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News: August 20, 2010

Calendar
August 20:    Icecream Social and Class Lists, 4:00-6:00 PM
August 24:    First Day of School, 8:15 AM

August 24:    Principal’s Coffee, 8:15 AM, MP room
August 31:    Back to School Night; Grades K-2 @ 6:00pm
Grades 3-5 @ 7:00 PM
Sept. 10:       International Potluck & Social
Sept. 17:       Walk-a-Thon fundraiser
Sept. 21        Restaurant Night @ Armadillo Willy’s

Palo Verde School and PTA News

From Our PTA President……

Dear Palo Verde Families, Our school is already bustling with teachers, staff and parent volunteers preparing for the new school year. As the year progresses, we hope all of you will join us in finding a niche to lend your own talents, time and energy to the wonderful school community of Palo Verde.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this afternoon at the Ice Cream Social when the much-anticipated class lists will be posted.  It’s a fun opportunity to reconnect with friends we’ve missed over the summer, and to reach out to new families joining Palo Verde.  During the social last year, my oldest son met a new 5th grade student who was a bit nervous coming to a different school.  They became fast friends and are now eagerly starting the adventure of middle school together.

Next week during the first days of school, the very important Back to School Packet will come home in your child’s backpack.  Please review the materials in the packet and complete and return the documents to the school office promptly.

On the first day of school, please join the PTA in welcoming our new principal, Anne Brown, to Palo Verde.  The first Principal’s Coffee of the year will be held at 8:15 in the MP room on Tuesday morning.  Mrs. Brown will introduce herself and is looking forward to meeting parents.  As always, younger siblings are welcome to accompany you.

With warmest regards,
Heather Schultz
PTA President

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Safeway’s 10% Back to Schools Program & eScrip renewal
As many of you know, through our relationship with eScrip, we can raise funds for Palo Verde just by shopping at Safeway and other merchants. We can raise even more from August 11th to September 14th, when manufacturers of over 5,000 products sold in Safeway stores will contribute an additional 10% of sales as part of Safeway’s Back to Schools program.

Is your Safeway Club Card already registered with eScrip?If so, the contributions you earn will automatically be sent to Palo Verde.  eScrip is an easy way for families to raise money for schools through everyday purchases made at eScrip merchants (such as Safeway), who contribute a percentage of purchases to your chosen group(s).

Want to register with eScrip to start raising funds for Palo Verde while you do your everyday shopping?It’s easy and only takes 5-10 minutes to complete! Simply go to http://www.escrip.com and follow the instructions. Be sure to have your Safeway Club Card number and/or credit cards you use regularly on hand when you register. Our group number is 137331259, Palo Verde PTA.

Can I participate in the 10% Back to Schools Program even if I’m not registered with eScrip?Absolutely! Just shop at Safeway during the Back to Schools campaign period. Families who have not registered their Safeway Club cards with eScrip will receive a coupon at the end of the sales period that can be used to donate the funds to the school of their choice. In late September, we’ll send around instructions about redeeming your rewards to benefit Palo Verde.

Have more questions?Don’t hesitate to contact the Palo Verde eScrip Coordinator, Callie Turk, at callie_turk@yahoo.com.
So, mark your calendars and be sure to shop at Safeway during this time and you’ll help raise funds for Palo Verde! Thanks – and see you soon at school!

The “Help!” Desk…

A few critical positions remain unfilled for this school year.  If you would like to make a significant contribution to the Palo Verde Parent-Teacher Association, please volunteer for one of the following important leadership positions:
Auction Co-chairs
The auction held in the spring is our single most important fundraiser!  Last year the auction brought in over $25,000 to Palo Verde. Several fabulous volunteers have already signed up to help with the auction, but we urgently need two or three leaders to chair this very important committee.  Support and training from experienced past auction chairs is available.
Parlimentarian
The PTA Executive Board still needs a Parlimentarian.  The Parlimentarian attends monthly board meetings and gives advice on parliamentary procedure and association by-laws.  Review and update PTA by-laws and standing rules.  Recruit and chair nominating committee in the early spring.  If you are detail-oriented and would like to better understand the workings of the PTA from the school level on up, we need you.  Support and training is available.
International Fair Co-chairs
Our major spring social event still needs co-chairs to organize this celebration of our community’s diversity.  This fun weekend event is a community favorite, but without leadership we may not be able to hold the International Fair this year.  Past chairs are available for support and consultation.

PTA Council Representative

This is a great opportunity to learn about what is going in the larger school district.  The PTAC Representative attends six PTA Council meetings during the year (alternating between Wednesday mornings and evenings) and reports back to the Palo Verde Executive Board and general membership as needed.  This position can give you insight on the entire district and certain education issues at the state level.

Coffee Socials Chair
This one is fun and easy!  Set-up our once per month morning coffee chats.  If you talk your best friend into co-chairing with you then you’re guaranteed to chat with each other at least once a month, plus meet other parents and talk with Principal Brown regularly.

To learn more about one of these positions, contact Heather Schultz, PTA President, 424-8380, hschultz@hotmail.com.

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News: March 19, 2010

Calendar

March 30:      Hobee’s Restaurant Night & Books, Inc. Fundraiser
April 12 – 16:  No School – Spring Break
April 19 – 23:  Earth “Week” Activities
April 21:         Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM

Palo Verde and PTA News

Auction a Great Success!
Thank you to all the Palo Verde parents, staff and teachers who joined us at Trader Vic’s last Saturday for our annual Palo Verde Auction. We don’t have final numbers yet, but because of your generousity, we raised approximately $20,000 for Palo Verde. With the pending budget cuts on the horizon, this money will be used to ensure all our students have the classroom supplies and educational materials they use every day.

Many people, of course, were involved in organizing this wonderful event and helping to make it happen. First, a sincere Thank You to our sponsors. I hope everyone will show their appreciation by doing business with these generous donors: Morgan-Gault Homes (morgan-gaulthomes.com); Agile Physical Therapy (agilept.com); KeyCon Construction & Design (keycon-inc.com); Dura-Foam Roofing and Solar Power (dura-foam.com); Dr. Brian Quo, of Peninsula Pediatric Denistry (pedoquo.com); Dr. Lesley Samuels (samuelsortho.com); Coldwell Realtor Kathy Pasin (kathleenanddave.com); and Charleston Cleaners (click here).

In addition to our sponsors, we had many parent volunteers to help make auction night happen. Please Thank these parents as well when you see them at Palo Verde: Auction Chairs Jackie Cook and Sheri Tye and also Phil Bednarz, Celia Chang, Larry Chang, Peggy Chang, Elaine Chase, Tatiana Cordoso, Kristin Foss, Lori Harrenstein, Carleen Ho, Emily Jacquette, Padmini Krishnan, Tony Macklin, April McCandless, Chris McGranahan, Margaret Myers, Simone Nanzer, Lili Nova-Roessig, Kathy Pasin, Rebecca Thompson, Renata Tong and Maria Zajac.

Thank you, again, everyone! I look forward to next year!
Kim Amsbaugh
PTA President

Science Fair Update
We had a very successful Science Fair on Wednesday, March 17th.

Student participation was very strong: 261 students participated, preparing a total of 254 projects.  More importantly, students were very enthusiastic about describing their projects and finding out about their friends’ projects!  You can continue to build upon this enthusiasm throughout the year by doing small weekend projects with your children.
The Science Fair would not have been possible without help from a lot of people.  Thanks to  Alison Cormack, John Liu, Mala Nayak, Heather Schultz,  Ken Schultz, and Nirada Vijay who helped run things smoothly on the day of the Science Fair.  Thanks also to all the parents who volunteered to be “visiting scientists” in their children’s classrooms.  And, of course, thanks to Lupe Garcia, Chris McGranahan,, Moises Aguilar, and Carlos Valencia for all their help throughout the process.

Pavan Desikan and Pandu Nayak

Help Support Measure A
We need your help to pass Measure A, the PAUSD parcel tax measure on the May 4 ballot.  For the first time, this will be a Mail-in only ballot.  We need your help to tell voters about this election and to remind them to mail their ballots by April 30.  If we do not renew the current parcel tax our schools will lose $9.4 million in critical funding. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Volunteer at Phone Banks – Sign up to make calls. Training, a script, and other support provided.  You do not need to be an expert to participate.  Phone banks start March 1st and continue for 8 weeks.  Donate just 3 hours of your time.  Our school nights are March 18th and April 13th. Sign up today: http://www.mysignup.com/YesOnA
  2. Endorse Measure A, Display a Lawn Sign and Contribute – Our goal is 500 endorsements by March 1st – add your name!  For more information, go to:  http://www.supportpaloaltoschools2010.org/contact/
  3. Become a Fan of Measure A on Facebook by clicking here. Parents are only 24% of registered voters, so we must engage all of our community voters to pass this important measure for our kids, teachers and schools.
  4. Be our Palo Verde Measure A PTA coordinator, helping to spread the word and garner support of this important ballot measure.

Questions?  Contact Kim Amsbaugh, PTA president, at amsbaugh (at) gmail dot com. Thank you for Supporting our Palo Alto Schools!

Palo Verde PTA Needs You!

Do you like to organize parties? Are you good with numbers? Do you
like to show teachers how much you appreciate them?
If you answered yes to any one of those questions then that means you would be great at helping throw our annual Palo Verde Auction; be our PTA Treasurer; or organize Teacher Appreciation Week!  These are just a few of the positions that rely on parent volunteers to help make Palo Verde the terrific school and community it is today. And while the school year is not over yet, it’s time to start planning for the 2010-2011 school year.

If you are interested in getting involved, contact me, Kim Amsbaugh, at amsbaugh (at) gmail dot com or call me at (650) 813-1669. Or if you would like to anonymously suggest someone, put his or her name in our PTA Volunteer Box located in the Office.
I look forward to hearing from you!

International Fair & Food Festival:  Saturday, May 15th  2010, 4 – 7 PM
Experience the cuisines around the world. This year, for the first time, families of Palo Verde will get to enjoy an International Food Festival at the International Fair.  Bring friends and family to enjoy the food festival. The proceeds from the food festival will go to PTA.

Thanks to all the volunteers who have stepped up to help with the fair. We have booth leaders for India, UK, Thailand, Netherlands, Brazil, Taiwan and Russia.

We need your help with the following:

  • Volunteers to help with booths, setup, cleanup, activities etc on the day of the fair as well as planning and preparation before the fair.
  • Booth leaders for more countries.
  • Food contributions for the Food Festival.

For more information or to volunteer contact:  Ritu Das (rituparnad (at) yahoo dot com), Dipti Joshi (dsonak (at) yahoo dot com) or Priya Junnarkar (priya dot junnarkar (at) gmail dot com

PTA Council and PAUSD News

Dr. Ken Ginsburg:  Building Resilience in Children and Teens
Thursday, March 25, Resource fair & Community Social, 6 PM, Presentation 6:30 PM
Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School
Using humor and real-life scenarios, Dr. Ken Ginsburg will teach you how to raise resilient children who can deal with stress in an increasingly complex world.  His unique perspective emphasizes the developmental strengths of youth, equipping participants with skills needed to better teach kids to help themselves.  Dr. Ginsburg is a nationally renowned pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.  His books include A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens
and Less Stress, More Success. Free.  Sponsors include Palo Alto PTA Council, Palo Alto School PTAs, and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

Monthly ADHD Parent Education and Support Group
Thursday, March 25, 7:30-9pm, Morrissey/Compton Educational Center, 2555 Park Ave, Palo Alto
This group meets on one Thursday of each month (March 25, April 22, May 20).  The group will discuss a wide range of issues and information will be provided regarding managing ADHD at home and at school.  Behavior management, getting chores and homework done,  managing school, organization, time management and study skills,  and how to get help at school through 504 Plans and IEPs.  Come get your questions answered and share your experiences with other parents.  The meetings sometimes feature guest speakers.  Led by Janet Dafoe, Ph.D., Morrissey-Compton Center.  Questions: 208-1224.

PAUSD Music and Art Teachers Collaborative Faculty Concert and Art Show
Saturday March 27, 3:30 PM, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School
For the 18th year, PAUSD Music Teachers present a chamber music concert.  Also, art teachers will showcase their artwork and offer it for sale. Proceeds from the concert provide scholarships for district music students in grades 4-8.  Audition sign-ups take place at the concert (audition times are limited).  Proceeds from the art sale will be awarded to a PAUSD art student.
Tickets may be purchased by sending a check, made out to “PAUSD” and a SASE to the Music Office, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto, 94306 before March 19; calling 329-3944; or e-mail music (at) pausd dot org for information. Tickets will also be available at the door.   Adults $12.00 ($15 at door) Student/Senior $5.00

“GROWING UP ASIAN IN PALO ALTO”
Wednesday, March 31, Mitchell Park Community Center, 7 – 9 PM, 3800 Middlefield Road (simultaneous Mandarin translation)
In the last decade, the Asian student population in PAUSD has grown by 1,500. In a number of schools, “Asians” and “Whites” are almost equal in number. In some classrooms, Asians outnumber other ethnic groups.

  • Who are our Asian students & their families?What experiences & values do they bring to our schools?
  • What successes & challenges do the children face?
  • What do the parents dream for their children?
  • What do the children dream for themselves?

Come join us for this community conversation. Everyone is welcome, including students! Engage with a panel of PAUSD parents, students, & alumni as they share their perspectives. Hear their diverse, illuminating stories: Some immigrated as children, others as adults. They came from China, India, & other Asian countries. Some were born in the U.S., into communities with no other Asians; others were enveloped by their Asian culture. They are caring parents and dutiful children.

Brought to you by PTA Council’s Parent Education & Community Outreach committees.  Info: http://info.paloaltopta.org

Last Call For You Made It Jamboree Entries
Only one more week to enter the PTA Council’s You Made It! Jamboree.  Don’t miss your chance to participate in the first-ever maker’s faire for the students of the Palo Alto Unified School District. Does your student make robots?  Invent new toys?  Design computer games or animations?  Create new fashions?  The You Made It! Jamboree is your student’s chance to celebrate the creative spirit within and display their innovations at the Palo Alto Art Center on May 15.  He or she might even be invited to show their creation at the San Mateo Maker Faire!  More information and entry forms available at http://www.youmadeitjamboree.com.

PAUSD Summer School: Middle School Music Opportunities

Registration begins April 19; Summer School June 21 – July 16, J.L.Stanford Middle School
Music opportunities at PAUSD Summer School include Brass, Clarinet, and Flute Ensembles, Chorus, Band, Chamber String Workshop, and Intermediate String Orchestra.  Registration information and forms may be obtained from the district web page at pausd.org.  Click on the “Summer School” button and scroll down to “Middle School Program” for registration information and forms.
Flyer: palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews/summerschoolmusic.pdf

Raffle to Benefit Paly Choirs
Support the Palo Alto High School Choirs and have a chance to win valuable prizes including an aerial tour of the SF Bay, Apple iPad, $1000 cash, and a Grand Prize trip for two to Paris.  Tickets ($10 each or $40 for 5) on sale through Sunday, May 16.  Winners selected at the Choirs’ Spring Concert at St Mark’s Episcopal Church; need not be present to win.  Must be 18+ to buy ticket/enter raffle.  Info including ticket purchase: Paly Choir website.

Community News

Seussical the Musical
March 19-28, Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays/Sundays 2:00 pm, Cañada College Mainstage Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Road, Redwood City
Bay Area Educational Theater Company presents Seussical the Musical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss.  “Seussical” is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza.
Info and to order tickets: http://www.bayareaetc.org or 802-8423.

Stanford Math Brain Projects Seek Volunteers
Math Development and Disabilities: seeks 2nd graders with and without difficulties in math.  Participants commit to sessions in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade, each with one 3-4 hour neuropsychological assessment and one 1.5 hour fMRI scan.

Brain Imaging Research on Math Abilities in Autism Spectrum Disorder: seeks verbal 7-12 year olds with high functioning autism (HFA) for a study about how the brain does math. Participants would have a neuropsychological assessment, two autism diagnostic assessments, and two MRI scans.
Info: mathbrain.stanford.edu, smp@med.stanford.edu, 736-0128

Kidpower Full-Force Parent-Child Workshop
Saturday, April 17, 9 AM – 1 PM, Palo Alto.
4-hour Kidpower Full-Force Parent-Child Workshop for 6-12 year-olds with their adults. Families with older children practice personal safety skills together for handling every day emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies.
Info: http://www.kidpower.org/who-we-serve/children.html; Register: www.kidpower.org/what-we-do/registration.html

News: March 5, 2010

Calendar

March 13:           Annual Palo Verde Auction
March 17:           Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM
March 17:           Science Fair, 6 – 8 PM
March 30:           Hobee’s Restaurant Night & Books, Inc. Fundraiser

Palo Verde and PTA News

From the Desks of Lupe Garcia and Kim Amsbaugh…
The Palo Verde Auction is set for March 13th at Trader Vic’s and this year’s event promises to be a great one. As we gear up for the event, Lupe and I thought we would take a few moments to describe how important the Auction is to our school.

First and foremost, the Palo Verde Auction is fun. It’s a great time to build friendships with fellow parents in an atmosphere of community and common interest toward bettering our children’s school. And that’s just at the Auction itself. The activities and parties up for Auction further build on creating an involved, connected community for both our kids and parents, alike. Each teacher offers a party for either a small group or their whole classroom. For parents, families host annual poker parties, sushi-making parties and much more. The Auction simply provides a great opportunity for all our kids and families to get to know one another better and build lasting relationships.

The Auction also plays an important role in raising funds for Palo Verde. As the district prepares to cut $3.7 million from its budget for the next school year, now more than ever we need to support Palo Verde in every way we can. Over the past two years, the Auction has raised about $40,000. These funds have allowed us to purchase classroom and school-yard items our kids use every day: from smart boards and computers to playground equipment and library books. It also helps pay for educational activities like our upcoming Science Fair and International Fair as well as student activities like our annual Ice Skating Party and Noon Art. If these programs and funding of school supplies are to continue into the future, we need parents to support this event so that our kids can continue to enjoy the unique school experience Palo Alto and Palo Verde have to offer.

Both Lupe and I hope to see you at the Auction: March 13th, Trader Vic’s, 7-11 pm.  And don’t forget: Palo Verde Kids’ Club is offering babysitting for only $10 per child for the entire evening.

Happy Bidding!

Principal Lupe Garcia and Palo Verde PTA President Kim Amsbaugh

Support Measure to Renew Expiring Parcel Tax
Each year, Palo Alto schools receive approximately $9.4 million in stable locally-controlled parcel tax funding.  By law, these funds cannot be taken away by the State.  Parcel tax funds are used to attract and retain qualified and experienced teachers, keep class sizes small, and protect the innovative instructional programs that lead to high levels of student achievement in our schools.  The parcel tax was originally approved by over 70% of local voters in 2001 and renewed by over 70% of local voters in 2005.  Now this funding is once again set to expire.  If the parcel tax does expire and our schools lose $9.4 million in annual funding on top of other funding reductions, the impact on each and every one of our schools will be devastating.

On Tuesday, January 12th our Board of Education voted unanimously to place a measure on the ballot this spring to renew our parcel tax for another six years and increase the rate by $96 ($8 per month) to help offset budget cuts to core instructional programs.  The Palo Verde PTA Executive Board also unanimously voted to support this measure because of its significant impact on our school as well as all the others within the district.

Seniors will continue to be eligible for an exemption to ensure the parcel tax is not a burden to those living on a fixed income.  Mandatory annual audits and an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee will ensure the funds are spent as promised.  Funds from this measure cannot be taken away by the State or other school districts.

Be careful not to confuse the parcel tax with the bond measure that was passed in 2008.  By law, bond funds may only be used for school buildings, equipment and furnishings.  Bond funds may not be used for teachers or programs.  Parcel taxes are the only way to generate stable local funding that can’t be taken away for teachers and programs.  Remember, bonds are for buildings and parcel taxes are for people and programs.

This election will be conducted entirely by mail and there will be no polling places.  All registered voters will received a ballot the week of April 5 and all ballots are due by May 4 (postmarks don’t count).
It is important for parents to note that spring break falls within this voting period.  We strongly encourage all parents wishing to vote in this election to complete your ballot and return it as soon as you receive it to ensure it is received on time.

Between now and the election we will be providing regular updates regarding the proposed parcel tax, PAUSD’s budget and how you can get involved to help pass the parcel tax.  Keep an eye out for more information.

Kim Amsbaugh
Palo Verde PTA President

Help Support Measure A
We need your help to pass Measure A, the PAUSD parcel tax measure on the May 4 ballot.  For the first time, this will be a Mail-in only ballot.  We need your help to tell voters about this election and to remind them to mail their ballots by April 30.  If we do not renew the current parcel tax our schools will lose $9.4 million in critical funding. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Volunteer at Phone Banks – Sign up to make calls. Training, a script, and other support provided.  You do not need to be an expert to participate.  Phone banks start March 1st and continue for 8 weeks.  Donate just 3 hours of your time.  Our school nights are March 18th and April 13th. Sign up today: http://www.mysignup.com/YesOnA
  2. Endorse Measure A, Display a Lawn Sign and Contribute – Our goal is 500 endorsements by March 1st – add your name!  For more information, go to:  http://www.supportpaloaltoschools2010.org/contact/
  3. Become a Fan of Measure A on Facebook by clicking here. Parents are only 24% of registered voters, so we must engage all of our community voters to pass this important measure for our kids, teachers and schools.
  4. Be our Palo Verde Measure A PTA coordinator, helping to spread the word and garner support of this important ballot measure.

Questions?  Contact Kim Amsbaugh, PTA president, at amsbaugh (at) gmail dot com.

Thank you for Supporting our Palo Alto Schools!

Palo Verde PTA Needs You!
Do you like to organize parties? Are you good with numbers? Do you
like to show teachers how much you appreciate them?

If you answered yes to any one of those questions then that means you would be great at helping throw our annual Palo Verde Auction; be our PTA Treasurer; or organize Teacher Appreciation Week!  These are just a few of the positions that rely on parent volunteers to help make Palo Verde the terrific school and community it is today. And while the school year is not over yet, it’s time to start planning for the 2010-2011 school year.

If you are interested in getting involved, contact me, Kim Amsbaugh, at amsbaugh (at) gmail dot com or call me at (650) 813-1669. Or if you would like to anonymously suggest someone, put his or her name in our PTA Volunteer Box located in the Office. I look forward to hearing from you!

Palo Verde Auction Update

We’re really excited about our forthcoming auction.  We’ve got a new venue this year, babysitting at Palo Verde Kids Club for the first time, and a whole host of great items to bid on.

By now we hope you’ve had chance to browse through the catalog which came home in last week’s Friday folders.  There is something for everyone in there.  Loads of parties for kids, families and adults, great gift certificates from local merchants and a whole host of donations from summer camps.

Many people have worked really hard on the auction this year, there are lots of thank-yous to be said, but that can wait…what we really need now is for YOU to support this event and make all that effort worthwhile.  The money we raise at the auction helps pay for items that supports all our kids.  With the PTA funds the school is able to purchase books and computers, and support events such as the science fair and buy playground equipment.

The deadline to buy tickets at the discounted rate is next Thursday 10th March.  Turning in your form to the office helps us plan catering numbers with the venue, and saves you money versus buying your ticket on the night.  And don’t forget babysitting spots at kids club are limited and so far it is proving very popular.  Book soon to avoid disappointment!

Please help us make this a great event…see you there!

Jackie & Sheri

Sponsored by:  Charleston Cleaners, Realtor Kathy Pasin, Peninsula Pediatric Dentistry, Agile Physical Therapy, Keycon Construction, Dura-Foam Inc., Opus 1 Music Studio, Morgan Gault Homes and LJS Orthodontics.


Earthquake Kits Still Available

Are you still thinking about purchasing your family earthquake kit? With the recent devastation in Haiti, I think that preparing our families in the event of an earthquake or disaster is probably on everyone’s mind these days.

You can order an earthquake kit for your family and support Palo Verde at the same time.  To order online go to: http://www.earthshakes.com
Indicate your school name on check-out so the school will receive
credit. If you want to avoid shipping fees order by March 11 and choose “Event Delivery” as a shipping option and indicate Palo Verde Elementary School as the shipping address.  

Earth Shakes will donate 20% of “Basic Kits” and 12% of “Deluxe Kits”
to the Palo Verde PTA.
Save the Date!
International Fair & Food Festival:  Saturday, May 15th  2010, 4 – 7 PM

Experience the cuisines around the world. This year, for the first time, families of Palo Verde will get to enjoy an International Food Festival at the International Fair.  Bring friends and family to enjoy the food festival. The proceeds from the food festival will go to PTA.

Thanks to all the volunteers who have stepped up to help with the fair. We have booth leaders for India, UK, Thailand, Netherlands, Brazil, Taiwan and Russia.

We need your help with the following:

  1. Volunteers to help with booths, setup, cleanup, activities etc on the day of the fair as well as planning and preparation before the fair.
  2. Booth leaders for more countries.
  3. Food contributions for the Food Festival.

For more information or to volunteer contact:  Ritu Das (rituparnad (at) yahoo dot com), Dipti Joshi (dsonak (at) yahoo dot com) or Priya Junnarkar (priya dot junnarkar (at) gmail dot com)

PAUSD News

Paly Theatre Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
March 5, 6, 13, 7:30 PM, March 14, 2 PM, Haymarket Theatre, Palo Alto High School
Paly’s spring play is A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy of thwarted romance, magical transformation, and mistaken identity. Directed by Kathleen Woods, Paly’s production will add touches of Victorian romance and a few surprises to Shakespeare’s popular, farcical tale of love, fairy magic, and confusion.
Tickets $7 students and seniors, $10 adults.  Tickets available at the door one hour prior to performances, at Paly Auditor’s office during school hours, or by calling 329-3710 x7245 for reservations.  Flyer: palylink.paloaltopta.org/flyers/midsummer.pdf
Info, including online ticket ordering:web.me.com/palytheatre

School Board Regular Meeting
Tues. March 9, 6:30pm, 25 Churchill
For Agendas and Materials click here.

Monthly ADHD Parent Education and Support Group
Thursday, March 25, 7:30-9pm, Morrissey/Compton Educational Center, 2555 Park Ave, Palo Alto
This group meets on one Thursday of each month (March 25, April 22, May 20).  The group will discuss a wide range of issues and information will be provided regarding managing ADHD at home and at school.  Behavior management, getting chores and homework done,  managing school, organization, time management and study skills,  and how to get help at school through 504 Plans and IEPs.  Come get your questions answered and share your experiences with other parents.  The meetings sometimes feature guest speakers.  Led by Janet Dafoe, Ph.D., Morrissey-Compton Center.  Questions: 208-1224.

Let’s Really Talk About Reading!
Wednesday, March 10, 7-9 PM, Board Room, 25 Churchill
K-12 Parents and educational staff: learn about the reading process, how PAUSD teachers use a wide range of strategies, techniques and tools to instruct their students in reading, and what parents can do to help at home.  Presenters: Pat Dawson, District Literacy Specialist, and Julie Saxena, District Literacy Specialist/Kindergarten Teacher.  With Question and Answer help from: Rachel  Milliken-Weitzman, Elementary Resource Teacherm Nancy Ayling, Middle/High School Literacy Consultant, Holly Hume, Middle School Resource Teacher, and Cindy Lazzareschi, Middle School Reading Specialist/English Teacher.  Presented by Palo Alto Unified School District, and Palo Alto’s TACKLE (Taking A Closer Kid Look Early).  Spanish language translation provided.
Flyer: palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews/readingmarch10.pdf

Parent Ed:  Christine Carter, Raising Happy Kids
Tuesday, March 16, 7 PM, Barron Park School
Dr. Carter’s talk addresses what science tells us about the factors that breed happiness in childhood and beyond. Dr. Carter is executive director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley and a sociologist who studies the childhood roots of happiness.  For more information click here.

Parent Ed: Raising Resilient, Successful, Less-Stressed Kids
Thursday, March 18, 7-8:30 PM, Walter Hays Library 1525 Middlefield, Palo Alto
Panel discussion followed by a generous Q&A session with distinguished local educators to discuss some of today’s most pressing questions about parenting.  Anabel Jensen, Ph.D. President of Six Seconds (www.6seconds.org); Susan Charles, Ed.D. Past Principal, Ohlone Elementary School; Julie Lythcott-Haims, J.D. Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising, Stanford University
Questions: Walter Hays parents Jennie Bernheim jjbernheim (at) yahoo dot com or Lisa Waits lisa.waits (at) nokia dot com
Flyer: palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews/resilientkids.pdf

Dr. Ken Ginsburg:  Building Resilience in Children and Teens
Thursday, March 25, Resource fair & Community Social, 6 PM, Presentation 6:30 PM
Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School
Using humor and real-life scenarios, Dr. Ken Ginsburg will teach you how to raise resilient children who can deal with stress in an increasingly complex world.  His unique perspective emphasizes the developmental strengths of youth, equipping participants with skills needed to better teach kids to help themselves.  Dr. Ginsburg is a nationally renowned pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. His books include A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens
and Less Stress, More Success.  Free.  Sponsors include Palo Alto PTA Council, Palo Alto School PTAs, and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

PAUSD Music and Art Teachers Collaborative Faculty Concert and Art Show
Saturday March 27, 3:30 PM, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School
For the 18th year, PAUSD Music Teachers present a chamber music concert.  Also, art teachers will showcase their artwork and offer it for sale. Proceeds from the concert provide scholarships for district music students in grades 4-8.  Audition sign-ups take place at the concert (audition times are limited).  Proceeds from the art sale will be awarded to a PAUSD art student.
Tickets may be purchased by sending a check, made out to “PAUSD” and a SASE to the Music Office, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto, 94306 before March 19; calling 329-3944; or e-mail music (at) pausd dot org for information. Tickets will also be available at the door.   Adults $12.00 ($15 at door) Student/Senior $5.00

You Made It! Jamboree – Entry Period Extended To March 31
Palo Alto PTA Council’s You Made It! Jamboree is a chance for any PAUSD student to show the world his or her awesome creations.   Does your student make robots?  Invent new toys?  Design computer games or animations?  Create new fashions?  The You Made It! Jamboree is your student’s chance to celebrate the creative spirit within and display their innovations at the Palo Alto Art Center on May 15.  He or she might even be invited to show their creation at the San Mateo Maker Faire.
Info and entry forms: http://www.youmadeitjamboree.com.

PAUSD Summer School: Middle School Music Opportunities
Registration begins April 19; Summer School June 21 – July 16, J.L.Stanford Middle School
Music opportunities at PAUSD Summer School include Brass, Clarinet, and Flute Ensembles, Chorus, Band, Chamber String Workshop, and Intermediate String Orchestra.  Registration information and forms may be obtained from the district web page at pausd.org.  Click on the “Summer School” button and scroll down to “Middle School Program” for registration information and forms.
Flyer: palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews/summerschoolmusic.pdf

Raffle to Benefit Paly Choirs
Support the Palo Alto High School Choirs and have a chance to win valuable prizes including an aerial tour of the SF Bay, Apple iPad, $1000 cash, and a Grand Prize trip for two to Paris.  Tickets ($10 each or $40 for 5) on sale through Sunday, May 16.  Winners selected at the Choirs’ Spring Concert at St Mark’s Episcopal Church; need not be present to win.  Must be 18+ to buy ticket/enter raffle.  Info including ticket purchase: Paly Choir website.

City of Palo Alto News

Palo Alto Library Commission Opening
Applications due Monday, March 8
The Palo Alto Library Commission is looking for one volunteer to serve in an unexpired term.  The Commission meets once a month and is responsible for advising the City Council on a variety of matters relating to the Libraries.  Info:  www.cityofpaloalto.org or the City of Palo Alto City Clerk’s Office, 329-2267.

Children’s Theatre 10-Minute Playwriting Contest

Deadline March 22
Bay Area students are invited to participate in the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre’s Second Annual 10-Minute Playwriting Contest.  All genres of plays accepted from students ages 8 through high school.  Winning plays receive a staged reading and reception at PACT.  They will be performed by members of the Teen Arts Council and directed by a professional director.  Winning authors will also receive a prize donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Plays will be judged in three categories: Elementary (age 8-10), Jr. High (Age 11-13), and Young Adult 14-18.  Winners announced May 11.  Submit plays electronically to Childrens.Theatre (at) cityofpaloalto dot org or by snail mail to Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, ATTN: Playwriting Contest, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.  Questions: 463-4930.

Become a Certified Bicycle Safety Instructor
Additional instructors are needed to continue the City of Palo Alto Recreation Department’s highly successful bicycle education program. League of American Bicyclists certification as a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) is required.  A 23-hour seminar will be given for prospective instructors in June.  Ideal candidates for the seminar are experienced, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic bicyclists.  Before the LCI Certification Seminar, applicants must become a member of the League ($35/year) and must have completed a 9-hour Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101 course with high marks.  Info:  PTA Council Traffic Safety Chair Penny Ellson, 856-0736, pellson (at) pacbell.net

Community News

Media Center “Zoom In” Workshop
Join a new video-making community project, no experience or equipment necessary.  The Midpeninsula Community Media Center is launching “Zoom In”, a video workshop and production collaborative.  A low-cost, fast-track course provides all the basics you need to shoot and edit videos, as well as publish them on the web.  Use your camcorder or borrow one from the Media Center.  Zoom In gives video makers of all levels of experience the chance to contribute to local media coverage and make a difference in the community. Videos can range from coverage of local events to organizations to people to scripted narratives.  Cost for sixteen hours of training is $100 and for an extra $50 you can have access to Media Center camera equipment for six months.
Info: Becky Sanders, 494-8686 x 11 or www.Midpenmedia.org/zoomin

Seussical the Musical

March 19-28, Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays/Sundays 2:00 pm, Cañada College Mainstage Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Road, Redwood City
Bay Area Educational Theater Company presents Seussical the Musical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss.  “Seussical” is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza.
Info and to order tickets: http://www.bayareaetc.org or 802-8423.

Stanford Email Newsletter, Stanford For You
As a service to the community, Stanford recently has a free monthly email newsletter, Stanford For You.  Each month it provides the latest information about concerts, parenting talks and other lectures, sports events, kids’ activities, drama and dance performances, art exhibits and more. .  All of these events are open to the public, and many of them are free.  The March issue also provides information on a broad array of summer camps.  To subscribe and see past newsletters: 4you.stanford.edu.

BandWorks Rock n’ Roll Summer Camp in Los Altos & San Carlos

For kids ages 8-18, week-long Summer Day Camps are open to young beginners through advanced, older teen players. Professional musician-instructors create a fun and supportive environment while they teach kids the skills they need to play in a rock band-and make new friends in the process.
Info: info (at) bandworks dot com, 510-843-BAND(2263) or http://www.BandWorks.com

Camp Kwizera: Empowering Youth to Lead Through Service

A week-long day camp held at Stanford University in June and July 2010 that encourages youth to identify issues they are passionate about and turn that passion into committed action by combining interactive, fun, and kid-friendly global learning about social justice issues with local community service field trips.
Info and to register: http://faceaids.org/camp or contact Executive Director Julie Veroff, julie (at) faceaids dot org or (559) 790-7052.

Sibling Relationship Issues When One Sib Has Special Needs

Wednesday, March 17, 7-9 PM, Springer Elementary School, MP Room, 1120 Rose Avenue, Mountain View
All PAUSD parents warmly welcome!  This is a free program, open to any parent with an interest in supporting the emotional needs of all their children, especially when dealing with special needs within a family.

Leslie Vaasquez is the parent of two daughters, one with special health care needs.  She grew up with a brother with multiple disabilities.  Leslie, who has a Masters degree in Counseling, has served as a Parents Helping Parents support group facilitator, mentor parent, and board member for 9 years.  Her talk focuses on the sibling relationship – why it’s important to focus on siblings in a special needs family and the ways parents and others can support siblings.  She discusses the particular issues and concerns for siblings such as isolation, lack of information, loss of attention, embarrassment, guilt, and responsibility.  She also addresses strategies parents can use to deal with these issues.  Finally, she will discuss benefits of being positive and how siblings have a lot to gain by being actively involved with their special needs sibling.

The meeting is 7 to 9 PM.  Hospitality begins at 6:45pm.
This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org)  All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary.

News: February 19, 2010

Calendar

February 24:      Family Math Night, 6:30 PM
March 2:             New Principal Selection Information Meeting with Scott Bowers, 7 PM
March 13:           Annual Palo Verde Auction
March 17:           Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM
Science Fair, 6 – 8 PM

Palo Verde and PTA News

Family Math Game Night
Students, parents, and siblings are all invited to join Palo Verde teachers in an evening of Math Games. Join your children as we play a variety of games from our new math program, Everyday Mathematics. You will see how games develop over the grades, and gain insight into the deeper mathematical thinking involved in some activities that may be deceivingly simple on the surface. Learn games that will help your child master the basic number facts as well as develop a solid number sense. Modifications will be shared that will help to make games appropriate and challenging for your whole family!

What?           Math Game Night for Families
When?          Wednesday, February 24th
Time?            6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where?         Palo Verde Multipurpose Room
Who?            Palo Verde students and their families

Meeting on New Principal Selection with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Scott Bowers
As the Palo Alto Unified School District begins the process of selecting a new Principal for Palo Verde Elementary School, we would like to hear from you.

On Tuesday, March 2nd from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Palo Verde Library, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Scott Bowers will hold a meeting with interested parents to gather their views on the school.

In his recent letter staff and parents, current principal, Lupe Garcia, announced that he will retire at the end of this year.  One of the first steps in the process for placing a new principal at Palo Verde is to gather your thoughts on what you value most about Palo Verde, what you see as challenges for the school over the next few years, and what leadership qualities you feel are most important for your school’s principal.

Please join Dr. Bowers at this Palo Verde parent meeting so that your views may help inform in this important staffing decision.

The Palo Verde PTA has also arranged child care with Palo Verde Kids’ Club during this meeting. More details will be available soon. Space will be limited.

Palo Verde PTA Needs You!
Do you like to organize parties? Are you good with numbers? Do you
like to show teachers how much you appreciate them?

If you answered yes to any one of those questions then that means you would be great at helping throw our annual Palo Verde Auction; be our PTA Teasurer; or organize Teacher Appreciation Week! These are just a few of the positions that rely on parent volunteers to help make Palo Verde the terrific school and community it is today. And while the school year is not over yet, it’s time to start planning for the
2010-2011 school year.

If you are interested in getting involved, contact Kim Amsbaugh, PTA
president, at amsbaugh (at) gmail dot com or at (650) 8130-1669. Or if you would like to anonimously suggest someone, put their name in our PTA Volunteer Box located in the Office.

I look forwad to hearing from you!
Kim

Science Night Update
We had a very fun and successful Science Night on Tuesday, February 9th.  The Lawrence Hall of Science presented their Build It! Festival in the multipurpose room. Student and parent participation was strong, enthusiasm was evident as children started showing up prior to the start time.  The room was full, and from the noise and laughter it appeared that all were having a wonderful and educational time.

I would like to thank the volunteers who helped set up the stations and assisted the children:  Kelly Berschauer, Evelyn Guernsey, Diane Jakubowski, Dipti Joshi, Pandu Nayak, Arthur Reyes, Heather Schultz, Ashish Shete and Fidelia Wang.

Theivanai Palaniappan

Earthquake Kits
Still thinking about purchasing your family earthquake kit . . .
With the recent devastation in Haiti, I think that preparing our
families in the event of an earthquake or disaster is probably on
everyone’s mind these days.

You can order online at: http://www.earthshakes.com
Indicate your school name on check-out so the school will receive
credit. If you want to avoid shipping fees, choose “Event Delivery” as
a shipping option and indicate Palo Verde Elementary School as the
shipping address.  If you would like to avoid paying shipping fees –
you must order by March 11th.

Earth Shakes will donate 20% of “Basic Kits” and 12% of “Deluxe Kits”
to the Palo Verde PTA.

New Recycling/Compost Program at Palo Verde!
The City and the district have adopted a new waste diversion program that includes increased recycling and introduces composting of organic material.  At our school, students will learn how to sort their waste in the following ways:

  • Recycle – plastic, glass, metal, clean paper and cardboard
  • Compost – all uneaten food, cardboard lunch trays, napkins, paper towels, paper plates and cups, milk cartons (from lunch program), and pizza boxes.
  • Garbage – juice boxes and juice pouches, chip bags, granola and candy bar wrappers

When packing your child’s lunch please keep this program in mind and strive for a “zero waste” lunch.  Tips:

  • Buy snacks in bulk and send them to school in reusable containers
  • Pack sandwiches in reusable containers instead of Ziploc bags
  • Use a bottle or thermos for drinks instead of juice boxes

A waste audit conducted last year showed that only 10-20% of what we threw away was actually garbage.  Environmentally and economically beneficial, our goal is to reduce our garbage, reuse what we can, and recycle and compost the rest.  Please look for the new blue recycling and green compost cans when you are on campus.

Thank you for your support,
Palo Verde Elementary School and the Green Team

Palo Verde Auction Update:  Enchanted Tiki Auction, Saturday, March 13 at Trader Vic’s
A big thank you to all those families that have donated so far to the auction.  Thanks to the school community and the merchants we’ve contacted we have lots of exciting items for you to bid on at our forthcoming auction.  Highlights include Disney tickets, top seats at a Giants game and a whole range of parties hosted by your teachers.  And don’t forget the ever popular opportunity for your child to be principal for the day. We’re busy putting together the catalog right now and it will be with you shortly!

Look out for the auction invitations this week in the book bags. We owe a big thank you to the noon art students for all their hard work on these invites.  Every one of the wiki tiki men is individually designed by one of the noon art students.  They are quite eye catching!

We hope that this year we’ll see lots of you at this special event – our principal and our teachers greatly value your participation. In the face of budget cuts funds raised at the auction help to fill the gaps for classroom equipment and materials needed by all our teachers. That can range from new books, computers and art supplies, to equipment for PE and noon games. Your support of this important PTA event truly makes a positive difference for our children and our school!

And for the first time we will offer a babysitting service at KidsClub on auction night. You can drop off your kids from 6.30-10.30 at kids club at the rate of $10 a child.  Avoid disappointment and book early as spots are limited.  The reservation form is on the invite.

Finally a special note of thanks to all our sponsors who are supporting the event:  Charleston Cleaners, Realtor Kathy Pasin, Peninsula Pediatric Dentistry, Agile Physical Therapy, Keycon Construction, Dura-Foam Inc., Opus 1 Music Studio, Morgan Gault Homes and just in this week LJS Orthodontics.

Don’t forget to return your invitation forms to the office to reserve your tickets and look out for the catalog coming soon.
Jackie & Sheri

Save the Date!
International Fair & Food Festival – Saturday, May 15, 4 – 7 PM
Enjoy the adventure of first-hand experience of varied cultures. See the arts and crafts, hear the sounds and be entertained.Have fun with your passport! Visit and explore the countries and feel the ambiance of world travel. See the smiles on your kids’ faces as they enjoy all the fun and deepen their understanding of the cultural diversity.

Experience the cuisines around the world. This year, for the first time, families of Palo Verde will get to enjoy an International Food Festival at the International Fair.  Bring friends and family to enjoy the food festival. The proceeds from the food festival will go to PTA.

Put on that apron and whip up your most favorite dish! Culinary contributions are needed to make this event a huge success. Any cuisine around the world is welcome.

Thanks to all the volunteers who have stepped up to help with the fair. We have booth leaders for India, UK, Thailand, Netherlands, Brazil, Taiwan and Russia.

We need your help with the following:

  1. Volunteers to help with booths, setup, cleanup, activities etc on the day of the fair as well as planning and preparation before the fair.
  2. Booth leaders for more countries.
  3. Food contributions for the Food Festival.

For more information or to volunteer contact:  Ritu Das (rituparnad (at) yahoo dot com), Dipti Joshi (dsonak (at) yahoo dot com) or Priya Junnarkar (priya dot junnarkar (at) gmail dot com)

PAUSD News

PiE Donates $2.9 Million to PAUSD
PiE is thrilled to announce its 2009-2010 fundraising campaign has donated a record-breaking $2.9 million for the Palo Alto School District, a 13% increase over last year’s donation including a 30% increase in donations from local businesses and residents without children in PAUSD.  With the school district facing deep budget cuts in the coming year, PiE’s donation provides critical support for essential programs and staff.  PiE sends out a heartfelt thank you to every family that donated this year, especially in this challenging economic climate. Check out PiE’s website for more details on how PiE dollars benefit every child in the district: www.papie.org.

Juana Run

Saturday, February 20, Juana Briones School

The 14th annual Juana Run is a community event with running races for all ages and abilities.  The certified 8K race starts at 8:30am and runs through the streets of Barron Park, the kids races by elementary school grade start at 10am and a family friendly 1 mile race starts at 11:10am.  Register: http://www.juanarun.org.  Registration will also be available race morning starting at 7am.  Parking is available at Gunn High school.  Questions: juanarun (at) aol dot com or the race hotline 599-3434

Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards
Monday, February 22, 7:30-9 PM,  Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue,  Palo Alto
Come help CAC honor those “Every Day Heroes” who have made a difference in the life of a special needs child. This will be a joyous, heartwarming and touching event to celebrate many deserving individuals.  Refreshments will be served.

You Made It! Jamboree
Submission deadline Sunday, February 28; Jamboree Saturday, May 15, Palo Alto Art Center
The Palo Alto PTA Council’s very own student “makers faire” is a celebration of innovation and creativity.  The You Made It! Jamboree is a chance for any PAUSD student to show the world his or her awesome creations.  Does your student make robots?  Invent new toys?  Design computer games or animations?  Create new fashions?  The You Made It! Jamboree is your student’s chance to celebrate the creative spirit within and display their innovations.  Info and entry forms: www.youmadeitjamboree.com

JLS Connections Program Information Meeting
Tuesday, March 2, 7 PM, JLS Cafetorium
The JLS Connections Program is open to all PAUSD 2010 incoming 6th graders.  Connections is a learning community of students, teachers, and parents where hearts and minds are inspired through challenging and innovative teaching practices, including project-based and hands-on learning, differentiated instruction, and leadership development.  Application to the program is through lottery (the district recently mailed the middle school choice enrollment info to all 5th grade families).  This informational meeting is open to all interested parents and current 5th grade children.  Connections’ teachers and current and former students will be available to answer questions. Info: www.jlsconnections.org.

Parent Ed:  Christine Carter, Raising Happy Kids
Tuesday, March 16, 7 PM, Barron Park School
Dr. Carter’s talk addresses what science tells us about the factors that breed happiness in childhood and beyond. Dr. Carter is executive director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley and a sociologist who studies the childhood roots of happiness.  For more information click here.

Dr. Ken Ginsburg:  Building Resilience in Children and Teens
Thursday, March 25, Resource fair and community social 6 PM, Presentation 6:30 PM, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School
Using humor and real-life scenarios, Dr. Ken Ginsburg will teach you how to raise resilient children who can deal with stress in an increasingly complex world.  His unique perspective emphasizes the developmental strengths of youth, equipping participants with skills needed to better teach kids to help themselves.  Dr. Ginsburg is a nationally renowned pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. His books include A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens
and Less Stress, More Success.  Free.  Sponsors include Palo Alto PTA Council, Palo Alto School PTAs, and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

Raffle to Benefit Paly Choirs

Support the Palo Alto High School Choirs and have a chance to win valuable prizes including an aerial tour of the SF Bay, Apple iPad, $1000 cash, and a Grand Prize trip for two to Paris.  Tickets ($10 each or $40 for 5) on sale through Sunday, May 16.  Winners selected at the Choirs’ Spring Concert at St Mark’s Episcopal Church;  need not be present to win.  Must be 18+ to buy ticket/enter raffle.  Info including ticket purchase: Paly Choir website.

City of Palo Alto News

Palo Alto Library Commission Opening
Applications due Monday, March 8
The Palo Alto Library Commission is looking for one volunteer to serve in an unexpired term.  The Commission meets once a month and is responsible for advising the City Council on a variety of matters relating to the Libraries.  Info:  www.cityofpaloalto.org or the City of Palo Alto City Clerk’s Office, 329-2267.

Children’s Theatre 10-Minute Playwriting Contest
Deadline March 22
Bay Area students are invited to participate in the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre’s Second Annual 10-Minute Playwriting Contest.  All genres of plays accepted from students ages 8 through high school.  Winning plays receive a staged reading and reception at PACT.  They will be performed by members of the Teen Arts Council and directed by a professional director.  Winning authors will also receive a prize donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Plays will be judged in three categories: Elementary (age 8-10), Jr. High (Age 11-13), and Young Adult 14-18.  Winners announced May 11.  Submit plays electronically to Childrens.Theatre (at) cityofpaloalto dot org or by snail mail to Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, ATTN: Playwriting Contest, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.  Questions: 463-4930.

Become a Certified Bicycle Safety Instructor
Additional instructors are needed to continue the City of Palo Alto Recreation Department’s highly successful bicycle education program. League of American Bicyclists certification as a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) is required.  A 23-hour seminar will be given for prospective instructors in June.  Ideal candidates for the seminar are experienced, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic bicyclists.  Before the LCI Certification Seminar, applicants must become a member of the League ($35/year) and must have completed a 9-hour Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101 course with high marks.  Info:  PTA Council Traffic Safety Chair Penny Ellson, 856-0736, pellson (at) pacbell.net

Community News

Kara’s Summer Grief Camp
July 30-August 1, Applications due Monday, February 22
Kara’s annual summer grief camp, Camp Erin, is a free grief camp designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend.  It is a weekend-long experience that combines traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers.  Applications and info: call Kara, 321-5272 or
http://www.kara-grief.org/camperin

Documentary:  “Race to Nowhere”
Tuesday, Februay 23, 7 PM, Oshman Family JCC 3921 Fabian Way
“Race to Nowhere” is a  film made by a Lafayette mom as a call to families, educators, experts and policy makers to examine current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America.  The film will be followed by dialogue with the director.
Sponsored by Los Altos – Mountain View PTA Council and Mountain View High School Challenge Success.  Tickets: $12 http://racetonowherepaloalto.eventbrite.com.

Media Center “Zoom In” Workshop

Join a new video-making community project, no experience or equipment necessary.  The Midpeninsula Community Media Center is launching “Zoom In”, a video workshop and production collaborative.  A low-cost, fast-track course provides all the basics you need to shoot and edit videos, as well as publish them on the web.  Use your camcorder or borrow one from the Media Center.  Zoom In gives video makers of all levels of experience the chance to contribute to local media coverage and make a difference in the community. Videos can range from coverage of local events to organizations to people to scripted narratives.  Cost for sixteen hours of training is $100 and for an extra $50 you can have access to Media Center camera equipment for six months.
Info: Becky Sanders, 494-8686 x 11 or www.Midpenmedia.org/zoomin

Upcoming Canopy Tree Events

Friday, March 5:
9 AM-3:30 PM – Canopy Workshop: Pruning and Training Young Trees for Strength, Beauty, Longevity and Appropriate Clearances: A Practical Approach for Arborists
To sign up: sharon (at) canopy dot org.  Info: http://www.canopy.org

Seussical the Musical

March 19-28, Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays/Sundays 2:00 pm, Cañada College Mainstage Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Road, Redwood City
Bay Area Educational Theater Company presents Seussical the Musical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss.  “Seussical” is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza.
Info and to order tickets: http://www.bayareaetc.org or 802-8423.

BandWorks Rock n’ Roll Summer Camp in Los Altos & San Carlos
For kids ages 8-18, week-long Summer Day Camps are open to young beginners through advanced, older teen players. Professional musician-instructors create a fun and supportive environment while they teach kids the skills they need to play in a rock band-and make new friends in the process.
Info: info (at) bandworks dot com, 510-843-BAND(2263) or http://www.BandWorks.com

Camp Kwizera: Empowering Youth to Lead Through Service
A week-long day camp held at Stanford University in June and July 2010 that encourages youth to identify issues they are passionate about and turn that passion into committed action by combining interactive, fun, and kid-friendly global learning about social justice issues with local community service field trips.
Info and to register: http://faceaids.org/camp or contact Executive Director Julie Veroff, julie (at) faceaids dot org or (559) 790-7052.

Sibling Relationship Issues When One Sib Has Special Needs
Wednesday, March 17, 7-9 PM, Springer Elementary School, MP Room, 1120 Rose Avenue, Mountain View
All PAUSD parents warmly welcome!  This is a free program, open to any parent with an interest in supporting the emotional needs of all their children, especially when dealing with special needs within a family.

Leslie Vaasquez is the parent of two daughters, one with special health care needs.  She grew up with a brother with multiple disabilities.  Leslie, who has a Masters degree in Counseling, has served as a Parents Helping Parents support group facilitator, mentor parent, and board member for 9 years.  Her talk focuses on the sibling relationship – why it’s important to focus on siblings in a special needs family and the ways parents and others can support siblings.  She discusses the particular issues and concerns for siblings such as isolation, lack of information, loss of attention, embarrassment, guilt, and responsibility.  She also addresses strategies parents can use to deal with these issues.  Finally, she will discuss benefits of being positive and how siblings have a lot to gain by being actively involved with their special needs sibling.

The meeting is 7 to 9 PM.  Hospitality begins at 6:45pm.
This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org)  All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary.

News: February 5, 2010

Calendar

February 9:         Science Night, 6:30 PM

February 11-15:  No School

February 17:       Site Council, 3:30pm

February 17:       Restaurant Night at Su Hong, Palo Alto

February 17:       Science Fair Parent Information Mtg, 7 PM

February 24:       Family Math Night, 6:30 PM

March 2:             New Principal Selection Information Meeting with Scott Bowers, 7 PM

March 13:           Annual Palo Verde Auction

Palo Verde and PTA News

From the Desk of Lupe Garcia…

Dear Palo Verde Parents, Students, and Community,

Thank you for helping us make a smooth transition into the second half of the school year.  Your continued support and direct efforts benefit all our children. THANK YOU also to the many volunteers who actively contribute in classrooms and in other school related activities, which make Palo Verde School a vibrant place for everyone.  Let’s keep it going!

Updates and other general information:

Please note the following test dates and related information:

Testing dates: Please do not schedule appointments or trips on days when your child is to take a test. Do note the following test dates and please also check with your child’s teacher for other relevant dates:

* March 8-9 all third and fifth graders (and selected second and fourth grade classes) will take the MARS Math Test;

* May 3 – 14 all students in 2nd- 5th grades will take the STAR Test.

Please note the information on participation rate below:

* Participation rate on the STAR Test:  It is critical that at least 95% of our students take the STAR Test.  The state sanctions schools and districts that do not meet this participation rate requirement.  If you have questions, please contact me directly.

Thank you for donating to PiE: educational funding continues to go down dramatically due to economic and political reasons. Fortunately, you, the Palo Alto community, have been the absolute constant in the lives of our schools.  You have maintained a clear focus in support of education in our district. Thank you for your generous donations in support of our children’s education!

“Coins for Haiti” fundraising: our students are doing a fabulous job fundraising for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Our students raised $982.91 by the end of the first week.  Way to go Palo Verde!  We will be donating the funds to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.  It is the only charity organization that publicly states that 100% of the donations will go to relief efforts.  Apparently a private donor donated enough funds to cover the overhead administrative expenses.  Know in advance that ALL donations will go directly to those in need.  Thank you Maria Zajac for doing the research! In addition, different classrooms (or grade levels) will also be hosting different activities for additional fundraising.  Thank you for your support for those in EXTREME NEED in Haiti!

Please continue to be aware of your child’s needs and stay in touch with his/her teacher.  The second half of the year is typically more intense for children, academically and socially. Most students have major projects to complete and friendships sometimes shift, causing emotional stress. Your vigilance and support will be instrumental in providing a safety net when they need it.  Let us know if we can help.

Warmest regards,

Lupe García

Science Night at Palo Verde

Tuesday, February 9th 2010, 6:30-8:20 PM

The Lawrence Hall of Science will be transforming our multipurpose room into hands-on learning stations.  The Build It! festival brings out the engineer and architect in everyone. Participants can exercise their design, problem-solving, and spatial skills by constructing in two and three dimensions.

Volunteers needed to assist with the stations! To volunteer, please call Theivanai Palaniappan at (510) 795-9084 or theivanai.palaniappan (at) gmail dot com

Restaurant Night

Please join us at Su Hong on February 17 any time between 11 am and 9 pm for our monthly Restaurant Night!  20% of all proceeds go straight back to Palo Verde.  It’s a chance to have some fun and help the school at the same time!

Family Math Game Night

Students, parents, and siblings are all invited to join Palo Verde teachers in an evening of Math Games. Join your children as we play a variety of games from our new math program, Everyday Mathematics. You will see how games develop over the grades, and gain insight into the deeper mathematical thinking involved in some activities that may be deceivingly simple on the surface. Learn games that will help your child master the basic number facts as well as develop a solid number sense. Modifications will be shared that will help to make games appropriate and challenging for your whole family!

What?           Math Game Night for Families

When?          Wednesday, February 24th

Time?            6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where?         Palo Verde Multipurpose Room

Who?            Palo Verde students and their families

Meeting on New Principal Selection with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Scott Bowers

As the Palo Alto Unified School District begins the process of selecting a new Principal for Palo Verde Elementary School, we would like to hear from you.

On Tuesday, March 2nd from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Palo Verde Library, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Scott Bowers will hold a meeting with interested parents to gather their views on the school.

In his recent letter staff and parents, current principal, Lupe Garcia, announced that he will retire at the end of this year.  One of the first steps in the process for placing a new principal at Palo Verde is to gather your thoughts on what you value most about Palo Verde, what you see as challenges for the school over the next few years, and what leadership qualities you feel are most important for your school’s principal.

Please join Dr. Bowers at this Palo Verde parent meeting so that your views may help inform in this important staffing decision.

The Palo Verde PTA has also arranged child care with Palo Verde Kids’ Club during this meeting. More details will be available soon. Space will be limited.

Palo Verde Auction Update

Thank you to everyone who has already offered up your time and talents!  We are thrilled with the response from the Palo Verde community.

Some of us are still pondering the question: “What can I give?”

We assure you that no item is too small!

Vacation Home or Time-Share

Pie- or Bread- of the Month or any type of meal delivery

Event Tickets – sports, theatre, tee times, etc.

Baby-sitting or Dog-walking

Photography

Whether or not you can donate, we hope you will join us for a casual night of fun and fundraising March 13th at Trader Vic’s in Palo Alto!

This event is more than a party! In the face of state budget cuts and declining property tax revenue, funds raised at the auction help fill the gaps for classroom equipment and materials requested and needed by our teachers at every grade level. Your support of this important PTA event truly makes a positive difference for our children and our school.

Please email details to Rebecca Thompson: rebeccaherrema (at) hotmail dot com or complete one of the forms in the office.  You’ll need to include your name, phone number, email, item description, value, minimum bid and expiration date.  Thank you from your auction co-chairs: Sheri Tye and Jackie Cook

Save the Date!

International Fair & Food Festival – Saturday, May 15, 4 – 7 PM

Enjoy the adventure of first-hand experience of varied cultures. See the arts and crafts, hear the sounds and be entertained.Have fun with your passport! Visit and explore the countries and feel the ambiance of world travel. See the smiles on your kids’ faces as they enjoy all the fun and deepen their understanding of the cultural diversity.

Experience the cuisines around the world. This year, for the first time, families of Palo Verde will get to enjoy an International Food Festival at the International Fair.  Bring friends and family to enjoy the food festival. The proceeds from the food festival will go to PTA.

Put on that apron and whip up your most favorite dish! Culinary contributions are needed to make this event a huge success. Any cuisine around the world is welcome.

Thanks to all the volunteers who have stepped up to help with the fair. We have booth leaders for India, UK, Thailand, Netherlands, Brazil, Taiwan and Russia.

We need your help with the following:

1. Volunteers to help with booths, setup, cleanup, activities etc on the day of the fair as well as planning and preparation before the fair.
2. Booth leaders for more countries.
3. Food contributions for the Food Festival.

For more information or to volunteer contact:  Ritu Das (rituparnad (at) yahoo dot com), Dipti Joshi (dsonak (at) yahoo dot com) or Priya Junnarkar (priya dot junnarkar (at) gmail dot com)

PAUSD News

PTA Budget Survey Results

The results are in . . . over 1,400 parents and PTAers filled out the Palo Alto PTA Council’s PAUSD Budget Survey and a summary of their responses is posted here: http://paloaltopta.org.  A School Board study session discussing these and other suggestions will be held Tuesday, February 9, 12:30-2:30 PM, 25 Churchill.  It is open to the public.

California’s Race to the Top Legislation

On January 7, California enacted sweeping new education legislation, including open enrollment.  For a summary of the new laws see http://paloaltopta.org

School Board Study Session: 2010-2011 Budget Balancing Plan

Tuesday,  February 9, 12:30 PM, 25 Churchill

School Board Regular Meeting

Tuesday,  February 9, 6:30 PM, 25 Churchill

For Agendas and Materials: Click Here

http://www.pausd.org/community/board/agenda.shtml

Paly Cheer Clinic for Grades K-8

Sat./Sun. Feb. 6/7, 12-3pm; Performance Wed. Feb. 10 Join Paly Cheerleaders at a Cheer Clinic on Feb. 6 & 7.  All ages will have fun tumbling, cheerleading and dancing.  On Feb. 10, all clinic attendees will perform at halftime at the Paly basketball game.  $45, includes Tshirt.  To sign up contact Ann Carter, annescottercarter (at) aol dot com

“Heavenly Bandstand” Rocks Gunn High School

Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday February 10, 8 PM, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of young love, lots of laughs and music at Gunn’s annual musical extravaganza, starring the Gunn High School Choirs, the JLS and Terman Middle School Choirs, and 50 of your favorite Gunn Staff.  Directed by Gunn choir director William Liberatore, script by Nancy Hersage.

Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students, www.gunnchoir.org, or in the Gunn Students Activities Center starting February 1.

JLS Connections Observation Day

Tuesday, February 16, 8:15 AM – 11:25 AM, JLS Classrooms 410, 510, 710 and 720

Current 5th grade students and their parents are welcome to observe classes on February 16 to learn more about the Connections program at JLS.  If your 5th grader is visiting, please make sure that his/her teacher is “ok” with the absence that morning.  On the morning of the visitation, check in at the JLS Office.  Please note that there will be plenty of opportunity to observe classroom activity, but that “shadowing” an individual student is not permitted and that these visitations are for the Connections’ classrooms only.

Questions: Connections’ teacher Katie Schramm, kschramm (at) pausd dot org

Monthly ADHD Parent Education and Support Group

Thursday, February 18, 7:30-9 PM, Room A, 25 Churchill. This group meets on one Thursday of each month (March 25, April 22, May 20). The group will discuss a wide range of issues and information will be provided regarding managing ADHD at home and at school.  Behavior management, getting chores and homework done,  managing school, organization, time management and study skills,  and how to get help at school through 504 Plans and IEPs.  Come get your questions answered and share your experiences with other parents.  The meetings sometimes feature guest speakers.  Led by Janet Dafoe, Ph.D., Morrissey-Compton Center.  Questions: 208-1224.

Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards

Monday, February 22, 7:30-9 PM,  Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue,  Palo Alto

Come help CAC honor those “Every Day Heroes” who have made a difference in the life of a special needs child. This will be a joyous, heartwarming and touching event to celebrate many deserving individuals.  Refreshments will be served.

You Made It! Jamboree

Submission deadline Sunday, February 28

Jamboree – Saturday, May 15, Palo Alto Art Center

The You Made It! Jamboree is PAUSD’s first-ever  celebration of creativity and innovation, giving PAUSD students an opportunity to show and share their  original creations with the community in a non-competitive environment, and to inspire others to pursue their own creative ideas and passions. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, with support from the Palo Alto Art Center.

Info and entry forms: www.youmadeitjamboree.com

Parent Ed:  Christine Carter, Raising Happy Kids

Tuesday, March 16, 7 PM, Barron Park School

Dr. Carter’s talk addresses what science tells us about the factors that breed happiness in childhood and beyond. Dr. Carter is executive director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley and a sociologist who studies the childhood roots of happiness.  For more information click here.

Dr. Ken Ginsburg:  Building Resilience in Children and Teens

Thursday, March 25, Resource fair and community social 6 PM, Presentation 6:30 PM, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School

Using humor and real-life scenarios, Dr. Ken Ginsburg will teach you how to raise resilient children who can deal with stress in an increasingly complex world.  His unique perspective emphasizes the developmental strengths of youth, equipping participants with skills needed to better teach kids to help themselves.  Dr. Ginsburg is a nationally renowned pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.  His books include A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens and Less Stress, More Success.  Free.  Sponsors include Palo Alto PTA Council, Palo Alto School PTAs, and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council

City of Palo Alto News

Children’s Theatre 10-Minute Playwriting Contest

Deadline March 22

Bay Area students are invited to participate in the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre’s Second Annual 10-Minute Playwriting Contest.  All genres of plays accepted from students ages 8 through high school.  Winning plays receive a staged reading and reception at PACT.  They will be performed by members of the Teen Arts Council and directed by a professional director.  Winning authors will also receive a prize donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Plays will be judged in three categories: Elementary (age 8-10), Jr. High (Age 11-13), and Young Adult 14-18.  Winners announced May 11.  Submit plays electronically to Childrens.Theatre (at) cityofpaloalto dot org or by snail mail to Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, ATTN: Playwriting Contest, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.  Questions: 463-4930.

Community News

Palo Alto Little League Spring 2010 Registration

Palo Alto Little League has baseball leagues for Palo Alto children 5 years of age and older by April 30, 2010.  Kindergarten students: Sign-up for Tee Ball.  New and returning players can sign-up on-line now.  Info: pabaseball.org or registration (at) pabaseball dot org

Upcoming Canopy Tree Events

Saturday, February 6:

  • 9 AM-Noon – Volunteer Tree Planting, Stanford. Canopy Volunteer Tree Planting at Nixon Elementary School (Phase 2)

Saturday, February 13:

  • 10 AM-Noon –  Free Neighborhood Tree Walk, Palo Alto. Free Tree Walk in Old Palo Alto with leading arborist  Heather Booty
  • 1 PM-4 PM – Canopy Workshop. Palo Alto. Workshop: Restoring Older Fruit Trees

Friday, March 5:

  • 9 AM-3:30 PM – Canopy Workshop: Pruning and Training Young Trees for Strength, Beauty, Longevity and Appropriate Clearances: A Practical Approach for Arborists

To sign up: sharon (at) canopy dot org.  Info: www.canopy.org

Documentary:  “Race to Nowhere”

Tuesday, Februay 23, 7 PM, Oshman Family JCC 3921 Fabian Way

“Race to Nowhere” is a  film made by a Lafayette mom as a call to families, educators, experts and policy makers to examine current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America.  The film will be followed by dialogue with the director.

Sponsored by Los Altos – Mountain View PTA Council and Mountain View High School Challenge Success.  Tickets: $12 http://racetonowherepaloalto.eventbrite.com.

Programs offered bythe Center for Sustainable Change (CSC)

For more information, please contact Center for Sustainable Change, 424-0705 x. 21, www.centerforsustainablechange.org

“Growing Mental Health in Our Families”

Friday,  February 19, 8:45-10:15 AM, Fairmeadow Elementary School Library

With Ami Chen Mills-Naim.  Sponsored by the Fairmeadow PTA.  Ms. Mills-Naim is CSC Director and author of “The Spark Inside: A Special Book for Youth.” She has worked with families and adolescents for more than 20 years, teaching the principles that govern innate resiliency-and what gets in the way. She is currently director of the National Community Resiliency Project, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

“Growing Mental Health for Parents and Teens”

Tuesday, March 30, 6:30-8 PM, Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto.  With Ami Chen Mills-Naim. This event is open to the general public, registration is not required.

“Spiritual Fitness”

Thursdays, April 8-May 13, 6:30-8 PM, Palo Alto Family YMCA

A six-part series. Join CSC’s Director Ami Chen Naim for a reflective dive into the 3 Principles of Mind, Consciousness & Thought and how our understanding of these principles impacts family and work life, leading to increased peace-of-mind, harmony, communication, efficiency, and well-being. Teenagers 13 and over are welcome.  Registration through the YMCA, http://www.paloaltofamilyymca.com, 856-9622.

Kara’s Summer Grief Camp

July 30-August 1, Applications due Monday, February 22

Kara’s annual summer grief camp, Camp Erin, is a free grief camp designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend.  It is a weekend-long experience that combines traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers.  Applications and info: call Kara, 321-5272 or www.kara-grief.org/camperin

BandWorks Rock n’ Roll Summer Camp in Los Altos & San Carlos

For kids ages 8-18, week-long Summer Day Camps are open to young beginners through advanced, older teen players. Professional musician-instructors create a fun and supportive environment while they teach kids the skills they need to play in a rock band-and make new friends in the process.

Info: info (at) bandworks dot com, 510-843-BAND(2263) or www.BandWorks.com

MOAH Workshop: Solid State Electronics & Integrated Circuits

Sundays, February 28 – March 28, 1-3 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto

This Museum of American Heritage course covers the basics of transistor and vacuum tube circuits.  Students learn about the invention and development of tubes and transistors, then the history, development, and uses of integrated circuits.  Students will discover what ICs are made of, how they work, and how they are designed and manufactured right here in Silicon Valley. Students will also learn how to read simple schematic diagrams and build portable radios that use 2 ICs as take-home projects.  Ages 10 and up;  $75 members/$85 non-members.  Registration must be completed by February 23.  Info:  www.moah.org

Sibling Relationship Issues When One Sib Has Special Needs

Wednesday, March 17, 7-9 PM, Springer Elementary School, MP Room, 1120 Rose Avenue, Mountain View

All PAUSD parents warmly welcome!  This is a free program, open to any parent with an interest in supporting the emotional needs of all their children, especially when dealing with special needs within a family.

Leslie Vaasquez is the parent of two daughters, one with special health care needs.  She grew up with a brother with multiple disabilities.  Leslie, who has a Masters degree in Counseling, has served as a Parents Helping Parents support group facilitator, mentor parent, and board member for 9 years.  Her talk focuses on the sibling relationship – why it’s important to focus on siblings in a special needs family and the ways parents and others can support siblings.  She discusses the particular issues and concerns for siblings such as isolation, lack of information, loss of attention, embarrassment, guilt, and responsibility.  She also addresses strategies parents can use to deal with these issues.  Finally, she will discuss benefits of being positive and how siblings have a lot to gain by being actively involved with their special needs sibling.

The meeting is 7 to 9 PM.  Hospitality begins at 6:45pm.

This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org)  All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary.

News: January 22, 2010

Calendar

January 22:    No School

January 27:    Restaurant Night at California Pizza Kitchen

February 9:    Science Night, 6:30 PM

February 24:  Family Math Night, 6:30 PM

March 13:      Annual Palo Verde Auction

Palo Verde and PTA News

Restaurant Night
Please join us at California Pizza Kitchen on Wednesday, January 27 any time between 11 AM and 9 PM for our first Restaurant Night of 2010!  20% of all proceeds go straight back to Palo Verde.  It’s a chance to have some fun and help the school at the same time!

Last Chance to Donate To PiE
The deadline is January 29th!
In this economy it is so important to support our schools
100% of Our Teachers at Palo Verde have donated – they believe that PiE funding is vital in our classrooms
Only 42% of Palo Verde families have donated so far – last year we had 65%

Drop your check off in the office or go to papie.org

Parent Education — Social Cruelty 101: Tools to Help Your Child

Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30 PM; Addison School MP Room
Addison PTA Parent Education invites you to attend the first Parent Education event of 2010. We have invited a local expert on social cruelty/friendships/caring for others to present information and practical tools to help your child navigate through relational issues at school and beyond.

Have you ever considered what the best way to empower your child is when it comes to challenging social interactions?  Have you wondered about differences boys and girls may exhibit in the ways they deal with social cruelty?   During this seminar, these and many other questions about social cruelty will be answered and solutions provided. You will also learn the importance of friendships and how to encourage their development, what to do if your child is targeted, and what a child can do as a bystander/observer of social cruelty.
This is a parent-only event, and Spanish translation will also be available. If you have questions, contact Jennifer Devine jendev7 (at) yahoo dot com

A Healthy Balance
Wednesday, February 3 from 9-11 AM; Fairmeadow MP Room

Please join us for a conversation with Denise Clark-Pope and help your child be fulfilled without sacrificing achievement. Children today live in a culture that is increasingly characterized by a “more is better” and “earlier is better” mindset, both in and out of school. This fast-paced existence for kids too often places them under undue pressure and stress, which can result in burnout, disengagement, unhealthy life patterns, or debilitating health problems. Over-scheduling further infringes upon the most productive activity for children: unstructured play.

This thought-provoking program is a must for parents seeking a healthy balance between achievement and personal fulfillment for their children. In this presentation, you will explore the unique demands placed on children’s time today and examine how today’s high-pressure, fast-paced culture can have unintentional but damaging effects on children. Come discover simple ways your family can counter the fast-paced culture without sacrificing achievement and while allowing kids to be kids.

Sponsored by the PTAs of  Fairmeadow, El Carmelo, Palo Verde and Walter Hays. Parking is limited; please park in Mitchell Park. For more information, contact Sigrid K Pinsky sigridkp (at) yahoo dot com.

Save The Date!

Science Night at Palo Verde
Tuesday, February 9th 2010, 6:30-8:20 PM
The Lawrence Hall of Science will be transforming our multipurpose room into hands-on learning stations.  The Build It! festival brings out the engineer and architect in everyone. Participants can exercise their design, problem-solving, and spatial skills by constructing in two and three dimensions.

Volunteers needed to assist with the stations! To volunteer, please call Theivanai Palaniappan at (510) 795-9084 or theivanai.palaniappan (at) gmail dot com

Family Math Game Night

Students, parents, and siblings are all invited to join Palo Verde teachers in an evening of Math Games. Join your children as we play a variety of games from our new math program, Everyday Mathematics. You will see how games develop over the grades, and gain insight into the deeper mathematical thinking involved in some activities that may be deceivingly simple on the surface. Learn games that will help your child master the basic number facts as well as develop a solid number sense. Modifications will be shared that will help to make games appropriate and challenging for your whole family!

What?           Math Game Night for Families
When?          Wednesday, February 24th
Time?            6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where?         Palo Verde Multipurpose Room
Who?            Palo Verde students and their families

Palo Verde Auction Update

Join us for a night of fun and fundraising March 13th at Trader Vic’s Mai Thai Lounge! The Palo Verde PTA Auction Committee is busy drumming up donations of products, services, and events from local businesses for everyone to bid on. Funds raised at the auction will help support school and PTA-sponsored events and activities for our kids.


How You Can Help: In addition to attending the event, consider contributing your time and talents toward auction items such as personal services, parties, vacation homes and more.  Everyone has something to offer.  We can help you package your skills and interests into a valuable auction item!  Hosting (or co-hosting) a party is a fun way to bring families together while raising money for the school community.  Talk to your friends!  No donation is too small.

Below are just a few ideas to help you start.  Contact us!

  • Host a kid-themed party: Tie-dye party, fire station birthday, model airplane building, princess tea party, cupcake decorating, Star Wars theme, etc.
  • Host a party or event for adults: Retro Bingo Night, Tamale Making, Progressive Cocktail party, Tennis Mixer and BBQ, Mom’s Boot Camp, etc.
  • Offer professional services: Donate a few hours of computer tech support, handyman time, photography, landscaping, or other sought after skills.
  • Package your talents or interests: Do you enjoy baking, calligraphy, sewing, scrapbooking, winemaking, or a unique sport?  Share your talents or interests through lessons or a party or simply deliver a package to the highest bidder (e.g. Pie-of-the-month, Indian dinner for six, Cricket clinic, etc).
  • Offer services from older siblings:  Yard work, babysitting, dog walking, etc.
  • Donate a vacation home or time share (it may be tax deductible)
  • Donate extra airline or hotel points or sporting or arts event tickets


Please email details to Rebecca Thompson: rebeccaherrema (at)hotmail dot com or complete one of the forms in the office.  You’ll need to include your name, phone number, email, item description, value, minimum bid and expiration date.  Thank you from your auction co-chairs: Sheri Tye and Jackie Cook

PAUSD News

Fundraisers for Haiti
Local organizations and schools all across PAUSD are rallying in a number of ways to support various humanitarian efforts in Haiti.  Schools with scheduled fundraisers include Duveneck, Fairmeadow, El Carmelo, Escondido, Juana Briones, Ohlone, Nixon, and Walter Hays.  After finals week, high school student groups are expected to join in the efforts.The organizations in Haiti to benefit from these fundraisers include Partners in Health, Soles4Souls: Project Haiti Relief, Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, and Operation Rainbow, and the Red Cross, in addition to local PA resident, Dr. Enoch Choi of PAMF who served those in need in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and will do the same in Haiti, reporting back to our community about Haiti, the effect of his work, and its needs going forward.
Ongoing:

Duveneck: Quarters for Quake Survivors drive.
El Carmelo: Check and cash donations through February 12.
Fairmeadow: Quarters for Quake Survivors drive through January 26


Thursday, January 21

Duveneck: Bake sale at 2:30
Escondido: Bake sale at 2:30
Ohlone: Book sale at 2:30


Saturday, January. 23

PAMP, Silicon Valley Moms Blog, Gemini Crickets, and other local supporters: Huge Bake Sale – Calling all bakers, volunteers and purveyors of baked goods.  Find out how to help at http://www.pampclub.org, bake sale 9 AM – 3 PM in front of Draeger’s Market, Menlo Park


Week of January 25

Juana Briones: Bake sale, possible toy drive, Quarters for Quake Survivors drive
Nixon: Haitian Relief Garage Sale January 30.
Walter Hays: Children-inspired donations.
Palo Verde:  Student made macrame bracelets for sale


For more information on how to donate, help with any of these fundraiser activities, or jumpstart a fundraiser with your group, contact: Sara Woodham atwo-jo (at) msn dot com or sawoodham (at) gmail dot com

Homework and Organizational Strategies for Children with ADHD
Monday, January 25, 7:30-9 PM, Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto
A Parent Education Seminar sponsored by Community Advisory Committee for Special Education with speaker: Dr. Betsy Corrin, Director of Child Anxiety Disorder Clinic at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford.  Dr. Corrin will present to parents strategies to improve their child’s on-task behaviors, focus, and organizational skills.  General principles for using reinforcement strategies to shape improved behavioral compliance will be discussed.  Dr. Corrin will also provide guidelines on how to interface with the school and with teachers to create an effective behavior management system.

School Board Study Session
Tuesday, January 26, 12:30 PM, 25 Churchill
To discuss high school Single Plans for Student Achievement.

School Board Regular Meeting
Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 PM, 25 Churchill
Agendas: http://www.pausd.org/community/board/agenda.shtml

A Celebration of the Arts at PAUSD
Wednesday, January 27, 7:30-9 PM, PAUSD District Office, 25 Churchill Avenue
Enjoy a sampling of PAUSD’s art, music, theater and dance offerings.  Learn more about the philosophy of the art education programs at PAUSD. Talk to the professionals who bring their knowledge and talents to our youth.  Great fun for all.  Enjoy refreshments.  Families welcome.  Hosted by PTA Council’s ArtSpeak and PAUSD Art and Music Education
Info: Art Education emarshall (at) pausd dot org, 329-3939

Monthly ADHD Parent Education and Support Group
Next meeting, Thursday, January 28, 7:30-9 PM, Room A, 25 Churchill
This group meets on one Thursday of each month (Jan. 28,  Feb. 18, March TBD, April 22, May 20).  The group will discuss a wide range of issues and information will be provided regarding managing ADHD at home and at school.  Behavior management, getting chores and homework done,  managing school, organization, time management and study skills,  and how to get help at school through 504 Plans and IEPs.  Come get your questions answered and share your experiences with other parents.  The meetings sometimes feature guest speakers.  Led by Janet Dafoe, Ph.D., Morrissey-Compton Center.  Questions: 208-1224.

Elementary and Middle School GATE Parent Presentation
Wednesday, February 3, 7-8:30 PM, Board Room, 25 Churchill
Intensity, Perfectionism, and Stress by Beth Littrell.  This presentation will describe the characteristics of intensity, perfectionism and associated stress in gifted students, and give a few strategies for reflection and self-management of the difficulties that arise from these phenomena.
Beth Littrell is a BTSA Advisor and Resource Specialist for GATE in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.
Questions: 329-3769, Flyer:  Click here

“Heavenly Bandstand” Rocks Gunn High School
Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday February 10, 8 PM, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of young love, lots of laughs and music at Gunn’s annual musical extravaganza, starring the Gunn High School Choirs, the JLS and Terman Middle School Choirs, and 50 of your favorite Gunn Staff.  Directed by Gunn choir director William Liberatore, script by Nancy Hersage.
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students, www.gunnchoir.org, or in the Gunn Students Activities Center starting February 1.


Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards
Monday, February 22, 7:30-9 PM,  Boardroom, 25 Churchill Avenue,  Palo Alto
Come help CAC honor those “Every Day Heroes” who have made a difference in the life of a special needs child. This will be a joyous, heartwarming and touching event to celebrate many deserving individuals.  Refreshments will be served.

You Made It! Jamboree
Submission deadline Sunday, February 28
Jamboree – Saturday, May 15, Palo Alto Art Center
The You Made It! Jamboree is PAUSD’s first-ever  celebration of creativity and innovation, giving PAUSD students an opportunity to show and share their  original creations with the community in a non-competitive environment, and to inspire others to pursue their own creative ideas and passions. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, with support from the Palo Alto Art Center.
Info and entry forms: www.youmadeitjamboree.com

City of Palo Alto News

Children’s Theatre 10-Minute Playwriting Contest
Deadline March 22
Bay Area students are invited to participate in the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre’s Second Annual 10-Minute Playwriting Contest.  All genres of plays accepted from students ages 8 through high school.  Winning plays receive a staged reading and reception at PACT.  They will be performed by members of the Teen Arts Council and directed by a professional director.  Winning authors will also receive a prize donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Plays will be judged in three categories: Elementary (age 8-10), Jr. High (Age 11-13), and Young Adult 14-18.  Winners announced May 11.  Submit plays electronically to Childrens.Theatre (at) cityofpaloalto dot org or by snail mail to Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, ATTN: Playwriting Contest, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.  Questions: 463-4930.

Community News

Palo Alto Little League Spring 2010 Registration
Palo Alto Little League has baseball leagues for Palo Alto children 5 years of age and older by April 30, 2010.  Kindergarten students: Sign-up for Tee Ball.  New and returning players can sign-up on-line now.
Info: http://pabaseball.org, registration (at) pabaseball dot org

MOAH Workshop: Whisper In the Wind: How To Build a Crystal Radio
Sundays, January 24 – February 21, 1-3:30 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto
At this Museum of American Heritage workshop, students build their own crystal radio sets, winding coils, drilling a mounting board and placing all components on it, and then wiring the set according to a schematic.  tudents learn radio history dating back to Marconi and Tesla, basic radio theory, modulation, how headphones work, and how to read schematics.  Ages 10 and up; $65 members/$75 non-members.  Registration must be completed by January 19.
Info: www.moah.org

Music For Minors Benefit Family Concert:  Red Grammer
Sunday, January 31, 3 PM, Carrington Hall, Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City
Award-Winning Grammy nominee Children’s Entertainer Red Grammer will perform with proceeds to benefit music education in local elementary schools.  Nearly all of his albums have received Parents’ Choice Awards.
Tickets: $14, by calling Music For Minors, 237-9130, www.mfm.org or Artsopolis, www.artsopolis.com.  Group discounts available.

Parent Education Event, Self Advocacy & Resiliency: “I Can!”
Thursday, February 4, 6:30-8:30 PM, Springer Multi-Purpose Room, 1120 Rose Ave, Mountain View
All PAUSD are welcome to this free event featuring Karen Grites, M.S, Center for Community Education Director, Children’s Health Council.
When learning styles are demystified and a child can articulate how he learns best, he gains a sense of power and creates the groundwork for a better self-image.  This talk will address ways your child can weather the challenges that come with each new grade or situation and create resiliency to bounce back from setbacks.  Sponsor: Los Altos Special Education PTA.
Info: Gita Gopal, gita.gopal (at) gmail dot com

Kara’s Summer Grief Camp
July 30-August 1, Applications due Monday, February 22
Kara’s annual summer grief camp, Camp Erin, is a free grief camp designed for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend.  It is a weekend-long experience that combines traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers.  Applications and info: www.kara-grief.org/camperin or call Kara, 321-5272.

MOAH Workshop: Solid State Electronics & Integrated Circuits
Sundays, February 28 – March 28, 1-3 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto
This Museum of American Heritage course covers the basics of transistor and vacuum tube circuits.  Students learn about the invention and development of tubes and transistors, then the history, development, and uses of integrated circuits.  Students will discover what ICs are made of, how they work, and how they are designed and manufactured right here in Silicon Valley. Students will also learn how to read simple schematic diagrams and build portable radios that use 2 ICs as take-home projects.  Ages 10 and up;  $75 members/$85 non-members.  Registration must be completed by February 23.
Info: www.moah.org

Sibling Relationship Issues When One Sib Has Special Needs
Wed. March 17, 7-9pm, Springer Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 1120 Rose Avenue, Mountain View
Speaker Leslie Vasquez is the parent of two daughters, one with special health care needs, has a Masters degree in Counseling, and has served as a PHP support group facilitator, mentor parent, and board member.  Her talk focuses on why it’s important to focus on siblings in a special needs family and the ways parents and others can support siblings.  Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC, www.selpa1cac.org

eNews: January 8, 2010

Calendar

January 13:  PTA Coffee, 8:00 AM

January 18:  No School

January 20:  Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM

January 22:  No School

January 27:  Restaurant Night at California Pizza Kitchen

February 9:  Science Night, 6:30 PM

Palo Verde and PTA News

Happy New Year Palo Verde Families!

Along with the arrival of 2010, I’m excited to unveil our new Palo Verde Elementary School PTA Newsletter now being delivered via a new email delivery system – Constant Contact. As a result, some of you may be receiving this newsletter for the first time as this new system makes it easier to add new families and deliver our newsletter to the Palo Verde community electronically. You also will notice a new look and feel, which hopefully is easier to read.

In an effort to “go green,” we are delivering our newsletter electronically every Friday. We will be delivering a printed version of our newsletter via Friday Folders only once a month.

Constant Contact is a safe, secure email delivery software provider. You can “opt-out” of receiving our newsletter at anytime. Simply follow the instructions included at the bottom of this newsletter.

Please send along any suggestions or feedback to either myself, Kim Amsbaugh, PTA President, amsbaugh (at) gmail (dot) com, or to our Newsletter Editors, Gail Foelsch and Sherry Walston Heller: paloverdevoice (at) gmail (dot) com.

Sincerely,

Kim Amsbaugh

Lost and Found

Our lost and found cart is overflowing.  Please spend a few minutes looking for your lost items.  The contents of the cart will be emptied on January 8th and all items will be donated.

Restaurant Night

Please join us at California Pizza Kitchen on Wednesday, January 27 any time between 11 AM and 9 PM for our first Restaurant Night of 2010!  20% of all proceeds go straight back to Palo Verde.  It’s a chance to have some fun and help the school at the same time!

Save The Date!

Science Night at Palo Verde

Tuesday, February 9th 2010, 6:30-8:20 PM

The Lawrence Hall of Science will be transforming our multipurpose room into hands-on learning stations.  The Build It! festival brings out the engineer and architect in everyone. Participants can exercise their design, problem-solving, and spatial skills by constructing in two and three dimensions.

Volunteers needed to assist with the stations! To volunteer, please call Theivanai Palaniappan at (510) 795-9084 or theivanai.palaniappan (at) gmail dot com

Reduce Waste and Raise Funds

Purchase a reusable lunch kit at http://www.citizenpip.com

Did you know that the average school-age child generates 67 lbs of lunch waste each school year?  Help us reduce waste at school by packing a waste-free lunch for your kids.  Not only is it better for the environment, but it will reduce our waste collection costs and result in substanial savings for our school.

Palo Verde School has partnered with Citizenpip, a company that sells reusable lunch kits designed to be fun and stylish for kids, and practical and convenient for parents. Everything in the kits is made from eco-friendly and lab-tested materials that are lead-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free, and BPA-free.  Kits include an insulated lunch bag, stainless steel water bottle, BPA-free airtight food containers, stainless steel insulated food jar, stainless steel fork and spoon, and 100% cotton napkins.  Purchase a kit, or just the items you need.

Purchase a reusable lunch kit at http://www.citizenpip.com. During checkout, enter school code ILOVEPALOVERDE and 15% of your purchase will be donated to Palo Verde School.  Spread the word to family and friends, Palo Verde School benefits from any purchases with the school code.

PAUSD News

PAUSD Budget Input Sought

The overall PAUSD budget for 2009/2010 is $153 million. 85% of the budget is personnel-related (i.e. salary + benefits).  Enrollment is 11,680 students.  The projected shortfall or structural deficit is forecast to be $5.7 million for school year 2201/2011, climbing to $10.2 million in 2013/2014.

Click here for an overview of the budget situation.

PAUSD is collecting input from many stakeholders including site councils, principals, staff, PTA members and others in a transparent, iterative, inclusive process. You have the opportunity to consider some options that are being looked at and give your input, or generate new ideas and submit those.  You can take this survey, designed to collect information to help inform the process. The survey is open now and closes 1/11/10.

Savings recommendations from all stakeholders can be emailed to Assistant Superintendent Scott Bowers at balancedbudget (at) @pausd dot org or, if you prefer that your suggestions be anonymous, to Palo Alto PTA Council Advocacy Chair, Lauren Janov,  janovLL (at) yahoo dot com, who will forward them to Mr. Bowers without attribution.

Spanish Immersion Information Meeting

Thursday, January 14, 7-8:15 PM, Escondido Library (in English), Aula 4 (en español), 890 Escondido Rd., Stanford

The Spanish Immersion Program is open to all families eligible for enrollment in the Palo Alto Unified School District.  Participation in the program is decided by lottery.  The information meeting is for new families interested in enrolling children in the program in the fall of 2010.  At the meeting, families will receive information about the two-way immersion model, how the program is implemented in the district, and the registration and lottery processes.  The information will be presented by members of the Escondido community, including the principal, teachers, parents and students.  All new families must attend this meeting (or watch a video of the meeting) before enrolling in the Spanish Immersion Program.

JLS Connections Program Informational Meeting

Wednesday, January 20, 6:30-7:30 PM, Escondido Elementary MP Room, 890 Escondido Road, Stanford

5th graders and parents of 5th graders are invited to come find out if JLS Connections is right for you.  The JLS Connections Program is open to all PAUSD 2010 incoming 6th graders.  Connections is a learning community of students, teachers, and parents where hearts and minds are inspired through challenging and innovative teaching practices, including project-based and hands-on learning, differentiated instruction, and leadership development.  Application to the program is through lottery, with applications due in the Spring.

Info: Connections website, http://www.jlsconnections.org.  Questions: Jen Hetterly, hetterly (at) sbcglobal dot net, or Becky Epstein, Epstein (at) meer dot net

City of Palo Alto News

Palo Alto City Library Announces Writing Contest For Kids

Deadline: Monday, January 11; Reception: Wednesday, January 27, 3:30 PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street

The Palo Alto City Library announces its 2nd Annual Writing Contest for kids.  Children from grades 2-5 will write an essay no more than 500 words in length on the topic, “How do you help a friend?” Entries may be turned in to any library branch or emailed to librarychildrensservices (at) cityofpaloalto dot org.  Submissions must be received by 9 PM on Monday,  January 11.  The essays will be judged on concept and creativity. Children are eligible to win a 1st place grand prize of a $25 gift certificate to Books Inc. Bookstore. Additionally, each participant will receive a Culture Organic Frozen Yogurt gift certificate for one small yogurt with a free topping. The winners will be announced at a reception held for all writers. Sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library, Culture Organic Frozen Yogurt and Books Inc. Bookstore.

Info:  www.cityofpaloalto.org/library, 329-2436.

Planning and Transportation Commission: Stanford/El Camino Project

Wednesday, January 13, 7 PM, Council Chambers

The Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission will consider plans to redesign the intersection of Stanford Avenue and El Camino Real.  The draft plans provide a more pedestrian and bike-friendly intersection, including bulbouts at the corners which will eliminate the right turn lanes on El Camino and on Stanford Ave.  This project is on a fast track approval process and the Commission wants to hear comments and concerns now.

To view the draft plans, click here

Comments can be sent to Planning.Commission (at) CityofPaloAlto dot org.

Info: project manager Ms. Shahla Yazdy, shahla.yazdy (at) cityofpaloalto dot org or by calling 617-3151.

Children’s Theatre 10-Minute Playwriting Contest

Deadline March 22

Bay Area students are invited to participate in the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre’s Second Annual 10-Minute Playwriting Contest.  All genres of plays accepted from students ages 8 through high school.  Winning plays receive a staged reading and reception at PACT.  They will be performed by members of the Teen Arts Council and directed by a professional director.  Winning authors will also receive a prize donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Plays will be judged in three categories: Elementary (age 8-10), Jr. High (Age 11-13), and Young Adult 14-18.  Winners announced May 11.  Submit plays electronically to Childrens.Theatre (at) cityofpaloalto dot org or by snail mail to Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, ATTN: Playwriting Contest, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.  Questions: 463-4930.

Community News

Palo Alto Little League Spring 2010 Registration

Palo Alto Little League has baseball leagues for Palo Alto children 5 years of age and older by April 30, 2010.  Kindergarten students: Sign-up for Tee Ball.  New and returning players can sign-up on-line now.

Info: http://pabaseball.org, registration (at) pabaseball dot org

Living LEGO-CY at The Museum of American Heritage

December 11- January 17, 11 AM – 3:30 PM, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto

MOAH, The Bay Area LEGO® User Group (BayLUG) and Bay Area LEGO Train Club (BayLTC) are again combining forces this winter to repeat last year’s spectacular Holiday season display at MOAH.  MOAH visitors can explore a variety of LEGO creations and an operating LEGO train layout featuring a wide variety of creations by club members. Highlighting it all is Holidays in the Bay Area, a 12 by 25 foot train layout incorporating multiple trains running through city, farm, and suburban scenes.  Admission tis free for active MOAH and BayLUG members and $2 per person for all others. Info: 321-1004

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Workshop

Saturday, January 9, 9:30 AM – 1 PM, Redwood City

The Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a nationally-recognized performing arts organization based on thePeninsula, invites boys ages 7-11 to join them for a free singing and music workshop and optional auditions on Saturday, January 9, in Redwood City. Info or to reserve a spot, please contact Ragazzi, 342-8785, info (at) ragazzi dot org or http://www.ragazzi.org/audition.htm

Raising Well-Balanced Children in a Fast-Paced World: Parent Education Course

Wednesdays, January 20 – March 3 (no class 2/17), 7-9:30 PM, Stanford

Offered through Stanford’s Continuing Education Program Winter Quarter, this cutting-edge, in-depth parent education 6-session course was developed by Challenge Success Co-Founders Jim Lobdell and Denise Pope. Designed for parents of children ages 5-12, the course explores this central question: What is success, and how can I foster it in today’s fast-paced, performance-based culture? In a highly interactive environment, participants examine current research on childhood stressors and learn specific strategies to promote physical and mental health, engagement in school, and overall well-being for their children. Participants explore the daily challenges of finding time for play, handling homework, choosing appropriate extracurricular activities, and promoting healthier lifestyles and deeper connections for the entire family.  Taught by Jim Lobdell and Kathy Ruwe, counselor at Las Lomitas Elementary School, and guest speakers include Denise Pope and Madeline Levine, author of The Price of Privilege.  The course is a must for families seeking a healthy balance between achievement and personal fulfillment for their children. Register at http://continuingstudies.stanford.edu.

Meet Your Special Education Director

Wednesday, January 20, 9-11 AM, Covington Elementary Multipurpose Room, 205 Covington Rd, Los Altos

Meet your Special Education Director and hear about existing, new, and planned programs and services in your school district:  Hilarey Davis, Director of Special Education, MVLA High School District, Steve Gingras, Director of Special Education, MVW School District, Anne LePage, Director of Pupil Services, Los Altos School District, and Carol Zepecki, Director of Pupil Services, PAUSD.  Find out how to most effectively work with your special ed team.  Find out how California budget cuts and Federal stimulus money affected programs in our schools. Moderated by Phil Shemanski, SELPA 1 CAC,   Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.

MOAH Workshop: Whisper In the Wind: How To Build a Crystal Radio

Sundays, January 24 – February 21, 1-3:30 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto

At this Museum of American Heritage workshop, students build their own crystal radio sets, winding coils, drilling a mounting board and placing all components on it, and then wiring the set according to a schematic.  tudents learn radio history dating back to Marconi and Tesla, basic radio theory, modulation, how headphones work, and how to read schematics.  Ages 10 and up; $65 members/$75 non-members.  Registration must be completed by January 19.

Info: http://www.moah.org

MOAH Workshop: Solid State Electronics & Integrated Circuits

Sundays, February 28 – March 28, 1-3 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto

This Museum of American Heritage course covers the basics of transistor and vacuum tube circuits.  Students learn about the invention and development of tubes and transistors, then the history, development, and uses of integrated circuits.  Students will discover what ICs are made of, how they work, and how they are designed and manufactured right here in Silicon Valley. Students will also learn how to read simple schematic diagrams and build portable radios that use 2 ICs as take-home projects.  Ages 10 and up;  $75 members/$85 non-members.  Registration must be completed by February 23.

Info: http://www.moah.org

News: December 11, 2009

Calendar:

December 16:  PTA Coffee, 8:15 AM

December 16:  Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM

December 18:  Minimum Day, 1:25 PM dismissal for ALL students

December 19 – January 3:  Winter Break – No School

January 4:  School Reopens

January 6:  Ice Skating Party at Winter Lodge, 5:30 PM

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

Lost and Found

Our lost and found cart is overflowing.  Please spend a few minutes looking for your lost items.  The contents of the cart will be emptied on December 18th and all items will be donated.

Save The Date!

Palo Verde’s Annual Ice Skating Party
Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 5:30-7:30 PM, Winter Lodge Ice Rink

Sign Up Forms Will be sent home early December.  Volunteers needed to work the the front ticket desk,
pizza, and bake sale tables!
To volunteer, please call Lori Harrenstien, 856-3237 or iceturtles (at) gmail dot com

PAUSD Announcements:

Dear Palo Verde families,

Thank you to all who supported and gave during our recent Partners in Education “Donation Days” drive. Parents at our school and across the district were incredibly generous and helped us get every dollar of our $250,000 challenge grant.

At Palo Verde, 140 families have donated to PiE’s annual campaign. We are well on our way and need just 49 more Palo Verde families to reach our school’s participation goal this year.

The strength of our schools and PiE relies on the contributions of ALL of our parents. If you have already given, a heartfelt thank you.  If you have not made your donation this year, we hope you will consider a donation today. Please visit the PiE website at www.papie.org and give what you can. Your contribution — large or small — counts!

Best,

Tania Nanevicz, Palo Verde PiE Rep

P.S. All donations are tax deductible — but must be made before Dec. 31st to qualify for 2009.

Donation Deadlines for 2009 Tax Year Benefit:

Before December 15th, 2009 you may drop off a donation at the school office

Before December 31st, 2009:  All mailed donations need to be postmarked by December 31st or any online credit card/paypal donations on www.papie.org

PAUSD Budget Input Sought

The overall PAUSD budget for 2009/2010 is $153 million. 85% of the budget is personnel-related (i.e. salary + benefits).  Enrollment is 11,680 students.  The projected shortfall or structural deficit is forecast to be $5.7 million for school year 2201/2011, climbing to $10.2 million in 2013/2014.

Click here for an overview of the budget situation.

PAUSD is collecting input from many stakeholders including site councils, principals, staff, PTA members and others in a transparent, iterative, inclusive process. You have the opportunity to consider some options that are being looked at and give your input, or generate new ideas and submit those.

You can take this survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y6L52QG, designed to collect information to help inform the process.  The survey is open now and closes 1/11/10.

Savings recommendations from all stakeholders can be emailed to Assistant Superintendent Scott Bowers at balancedbudget (at) @pausd dot org or, if you prefer that your suggestions be anonymous, to Palo Alto PTA Council Advocacy Chair, Lauren Janov,  janovLL (at) yahoo dot com, who will forward them to Mr. Bowers without attribution.

Paly Madrigal Tea and Dinner Concerts
December 11-13, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto
Palo Alto High School Choral Dept, under the direction of Michael Najar, perform glorious music mixed with comedic entertainment in not-to-be missed Renaissance-themed afternoon tea and dinner banquets. This year’s Choir benefit includes a Silent Auction and Holiday Gift Boutique.
Doors open 3:15 PM for the Tea Friday, December 11
Doors open 5:45 PM for Dinner Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13
To order ticketst:  www.palychoir.com

Paly Theatre Play in a Day

Saturday,  December 19, 8 P0, Haymarket Theatre, Palo Alto High

Come and see “Play in a Day,” Paly Theatre’s most popular event.  Don’t miss this wildly entertaining evening of short one acts, all written, rehearsed and performed within twenty four hours.  Doors open at 7:30; show up early for the best seats.  Tickets $7 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors at the door.  Flyer: palylink.paloaltopta.org/flyers/PIAD2009.jpg

For the Community Kiosk please click here.

For the Palo Alto PTA Council Web site please click here.

City of Palo Alto Announcements:

Palo Alto City Library Announces Writing Contest For Kids

Deadline: Monday, January 11; Reception: Wednesday, January 27, 3:30 PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street, Palo Alto

The Palo Alto City Library announces its 2nd Annual Writing Contest for kids.  Children from grades 2-5 will write an essay no more than 500 words in length on the topic, “How do you help a friend?” Entries may be turned in to any library branch or emailed to librarychildrensservices (at) cityofpaloalto dot org.  Submissions must be received by 9 PM on Monday,  January 11.

The essays will be judged on concept and creativity. Children are eligible to win a 1st place grand prize of a $25 gift certificate to Books Inc. Bookstore.  Additionally, each participant will receive a Culture Organic Frozen Yogurt gift certificate for one small yogurt with a free topping. The winners will be announced at a reception held for all writers.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library, Culture Organic Frozen Yogurt and Books Inc. Bookstore.

Info:  www.cityofpaloalto.org/library, 329-2436.

Children’s Fine Art Classes in All Mediums for Teens, Kids and Tots

Give the gift of art.  Register someone you love in a Children’s Fine Art class provided by the Palo Alto Art Center.  CFA offers classes at the Junior Museum and Zoo, the Palo Alto Art Center, and Mitchell Park Center.  Most of the teachers are working artists; all of them are wonderful art educators.  They help children learn the skills need to bring creativity into their adult lives.  Your early registration insures you get the classes you want and helps us too.  Winter registration is underway now.  Summer Studio Camps registration lottery deadline is January 14.  Info and to register: enjoyonline.cityofpaloalto.org or 329-2366.  Email larnie.fox (at) cityofpaloalto dot org to join the CFA email list.

Community Announcements:

Plant Oaks on the “Dish” Hill

Saturday, December 12, 10 AM – 1 PM

Since 1979 Magic, www.ecomagic.org, has worked in partnership with Stanford to regenerate native California oaks on university lands. Help plant 50 oak and other California native seedlings this Saturday.  Come dressed in work clothes and sturdy shoes.  Bring personal drinking water, work gloves, and a shovel.  Magic can provide gloves and shovels for those without.  To reserve your place on a planting crew, for details about where to meet, or for other info, please email robin (at) ecomagic dot org or call 323-7333.

Living LEGO-CY at The Museum of American Heritage

December 11- January 17, 11 AM – 3:30 PM, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto

MOAH, The Bay Area LEGO® User Group (BayLUG) and Bay Area LEGO Train Club (BayLTC) are again combining forces this winter to repeat last year’s spectacular Holiday season display at MOAH.  MOAH visitors can explore a variety of LEGO creations and an operating LEGO train layout featuring a wide variety of creations by club members. Highlighting it all is Holidays in the Bay Area, a 12 by 25 foot train layout incorporating multiple trains running through city, farm, and suburban scenes.  Admission tis free for active MOAH and BayLUG members and $2 per person for all others. Info: 321-1004

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra to Perform at Dinlelspiel Auditorium

Saturday, December 19, 8 PM, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford

Concert Features Viola virtuosa Sharon Wei, Benjamin Simon, Conductor.  Program includes Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor,  Max Bruch – Romanze, Benjamin Britten – Lachrymae, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 (“Little Russian”).  $15/adult, $10/senior and $5/student.  Info: 856-3848, info (at) pacomusic dot orgwww.pacomusic.org

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Workshop

Saturday, January 9, 9:30 AM – 1 PM, Redwood City

The Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a nationally-recognized performing arts organization based on thePeninsula, invites boys ages 7-11 to join them for a free singing and music workshop and optional auditions on Saturday, January 9, in Redwood City. Info or to reserve a spot, please contact Ragazzi, 342-8785, info (at) ragazzi dot org or www.ragazzi.org/audition.htm

Meet Your Special Education Director

Wednesday, January 20, 9-11 AM, Covington Elementary Multipurpose Room, 205 Covington Rd, Los Altos

Meet your Special Education Director and hear about existing, new, and planned programs and services in your school district:  Hilarey Davis, Director of Special Education, MVLA High School District, Steve Gingras, Director of Special Education, MVW School District, Anne LePage, Director of Pupil Services, Los Altos School District, and Carol Zepecki, Director of Pupil Services, PAUSD.  Find out how to most effectively work with your special ed team.  Find out how California budget cuts and Federal stimulus money affected programs in our schools. Moderated by Phil Shemanski, SELPA 1 CAC,   Sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.

MOAH Workshop: Whisper In the Wind: How To Build a Crystal Radio

Sunday January 24 – February 21, 1-3:30 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto

At this Museum of American Heritage workshop, students build their own crystal radio sets, winding coils, drilling a mounting board and placing all components on it, and then wiring the set according to a schematic.  tudents learn radio history dating back to Marconi and Tesla, basic radio theory, modulation, how headphones work, and how to read schematics.  Ages 10 and up; $65 members/$75 non-members.  Registration must be completed by January 19.

Info: www.moah.org

MOAH Workshop: Solid State Electronics & Integrated Circuits

Sunday, February 28 – March 28, 1-3 PM, MOAH 321 Homer, Palo Alto

This Museum of American Heritage course covers the basics of transistor and vacuum tube circuits.  Students learn about the invention and development of tubes and transistors, then the history, development, and uses of integrated circuits.  Students will discover what ICs are made of, how they work, and how they are designed and manufactured right here in Silicon Valley. Students will also learn how to read simple schematic diagrams and build portable radios that use 2 ICs as take-home projects.  Ages 10 and up;  $75 members/$85 non-members.  Registration must be completed by February 23.

Info: www.moah.org

News: December 2, 2009

District PTA News

You may be aware that there is emergency legislation under consideration related to the Race-to-the-Top funds potentially available from the Federal Gov’t.  In November, the California State Senate approved a fast-track emergency education bill (SBx5 1) it hopes will help California secure part of the Federal government’s $4.35 billion Race to the Top funds. The California State Assembly is next to consider it.

As it turns out there is a provision in the bill that may be troublesome for our district and others.  There isn’t a lot of clarity around this provision yet and it is not necessary to qualify for the Race to the Top funds.  Unfortunately the vote on the bill could be as early as next week so time is short.

Please read the analysis that can be found at http://palylink.paloaltopta.org/enews/PTACRTTTsummary.pdf.  I think you will feel compelled to contact our legislators.

The PTA Council wants to be sure you’re aware of this and have time to voice your opinion.  If you have questions, please contact our Advocacy Chair, Lauren Janov at 650.326.4060 or janovll (at) yahoo dot com

Terry Godfrey, President

Palo Alto Council of PTAs

president (at) paloaltopta dot org

www.paloaltopta.org

News: November 27, 2009

Calendar:

December 2:  Restaurant Night at Armadillo Willy’s

December 16:  Site Council Meeting, 3:30 PM

December 18:  Minimum Day, 1:25 Dismissal for ALL students

December 19 – January 3:  No School

January 4:  School Reopens

January 6:  Ice Skating Party at Winter Lodge, 5:30 PM

Palo Verde and PTA Announcements:

Book Fair Success!

Thank you to all the Palo Verde families who came to our Book Fair. This is a long-standing Palo Verde tradition and one we enjoy doing with Kepler’s. Kepler is a wonderful bookstore that is a community-based business that deserves our commitment and patronage. Through the book fair, the teachers now have some great new books in their classrooms and our library will soon have new additions, as well.

As a school community, we also need to thank the volunteers who organized this event. Alison Cormack and Gail Foelsch lead the charge, working closely with Kepler’s throughout the event and organizing the additional volunteers who worked shifts during the fair. Please join me in thanking Alison and Gail as well as the others who helped: Angie Rodriguez, Katharine Saunders, Shubha Ranga, Tracy Stewart, Joan Kusak, Irena Smith, Fidelia Wang, Lori Harrenstien, Joanna Schloss, Pat Hanley, Padmini Krishnan, Karen Wang, Diane Jakubowski, Mala Nayak, Heather Schultz, Jeanette Brisnan, Sophia Gu. Evelyn Guernsey

Family Giving Tree

Once again, Palo Verde is a proud host of The Family Giving Tree.  Please visit the office and select a gift tag.  All gifts must be returned to Palo Verde by Friday, December 11, 2009.  Please do not wrap your gift, just bring it in a bag with the tag securely attached to the bag or the gift.  Also, a new tooth brush would be greatly appreciated.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to select a gift for a child who is less fortunate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris in the office (856-1672).

Palo Verde Kids Club

The Palo Verde Kids’ Club is an on-site child care program provided by Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC).  The program includes snacks, quiet homework time, craft activities, games, outdoor activities and special events. There is currently space available for all five days.  Part day schedules also available. Placement is given on a first come first served basis for both permanent and drop-in care. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more information:  Raqiyyah Ikram, Director or Kari Taylor, Director, (650) 852-9475 or pvkc@paccc.com

Save The Date!

Palo Verde’s Annual Ice Skating Party
Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 5:30-7:30 PM, Winter Lodge Ice Rink

Sign Up Forms Will be sent home early December.  Volunteers needed to work the the front ticket desk,
pizza, and bake sale tables!
To volunteer, please call Lori Harrenstien, 856-3237 or iceturtles (at) gmail dot com

PAUSD Announcements:

Parent-Ed: Children’s Friendships: How Parents Can Help

Wednesday, December 2, 7 PM, Multipurpose Room, Hoover Elementary

A discussion with noted local expert, Dr. Louise Singleton.  This PTA Parent Ed program is free and open to all parents of PAUSD children in Young Fives or K-5th grade.  Dr. Singleton will discuss why friendships are important for elementary school children, how friendships change as children get older, and some ways to help children communicate and get along better with their peers.  Topics include shyness, bullying, assertiveness, and strategies to teach positive social skills.  They’ll discuss ways parents can help improve children’s peer relationships.  Questions and discussion are encouraged.

Building Blocks to Student Success
Tuesday, December 8,  6-8 PM, Boys and Girls Club, 2031 Pulgas Ave, East Palo Alto
The Parent Network for Students of Color and Hispanic Community (PNSCHC) with PTA Council and PAUSD invite you to join other Palo Alto Unified School District parents prepared to share what is or isn’t working for your child. Use this informal session to learn great strategies for raising highly successful children.  Childcare and light dinner will be provided.  You are welcome to bring a dish to share if you like.
Venga a reunirse con otros padres del Districto Escolar de Palo Alto (PAUSD) quienes participaran en lo que esta o no esta trabajando para sus niños.  Use esta sesión informal para a prender buenas estategias para cultivar niños exitosos.  Tendremos Guarderia.  Se serbira una cena ligera, pueden traed algo de comer si desean.
Info: Hilda Espinoza, 813-9556 (Español), Kim Bomar, 323-7845 (English), http://www.bigtent.com/groups/parentnet

Community Announcements:

French Afterschool Classes at Barron Park School

Come and play, read and write in French.  Second quarter starts Monday, November 30 – there is still time to register.

Non French Speakers:  K – 2nd Grade:  Tuesdays, 3:20 – 4:40 PM, 3rd – 5th Grade:  Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:40 PM, $20/hour; tuition is asked every quater.

Info:  efba.us or Judith Rapoport, judith.rapoport (at) gmail dot com

Palo Alto Art Center Holiday Family Day

Sunday,  December 6, 2-4 PM, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road

An afternoon of free art activities for families with children ages 5 and up.  Make gifts, ornaments, cards, and more!  Activities will be led by artists and volunteers from the community and will be accompanied by live Mariachi music!  This free program is made possible by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, www.paacf.org

Stanford Email Newsletter, Stanford For You

As a service to the community, Stanford recently launched a free monthly email newsletter, Stanford For You, about upcoming events on campus,  including information about concerts, sports, lectures, parenting and health resources, art exhibits and more.  All of these events are open to the public, and many of them are free.  To subscribe: http://4you.stanford.edu.  You can see the November newsletter at http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs061/1102638954456/archive/1102794696379.html.