Weekly Update

October 22, 2020

Dear Families,

Yesterday, Palo Verde students celebrated UNITY DAY. Participating students wore orange to show they are not afraid to stand up against bullying. It was also a gesture so show that our students are united in demonstrating kindness, acceptance, and inclusion each and every day.

Student confidentiality prevents me from sharing images of our students on ZOOM and on campus, but trust me when I say that orange was in great abundance in every class I visited. As simple as this action might seem, it was quite touching to see this expression of support and solidarity. Our students are caring and compassionate Upstanders. Our future is in good hands :)

For more information on Unity Day: Link to the National Bullying Prevention Center Website

Next week, we will welcome four additional classes to our campus- two in second and two in third. I have been walking the campus and finalizing details. Our teachers and staff are doing everything we can think of to make the welcome feel as safe and warm as possible.

Some things for hybrid families to know:

  • Self Screeners must be completed by 7:55, every morning your child attends school.
  • BE ON TIME- class starts promptly at 8:15. Your new routine must include embedded time to complete the self screener and get to school by then. Gates on Rhorke will be locked at 8:20.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottle. Our water fountains are closed, but our refilling stations are open!
  • Keep your child home if he/she feels unwell. Don't take the chance- please think about your child's health as well as the school community's.
  • Double pack masks. We have masks available, but to ensure a comfortable fit and preference, it is recommended students bring their own, as well as a spare.
  • Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for important Self Screener and other information.

If you are the parent of a distance learning child, thank you for your patience and understanding, as I know the flow of recent information has not always applied to you. Rest assured, your distance child is still a very important member of Palo Verde. I strive to deliver more balanced information that highlights both our programs in the weeks to come.

Counselor's Corner: Suggestions from Megan, our CASSY Counselor

This week it would be great to get the kids outside for a scavenger hunt family walk! Going on a family walk is good idea any day of the week but scavenger hunts can give us a chance to really notice the world around us as we get some fresh air. The weather also looks like it is beginning to be nice outside. This link is to a printable neighborhood scavenger hunt.


There are many scavenger hunts to choose from. Younger kids could try out this alphabet scavenger hunt.


Families that want to go beyond your neighborhood and go a little further into nature might like this one.


PARENTS: Click below for more information on support for parents from CASSY Counseling!

Got a PAUSD Chromebook? Read this:

This is an important update regarding PAUSD student Chromebooks. The IT department is going to be enforcing updates in all PAUSD Chromebooks in the coming weeks. This update will support a better Zoom experience for students. Unfortunately, we cannot control the day and time these updates are pushed to devices, as they come directly from Google.

When the PAUSD Chromebook receives notice that the update is ready to be installed, students will see a small popup on the bottom right of the device notifying the student the update is ready to be installed. Students can simply close the lid of the Chromebook to turn off the device and install the updates.

If students do not close the lid, the Chromebook will automatically shut off and update anywhere from 5-17 days after the popup notification appears.

Please encourage your students to shut the lid of their Chromebooks at the end of the school day once the popup is visible.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Emily Garrison

Coordinator of Educational Technology

For Hybrid Students: Mandatory Daily Health Screener Using Parents Square

The daily health screening process for students returning to campus will be completed in a system called ParentSquare. Parents can access the daily screener by logging into the ID Portal (https://id.pausd.org) and clicking on the ParentSquare icon. Or, download the ParentSquare app for speedy execution.

TK through 1st Grade Reopening Information (October 12, 2020)