Let’s Go Crafting Summer Camps
Has your child ever wanted to learn how to sew? Or knit, or weave? Does your child already have some of these skills but wants to learn more and explore? Let’s Go Crafting is a fiber arts school that is owned and operated by long time Palo Alto Parent, Connie Butner. This school specializes in teaching children 8 years old and up in sewing, knitting, and weaving. Morning sessions are from 9:00am to 12:00pm and focus on a specific fiber art skill each week. Camps run weekly from June 9th through August 8th. See the complete summer schedule at: http://www.letsgocrafting.wordpress.com
Contact information: Connie Butner – firstname.lastname@example.org – 650-814-4183
Let’s Go Crafting Summer Camps
June 9th through August 8th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Knitting, Sewing and Weaving camps for children ages 8 through 15 run by long time Palo Alto parent and avid fiber arts teacher, Connie Butner. For more information and to register visit http://www.letsgocrafting.wordpress.com, email@example.com or call 650-814-4183.
Palo Alto Unified School District Announces Three New Elementary School Principals
Superintendent Kevin Skelly is pleased to recommend to the Board of Education the appointment of Ms. Amanda Boyce as the Principal at Addison Elementary School, Mr. Grant Althouse as the Principal of Fairmeadow Elementary School, and Ms. Louise “Nicki” Smith as the Principal of Ohlone Elementary School. The recommendations will be presented at the May 6, 2014, Board of Education meeting. Ms. Boyce replaces Ms. Jocelyn Garcia-Thome who is moving on to other employment in the South Bay. Mr. Althouse replaces Mr. Gary Prehn who is retiring. Ms. Smith replaces Mr. Bill Overton who is retiring.
Ms. Boyce is presently the principal at Stocklmeir Elementary School in the Cupertino Union School District, where she has served for the past two years. Prior to that work, Ms. Boyce was the assistant principal at the same site. She has held a variety of leadership positions in Cupertino including district curriculum support teacher, intervention teacher, new teacher mentor, and summer school principal for their Special Education program. Ms. Boyce commented, “I am honored and excited to be recommended to the Board as Addison Elementary School’s next principal. As a mother and educator, I appreciate the District’s work to ensure that academic progress is balanced with social and emotional development. I am eager to get to know the students, staff, and parents of Addison School and look forward to collaborating on a vision that supports the growth of each child.”
Mr. Althouse has been an Assistant Principal at Jordan Middle School for the past two years and was a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) at JLS Middle School the prior year. Before these roles, Mr. Althouse was a well-respected fifth grade teacher at Addison Elementary School in the District for eight years. Mr. Althouse also was a student ofWalter Hays Elementary School and Jordan Middle School. “I’m honored to serve the Fairmeadow community as principal. I look forward to working alongside our students, teachers, staff, and parents to embrace Fairmeadow’s rich tradition of student-centered instruction, community mindedness, and social-emotional focus,” Mr. Althouse commented on his new position.
Ms. Smith has served as principal for a total of fifteen years at the Stanford Elementary School in East Palo Alto, Slater Elementary School in Mountain View, and Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. For the past three and a half years, Ms. Smith has been a Reading Specialist at Ohlone Elementary School. Ms. Smith shared, “I am really excited about the opportunity to work with the Ohlone community, teachers, parents, and especially the students!”
The Jordan PTA is seeking volunteers to co-chair Jordan’s Cotillion.
Entering it’s sixteenth year, the Jordan Cotillion has aided in the social and emotional development of hundreds of Jordan students through etiquette and social dance instruction from Barry Woodruff of Woodruff Dance Studios.
The Jordan PTA is seeking volunteers to co-chair Jordan’s Back to School BBQ Dinner.
Be an integral part of community building by co-chairing the Jordan Back to School BBQ Dinner which connects students with their Core group teachers, classmates and families. The BBQ is a fun-filled, casual dinner staffed by Jordan faculty and administration. For more info: Shannon Chancellor firstname.lastname@example.org
or Sara Woodhamsawoodham@gmail.com
Gunn High School hosting Scratch Day
Saturday, May 17 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Gunn High room N215 Grades 2-8
This is an international event for kids to try some fun programming. There are a total of 32 tickets (we only have 32 seats), and it is first-come, first-serve for students only. (Grown-ups can join us, but the machines are being reserved for the kids.) For details, please see http://day.scratch.mit.edu
. If you have interested students who would like tickets, please go to http://is.gd/gunnscratch
and register for free.
Palo Alto 3rd Grader Takes on Pooping Cars!
PAUSD parent and filmmaker Vanessa Warheit has launched a new project for kids with her 3rd grade son, Elliot. “Worse Than Poop!” is a funny, animated film for kids about climate change and CO2 pollution from gas-burning cars (aka “the pooping cars movie”). The film will be an engaging curriculum component for PAUSD K-8 students and beyond. For more info Visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1983721999/worse-than-poop
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School of Rock Presents
Rock in the Park
Sat May 17 from 1pm-7pm. at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto,
A FREE family-friendly rock concert on Performed by School of Rock kids aged 7-17, come out, hang out in the sun and enjoy some classic rock music! More info at http://paloalto.schoolofrock.com
Gunn Engineering Night
Wednesday, May 14 7:00 -9:30 p.m. Spangenberg Theater
Gunn alumni will be sharing various kinds of work that are available to people with engineering and entrepreneurial skills. The program will feature over fifteen speakers, in fields ranging from government transparency to transportation to cancer prevention to venture capital to design of computer games and more. Rajesh Gupta, Chair of the Computer Science & Engineering Department at University of California -San Diego will deliver the kickoff talk. Details about the speakers and the program can be found at http://gunncs.org/gen
. register at http://tinyurl.com/2014GUNN
Kids Needed for Paid Stanford Research on Vision and the Brain Stanford Psychology’s Vision & Perception
Neuroscience Lab seeks healthy children ages 5-7 and 9-11 to take part in a 3-session research study on brain and vision development. Your child will be financially compensated and will also receive a picture of his/her brain. Researchers take the time to discuss the significance of their work in understanding brain function. To learn more, visit: http://vpnl.stanford.edu/Kids.html,
or contact: StanfordPerception@gmail.com
World Water Monitoring Challenge
Friday May 9, 4-6 PM Bol Park
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the creeks that run through your neighborhood? Or the watershed in which you live? Or maybe discover some creek wildlife and learn what you can do to protect these important ecosystems? We’ll be hosting a World Water Monitoring Challenge and we’re looking for volunteers to help us do simple water quality tests on Matadero Creek. Register by clicking here
or go to http://www.acterra.org
Palo Alto Chinese Parents’ Club (PACPC) and Paly Parents in Chinese Present
How to get your kids to communicate with you and take your advices?
May 16, Friday at 7pm, Paly Library ERC Room
Susan Stone Belton will teach you new parenting tips and tools that will make your kids want to communicate with you, take in your advice and turn your household into a joyful place. Also, please don’t hesitate to send us other parenting questions you like Susan to touch upon during her talk. Sign up using Event Signup Form
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