Principal's Update

September 9, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope you all had a restful and restorative long weekend. Hopefully, you were able to keep out of the sun and be in the good company of people within your pod. With the smoky air and sweltering heat, my family and I mostly stayed indoors with popsicles in our hands and Netflix on the screen. We also played quite a bit of Spot it!, Uno, and Jenga.

If you've been keeping up with the local news, Santa Clara County was recently downgraded from the Purple- most restrictive- rating, to Red. If we stay in Red for 14 consecutive days, our schools may reopen by (but no sooner than) October 12th.

There remain many moving parts to our current situation, and the path to reopening will require a coordinated effort between our school, the district office, and you- our families. As I learn more details and information, I will relay that information as clearly and timely as I possibly can to you.

Until then, our teachers continue to seek fun and innovative ways to engage our students into the learning and with each other. We're sharing ideas at staff meetings on how to give children the space to share, socialize, and play. We're discussing how to use the different features of Schoology to maximize our time and communication with kids. And we're always trying to reflect on our practice to ensure that lesson delivery fits the personality of our classrooms. It has already been an amazing journey these past four weeks, and your continued trust and support could not be more appreciated. THANK YOU!

REQUIRED: PAUSD Technology Use Agreement

This year, we digitized the District's Technology Agreement. Please review this attached document with your child, then "sign" to confirm your understanding of expectations for the 2020-2021 school year. One survey per child, please.

Palo Verde PTA

If you haven't already, I encourage all families to join Palo Verde's Parent Teacher Association. Your membership is of critical importance this year- click here for more information.

We Love PIE!

Without PiE, the music, art, library, and counseling support your children enjoy would not be possible. PiE dollars go directly towards funding staff to enrich the student experience. They help fund our counseling and enrichment programs, and keep our beloved classroom aides in the classroom working with children. Please help keep these activities alive by donating what you can.
Possible with PiE - English

Palo Verde Transportation Safety Parent Representative Needed

Our Safe Routes to School Partnership is in need of a Palo Verde voice. If you are passionate about serving your community and transportation safety, please consider filling the role of aTransportation Safety Representative (TSR). Our goal is to have representation from every school in the district to inform and participate in Safe Routes conversations.

A link to the TSR volunteer position description is available here (with a few COVID-related modifications).

Articles and Resources for Our Fabulous Families

1) Taking Care of You:

Thinking through how to manage your time.

While we're not quite in quarantine anymore, with kids staying home and parents working from home, it can still feel as if we are. This article offers helpful tips for managing your time.

2) Supporting your kids through these challenging days:

An opportunity to help kids develop inner strength

This article gives helpful tips for nurturing kids' resiliency -- yes, we're all missing out on A LOT, but let's offer other ways to think about it all.

3) Getting your kids to help out: