Palo Verde Enews 12/3/18

Palo Verde Elementary PTA Newsletter
Dec. 3, 2018
Coming up This Week

This Week
Monday-Friday, December 3rd-7th, Inclusive Schools Week
Weeks Ahead

Friday, December 14th, Morning Assembly

Friday, December 14th, Movie Night
Friday, December 21st, Minimum Day
Monday, December 24th-Friday, January 4th, Winter Break
Palo Verde/PTA News

After School Math Club for 4th and 5th Graders
First Meeting:  December 7th
We (Susan – Annika’s Mom and Rajesh – Maitreyi’s Dad) are starting a weekly Math Club for 4th and 5th graders on Fridays from 4pm to 5pm.. It is a voluntary-parent run effort to encourage our kids to become interested and excited about Math. If you are interested, please sign-up at (,
First Session: Dec 7th from 4 pm to 5 pm. Meet in front of Palo Verde Office at 3.45 PM.
OPEN House Dec 7th from 5 pm to 6 pm to answer any questions
Palo Verde Spirit Gear
Palo Verde Spirit Gear is available for order now through January 15 online. This is the perfect time to order a hoodie or long sleeved t-shirt to show your Palo Verde pride!  Check out the catalogue and get your order in now!  Here’s the link to order: 

5th graders – stay tuned in the winter for a special edition
“Class of 2019” Palo Verde t-shirt!
Girls On the Run
This Spring Palo Verde will have a Girls on the Run Team!
Girls on the Run is an after-school program that gives 3-5th grade girls the tools to be happy, healthy and confident. Girls on the Run is more than just a running program – it gives girls the opportunity to build confidence and healthy habits. Over 10 weeks, from March through May, girls will recognize their star power, make new friends, and so much more! Teams meet twice each week to play games and learn new life skills while building endurance to complete the Girls on the Run 5K on May 18. Registration opens December 1 through the GOTR website: Scholarships are available – please apply for scholarships before registration.
For more information email Michelle Steingart at You can also learn more about the program on their website.
Date: March 4th -May 18th
Time: 3-4:30 Mondays and Wednesdays
Location: Palo Verde Blacktop
5K run: May 18th, Time not yet confirmed
Registration: December 1 at
Tacolicious School Project (TSP)
Join PVPTA on Tacolicious School Project every Monday in December!
Date:  December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Time: 11:30 am – 10 pm
How it works:
  • Monday dine-in or pick up: Dine in or take out orders. (Third party deliveries, such as Caviar, is not included)
  • Monday catering: Having a taco bar delivered to your Monday meeting or event. Please book through and mention that it’s to support the Tacolicious School Project (TSP). To qualify for delivery, orders must total $500 or more.
  • Monday Parties: Host a large group in any of Tacolicious private dining rooms. Please book ahead through and mention that the party is to support the Tacolicious School Project (TSP).
Palo Verde Elementary pairs up with JLS middle school on December TSP, 15% of their proceeds goes to Palo Verde and JLS. This is a great excuse to eat delicious food and give back to the school community.
Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your community. Enjoy great food and support our school!
Palo Verde Ice Skating Party 
JANUARY 11th 5:30-7:30pm
Winter is coming and so is the annual Palo Verde ice skating party. Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Friday, January 11th 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm for this fun family event at Winterlodge!
Beat the rush and buy your tickets online in advance for this popular event: $25 for skaters including skate rentals and pizza dinner. $5 for non-skaters, includes pizza dinner.
Bring the whole family and let’s have some fun! Buy your tickets NOW at
Pizza dinner provided by the PTA. Please consider bringing a dessert to share.
We need VOLUNTEERS! If you are interested in helping out, please email us and look out for volunteer sign ups on Konstella coming soon. Let’s get this party started!
Questions: contact Vandana Adya (, Weiping He ( or Iva Reid (
Family Giving Tree 2018 Holiday Drive
Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Stop by the office to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your new, unwrapped toys to the office by Friday, Dec 7.
You can also donate online using our virtual tree:
**This year Palo Verde is helping sort gifts at the warehouse! Please join us on  Fri, Dec 14 from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Giving Tree warehouse – a great way to volunteer with your kids! Please contact Yael ( to sign up.
Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.

Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
**NEW** EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent’s Weekly Board Update
Read Dr. Don Austin’s Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday 

**NEW**PTA Council Host Stanford General Use Permit School Community Meeting (2 of 2)
Wed Dec 5, 6:30 – 7:30PM, 
Greene Middle School MPR 
Wed Dec 12, 6:30 – 7:30PM, JLS MPR/ Cafeteria / will be Live Streamed & Recorded
These important and timely meetings are to give PAUSD parents an opportunity to learn about and give input to our elected officials on the Development Agreement currently being negotiated as between Stanford University and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.   Now is the time to speak up, or we might end up with overcrowded schools and less resources for staff and students. We hope you will join these meetings and help PAUSD parents and staff know about this important issue. What we do now will impact our school families for years to come!
Palo Alto Weekly Story
The Palo Alto Weekly is working on a story about the mental health challenges that new and expecting mothers face, including postpartum depression, anxiety, stigma and other issues.  If you are willing to share your story, please email staff writer Elena Kadvany at

Community News

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**NEW**Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp
Registration Open: Saturday, January 12th,  
9:30am – 12:00pm 
178 Clinton St, RWC
Let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day minicamp.  Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January, 2019.  Beginning groups start slow, then grow, meeting in Redwood City and San Mateo for choral singing and theory instruction. SingFest is free, and spots will go fast at  Can’t make it to SingFest but want to audition?  Go to 
**NEW**Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement classes open
Register Now; Mon, 3:15 and 4:15 sessions, 
Jan. 28 – May. 20, 
178 Clinton St, RWC
Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging class for active young boys is now open. It’s a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi’s main program. This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $375 for 15 weeks; sibling discounts. Contact, 650-342-8785. Register & more info at 
STEAM Lab Sunday @ MP 
Sun, Dec 16,
Mitchell Park Library, Midtown Room
An interactive program featuring different S.T.E.A.M. related projects. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math). Grades K-5 only. Registration required. Registration opens 3 weeks in advance.
Society of Bookworms @ CH 
Wed, Dec 19, 4:00-5:00PM, 
Children’s Library, 
1276 Harriet St.
Discuss a great book with your friends at the Children’s Library! The book will be announced at least one month in advance. Registration Desired. Grades 4-6 only.
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**NEW**Will Your Child Be a 6th or 9th Grader Next Year?
Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) has posted some helpful tips on how to get prepared for middle and/or high school.  And if you missed their info nights at Greene, JLS, Fletcher, Paly or Gunn, they have the presentations posted.
**NEW**Know a Child Who Loves to Sing? Cantabile Youth Singers Invites You to Come SingWithUs!
Registration and auditions for grades K-8 happening now.  Registration for our Winter/Spring 2019 semester opens Nov 20, 2018.
Cantabile is a community-based children’s chorus serving the greater Silicon Valley area, striving to bring the highest quality musical education in a choral setting to young singers from ages 4 years to 18.  With our carefully planned and innovative curriculum, we build a foundation in choral musicianship, music literacy and appreciation, while also fostering a caring and supportive family-like atmosphere for friendships to grow for our singers.  We offer a number of after-school rehearsal options, each featuring a wide range of musical activities, including singing, movement, improvisation, instrumental activities, and musicianship.  Singers in grades 3-8 should call today to arrange an audition, while singers in grades K-2 may simply register for a class now by visiting our website below.  Come sing with us as we embark upon our exciting 2019 spring semester!
To audition or to learn more about our chorus levels and our upcoming semester, please contact us: | 650.424.1410.  Classes are conveniently located in Los Altos |
Lego Club
Fri, Dec.21 4-5PM 
Children’s Library, Fireplace
Come and build with Legos at the Children’s Library, and have your creation displayed for everyone to see and enjoy.
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**NEW**Paly Choirs 16th Annual Madrigal Feaste
Sat & Sun, Dec 8 & 9, 
1:30PM seating/refreshments; 
2PM show, Palo Alto High School, Performing Art Ctr.
King Henry VIII welcomes you to his 2018 16th Annual Feaste.  The King welcomes all ye to his palace to join him and his family in the festivities of the season.  Ye shall hear the finest choirs in all the lands, see a jester of unparalleled talent, and feast on sumptuous tea sandwiches and desserts. Appropriate and fun for all ages.  Huzzah!
**NEW**Fletcher Middle School Books & Burgers Night
Tue Dec 4, 5-8PM, 
Books Inc. and Kirk’s Burgers 
855 El Camino Real
Come to Town & Country to support the Fletcher Middle School Library.  Shop at Books Inc., Eat at Kirk’s – they are donating a portion of the night’s proceeds to FMS Library!  We will have raffle prizes from many other T&C stores too. Win-Win for everyone just before the Holidays!
**NEW**Dream Volunteers Summer 2019 Family Service Trip 
to Latin America
Trip takes place June 24, 2019 – July 1, 2019.  
Deadline for sign-up is January 13, 2019.
Dream Volunteers, a local non-profit, has been organizing service trips abroad for schools and families since 2007.  A service trip with Dream Volunteers is an incredible way to immerse your family in a beautiful culture, while make a difference in the lives of people striving to lift up their communities.  Sign-ups for next summer’s Guatemala Family Volunteer Trip are happening now online.  This trip is appropriate for families with kids between pre-school and high-school age. Click here for trip info
There will be a live webinar with more information about the trip on Dec 5 at 7:30pm using this link: 
Or you can reach out directly to Dream Volunteers with questions at
**NEW**Donate/Buy Board Games and Puzzles To Benefit PALY Music Program
Sat, Dec 8, 9am-2pm, 
Paly Flea Market, 
Palo Alto High School parking lot 
Try some new board games during winter break! Work on a new puzzle! Make room on the shelf and donate your used board games and puzzles for a good cause.  Come drop off gently used board games and puzzles and get some new ones at the Paly flea market.  Shop for handmade ceramics, vintage glasses, fresh flower arrangements, Paly Sports Boosters gear, and much more.  Enjoy a burger, hot chocolate and dessert prepared by Paly music students.  Did you know that you can rent a space to sell your own artisan or used items?  All funds raised through the Paly flea market benefit the Paly music program.
Questions? Contact Colleen Nielsen,  or Heike Fischer,
**NEW**Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Winter Glass SALE – Paly Glass makes great gifts! 
Dec 14, Fri 3-6 pm, 
Dec 15, Sat 11-4 pm, 
PA High School, inside the Tower Building, 
(Administration Bldg). 
50 Embarcadero Road across from Stanford Stadium.
Glass snow-people, reindeer, ornaments, cups, bowls, candy cane and more.  Paly Glass makes great gifts: it supports a local non-profit. It supports the ARTS.  It’s a unique hand-made treasure that brings JOY.  Made by Paly instructors, alums and students.  Sales benefit the Fiery Arts program which creates opportunities for students to participate in an amazing sculpture curriculum.  Live demonstrations! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors! Free cookies & hot cider!
Parent Ed Workshop: Building Healthy Relationships and 
Creating a Culture of Consent. 
Thu Dec 6, 7-8:30PM,
  PAC, Palo Alto High School
Whether your child is 5 or 15, it is essential that they are given the understanding, language and skills to appropriately express their own boundaries, and at the same time show respect for those of others.  National expert Anea Bogue will provide workshop attendees with practical tips and strategies to effectively communicate with your child about affirmative consent and healthy relationships in an age appropriate manner.  Our parent education workshop will focus on providing you with expert insight on how to effectively broach these subjects with your students in ways that minimize resistance, risk and instead promote mutual trust and greater connection. Sponsored by the PAUSD RISE Taskforce. Appropriate for parents/guardians of students of all ages (TK through 12).
Holiday Extravaganza with TWOSET VIOLIN
Sun Dec 9, 3PM, 
Smithwick Theatre 
12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) is thrilled to host TwoSet Violin, Brett Yang and Eddy Chen, whose hilarious skits and classical send-ups have garnered over 200 million social media viewings worldwide. Our Holiday Extravaganza includes all five PACO orchestras performing separately as well as together for some Handel favorites.  You never thought classical music would be this much fun. This concert is PACO’s only ticket event ($30 general / $40 preferred seating). For details and to purchase tickets visit: 
Calling elementary, middle and high school families. You are eligible to host an AFS Exchange Student.
Hosting helps a high school student from abroad become fluent in English and experience life in America. “Becoming a host family took us out of our comfort zone and provided many new experiences.”
Contact Veronica Buxton at  AFS USA is a premier volunteer cultural exchange program approved by the State Department. 
Stanford’s Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR)
We are recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 years diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. For more information see here please or contact Ellen Wilkinson, MA or Tobi Britton, BA, BCaBA; 650-736-0591Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D; 650-498-4799
Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre Ten Minute 
Playwriting Contest
Submission Deadline:  Fri Dec 21, 2018 12 am
The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2018-19 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest. Play Palooza gives young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents.  Students can submit original work in three categories:  Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade). Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children’s Theatre, and winning playwrights receive   prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Submissions can be submitted electronically to
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