eNews: February 11, 2015



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 NightMarch   2 – 4 Choice Program Night  – 5th grade
March   2   PTA Board Meeting
March   4   PV Spirit Day – Wear your spirit gear!
PTA Coffee;  ABC Reader Training: Book #6

March   6   Palo Verde Voice distribution
March   7   Palo Verde Auction
March   9   Noon Art
March  12  Boardgames Thursday – come help if you can!
March  13  NO SCHOOL

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.


Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week



Appetizers | Live Music | Dancing | Photo Booth | Drinks | Silent Auction


Get ready for Palo Verde Elementary School’s AlOHA PALO VERDE! Spring Social & Silent Auction.  We have a fun-filled evening planned at the new Mitchell Park Community Center, with generous, wonderful and diverse donations from our wider community of businesses, families, and friends.


The Spring Social & Auction is Palo Verde Elementary School PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year, supporting the wide range of activities that PTA sponsors throughout the year for our school and students.  But it’s not just about the money – it’s also about our awesome community of parents.  It’s a great time to kick back, get to know each other better and have some fun!


The AlOHA PALO VERDE! Auction Catalog is about to hit production and will be sent out in Friday Folders before the event for your viewing pleasure.


Get a sitter.  Buy tickets.  Show up.  It’s that easy!


Tickets sales will start in a couple of weeks and will be $25/person. We want all the funds that we raise from the auction to go directly to services and programs that support our school and students. We use ticket sales to help underwrite the costs of the “social”.  The Palo Verde Elementary School PTA picks up as much of the tab as possible along with our sponsors but even so, there are expenses to underwrite. Ticket purchases include food (hors d’ouevres and sweet treats), non-alcoholic beverages, music, dancing and a place to strike-a-pose (yes, a photo booth!).  A no host bar will be available accepting cash and credit cards.


DATE:      Saturday, March 7, 2015

TIME:       7-10pm

LOCATION:  Mitchell Park Community Center

                      El Palo Alto Room

                3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303


ATTIRE:   Casual


We have partnered with @UrbanSitter; the source for reliable sitters reviewed by parents you know.  Get a free trial: urbansitter.com/promo/paloverde.  Book your first sitter and $20 is donated to Palo Verde Elementary School.

Your Auction Committee is really excited about AlOHA PALO VERDE! and we hope you are too.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elaine Chase at sflanie10@yahoo.com or 650-575-3294.

MAHAlO! from your Auction Committee,

Jeanette Brosnan, Elaine Chase, Anne Marie Hallada

Melina Patterson, Haliel Selig, Callie Turk

From Last 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

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.



PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews



Fostering Mathematical Thinking during the Elementary Years
A Parent Education Evening
Monday, March 9th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Palo Alto Unified District Office
Staff Development Center
Click HERE   to see the flier

Reading & Writing in the Elementary Years
A PAUSD Parent Education Event
Monday, March 30th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Join us at the Palo Alto Unified District Office
Staff Development Center
Click HERE to see the flier

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
Wed, Feb 25; 7:00-8:00pm; NEW LOCATION: Jordan Middle School MP Room
Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, administrator, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something (however large or small) for your special needs child? Honor that person by nominating him or her for a Sweetheart Award. Info: http://cacpaloalto.org/.  Questions? Send an email to sweethearts.award@gmail.com.  (Co-Sponsored by the Palo Alto Subcommittee of the Selpa 1 CAC and the Palo Alto PTA Council.)
EPGY by Stanford University has been changed to giftedandtalented.com!
Our new K-7th grade mathematics program is now tablet accessible. It equipped with modern graphics, video and digital project-based learning.
Special offer : $12/month for the first 3 months.
Promotion Code : MATH. Expires: 02/28/15
For more information, please visit :


Acterra Creek Restoration Service Opportunity February 12 and 13
Th Feb 12 12-5pm and/or Fr Feb 13 12-5, San Francisquito Creek at Palo Alto Ave above Hale St
Creekside native planting activity for teens and families.  Have fun and get up to 10 hours community service and still have a three-day weekend.  Register and get more details through the upcoming events listed at www.acterra.org/stewardship. Youth under 18 must bring a signed waiver that you download during registration. Parents must accompany kids under 12. Contact clairee@acterra.org for more information.
YMCA Camp during Feb break
Feb 12-13, 7:30am-6:00pm; Jordan Middle School, 750 N California Ave, Palo Alto, CA
Free Family Science Day at AAAS
2/14-15, 11am-5pm, San Jose Convention Center
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) sponsors two free Science days for everyone. Info: http://meetings.aaas.org/family-science-days/
Juana Run 8k, 5k, 1-mile and kids races: Run the Race!
Sat, Febr 28,  4100 Orme Street (Juana Briones School) Palo Alto (park at Gunn High School)
There is still time to register for this great neighborhood, family-friendly fun race – a tradition in Barron Park for 19 years! Fees start at only $15 for kids races. Click here to register.  Prefer to submit a registration form the old fashioned way?  Click here and print out a registration form . See www.juanarun.org for more details. T-shirt included, free pancake breakfast after the race and prizes for all age categories! More Info: Susan Giovannotto 888-4999 or giovannottos@me.com
Juana Run 8k, 5k, 1-mile and kids races: Run the Race!
Sat, Febr 28,  4100 Orme Street (Juana Briones School) Palo Alto (park at Gunn High School)
Don’t want to run the race, but want to be a part of the fun? Great!  If you are 18 or older, you can be a course monitor here and cheer the runners as they go by. You can help many other ways on race day – look here for those opportunities (and this is a great way for high schoolers and scouts to earn service hours).  We also need help before race day – click here to see how you can help! More Info: Susan Giovannotto 888-4999 or giovannottos@me.com
Unlocking the Potential for PAUSD Students to Thrive: An Evening with DreamCatchers – featuring Superintendent Max McGee, Dr. Amado Padilla, Stanford University and County Supervisor Joe Simitian.  
Thurs, Mar 5; 6:30-8:30 PM; Palo Alto HS Media Arts Center.
In an interactive and informative evening, learn about DreamCatchers, an innovative non-profit partnership with PAUSD and Stanford that helps low income, historically under-represented students in Palo Alto reach their full potential.  Hear from PAUSD educators and DreamCatchers’ Stanford student volunteer corps.  Compare their strategies with the ones you use at home. Info? Contact: Barbara Sih Klausner.  Barbara@dreamcatchersyouth.org.  More info:  www.dreamcatchersyouth.org.
Annual May Fete Parade Registration
Registration Deadline: Apr 15; Parade: Sat May 2, 10am-noon
The theme this year is friendship. Parents are encouraged to watch and not walk the parade with their children. This is the kid proud moment to show off their friends. Registration form link:


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