eNews: November 19, 2014

Calendar

November 19  Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
November 20  Noon Art
November 21  PiE Donation Days ends
November 26 – 28  No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

December  1  PTA Board Meeting
December  3  PTA Coffee;
                       Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                       PTA ASSOCIATION MEETING

December  6  PV Toy Swap
December  8  2nd Harvest Food Drive ends
December 10 Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!
                       Family Giving Tree Holiday toy drive ends
December 11  Noon Art
December 17 Spirit Day – Wear Your PV Spirit Gear!

December 19 Minimum Day
December 22 – January 2  Winter Break

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Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Partners in Education (PiE) Donation Days are this Thursday and Friday.
There is a matching grant, and the fundraising campaign is shorter this year — give or pledge by Friday, November 21 to help earn the matching funds and to close out the campaign.At Palo Verde, PiE pays for the people who help make our school great – aides in every classroom, Spectra Art with Ms. Temple, music teachers, science visits from the PA Junior Zoo & Museum. PiE is the only organization that can fund people at school, and we need your help.
If you have given already this year, thank you. If you haven’t, please give or pledge this week to make the most of your donation. Any contribution shows your support, so please consider a donation that is meaningful to your family. Please share your Palo Verde pride by supporting PiE this year.

Deadline for Submissions of Mileage Tracker Forms

To recognize kids that choose to walk,bike carpool or take the bus to school, the traffic safety team is giving out prizes. To participate, if your child walks, bikes, scooters or takes the bus to school, please fill out a mileage tracker form for September, October and November and drop it in the office in the PTA basket marked “Mileage Tracker.’ All mileage tracker forms including for September, October and November are due on December 1. We will hold a raffle during the last assembly in December and award some cool bike accessories to the winners.

Mileage tracker forms can be found

1) On the last page of the monthly Voice

Or you or your child/ren can write their name and room number on a piece of paper and estimate the number of days they walked/biked/carpooled in September, October and November and drop it in the traffic safety PTA basket in the office. Your child is eligible to participate even if he/she green commutes only once a month during September, October and November. 
Thank you for encouraging your child to walk/bike/scooter/carpool/ take the bus to school.

PALO VERDE FOOD DRIVE

>Palo Verde PTA is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Countie to bring hope, relief and security to our neighbors struggling with hunger. Your support allows Second Harvest to continue to provide for the 1 in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo County that are served each month. Now is the time to take action!

From Monday, Nov 17 to Monday, December 8, our Food and Fund Drive will help the Food Bank meet more of the growing need in our community.   Drop off non-perishable food donations in barrels located at the front & rear entries of the school. Please consider these most needed foods and avoid donating items packaged in glass: Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), Fruit Juices, Tuna/Canned Meat, Peanut Butter, Low Sugar Cereals, Canned Fruits and Vegetables. Please no refrigerated or frozen items. Please no leftovers from lunch bags or other perishable foods.

Thank you for your active participation!

Questions? Please email “subject: PV Food Drive” to

Victoria Liu: vxqliu(at)gmail(dot)com

Palo Verde Ice Skating Party
Do you love to skate? Want to try something new? The Palo Verde IceSkatingParty is January 10th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at Winter Lodge.  Parents and siblings are invited to skate, too. The cost is $17 per skater, which covers the skate rental. Your Palo Verde PTA will provide pizza and drinks for everyone. Forms went home in Friday folders on 11/14, extras available in the PV office. Please turn in forms by Friday, Dec. 19th! Have a question? Contact Kala Mehta Lansberg at kala.mehta23 at gmail dot com.

Turkey Time is eScrip Time!
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure you are signed up with eScrip and that your cards are up-to-date.

Up to 5% of what you spend participating merchants will automatically be donated back to Palo Verde every time you use a registered card.
Just go to http://www.escrip.com and click on “sign up”.
Our group ID is 137331259 (or search “Palo Verde PTA”).

Tips on how to earn the most when shopping for your Thanksgiving feast with eScrip registered cards:

Safeway:

Safeway Club Card holders generate earnings when paying with cash, debit card and Safeway gift cards.

Piazza’s Fine Foods:

Earnings are automatic when you pay with an eScrip registered credit or debit card.

Mollie Stone’s:

Mollie Stone’s Community Cards create automatic contributions of up to 5% of your purchase price. All forms of payment apply. 

Fresh & Easy:

Fresh & Easy Friends Rewards Members automatically earn up to 5% back. All forms of payment apply.

Amazon:

Automatically earn 1.2% every time you shop by accessing our dedicated Amazon link http://goo.gl/zRoojR. No preregistration is required to earn when you shop via our Amazon school link. 

Sign your cards up today and earn all year long. Every participating family makes a difference!
We are thankful for your continued support.
Questions? Contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Iva Reid (izreid at gmail dot com)

From Last Week

PTA Association Meeting & Coffee
Date: Wednesday, December 3rd
Time: starting at 8:30am (near reading garden)
As part of its 2014-2015 Budget, Palo Verde PTA was going to help fund Teacher’s College Writer’s Workshop. However, due to the District’s generosity to cover these costs, we have had to reallocate the funds.  Please come by to grab a cup of coffee, review the changes to 2014-2015 PV PTA Budget, ask questions & vote on the changes to the budget.

Palo Verde Spirit Gear Orders
The ordered items were passed out to the kids during the Halloween week. If you didn’t receive your items or if there were any errors please email Ritu Das (rituparnad at yahoo dot com). A limited number of Palo Verde Eagle stuffed beanie mascots are available for sale at the office for $10 each. Please stop by the school office if you’re interested in purchasing one.

Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive
It’s back! Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive. The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Stop by the office starting on Nov 17 to pick up a gift card wish to fulfill and return your unwrapped toys to the office by Wed, Dec 10th. You can also donate online using our virtual tree:  https://vgt.familygivingtree.org/paloverdeelementaryschool/ Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.
Please contact Yael Valek (yaelcow(at)yahoo(dot)com) with any questions. 

Project Cornerstone Extensions.
Come help out and spend 40 minutes of your lunch time with students at Palo Verde.

Board Games Thursday – next game day is 11/13/14
When:  11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where:  Multipurpose Room (MPR)
We need your help to run and lead the board games. 

To sign up and help Board Games Thursday, please click on the link below:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040E4DAFAF2DA75-project/

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


Don’t Miss This Holiday Card Promotion!
This year we are partnering with Shutterfly to help raise money for our school.  With one simple program, we gain access to 6 great brands; Shutterfly, tinyprints, treat, Wedding Paper Divas, Borrowlenses, and thislife. 

13% of all sales of photo cards, calendars, photobooks etc will be donated to Palo Verde from every purchase made using our dedicated page.

Personalized Tracking Link: 
You can also refer family and friends to makes purchases (i.e. holiday cards). It is very easy to refer your friends and family and they can choose any product they would like. All you need to do is share our personalized tracking link, and have people click on it before placing their holiday card order on our dedicated page.
Thank you for helping us earn money for Palo Verde PTA.
Questions: please contact Iva Reid at izreid at gmail dot com

2nd Annual Toy Swap is Coming, December 6th!
Last year was so much fun that we thought we’d do it again! Set aside your slightly used and age-appropriate (no baby, pre-school or NC-17) toys and games and bring them to school at 9:30 am. The swap will start at 10 and run until 11:30am. More details to follow. 

  

The Green Team is looking for adults and 5th graders to help out from 9-11:30 am in hour (or longer) shifts. Please contact Joslyn Leve, joslynml at hotmail dot com.   

 

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PAUSD

Wed 11/12; Closed & Open Sessions; 8:30am; Closed: 10am-3pm; Tue 11/18; 8:30am
Agenda is posted at: http://pausd.org/community/board/agenda.shtml    (for convenience, the BPRC packet is also posted here)

Community

Family Holiday Volunteering
Ongoing Nov-Jan; Various dates & times for all ages
If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers.org, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help parents find volunteering opportunities during the holiday season with their children in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as making colorful handmade cards for seniors, working a shift at the San Francisco Food Bank, or prepping/serving food on Thanksgiving day (for teens). Happy volunteering!

Mitchell Park Library Teen Video Contest
Due Thur 11/20; 11:59pm
#MyMitchell Teen Video Contest is calling Palo Alto teens to record short videos of themselves expressing excites you about in the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center that need to be posted to their favorite social media site (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), using the #MyMitchell. can be group. They will be rated by creativity, relevance enthusiasm & engagement,  & will be automatically entered into a contest to win an invite to the Mitchell Park Teen Center VIP Reception. Info: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/mymitchell ; Questions?  Contact Lacee Kortsen at lacee.kortsen@cityofpaloalto.org

4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Sat, 11/29, 4-7pm. Lytton Plaza; University Avenue @ Emerson St
Kick off the holiday season with fun at Lytton Plaza. Bring the whole family, and listen to live bands, bell ringers and carols. Decorate your own tree ornament, and visit with the elves. Goodies from Whole Foods Palo Alto and Cafe Venezia will keep you warm as Mayor Nancy Shepherd and the generous sponsor Stanford Federal Credit Union light the tree. This event will be held rain or shine.

Registration for Winter 2015
Reg for PA Residents: 12/5; Reg for Non-Residents starts 12/12; Palo Alto Children’s Theater
Classes is Coming Soon! Click here to download the winter 2015 brochure. Winter classes include theatre, dance, improvisation, film production & private vocal instruction for youth ages 3 and up!

Mitchell Park Library & Community Center Grand Opening!
Sat 12/ 6; 11am-4pm;  3800 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Activities, performances and demo’s for all ages! Bilingual storytimes will be offered, and other activities include: art projects with the Art Center, Meet the JMZ animals, basketball clinics with Skyhawks, dance demonstrations with Children’s Theatre, Cat n the Hat, Jump House, and more! More info: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/mymitchell

The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association
Sat, 12/6; 8pm; Pre-Concert @ 7:30pm; Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
This concert features a major work for solo soprano and orchestra by Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra. Beyond the Silence of Sorrow features soprano soloist Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste. The orchestra opens the program with the stirring Manfred Overture of Robert Schumann, one of the great ‘romantic’ composers of the 19th century. Tickets:  Gen admission: $22, Seniors $18, & Student tickets $10. Tickets are available in advance: http://www.paphil.org or at the door.

Palo Alto Philharmonic …is seeking your input!
Due Sun Nov 16
Help Palo Alto Philharmonic needs your input to improve by completing an online survey, about our just-completed Fall Chamber Concert and interested in knowing where the audiences come from, what brings them to the concerts, and how the concert experience can be improved. Click here to go to the survey.  

Spanish-Immersion Summer Camp in Costa Rica (All Spanish levels welcome)
La Amistad Summer Camp 2015 is now open for pre-registration for Bay Area kids who are currently in 5th through 8th grades. Campers will enjoy traditional summer camp activities while interacting and practicing Spanish with Costa Rican kids on a daily basis. All Spanish levels are welcome, even beginners. Choose from two one-week sessions or attend for both weeks. Dates are: Session 1 (July 25th to August 1st) or Session 2 (August 2nd to August 9th). Students from Escondido School in Palo Alto have enjoyed their class trips to this camp for the past three years. Pre-registration ends January 17, 2015. For more information, visit: Summer Camp 2015 | Amistad Camp – Summer Camps, Cultural Camps, Integrity, Joy, Friendship

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