News: February 27, 2009

Calendar

Wednesday, March 4 – Science Fair 6 – 8 PM, MP Room

Wednesday, March 11 – PTA Coffee and General Meeting – 8 AM, Outside Mr. Garcia’s Office

Auction a Great Success

Thank you to the Palo Verde parents, teachers and staff who attended the Sweet Tooth Auction on February 7th. Because of your generosity, the Auction raised nearly $15,000. And with many classroom parties that still have plenty of open slots, we hope to raise up to $2,000 more by year’s end. The money raised from the Auction is going toward Palo Verde Library improvements. We will keep you updated on completed library improvements in upcoming Voice issues.

While the Auction only lasted a few hours on one Saturday night, the preparation and organization for the night took months. I want to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful group of dedicated parents who without their help the Auction could never have taken place: Kathy and Dave Pasin, Andrea, Peng, Simone Nanzer, Diane Jakabowski, Larry Cheng, Carleen Ho, Renanta Tong, Margaret Renteria, Heather Brownlee, Sara Longstreth, Tom Culbertson, Marc and Dana Guillet and Saundra Hand. 

And finally, I would like to give special kudos and an immense thank you to Kristin Foss and Celia Cheng, whose dedicated endless hours to make sure the Palo Verde Sweet Tooth Auction was the standout event of the year. 

Thank you!

Kim Amsbaugh

PTA President

The Ice Skating Party Thanks You

A big Thank You to all the Palo Verde families who braved the rain and attended our annual Ice Skating Party at Winter Lodge on Feb. 6.   Despite the drizzle, we had a great turnout with 120 skaters and their families enjoying a fun night of outdoor ice skating, pizza and bake sale goodies.  

I would like to thank all the families who donated to our Bake Sale and I would especially like to thank our wonderful volunteers listed below who stuck it out through the evening in the damp cold, making sure everything ran smoothly.  Your time was very much appreciated and we couldn’t have done it without you! 

Katie Crist, Alison Cormack, Gail Foelsch,  Tracey Stewart, Sharon Wong, Rajan Ranga

Lori Harrenstien — Ice Skating Party Coordinator

Volunteers needed for the Science Fair

This year’s Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 4th.  Thanks to the parents who have already volunteered to help us organize this event.  We still need 1-2 parents more on the morning of March 4th from 7:45am-9:00am (or even until 8:15am, if you can’t stay later) to help receive the science fair projects, to help set them up in the MP room, and then to attach ribbons to each project.  Please contact Pandu Nayak at nayak (at) cs dot stanford dot edu or at 650-804-1286 if you are able to help out at this time.  

Thanks for your help.

Leigh Klotz and Pandu Nayak

New Bike Racks Are Here at Palo Verde

We recently received several sets of new bike racks at Palo Verde.  We were able to buy the racks courtesy of a Santa Clara County grant for $3500- free for Palo Verde!  The purpose of the grant is to promote walking and biking to school and we hope it encourages you and your children to do just that.  

Our old bike racks were the “comb” style which made it difficult for kids to properly lock their bike.  Most kids could only lock the front wheel which makes them vulnerable to theft.  It’s very easy for a thief to unhook the front wheel and take the frame. The new “u-shaped” racks allow the children to lock the frame to the rack.   Although no bike rack is perfect, we hope the new racks are easier and prevent the bikes from falling on top of each other as they sometimes do on the comb racks. 

Here is a helpful link on properly locking a bike and some information on good bike locks.

I would encourage you to buy your child a good cable lock with a combination.  I notice some kids have no locks (!!!) or a very small thin lock that looks easy to break or cut.  The local bike shops can recommend good locks. Spending $25 on a lock is good insurance against theft. 

Lynn Drake- Traffic Safety Rep at Palo Verde, lynndrake2004 (at) yahoo dot com

Traffic Safety Representative Needed for the 2009-10 School Year

Every year, Palo Verde continues to increase the number of students and families who decide to leave the car at home and commute to school on their bike, scooter, or simply walking.  This  progress is made possible by the programs funded and energized by the City/School Traffic Safety committee.  

Every school in the district has a Traffic Safety Representative (TSR) that carries out the two programs a year that the committee sponsors.  I have been that person for the last two years but I am graduating to be the TSR at JLS Middle School (and both my kids, Kinsey and Aidan will both be there also).   That means we need someone to step up.  Can that be you?  

There are two events a year that the TSR holds: 

1)  The “Walk and Roll to school day” in around October 8th. 

2)  Earth Day in April (same walk/bike/scooter) to school day. 

Both of these events are heavily supported by the committee and flyers, goodies, posters, and newsletter articles promoting these events are given to you to hold the events.  Our principal Lupe Garcia is very interested in traffic safety and is a big supporter of these events and of the TSR’s activities.  It’s a great way to make a difference and get involved in school.   

Palo Verde’s Earth Day celebration is Wednesday morning April 22nd.   Ideally a TSR for next year will step up and shadow me.    Please contact me at 856-4891 or lynndrake2004 (at) yahoo dot com if you can help.   Thanks for your support and keep walking and biking to school!

Lynn Drake,  Traffic Safety Rep for Palo Verde 2008-2009

We Need You – Volunteer for the PTA

Planning for next school year’s PTA is underway…and we need your help. We are looking for volunteers to participate on the Nominating Committee, which helps find people interested in participating in the PTA, or for people interested in volunteering themselves for one of many positions currently open.

With so many open positions, we have an immediate need to find people interested in being on the Executive Board. The Executive Board positions currently open are: Executive Vice President, Treasurer, Auditor, VP of Communications, VP of Social Activities, VP of Fundraising, Parliamentarian and VP of Parent Education. If we do not fill the Treasurer position, the Palo Verde PTA must disband as it no longer will meet the lowest standard of a PTA as defined by the National Parent Teacher Association. 

The Palo Verde PTA plays an integral role in enhancing every child’s experience at Palo Verde, be it through social or learning activities. We recognize that we all have families, jobs and other commitments and obligations outside of Palo Verde. Yet, as parents and members of the PTA, we play a key role in enhancing each child’s experience at Palo Verde beyond what The District can provide.

So…if you would like to play an active role in truly enhancing your child’s experience at Palo Verde, volunteer for either the Nominating Committee or get involved yourself by helping organize a school event or activity. Any Board Member can answer questions about time commitments, role and responsibilities. Or, feel free to contact me personally at amsbaugh (at) gmail dot com, or 650-813-1669. 

Thank you for your consideration,

Kim Amsbaugh, PTA President

On behalf of the Palo Verde PTA Executive Board — Heather Brownlee, Kathy Pasin, Margaret Renterio, Lili Nova-Roessig, Kathryn Schugart, Julie Schwardt, Amanda Tumminaro, Louise Valente

Executive Board Descriptions

For the Executive Board positions described below, a more comprehensive description exists on the California PTA website

Treasurer (Required)

Maintains the books for the Palo Verde PTA, tracking all incoming and outgoing funds while writing checks to individuals and organizations in an effort to pay all bills and expenses. The Treasurer also helps develop the annual PTA budget and prepares the books for the periodic audits conducted by the Auditor. The Treasurer also attends monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board.

Executive Vice President

Acts as the president in the event the President is unavailable. Attends monthly PTA meetings. Works with the school administrative staff to ensure a cohesiveness of programs and fundraising efforts.  Helps ensure all PTA-related events and activities are meeting the appropriate deadlines and timelines.

Vice President of Fundraising

Helps ensure that all fundraising activities are meeting the appropriate deadlines and timelines. In this position, the VP of Fundraising is not responsible for any one event. Instead, the VP of Fundraising acts as a liaison between the PTA Executive Board and the chairs of the Palo Verde fundraising events, which are the Auction, the Book Fair, Box Tops, e-Script, Gift Wrap, Kids Art Note Cards, Restaurant Nights. The VP of Fundraising also attends monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board. 

Vice President of Social Events
Helps ensure all school-wide social events are meeting the appropriate deadlines and timelines. In this position, the VP of Social Events is not responsible for any one event. Instead, the VP of Social Events acts as a liaison between the PTA Executive Board and the chairs of the Palo Verde social activities, which are the Back to School Ice Cream, Back to School Potluck, PTA Morning Coffees, Harvest Fair, Ice Skating Party, International Fair and the May Fete Float and Parade activities. The VP of Social Events also attends monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board. 

Vice President of Communications

Helps communicate school-wide the varying social, educational and fundraising events and activities. Works closely with the publishing volunteers of The Voice and the PTA and Palo Verde website volunteers to communicate information on those events. The VP of Communications also attends monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board. 

Vice President Parent Education

Works with the school administration and the Palo Alto PTA to disseminate information about parent education opportunities happening throughout the district. The VP of Parent Education also attends monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board. 

Parliamentarian

Familiarizes themselves with the Palo Verde PTA bylaws in an effort to be educated enough to answer any questions about procedures and rules that may come up during meetings. The Parliamentarian also organizes the Nominating Committee, which each year uncovers volunteers for the Executive Board and all social and fundraising committee chairs. The Parliamentarian also attends monthly PTA meetings as a member of the Executive Board. 

Challenge Success New Five-Week Parent Education Seminar

April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, and May 27, 7-9:30pm, Stanford

Challenge Success co-founders Jim Lobdell and Denise Pope will teach a five-week spring seminar through the Stanford Continuing Studies Program, “Raising Well-Balanced Children in a Fast-Paced World.” Parents of children ages 5-12 will examine current research on childhood stressors and learn specific strategies to promote physical and mental health, engagement in school, and overall well-being for their children. The seminar explores the daily challenges of finding time for play, handling homework, choosing appropriate extracurricular activities, and promoting healthier lifestyles and deeper connections for the entire family.  

Registration opens Feb. 23 online at Stanford Continuing Studies . Space is limited to 30 participants. For more information, click here.  

Palo Alto PTA Council Presents “Creating an Inclusive Community”

A workshop  conducted by Flaurie S. Imberman

Thurs. March 19, Dinner 6:30pm,  Workshop 7-8:30pm, Jordan Middle School Library

Please join an evening designed to promote practices in our daily lives that will  help foster a commitment to diversity that includes all members of our community.  Ms. Imberman teaches Spanish and Latin American History at Castilleja School, where she also runs a monthly seminar for adults on issues of  multiculturalism and inclusion.

Info: PTA Council Community Outreach Chairs Delia Perla, deliaperla3 (at) yahoo dot com, Florence Srinivasan florencesrinivasan (at) gmail dot com.

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