October 5, 2016

Calendar
October
3-6      Walk and Roll Week
7         Staff Development, No School
10       Last day for Fall Parties donations
11, 13 Children’s Theater Auditions
12       Restaurant Night – The Counter

14       Morning Assembly and Principal’s Coffee;  Project Cornerstone Training

16       Fall Parties Sales Begin;
           Palo Verde PTA International, Harvest Fair

17       Children’s Theater Rehearsals Begin

19       Unity Day21       PTA Board Meeting

28       Fall Parties Sales Ends

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Palo Verde FUNDRAISER – Restaurant Night 

on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12
Location:  The Counter Palo Alto
369 South California Avenue, Palo Alto , 94306
NOTHING MORE FUN THAN EATING BURGERS FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Give the flyer that went home in your child’s Friday folder to your server and The Counter will donate 15% of your bill to
Palo Verde PTA

Unity Day 2016 – When We Stand Together, No One Stands Alone

Wednesday, October 19th, all PAUSD schools
PAUSD will celebrate Unity Day 2016 to promote kindness towards all students and unity in our school communities.
Please join us at Palo Verde by WEARING ORANGE on Wednesday, October 19th!
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Awareness events are sponsored by PAUSD, the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC), Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer &
Questioning (LGBTQQ) Committee. Contact jgonzalez@pausd.org for more information.


Thank you Palo Verde for supporting the Books Inc. Book Fair! 
It was wonderful to see so many parents, students and members of our community perusing the selection of wonderful books in the MP Room!
Our biggest thanks to Liliane Lehman for all of her support throughout the week! Thank you to our amazing principal Hillary Miller for generously purchasing books for every classroom. Much appreciation to Elaine Chase, Jenny Hsiung and Carlos Valencia Verduzco for all of their assistance leading up to and during the fair. And thanks to our incredible group of volunteers who made setting up and closing day a breeze: Nanda Garber, Ann Lai, Joslyn Leve, Nora Matta, Mirlaine Mello, RoseMarie Milinowicz, Susan Papp, Na’ama Porat and Yael Valek.
Tina Mondragon & Martha Mitchell, Book Fair Co-Chairs


 
From Last Week

Updates and Changes to “Alice in Wonderland” Dates

“Alice in Wonderland” comes to Palo Verde this fall when the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre will work with Palo Verde 3
rd through 5th graders to produce the play “Alice in Wonderland.” We’ve had a change to the audition dates/timing, so please take a careful look.
  •  Tuesday, October 4, 8:15 am, MP Room – Parent Information Meeting
Parents get an overview of the key dates, activities, and volunteer requirements for play participation. This will be a short meeting so that you can get the information you need quickly and get on with your day.
  • Tuesday, October 11, and Thursday, October 13, After School – Auditions
NEW!  Auditions will be held on Tuesday, 10/11, for 3rd graders from 2:15 to 3:45. Auditions will be held on Thursday, 10/13, for 4th and 5th graders  from 2:50 to 4:20. If you have a conflict, you can attend the other day. Those interested in crew jobs do not attend auditions.
  • Monday, October 17, Right After School – First Rehearsal
  • Monday, October 17, 5:00 p.m. – Parent Meeting
The nitty gritty details of play participation and volunteer signs up are covered.
Any 3rd through 5th grade student who wants to participate will be able to participate. Each student can take on either an acting or a crew role. Question? Contact Laurence Kancherla at lvarlet at hotmail dot com or Callie Turk at callie_turk at yahoo dot com

It’s Fall Party Time!

Fall Parties is one of our bigger fundraisers at Palo Verde. The parties offers a slate of fall and winter gatherings and focus on building our community of parents, families, and children through fun activities and parties while raising money to support Palo Verde PTA Programs. Parents donate the party, and all ticket sales benefit our school.
Past offerings include hiking trips, Halloween/fall/gingerbread parties for kids, wine/dumpling/margarita parties for adults, winter holiday parties, crafty parties for kids, coffee/tea parties and so much more. This year we would also like to get donors for a simple party for each grade level – for example Kinder Halloween Playdate with Donuts at Seale Park.
Please email your donated parties to pvfallpartybook@gmail.comby 10/9 with
Event Title, Event Description, Donor Name(s), # of Guests (Minimum / Maximum), Type of Event: (Adults-Only / Kids Drop-Off / Family), Event Location, Date/Time for Event (event sales kick off 10/16), Suggested Ticket Price
Please email us if you need help coming up with a party idea or getting partners to donate with you.
We look forward to partying with you!
International Harvest Fair

NEW Date: Sunday, October 16th from 3-5 pm

Please join Palo Verde’s diverse community as it celebrates the harvest season and the many beautiful cultures that make up our community.
The fair will have different country booths & harvest games led by the 5th graders. A planning meeting will be held on 9/23, Friday after drop off~8:20 in the teacher’s lounge. If you are planning to attend the fair and can lend a hand, please contact Kala Mehta Lansberg kala dot mehta23 at gmail dot com or Marline Mello marlanemello at gmail dot com. Spots not filled: China; USA ; Harvest game supervision.


Seeking Fall Party Chairs
Palo Verde PTA is able to offer a variety of programs such as the upcoming Children’s Theater, Julia Robinson Science Night, Ice Skating, and International Harvest Fair because of the generous contributions and donations made by our families and the time and effort of our volunteer teams that set up and run fundraisers such as the upcoming Fall parties
However, over the last two years the PTA has been finding it hard to replace volunteers who have moved on to middle schools with newer volunteers who will take charge of and/or help run the fundraisers and donate parties that are crucial to support our enrichment, community building and academic programs. Without the funds we raise through the Fall Parties or the Spring auction, the PTA will find it increasingly harder to support a lot of our existing or new programs all of which support all of our kids.
We are looking for new energy and talent especially from the lower K-3 grades to help us try and meet our fundraising goals by chairing the upcoming Fall Parties fundraiser, NO PREVIOUS FUNDRAISING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. We have a team in place to guide you and a software in place to run Fall Parties. The Fall parties chair/s will seek out parties from the community: eg halloween cup cake making, Moms and Margaritas, wine tasting, Eichler Tours. These parties are hosted generously by our families and proceeds from ticket sales from these parties come back to the PTA.
The fall parties chair will work with the existing team to advertise and promote the fundraiser. They will work with the auction software to create a catalog and facilitate online sales.
Since this is time sensitive, Please contact Yael Valek, yaelcow at yahoo dot come or Anjani Sarma president@pvpta.org if you would like to volunteer to lead or help with Fall Parties.
Palo Verde Staff “Favorites” and “Classroom Wish List” Binder in Main Office
In the main office there is a binder offering Staff “Favorites” and “Classroom Wish List” items! It is a wonderful resource during special days, holidays or any time of year one wishes to reach out to staff members.

Earn for Palo Verde with eScrip!

Sign up with eScrip and your everyday shopping can earn funds for Palo Verde. Up to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants  (Piazza’s, Molly Stone’s, Fresh & Easy and more) will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register your existing grocery loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program.
Just go to http://www.escrip.com and click on “Sign Up“.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA
  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.

Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long.

Already signed up? Make sure your credit card information is up-to-date in the system!
Questions: Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com – Thanks!
 

 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD 
Right NOW – Join us, and double the impact of your donation during PiE’s Rally Days!
Pledge or donate before October 17th and your donation will be matched by our Rally Day’s Challenge Grant happening now.  We need the support of the whole community in order to reach our goal and help our schools and students.  We know all families are different, so we have different giving options to meet the needs of every family:  You can Pledge now and pay in January 2017 or Spread your gift over 10 months through installments or Company matching counts towards your gift
To learn more or to donate, please visit http://papie.org/donate/
PAUSD School Board Candidate Forum K-5th Grade Focus
Tuesday Oct 4th 6:30-8:30pm, Barron Park School MP Room 800 Barron Ave, Palo Alto
ALL interested Palo Alto Voters and PAUSD parents are invited to come and hear from the school board candidates! Barron Park, Ohlone and Fairmeadow PTAs are co-hosting this K-5th grade-focused forum with all candidates. If you’d like to submit a question to have the candidates respond to, email your question to k5october4forum@gmail.com by Oct 3. Please keep your questions related to K-5th issues. There will be separate forums for Special Ed issues on Sat Oct 1st 10a-12p (location TDB) and possibly a forum for 6-12th grade issues (Day,Time, Location TBD).
Renaming Schools Advisory Committee Community Townhall Meeting
Oct 17 or 24, 6:30-8:30pm in the Media & Arts Center at Palo Alto High School.
To rename or not to rename any of Palo Alto’s schools, that is the question the Renaming Schools Advisory Committee will begin to answer during its first townhall meeting in October. Renowned historians and educators with expertise in the Eugenics era, some of whom have actively provided their expertise in renaming efforts at other schools, will discuss if there is a rationale to consider renaming PAUSD schools whose namesakes were actively involved in Eugenics. The panelists will discuss how to evaluate a person’s controversial legacy in historical context, the learning opportunities this debate provides, and how renaming or not renaming might affect the school community.  The townhall meeting is intended to stimulate community discussion on this important topic, and will close with a Q&A session.  Everyone in the community is welcome, please invite your friends and neighbors.
PTAC 
Arts Education Volunteers Needed
The Palo Alto Council of PTA’s http://ptac.paloaltopta.org/ seeks Arts Education Volunteers to support high quality arts education for all students and to share best practices and programs.  Goals might include communicating about visual and performing art programs taking place at PAUSD schools and encouraging collaborative opportunities.  All PTA members (both parents and teachers) are welcome to volunteer.  Please contact PTAC President Audrey Gold  (president@paloaltopta.org) if interested.
Community
Free Community Day at Gamble Garden
Sun, Oct 2, 10AM – 2PM, 1431 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Gamble Garden celebrates our community with a FREE fun filled all ages day.  The day’s festivities include fun children’s activities, a gorgeous plant sale, horticultural resources, educational displays, garden demonstrations, food, entertainment, and of course… digging for worms!  This is an opportunity for the community to spend some time at Gamble Garden, meet neighbors and enjoy some activities and hospitality.  Please register at https://www.gamblegarden.org/event/community-day-oct/
Growing populations, shrinking resources: dynamics of a world in crisis
Fri Oct 7, 7:30pm at Mitchell Park Community Center – Palo Alto
Documentary photographer RANDY OLSON has worked with National Geographic Magazine for 25 years, producing over 30 stories on issues of overpopulation, environmental degradation, resource extraction and disappearing cultures. He will present his work followed by an interview with moderator Kim Komenich and Q&A session with the audience.  Light refreshments included.
Info & tickets please visit: www.paloaltophotoforum.org  Contact: info@paloaltophotoforum.org
Huge Children’s Used Book Sale to Benefit Palo Alto Libraries
Sat Oct. 8 & Sun Oct. 9  10 am – 4 pm,  Cubberley Community Center (FOPAL Children’s Sale Room)
More than 13,000 kids’ books, games, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs will be on sale at incredibly low prices at Friends of the Palo Alto Library’s monthly book sale-  everything from board books and picture books to school age fiction and nonfiction titles to early teen fiction.  All items are lightly used or new and are sorted by age level and subject matter.  Many books in foreign languages.  Over 50,000 books for adults in FOPAL’s Main and Bargain rooms.  www.fopal.org
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University Family Sundays Program
Second Sundays, beginning Oct 9, 11 AM – 4 PM, Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way
The Cantor invites families to a day of wonder and learning at the museum.  This is a s a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making, and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages. Explore the galleries and participate in programs designed to help families look and think about art in new ways. Curiosity is encouraged. The day is designed to be flexible with no registration required, no standing in line and no waitlists. Families can plan a unique museum experience and join the activities in which they are most interested.
5th Annual Kiwanis Angel Award honors Agent DuJuan Green, PA Police Department 
Thu Oct 13 5.30 – 730PM, Palo Alto Sheraton 625 El Camino Real Palo Alto
Kiwanis Angel Award recognizes an individual who has provided significant contributions to children and youth.  Agent DuJuan Green is being honored for his exemplary work as a School Resource Office, Facilitator of the Parent Project which teaches enhanced parenting skills and member of Project Safety Net.  Program relevant for parents of students 6 grade to 12 grade.  Cost $50 per person and sign up by October 6. Proceeds benefit children and youth programs.
Registration  www.KiwanisAngelAward.org  Contact Gail Price   gail.price3@gmail.com
SheHeroes Afternoon Tea with Fathers in Tech Encouraging Girls in STEM
Sun Oct. 16; 2 – 4:30pm, The Fairmont, San Francisco, Crowne room
Enjoy an afternoon tea for the whole family (all ages) and listen to tech leaders speak about the crucial role men play in supporting women and girls in STEM and other fields. Formal tea includes gourmet food and beverages. Fun activities for kids include raffle, photo booth, girl panel, temporary tattoos. Further info at: http://bit.ly/fatherdaughtertea
Special Olympics Soccer Competition
Mon, Oct 17, 9AM-Noon, Jordan Middle School
PAUSD and Special Olympics Northern California have joined together in a new Special Olympics Schools Partnership program. Through sports, the program aims to provide opportunities for special education students and their peers to work together as teammates and to create inclusive opportunities in the school community. Come cheer on the students in their first event of the year. Elementary, middle and high school students throughout the district will be participating and showing off their skills. For more information contact Angel Sheridan at asheridan@pausd.org.
Support Paly Cheer and Dance with our Holiday Pie Fundraiser
Mon. Oct. 24 (order deadline), Fri. Nov. 18 Pick up your pies at Palo Alto High School in front of the Tower Bldg. from 3:30-6:30pm.
Enjoy delicious farm fresh pies while supporting Palo Alto High School’s Cheer and Dance teams!  Apple, Two Berry, and Pumpkin Pies are available. They are flash-frozen from Gidzich Farms in Watsonville and are simply scrumptious!  Get all the details at:  http://www.palycheer.net/holiday-pies.html
ORDER NOW!  The Gizdich Pie Sale will be ending soon!
Now thru Oct. 12
Order delicious Gizdich Ranch Pies before Oct. 12 for your holiday gatherings, and help raise funds for the Class of 2017 Senior Picnic, Grad Night Celebration and scholarships for Seniors to attend those events.  The pies come frozen and are made locally at Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville.  You can choose from Apple, Two Berry (raspberry and blackberry), Pumpkin or Apricot! Buy a pie and donate it to a special teacher or staff member!  For the Gizdich Pie Order Form and more information: http://gunn.paloaltopta.org/wp-content/uploads/Gizdich-Ranch-Pie-Order-All-Schools.pdf.
  Any questions?  Contact Cassandra Gencarella mginx@sbcglobal.net .
  Gunn’s class of 2017 thanks you!
Palo Alto Philharmonic Concerto Movement Competition
The Palo Alto Philharmonic is sponsoring a Concerto Movement Competition open to school-aged music students including both instrumentalists and vocalists. Each applicant should submit an unedited audio CD (5-15 minutes long) of his or her performance of a movement from a concerto or concert piece for soloist and orchestra. Applications, along with the demo CD and a non-refundable fee of $30 must be postmarked by December 31, 2016.  For more information or to download an application form: http://www.paphil.org/pages/about/cmc.html
Bringing up Bicyclists Parent Ed
Mon Oct3, 7-8.30PM, Ohlone Elementary School, MP Room, 950 Amarillo Av.
This class is for parents of elementary aged children who want to teach their students bike safety skills.  Presented by Sylvia Star-Lack, City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School Coordinator and League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. No children, please. For more information, see the flyer at the following link:  http://tinyurl.com/OhloneBUB2016
A Taste of Cantabile Youth Singers: Roots and Rhythms of Africa!
Sat Oct 15 1-4pm, Los Altos Hills Town Hall Council Chambers
This exciting afternoon for 3rd-5th graders investigates song, dance, folktales and instrumental elements from the Music of West Africa. Featuring Cantabile’s signature pedagogical approach of Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze methods, this workshop will include both traditional folk songs, and contemporary songs from current African artists. Through vocal warm-ups, singing games, and theatrical improvisation, singers will have a blast learning how to develop and express their natural singing voice, and will walk away with a starting toolbox to continue their journey as young singers. Cost: 45.00 for non-residents, 50.00 for residents. cantabile.org/info@cantabile.org  650.424.1410
Contact: jchew@losaltosca.gov/ (650) 947-2848
Contact: sgualtieri@losaltoshills.ca.gov/ 650-947-2518
 
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