October 29, 2013

October 28  ~  November 1   Book Fair – Banana Seed

October 30  PTA Executive Board Mtg    
October 31  Halloween; PTA Coffee

November  6  PTA Coffee; ABC Reader Training Book 3;
                       Site Counsil
November  7  Noon Art
November  8  Food Drive Ends

November 11  No School   
November 14  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions

November 21  Noon Art
November 26  PV Voice deadline

November 27, 28, 29   No School 

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week 

Double your PiE Donation

November 1-15
Did you know that without your donations to Palo Alto’s Partners in Education (PiE), Palo Verde wouldn’t have classroom aides, new science enrichment programs, Spectra Art, Project Resilience, or 80% of our reading specialist hours?  From November 1-15 you can double your donation to PiE through a $225,000 matching grant.  We ask $800 per student, or roughly $4.40 per school day, but please give whatever is meaningful to you and your family by visiting www.papie.org or by filling out a donation envelope at the Palo Verde school office. 
Questions? Contact the
Palo Verde PiE Chairs at paloverde (at) papie (dot) org

Important eScrip Update to Keep Earning for Palo Verde PTA from Safeway
Effective November 1, 2013 credit card payments at Safeway will no longer earn for eScrip.


To continue to make the most of your shopping at Safeway, eScrip supporters need to use: debit card, check, cash, gift cards or other cash-like payment types. Make sure you have registered your Safeway Club Card with eScrip to earn.
Of course, you can pay for your groceries with a credit card, but credit card purchases will no longergenerate contributions for Palo Verde PTA.
Look for more information about ways to continue earning with the eScrip program in an upcoming Friday folder flyer.


Questions? Please contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid (at) gmail (dot) com 

eScrip is one of our biggest school fundraisers, please take a few minutes to sign up or update your information now and keeping earning for Palo Verde all year long!

Here’s How it Works

Register any one (or all) of your existing grocery loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program.

Participating merchants will then automatically make contributions to Palo Verde, based on purchases made by using your registered cards.

Just go to www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Search and select “Palo Verde PTA”.
Follow the registration steps and you’re done.

Still time to win with eScrip
Every participating family makes a difference. So everyone registered with eScrip will be entered into a draw to win one of three $10 Piazza’s Fine Foods gift cards at the end of the October.

Palo Verde Book Fair Is Coming
The fall book fair, brought to you by Banana Seed is coming October 28 – November 1.  Stop by and shop the huge selection of book perfect for our elementary students, siblings and parents.  It is a great time to start your holiday shopping &/or stay thank you to the teachers.  Look for the teacher’s wish boxes.  Remember a percentage of all proceeds will be donated to our school.

Book Fair Hours (10/28 – 11/1)
Monday 8-9am & 2-3:15pm
Tuesday 8-9am & 2-3:15pm
Wednesday: 8-9am & 1:15-2pm
**Thursday Special Extended Hours: 8-10am & 2-3:15pm
Friday 8-9am

Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.
Email Tina Mondragon (tinamondragon(at)aol(dot)com) &/or Liliane Lehman (lilianelehman(at)yahoo(dot)com

From Last Week

What’s New on the Palo Verde Website:  Parents Guide to Common Core, by grade
New Common Core State Standards will be implemented in California in the 2014-15 school year, along with Smarter Balanced Assessments. The new standards, called Common Core State Standards, set high expectations for all students. The aim of this state-led initiative is to develop standards that ensure all students are held to consistent expectations that will prepare them for college and career. 
Find out what your child will be learning, at each grade level, in Mathematics and English Language Arts once the Common Core State Standards are in place. You’ll also learn more about how you can support your child’s learning and other helpful information.


October Mileage Tracker Forms Due on Friday Nov 1

Congratulations to our first three Golden Sneaker Award Winners – Rooms 12, 14 and 20. Thank you for your committment to walk, bike, carpool or scooter to school.  

We are encouraging families to walk, bike, carpool or scooter to school atleast 5 days a month. 
According to the Brookings Institute, if we all left our cars at home once a week and adopted alternate means of transport, it would lead to a 20% reduction in commuter traffic.

October mileage tracker forms are due on Friday, November 1. We have also made the form available online at   http://pvpta.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/mileage_tracker.pdf

Please return the October form (and the September form, if you missed it) in the bin marked “mileage tracker/traffic safety” in the office. The Golden Sneaker Award raffle for October commuters will be held at the assembly on Wednesday, November 6.

Girls on the Run

Dear parents of 3rd-5th grade girls,


I am pleased to announce that Palo Verde is bringing back Girls on the Run with four teacher-coaches!  Coach Park, Coach Linn, Coach Agrama, and I are excited about our upcoming season!  Our season starts in March, but registration starts on December 7th.  Mark your calendars for registration at 8:00AM on 12/7!  The program is capped at 15 girls.  Registration is first come first serve.   I highly recommend registering early on December 7th to make sure your daughter doesn’t miss out on this valuable program. 


Program sessions will be on Mondays and Wednesdays right after school.  Girls will meet in front of Room 20.   If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me, cnosek (at) pausd (dot) org.  You can also pop in to room 20 after school to ask questions in person.  Please also visit the links below to learn more.  I’ll send more information again in November.   

Message From Our Principal:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

       New Common Core State Standards will be implemented in California in the 2014-15 school year, along with Smarter Balanced Assessments. Please join us for an evening informational session that will introduce you to the new standards that focus on 21st century skills, and will prepare our students for college and career readiness. Learn about the shifts in teaching and learning that will benefit our students, and the new performance based assessments that will measure their progress. 

Two dates are offered: 

Monday, October 28th, 6:3-8:00 pm at the Boys & Girls Club, 2031 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303; Wednesday, October 30th, 7:00-8:00 pm at the PAUSD District Office, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306.  

Please click HERE

The Palo Verde PTA food drive is here.  You have probably noticed the Second Harvest Food Bank bins at the front and rear entrances of the school.  The bins will be out until Friday, November 8.  The food and funds will help the Food Bank meet the growing needs in our community.  
DONATE FUNDS: Visit our Online Food Drive to donate directly to Palo Verde’s drive at
 https://www.shfb.org/page.aspx?pid=817&FFDDrive=13 FDHoliday&FFDOrg=112854 
DONATE FOOD: Drop off non-perishable food donations in barrels located at the front & rear entries of the school.  Please no refrigerated or frozen items,leftovers from lunch bags or other perishable foods.

Can you lend a hand?  Please let us know if you can help deliver food to our local food closet or can help us filter out glass or more fragile items from the bins (one time help is okay!).  Please email “subject: PV Food Drive” to Victoria Liu: vxqliu(at)gmail(dot)com


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

On October 2 Governor Brown signed AB484, a law that provides PAUSD students and teachers an opportunity to experience the Smarter Balanced Assessments, which align with the Common Core State Standards. The field test of the new Smarter Balanced Assessments will be given online this spring to all students in grades 3-8 and 10 in English-Language Arts or Mathematics.   
As a result of this law, PAUSD will not administer the California Standards Tests (CSTs) in English-Language Arts and Mathematics this spring 2014.  This field test is designed to “test the test” and shore up our resources and infrastructure for full implementation in 2014-15.  No student results in ELA or Math will be calculated or reported for spring 2014.  API will be frozen at its current level until spring 2015.   
In summary, this spring, PAUSD will administer the following assessments:  
-Smarter Balanced field test for all students in grades 3-8, 11 
-Smarter Balanced field test for a sample of ninth and tenth graders 
-California Standards Test/California Modified Assessment in Science for grades 5, 8 & 10 
-Early Assessment Program (EAP) Test for grade 11 
-California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), grades 2-11 in ELA and mathematics   
Other testing programs, such as CAHSEE, CELDT and PFT are not addressed in this piece of legislation, so these will continue as usual.  In addition, our local district, school and classroom assessments will be used to gauge and monitor student progress.   The PAUSD staff has been active in becoming knowledgeable about the new exams and how they correspond with our current curriculum. Also, PAUSD is closely monitoring any other specifics and possible changes to assessments in the state and we will keep you informed as we learn more information.

Questions and answers about AB 484 and changes to the assessment system are available at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/ab484qa.asp  Questions and answers about the Smarter Balanced Field Test that will be administered in spring 2014 are available at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterftqa.asp  

Parent Information Nights: Oct 28 and 30th 
1.) Monday, October 28, 2013, 6:30-8:00 pm 
    Boys and Girls Club, 2031 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303 
2.) Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7:00-8:00 pm  
   PAUSD District Office, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Get an introduction to the new COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS, about 21st century skills, Shifts in Teaching and learning, College and career readiness and project-based performance assessments and more. 
 Information on the New Common Core Standards: at the PTA website: http://www.capta.org/sections/programs/e-standards.cfm or the California Department of Education website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/

PAUSD Board Meeting 
PAUSD District Office, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306 
The special meeting for Middle School SPSAs begins at 10 a.m.  The regular meeting begins with a 5:30 p.m. closed session, as usual.  Materials are available at: http://pausd.org/community/board/agenda.shtml

Palo Alto Girls Softball
is now registering players for the 2014 season.  For more than 30 years, PAGS has been providing a positive, exciting, and fun program for the 
girls of our community, ages 5 to 16.  Our Spring recreational league has an emphasis on participation and lots of games.  We place a strong emphasis on instruction and safety, with pre-season clinics and special programs for beginners.  We have excellent facilities with modern equipment.  Our youngest players begin with T-ball and grow and develop with us to meet the challenges of competitive fast pitch softball.  Along the way, we provide opportunities for both recreational participation and serious competition. Our program is designed to meet the needs and interests of all the girls who play.  Softball is a wonderful game, providing girls with the opportunity to  challenge their individual athletic skills while enjoying a great team sport. Most important, we have a great time.  Please join us for an exciting – and fun – 2014 season.  Those who register by November 28 can take advantage of our $20 Early Bird discount.  Scholarship assistance is available 

Parents’ Nights Out on 10/26 and 11/2! 
the GS House., Palo alto 
Saturday 10/26 and Saturday 11/2 during the hours 5:30p-10:30p 
Girl Scouts from Troop 60688 will host two babysitting sessions in Palo Alto. The troop of 10th graders, most of whom are babysitter and/or first-aid certified. The girls welcome children who are potty-trained through elementary school aged. The flat rate is $30 for the first child, and $10 per additional sibling. 
Please register by visiting tinyurl.com/GSbabysitting.  Contact troop60688@gmail.com for more information.

Juana Briones Elementary 
October 24th at 4:30pm or October 25th at 7pm 
Juana Briones Elementary youth have been hard at work, getting ready to mount ALICE IN WONDERLAND! Bring the kids October 24th at 4:30pm or October 25th at 7pm.  
Tickets are just $10 for kids, $12 for adult. 
Tickets  may be purchased online at www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre, 
or in person at Juana Briones one hour prior to performance. 

Math Olympiad for Kids 
Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. 
Thursday, October 24 at 3:30 pm 
Ages: For Grades 3-5 ONLY 
Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6003 
Brush up on your math & problem-solving skills at this popular program. Co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Recreation Department and Communication Academy. Registration is required.

Parenting Program: How to Talk So Teens Will Listen 
Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. 
Thursday, November 7 at 7 pm 
Audience: Adults only! 
Learn to listen and talk in ways that remove the conflicts, power struggles and drama when communicating with teenagers. 
Register at: http://califa.evanced.info/paloalto/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6148

Addison Elementary School Annual Family Math Night (K-5) 
Tue Nov12 6:30-8:30pm, Addison Elementary MP Room, 650 Addison Ave, Palo Alto 
Family Math Night is a festive evening of math games that are sure to inspire even the most math-reluctant. This is a hands-on, self-paced exploration into the fun of math, with activities for all ages, abilities and interests.  Games are appropriate for kindergartners to adults, with emphasis on grades K-5.

Palo Alto Childrens’s Theater Presents “Jungle Book” 
Nov 7-17 Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 
Based on Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored children’s novel, this spellbinding story with Indian-inspired designs and traditional music is a crowd pleaser with multi-generational appeal! Tickets: $12 for children, $14 for adults http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/theatre/default.asp

JLS Stage Production presents “The Hobbit” 
Nov 14-15 @7pm JLS Cafetorium 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, CA, 94306 
Come see an adventure play based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel is a suspenseful, fast-moving journey through the sometimes dark, sometimes charming, always compelling world of Middle Earth…and there’s a dragon!  Tickets go on sale @JLS on Nov 4. Adult: $5 Children: $3 (grades 8 or younger).

The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association presents Chamber Music Concerts 
Sat Nov 9, 8pm First Baptist Church, 305 North California Ave, Palo Alto 
Come and hear Suite for Brass Quintet, by John Palmer, String Quartet No.1, Op.51 by Johannes Brahms and Gran Partita for Winds, K. 361 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 
Tickets: www.paphil.org or at box office the evening of performance

Palo Alto Community Child Care’s 10th Annual Dine for Kids Event 

Thu Nov 14 at over 35 local restaurants in Palo Alto Community. 
Join Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) in support of quality childcare for low-income families by contributing a portion of their proceeds from that day’s sales.  Full details on the restaurants and any required flyers can be found at http://www.paccc.org/dine_for_kids. PACCC runs the Dine for Kids Online Auction with lots of fun goodies for everyone in your family from Nov 7-21, http://www.biddingforgood.com/paccc.

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