News: June 11, 2009

 

Dear Palo Verde Parents, Staff and Community,
At the end of the year it is absolutely appropriate to reflect on the things that have made a positive difference in our school community and while we analyze test scores, plan and schedule activities and events to strengthen the academic and social rigor for all our students, we can’t forget that this work is a human enterprise.  It is about people who make a difference— who touch our lives and inspire us to do our best.  Many of you have made such a difference to the students, the staff, our community, and to me personally.  To you, I offer our sincere gratitude for helping us do our best work possible.  On behalf of the entire community, I say “THANK YOU” for the generous and kind work that continues to make Palo Verde special. 
Other items and updates:
• A HUGE THANK YOU to Kim Amsbaugh, our current and continuing PTA President, for her thoughtful, can-do leadership.  Her positive approach and ongoing support of children, parents and staff in our community have been instrumental in making this year a success. Kim’s strong efforts are commendable. We wish her continued success this coming year, as she will continue as PTA President. 
• Other Thank Yous: I’d like to acknowledge and say “thank you” briefly to several other individuals who have quietly performed valuable work on behalf of our school community:
¬ Tory Bers, Gail Foelsch & Julie Schwardt for managing our communication efforts at Palo Verde (Voice, Enews and signage).  Communication was clear and organized, always concise and to the point! Their expertise and care comes through loud and clear—and always kept the community informed. 
¬ Amanda Tummiaro and others for providing Noon Art every other Wednesday.  The hands-on experiences they provided our students made noontime fun and enjoyable for many children on an ongoing basis. 
¬ Fidelia Wang for organizing and hosting the Noon Games on a bi-monthly basis.  It sure made a difference for those students who prefer to be engaged with table games.
¬ Tania Nanevicz & Nicola Willits for leading Palo Verde’s PiE fundraising efforts.  Their singular efforts paid off for our school and community.  Thanks also to our community for their generosity in times of hardship. 
¬ Brinda Govindan for her ongoing efforts and support on behalf of the students and community—from the International Fair to the Bike Registration.  
¬ Lynn Drake for her TIRELESS efforts and leadership in the area of Traffic Safety.  She single handedly and in an ongoing basis worked with city and district officials to ensure the safety of all our students!  Kudos for a job well done!!!  Thanks also to George and Silvie Pierce for taking over this most important role for next year.
¬ Graduating parents, you’ve left your imprint with us.  Thank you for giving us “your best efforts” in providing a nurturing environment for our children at Palo Verde.  You’ll be missed! Best wishes with your upcoming middle school endeavors.
• Staff Updates: I write this part of my letter with mixed emotions: sad for losing a highly regarded colleague and educator, but happy for her, as she embarks on the next phase of her life.  By now you must know that Pat Hanley will be retiring.  She is apprehensive about leaving Palo Verde, but excited about the new and exciting opportunities ahead.  Pat, we wish you and yours the absolute best.  THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES! Laura Losier will take over for Pat as Library Media Teacher (LMT).  Laura is a terrific replacement for Pat.  She has worked in various roles and positions in the Palo Alto Unified School District, most recently at Briones and Addison Elementary Schools as LMT.  Laura is ecstatic about coming to Palo Verde.  I am really looking forward to working with her again.
The staff is excited about the coming year, as we continue to focus on our mission of “teaching and learning”.  I will be soliciting your help and support in moving ahead.  It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you and your children. Have a restful and fun-filled summer.  See you in August of 2009.
Warmest regards,
Lupe

From the Desk of Lupe Garcia

Dear Palo Verde Parents, Staff and Community,

At the end of the year it is absolutely appropriate to reflect on the things that have made a positive difference in our school community and while we analyze test scores, plan and schedule activities and events to strengthen the academic and social rigor for all our students, we can’t forget that this work is a human enterprise.  It is about people who make a difference— who touch our lives and inspire us to do our best. Many of you have made such a difference to the students, the staff, our community, and to me personally. To you, I offer our sincere gratitude for helping us do our best work possible.  On behalf of the entire community, I say “THANK YOU” for the generous and kind work that continues to make Palo Verde special. 

Other items and updates:

• A HUGE THANK YOU to Kim Amsbaugh, our current and continuing PTA President, for her thoughtful, can-do leadership.  Her positive approach and ongoing support of children, parents and staff in our community have been instrumental in making this year a success. Kim’s strong efforts are commendable. We wish her continued success this coming year, as she will continue as PTA President. 

• Other Thank Yous: I’d like to acknowledge and say “thank you” briefly to several other individuals who have quietly performed valuable work on behalf of our school community:

  • Tory Bers, Gail Foelsch & Julie Schwardt for managing our communication efforts at Palo Verde (Voice, Enews and signage).  Communication was clear and organized, always concise and to the point! Their expertise and care comes through loud and clear—and always kept the community informed. 
  • Amanda Tummiaro and others for providing Noon Art every other Wednesday. The hands-on experiences they provided our students made noontime fun and enjoyable for many children on an ongoing basis. 
  • Fidelia Wang for organizing and hosting the Noon Games on a bi-monthly basis.  It sure made a difference for those students who prefer to be engaged with table games.
  • Tania Nanevicz & Nicola Willits for leading Palo Verde’s PiE fundraising efforts. Their singular efforts paid off for our school and community.  Thanks also to our community for their generosity in times of hardship. 
  • Brinda Govindan for her ongoing efforts and support on behalf of the students and community—from the International Fair to the Bike Registration.  
  • Lynn Drake for her TIRELESS efforts and leadership in the area of Traffic Safety. She single handedly and in an ongoing basis worked with city and district officials to ensure the safety of all our students!  Kudos for a job well done!!! Thanks also to George and Silvie Pierce for taking over this most important role for next year.
  • Graduating parents, you’ve left your imprint with us.  Thank you for giving us “your best efforts” in providing a nurturing environment for our children at Palo Verde. You’ll be missed! Best wishes with your upcoming middle school endeavors.

• Staff Updates: I write this part of my letter with mixed emotions: sad for losing a highly regarded colleague and educator, but happy for her, as she embarks on the next phase of her life.  By now you must know that Pat Hanley will be retiring.  She is apprehensive about leaving Palo Verde, but excited about the new and exciting opportunities ahead. Pat, we wish you and yours the absolute best.  THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES! Laura Losier will take over for Pat as Library Media Teacher (LMT).  Laura is a terrific replacement for Pat.  She has worked in various roles and positions in the Palo Alto Unified School District, most recently at Briones and Addison Elementary Schools as LMT.  Laura is ecstatic about coming to Palo Verde.  I am really looking forward to working with her again.

The staff is excited about the coming year, as we continue to focus on our mission of “teaching and learning”.  I will be soliciting your help and support in moving ahead.  It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you and your children. Have a restful and fun-filled summer.  See you in August of 2009.

Warmest regards,

Lupe

 

Thank You From Pat Hanley

Dear Palo Verde Families,
It is difficult to realize that my wonderful tenure at Palo Verde has come to an end. What an incredible journey it has been! I have had the exceptional privilege of working with so many families. I have seen your children enter Kindergarten, graduate from Palo Verde, go on to Middle School, and graduate from High School. And yes, because of my 27 years here, I have seen them return after graduation from college. Some of you now have children attending Palo Verde. Only a few teachers have the golden opportunity of working with all of the students on a campus during their elementary years. Certainly all of us celebrate their accomplishments and delight in hearing about their adventures when they revisit the site of their earliest years in school. Like you, I have watched your children grow every year with special pride and amazement. 
Your kind words and beautiful gifts at the assembly are deeply appreciated. I am thrilled that the Palo Verde Library has been dedicated in my honor. What an amazing tribute! It was a labor of love to work on the plans and many revisions and watch this special place for children become a reality.  
The students and I have had a delightful time sitting in my special reading chair. It is a stunning addition to the story room.  I do plan to return and sit in my rocker and share some of my favorite books.  
Your lovely orchid will receive all the TLC needed to keep it thriving.
Disraeli said “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to them their own”. I hope my lessons and the books I have shared with your children have accomplished this. I have learned so much from them and from all of you.
While I have turned the last page of this treasured tome called Palo Verde, it will be read again and again. It will bring warm smiles, cherished memories and immeasurable joy forever.
Thank you.
Love,
Pat Hanley

Library Advisory Commission Volunteer Opportunity

Recruitment closes Wed. June 17, 5:30pm
Want a chance to make a difference in the Palo Alto Public Libraries, facilitate positive change for your community, and insure quality services for future of your libraries?  If so, give the City a call.  The Palo Alto Library Commission is looking for three volunteers to serve in unexpired terms.  The Commission meets once a month and is responsible for advising the City Council on a variety of matters relating to the Libraries.
Click here for more information. 

Palo Alto Library Summer Reading Program

Sign-ups for the Library’s summer reading programs began last Monday, and as of Wednesday afternoon they already had 379 children and teens registered.  More information on the kids’ program, Be Creative @ Your Library!, can be found  here

Happy Birds Performing Parrot Show at the Menlo Park Library

Fri. June 12, 11:15am,  Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park
The Menlo Park Library celebrates its Summer Reading Program with a performance by the Happy Birds Performing Parrot Show.  Loved by children and adults alike, the Happy Birds have been featured on the Tonight Show, The Ellen Show, and Animal Planet’s Amazing Animal Videos. Free and open to the public, made possible by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.
Click here for information or to register for the Summer Reading Program. 
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