News: Friday, December 07, 2012


December 7                  PTA General Meeting

December 17-21           Palo Verde Book Fair
December 21                Minimum Day
December 24- Jan 4     Winter Break
January 7                       First Day of School After Winter Break
February 2                     PV Ice Skating Party

Palo Verde PTA and School News


Mileage Tracker Forms for November


Due to the rains last week, some of the envelopes for the mileage tracker forms hanging outside of the classrooms were damaged. If you would like to submit your child’s green commute miles record for November, please drop them in the bin marked ‘traffic safety’ in the school office. Weather permitting we will be recognizing our November green commuters at the Wednesday assembly on December 12. Our next mileage tracker forms will go out in the Friday folders in January. Thank you for green commuting!



Palo Verde Book Fair is Coming! 


The annual book fair will be December 17-21, just in time for the holidays. This is a fabulous event when Banana Seeds sets up a store just for us in the Palo Verde multi-purpose room. Bringing tons of books just right for our elementary students and some for their siblings and.parents as well. As you might expect, it is a fundraiser for the PTA. Please e-mail Shubha Ranga ( with any questions.


5 Reasons to Visit the Book Fair:


Teachers will have wish lists for books so you can purchase one as a gift for your child’s classroom.
2. Banana Seed staff will always be available to answer questions and help you find a great book.
3. Proceeds from the book fair support the school library and other needs.
4. It’s a great place to get gifts!

5. It’s fun!

How do I pay for things?
We take cash, checks, and credit cards

When is it? Dec.17-21
Monday – 2:3pm, Tuesday- 8am-9am & 2pm: 3pm, Wednesday 8am-9am & 1pm-2pm, Family Night 6pm-9pm, Thursday- 8am-9am & 2pm&3pm

More questions?
Email Shubha Ranga (


Lost and Found

Thanks to everyone who is routinely checking the lost and found cart either physically in person, or online!  Also, a big thanks to everyone who is labeling their property and helping me return it to them!  It really makes a big difference!

Please note that the cart will be emptied and the remaining items will be donated to charity on DEC 21.

Remember, you can check the flickr site:

I’ll update the site by Dec 20th so you and/or your children can check out what’s there before I remove the items!

Also, if you know of anyone who may not go to Palo Verde but, comes to the site to hang out or do activities, please pass on the message to them.

The cart is outside from the beginning of school until quite a while after school ends, just look for it outside Mrs Brown’s office.

Save the Date

Palo Verde’s Annual Ice Skating Party is Saturday, Feb 6 2013. Watch this space for more details.

Parents Needed At Lunch Recess


Would you like to know what your child does at lunchtime, with whom he/she interacts, how he/she socializes with others? Would you like to make Palo Verde’s playground safer and lunchtime more fun for our children?


This school year we started a program where parents (and grandparents) come and help with supervision during lunch recess. Children enjoy seeing their parents, their friends’ parents, or a new caring adult with a smile on his/her face.


Please click on the link below and sign up for one day per week, per month or even once for the entire year. Your child will notice your involvement.



If you have any question, please contact Katie Renati at or 650-520-0750 .

Thank you for your help.


Give the Gift of Reading


Your children are just devouring books during Readers’ Workshop. Classroom teachers would love to have more books to keep up with the students’ pace at reading them. You might think about donating a book, a series of books, or an Amazon card to your child’s teacher in honor of his/her birthday, in honor of a special achievement, for a holiday gift, or just “because”. You can ask your child’s teacher for guidance or a wish list. Thank you all for your generosity in making Palo Verde a fantastic school.
Support Palo Verde! Shop at Palo Alto Toy & Sport!


Palo Verde and Palo Alto Toy and Sport are teaming up just in time for the holidays. When you make an in-store purchase from November 26 – December 9, Palo Alto Sport Shop will make a 10% of your net purchase donation to Palo Verde PTA. Simply mention this Palo Verde fundraiser when you check out.


Palo Alto Sport & Toy is a Hall of Fame ‘Best Toy Store in Palo Alto’ as voted by the readers of the Palo Alto Weekly. Please allow them to serve you this holiday season and give back to our school! And don’t forget about their famous free gift wrapping, too!


526 Waverley Street – Downtown Palo Alto
650-328-8555 /

Let Your Fingers Do The Shopping With The eScrip Online Mall This Holiday Season


eScrip’s Online Mall is your one-stop shopping place for supporting Palo Verde PTA as well as receiving unbeatable coupons and special offers this holiday season – and all year long! Just be sure to…


1) Register with eScrip at
2) Then, every time you shop online go to and log in
3) Click on the link to the eScrip Online Mall
4) Search or browse for the online store where you want to shop
5) Click on the link to review the % contribution and any available coupons

6) Shop! If you make a purchase, the contribution will be routed automatically through your eScrip account to Palo Verde

1,000+ merchants participate in the eScrip Online Mall, including The Children’s Place, Gap, Hanna Andersson, Land’s End, Nordstrom, Old Navy, Piperlime, Best Buy, Snapfish, LEGO, National Geographic,, Barnes &, Harry and David, The Popcorn Factory, Red Envelope, See’s Candies, Oriental Trading Company, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn (all brands), Williams-Sonoma and many, many more! A complete list is available when you visit the eScrip Online Mall at


December’s Asset of the Month is Asset #1: Family life provides high levels of love and support.

Family support refers to the ways that parents, siblings, and extended family show love, encouragement, and comfort to each other – families are the cornerstone of the social support system for youth.  The 2011 survey of Palo Alto youth reveals that while younger youth generally experience and are aware of family support, teenagers do so much less often:  89% of PAUSD elementary school students, 84% of our middle school students, and 66% of our high school students reported this asset, based on their responses to:
* I get along well with my parents
* My parents give me help and support when I need it.
* My parents often tell me they love me.
Because adolescents require greater autonomy and independence than younger children, effective family support for older youth takes a different form than in earlier years; however, their need for their families is still strong. Adults are challenged to find a balance between giving youth the love and support they need to navigate their adolescence and the independence they need to develop as individuals.
The following discussion topics can be used to open a dialogue with young people about the ways that they experience family support:
* Does your family provide support in a way that’s meaningful and easy for you to recognize? Why or why not?
* Do you and your parents treat each other with the same kindness and dignity that you’d expect from your friends?
* Does your family do things together on a regular basis? Are there any activities that you’d like to share (or be willing to share) with your family?
Winter break provides families with a chance to spend more time together.  We hope you enjoy your time together and let them know you love and support them.  For some resources and activities to try together, click on the December Asset resource kit link below.
This content is based on Project Cornerstone’s Asset-a-Month program resource kit. For more information, visit:
December Asset resource kit:
To get involved in the Palo Alto Developmental Assets Initiative of Project Safety Net, contact s at:

Empowering Our Youth Through Developmental Assets.

  Palo Alto Developmental Assets
  Initiative/Project Safety Net
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