eNews: October 21, 2014

Calendar

October  22  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!;
                     Photo make up day
October  23  Noon Art;
                     UNITY DAY: Celebrating UPstanders
                     (noon art/music/fun!)
October  29  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
October  31  PTA Coffee;  Halloween Parade at 10:30 am

November  3  PTA Board Meeting
November  4  Site Council
November  5  PTA Coffee; ABC Reader Training: Book #3;
                       Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November  6  Noon Art

November 11  No School – Veterans Day
November 12  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

November 19  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November 20  Noon Art
November 26 – 28  No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week 
 

Make Up Picture Day Wed Oct 22
If you your child missed picture day or you want a retake, the photographers will be on site Wednesday morning in the MP room.  If you want to accompany your child, go to the MP room before school.  Otherwise, children will be called to the MP room throughout the morning by room number.  If retake, the child needs to bring the photo with them per the instructions with your photos.

There’s Fun to Be Had – Tickets Still Available, Palo Verde!

The Party Book table was buzzing with interest and ticket sales at the International Harvest Fair. So far we’ve raised over $4,000! It’s not too late to join the fun. We will be selling tickets near Principal Brown’s office on Wednesday, October 22 from 8 to 8:30am. You may also place your order with a check (payable to Palo Verde PTA), in the Party Book basket in the school office using the absentee form at the back of the Fall Party Book Catalog. Please contact the Fall Party Book team at pvfallpartybook@gmail.com with any questions.

Tickets to the following parties are still available. We’ve included the dates of the parties to help you plan. 
 
Adults
– Hiking/Coffee at Shoreline Park – Date TBD 
– The After Halloween Party – November 2 
– Moms of Boys – One Night Book Discussion – November 18 
– Three-Course Progressive Dinner – December 13 
– Chai and Samosas – January 24 
– 2nd Annual Moms & Margaritas – February 5 
– Indian High Tea – February 22 
 
Kids
– Foothills Mini-Camp – October 26 
– Crafty with Clay – November 9 
 
Family
– Kindergarten Halloween Donuts & Coffee – October 26 
– Festival of Lights Hanukkah Celebration – December 14
 
Project Cornerstone Extensions
Project Cornerstone Extensions have the following weekly or bi-weekly activities during lunch time. Come and help out and have lunch with your child.  
Weekly Monday Yoga for Kids 
When:  Lunch Time 11:50 am – 12:30 pm 
Where: On the lawn behind room 6, outside of kinder yard.
Lead:   Cynthia Gordon & Haliel Selig

 

Weekly Wednesdays Walking Club 

When:  Lunch Time 11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Laps around the quads
Lead:   Lisa Baxter, Anna Carl & Mala Sivapalasingam

 

Bi-weekly Thursday Old School Board Games 

When:  11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where:  Multipurpose Room (MPR)
Lead:    Marcy Tivol
We always need extra hands to run and lead the board games. Next Board Games Thursday is 10/30/2014

Try Our New Online Parent/Student Directory!
Within PAUSD, 10 out of 17 school have an online directory through a little organization called Tangleworks.  When you registered with the district on Infinite Campus, you opted in to share your information for the directory.  Your information has been uploaded into a Palo Verde specific directory that has the same data as our printed directory (minus any updates you provided directly to the folks at Palo Verde).

  

It’s secure: you can only access the directory by logging in with the email address you provided to Infinite Campus.  After validating you are who you say you are through an email link, you will be able to search for your fellow Palo Verde parents and students with ease on any internet device.  And bonus, you can make updates yourself if any of your information has changed so the online version can always be current!

  

Try it today!
– Click on Click HERE to register or recover your password.
– Enter your email address you provided to the directory and click Next
– You should receive a password reset link via email almost immediately.  If you don’t, check you Spam and/or Promotions folder.  Password reset emails often get filtered as Spam.
– Click on the emailed link or copy and paste it into a browser. 
– Reset your password
– Navigate back to https://paloverde.tangledir.com/ 
– You should now be able to login.

If you have issues or comments, please email ebreuner at gmail dot com and Emily will try to assist you.  Let us know what you think!
 

Lost and Found Cart
With the change in weather and fall upon us, the lost and found cart is starting to fill up!  Please remember to check the lost and found cart regularly for forgotten sweaters / hats / coats / lunch boxes /water bottles / boomerangs or pumps (I’m serious!) etc.

  

The lost and found cart is located near the office and is left out before school and for quite a long time after school. 
If you can’t make it to school, there is also a virtual way to check:   
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/lost_and_found_at_palo_verde/
I update the flickr page regularly, so check back often.  The lost and found cart is emptied at the end of every term and the items therein are donated or trashed. 

Labeling clothes and items is the easiest way to get your items returned to you, and can save you a LOT of money and time.  Please spend a few minutes to save many dollars!  Encouraging our kids to be responsible by putting their jackets/sweaters etc. in their backpack or on their hook outside their classroom is the best way to look after their clothes and keep them out of the lost and found cart.   Items left on the field are often soaked by sprinklers, trodden on etc. and this diminishes the quality of those clothes. 

  

Cheers!

Denise White 

Lost and Found Co-ordinator 
(Mum of a 2nd and 5th grader)
 
Time to clean out your medicine cabinets! 
Cooler weather is on the way and so is cold and flu season. As you replace expired medications, remember: No drugs down the drain! Keep medicine out of the water supply and the SF Bay.

  

You can get rid of expired medications at the following places:
– Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant,
  2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto 
– Palo Alto Medical Foundation Pharmacy,
  795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 
– Walgreens, downtown Palo Alto,
  300 University Avenue, Palo Alto 
– Los Altos Senior Center,
  97 Hillview Avenue, Room 10, Los Altos  
– Palo Alto Medical Foundation Mountain View,
  701 E El Camino Real, Mountain View  (Camino Pharmacy) 

  

A friendly reminder from joslynml at hotmail dot com, Joslyn Leve, PTA Green Team Chair

From Last Week  

  

Greetings! Palo Alto High School’s Work of Art Club

will be holding a toy drive from 10/9-10/21 to gather materials for their upcoming project on gender roles and equality. Works of Art creates art to raise awareness for issues students are concerned for. We’ll be building the gender signs with the “opposite” gender of toys on them to address the traditional gender roles that are forced upon young children. For this reason we kindly ask parents to please drop off any unwanted toys in the collection boxes in the front office of Palo Verde Elementary School. All the extra toys will be fixed up, wrapped, and donated to children in need during Christmas time. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us through our website or our email provided below:

Thank you for your support,  
Paly Works of Art Club

HELP WANTED
Palo Alto PTA Advocate for Palo Verde Elementary
Palo Verde does not have an Advocacy representative (a new position this year).  It would be great to have someone to keep us informed.  As an Advocacy Rep you would:
  * inform Palo Verde on issues impacting our students
  * ensure that our PTA has a voice in Sixth District PTA advocacy
Position description:  http://advocacy.capta6.org  “Get Involved”
Want to sign up?  Please contact Rebecca Fox, PTAC VP of Advocacy (rebecca.stamm.fox@gmail.com
Help us build a strong Palo Alto advocacy team!

Register with eScrip

If you haven’t already had a chance, please take a few minutes to register with eScrip and begin to earn for Palo Verde while you shop. Up  to 5% of what you spend at participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card. It’s that simple and takes only a few minutes to register your existing grocery loyalty, debit or credit cards for use in the program
 
Just go to  http://www.escrip.com and click on “Sign Up“.
  1. Search and select by
    our Group Number:         137331259
    or Group Name:              Palo Verde PTA

  2. Follow the registration steps and you’re done.   

Every participating family makes a difference. Register today and automatically earn contributions for Palo Verde all year long. Thank you for your support!

 

Questions? Contact Iva Reid, eScrip Coordinator, at izreid at gmail dot com

 

   

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD News
Press Release from National Assessment and Testing – Palo Alto High Places 6th
 Below and attached please find a press release from National Assessment and Testing regarding Palo Alto High placing 6th in a national math contest.
 
 
Community

Mountain View Los Altos Parent Ed Speaker Series :
Mindful Discipline : A loving approach to setting limits and Raising an emotionally intelligent child
Tue Oct 21, 7pm at Mountain View High School Theater, 3535 Truman Ave, Mountain View, CA 94040
This presentation by Shauna Shapiro, will focus on mindfulness and its applications to parenting, including discipline. She will share the five essential elements necessary for children to thrive and strategies for developing emotional intelligence, self-discipline, and resilience-qualities they need for living an authentic and meaningful life. Please reserve a seat: http://mvla-shauna-shapiro.eventbrite.com,  for more info: : http://www.lamvptac.org/category/parent-education/
 
Halloween Swap
Saturday, October 25, 6-8 PM, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto
Bring your gently used Halloween costumes, decorations, goodie bags and other holiday items to trade with your neighbors at the ‘Halloween at the Y’ event on Saturday, October 25. The City of Palo Alto is partnering with the Palo Alto Family YMCA and Transition Palo Alto to have this swap as one of many fun activities at this event. Click here to learn more.  Free Community Event
 
Empowering Creative, Happy & Lifelong Learners
Fri, 10/24, 6:00-8:30 pm. Los Altos
Free parent-education event for parents of 4th to 12th graders. Panelists share experience & perspectives on raising & empowering creative, happy & successful children. And discussion on education changes in next 10 to 25 years.  Program Details and RSVP form (by 10/17) at: http://www.tinyURL.com/GetEdu
 
Palo Alto Chinese Parents’ Club hosts
Emergency Preparedness (ePrep) & Home Safety Faire
Sat Oct 25, 2 5pm, Addison Elementary School Lunch Area, 650 Addison Avenue
Learn valuable tips on preparing for a disaster/pandemic, how to keep your family and pets safe, available local resources, household safety tips, bicycle safety and Demonstrations & hands-on activities for children & adults. Free Admission. For more info: http://www.pa-cpc.org/
 
SELPA 1 CAC parent education event
Transition to Adulthood 
Wed, Nov 19,  7 to 9 pm at Covington Elementary School Library, 205 Covington, Los Altos 94024
Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it’s especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition.  If you are the parent or provider of a transition age youth, 14-21 years of age, come learn about plans for life after high school, transition goals, transition planning, and transition services.  For more information, see http://www.selpa1cac.org.
 
SELPA 1 CAC parent education event
Transición a la Adultez
Wed, 19 Nov  2014, 7 – 9 pm en la Escuela Primaria Covington Multi, 205 Covington, Los Altos, 94024
La vida está llena de transiciones, y uno de los más notables se produce cuando nos preparamos para salir de la escuela secundaria y salir al mundo como adultos jóvenes. Cuando el estudiante tiene una discapacidad, es especialmente útil para planificar el futuro para esa transición. Si usted es el padre o el proveedor de un joven en edad de transición, de 14-21 años de edad, venir a aprender acerca de los planes para la vida después de la secundaria, las metas de transición, planificación de la transición, y los servicios de transición.  Será presentado en Inglés. Para más información, consulte http://www.selpa1cac.org 

 

  

 
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