News: Friday, January 13, 2012


January 16                    :  No School 
January 20                    :  No School
January 25                    :  ABC Project Cornerstone Meeting
January 27                    :  Family Movie Night 
January 30                    :  Deadline for Voice Content                                                            Submission


Palo Verde and PTA News


Notes from the Nurse-The FLU/COLD SEASON is here!!

 The flu/cold season is upon us. This means we should be vigilant about taking care of our loved ones and ourselves. Remember that cold symptoms tend to be milder and flu symptoms more severe, including high temp, severe aches and pains, extreme exhaustion and severe cough.We believe that your fellow students and teachers will understand if you are ill and unable to attend school. Check with the teacher regarding making up work according to school policy 

A child should not be in school when he/she has: 

–Temperature greater than 100 degrees. If a child has had a fever, he/she may not return to school until it has been normal for 24 hours (without taking Tylenol). 
–Frequent coughing or sneezing 
Sore throat 
–A new cold or generally feels bad 
–Extreme exhaustion 
General Knowledge about Staying Healthy and Preventing Colds/Flu: 

 –Get plenty of rest

–Maintain well balanced diet including at least 5 servings each day of fruits and vegetables

–Drink 6-8 glasses of fluid each day

–Exercise daily, even short walks can help

–WASH YOUR HANDS!!!! Use warm water and soap and wash for at least 10 seconds

–Think prevention. Dress appropriately for the weather

–REMEMBER THE SNEEZE/COUGH!!- Dr. recommendation is to cover the mouth/nose with 
the inside of the elbow

Consult your Dr. for advice on receiving a flu shot. It is not too late to get a flu shot this year


Family Movie Night – January 27 !

Bring a floor blanket, a cozy pillow and your family to the movies at Palo Verde. On Friday, January 27, at 6:30pm the PTA will present “Gnomeo and Juliet” in the MP Room. This is a free, social event for Palo Verde families sponsored by the PTA. We’ll provide the movie and the popcorn; you make it a party! RSVP to Chris in the school office or by email by 

Wednesday, January 25, with the number in your family who will attend, Please note, this is not a drop-off event, all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Five adult volunteers are still needed to help on Family Movie Night. If you can lend a hand that night, please contact Heather Schultz. Thank you!  


PiE “You Make the Difference” Challenge

If you have already donated to PiE, thank you. If you have not donated to PiE yet this year, this is your last chance to give to this year’s school campaign. Please consider donating to PiE during our final “You Make The Difference” challenge. A generous donor has funded this grant, which will give our schools $50,000 but only if 300 families who have not yet donated give to PiE by January 27. “You can make the difference” by supporting PiE and helping us continue to fund classroom aides, science and the arts in elementary schools. PiE funds now make up more than half of the flexible spending at our school and we could not offer your children the quality education we do without your support of PiE. Although the “ask” for a family donation is $800 per child, donations of any amount are much appreciated and needed. Our district-wide goal is to have an additional 300 families donate by the end of the challenge grant, joining more than 4,000 families who have given to PiE already. Please take advantage of this last challenge grant and help PiE reach its goal. Go to, or leave a check in the school office.   


The Palo Alto PTA Art Contest 

Palo Alto PTA will be hosting an art contest together with PAArtY (Palo Alto Art for Youth). Your child can submit their own artwork, photography or literature (short essay, poem,…). Art work and photos should be sized between 5″ x 7″ and 10″ x 13″. Literature should be limited to 1 page. All entries will be displayed at PALO VERDE, and all participants will receive a certificate. Selected pieces will be displayed at designated places around Palo Alto. Note that all students may submit one piece/entry and that all entries should correspond to one student. Turn in your child’s work with an entry form that is going in the child’s Friday folder by Tuesday, January 31, 2012. A designated collection box will be set at the Palo Verde office starting Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Theme for this year (optional) : ”I am inspired by …” Contact for Palo Verde: Shiah-Yun Chen (


All Aboard the Passport to Fun

 March 3, 2012 is the date to mark on your calendars for Palo Verde’s spring social and auction.  This year the Palo Verde Travel Agency (aka the PTA) will issue your “Passport to Fun” at Michael’s at Shoreline.  This event is your ticket to an adult evening of fun and entertainment and a great chance to get to know and enjoy other Palo Verde parents over food, drink, and music; all while doing something great for Palo Verde kids and staff to boot. 

 Want tickets to see Cirque du Soleil’s “O” in Las Vegas?  A year’s supply of Rick’s ice cream?  A winery tour and tasting for you and 30 of your closest friends?  A getaway at the Rosewood Hotel at Sandhill complete with two massages at the spa?  These are just a few of the goodies already waiting for you at this fun evening — there will be dozens more to chose from!  Look for your invitation and a detailed catalog of items in February.

To join the team creating this event, please contact the auction co-chairs, Emily and George Jaquette (ebreuner at gmail dot com).


Brother, Can You Spare a Vacation Home?

The Palo Verde Travel Agency (PTA) is actively seeking the following types of auction-able items from Palo Verde families and your friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers!  No donation is too small. 

ö Vacation Getaways: Donate a few days at your beach house, ski lease, lake cabin or even your grandfather’s wine country estate!
ö Travel Perks: Time shares, airline miles, hotel points in Maui, Vegas, Mexico, Oregon, or anywhere else.
ö Excursions: Sailing or Fishing Trips, Kayak expeditions, Rounds of Golf at private clubs, etc.
ö Concert or Sports Event Tickets: Or sporting and/or celebrity memorabilia
ö Professional services: Fitness training, financial consulting, Technical Support, photography – grow your business!
ö Your Creative or Domestic Talents: Home Decorating, Dog walking, knitting, painting – share your talents! 

Complete the form in today’s Friday folder or contact Rebecca Thompson with details (rebeccaherrema at hotmail dot com).  Deadline is January 20!


Attention Party Planners – Be Part of the Spring Party Line-up!

One of the most popular places at our March 3rd, 2012 Passport to Fun spring social and auction will be near the Palo Verde party bid sheets where you can bid on spots for yourself or your kids in one of many unique social and creative gatherings hosted by our families.  Today isyour chance to step up and host one of those parties!

Memorable events last year included a rocking Bollywood Dance Party, a kids-only Stomp Rocket Party, and a multi-house Progressive Fiesta Dinner.  A Sushi Rolling party hosted at the Eichler clubhouse had an eight-year run and the Steaks and Stakes Poker Tournament is headed into a fifth year as a Palo Verde tradition. 

As a host you get to throw a fun party, help connect our community and raise money for our students – all in one event! Grab a friend and co-host a party!  Contact Rebecca Thompson (rebeccaherrema at hotmail dot com) with details or to reserve your party date between March and summer! Deadline is January 20th!


Science Books from City of Palo Alto Utilities 

 The Palo Alto Unified School District greatly benefits from the generous support of the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU). Since 2005, CPAU has donated fifty thousand dollars each year to fund educational projects related to water and energy conservation and renewable energy. We have used this funding to enrich our science program. Past projects have ranged widely, from providing fountains powered by solar cells to school sites, to funding field trips related to water. The Palo Alto Unified School District greatly benefits from the generous support of the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU). Since 2005, CPAU has donated fifty thousand dollars each year to conservation for sixth grade students. Recently, the funding was used to purchase books sets that supplement our science and literacy curriculum. The books sets are on topics of water and energy conservation and are correlated to our adopted science program. Because the books were purchased in sets of six, and are labeled with a corresponding science unit and reading level, teachers can use them during reading or science to provide small group instruction. 

 We are so appreciative of this generous funding because we can tailor the resources to support our adopted curriculum. Teachers can incorporate those resources seamlessly, and enhance the educational experience they provide to students each and every day.

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