Principal's Update

August 19, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope that you and your children all had a smooth and successful start to the year. If not, find comfort in knowing that this structure of school is new to us all. The learning curve is quite varied, but we are all taking steps in the right direction.


I have managed to visit every classroom at least once these first few days of school. Seeing your children's smiling (sometimes sleepy) faces on the screen has been and absolute joy. They are doing their best to be safe, responsible, respectful, and kind- all the things we ask of our students.


Our teachers have made the priority of this first week to be all about building community and connection. You might have noticed this emphasis when you heard conversations around getting to know the history of a child's' name, or a video assignment asking a students to share their favorite work space. In the younger grades, it might have been introducing a favorite stuffie, or practicing a special greeting. Our school-wide mission is to have every child feel as though he or she belongs to a community that extends beyond the walls of home. We hope parents know this is true for them, too.


Parents, we know this is hard, exhausting work. Teachers, staff, and myself are all here to help- we're just a Schoology message/email away. I also encourage every Palo Verde family to join PTA and get to know the families in your child's cohort.


The normal sounds of children- the laughing, the cheering, and stomping of feet- aren't happening on campus right now. No bells signal for recess and lunch, no PE classes are happening on the field. A number of teachers are instructing from their classrooms, and we all agree: WE MISS YOUR CHILDREN!


This is our current reality, but it's not forever. When the time is right and safe, we look forward to welcoming you all back in person. Until then, thank you for all you are doing, and see you on Zoom.


Love,


Annora

https://www.pausd.org/covid-19/elementary-schools-fall-2020



PS- If you missed my Back To School Night Presentation last night, a copy of the slide show is posted on Schoology.

Jenny and Ann Marie --Office Dream Team

Our school is closed to students, but our office team remains available during school hours via phone or email. Contact our office by phone at 650-856-1672.




And, if you only need to report an absence, we have a new attendance email! That can be done by emailing paloverdeattendance@pausd.org.

Join School Site Council

School Site Council is a group of teachers, parents, administrators, and interested community members who work to develop and monitor the school’s improvement plan. It is a legally required decision-making boy for any school receiving federal funds.


This year, SSC will also continue acting as an advisory group for the committee tasked with the design of our new Multi-purpose, administrative, and classroom buildings.


We have one open position for a parent representative. Meetings occur once a month, for about 1.5 hours. Please email me at alee@pausd.org if you are interested in being a part of this group!

PTA and PiE

The educational experience of your child would be significantly diminished without the work of our partners, PTA and PiE.


PTA's mission is to support the student experience by cultivating a strong community, we well as providing classrooms with the materials kids need. The supplies sent home last Friday are just one example of how this Parent-Teacher organization puts every dollar raised to work. This year, they are asking for a $50 per/student contribution to assist with the supplies and materials. The link to pay for these essential supplies is here via our One Check Form


Our other partner, PiE, has a common goal in supporting students. However, PiE prioritizes dollars spent towards people. The classroom aide and counseling support services we have are all made possible due to the efforts of PiE.


Please see the video below, which explains how PiE dollars directly translate into richer teaching and learning for kids.

Possible with PiE - English

Need Tech Help?

This weekend is the time to practice logging with your child. I would also review the Zoom guidelines attached at the bottom for safe and friendly online interactions. I've included some helpful links below for your reference. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher (after you've reviewed the links).

Schoology FAQ
Quick Tech Tutorial
Quick Tech Tutorial for NEW PAUSD students
Detailed Info on Schoology, Infinite Campus, Parent Account Claim

To access a student user name and/or password:

1. Students, or parents on behalf of their child need to submit an email to support@pausd.org.

2. Provide the student’s name and ID number and the name of the school student attends.

Teacher Tip of the Week

"When accessing work on Schoology, be sure to log your child into their Google Drive. Oftentimes, the settings will only allow for a file to be opened if the request is from a PAUSD account. You will see the Google Drive icon on the RapidID portal."


-LilyAnn Stolp

Distance Learning Tips from REEL

Resilience and Engagement for Every Learner (REEL) has put together a collection of tips for parents. Check out this one-pager at: https://www.reelpaloalto.org/2e-distance-learning-tips

Lunch Pickup

PAUSD Food Services continues to offer lunch to ALL FAMILIES who participate in the school lunch program including paid, free, or reduced lunch. Parents will need your child's Student ID number and your lunch account will be charged accordingly.


The “drive-through”/"walk-through"/"bike-through" lunch pick-up for students occurs:

  • · Monday: 10:45 am-1:00 pm and Tuesday through Friday: 10:30 am-12:10 pm.


PLEASE DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR, FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF THE FOOD SERVICE STAFF. If you are walking or biking, please keep at least six feet between each group. Please do not come if you are sick.

Welcome Back, Christian Munoz!

We are fortunate to have the returning support of our School and Family Engagement Specialist (SaFE), Christian Munoz. SaFE specialists aim to engage, inform, and connect families to resources available in and outside of PAUSD.


Hello Palo Verde families,

I am the Student and Family Engagement Specialist at Palo Verde and my role is to support your child's learning by facilitating the communication of needs, questions, and concerns of both the school and your family. Let me know how I can help connect you to the answers you need!


Please see the attached flier for more information about how Christian may act as an additional support to you and your family.