News: Friday January 25, 2013

January 26                     Palo Verde e-waste Day
February 2                     PV Ice Skating Party
February 5                     Project Cornerstone Reader Training
February 6                     Carpool/Commute Pool to School Day
February 6                     PTA Coffee Social/Site Council Meeting
February 8                     PTA Board Meeting
February 8                     Family Movie Night
Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
FREE Electronic Waste Recycling this Saturday 26!


Drop off your obsolete electronics from 10-2pm at Palo Verde Elementary. This is a fundraiser run by Green Citizen for the PTA Green Team. We NEED volunteers to help with the event. Please contact to help out or if you have any questions.


VOTE now! Help Choose Our Movie Night Title.


We want your input on next month’s Family Movie Night selection. Go to our survey online
and choose your favorite. Will it be Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss in Boots, or Rio?? The survey closes at 6pm this Sunday, so voice your opinion now. The winning title will be announced in the February issue of the Voice.


Girl Scout Troop 61623 Towel Drive 


As part of their service project for the Agent of Change Journey, the girl scout troop 61623, is currently collecting old towels of all sizes and washcloths to donate to the Humane Society for the ongoing care of its over 1000 rescued animals. The towels can be of any condition .. stains and holes are ok! Old blankets are also welcome. The collection boxes are near the lost and found rack at Palo Verde. The collection will go through February 1st. Your donation will help the homeless animals.
Please help by donating !!
Esha Junnarkar (Room #20)

Jenna Nativ (Room #18)

Room 5 Achieved the eScrip Challenge! Register by 2/15.


Congratulations to Mrs. Rice’s Room 5 for achieving the eScrip Challenge! With 75% of families registered for eScrip, each student in Room 5 will receive their “brag bag” prize in the coming weeks. Every class that achieves 75% participation in the eScrip program by February 15th will be a winner, so register soon! Please visit TODAY to sign up, so your child’s class can meet the goal. The group number for the Palo Verde is 137331259.


Carpool to School Day
Carpool to school to save gas and time, make friends, and reduce pollution.  Carpool to school to:

  • Save time and money by sharing transportation responsibilities
  • Decrease traffic congestion around your school by reducing the number of single family occupied cars
  • Build community by introducing neighbors
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Join other students carpooling to school on February 6, 2013!

If you walk or bicycle to school, you can set up a rainy day carpool in advance so you can get to school while staying dry!


Carpool to School Website Coming on Feb 6


The traffic safety team is pleased to announce that Palo Verde is becoming part of an increasing network of carpoolers. On February 6, the carpool to school day, we will have access to our own web portal which we can use to arrange carpools/walk and bike groups with other Palo Verde families not just to school but to other extra curricular activities.
Some of the highlights of the site are
1) Site access is free for Palo Verde’s enrolled families
2) It is secure; the traffic safety team comprising of Anjani Sarma and Silvie Pierce will approve requests for access to the site by cross-referencing users with this year’s school directory . Only currently enrolled families will be provided with access to the site.
3) The site is very easy to use and the built in features like the interactive map,calendar, text-messaging enable you to find out carpoolers who live near you and who want to commute pool to the same activities as you.

Please check next week’s Friday folders for more information on how to sign up and use the site.

And remember Wednesday February 6, is our Carpool/Commute Pool to School Day. Please share a ride to school or walk/bike to school. It is good for the environment and more importantly, it is good for you.


Mileage Tracker Forms for January


Please deposit the January mileage tracker forms in the office. We are no longer collecting it outside the classrooms. Thank you for walking/biking/carpooling to school
PiE Campaign Finale – 500 Families Needed for $50,000 Challenge That Ends January 31st !


January 31 is your last chance to donate to Palo Alto schools through the Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) Foundation’s annual campaign. Through a new “500 for $50,000” challenge grant, our schools will receive $50,000 more if 500 families who have not yet donated to PiE make their donation by January 31st. This is your chance to get involved and make a big difference for education. With only two weeks to go, PiE is still almost $1 million short of its campaign goal. Only PIE funds can pay for the additional staff needed in our schools including: specialists, classroom aides, Spectra Art, enrichment, guidance counselors, and college and career counselors each year. If you are one of the families who has already supported PiE, thank you so much! If you have not yet given, please give before January 31. You can drop your check in the office, or go online and give at Please join the many families across the district that want a better education than public funding can provide, and give to PiE today.

Questions? Contact your PiE chairs or PiE Executive Director Kathy Schroeder at: or call 329-3990. Thank you!







From Last Week


Donate to the 2013 Palo Verde Auction


Once again, plans are underway to create an evening that is full of fun, friends, and raises important funds for Palo Verde. We hope you mark your calendars for Saturday, March 23rd at Ming’s Restaurant. While a large team of volunteers are gathering donations from businesses near and far, Palo Verde families are also rising to the occasion of making this auction a huge success.
Donate a Party or Event: As a host you can throw a fun party or gathering, connect our community, and raise money for our students – all in one effort! Grab a friend and co-host an event this spring or in August once school starts again. Kid-only and family oriented events as well as events limited to grown-ups are welcome. Past hosts, please tell friends how rewarding and fun it is to host an event and encourage them to step up this year.

Donate an Item or Service: We are on the look-out for donations of services (home cooked meals, dessert-a-month, tech support), event tickets, unique experiences (lunch at a “cool” company or a round of golf at your private club), and destination and travel items. Vacation homes and time shares are especially well received.
If you would like to donate to the auction, we would love to hear from you by Friday, February 8th. Contact Callie Turk (callieturk(at)gmail(dot)com) and Rebecca Thompson (rebeccaherrema(at)hotmail(dot)com) to lock up your event date or provide details of your donation.

The Princess and the Pea Visits Palo Verde


Palo Verde is pleased to participate this year in the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Outreach Residency Program. For more than 30 years, this program has provided elementary school children with a unique opportunity to experience the world of theater at their school sites.


More than 30 Palo Verde students, grades 3 through 5, are working hard to bring an exciting performance of the Princess and the Pea to our school. The actors and crew members would like to invite you and your family to come and enjoy this highly entertaining version of the Hans Christian Andersen short story. Click here  for more details.


We hope to see you there!


E-news and Voice Submissions


The editors request that all enews and Voice submissions be included in the body of the email and not as a word attachment. We are unable to download attachments. All submissions are due on Thursday by 3 pm for the Friday enews and Voice submissions are due the last Friday of the month by 3 pm. Please email submissions to only


Palo Verde’s Annual Ice Skating Social Party


Winter Lodge Ice Rink

Saturday, February 2, 2013

5:30 – 7:30pm

Rain or Shine


$16 per skater (includes skate rental)

The PTA will provide pizza and drinks for all skaters!

Each family is encouraged to bring baked goods to share

Ticket Table opens @ 5:15pm/ Doors open @5:30pm


Please fill out   this form  and an event waiver (one per family)

and return forms with entry/skate rental payment ($16/skater)

to the office by Wednesday, January 30, 2012

Please make checks payable to Palo Verde PTA


Volunteers Needed!

Email Kim Amsbaugh at

Volunteering at Lunchtime


Thank you for the 14 moms, one dad and one grandma who came to help at lunchtime this school year. We truly appreciate your time and commitment.

We hope more parents can volunteer in 2013 and help us have more caring adults present at lunch recess.
The sign-up sheet for the rest of the school year is up. Please click on the link below and sign up for one day per week, per month or even once. Your child will notice your involvement.


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

Take it Personally Study Group – Project Cornerstone
How do we ensure our kids will thrive? How can I show my support for my child’s efforts & dreams? How can I know what’s most important in helping my child succeed academically & in life? Are there enough positive adults in my child’s life? Fee: a one-time $10 donation for a workbook.
Our dates are: 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
We will meet in the Library from 8:15am to 9:45am on each day.


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