eNews: February 18, 2015


February   20  Incoming Kinder Orientation;
                       Family Movie night: The LEGO Movie!
February   23  Noon Art
February   26  NoteCard Fundraiser: completed card/check
                       due in office;  5th Grade Parent Night

March   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

March 23   Noon Art
March 26 – 28   Children’s Theatre Performance
March 31   Science Fair

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

New This Week
From Our Principle –
I am pleased to announce that we have hired a new clerk to join Palo Verde office staff.  Please help me in welcoming Elaine Chase as the new Palo Verde clerk.  Elaine was in IT for ten years as a management consultant and project manager.  She currently has two sons here at Palo Verde and has been a very active member of the PTA, co-facilitating the PV Auction.  I’m thrilled to have her on our staff.  If you get a chance, stop by the office and introduce yourself.

Awesome LEGO Movie Night This Friday!
Please join us for our final winter  Family Movie Night on Friday, February 20 at 6:30pm.  We’ll watch The LEGO Movie in the MP Room on the big screen.  Wear your PJs, if you like.  Bring a cozy floor blanket, a pillow and your own reusable mug and reusable water bottle.  PTA will provide the movie, hot popcorn, and warm cider.  Please note, this is not a drop-off event.  All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Family Movie Night is a FREE social event open to all Palo Verde families.  See you there!!

Palo Verde Norecard Fundraiser 

Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. 
Extra blank notecards and order forms are available at office if you need.
Please submit finished notecard, order form and check to the office or your kid’s teacher by next Thursday (26th).
Any question? Contact Junghee Hsieh   heatherjhcho (at) hotmail (dot) com.

From Last 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


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

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 Mar 4th, 6:30: Refreshments; Awards 7:00-8:00; Jordan Middle School MP Room
***NOTE DATE CHANGE, rescheduled from previous Feb 25th date to March 4th***
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 and complete the form. http://goo.gl/forms/iFXwHkBlQI Info: http://cacpaloalto.org/events/11th-annual-sweetheart-awards/


New ACS 8 Week Support Group for Youth and Parents
Sat, Feb 14-Sat, April 4th; 10-11:30am; ACS Offices: 1717 Embarcadero Rd, Ste 4000, Palo Alto
In response to the recent tragedies in our community, Adolescent Counseling Services has developed an 8-week support group for teens and parents looking for a safe, non-judgemental place to discuss their feelings. The first 4 weeks (2/14/15 – 3/7/15) will be for youth, and the last 4 weeks (3/14/15 – 4/4/15) will be for parents. The groups will be co-lead by two psychotherapists Price: $10 per group session, per person or per couple. (Scholarships available if needed.) Link to the flyer: https://app.box.com/s/0444bgj5upvv8qctjgfp9mc4yxuguaeg.

Prices go up on 15th so register soon! The 19th Annual Juana Run – 8k, 5k, 1-mile and Kids Races
Race Day: Feb 28, 4100 Orme Street (Juana Briones School) in Barron Park
Register for this fun family race – a great tradition in Barron Park for 19 years! Fees start at $15 but will increase on Feb 15th.  Click here to register online at Race Roster or click here to print a registration form  See www.juanarun.org for more details.  T-shirt included, pancake breakfast, and great prizes. PLUS!! Naked Juice will be there giving out free samples…..Don’t want to run the race, but would rather volunteer?  Great!  Click here to see the opportunities.  You can also be a course monitor (if you’re 18 yrs or older) and cheer for the runners as they go by.  Click here for monitor spots.

Terman Music Concert
Thurs, Feb 19, 5:30-7:30pm; Terman Middle School, Palo Alto
Listen to performances by the Terman Music Department and help raise funds for student travel scholarships as the music departments prepares for its overnight music tour to Southern California. Tickets at http://tinyurl.com/TermanBenefitConcert or at the door. $10 adults/$5 students

Parenting Our Teens Through Life’s Challenges: A conference on adolescent mental health and addiction
Sat. Feb. 28th, 9am – 3:30pm; Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
“Is there anything I can do to help my teen/young adult with life’s struggles and detours?” This conference will help you understand what adolescents deal with and provide information on helpful resources. The keynotes and afternoon workshops, led by experts in their fields, will discuss adolescent behavioral, substance abuse and mental health issues, how to identify problems along with tips for responding and options for treatment relevant to any age group. Info: http://www.mppc.org/events/ParentingTeens; Cost: $25 (lunch included)

The first Palo Alto Philharmonic concert of the 2015
Feb 27, 8pm; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; 500 Castro Street, Mountain View
(* pre-concert talk at 7:30pm)
The concert will feature internationally recognized pianist Sandra Wright Shen, performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. This work has been called “the tender cousin to the composer’s Fifth Symphony,” and is among the most poetic of Beethoven’s creations.
The concert will also feature the great Symphony No. 7 by Jean Sibelius. One of his final compositions (premiered in 1924), the symphony is in one movement, rather than the traditional four. It has been called Sibelius’ most remarkable achievement. Click here to order tickets!  

Fostering Mathematical Thinking During the Elementary Years/
Fomentado el Razonamiento Matemático Durante los Años de Educación Básica
Mon, Mar 9,  6:30=8:00pm; PAUSD District Office – Board Room; 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto
A parent education evening focused on helping all parents of elementary students learn how to foster children’s number sense and conceptual understandings within mathematics. Space is limited so please register on Eventbrite! Info: Here

Spring Chamber Concert, 2014-15 Season
Sat, Mar 14, 8pm;  First Baptist Church; 305 North Carolina Ave., Palo Alto
Come join the Palo Alto Philharmonic for a night filled with wind, string and brass ensembles. The concert will feature Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No 1. in D minor, Op. 49, a piece widely regarded as one of his best and most popular chamber works. An unusual piece is on the program: Bobby Lopez’s Conversation for Two Tamborines, a fun duet for headed tambourines that showcases techniques often found in orchestral tambourine playing. This piece is a running dialog of articulated grace notes, pianissimo rolls, thumb rolls, and a variety of articulations. Tickets:  General admission tickets are: General Admission $22, Seniors $18, and Student tickets $10.  Tickets are available in advance from www.paphil.org or at the door one half-hour before the performance. Accessibility: This concert venue is wheelchair accessible.

Reading and Writing in the Elementary Years
/ Lectura and Escritura in los años de Educación Básica
Mon, Mar 30, 6:30-8:00pm;  PAUSD District Office – Board Room; 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto
A parent education evening to help all parents of elementary students learn more about Teachers College Writing Workshop, Interactive Read Aloud strategies and more.
Space is limited so please register on Eventbrite!  For more information, click here.

Raising A Resilient Teenager.
Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) blog provides valuable clinical information and resources on a range of adolescent issues.  ACS is a community non-profit providing counseling services at no charge to students and their families. More info: www.acs-teens.org or Roni Gillenson, LMFT, Program Director: 424-0852 ext. 102.  Read http://www.acs-teens.org/raising-a-resilient-teenager-in-a-stressed-out-society/

See the production that audiences of all ages have loved in festivals around the world
Performances: May 7, 8: 7pm;  May 9: 10am, 2pm;  May 10: 12pm; 2pm; Workshops: Age 8 – 13: May 11, 4-6pm;  Age 14 – Adult: May 11, 7-10pm; Palo Alto Children’s Theater; tickets now on sale
Limited Run, May 2015: “All Aboard,” an interactive tale by solo performer Oskar (Tom Greder) turns reality into fantasy as the audience embarks on a voyage into the great unknown.  Follow a toy locomotive as it travels through sublime worlds and finally journeys its way through the entire audience!  Performed in hundreds of festivals throughout the world, Tom Greder’s internationally celebrated production comes to Palo Alto!  Approximately 60 minutes in length, the performance will delight audiences of all ages.  Tickets: $25  Workshops: $75 Purchase tickets: allaboard.brownpapertickets.com; Register for the Youth Workshop: YouthWorkshop.brownpapertickets.com; Register for the Teen & Adult Workshop: PlayWorkshop.brownpapertickets.com

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