News: September 23, 2011


Sept 26      :  PTA Board Meeting 8:15 am

Sept 26      :   Resource Fair for Families of Children With Special Needs ( PAUSD Boardroom, Churchill Avenue)

Sept 28     :  Project Cornerstone, ABC Readers Training 8:30 am

October 2  :  Harvest Festival

October 5  :  International Walk and Bike to School Day and Principal’s Coffee

October 12:   Math Night

From the District

Resource Fair for Families of Children with Special Needs. 

Monday September 26, 7-9 pm, PAUSD Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue.

Drop by to get more information from local service providers offering programs and services for children with special needs and their families. These include agencies offering speech and language therapy, tutoring services, occupational therapy, respite programs, behavior therapy, estate planning services, counseling and more. Over 30 service providers have been invited to this event.

Involved parents = Thriving students

September’s Developmental Asset of the Month is Parent Involvement in Schooling.

Research shows that youth whose parents are actively involved in their schooling are more engaged in school.  So, what does this mean? We see plenty of parents on campus and at PTA events “being involved” but is that the only form it takes?   NO.  Every parent, every day can positively affect kids’ lives. It only takes a second.

The National Network of Partnership Schools suggests that families establish home environments that support children’s learning, families and schools engage in effective two-way communications about student expectations and progress, parents directly support the classroom or school, families help students with homework and school-related decision-making and planning and parents be involved in school decisions. Parents whose schedules don’t allow volunteering can still support their children’s academic success through parenting, communication, and learning at home. Try and find the time to talk to your child about their day at school.  Don’t just ask them how their day was, ask them what they did and really listen to what they have to say.  How ever you can do it, do it.

Remember it only takes a second.We are lucky to have a lot of resources for our families and our students. If you child is not happy in school, for whatever reason, there is someone who can help them. Start with your child’s teacher and/or the counselor.The goal for everyone is for your child to be successful and connected to his school and community.

Those are the kids that thrive!

Palo Verde School and PTA News

Palo Verde Annual Walk-a-thon  

The 2011 Walk-a-thon will be remembered as the smoothest, most fun Walk-a-thon of the past 8 years.  A ginormous thank you to Mrs. Aza Allan’s class who punched lap cards, handed out water, high-fived everyone who walked and kept the usual number of skinned knees to a record low number.  I owe an enormous thank you to Mrs. Aza Allan herself, who encouraged and made it possible for her class to contribute so positively to the Palo Verde School community.  Without the 5th graders’ professionalism and dedication, this year’s Walk-a-thon would not have been as successful as it was.  Thank you Charlotte Amsbaugh and Harry Macklin for being terrific team captains–I will miss your enthusiasm and kindness next year when you are off to middle school.  Thank you too to Carlos for setting up tables and ferrying water jugs, Kim Amsbaugh and Sue Freeman for their adult supervision and willingness to step in to do anything needed, and Mrs. Brown for setting a phenomenal example by walking 16 laps!  Thanks too to all of you for your donations and support.  It was a great morning! Walking Club begins Wednesday, September 21. Walk ON!

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders

Show off your school spirit by wearing the Palo Verde logo! The deadline for placing orders is coming up on September 30. Please stop by the school office if you’d like to take a look at samples or if you need order forms. If you have any questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).

Noon Art Schedule

Noon Art is scheduled twice a month on Thursdays for 3rd, 4th, and 5 grades and Fridays for 1st and 2nd grades.

We are always looking for help! Noon Art setup starts at 11:45 and ends with cleanup at 1:00.Save your empty cereal boxes, egg cartons and empty toilet paper rolls. We will set up bins in the front of the school.

Save these dates!

October 13 and 14

October 27 and 28

November 17and 18

December 1 and 2

If you have any questions please contact: Rita Wiseman at, Katharine Saunders at, Connie Butner at, Jenny Pama at

Party On Palo Verde!  

Palo Verde is kicking off the Fall Party Book at the October 2nd Harvest Fair! Tickets for a fabulous fall Oktoberfest, Monday Night Football Fun, a Lego Make & Take Party, a Pokemon Trading party and more will go on sale at the special Party Book table.

Harvest Fair attendees will get first crack at the tickets. For those who cannot attend, there will be an absentee purchase form for ticket sales to be processed after initial Harvest Fair sales. Cash or check will secure a ticket on the spot. We will also invoice the following week. Remaining tickets will be  sold at the October 5th Principal’s coffee. Look for the Party Book via e-mail from your room parent and the actual printed catalog in your child’s September 30th Friday folder. Let’s have fun this fall!

Save The Date! Math Night at Palo Verde   

Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA, Art of Math MP Room, Wednesday, October 12th 2011, 6:00-7:45 PM

Mathematics and art are one and the same in this hands-on festival! Engage in a variety of creative, cooperative work, including the ancient paper-folding art of origami, mind-bending maze construction, and the 3-D world of paper sculpture. Students will delight in discovering the concepts involved in  exploring various art forms. Volunteers are needed to assist with the stations. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai.palaniappan (at) gmail dot com

From our Reading and ELD Specialist, Natalie Bivas

Palo Verde teachers are all instituting Readers’ Workshops in their classrooms. The more quality and quantity of books each classroom has will determine the quality of the Readers’ Workshop. You can help two different ways:

First, you can donate your childrens’ or any child’s gently used books if you think they could be the type of book Palo Verde children enjoy reading. You can drop them off in Room 10 for me or at the office, any time of the year.

Second, instead of cupcakes or along with cupcakes, you can donate a book or a series of books or a $50 bundle of books (ask your teacher or me) in honor of your child’s birthday (or losing a tooth or winning a trophy). We can even help you choose a book at exactly your child’s reading level. We will place a “Donated in honor of……by…..” label in the book. You can ask the teacher for suggestions. No need to spend a lot of money. You can pick up good quality books at garage or library sales.

Thank you for helping Palo Verde be among the best schools in California.

Girl Scouts’ 4th grade troop at Palo Verde!

How can you keep your 4th grade girl interested in experiencing new things, while helping her community and growing to be a confident, independent leader? Join Girl Scouts and experience things from music & arts, to camping & sports, and science & nature, all while having fun; scouting is what you make it. The membership year startsOctober 1st, and we are trying to start a new Junior Girl Scout troop between Palo Verde and Ohlone ES. Girl Scouts will turn 100 this year and there are exciting things happening all across the nation. Come be a part of it! Hear how your daughter can, step-by -step, earn her Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, which can even lead to a college scholarship. It’s easy to sign-up to experience the Journey. Believe it, Achieve it!

Contact Dipti Joshi at as soon as possible.  For more information on Girl Scouts of Northern California visit: and

eScrip/Safeway Back to School Program

As many of you know, through our relationship with eScrip, we can raise funds for Palo Verde just by shopping at Safeway and other merchants. If your Safeway Club Card is already registered with eScrip, great! Your contributions will automatically be sent to Palo Verde. If you are not registered with eScrip or don’t have your Safeway Club Card registered, please do so soon! It’s easy and only takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Go to  and follow the instructions. Be sure to have your Safeway Club Card number and/or credit cards on hand when you register. Our group number is137331259 and we are listed as Palo Verde PTA. Even if you don’t register your Safeway Club Card with eScrip, you can still help! Just shop at Safeway during the Back to Schools campaign period. In late September, we’ll send around instructions about redeeming your rewards to benefit Palo Verde. Don’t hesitate to contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Callie Turk, at

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