eNews: January 21, 2014

Calendar
January 22 – 23 Restaurant Nights at Tava

January 23  Noon Art
January 24  Friday, 6:30pm, Family Movie Night, MP Room

January 27 – 30  Age of Sail (5th grade)
January 28  Art Night
January 30  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
January 31  Love a Picture Book Family Night

February  1  Electronics Recycling
February  5  PTA Coffee; Site Council; 
                     ABC Reader Training: Book 5
February  6  Noon Art
February  7  PTA Board Meeting

February 13 – 17  No School
February 20  Noon Art
February 27  Project Cornerstone: School Wide Extensions
February 28  Submit Books for book exchange

Palo Verde PTA and School News
New This Week

PiE News:  

Final Challenge Grant-You Make the Difference for PiE.

January 31 is your last chance to donate to PiE’s annual campaign. If you have not donated to PiE this school year, NOW is the time to give. Your donation to PiE can be matched-dollar for dollar-up to $175,000 total (our largest January challenge grant) thanks to generous PiE supporters.  We are grateful for your donations which fund over 250 caring adults and 97,5000 hours of instruction at our schools. Donate at www.papie.org/donate or leave your donation form in the PiE box in your school office.  Thank you for helping our kids and our schools through PiE.  

Free Parenting Event: Parenting for Authentic Success with Dr. Madeline Levine Jan. 29th 7 pm Gunn HS

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS (info/link included further below) for FREE, special Parent Ed event, featuring Dr. Madeline Levine, author of recent New York Times best seller, Teach Your Children Well. The PTAs of  Palo Alto elementary, middle and high schools have partnered together to sponsor this program free for parents.

 

Parenting for Authentic Success: What it means and how we do it

Speaker:  Dr. Madeline Levine

January 29, 2014  @ 7:00pm

Spangenberg Theater at Gunn High School 

 

Dr. Madeline Levine is a New York Times Best Selling Author of three books, practicing psychologist in Marin, CA and a co-founder of Challenge Success (http://challengesuccess.org), a program of the Stanford School of Education that addresses education reform and student well-being. More background on Dr. Levine can be found further below.

Teach Your Children Well:  Parenting for Authentic Success is a toolbox for parents, providing information, relevant research and series of exercises to help parents clarify a definition of success that is in line with their own values as well as their children’s interests and abilities.  Dr. Levine offers tangible tools to help kids thrive in today’s high-stakes, competitive culture. 

 

We have 80 tickets available for Palo Verde parents. Please follow the link below to reserve your tickets (2 tickets ONLY per family). Tickets will be available for pick-up in the office Monday and Tuesday, January 28th and 29th.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlvnXME0PUqOdElyV1FzWE1OUGpxcHV6dV9ZSmVuNHc#gid=0 

  

For more information, please contact:

Kim Amsbaugh: amsbaugh(at)gmail(dot)com

More background on Madeline Levine, Ph.D.

Dr. Levine is a nationally known psychologist with over 25 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and educator. Her New York Times best-selling book, The Price of Privilege, explores the reasons why teenagers from affluent families are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems. Her follow-up best-selling book, Teach Your Children Well, focuses on expanding our current narrow and shortsighted view of success and providing concrete strategies for parents. Her two previous books, Viewing Violence and See No Evil, both received critical acclaim. Dr. Levine began her career as an elementary and junior high school teacher in the South Bronx of New York before moving to California and earning her degrees in psychology. She has taught Child Development classes to graduate students at the University of California Medical Center / San Francisco. Dr. Levine lectures extensively to parent, school and business audiences both nationally and internationally.     

 

Important announcements from the library.

1) The library is in desperate need of more volunteers.
 I currently am unable to sufficiently help the students with book selections and library assignments because so many classes either do not have volunteers or the volunteers have been absent.  Please help if you can.  It need not be your child’s library time.

* Tuesdays 8:15-11:10
Book Check-in & Shelving- 8:15-9; Room 13, 8:45-9:30; Room 15, 9:30-10:10; and Room 12, 10:30-11:10

* Wednesdays 8:15-12  8:15-9 Book Check-in & Shelving Help; 8:50-10:10
4th Grades (assignment support & checkout); 10:30-12 5th Grades (assignment support & checkout)

* Thursdays 8:15-9 Check-in Shelving Help; Room 5 Checkout & Shelving 11:10-11:50

* Friday 10:30-11:30 Shelving Books; 12:40-2:40
Book Repair

Shelf-Reading- Drop in once or twice a week to “Read” the Shelves to ensure things are properly in their place.  Important and flexible.

2) PV Annual Book Exchange- March 4th 8:15-Noon; Book donations due by  Friday, Feb. 28th

Set up Help needed March 3rd 3-5pm
Assistance Needed March 4th in shifts 8:15-10 & 10-12 & 12-2 (Clean-up)
3) February is Palo Verde’s Love a Picture Book Month.
 We ‘re trying to read 7,000 PICTURE BOOKS (Fairy Tales & Folktales count too.) as a school in an effort to educate the community about their value.  They are for everyone!

4) Love a Picture Family Night will be January 31 from 6-7:30
in the Library and MP Room.  Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, to run stations, and collectively bake 250 cupcakes.

5) The library is getting a new library system over Presidents’ Weekend.  We are once again having a “friendly” contest with Duveneck in an effort to return all of our books before this transfer.  
All library books will be due Feb. 11th.  Checkout will resume as normal on Tuesday, Feb. 18th.

6) All Library Volunteers will need to be trained on the new library system.  Two trainings are offered on Feb. 18 7:30-8:15am and 2:15-3.  If you are not able to make these times, please make arrangements with Laura to be trained prior to your regular volunteer time.  Thanks.

From Last Week

Tava Restaurant Nights – Jan 22nd and 23rd (5 -9 pm)

Please support Palo Verde by enjoying some delicious Indian food at Tava Indian Kitchen on Jan 22nd and 23rd.
It is located in Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Unit 162, Palo Alto (http://www.tavaindian.com).
Tava will donate 15% of all sales generated during 5-9 pm on these 2 days to our school. Purchases include dine in, take out, delivery and beverages. Look for a flyer in the Friday folders this week!

Let’s Go to RIO! for Family Movie Night
Friday, January 24, 6:30pm
It’s the middle of winter.  Wouldn’t we all love a tropical vacation?  Well, we can always dream and come to Family Movie Night instead.  On Friday, January 24, we’ll gather in the MP Room at to watch “Rio” and briefly escape from winter gloom.  Bring a floor blanket or a cozy pillow and your own reusable travel mug or water bottle.  Cuddle up with your family and friends.  PTA will provide the movie, hot popcorn, and tropical fruit punch.  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 open to all Palo Verde families.  See you there!!  Questions? contact Heather Schultz.

Optional After School Activities at Palo Verde

Several organizations offer after school activities at Palo Verde.  Flyers for these activities are available in the school office.  Please contact the groups directly, if you have any questions.  Starting times and dates and applicable grades vary for each activity.
Mondays       —  Mad Science, Taekwondo
Tuesdays      —  Golf Fore Kids, Speak Debate
Wednesdays– Art Design, Basketball, Chess, Knitting & Sewing, Tennis
Thursdays    —  Art Clay, Hindi, Run for Fun, Wizbots
Fridays         —  Hindi

ART NIGHT AT PALO VERDE, MP ROOM
Sponsored by the Palo Verde PTA
Tuesday, January 28th 2014, 5:30-7:30 PM

Come join us for the debut of Palo Verde Art Night, designed to draw out the creative spirit in both children and parents.
Three fun activities are sure to ignite your creativity:
  • Fish Printing – Learn about the Japanese art of Gyotaku by painting “fish” to create an impression on textured papers and tie-dyed cloth
  • Bookmaking – Write a story and illustrate your own 3-D Pop-up Book!
  • Tree Construction – Design feathers and leaves for the Palo Verde community art tree
Volunteers needed to assist with the activities. Art expertise not required. To volunteer, please contact Theivanai Palaniappan at theivanai_p (at) hotmail (dot) com by Friday, January 24th.

 

SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 8TH IS PALO VERDE’S “NIGHT AT THE OSCARS” ANNUAL AUCTION

Lights! Camera! Action! Palo Verde’s annual auction is set for Saturday, March 8th, 7-10:30 pm, at Michael’s at Shoreline. This year’s theme: A Night at the Oscars! Get ready to enjoy a fun-filled evening with drinks, food, music and your Palo Verde friends as we raise money for our kids and Palo Verde school. More details will follow in the coming weeks; but mark your calendars now and schedule those babysitters so you don’t miss out!   

 

Want to help put on Palo Verde’s biggest, most fun event of the year? Join us at 5 pm, this Sunday, January 12th, for a volunteer meeting. Whether you want to be a star or an extra, anyone can help. The more the merrier! Email Kim Amsbaugh at amsbaugh at gmail dot com. She’ll provide the volunteer meeting location and additional details.

 

Speaking of volunteers: are databases, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, and mail merges up your alley?  The auction committee could use your skills to help pull off our Night at the Oscars! If you’re interested, contact ebreuner (at) gmail (dot) com to learn about and help with what we do today – or better yet, improve it!

 

 See everyone on the Red Carpet, March 8th, at Michael’s!

 

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD is Looking for Substitute Teachers

Substitutes teachers are an important part of the school system and help keep a school running smoothly on days when teachers are out for professional development, illness, or personal necessity.  Parents who do not need a long term position and have the flexibility and support to cover unfilled absences may find substituting very rewarding.  Staff in the PAUSD Human Resources office would be happy to assist anyone interested in trying this work.  For more information on becoming a substitute in PAUSD, please go Here 

 

The Palo Alto Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC) Presents:

The Inclusion Panel with focus on Extra-Curricular and after school activities

Tuesday, January 21, 6:15 – 8 pm

Board Room, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto

 

Are you looking for ways to include your children in extracurricular activities and after school programs?  Join us for a speakers panel focusing on inclusion for after school activities. For information, visit Here

 

Model United Nations Program

Begins Thursday, January 22, 6 – 7pm

YMCA, Ross Road, Palo Alto

Please join us for this popular program for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders!  Our MUN Ambassadors will meet at the YMCA on Thursdays from 6-7pm, beginning January 22nd, to learn about other countries, discuss international issues and discover other cultures.  The four-month program will culminate when our ambassadors connect with the statewide program, where they will debate world issues for their assigned countries. This is an enriching educational experience that develops public speaking skills and more.

 

For more information: Email Ahmad Fayad or call 704-6248  

 

Start Your Child’s New Year with Art!

Starting January 23 at Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

 

The Children’s Fine Art Program’s winter quarter will begin on Thursday, January 23. We are offering 47 art classes and special workshops for preschoolers, kids, and teens in a wide range of media! For more info or to register, visit Enjoy! Online.  

 

Palo Alto Soccer Club Tryouts for Boys U12 Age Group Saturday, January 25, 12 – 2 pm Rain or Shine Mayfield Soccer Field  PASC is holding supplemental tryouts for BU12 age bracket for the 2014 Spring and Fall seasons.  Tryouts will be held for boys with birthdays between (08/01/2001-7/30/2002).  The Club provides professional coaching, competitive soccer at several skill levels, a fun & positive experience while developing skills, technique, game strategy & teamwork. Come check out the next level of play! We are looking for boys who are serious about improving their soccer skills in a positive environment with skilled professional coaches.   Club info:  www.pasoccerclub.org Information: Contact Margarita Mendez

Palo Alto Soccer Club Tryouts for Boys U12 Age Group Saturday, January 25, 12 – 2 pm Rain or Shine Mayfield Soccer Field   PASC is holding supplemental tryouts for BU12 age bracket for the 2014 Spring and Fall seasons.  Tryouts will be held for boys with birthdays between (08/01/2001-7/30/2002).  The Club provides professional coaching, competitive soccer at several skill levels, a fun & positive experience while developing skills, technique, game strategy & teamwork. Come check out the next level of play! We are looking for boys who are serious about improving their soccer skills in a positive environment with skilled professional coaches.   Club info:  www.pasoccerclub.org Information: Contact Margarita Mendez

Palo Alto Soccer Club Tryouts for Boys U12 Age Group

Saturday, January 25, 12 – 2 pm Rain or Shine

Mayfield Soccer Field

  

PASC is holding supplemental tryouts for BU12 age bracket for the 2014 Spring and Fall seasons.  Tryouts will be held for boys with birthdays between (08/01/2001-7/30/2002).  The Club provides professional coaching, competitive soccer at several skill levels, a fun & positive experience while developing skills, technique, game strategy & teamwork. Come check out the next level of play! We are looking for boys who are serious about improving their soccer skills in a positive environment with skilled professional coaches.

 

Club info:  www.pasoccerclub.org  

Information: Contact Margarita Mendez

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