News: May 29, 2009

Calendar

Wednesday, June 3, 7:45 AM, Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
Wednesday, June 3, 1:30 PM, 1:30 PM, Bike Registration
Thursday, June 4, 8:30 AM, 4th & 5th Grade Music Concert
Wednesday, June 10, 3:30 PM, Site Council Meeting
Thursday, June 11, 9:00 AM, 5th Grade Promotion
Thursday, June 11, Last Day of School — MINIMUM Day, 1:25 PM dismissal for ALL students

Bicycle Registration

On June 3rd from 1:30-2:30 Palo Verde students and families can get their bikes licensed and registered with the Palo Alto Police Department.  In case your bike gets lost or stolen this is a good way to increase the chances of getting it back.

All you need to bring is your bike and it’s FREE!

Music Concert

The Palo Verde Fourth and Fifth Grades invite you to attend their End-of-Year Concert on Thursday  June 4  at  8:45 AM.  Please come and enjoy the music by our school Band, Orchestra, Beginning Strings, and General Music classes.

5th Grade Promotion

This is a reminder that 5th grade promotion will be held on Thursday, June 11 at 9:00 a.m. in the blacktop where we hold our school-wide assemblies every week.  More information is to follow– but make sure to reserve the date and time for a most important event in the life of the 5th graders and their families.

Stanford EPGY Program for 2009-2010 School Year (Staring 06/01/2009)

The Stanford Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) is a web based math and language arts tutorial program.  Developed with the gifted student in mind, Stanford has found that EPGY is valuable FOR ALL LEVEL OF STUDENT.  EPGY starts at the K-2 level and continues with course offerings through secondary school, including AP and college level, thus providing a runway that parallels potential academic trajectory in school.  See: http://epgy.stanford.edu/

EPGY is being offered to ALL STUDENTS as a parent-supported, extracurricular opportunity, in conjunction with Palo Verde PTA or PAUSD. It is not part of curriculum and is purely optional at the discretion of parents as to whether it would be useful for their children.  Neither Stanford nor the EPGY program is endorsed or sponsored by Palo Verde PTA, but we wanted to take advantage of the benefits of participating as a school community – substantial cost discounts and a “no test-in” policy, which helps provide access to this unique program for all.

Cost will be $135 PER SCHOOL YEAR. On your own, the cost would be around $165 PER MONTH.    This is for access to what EPGY calls its “elementary level” program, including math from the K-2 level ending at Pre-algebra (grade 7), and English covering the 3rd-6th grade level.  Access to secondary school curriculum must be done on an individual basis.  Existing EPGY families can take advantage of the new pricing.

Children progress at their own paces through the program.  Courses are arranged in six different learning strands.  The student cycles through the strands and is moved forward in each strand independent of their performance in other strands, giving the student the opportunity to fully master each concept.

To register go the EPGY District Open Enrollment page at http://epgy.stanford.edu/district/signup.html Fill out the registration form and select “Palo Alto” for the district then write or type in “Palo Verde”.  It takes ten days or less to get accounts up and running.

To ask questions or indicate interest in EPGY for the Fall please call Pak Panitchpakdi, Palo Verde EPGY Coordinator, at 650-424-6409 or cell 650-269-0508 or send email to pakpanitchpakdi (at) hotmail dot com. Please include the following information in your email when you express interest: Your child’s or children’s names and grades, parent/guardian names and your phone number/e-mail. Please visit our Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/paloverdeepgy/. To subscribe to the our Yahoo Group:  http://groups.yahoo.com/subscribe/PaloVerdeEPGY

Community News

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra’s ‘Sinfonia’ Season Final Concert
Sunday, June 7, 3PM, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford
The season’s final concert of Sinfonia Ensemble, PACO’s second-highest level, conducted by PACO Music Director Benjamin Simon, will feature five winners of PACO’s annual concerto competition.  Five extremely talented young musicians will perform a wide range of solo works:  Sarasate Navarra for two violins, Vitali Chaconne, Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro, and the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1.  Also on the program will be Franz Josef Haydn’s delightful Symphony No. 102 in B-flat major.  Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students.
Info: 856-3848, www.pacomusic.org

Books Inc.’s Picture Book Pals welcomes Judy Sierra
Saturday, June 20, 11AM, Books Inc., Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
Store favorite, Judy Sierra will join their regular Picture Book Pals storytime to read from her latest picture book, The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town, a book for youngsters who are learning their ABCs..
Info: 321-0600, www.booksinc.net

Relay for Life to Benefit the American Cancer Society
Saturday, August 15, 10AM to Sunday,  August 16, 10AM, Palo Alto High Track
Palo Alto is hosting its 4th annual “Relay for Life” to benefit the American Cancer Society. As in previous years, participants will have at least one team member walking the track for 24 hours to symbolize that the battle against cancer never stops. The event is a chance for all members of the community to come together to fight back against cancer, and support the American Cancer Society in its mission to provide education, patient services and conduct research to find a cure for cancer.  On the day of the event, there will be live music, food, and games for kids, along with information about cancer prevention. The teams will set up camp at Paly High, lending a festive atmosphere to the whole event.  Members of the community are encouraged to come out and support the relayers as they take their laps.
For more information on how to get involved, please go to www.relayforlife.org/paloaltoca or contact Lucy Lu at lucyn.lu (at) gmail dot com

Excel Swim School

Group and Private Swim Lessons for ages 4 and up.  Palo Alto High School Aquatic Center, Sessions Run June 15-July 31.  Excel Swim School is managed by Danny Dye, the head Boys and Girls Swimming Coach at Palo Alto High School; the teachers for Excel are members of the Palo Alto High School Swim Team.
Info: www.excelswimschool.com or Coach Dye, 861-1093, dyedanny (at) hotmail dot com

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