News: February 11, 2011

Calendar:

Feb.11:  Spirit Day – Wear Palo Verde colors

Feb. 15:  Children’s Theater student info meeting, 12pm

Feb. 17-21:  No School

Feb. 22-23:  Children’s Theater auditions, 3rd-5th gr., afterschool

Feb. 23: Science Fair Parent Info Night, 7pm

Feb. 24: Noon Art, 4-5th gr.

Feb. 25: Noon Art, 1-3rd gr., Helpers Needed

Mar. 2:  Family Science Night, 6:30pm

Mar. 12:  Silent Auction, 7pm, at Trader Vic’s

Palo Verde PTA and School News

From our PTA President…..

Dear Palo Verde Families,

The busy and exciting second semester has definitely begun.  Today during school, all our students learned about the upcoming science fair at Palo Verde.  Our science fair leaders, Pandu Nayak and Pavan Desikan, led assemblies for the different grade levels to inspire the students to think about science and to answer their questions about the fair in late March.  For any parents who have questions, there will be an evening info session on February 23rd.

The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is coming to Palo Verde!  Each year the Children’s Theatre outreach program rotates to different elementary schools in Palo Alto.  This spring is Palo Verde’s turn to host a student-staged live theater production.  If your 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students are curious about participating in the staging of Pinocchio at Palo Verde, please encourage them to attend the information meeting next Tuesday during the lunch break.

On Wednesday night, 182 Palo Verde skaters zoomed around the rink at the Winter Lodge.  Many thanks go out to Lori Harrenstein and her crew of volunteers who organized the thrilling social event.  Nice job ordering the weather for the evening too!

PAUSD has extended the deadline for parents to participate in the survey regarding possible changes to the school year calendar.  The motivations behind potential changes are largely driven by needs at the high schools.  However, the school calendar impacts all families K-12.  This is an opportunity for your input on this process.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by this Sunday.

Sincerely yours,

Heather Schultz

Student Meet & Greet with Children’s Theatre Director

Tuesday, February 15th, during lunch

All 3rd-5th students who are interested in participating in the after school theatre production are encourage to attend this information meeting.  If you have questions about the play, please contact Katharine Saunders, saunderz (at) earthlink.net.

PAUSD Calendar Survey for Parents

As you know, there has been a great deal of discussion this fall about the school calendar.  The School Board and District staff are interested in finding out what our parents think about several aspects of the calendar.  Please take a moment to complete this short survey–your input will help inform decisions that still need to be made about the calendars for 2012-13 and beyond.  The survey has been extended and will be open through Sunday, February 13th.   http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZYC8K6J

SPECIAL PARENT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

Tuesday, February 15th, 7pm

Sponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTA’s

InGenious: Levers for Unlocking Creativity –Defying Expectations, Challenging Assumptions, & Unleashing Innovation.Author & Stanford Professor Tina Seelig will highlight ways to stretchour imaginations and enhance creativity and innovation, not only insuccessful business ventures, but in all aspects of our lives.  Fromhow we frame questions to the assumptions we bring to solvingproblems, she will show that when looked at with fresh eyes, mostchallenges are opportunities for creative solutions.  She will bejoined by Matthew Severson, a Paly graduate and founder of The SchoolFund which helps students in Tanzania. He offers a real life exampleof this creative approach to identifying and solving compelling socialproblems.Admission: FREETue Feb 15, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 7 to 9 p.m.Location: 326 Galvez St., Stanford.

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