a family.  Dr. Susan Markowitz reminds us through her presentation to recognize the complexity of family dynamics and to work on each relationship within the family in order to strive toward finding a balance between joy and sorrow.  She defines achieving balance as a movement toward what is missing in your repertoire within any of the relationships in your family.  Dr. Markowitz is a licensed psychologist with a practice in Menlo Park. She has been working with families with special needs children for many years.

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City of Palo Alto Announcements:

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
September 29 through October 4
Thousands of glistening glass pumpkins and other unique glass art objects return to Palo Alto, when the Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, and the Bay Area Glass Institute present the 14th Great Glass Pumpkin Patch.  Held at the Palo Alto Art Center, this beloved autumn event—and the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in California, will be on display Tuesday & Wednesday, September 29 & 30, from 10 AM – 9 PM, and Thursday & Friday, October 1 & 2, from 10 AM – 5 PM.  All glass pumpkins and other glass art are available for purchase only on Saturday & Sunday, October 3 & 4, from 10 AM – 5 PM, rain or shine.  For more information, call (650) 329-2366, or (408) 993-2244 or visit

Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Annual Costume Sale
Sunday October 4, 9:30 AM – 3 PM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
The Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre in cooperation with the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre will be selling costumes and accessories from past Palo Alto Children’s Theatre productions including animals, fantasy characters, and vintage clothing in a variety of sizes just in time for Halloween. Flyer:  Info: 463-4930

International Fair to Benefit Palo Alto’s Sister-City Projects
Sunday, October 4, 11 AM – 5 PM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Family Fun Day, an international fair, will benefit children’s projects of Neighbors Abroad (NA) in Palo Alto’s Sister Cities in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Palo Leyte, Philippines. Centerpiece of the event is an international store, along with games, crafts and storytelling for children.  Sharing the spotlight is an international fashion show. Admission to the courtyard is free.  All proceeds from activities at the international fair will go directly to NA’s support of a children’s orphanage and a Child-to-Child health program in Oaxaca and a children’s library in Palo Leyte.  Co-sponsored by Neighbors Abroad and the City of Palo Alto.  Donations for the international store welcome. Questions: 493-3798.

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 (

Community Announcements:

Challenge Success:  Broadening our Vision of Success for Our Children
Friday, September 25, 7:30-9:30 PM, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford
Two keynote speakers, psychologist Michael Thompson and Facebook executive Chris Kelly.  Also participating, Challenge Success co-founders:  psychologist and author Madeline Levine and Stanford educator and author Denise Clark Pope.  In addition, student panelists will share their perspectives on primary stressors in middle schools and high schools, as well as strategies for coping. Free and open to all. Info:

Lecture on Century-Plus History of Woman’s Club of Palo Alto
Sunday, October 4, 2 PM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Margaret Feuer, former president of the Woman’s Club of Palo Alto and co-author of A Walk Through History:  Women of Palo Alto, will trace the 115-year history of the organization at a free public meeting of the Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA). Feuer will discuss the activities of the Club through the years and its relationship to the history of women in America.  She promises to explain what Charles Dickens, who died in 1870, had to do with a Club which
was founded in 1894.

Square Dance Classes
Sunday, October 4, Fairmeadow School, 500 E Meadow, Palo Alto
Sunday, October 11 and 18, Covenant Church, 670 E Meadow, Palo Alto
Modern square dancing combines music with mental and physical exercise suitable for all ages – teens and families welcome.   The Stanford Quads are offering free intro nights, Sundays 7-9pm.  No previous dance experience of any kind required, no special clothing (but wear comfortable shoes), and you don’t need to come with a partner.
Info:, 948-4935

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 Oct. 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

Afterschool French Classes at Barron Park School
Have you ever dreamed of speaking French?  Do you have French roots and wish to keep the language in your family?  Did you just arrive from France and do not want to lose French?  Come to EFBA’s (French Education Bay Area) after school program.  $20/hour.
French Speakers: K – 2nd Grade: Monday 3:10-4:40pm, 3rd – 5th Grade: Monday  3:10-4:40pmNon-French Speakers: K – 2nd Grade: Tuesday 3:10-4:40pm, 3rd – 5th Grade:Thursday  3:10-4:40pm.
Info: or Judith Rapoport, judith.rapoport (at) gmail dot com.