March 13: Annual Palo Verde Auction
March 17: Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM
Science Fair, 6 – 8 PM
March 30: Hobee’s Restaurant Night & Books, Inc. Fundraiser
Palo Verde and PTA News
|Come to the Palo Verde Auction: Tickets Available at the Door
Did you forget to buy your ticket to the Palo Verde Auction? No worries. You can just show up at the door and purchase your tickets for $25 a person. The auction is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, March 13th, 7-11 pm at Trader Vic’s in Palo Alto. More than 100 people are attending, including several teachers and Principal Garcia. We have lots of gift certificates and goodies from local businesses; teacher parties for our kids; parent parties; and hot items like Principal for a Day. We hope you can join us for this annual event. It’s the PTA’s top fundraiser for the year. Funds raised at the auction significantly impact the PTA’s ability to fund a variety of its programs and activities, such as the Science Fair, International Fair, Noon Art and the purchase of technology in the classrooms and playground equipment.
Hope to see you there!
Volunteer for the Measure A Phone Bank
Sign-up is easy: just go to http://www.mysignup.com/YesOnA, scroll over to the March 18th date and enter your name in a blank volunteer spot. Drinks and light snacks will be served.
Volunteers needed for the Science Fair
— Pandu Nayak and Pavan Desikan
Help Support Measure A
Questions? Contact Kim Amsbaugh, PTA president, at amsbaugh (at) gmail dot com. Thank you for Supporting our Palo Alto Schools!
Tiki Auction Update
We’ve got some really fun parties donated by families at our school. Want to learn to make sushi? Place a bid on our 10th Annual Roll Your Own Sushi party. Enjoy fine wine? Come along to our first ever Night of Fine Wine and Cheese Tasting party, and don’t worry about a babysitter there’s a kids Flashlight Tag party the very same night so the whole family can have fun!
All our teachers have generously donated parties – make sure you check out what’s on offer. And of course there is the ever popular principal of the day and new this year front row seats at the 5th grade promotion ceremony.
It’s still not too late to turn in your form for tickets and we have a few babysitting spots left. If you want to just show up at Trader Vics on the night, that’s OK too, but please note Kids Club can only accommodate people who have booked in advance. Any questions please email Maria Zajac (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please help us make this a great event …see you there!
Sponsored by: Charleston Cleaners, Realtor Kathy Pasin, Peninsula Pediatric Dentistry, Agile Physical Therapy, Keycon Construction, Dura-Foam Inc., Opus 1 Music Studio, Morgan Gault Homes and LJS Orthodontics.
Palo Verde PTA Needs You!
If you answered yes to any one of those questions then that means you would be great at helping throw our annual Palo Verde Auction; be our PTA Treasurer; or organize Teacher Appreciation Week! These are just a few of the positions that rely on parent volunteers to help make Palo Verde the terrific school and community it is today. And while the school year is not over yet, it’s time to start planning for the 2010-2011 school year.
If you are interested in getting involved, contact me, Kim Amsbaugh, at amsbaugh (at) gmail dot com or call me at (650) 813-1669. Or if you would like to anonymously suggest someone, put his or her name in our PTA Volunteer Box located in the Office.
PTA Parent Ed: “Growing Up Asian in Palo Alto”
Particpants include: Barbara Sih Klausner, moderator, an American-born Chinese mother of three, a lawyer and educator, serves on the PAUSD Board of Education. Aditya Srinivasan, graduate of the prestigious IIT and fluent in two Indian languages, immigrated in 1998 in his mid-forties and raised his children in Palo Alto. Al Yuen, bilingual father of four, emigrated from Taiwan as a child, an entrepreneur and business executive, Co-Chair of “SupportPaloAltoSchools2010” Parcel Tax Campaign.
Brought to you by the Parent Education and Community Outreach committees of the Palo Alto PTA Council
International Fair & Food Festival: Saturday, May 15th 2010, 4 – 7 PM
Thanks to all the volunteers who have stepped up to help with the fair. We have booth leaders for India, UK, Thailand, Netherlands, Brazil, Taiwan and Russia.
We need your help with the following:
For more information or to volunteer contact: Ritu Das (rituparnad (at) yahoo dot com), Dipti Joshi (dsonak (at) yahoo dot com) or Priya Junnarkar (priya dot junnarkar (at) gmail dot com)
Paly Theatre Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Reminder: Strategic Plan Review Survey
Monthly ADHD Parent Education and Support Group
Parent Ed: Christine Carter, Raising Happy Kids
Parent Ed: Raising Resilient, Successful, Less-Stressed Kids
Dr. Ken Ginsburg: Building Resilience in Children and Teens
PAUSD Music and Art Teachers Collaborative Faculty Concert and Art Show
PAUSD Summer School: Middle School Music Opportunities
Raffle to Benefit Paly Choirs
City of Palo Alto News
Community Meeting on Library and Community Center
Children’s Theatre 10-Minute Playwriting Contest
Become a Certified Bicycle Safety Instructor
Google Open Fiber
Many cities are competing for this Google initiative and we only have until March 26 to act. Here’s how you can help:
1. Nominate Palo Alto at http://www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi/public/options. You can find more information about the Palo Alto effort at http://www.ipaloalto.com. I’ve pasted some of the information below.
2. On Facebook, join the group “Push for Palo Alto: We want Google Fiber!!” and become a fan of “Palo Alto for Google Fiber.” You can search for “Palo Alto Google Fiber” to find them.
3. Spread the word so this campaign can go viral to get a huge response to Google. Send emails to your friends, post on Facebook, ask your high school students to spread the word to their friends. High school students understand the benefits of fast internet access so they could be great advocates.
The Google offer of a blazing-fast open fiber network test in selected cities may mean about $50m of leading edge infrastructure for Palo Alto. A Google Open Fiber partnership with the City capitalizes on Palo Alto’s renowned innovative assets, and there are many – residents, businesses, startups, educators, health care professionals, venture capital, professional services, families with students, and volunteers. Among the expected benefits are lower prices, ultra-fast Internet, reliability, and service choices. This is cleantech / greentech which enhances Palo Alto resource conservation and sustainability values. City risk approaches zero. When you study it closely, as I have, deciding to support Google Open Fiber becomes the biggest no-brainer in history.
From now to March 26, click the Google ‘Nominate your community’ button, this is community service at its finest. A Google account is needed (see sample PDF form for help). On the nomination form ‘Get involved: Residents and community groups,’ fill in the *required blanks (for help and suggestions, see sample form – for residents/individuals or for community groups).
Word needs to spread far and wide, quickly and repeatedly. One easy way is to copy and paste this entire page to your email, creatively reword it as you wish while retaining the hot links, then send your email to colleagues and friends; the more emails, the better. Not only our daytime (about 130,000) and nighttime (about 65,000) populations should nominate Palo Alto, but those who electronically visit Silicon Valley from around the globe should nominate Palo Alto, too. It is suggested you email companies, educational institutions, civic groups, non-profits, faith-based groups, charities, service clubs, VCs, professional firms, friends, neighbors and students of all ages, post to Newsgroups, List Servers, Groups, Facebook, and Twitter.
Please ask your recipients to further SPREAD THE WORD. A Google investment of, in effect, about $2,000 for every premise in town will deliver wide-ranging benefits over decades for businesses; startups and students; parents, grandparents and elders; VCs and professionals; you name it. This is good for everyone in Palo Alto, everyone wins. From today through March 26, spread the word.
Media Center “Zoom In” Workshop
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BandWorks Rock n’ Roll Summer Camp in Los Altos & San Carlos
Info: info (at) bandworks dot com, 510-843-BAND(2263) or www.BandWorks.com
Camp Kwizera: Empowering Youth to Lead Through Service
India Community Center Summer Camps in Palo Alto
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