Dear Palo Verde Families,

Welcome to the end of September! I want to acknowledge the hard work of the PTA volunteers and our librarian, Mrs. Hansen, for their support with the Book Fair. They worked tirelessly to make this a huge success, even hosting two authors and an illustrator this week! Thank you, also, to all the volunteers who helped set up, sell items, bring in cookies, communicate about, and take down the Book Fair; and to the all the families who stopped by! It takes a village of volunteers to run successful events, and I appreciate our community for coming out to help.

Next week is Walk and Roll Week!  Please consider walking, biking, scootering, or carpooling to Palo Verde! To kick it off, this Sunday, September 30, Palo Alto is hosting it's annual "Bike Palo Alto" event from 1:00-3:00 starting at Fairmeadow Elementary School. If you need support to find bike routes, or other information related to safety while walking or rolling in Palo Alto, please go to the Safe Routes to School Website.

Friday, October 5, is a staff development day. While children will not be at school on Friday, teachers will spend the day in staff development. In the morning, we will be at Palo Verde working on several items including calibration of our reading and math assessments, aligning our process for progress reporting, and learning about the new internal tool to support students. In the afternoon, elementary teachers from around PAUSD will come together with their grade level colleagues to share questions and insights with trainers from our new Social Studies Curriculum, TCi: Social Studies Alive. We look forward to this time learning together so that we are able to work with students in the most effective ways. School will resume on Monday, October 8.

Finally, we are excited that our youngest learners will be staying at school all day beginning the week of October 8. Like the first-third graders, all kindergarteners will be dismissed at 2:15pm daily, except on Wednesdays when all students are released at 1:15pm. We plan to have kindergarteners stay in the kindergarten area during lunch recess, and need volunteers to support the students. We have yard duty supervisors and fifth grade volunteers to help, but additional adult support is always welcome and appreciated.  Parents, guardians, grandparents and other relatives; if you are able to volunteer in the kindergarten area at lunch time a day or two per week starting October 8, please email me at himiller@pausd.org.

For a more info about events and activities, please visit the Palo Verde Website, sign up on Konstella, and sign up for PTA's weekly online community announcement publication,eNews.

Sincerely, Hillary Miller, Principal