5/17 -- Volunteer Breakfast
5/21 -- PTA Meeting
5/21-5/25 -- Spirit Week
5/28 -- Memorial Day -– No school
5/30 -- Track and Field day
5/29 -- Fifth Grade promotion at 9 am
6/1 -- Last Day Fair
Important May dates for Escondido - see Konstella annoncement
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NEW! 2018-2019 Jaguar Journey
Attention, all incoming 6th Grade Greene (Jordan) Parents! Greene's New Student Orientation, an amazing 2-day program for 6th-grade students and parents, begins on August 14. Parent volunteers and Greene Staff make this happen!
We plan to recruit all positions before summer break begins. Please sign up for your preferred activities and shifts (feel free to sign up for multiple shifts!). Jaguar Journey is not just a great way for the kids to get to know the school, but also a great way for parents to meet fellow parents, teachers and kids. As your child transition from elementary school to middle school, this is your best opportunity to get to know more about the new school and meet your child’s classmates.
- OPEN for Volunteer Sign-Ups -
Scavenger Hunt: Students will explore Greene's campus and get to know front office staff. Parent volunteers will roam Greene's campus and supervise small groups. Scavenger Hunt volunteer signup link: https://www.uptous.com/directSignup/gpapuVdY5s79jFIA1BWUmbPUYocw7K3a4fENJCisve4t
Locker Olympics: Students will practice opening combination locks and will receive their locker assignment. Parent volunteers will assist small groups of students and/or one on one as 6th graders practice using a lock before locating and tackling their own personal locker. Locker Olympics volunteer signup link: https://www.uptous.com/directSignup/VR4gayGUHeWUX9z4cArNM0je3rbAAgfk4UErPsNfilAt
Say Cheese: Students will take their school photo and create a time capsule paper chain with their advisory. Parent volunteers will supervise and assist while students get their photos taken and ID cards made. Say Cheese volunteer signup link:
Roving Parent: Roving parent will support the Jaguar Journey lead teacher Brooke Tassa. Have comfortable shoes on as you may be sent anywhere on campus to help out. Roving parent volunteer signup link: https://www.uptous.com/directSignup/eVeorJMLXja3Srx1fyLPT4GFyj1d3sKWRsHHNyn4ilwt
Parent Advisory: Each parent volunteer will chaperone a group of students to different stations. D1 (8/14) Parent advisory volunteer signup link:
D2 (8/15) Parent advisory volunteer signup link: https://www.uptous.com/directSignup/DvXpiLhgJQ5bsvXkByK1jeDA97ziraeT4r48bZh4dKgt
Parent Orientation: Kindly mark your calendar for the volunteer training on Monday, August 13 from 10 to 11am.
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**NEW** Read the current message from our Interim Superintendent
We will re-post Karen Hendricks' communications here each week, in case you missed it on her Friday Infinite Campus email to you. Visit https://www.pausd.org/news for the latest message from Karen Hendricks.
**NEW**!! Parent Workshop for Immigrant and Refugee Families,
Co-sponsored by PTA Council and PAUSD
Wed, May 23rd 6:00 - 8:00PM (5:30PM Dinner,) Aspen Room, PAUSD District Office, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto
This parent workshop is for families who are looking for information and resources to best support their family in the current immigration environment. Psychologist Jennifer Coloma, Ph.D., will provide parents with strategies to help their children who may be experiencing worry and stress in an uncertain environment, including how to talk about these difficult issues and where to go if you need further resources for your family. Attendees will also be provided with the most up-to-date information about their legal rights (including DACA, undocumented and uncertain status, TPV, and refugee status).
Dinner will be served from 5:30pm and the workshop will commence at 6:00pm. Childcare and Spanish translation provided. If you need translation for a language other than Spanish please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com) in advance so we can best provide for your needs.
¡Nuevo! Taller de Padres para Familias Inmigrantes y Refugiadas
Copatrocinado por el Concejo de PTA y PAUSD, Miércoles 23 de Mayo de 6:00-8:00pm (Cena a las 5:30pm), Aspen Room, Oficinas del Distrito Escolar, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto
Este es un taller para familias que buscan información y recursos para poder apoyar de mejor manera a su familia en el actual entorno migratorio.
La psicóloga Jennifer Coloma, Ph.D., proveerá a los padres con las estrategias para ayudar a sus hijos los cuales pueden estar experimentar preocupaciones o estrés en este ambiente incierto, ella también hablara sobre como conversar sobre estos temas difíciles y donde acudir si usted necesita recursos para su familia. Se les proporcionará a los asistentes, la información más actualizada sobre sus derechos legales (incluyendo DACA, Indocumentados y estatus inciertos, TPV, y en estatus de refugiados.). La cena se servirá comenzando a las 5:30pm y el taller iniciará a las 6:00pm. Se proveerá cuidado de niños y traducción al español. Si usted necesita traducción en otro leguaje por favor comuníquese con firstname.lastname@example.org (o email@example.com) por avanzado para servirle acorde a sus necesidades.
Click My Cause
Speak up now for PAUSD students! Take action with a fast click of a button. Your voice needed to advance 3 critical CA education bills:
- Increase funding for K-12 education (AB 2808). CA schools are funded far below national average (cost-of-living adjusted)
- Pupil suicide prevention and training (AB 2639, Asm Berman)
- Invest in Pre-K education (AB 1754). Every dollar invested in early education saves CA many, many more dollars later
- Download the Click My Cause iPhone app (with download instructions) at https://clickmycause.com/ download/ Select “Palo Alto PTA Council” to send your alerts. Look for repeated alerts through September 30, 2018 Click “Ok” to allow notifications. You must do this to receive your mobile alerts
Enjoy a day at LEGOLAND on us! PTA Family Field Trip: Visit LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium for only $55 per adult or child. That’s half off the regular price! Must be reserved and pre-paid by phone. Call (760) 438-5346 and have your school name ready (minimum purchase 6 tickets).
PTA Kids Go Free (Online): Visit www.LEGOLAND.com/ptadiscount to purchase one full paid adult admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium and receive one free child admission. Enter discount code 15031.
PTA Kids Go Free (Flier): Visit www.LEGOLAND.com/ptaflyer to print your own flier and bring it to a LEGOLAND California ticket booth to receive one free child with one full paid adult admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium.
Summer Camps Held at PAUSD Sites
Looking for a summer camp in your neighborhood or at one of our Palo Alto Unified school sites? Now you can find it at the PTAC website at https://ptac.paloaltopta.org/2018-summer-camps/.
Camp providers listed on this page host activities/summer camps at PAUSD Schools, and pay rental fees to our district. These rental fees help to defray the cost of running our schools while providing local opportunities for our kids. PTA Council does not endorse one camp over another. This service is offered to give parents an easy way to find out what is being offered and where. Please contact the PTAC Webmaster to recommend updates to this information. There is no charge to providers to be listed.
**NEW**For Book Lovers and Supporters of Children’s Literacy: Access Books Bay Area Spring Fundraising Event
Sat, May 19, 4- 6 PM, 1460 El Camino Real, 2nd Floor, Menlo Park (office of Shearman & Sterling)
Have fun while supporting literacy in under-funded Bay Area schools! There will be wine and light appetizers along with a swing dance performance by the Someday Sweethearts, a visit from children’s author Nadia Reddy and an exciting silent auction to benefit Access Books Bay Area. Tickets are $75/person and will benefit projects to refurbish under-served Bay Area K-8 school libraries. Access Books Bay Area refurbishes by purchasing brand new books for the libraries, collecting gently used books for the classroom libraries, purchasing colorful new furniture for the library and painting bright cheerful murals on the library walls. Help us to make a difference in low-income under-funded Bay Area schools. Register: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MzMzNTY=
**NEW**Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Spring Concerts
Enjoy a series of Spring concerts (May through June) featuring winners of this year's PACO Concerto Competition. These talented young string players will perform music by Haydn, Bruch, Saint-Saens, Ravel and more. Don't miss the collection of works from Bach to Bernstein with violin soloist Robin Sharp in Senior PACO's last program of the season. If you do, you'll have a second chance on June 15 before they bring this winning collection on tour of Spain and Portugal. All concerts are FREE and for the entire family to enjoy. For more information about PACO and concert details, please visit www.pacomusic.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
**NEW**Stanford Social Skills Study Recruitment
Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) is recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. For more information, please go to: www.is.gd/StanfordSocialSkills
Principle Investigator: Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D; email@example.com; 650-498-4799
**NEW**Parent Survey from Gunn's BEAM Program
BEAM (Business, Entrepreneurship and Mathematics) is a Gunn HS program that strives to create a true public-private partnership by providing high school students the opportunity to connect with local innovation communities while gaining real world professional experience. We are working on a project with the City of Palo Alto to reduce the number of idling cars in Palo Alto in order to give back to the community. Idling cars have been an uprising problem with many negative effects on our environment. With more and more cars on the road, heavy traffic could lead even more people to waiting in their cars with their ignition on. Idling also contributes to an increased amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Our group will be researching what impacts on the environment idling cars have in terms of car emissions and what ways of communication to the public is the best way to spread awareness of the problem. Please take a moment to complete our survey; Idling Cars and Car Emissions Survey https://goo.gl/forms/T8cP2DRt 9YjeLShb2 Thank you for your time.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Thu, May 17 & May 24, 9 AM – 1 PM, Mitchell Park Community Center
Learn important skills for promoting youth mental health and well-being! In partnership with Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services, Project Safety Net invites you to a training in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. This training requires attendance on both days. RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_PFMr51Yo7G7pxbxL_h0h8d6kdI23TIps0BrLm1lWocfKng/viewform
Project Safety Net Community Forum: Policy and Advocacy (Goal 4)
Wed, May 23, 3:30 - 5:30 PM, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room
You're invited to a special community forum meeting, as Project Safety Net will be focusing on Goal 4: Policy and Advocacy, as outlined in Project Safety Net’s Three-Year Road Map: http://www.psnpaloalto.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/PSN-3-Year-Roadmap-Jul-1-2017-Jun-30-2020-12-2017-ver-10-summary.pdf. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/psn-community-forum-policy-advocacy-tickets-45533086688 There will be a a discussion with advocates and community leaders regarding the current local, state, and federal landscape of youth well-being and suicide prevention policy. Presenters will outline best practices for weighing in with policy makers, and share future opportunities for supporting youth mental health and suicide prevention initiatives.
Family Yoga every Saturday 10:30am at Blossom
Saturdays 10:30-11:30am, Blossom Birth, 505 Barron Ave, Palo Alto, CA (New location after May 28th)
Family Yoga at Blossom is perfect for moms, dads or grandparents and their toddlers or preschool kids. Enjoy vitalizing yoga, playful meditation and singing as a sweet way to connect with your child. Have two or more? Bring them all, children join for free. Make this a joyful weekend family routine or drop-in whenever you need some vitalizing movement.
Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market Opening
The Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market opens for 2018 on Saturday, May 12. The Market is a great place to get fresh local fruits, veggies, flowers, meats, cheeses, breads and more! Come hang out and listen to live music, while getting delicious brunch and coffee. The Market is located on Gilman St. between Hamilton and Forest. Open every Saturday from 8am to noon. Market is open rain or shine through mid-December. More at www.pafarmersmarket.org
Community Service Opportunity: Volunteer on National River Cleanup Day
Sat May 19, 9AM – 12PM. Baylands (Matadero or Adobe Creek)
The City of Palo Alto is hosting two Cleanup sites (Matadero: site 17 and Adobe: site 18) to clean up litter in the Baylands. Please go to www.cleanacreek.org to sign up and be sure to bring your waivers. Three hours of community service will be available.
Parent Chat: Support for Parents of Teens with Mental Health Challenges
Tue. June 12, 7 - 8:30pm, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
Are you concerned about the emotional well-being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.
Let's Talk: Parent Spec Ed Support Group
Mon. May 14, 10am -12pm, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Organized by SELPA 1 CAC http://www.selpa1cac.org/
Host families needed for exchange students in the Bay Area. Currently, FLAG, a U.S.-based nonprofit international exchange organization with more than a 25 year history, is seeking host families in the Bay Area. Please contact Janine at 408-505-2353 for more information or visit: https://www.flag-intl.org/host.html
Palo Alto World Music Day 2018 10th Anniversary Save the Date, Musicians and Volunteers Wanted
Sun, Jun 17, 3-7:30 PM, University Avenue from Webster-High St.(closed to traffic and open for pedestrians)
The City of Palo Alto has declared Sunday June 17 as World Music Day. World Music Day is a free music festival that takes place in cities around the world every year around the Summer Solstice. Now for the tenth year in Palo Alto, 50 professional and amateur musical groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral, etc. All performances are FREE and open to the public. This is a fun and unique family event not to be missed. Book the date now and tell your friends. The organizers are also looking for musicians and event volunteers from our community, including students from our schools.
World Music Day is presented by the Stanford Federal Credit Union and organized by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation. Event sponsors include: The City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, Live SV, and News for Chinese.
Volunteer please visit; http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4eaba72ea5fc1-paworld1
Please invite all your Facebook friends to go to Palo Alto World Music Day 2018 10th Anniversary
For more info on Make Music Day http://www.makemusicday.org/
LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY SURVEY
In order to better gage the experiences and needs of the LBGTQ+ community, the Human Relations Commission(HRC) of the City of Palo Alto has created a survey. Friends, family members and allies are also welcome to complete the survey. The HRC wants to learn what it can do to better support the LGBTQ+ community in Palo Alto and establish priorities for future projects and initiatives.
The survey is located at www.cityofpaloalto.org/LGBTQS urvey
The deadline to respond is June 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Minka van der Zwaag, Human Services Manager at minka.vanderzwaag@cityofpaloal to.org or 650-463-4953.
Youth Community Service Seeking Program Coordinators for Youth Initiative
Youth Community Service (YCS) is a community-based nonprofit that engages our PAUSD students in meaningful service-based learning that builds leadership and life skills. YCS has been funded by local government grants to launch a Youth Connectedness Initiative in Palo Alto. YCS is hiring two coordinators for this Initiative: a Parent Program Coordinator to help facilitate parent workshops and activities on youth connectedness; and a Youth Program Coordinator to work with YCS staff to help adolescents develop protective factors, such as positive perception of self, service to others, and caring developmental relationships with peers and adults. YCS seeks candidates - either recent college grads, or professionals who have stepped away from the workplace to raise a family or run a household. For more information and how to apply, visit: http://youthcommunityservice.org/careers/
Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School
June 2-3; and summer too. 9-3 pm at Palo Alto High School's Glass Studio, 50 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto
These 2 day workshops are open to the public, students and parents. You learn glass blowing technique in this hands-on 2-day weekend workshop. Advanced Sign up is required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults. $425 per person. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Boosters.
Contact: David Camner, founder of Paly Glass, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information & dates
**NEW**Empowering Children & Young Adolescents Who Struggle with Stress, Anxiety & Depression
Thu, May 17, 6:30 - 8 PM, Morrissey-Compton Educational Center, 595 Price Ave, Redwood City
Parents of 2nd-8thgraders come join Shalini Verma and Kristin Lenart from Google for a free class that uses experiential techniques to increase mindfulness and reduce emotional charges, energy blocks and physical knots. Learn techniques that will help your family uncover the antidotes to stress, anxiety and depression. For more information and to pre-register go to http://www.morrissey-compton. org/parent_education_rc.php
**NEW**Gain Confidence with a Public Speaking Class (Palo Alto Dept of Recreation)
Sat; Jun 23 – Jul 28; 9 - 10:55 AM; Palo Alto Cubberley Community Center
Improve your speaking skills with Public Speaking: Creative Interpretation for ages 9-11 or grades 4-6. Do fun activities, present regularly in front of the class, and gain confidence. Receive training and tips on vocal variation, nonverbal communication, and more. Class Fee: $300. Material Fee: $25. Register with Palo Alto Recreation at apm.activecommunities.com/paloalto. To learn more about the class, contact Communication Academy at 408-777-8876 or visit www.communicationacademy.com.
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Incoming 6th Grade Families to Terman/Fletcher! Welcome!!
Please Help with One Thing at Terman/Ellen Fletcher Next Year. We need you! We are lucky to have such a strong community of volunteers at this school. Volunteers help ensure that our children feel safe, happy and welcome, and that our staff feels appreciated. There are many traditions that our school looks forward to celebrating: the school dances, the School carnival, the science fair, etc. If you wish to keep these events in the 18/19 year, please get involved. You may help with a single event or co-chair with a friend. We also welcome new ideas.
You can join at https://www.uptous.com/uptous.htm?_flowId=directOpportunity-flow&path=HzuhWZnEioEMWYwVjRuuWn1v0QNGPkW1QrFs5tPc8Eo= or contact Audrey G for more information (audreygold@gmail. com). We also have PTA board positions open: Co- VPs of School Activities and looking for a co-VP of Community Activities.
**NEW**Open Your Home and Hearts to An Exchange Student.
Experience the authenticity of cultural exchange by hosting an AFS high school exchange student for a school year or sending your student abroad. AFS places about 2,200 screened and vetted students around the U.S. annually and often places 30 of those right in the Bay Area. Both Gunn and Paly families have hosted students and sent their own students to study globally. Middle school families make excellent host families. Language of a foreign language not required. Just an open mind and a desire to succeed. Learn more at www.afsusa.org Study abroad is a great way for your student to learn a culture, language, and to mature. Gap year programs also available.
**NEW**Wheel Kids: Middle School Bike Skills Class
Fifth grade parents! Did you know that almost 50% of Palo Alto middle school students bike to school? Our bicycle-friendly community, flat terrain and near-perfect climate are just a few reasons Palo Alto offers wonderful riding opportunities to cyclists of all ages and abilities. To ensure students acquire the bike handling skills needed to safely navigate the roadways, Wheel Kids Bicycle Club, Inc. has teamed up with the City of Palo Alto’s Safe Routes to School Program to offer a Middle School Bike Skills Class. More info at http://wheelkids.com/palo-alto/middle-school/
Questions? Email email@example.com
Love to Sing? Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions for 7-10 year olds
By appointment through June; 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ and ‘best non-profit’, has just the right amount of structure and fun! Schedule your 7-10 year old boy for a short group audition. He’ll sing with one of our teachers and have a blast; no prior experience or preparation needed to try out. We’re in Redwood City, plus a new San Mateo rehearsal location. Ragazzi’s sings the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, plus locally and around the world. Boys develop lasting friendships and independence at camp and on tour. Appointments and more info: ragazzi.org/join-us/
**NEW**Volunteers Needed for Addison Elementary 5k Run
Sunday, May 13, 8:15-10am @ Addison Elementary School, 650 Addison Avenue, Palo Alto
Students Volunteers needed to help with course management, keeping runners on the course, and cheering on the runners. Volunteers will earn community service hours. All details in the link: https://www.konstella. com/cd/J5iw4m. All students who volunteer can email Lauren Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request approval of their hours.
Free On-Demand Webinar from PAMF: Tips for Transitioning Into College Life
View Online Anytime: http://www.pamf.org/healtheducation/reference/video.html
This webinar is focused on helping teens make healthy choices as they transition into college. The presenters are a family physician and psychologist. Topics include transitioning to adult healthcare, living with a roommate, managing stress, sexual health and more. Perfect for parents of graduating seniors to help start conversations around changing roles and responsibilities. Please contact Jen Hawkins with any questions: email@example.com.
High School Internships Information Meeting
Wed May 16, 6:30-7:30pm at Mitchell Park Community Center "Matadero Room".
Learn about Get Involved high school internships at our info session. Get Involved was developed by former Paly career advisor Christina Owen with students and parents to help teens pursue their interests and earn meaningful community service hours. Interns promote the causes and missions of local nonprofit organizations with Design Thinking, informational interviews, electronic portfolios, and the "soft skills" required for college and career success. Interns can also earn the President's Award for Volunteer Service. Current Get Involved interns will share their projects, and the program director will answer questions about our program. Anyone interested in Get Involved internships, please come! Students with free and reduced lunch receive 100% tuition waivers to attend the program.
For more information, email: Christina@getinvolvedfoundation.org
Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market is looking for Student volunteers.
Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market is currently looking for a few committed High School students to help with the downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Earn those community service hours in the company of farmers, foodies, and awesome fruits and vegetables. Learn how a farmers’ market is run and help make it go! Minimum commitment is 2-3 hours, two Saturdays per month. Shifts are 7-10:00am and 10:00-12:30pm. Market opens May 12 2018. Please contact Jennifer Dell-Ernstrom (firstname.lastname@example.org) to fill out application.
**NEW**Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Design_Code_Build Events:
Sun May 12th, Jun 10th 9.30 – 4PM, Computer History Museum, Mountain View
This spring, we are hosting special Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Design_Code_Build events. These special events invite parents/guardians to participate with their student(s), promoting intergeneration exploration of computing history and encouraging students and adults to learn with and from each other. Through Design_Code_Build, we are excited to offer these opportunities to families throughout the many communities in and around the Bay Area. Register at: http://www.computerhistory.org/events/education/#designcodebuild-mothers-day-edition-featuring
There is a $15 non-refundable registration fee, however we are able to offer financial assistance as needed.