News: Friday January 27, 2012



January 27           :  Family Movie Night
January 30           :  Deadline for Voice Articles
February 1           :   Project Cornerstone Meeting, 8:15 am
February 6           :   Deadline for submitting notecards
February 8           :   Science Night
February 13         :   PTA Executive Board Meeting, 8:20 am
March 3             :   Passport to Fun, Palo Alto Auction

Palo Verde and PTA News  PiE “You Make the Difference” ChallengeIf 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, or leave a check in the school office. 

Kindergarten Priority 1 Registration

Registration for the 2012-2013 school year is currently in progress.  If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten next school year, please register them no later than Friday, February 10, 2012.  Incoming kinder siblings will be guaranteed a spot at Palo Verde, as long as they are registered by February 10th.  Information can be found at:

Science Night at Palo Verde, MP Room: Medical Mysteries

Please join us in the MP room on Wednesday, February 8, from 6:00-7:45 PM for Palo Verde’s science night.
Students become “doctor-detectives” who solve medical mysteries while they work at hands-on activity stations to examine pretend-patients. As the students gather information about what made the patients sick, they listen to their own hearts, measure their breath flow, test their eyesight, and are challenged to build a healthy meal. This exciting event introduces elementary school students to the field of medical science and to healthy behaviors.

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 has been set up in the office. Theme for this year (optional) : ”I am inspired by …” Contact for Palo Verde: Shiah-Yun Chen (

The Annual Palo Verde Notecard Fundraiser is Coming!

As in previous years, each child designs his/her own personal notecard/notepads which you may order and purchase.  The kids are so proud of their artwork and parents always love how they turn out!  Plus, they come in handy and make great
gifts.  A portion of the proceeds goes directly to our school. The orders will be distributed in mid-April and will be here in time for Mother’s Day.
The notecards will be coming home with your child by Friday, January 27. Your classroom teacher and the school office have extra note cards in case you would like to purchase more than one design or if you have other children who would
like to create one.  Please return the order form with payment to school no later than Monday, Feb 6. No late orders please!
If you have any questions, please contact Karen Yu at 493-6999 or

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).

From the City Library

Annual Storytelling Festival

When: Sunday, January 29

Time: 1-5 pm

Where: Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto

Age Group: For all ages but intended for kids ages 4 and up

Drop in to the Children’s Library to hear stories from great Bay Area storytellers and a few special guests including Mayor Yiaweh Yeh, Fire Fighter Chris Woodard from the Palo Alto Fire Department, and Officer Dan Pojanamat from the Palo Alto Police Department. Also come by for 4 FOOD TRUCKS including Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile, Eat on Mondays Food Truck, TreatBot Karaoke Ice Cream Truck, and Mini Yums Truck that will be at the event from 12:30-2 p.m.

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