eNews: April 2, 2015


April  2  PV Lost and Found Items Will Be Donated!
April  3 – 10  Spring Break

April  13  PTA Board Meeting;
               Writer’s Workshop Parent Meeting
April  15  MATH NIGHT
April  18  Goodwill Fill-A-Truck fundraiser

April  20 – 24  Walk and Roll to School Week
April  20  Noon Art
April  23  Boardgames Thrusday – come help if you can!
April  27 – May  1   PV Teacher Appreciation Week

Click here for the full Palo Verde google calendar.

Palo Verde PTA and School News

Columbia University’s Teacher College Trainers to Hold a Parent Meeting
April 13th, 4:30 – 5:30 in the MP Room
Writing Experiences Your Children Have At School And Supporting Your Writers At Home
On our return from spring break we are happy to have our two trainers, Alissa Levy, 3rd- 5th grades, and
Katie Wears K – 2nd grades, from New York’s Teacher College here for our spring training with all grade
levels. On Monday April 13th we are excited to announce that our long awaited parent meeting with the
trainers will be held from 4:30 – 5:30 in the MP Room. The topic will include writing experiences your
children have at school and how you can support your writers and home. Please mark your calendars now!


on Wed Apr 15th from 6 – 8pm in the MP Room
Come and have fun at Palo Verde’s Family Math Night on Apr 15th from 6 – 8pm in the MP Room.  

We’ll test our logic, learn a math-magic trick, see 3D in a new way, play games, take a turn at life-size chutes-and-ladders and ask “Who wants to be a Mathionaire?”. 

Fun for all ages!  See you there!

PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Community eNews

This spring, Palo Alto voters will decide whether to approve Measure A, which renews expiring school funding that is used to:
 -Attract and retain qualified teachers to keep class sizes small
-Support advanced programs in science, math and technology
-Keep school libraries open and staffed
-Provide elective courses, including art, music, and social sciences for a well rounded education
-Support at-risk students who are struggling
If the parcel tax expires, PAUSD will have to cut $13 million from the annual budget. This tax currently funds 85 full time staff (67 are teachers, others are librarians, counselors and psychologists).  For more information on the campaign, please visit our website:
The Palo Verde community is helping the campaign with phone banking on the following dates:
-Thursday, March 26 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)
-Monday, May 4 from 6-9 pm (at Sereno Realty office)
 Phone banks are the best way to reach our broader community because this mail-in only vote needs a 2 YES votes for every NO vote to pass.  Getting supporters to cast a vote in favor of our schools is critical as every vote matters.  (This is also a perfect volunteer gig for a working parent as it’s at night and a one time commitment)
To help with phone banking, please go to http://supportpaloaltoschools.nationbuilder.com/calendar to RSVP directly.

Thank you!


Vote YES on Measure A
Mail in Ballots must be posted by April 30
PTA Council has proudly voted to support the parcel tax renewal, now called Measure A, including a $999 donation to the parcel tax campaign. PTA is the largest child advocacy organization in the country. While we are strictly non-partisan, we can and do advocate for ballot measures. This Measure is extremely important to pass to keep the 80 teachers, counselors, librarians and psychologists for which the current parcel tax pays as well as support the increasing student enrollment (+1100 student since 2008/9, projected increase of +700 in the next 5 years) . The modest increase in the parcel tax will enable a small expansion of funding to support struggling students, STEAM programs and student wellness. Even with the increase in property taxes we have enjoyed in the last year, our school district funds do not keep up with inflation.  We have lost approximately $4 million of income annually from the Cubberley lease as well as having to fund our employee pension plan that the state has pushed onto school districts. Because we are a basic aid district we will not get more money from the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. Please volunteer to help  http://www.SupportPaloAltoSchools.org Election info including how to register to vote  http://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/Voting/VotingMay2015/Pages/VotingMay2015.aspx

Stay up to date with weekly communications from Dr. Max McGee
Each week Superintendent Max McGee provides written information for all interested parents and community members.  These communications include updates on important topics, insights into upcoming agenda items, and other useful pieces of information regarding PAUSD.   Questions regarding these publications can be sent to Kathleen Ruegsegger at kruegsegger@pausd.org. Please share this opportunity to be updated each week from our Superintendent with your neighbors and fellow parents.
PAUSD: Music Teachers Scholarship Concert
Sat Apr 18; 4pm; Palo Alto High School
For the 23rd year, Palo Alto Unified School District Music Teachers will present a chamber music concert at PALO ALTO High School’s Haymarket Theatre. Many of the music teachers perform in professional ensembles throughout the Bay Area. Proceeds from the concert will provide scholarships for district Music students in grades 4-8.  Sign ups for an audition time takes place at the concert (audition times are limited!).  Sign up forms will be coming home with your students.Info: Call: 329-3944 or e-mail music@pausd.org Tickets will also be available at the door.    Tickets: Adults $12.00 ($15 at door) Student/Senior $5.00
Community E, M, H

Palo Alto Family YMCA: Spring Break Camps for ages 6-11
Jordan Middle School, 8am-6pm.
Each day has a different theme, designed to engage, educate and entertain you child! Call or stop by the Y for more information and to register your child. Fr, Apr 3–Biology: Dissecting; Mon, Apr 6–Sports; Tue, April 7–Cooking: Appetizers;  Wed. April 8–Science; Thurs, April 9–Game Boards/Shows
Friday, April 10–Cooking: Desserts Fees: Y Member $282/week (4/6-4/10) $65/per day. Non- Y Member* $334/week (4/6-4/10) $80/per day. Info: Epsom Almazan, After School Program Director, 408-351-2454 or ealmazan@ymcasv.org

Special Talk – Mindfulness and Meditation
Apr 4, Sat 10:15-11:30 am;  St Marks Episcopal Church (Kennedy room, back of church); 600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto
Join us for an engaging talk on mindfulness and experience a meditation to see how it brings clarity in the mind. This is an introduction to the Happiness Program by Art of Living. Free event, requires registration: http://www.artofliving.org/us-en/program/134463

Summer adventure starts at the Y!
Registration Ongoing
We offer hundreds of camps at more than 30 locations throughout Silicon Valley. The Y creates summer adventures for youth and teens of all ages, abilities and interests. Registration now open-stop by the Y to register or visit us online:  http://www.ymcasv.org/paloalto/html/programs_camp.html
* Traditional Day Camps,  Sports Camps, Creative Arts Camps, Science Camps,  Teen Camps, Overnight Camps”

Gunn High School & Terman Middle School Present: The Mask You Live In Documentary Screening and Discussion
Thurs, Apr 16; 6-9pm; Henry M. Gunn High School’s Titan Gym; 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto
The Mask You Live In, a new documentary film premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, asks the important question: Is American masculinity harming our boys, young men and society at large? Compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications (for ADD/ADHD), fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives. Go to eventbrite to RSVP for a free ticket and to see the film trailer. Following the screening we’ll have a lively discussion led by Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University.
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