News: Friday September 14, 2012

Calendar 

September 14       :  Deadline for One Check PTA Form

September 14       :  Walk-a-Thon
September 19       :   Restaurant Night, Armadillo Willy’s
September 22       :   Save the Bay, Community Service Project

Palo Verde and PTA NewsGirls on the Run of Silicon Valley looking for Spring 2013 Coaches at Palo Verde!

Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley is currently looking for volunteer coaches for a program at Palo Verde. The Girls on the Run spring session begins the week of March 4 and runs through mid May. Groups are open to girls in (3rd-5th grade) and meet twice a week after school for an hour and a half – days and times vary by site. The program culminates with the girls all running the GOTR 5k in Vasona Park, Los Gatos on Saturday, May18th. GOTR provides training for coaches and a great curriculum to work from.
You don’t have to be a runner – just someone who is interested in health and wellness and wants to make a difference in the lives of girls. Head coaches must be 21 or older, assistant coaches 18 or older. Coaches need to be able to commit to two practice sessions per week for 10 weeks and attend the 5k in May. The two words that best describe Girls on the Run are “FUN” and “RUN”. Every
aspect of this program is geared toward helping girls feel good about who they are – physically, emotionally and socially.
If you are interested in getting involved as a coach, please contact Karen Rajczi, Program Director, at karen@gotrsv.org. For more information you can also visit our website atwww.gotrsv.org – click on “get involved” to find the link for our online coach application. The deadline for new program site applications is next week so don’t hesitate.
A one-day training sessions for new coaches will take place in the first two weeks of November. Program registration will begin in December.
Want To Be Part of the Girl Scouts?
Come learn about Girl Scout Troops at Palo Verde School!
We’re holding an informational meeting Wednesday September 19th at 7pm in the MP room
Please Lock Your Bikes.
There have been reports of thefts of unlocked bikes from one of the elementary schools in our district. Palo Verde’s traffic safety team is urging parents to remind kids who bike to school to securely lock their bikes.

Please return your Palo Verde PTA One Check Form by September 14. Thanks to all the families who’ve returned their Palo Verde PTA one check form already. If you have not, please do so by Sept 14. If you’ve misplaced the form in the tidal wave of back to school information, you can find the PDF online at:https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B-4IcBkKmwbqd2J1U3ZEdDQ1Rnc 

or request a copy by emailing pvpta.treasurer@gmail.com. Return your form and your check to the Palo Verde office.
eScrip Challenge – When Will Your Class Win?
Did you know eScrip is an easy way for every Palo Verde family to help raise money for Palo Verde? To encourage everyone in the Palo Verde community to participate this year, we’re launching the eScrip Challenge!
WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE?
Every class that has 75% of its families registered with eScrip by January 18th will win the challenge! We’ll provide regular updates on how each class is doing. Classes that achieve the goal will be announced at a schoolwide assembly and receive their prizes soon thereafter.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?
Each child in each class that achieves 75% participation will receive a “brag bag” prize – a reusable tote bag personalized for the Challenge with special goodies inside.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR ESCRIP?
1) Gather your most-used credit/debit cards and/or Safeway Club Card number. If you don’t remember your Safeway Club Card Number, call Safeway Customer Service at 1-877-723-3929 – they will happily help you identify your number.
2) Go to www.escrip.com and click on “Sign Up”.
3) When asked to search for our group, click on “Group ID” and enter our Group Number: 137331259 or search for Palo Verde PTA.
4) Follow the remaining registration steps – you’re done!
Don’t hesitate to contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Callie Turk, at callie_turk@yahoo.com.
Palo Verde Walk-a-Thon
Palo Verde’s 8th Annual Walk-a-thon is today Friday, September 14! You should have received a hot pink flyer in last week’s Friday folder with all the details about this fun event. Money raised from the Walk-a-thon will be used to help fund students’ lunchtime activities including Noon Art, Noon Games, and Walking Club. Students will walk around the field at Palo Verde as follows: 9:10-9:40am 4th and 5th graders; 9:45-10:10am 2nd and 3rd graders; and 10:35 to 10:55am Kinders and 1st graders. The Walk-a-thon asks for donations based on participation; there are no per-lap pledges. Please have your student ask only people he/she knows. All donations can be turned into the office or your child’s teacher any time. Everyone who participates in the Walk-a-thon will receive a nifty chain and two swell tokens. Please feel free to come walk with your child or email Lauren Aspegren at msboot@yahoo.com for more information.
Walk ON!
Spirit Gear Orders
Show off your school spirit by wearing the Palo Verde logo!
The deadline for placing orders is September 28.
There are samples on display in the school office. It is highly recommended that you stop by and take a look at them if you are unsure about what size to order. There have been complaints in the past that the manufacturer’s sizes are on the small side, so, if in doubt, please order a bigger size.
If you have any questions please contact Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com).
Palo Verde Dining for Dollars Restaurant Night
Support Palo Verde on Wednesday September 19 by dining at Armadillo Willys,
1031 N. San Antonio Road,
Los Altos
from 5-9PM. If you mention Palo Verde 20% of your purchases will be donated back to our school!
Team up with Friends and Donate an Event to the Fall Party Book
Some of the most popular items in the Palo Verde Spring Auction are spots in the unique social and creative gatherings donated and hosted by Palo Verde families. Memorable events include a Bollywood Dance Party, a Stomp Rocket Party, a Pokemon Trading Party, and Progressive Dinners donated by a group of Palo Verde families who live near each other.
Palo Verde students benefit from the PTA funds raised, people have fun, and our community grows stronger!
The Fall Party Book was created to promote these gatherings throughout the fall and winter months. Events last year included an Oktoberfest for adults, Halloween Treats and Eats, a White Elephant Party, Kids Bingo Bash, and more. Tickets are sold at the Harvest Fair in early October.
Can you team up with a friend to offer a Pumpkin Carving party, a Diwali Celebration, or a themed-progressive dinner? How about a series of gatherings focused on a winter-time hobby you can share such as orienteering, holiday baking, knitting, or jewelry making? Dream it up and make it happen!
To discuss donating a fall, winter, or holiday-themed gathering for kids, adults, or families, please contact Callie Turk or Rebecca Thompson or e-mail us at:
Help Your Child Track Green Commute Miles to School
In your child’s Friday folders last week was a form that will help them record and calculate the number of miles they walked/biked/carpooled to school in a month. For mileage information please turn the mileage tracker page over and use Palo Verde’s new walk and roll map. Even if your child is walking from across the street, have him/her enter 1/4 mile for each way. Carpooling kids will enter 1/4 mile for each way they carpool to school. This is a great way for kids to know how many miles they green commute to school. Our school goal is to record a total of 20,000 green commute miles for this academic year. At the end of each month some one from the traffic safety team will collect the forms from the kids. Please do not hand them over to the teachers.
If your family wants to join a biking or walking group or carpool to Palo Verde from your neighborhood please download this formand return it to the office by Sept 21.
September’s Asset of the Month

September 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; but, 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? Every parent, every day can positively affect kids’ lives. It only takes a second. The National Network of Partnership Schools developed a framework for understanding different kinds of parent involvement:
· Parenting: families establish home environments that support children’s learning
· Communicating: families and schools engage in effective two-way communications about student expectations and progress
· Volunteering: parents directly support the classroom or school
· Learning at home: families help students with homework and school-related decision-making and planning
· Decision making: parents are 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. However you can do it, do it. Remember it only takes a second.
To get involved in the Palo Alto Developmental Assets Initiative of Project Safety Net contact us atdevassetspaloalto@gmail.com
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