Principal's Update

December 9, 2020

Dear Families,

This afternoon, our teachers and staff were treated to a delicious lunch and boxed treats from our lovely PTA. Someone thought up the clever idea to hold an ugly mask context, which revealed a competitive edge to a number of individuals I have never seen before! All jokes aside, it was a much needed opportunity to recharge, relax, and have fun in a Covid-friendly way. THANK YOU, PTA for this beautiful gesture.

Thanks also to the mystery joy-spreader(s) who create a mini-paper garden in my office window and the library. Opening my blind yesterday morning, it was a beautiful sign of what a special little community we really are.

Please read below for some of the latest updates happening at school and around the district. I thought I would take a break from my usual reminders around completing screeners, quarantining when traveling 150miles out of the county, and keeping your kids engaged on Lexia, Dreambox, and Raz Kids, but know all those still apply and remain to be of great importance.




For Families Interested in a Learning Model Change for the Remainder of the 20/21 School Year

In November, Dr. Austin wrote in his weekly update that principals would share the process for requesting a learning model change to begin in January. Please know that changes in learning models will be based on space availability and will be the final class placement for the 20-21 school year.

If you are interested in a learning model change, please complete this Google Form below by MONDAY, December 14th by 5pm (clickable button is also below).

  • Parents will receive notification by December 18th, 2020, pending availability, of their child’s new placement.

  • New class assignments will begin on January 7, 2021, and are considered the final placement of the 20/21 school year.

PLEASE NOTE: Given the limited spaces, principals may be required to prioritize placement for students with compelling reasons that may include academic or social-emotional needs.

Requests for a specific teacher or friends will not be considered.
Palo Verde Learning Model Change Request

For families seeking a program change: Complete no later than December Monday, December 14th, by 5pm.

Updated Hybrid Calendar for Elementary Schools

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Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opens on January 4, 2021.

Families with children who are not currently enrolled with PAUSD, and want to enroll a child to attend a PAUSD school starting in August 2021, must follow all the instructions at the PAUSD Enrollment web site starting on January 4: If you have any questions about if you should enroll your child, please send an email to

Educational Tech. Platforms and Tools

Understanding the multiple tools students use for distance learning can be challenging. The resources provided on the PAUSD website, Supporting Learning at Home on the Educational Technology: Platforms and Tools page, are intended to give parents and guardians an introduction to the most important learning tools in PAUSD including Infinite Campus, Schoology, Zoom, Clever, and Seesaw (PK-3rd grade). Every day students should begin school by logging on to Rapid Identity, PAUSD’s single sign-on portal, at Parents and guardians should also access all PAUSD tools and apps from as well. For technology questions or support please submit help tickets through Let’s Talk from the PAUSD website:

Counselor's Corner: Suggested Reading

Recommended by our school psychologist, Laura Clark Post. Here's an interesting read about collaborating with children to build their (and your) resilience.

PTA Speaker Series: Parenting in a Pandemic

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Family Giving Tree 2020 Holiday Drive

Palo Verde is proud to host the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wishes Drive for the 7th year! The Family Giving Tree partners with Bay Area social service agencies to collect specific gift wishes from children with whom they work year-round. Browse wishes with your child and select ones to purchase, all online this year:

Please donate before Dec 11. Together we can help make holiday wishes come true for many of our local children in need.