News: February 25, 2011

Calendar:

Mar. 2:  Family Science Night, 6:30pm

Mar. 9:  Principal’s Coffee, 8am

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

Mar. 23:  Science Fair

Palo Verde PTA and School News 

From our PTA President….

Dear Palo Verde Families,

Two terrific PTA sponsored events are just around the corner.  On Wednesday night, we’ll host the What’s Matter? Science Festival presented by the Lawrence Hall of Science.  This fabulous night of family fun and learning is brought to you free of charge by the Palo Verde PTA.  Please bring your children of all ages and celebrate science together.   Like all of our events, it is not possible without parent help.  Volunteers are still needed to assist with the science stations.

Our biggest event of the year is coming soon — the Palo Verde Auction!  Every year, my husband and I look forward to this adults-only evening out.  It’s a fantastic social event for the grown-ups of our school community.  And, of course, it’s vital for providing funds to support our other wonderful activities and programs, including Family Science Night and the students’ Science Fair.  Come join the party at Trader Vic’s on Saturday, March 12!

Palo Verde needs you.  Our school is blessed with many dedicated, involved parents.  We can usually find the willing hands we need to help out when asked.  However, finding individuals who will step up as LEADERS is often more of a challenge.  Our Nominating Committee is hard at work searching for next year’s PTA Board members and other committee leaders.  Please read their important message below and consider taking on a leadership role at Palo Verde.

Warmest regards,
Heather Schultz 

Family Science Night at Palo Verde: What’s Matter?

FREE Admission, Sponsored by the PTA

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011, 6:30-8:30 PM

You might not see it, but you can weigh it. Or watch it change instantly from liquid to gas, liquid to solid. Some of it may help generate light, or keep paper dry underwater, or invisibly move objects for several feet. Study matter under a microscope and what appears to be one thing reveals its many parts. But can the properties of something found anywhere and everywhere be so scientifically fascinating that we created a whole festival about it? You bet! — What’s matter? — Come find out with the Lawrence Hall of Science!

Volunteers are needed to assist with the stations.  No science experience is necessary.  Brief training will be provided prior to the festival at 6pm.  To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan, theivanai.palaniappan@gmail.com.

 It’s Time to RSVP to the Palo Verde Auction

You know the date: March 12th. You know the time: 7-10 pm. You know the place: Trader Vic’s, Palo Alto. But have you turned in your RSVP yet?

RSVP forms are located outside most classrooms and are also available in the office. If you need a little nudge to convince you to attend, this is Palo Verde’s major fundraiser of the year. Last year, we had 91 families attend, which totaled to nearly 135 people. So it’s also the biggest Palo Verde party of the year! And with all those attendees, we raised nearly $25,000, which helped purchase listening devices in the classrooms, playground equipment and classroom supplies.

As for Auction items, we have everything from spa treatments ($100 at Skin Spirit), to restaurant gift certificates ($100 at Sundance), to great deals on camps, classes and hotel stays (Jenifer, flower arranging, the Westin).

And new this year, we have a “Just Buy It” table filled with lovely gift items from Nothing but Hearts. Beautiful necklaces, key chains, purse hangers and bling cases for your iPhone will be ready and waiting for you to take home the night of the Auction.

And if you still can’t make it, you can make a tax-deductible donation toward our Direct Appeal Campaign: to buy 22 new collapsible tables for the MP Room.

Grab an RSVP from the office or outside a classroom and turn yours in today!

California’s Budget Crisis: Impact on K-12 Education – PTA Campaign to Let Voters Decide

This is an important Palo Alto PTA Council update on the California State Budget and what it may mean for public K-12 education. We have prepared a brief description of what the Governor is proposing, the impact it is expected to have on Palo Alto schools, and suggestions of how you can add your voice to this important discussion. Please call or email our state legislators by the end of this month (February) as they grapple with whether to let voters decide on revenue-generating measures this June.  http://paloaltopta.org/

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