December 10, 2013



December 12  Noon Art
December 13  Family Movie Night, 6:30pm, MP Room

December 20  Minimum Day
December 23 ~ January  3  Winter Break

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Palo Verde Ice Skating Party

The Palo Verde Ice Skating Party is January 11th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge. Don’t forget to turn in your forms by Friday, Dec. 20th. Parents and siblings are invited to skate, too. The cost is $16 per skater, which covers the skate rental. Your Palo Verde PTA will provide pizza and drinks for everyone. You can turn your forms into the office. Need a form to fill out? The office has those, too. Have a question? Contact Kim Amsbaugh at amsbaugh at gmail dot com.


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


Once your are registered with eScrip…

1) Go to and log in

2) Click on the link to the eScrip Online Mall

3) Search or browse for the online store where you want to shop

4) Click on the link to review the contribution and any available coupons

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


Want an even easier way to ensure all of your contributions are tracked? Download the eScrip “AutoEARN” tool. Once it is installed on your computer, you simply go about your online shopping without entering the eScrip Online Mall portal. The tool automatically tracks the percent donation when you make a purchase with a participating retailer. To install the tool, go to; click on the “Download AutoEarn” at the top of the page; and follow the easy instructions.

With so many great reasons to register for eScrip, please sign up today to ensure all of your holiday shopping is supporting Palo Verde.

Questions, please contact Iva Reid at

Holiday Movie Night This Friday!

This Friday, December 13th, we’ll have a special holiday edition of Family Movie Night in the MP Room, 6:30-8:30pm. Wear your Santa hat! Wear your PJs, if you like. Bring a cozy floor blanket and a pillow. Bring your own reusable travel mug for warm cider or your own water bottle. We’ll watch a collection of short holiday movies, each about a half hour long, so if you can’t stay the entire time, just come for part of the evening. Fresh popcorn, friends, and festive films!

Please note, this is not a drop-off event. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Family Movie Night is a FREE social event sponsored by the PTA.

Subject: New Pedestrian Beacons Installed at Charleston/Louis and Newell/Hopkins

Last week, the City of Palo Alto installed pedestrian-activated flashing pedestrian beacons at Newell Road & Hopkins Drive and at Charleston Road & Louis Road to aid pedestrians crossing at these locations. The systems include three warning elements to help notify motorists of pedestrian activity including a flashing ball, pedestrian warning signs with embedded flashing LEDs, and a rapid flashing LED bar. Pedestrians can activate the warning device by pushing the pedestrian push button at each location. Each button activates all of the warning lights at each crossing. Once the warning device is activated, pedestrians should exercise caution and wait for vehicles to stop in both directions before entering the crosswalk. Each system currently flashes for 60-seconds when activated. Upgrades later this month will allow the system to provide shorter flashing cycles.

The locations for these devices were identified through the City’s Safe Routes to School program which is assessing the commutes of schoolchildren in Palo Alto using a grant from the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). Funding for these devices and their installation was provided by the City of Palo Alto. Questions about the devices can be directed or 650-329-2156. 
 PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD News Elementary

Typing Program helps Elementary Students Prepare for Smarter Balanced Assessments

Students will use computers or other devices such as iPads to take the Smarter Balanced Assessments beginning in third grade. To help students with keyboarding skills, PAUSD has a typing program available to all elementary students. Type To Learn 4 (TTL4) is a student typing program purchased by the district and made available to all PAUSD elementary sites and for use at home by students.
To use TTL4, parents must download & install the TTL4 Web (School to Home)/Network program from Parents will need the TTL4 account code to install and log in for the first time. Students and parents can retrieve the account code from the student portal page. Students log in to TTL4 each time with their student ID number and a TTL4 password given to them by their teacher. For any login problems, please contact your student’s teacher.
Reminder: the student portal requires the student’s ID number and password. This ID number is available on the parent portal log in page next to your student’s name. Your student’s account was given a default password at the beginning of the school year and they were required to reset the password the first time they logged in. Principals are discussing the best way to integrate typing instruction into the curriculum, so please check in with your school’s principal for other opportunities.

PAUSD News — All Schools

PAUSD Board Study Session

Mon Dec 9, 8:30-10:30am, Board room
Topics: Elementary Facilities Planning, and Middle School Enrollment Growth
Board meeting materials are posted online at:

Gunn Choir Winter Concert
Thu Dec 12, 7:00pm, Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto.
Please join us for an evening of old & new holiday music performed by the award-winning Gunn Concert Choir, Treble Choir, and Chamber Singers in the intimate setting of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church.
Tickets are $7 ($5 for students in high school or younger) and are available from choir members or at the door

Protecting Staff and Student Privacy
PAUSD takes every precaution to protect students’ & staff’s personally identifiable information from loss, unauthorized access, or theft by implementing an in depth security strategy. PAUSD employs both a technological & collaborative approach to defending against cyber threats, & shares best practices with other school districts. We monitor, analyze, and assess threats on a daily basis.
It has become shockingly easy to give away our own, or others’, personal info, with a click of a mouse. Some key questions:
– Am I sharing private, personally identifiable data?
– What do I know about the company I’m sharing my data with?
– Is this my data to share?
These considerations apply whether a teacher is signing students up for a web service or a parent is taking pictures on campus. We ask all staff, students, & parents to “think before they click” and obtain appropriate permission before sharing data with vendors or posting images & info to social media.
For questions, concerns, or more info about student, staff, or parent privacy, feel free to contact your school’s Principal..

PTAC News Elementary

Walk. Bike. Do Better.

View this [31-second video] to learn why walkable, bikeable schools are important to the long-term health, safety, and school performance of our children. Thousands of PAUSD children walk and bike to school every day. Palo Alto PTAs collaborate in partnership with the City of Palo Alto and PAUSD to create safer bicycle and pedestrian routes to our local public schools and to teach students skills they need to be safe on the street. Learn more about [Palo Alto Safe Routes to School]!

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Palo Alto Rotary Clubs: Annual Speech Contest.
First competition, Thu Jan 23, Palo Alto City Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave.
A contest to recognize and support tomorrow’s leaders. Palo Alto Rotary clubs invite students attending Gunn, Paly, Castellija, & Kehilla High schools to participate. Multiple levels of competition between participating clubs in the district. Top winner will earn prizes totaling $1550. Awards targeted to student education, but “no strings are attached”. All speeches must address the 2013-2014 theme, “Engage Rotary, Change Lives,” and include a reference to at least one principle of The 4-Way Test.
Info & registration, [click here]. RSVPs & questions,, 650-321-1280.

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“Public Library: An American Commons”
Wed Dec 11, 7pm, Palo Alto Art Center, Main Gallery, 1313 Newell Road.
Robert Dawson has been photographing public libraries in the United States since 1994. His photographs have been widely exhibited and are in the permanent collections of many institutions across the country. Join us as he shares insights about this body of work.
Parking: With the Library renovation, parking at the Art Center has been temporarily reduced. Please use the lot at the eastern side of the building (near the Auditorium and/or Temporary Main Library). Enter from Embarcadero Road; or, from Newell Road, drive to back of building.
Info: Art Center, 650-329-2366,

Silicon Valley Boychoir Holiday Concert
Sat Dec 14, 5 pm, First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto
The Silicon Valley Boychoir presents “Illuminations”, sparkling songs of light and reflection. These talented boys, mostly from Palo Alto, will sing a variety of seasonal songs, perfect for the whole family.
Tickets ($15/$10) at the door. Visit

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
Sun Dec 15, 3pm, Center for the Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School
Location: 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton
Join us for a very special afternoon as PACO celebrates the season in style, joined by talented youngsters from Cantabile Youth Singers and Pacific Ballet Academy… plus a special guest appearance by the PACO SuperStrings. Waltz to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, sing “Hallelujah” to Handel’s Messiah, and enjoy a selection of other seasonal favorites by Corelli, Leroy Anderson, and more.

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