eNews: February 4, 2015


February   4  Restaurant Night: Mountain Mike’s Pizza;
                      PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
                      PTA Coffee;
                      ABC Reader Training: Book #5;
                      3rd/4th Grade Auditions PA Children’s
                      Theatre Production at PV

February   10 Science Fair Parent Information Mtg
February   12 – 16  No School
February   20  Incoming Kinder Orientation;
                       Family Movie night: The LEGO Movie!
February   23  Noon Art
February   26  Note Fundraiser: completed card/check
                       due in office;  5th Grade Parent Night

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week

Palo Verde Notecard Fundraiser
Inside of Friday folders on Wednesday, February 11th ( or this Friday 6th) you will find a finished artwork or blank Notecard and order form/instruction for Notecard fundraiser.
If you are new to this fundraiser, take a look at the samples on the posters around school. Please return 1. completed notecard 2. order form 3. a check , to your child’s teacher or the office by Thursday, February 26th. Question? contact Junghee Hsieh at heatherjhcho (at) hotmail (dot) com

Palo Verde skaters thank you!
A record breaking two hundred and twelve skaters joined by their families enjoyed the festivities at the Palo Alto Winterlodge the evening of January 10.

This event was made possible by several enthusiastic volunteers: Carleen Ho, Risa Altaf, Krishna Varia, Sejal Kamani, Ramona Santo, Anne Marie Hallada, Iva Reid, and the Lansberg Family.

Project Cornerstone Extensions.
Project Cornerstone Extensions lunch time activities:

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

Noon-Games aka Board Games Thursday 
Date:  2/19/15, 3/12/15., 4/23/15 & 5/21/15 
When: 11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Where:  Multipurpose Room (MPR)

Please sign-up and help this once a month activity at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4dafaf2da75-project

Learn More About California’s Education System 
The California State PTA has announced a raffle in which it will pay nine parents a combined $6,000, as donations to their local PTAs, if they take Ed100, a short, self-directed online course on California’s education system and its big changes, including the Local Control Funding Formula and Common Core. 
Created by Jeff Camp, a former Microsoft Corp. manager and a longtime champion of public involvement in schools, Ed100.org is a free, 10-chapter course that offers the context and background on issues relating to students (who they are in California and what their needs are); teachers (preparation, pay, evaluation, collaboration); finances (from Prop. 13 to Prop. 98); and measurements of success (Common Core and college and career readiness). Ed100 is broken into 100 lessons. 
CAPTA will award a raffle ticket for every lesson completed, with bonus tickets for taking the full course. Winners will be drawn in time for presentation at PTA’s annual state conference in April. Five winners will receive $1,000 and four will win $250 as contributions to their local PTA.  For a short video about the contest, go HERE   or here for a Q&A.

From Last Week

Restaurant Night,   February 4  at Mountain Mikes

Pizza Fundraiser at Mountain Mikes in Charleston Center!  The more we eat, the more we make!  Please join us for Restaurant Night!

Reminder:  Auditions for “Treasure Island” 2/3 and 2/4
Auditions for the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre’s production of “Treasure Island” right here at Palo Verde will take place after school on Tuesday, 2/3 starting at 2:50 for 5th graders and Wednesday, 2/4 starting at 1:15 for 3rd and 4th graders. (Please feel free to come whichever day works for your family, regardless of grade, if you have a conflict.) Any child who wants a part in the play will get a part in the play. No preparation is required for the auditions – just come to the MP Room at the designated time. Parents need to complete forms and make payment ($25 per child) prior to auditions. Contact Callie Turk at callie_turk@yahoo.com or pick up forms in the office.  

The Palo Verde Spring Social & Auction (PVSSA) Committee is pleased to announce the Event of the Year! 

Please Save-the-Date for our Spring Social & Auction 
Date:        March 7, 2015
Time:       7-10pm
Location: Mitchell Park Community Center
                El Palo Alto Room 
                   3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Attire:      Casual
2015 PVSSA Committee’s Mission Statement

The 2015 Palo Verde Spring Social & Auction Committee’s mission is to build community within our school; enhance the relationship among the school, parents and the wider community; and encourage the investment of time, energy and money into Palo Verde Elementary School.  We believe that our parent and teacher community is what makes Palo Verde Elementary School the special place that it is.  We believe that our parent and teacher community, along with the generous donations of our wider community, afford us with many unique and wonderful opportunities.  Our main goal for 2015 auction is to increase our parent participation in the PVSSA by planning a party that our parent community can all rally behind and enjoy while raising the funds necessary to provide for strong, diverse and vibrant experiences for our educators and learners.

More details to come.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

The 2015 PVSSA Committee


PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

PTAC Honorary Service Awards
Each year the Palo Alto Council of PTAs may bestow one of several California State PTA Honorary Service Awards to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service to children & youth in our community.  The individuals or organization nominated must
make far-reaching, notable contributions.  The PTA Council HSA Committee selects persons or groups who have benefited children and youth on a district-wide or Palo Alto community level. If you know of someone or an organization that deserves to be honored at this level, please indicate their name so that they may be put into nomination when the committee meets to choose this year’s recipients. The chosen recipients will be announced at our Honorary Service Award Breakfast May 8th, 2015. Form: http://goo.gl/hn2R7p
11th Annual Sweetheart Awards -Calling for Nominations
Wed, Feb 25, 6:30: Refreshments; Awards 7:00-8:00pm  Jordan Middle School MP Room
Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something (however large or small) for your special needs child that makes that person a sweetheart to your family? Are you a student who has experienced support and compassion from an unexpected source and would like to say thanks?  Help honor those wonderful people in our community who have made a positive difference in the life of a child with special needs by nominating them for a CAC Sweetheart Award. You can nominate anyone and you can nominate up to three people or organizations.  New this year! To nominate a sweetheart, go to http://goo.gl/forms/iFXwHkBlQI and complete the form. Info: http://cacpaloalto.org/events/11th-annual-sweetheart-awards/
Emily’s Way Project
The goal is to help people of all ages “take ownership” of their health information. For young adults, “owning” your health information is an important step in the process of living independently. For parents of children under 18, having easy access to their children’s health records can help them manage large amounts of information related to their children’s health.  Easy instructions and help: OwnYourHealthInfo@gmail.com
Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain
Wed Feb 11, 6 – 8 pm; District Board Room
Dr David Walsh, a leading authority on teens, parenting, family life and the impact of technology on kids health and development will talk about the critical role of connection for student achievement, the “sweet spot” of stress and much more.  Sponsored by PAUSD Student Services Office – gdasilva@pausd.org.  paloaltopta.org
Huge Used Book Sale Benefits Palo Alto Libraries
Sat, Feb 14, 10am-4pm, Sun, Feb 15, 11am-4pm, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Friends of the Palo Alto Library will hold their next monthly sale of over 50,000 adult and children’s used books, CD’s, and DVD’s, all sorted by subject, very reasonably priced.The Children’s Book Sale Room, featuring preschool through young adult books, puzzles, games and toys, is located in a portable bldg.in the SW corner, adjacent to the Cubberley track. After the sale ends on Sun, ALL books in the Bargain Room (Cubberley Room H-2) are available for FREE to teachers and nonprofit organizations. Info: http://www.fopal.org.
Focusing on Executive Functioning for the Real World:
Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:30-8. Elizabeth Rochin,  Palo Alto High School, SSRC (in the library)
The time for transition is now! This presentation is designed to address supportive ways to promote independence and success in school and beyond for families of children who receive special education services.
Resource Fair of Summer Camps & After School Activities
Wed, Feb 18, 6:30-8:30pm; JLS Middle School Auditorium; 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
Meet 20+ providers of summer camps, after-school activities who will present info about their program &  be available to talk 1:1 with parents. All are providers that can accommodate some special needs kids, either in an inclusive environment or a special program, can discuss specific accommodations your child may need. Information on financial assistance will be available, option to enroll on site, Childcare, pizza/snacks for kids will be provided. RSVP for childcare: paloaltocac@gmail.com. Organized by the Palo Alto Sub-Committee of SELPA 1 CAC, co-sponsored by Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), the Palo Alto Council of PTAs (PTAC). Info: http://www.cacpaloalto.org
Wake Up Call: The Role of Sleep and Teen Health
Thurs Feb 19 from 7 – 9 pm; Mitchell Park Library, El Palo Alto Rm
We have a great panel of experts to talk about sleep as it relates to teens.  Come hear Drs Pelayo and Adelsheim on the science of sleep. Holly Pedersen, Parent’s Place parent educator will give strategies on how to help your kids get enough sleep.  Charles Young, Associate Superintendent of PAUSD will be present to answer questions about district efforts. More info susanlusman@gmail.com
Mother’s Symposium – Resilience in Motherhood – Pathways to Purpose
Sat Mar 7, 8:30am-12 pm, Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University
Join in for a morning of inspirational speakers, guided conversations and opportunities to make meaningful connections as you explore how a deep sense of purpose helps tap into our resilience as women and mothers.  Keynote speaker – Pat Christen and panelists Dr Julie Good, Sherri Lassila and Sharon Murphy.  http://www.motherssymposium.org
Parent Information Dates for Middle School and High School Transitions; For 5th Grade only
Jordan February 25, 2015 (6:30); JLS March 18, 6-7:30  (6 parent network 6-6:30); Terman February 26, 6-6:30
Mark the dates for the middle school transition information for the middle school that your child will be attending.

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