Palo Verde eNews


August  31            :  September Voice Submissions Due

September 3         :  School Closed, Labor Day
September 4         :  Project Cornerstone Meeting
September 7         :  Deadline for DirectoryUpdates/Changes
September 14       :  Walk-a-Thon
September 19       :   Restaurant Night, Armadillo Willy’s

Palo Verde and PTA News Please Return your Palo Verde PTA One Check Form by September 7

Thanks to all the families who’ve returned their Palo Verde PTA one check form already.  If you have not, please do so by Sept 7th.  If you’ve misplaced the form in the tidal wave of back to school information, you can find the PDF online at: or request a copy by emailing  Return your form and your check to the Palo Verde office.
The one check form is your way to give money to the following areas:
  • Per student school supply fee: rather than receiving a shopping list from each of your child’s teacher as parents do at some schools, you simply pay a fee to the PTA at the beginning of the year and the needed materials are procured for you
  • PTA membership dues: Being a PTA member gives YOU a vote on all PTA issues, including budget and school support. Join the largest child advocacy organization in California today.
  • Library Book Donation: Help our extraordinary librarian update and expand our library’s collection!

2012-2013 PV Student Directory

The PV student directory is a valuable communications resource that contains contact information enabling the school staff, PTA, site council & parents to communicate with one another regarding school or class information.   The directory is published exclusively for the convenience of school staff & families. We would like to publish the directory ASAP but WE NEED YOUR HELP.  Thanks to all the families who already added, updated or confirmed their information

Returning Families: Please confirm or update your family’s information. You can also email to update your information.   If we don’t hear from you by September 7, your family’s information will be published as it appeared in last year’s directory.

NEW Families (or families NOT listed in last year’s directory):   Please fill out & return the blue form in the BTS packet (return it to the office).  If we don’t hear from you by September 7, then only information from the district (approved by you for release during registration) will be included in this year’s directory.  If no information is available, then only your child’s first name & first initial of his/her last name will be included in the directory.

All directory communications are due by Friday, September 7.  Forms can be returned to the school office.  Email Lili at if you have questions.

Spirit Gear Orders
Show off your school spirit by wearing the Palo Verde logo!
The deadline for placing orders is September 28.
There are samples on display in the school office. It is highly recommended that you stop by and take a look at them if you are unsure about what size to order. There have been complaints in the past that the manufacturer’s sizes are on the small side, so, if in doubt, please order a bigger size.
If you have any questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).
Palo Verde Walk-a-Thon Sept. 14
Get your walking shoes ready, Palo Verde! The 8th annual Palo Verde Walk-a-Thon is slated for Friday, September 14. During the Walk-a-Thon, Palo Verde students do laps around the field getting some excerise and raising money for Palo Verde. Money raised from the Walk-a-thon is used to help fund students’ lunchtime activities including Noon Art, Noon Games, and Walking Club.
More information will be coming home via Friday Folders soon. Walk On!
Palo Verde Dining for Dollars Restaurant Night
Support Palo verde on Wednesday September 19 by dining at Armadillo Willys, 1031 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos from 5-9PM.
If you mention Palo Verde 20% of your purchases will be donated back to our school!


Team up with Friends and Donate an Event to the Fall Party Book

Some of the most popular items in the Palo Verde Spring Auction are spots in the unique social and creative gatherings donated and hosted by Palo Verde families. Memorable events include a Bollywood Dance Party, a Stomp Rocket Party, a Pokemon Trading Party, and Progressive Dinners donated by a group of Palo Verde families who live near each other.
Palo Verde students benefit from the PTA funds raised, people have fun, and our community grows stronger!
The Fall Party Book was created to promote these gatherings throughout the fall and winter months. Events last year included an Oktoberfest for adults, Halloween Treats and Eats, a White Elephant Party, Kids Bingo Bash, and more. Tickets are sold at the Harvest Fair in early October.
Can you team up with a friend to offer a Pumpkin Carving party, a Diwali Celebration, or a themed-progressive dinner? How about a series of gatherings focused on a winter-time hobby you can share such as orienteering, holiday baking, knitting, or jewelry making? Dream it up and make it happen!
To discuss donating a fall, winter, or holiday-themed gathering for kids, adults, or families, please contact Callie Turk or Rebecca Thompson or e-mail us at:

Double Your Donation To Partners in Education (PiE)
Take advantage of PiE’s Challenge Grant! EVERY DOLLAR donated to PiE through September 7, 2012 will be matched up to a total of $300,000. PiE is the education foundation serving all of Palo Alto that funds essential staff and programs for PAUSD schools. PiE helps fill the gap left by state education funding cuts, and preserves critical staff and important programs at Palo Verde.

What PiE funds at Palo Verde:

– Classroom aides, so that every child has one more person to support his/her needs in the classroom. The aide not only assists students, but also enables the teacher to spend more time with small groups of students or with individuals
– Spectra Art, so that every child can enjoy art lessons and the creativity and confidence they build
– Project Resilience programs, building developmental assets and resilience for all students to bring into the classroom
– Additional reading specialist time, providing extra support in reading to those who most need it, enabling the classroom to tackle more advanced material and to progress in reading proficiency

Without PiE donations, we would not have these aides or these programs.

How to Donate:
Donate online at
Drop your donation at the school office

Help Your Child Track Green Commute Miles to School
Going in your child’s Friday folders today is a form that will help them record and calculate the number of miles they walked/biked/carpooled to school in a month. For mileage information please turn the mileage tracker page over and use Palo Verde’s new walk and roll map. Even if your child is walking from across the street, have him/her enter 1/4 mile for each way. Carpooling kids will enter 1/4 mile for each way they carpool to school. This is a great way for kids to know how many miles they green commute to school. Our school goal is to record a total of 20,000 green commute miles for this academic year. At the end of each month some one from the traffic safety team will collect the forms from the kids. Please do not hand them over to the teachers.
If your family wants to join a biking or walking group or carpool to Palo Verde from your neighborhood please download this form and return it to the office by Sept 21.
Please Join eScrip and Raise $$$ for Palo Verde While You Shop

With Safeway’s Back to Schools Program in Progress, Now Is a GREAT Time to Register for eScrip for Palo Verde!

As many of you know, through our relationship with eScrip, we can raise funds for Palo Verde just by shopping at Safeway and other merchants.
We can raise even more through September 11th , when manufacturers of over 5,000 products sold in Safeway stores will contribute an additional 10% of sales to schools such as ours as part of Safeway’s Back to Schools program. If your Safeway Club Card is already registered with eScrip, great! Your contributions will automatically be sent to Palo Verde every time you enter your Safeway Club Card or associated phone number when you shop at Safeway. If you are not registered with eScrip or don’t have your Safeway Club Card registered, please do so soon! It’s easy and only takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Go to and follow the instructions. Be sure to have your Safeway Club Card number and credit cards on hand when you register. Our group number is 137331259 and we are listed as Palo Verde PTA.If you don’t remember your Safeway Club Card Number, call Safeway Customer Service at 1-877-723-3929– they will happily help you identify your number.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Callie Turk,


Back to School Haircuts, Sales Benefit Palo Verde PTA
Get your hair cut at MIDTOWN HAIR STUDIO (Locally owned by a PAUSD family)  for $14, from now until August 31. Mention Palo Verde School and Midtown Hair Studio will donate 20% to Palo Verde PTA.

Midtown Hair Studio
2786 Middlefield Road at Colorado
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm

Developmental Assets Workshop – “Take It Personally Asset Champion Training”
Thursdays, September 6 – October 11th 8:30-10am JL Stanford Middle School, Rm. 530
Click here for flyer.
Parents from all JLS feeder schools welcome! Developmental assets are the positive values, relationships, skills and experiences that help children and teens thrive. Young people with high asset levels are most likely to make healthy choices. Help your child continue to thrive by attending our parent study group:

Take It Personally Asset Champion Training, JLS Middle School
This six-session workshop, offered through Project Cornerstone, helps adults understand
and make a stronger commitment to supporting young people and provides tools, exercises
and strategies to help participants fulfill their commitment. The workbook is $10 – please let
us know if you’d like to attend.