Dear Palo Verde Families — Welcome to the 2020-21 school year at Palo Verde!

We are your PTA (Parent – Teacher Association) Board. We would love to be greeting returning families and newcomers to our school in person – but as the current situation precludes that – we extend our warmest wishes to you all via this letter.

Though the months ahead may look different than we expected, the PTA is hard at work in partnership with Principal Lee and our staff and teachers to ensure that every student has the materials they need for a successful start to the year.

Traditionally, the PTA has asked every family to contribute to our annual fundraising efforts at the beginning of the school year. These dollars purchase essential school supplies for every student, books for our library as well as our classrooms – and in past years, these dollars have paid for busses for field trips, playground equipment, music stands, and a host of other items.

As this school year is starting like no other, the PTA wishes to honor the challenging times that many may be facing and so, we are deferring this fundraising for a few weeks (or possibly longer) as we communicate with our teachers and learn more about how the next few months will unfold and when it will be possible for students to return to school in person.

We will be in touch frequently at regularly scheduled association meetings to update you on our fundraising efforts and how those dollars are allocated. While our students may be beginning the year learning from home, many materials will still be needed – for example, Math manipulatives that will be given to every student.

The school and the PTA will provide each student with a school supply kit with the materials needed to start the year at home (we normally purchase those for the students to use at school). We ask every family to pay $50 per student to cover those expenses – or an amount that your family is able to contribute.

The link to pay for these essential supplies is here via our “One Check Form”: http://pvpta.schoolauction.net/1check202021/

In addition, consider becoming a PTA member: your $12 membership entitles you to vote at all Association meetings. Our first association meeting will be Thursday, August 13th at 7pm. A Zoom link will be sent out in advance.

If you have any questions, please contact us at president@pvpta.org – we are here to help!

Your Palo Verde PTA Board
Na’ama Porat & Martha Mitchell, Co-Presidents
Shirley Grill-Rachman, Treasurer
Ye Ding, Financial Secretary
Mona Desh, VP Communications
Tamara Gracon Berner, VP Membership
Suditpa Bhowmilk, Secretary
Rakhee Nishtala, Corresponding Secretary
Karolina Werner, Parliamentarian