Principal's Weekly

October 10, 2020

Dear Families

We’ve had several busy weeks at Palo Verde, and I am excited to finally welcome our TK, Kindergarten and 1st grade classes to their new hybrid or FDL classrooms come Monday.

Families of students in 2nd and 3rd grades will need to submit they decision by October 12. The right decision is the one that works best for your family. No matter the choice, your Palo Verde community is here for you.

Since no one has really been allowed on campus, I thought I would share some snaps of what returning students can expect. Please scroll below. An ENORMOUS thanks is due to the teachers, office staff, district maintenance and facilities workers who assisted in getting our campus ready for Launch Day.

Friendly Reminder:

If you need to visit the school office for any reason, please make sure you make an appointment with our school or clerk. Please continue to use the Health Self-screener QR code before entering the campus.

Palo Verde Substitutes Needed:

We're trying to create a pool of loving substitutes to fill in for our Palo Verde teachers when the unexpected happens. This would be only for our school. If you have a teaching/substitute credential, or are interested in learning more, please contact me.

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 ( and clicking on the ParentSquare icon. Detailed instructions will be pushed out at the end of this week for students returning to campuses on Monday.


Registration is open for before and after school care at Palo Verde. Full day care is available at Walter Hays. Please see the tabs on the top left of the page for Cohorts A & B. You may register here.

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


Our maintenance and operations department has been hard at work ensuring that our classrooms are ready for in-person instruction. Every classroom on site has had their air filters updated to the Merv 13 stay ndard. A school-wide Air Ventilation Verification Assessment is scheduled to be conducted next week. Every hybrid TK-1 classroom has been outfitted with a commercial grade air purifier.

For more information about ventilation and filtration, please refer to the Superintendent's Friday update. It is very comprehensive!

Here is a video showing the benefits of the portable purifiers we have in our K/1 classrooms.

Counselor's Corner: Words of Wisdom from Psychologist Laura and Counselor Megan

Daily Mental Health/Self Care Check list for Parents:

A list of things to consider on a daily basis:

Have I eaten regular meals?

Am I getting enough sleep?

Have I showered/bathed today?

Have I looked for the “silver linings”/made a gratitude list?

Am I taking regular (hourly) breaks from work/Zoom?

Do I (and my family) have regular routines?

Have I been thinking kind thoughts to myself and to others?

Have I spent time outside in the fresh air?

Have I connected with someone I love/care about?

Have I moved/exercised my body today?

Have a done something that makes me feel happy today?

Self-care is more important now than ever. Take care of yourself so that you can take better care of those around you. Remember the great airplane analogy “Put your own oxygen mask on before you assist others.”

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