Duveneck Connections Newsletter

December 9, 2022

Duveneck Elementary School wishes you and your family a happy holiday season. We hope this time of year allows you to share in time-honored traditions with your loved ones. This is a hopeful time of the year when we can reflect on our many blessings and look forward to the exciting year ahead.

Thank you for being a safe and stable presence in the lives of our students and dedicating yourself to their wellbeing. We know their many accomplishments are a testament to the involved families and the passionate teachers and staff at Duveneck School. We stand together to ensure excellence in our educational program.

As we enter 2023, let us renew our commitment to the education of our children and ensure that they are fully supported to end the 2022-2023 academic year with great success. Now is the time to recalibrate our efforts and forge ahead to build a stronger community, a brighter future and a better tomorrow.

We wish you a joyous, peaceful and safe Winter Break and look forward to your return on January 9, 2023.

Happy Winter Break!

Leslie Crane


Pajama Day! Thursday, December 22!!

The Student Council has organized a Pajama Day on Thursday, December 22nd. Along with wearing your pajamas to school, students may also bring a small stuffy (small enough so that it fits in their backpacks).

Lets all show our 'Dragon Spirit' by wearing our pajamas on December 22!!

Minimum Day - December 22nd!

Don't forget!! We have a Minimum Day on Thursday, December 22nd. School ends at 1:15 PM for all students, teachers and staff.

Important Announcements From the PTA:


Our annual holiday toy drive is approaching! We would love your help by shopping for new, unwrapped toys and bringing them to school during the week of December 12th-16th. Toys will be collected in bins in front of the school. All donations will go to the East Palo Alto Police Department, which distributes toys to underserved families and their children every Christmas. Your toy donations will make a huge difference to these families. Gifts for children of all ages, from infants to teenagers, are needed. Gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target, Kohls, etc. are also appreciated. Please bring gift cards into the office so that they can be collected separately.

We'll also need several volunteers to help load the toys into the police truck after school on Friday, December 16th. Please sign up here.

Tickets on Sale Now for Duveneck's Ice Skating Parties!

Don't miss the return of this long-standing Duveneck tradition! Please join us for a fun night for the entire family at the Winter Lodge in midtown Palo Alto.

Grades TK-2: Wednesday, January 18th, 5:30-7:30pm

Grades 3-5: Wednesday, January 25th, 5:30-7:30pm

(If you have kids in both upper and lower classes, feel free to join us for both nights or choose one night out of the two.)

Students and their families are welcome to skate and enjoy a pizza dinner. Skating (and dining) are not mandatory. You are welcome to simply come hang out. This event is an especially great way for new families to get to know other members of our community. If you’re skating, it is highly recommended that you bring helmets and gloves! Please find Winter Lodge’s COVID policies here.

Reserve your spot by completing these easy steps by Friday, January 13th for the TK-2nd grade party, and Friday, January 20th for the 3rd-5th grade party:

1. Buy Tickets Online

Click HERE to purchase tickets and sign the online waiver form.

Skating: $25 (even if you bring your own skates, you pay $25 for admission)

Pizza Dinner: $12 (includes pizza and a drink)

**If you’d like to receive a PTA scholarship, please contact Cecilia Perez at the front office or email her at ceperez@pausd.org.

2. Volunteer to Help

Please volunteer to help distribute tickets and food! This is also a really fun way to connect with the students and other parents. Sign up here: 2023 Duveneck Ice Skating Parties - Volunteers. **Please note the different tabs for the two parties.

Have questions? Please reach out to iceskating@duveneck.org. We hope to see you there!

About Us

At Duveneck, we work together as an inclusive community to inspire a passion for learning. We commit to the academic success of each student and to the emotional well-being of all our students, families and staff.