What parents need to know

When your child is absent because of illness or for a doctor or dental appointment, please call Elaine at the school office on (650) 856-1672 by 8.00 a.m.

The law requires that the exact nature of an illness be stated; this type of absence is defined an excused absence.

The school is not permitted to excuse youngsters for music lessons, scouting, sports, or other extracurricular activities.

Arriving late and leaving early:

If your child will be late, or needs to leave before the end of the school day, a parent or guardian must sign the child out at the office. The office will send for the child.

Requests for homework:

If the absence is to be more than two days, confer with your child's teacher so make-up schoolwork can be arranged.

Requests for homework should be called in before 10.00 a.m. and can be picked up after 3.00 p.m. that day.


Parents are invited to our weekly assembly, held at 8.15 most Friday mornings.

Your child's teacher will let you know - in advance of assembly - any achievement awards your child is to receive.

Back to school night
Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

More information to be shared the first week of school. If you miss this opportunity to meet your teacher and learn about the upcoming year, please contact you child's teacher or the office staff to hear about what you missed.

Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards, In-Line Skates, and Roller Shoes/Heeleys

Third grade students will receive basic information on safe biking to school. However, we strongly encourage parents to determine whether their children are competent riders before they are permitted to ride to school unaccompanied, regardless of age.

Wear a helmet if you bike, skateboard, roller-blade or scooter to school. Park and lock your equipment in the bicycle racks located outside the office area. The redtop and blacktop are off limits during school hours.

  • Bikes must be walked on school grounds and in crosswalks.
  • Bikes must be parked in the bike racks and should have a lock
  • All cyclists under 18 are required by California law to wear protective helmets
  • Skateboarders must walk on school grounds and in crosswalks
  • In-line skaters must change into street shoes at the flagpole bench
  • Bike licenses are required for bikes ridden on Palo Alto streets - these are available from Palo Alto Fire Stations.
  • Helmet Law Information at the CA Department of Motor Vehicles Section 21212
Buddy Classes

Palo Verde's buddy program creates opportunities for older students to mentor younger students; the experience providing both mentor and protege with stimulating opportunities for learning and skill development. In addition to matching students by grade level, teachers work closely with each other when pairing buddies, to ensure compatible and complementary relationships.


Palo Verde Calendar

The Palo Verde Master Calendar of school and other events taking place at Palo Verde is maintained in the school office. 

To schedule an event and avoid a conflict, or to find out when a particular event is to occur, call Jenny at the school office at (650) 856-1672, or come in and check the calendar.

PAUSD Calendar

Parents receive the PAUSD master calendar in their information packets before school begins.

After School Child Care at Palo Verde

Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC)

The Palo Verde Kids' Club is an on-site child care program provided by Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC), www.paccc.org.

The program includes snacks, quiet homework time, craft activities, games, outdoor activities and special events.

Palo Verde Kids' Club is accepting new students for both permanent and drop-in care.

Flexible schedules are also available. Hours are 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

For more information contact:

Daniel Singh, Director
Cassandra Taylor, Assistant Director
3450 Louis Road
(t) (650)852-9475
(f) (650)493-0936

Crossing Guard

An adult crossing guard will be on duty approximately one-half hour before and after school at the intersections of Loma Verde and Louis and Louis and Greer. Students whose route traverses these streets should plan their route through these protected corners. If you have concerns or compliments regarding the crossing guards, please contact the city through the Palo Alto 311 App.

Daily Schedule

School Assembly

School assembly is two Thursdays per month at 8.20 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, school assembly may be cancelled.

Minimum Days

Wednesday is a minimum day when all students begin at 8:15 a.m. and finishes at 1:15 p.m.. The only exception is Kindergarten through early October as they finish at 11:45 a.m. on minimum days. As of early October, Kindergarten also finishes at 1:15 p.m. on minimum days.

When the school calendar indicates a minimum day, please observe our Wednesday timetable.


Through 10/17
  Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri Wed & Min Days
Start 8:15 a.m. 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal 11:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
Starting 10/17
  Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri Wed & Min Days
Start 8:15 a.m. 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal 2:15 p.m. 1:15 p.m.

Grades 1 - 3

  Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri Wed & Min Days
Start 8:15 a.m. 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal 2:15 p.m. 1:15 p.m.

Grades 4 - 5

  Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri Wed & Min Days
Start 8:15 a.m. 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal 2:50 p.m. 1:15 p.m.

One of our very important objectives at Palo Verde is that children behave appropriately and respect the rights of others. The staff emphasizes positive attitudes, encourages good conduct, and helps children to value themselves and others.

From the beginning of the school year, each teacher works with his/her class to establish classroom rules and share school rules and expectations, to develop ways to reinforce appropriate behavior, and to make clear consequences for misconduct. Early in the fall, your child's teacher will share with you the plan for the class and will solicit your support.

Consequences for misbehavior depend upon the seriousness of the offense, the conditions under which it occurred, and the record of past behavior. These consequences may extend from penalty time or isolation to a child/teacher conference, a teacher/parent conference, a trip to the principal, a principal/ parent conference, suspension from school, referral to the District Discipline Committee, expulsion by the Board of Education, or referral to the Police Department. (See the School District's Discipline Plan for descriptions of violations in four categories of severity and for the kinds of consequences that attach.)

Teachers and other members of the staff earnestly seek to work with parents to encourage good behavior and to solve behavior problems. We know that when teachers and parents work together, children recognize the importance of good conduct. Palo Verde "School Rules and Expectations" is sent home with every child. Please discuss these items with your child, sign, and return the tear-off portion to your child's teacher.


To support student safety, Palo Verde will be enforcing a No Dogs on Campus policy from the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Dress Code/Suggested Guidelines

We expect students to wear modest and appropriate attire to school.

Shirts should cover shoulders completely (please no tank or spaghetti strap tops) and to cover the midriff when arms are raised over the head.

Words and logos should be appropriate for a school setting.

Drug Prevention Policy

The Palo Alto Unified School District recognizes its responsibility to provide reasonable protection for all students from the influence of persons who might encourage the use of mind altering chemicals. To this end, the district provides students with a comprehensive K-12 drug education program that is preventive in nature and maintains a systematic method of early identification, intervention, referral, and re-entry services for students.

These services include use of community agencies, parent education programs, provision of adequate materials, ongoing school activities which promote a positive and healthy lifestyle, school- community professional support services and student support groups. Comprehensive resource information is available at the school.

Appropriate action will be taken at the school site level to eliminate possession, use, provision or sale of illegal substances and related paraphernalia in any situation in which the school is responsible for the well-being of all students.

Students involved in the possession, and/or use of chemical substances, including tobacco shall be subject to immediate disciplinary procedures which may result in suspension or expulsion.

Emergency / Disaster Planning

Prior to the beginning of the school year emergency information must be filled out ON LINE for each child when you register. To do this, log on to your Infinite Campus account at http://icportal.pausd.org to enter this information. Please fill out this information as completely as possible. Try to list several emergency contacts with current phone numbers in case we are unable to reach you in an emergency situation.

A yellow Emergency Card/Tag is generated for each child from the information you enter online. In the event of a major disaster, the tag will be placed on the student and used to provide caretakers with such critical information as identification details, medical treatment (if necessary) and the names of persons to whom you have authorized your child's release.

This tag, which is updated annually, will be placed in your child's classroom emergency kit.

Please call the school (650) 856-1672 to report any changes to be recorded on emergency cards and student ID cards.

We ask for an out of state contact because while phone communication may be impossible between two neighboring communities, it may be possible to communicate by relay through a long distance party.

The school district has purchased basic food items for students, adequate to meet the immediate crisis and up to 72 hours.

Emergency Procedures

In the event of an earthquake, explosion, or similar sudden event, the first action is to duck and cover. The children will be able to demonstrate for you this "scrunched up" position, preferably taken under a table or desk and away from windows.

As soon as the shaking earth calms sufficiently, or the explosion subsides and it is safe to do so, the children will be taken out of the school building and onto the playground.

If they are already outside when the danger occurs, they should duck and cover out in the open, away from wires and trees; if they are on a bus, the bus will pull over to the side of the road, and students should duck and cover where they are.

Sometimes the school may receive notification indicating approaching dangers (wind storms, corrosive fumes, etc.) requiring that children be kept indoors with windows and curtains closed, waiting for further instructions.

If a disaster threatens or occurs on school grounds (escaping gas, explosions, bomb scare), the school ordinarily will not send the children home. Many parents are likely to be away at work or other activities, and it is generally unwise to send young children home during school hours to possibly empty houses.

Instead, the school will walk children to the nearest safe school, where they will, in most situations, stay until dismissal time.

Ohlone School, 950 Amarillo Avenue, is the school to which Palo Verde students are most likely to be taken.

If during a disaster children are being kept at Palo Verde, Ohlone, or an alternate location, and you come to pick up your child or another, please check the child out through the secretary (or another person assuming her role) and complete a form telling that you are taking the child to a stated address with a given phone number.

Under some circumstances, children may have to be sent home. For example, in the case of severe smog conditions, there may be a legal determination that all schools must close and children must be sent (or kept) home. It is hoped that in such an event it will be possible for the secretary to contact parents of children who are not within walking distance of school.

The possibility that your children may need to go home because of a disaster, threat of disaster, or personal illness or emergency suggests how important it is to have current information on neighbors to whom your children should go if you are away from home.

Further Information:

Field Trip Transportation

Field trip transportation can be by bus or with parent drivers.

Drivers of private cars must have a current, valid DRIVER'S LICENSE and up-to-date insurance cards on file in the office.

Minimum insurance coverage required is:

  • Public Liability/bodily injury: $100,000 / $300,000;
  • Property Damage: $25,000 per accident; and
  • Medical: $5,000 per individual.

Your car must have a seat belt for each passenger and only adults may sit in the passenger seat with an air bag.

Further Information:

Grounds for Suspension

California Education Code §48900.

  • Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
  • Possessed, sold or furnished firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.
  • Possessed, used, sold, furnished or been under the influence of drugs, alcohol, a controlled substance or intoxicant.
  • Offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell look-alike controlled substances, alcohol, or intoxicants.
  • Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
  • Caused or attempted to cause damage to school or private property.
  • Stole or attempted to steal school or private property.
  • Possessed or used tobacco or product containing tobacco or nicotine.
  • Committed obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  • Possessed, offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.
  • Disrupted school activities, willfully defied valid school personnel in the performance of their duties.
  • Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
  • Committed sexual harassment (Ed. Code §48900.2)
  • Participated in an act of hate violence (Ed. Code §48900.3)
  • Harassed, threatened, or intimidated another student. (Ed. Code §48900.4)

Further Information:

Hot Lunches

Palo Verde offers meal services for our students.

The hot lunch menu can be viewed online -- PAUSD Elementary School Lunch Menu.Pizza is served once a week. Friday is currently pizza day at Palo Verde.

You may be eligible for free or reduced priced lunches; applications are available at the school office, or online at LunchApp.com.


Method of Payment

You can leave a check at the office, send cash with your child, or do it online at Send Money To School. To set up an account at Send Money to School You will need your child's Student ID number (available from the PAUSD food service), but after your account is set up you can add money to it at the Send Money to School website via your child's name.

All checks should be made payable to the Palo Alto Unified School District.

There is a $3 service fee each time funds are deposited via Send Money To School.

It is important for you to remember that only students with cash/check or Meal Cards with funds will be issued a school meal. Please check your child's lunch status periodically. Student Nutrition Services shall make efforts to contact parents when their child's account balance is at $15.00. This will allow parents to deposit funds in a timely manner and prevent having a negative balance account.

If you have questions about meal plans, contact Food Services at foodserv@pausd.org, or ring (650) 329-3806.

Further Information:


Chronic Conditions

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as diabetes, asthma, seizures, or severe allergies (anaphylactic reaction), the health office can help keep your child safe and healthy.

Complete the appropriate form and return it to your school office before school starts. This will help us prepare to care for your child. Please make sure that you ALWAYS keep your emergency card up to date.

First Aid

Palo Verde personnel may administer first aid to children who are injured or become ill at school, but many not diagnose problems and may not treat children for illnesses and injuries incurred at home.

In case of serious injury on the school grounds, the school will notify the parents and call for appropriate help.

Communicable Diseases

Health and education laws in California require that children be excluded from school when they have any communicable disease. Consequently, it is essential for working parents to have alternative arrangements for childcare available on those inevitable days when young children are ill.

Please do not send your child to school if he/she is displaying any of the following symptoms:

  • Common Cold: Keep child home during period of productive cough, and yellow or green nasal discharge. Rest and care during the early stages often prevent complications
  • Fever (over 100 degrees [37.7C] orally, 101 degrees [38.3C] rectally, or 99 degrees [37.2C] axillary, under the arm)
  • Eyes that are red, swollen, crusting, or draining
  • Draining ears or earache
  • Diarrhea - loose water bowel movement
  • Sever headache or pain
  • Skin rash, unless diagnosed by doctor as non-infectious (obtain note from doctor)
  • Childhood communicable disease - call school/district nurse - (650) 329 3766
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Severe sore throat

If you discover that your child has a contagious illness (like chicken-pox, strep throat, head lice, etc.) please; contact Jenny at the office (650) 856-1672 orchsiung@pausd.org, who will inform the teacher and inform classmates' parents of possible exposure.

Any child who arrives at school ill or becomes ill while at school will be kept at the office and the parents called.

Hospital School

Students who are hospitalized or undergoing treatment at the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital have the option of continuing their coursework through the Hospital School.

Further Information:


The California School Immunization law requires that all children entering school receive proper immunizations to protect them from serious illness and to prevent the spread of communicable diseases: polio, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox), diphtheria, tetanus, haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib meningitis), and whooping cough.

In Santa Clara County, children must be tested for tuberculosis.

list of immunizations can be found on the PAUSD Web site.

You can find a list of immunization clinics at the PAUSD Web site.

Further Information:

Infinite Campus

Infinite Campus is a web based student information system that stores student data. At the Elementary School level, Infinite Campus is used primarily for registration.

Registration for existing students consists of updating student information via the parents'Infinite Campus account. The Infinite Campus portal is located athttp://icportal.pausd.org.

Kinder Visitation day

Kindergarten Visitation Day is held each February. The event starts in the MP Room followed by a short visit to the kinder classes and is for adults only.

Library Services

The Library Media program aims to prepare students to become literate, life-long learners and trains them to be effective users of information. School librarians teach library skills and provide access to materials that support classroom programs and curriculum.

Library resources are available to students and staff on a checkout basis. PAUSD has an interlibrary loan service allows school libraries to share resources.

The librarian is onsite at Palo Verde four days a week. Each class has a scheduled time with the librarian once per week. Our librarian also assists our classroom teachers in organizing materials relevant to units of study.

Amy Hansen is the librarian at Palo Verde. See the staff page for contact details.

Palo Verde Library Website

Lost and Found

Found items are kept on a rack outside the school office; small or valuable items are kept in a drawer in the school office.

After a period of time, items are sent to the PTA so please encourage your children to check the lost and found rack periodically, and label all personal belongings.

Medical Insurance

PAUSD does not provide medical insurance coverage for school accidents.

This means that you are responsible for the medical bills if your child gets hurt during school activities.

The following student accident/health insurance plans are offered to help you pay those bills.

  • Premium Student Health Care Plan
  • Interscholastic Tackle Football Accident Plans
  • Full-Time 24/7 Accident Plans
  • School Time Accident Plans
  • Dental Accident Plan
  • Pharmacy Smartcard

The student Health Care and 24 Hour Accident plans are especially recommended for those students with no other insurance because they provide the most help when injuries occur.

Student Health Care covers illness as well as injury, 24 hours a day.

We strongly recommend the high option plans for students participating in interscholastic sports.

If your child does have other health insurance, student insurance may also be used to help pay those eligible charges not covered by other insurance (i.e. deductibles and co-payments). Also, the student insurance plans allow you to take your child to any doctor or hospital you choose.


Myers Stevens & Toohey & Co., Inc 
26101 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, California 92692-3203
Tel: (800) 827 4695
E-mail: info@myers-stevens.com

Note: Bilingual representatives are available for parents who need assistance in Spanish.

Medication at School

Except for certain serious problems, medications are not allowed at school.

This includes prescription and non-prescription drugs (e.g. benedryl), over the counter medicines (e.g. acetametaphine), remedies (e.g. cough drops), topical ointments (e.g. cortisone cream), sunscreen, vitamins (e.g. Emergen-C), and supplements (homeopathic and herbs).

If a child must take medication for a chronic or temporary illness, please arrange a schedule with your physician to give the medicine outside school hours whenever possible.

The only exception is medication that must be kept at school for certain serious problems. Special forms (links below) completed by students' attending physician and parent must accompany any medication.

The medication will be kept at the school office.

Please supply a photo (head shot) of your child along with the authorizations and medication in a zip lock bag.

Each year, new forms must be completed and signed if your child is to have medication at school.

If your child has already had medication at school, new forms will be available when you pick up your child's medication on the last day.

If your child has never had medication at school, please pick up the proper forms from the office before the end of the school year so there will be no delay in having your child's medicine here at the start of the school.

Please pick up your child's medication on the last day of school. We will throw away any medication that has not been picked up the next day.

For detailed information download the PAUSD parent letter about School Medication Administration (PDF)

Further Information:

Forms from PAUSD Health Services

If you have questions, please see the District Web site, call District Nurse Linda Lenoir (650 329-3766) or contact the school office.

Open House

This is an opportunity for children to share their classrooms with their family.

It usually takes place in May and is a good time to visit other classrooms to preview the following school year. A notice will be placed in the Voice as well as on the calendar on the home page of this site.

Parental Involvement

PiE and PTA


Palo Alto Partners in Education is a non-profit foundation that raises money from parents, donors, and businesses for all Palo Alto schools.

We could not provide all the additional adult support without the funds PiE provides. Each school chooses how to spend the money.

Further Information:

See also: What parents need to know - Palo Alto Partners in Education


The Palo Verde Parent Teacher Association is an association of parents and teachers dedicated to supporting the children and community of Palo Verde School.

PTA cannot pay for staff, but works to build community and provide materials for the enrichment of our students. 

Parent Teacher Association(PTA)

The Palo Verde PTA is an association of parents and teachers dedicated to supporting the children and community of Palo Verde School.

To reach these goals, Palo Verde PTA members volunteer many hours and raise funds to support classrooms, encourage communication, and develop community spirit.

Classroom and School support:

  • Classroom materials and supplies
  • Grade-level support
  • Technology in the classrooms (laptops/projectors)
  • Noon Art
  • Science Fair
  • Math Night
  • Library funds
  • Staff appreciation
  • Landscaping improvements

Communication and Community:

  • The Palo Verde Voice and PULSE
  • Assemblies
  • Morning coffees
  • Harvest Fair
  • School Ice Cream Social
  • International Fair
  • Ice Skating Party
  • Parent Education

In addition, Palo Verde PTA's past expenditures include early/late reader child care, morning recess supervisor, computer equipment, assemblies, and the science Junior Museum program.

There are several PTA fundraisers throughout the year including the school auction, restaurant nights, and note cards.

The date, time, and place of PTA meetings are announced in the Palo Verde Voice and the Palo Verde PTA blog. All parents and staff are welcome to attend these meetings.

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) promotes children's well-being, home-school cooperation, parent education, and community betterment. PTA cannot pay for staff.

Current PTA Executive Board and Committee Chair members can be found on ourvolunteers page.

The Palo Verde PTA is a tax-exempt organization which is eligible for many corporate matching programs. Our tax ID number is 94-6184933. Please check to see if your donations can be matched by your employer. Thank you for your support.

Further Information:

Palo Alto Partners In Education(PIE)

Partners in Education (PiE), is a non-profit foundation that raises money from parents, donors and businesses for all Palo Alto schools.

Each school chooses how to spend the money.

PiE helps fund the following at Palo Verde:

  • Instructional Aide time for all 18 classrooms
  • Natalie Bivas, Reading Specialist
  • Joanne Soraghan, Resource Specialist
  • Spectra Art for all classrooms
  • Project Resilience for 4th/5th grades

PiE is a one-time annual donation; any amount you contribute helps.

Further Information:

Personal Items and Toys

Students may not bring non-school related personal items to school.

This guideline has been established to prevent unnecessary distractions at school and to eliminate the possibility of lost or stolen valuables.

The school is not responsible for theft, damage, or vandalized personal property.

Photographs(School Photos)

School photos are taken in September, with finished photos coming home in early December.

Class photos will be taken. Individual photos are optional.

You will be notified beforehand of the various options for the purchase of prints. You are not required to purchase photographs.

Physical Examinations

The District is required to test sight and hearing at some grade levels. If these routine tests identify any problems, you will, of course, be notified.

The District Nurse or other professionals conduct screenings at school sites.

  • Vision (grades K, 2, 5, 8, Young Fives, and Special Education initial and triennial evaluations)
  • Hearing (grades K, 2, 5, 8, and Special Education initial and triennial evaluations)
  • Scoliosis (girls are screened in grade 7; boys in grade 8)

The State also requires that fifth graders be administered a physical fitness test.

Further Information:

Play Equipment

Balls can be used for various sports such as soccer, teatherball, four-square, basketball, etc. Balls are not to be bounced on the redtop or against school facilities.

Road/Traffic Safety

Everyone is concerned about traffic safety at Palo Verde. Parents, we need your help to make our community's roadways safe! Consider alternatives to driving your child. Walking, biking, or carpooling, will help reduce congestion and improve safety for all our children. See the Walk and Roll to School Map below for help in deciding the best way to get your child to school.

If you must drive your child to school, please exercise good judgment and patience, and keep the safety of other children in mind. Drive cautiously, and stop fully at all stop signs and crosswalks.

Young children are not always aware of the danger of cars.

Palo Verde Elementary School has two access roads, Louis Road in the front and Rorke Way in the back. Rorke is the main access road for Kindergarten parents, while Louis is the main road for all others.

The following maps and guidelines help to make traffic flow safe for your children. Also, please remember to always drive a few minutes early before school so as not to be in a rush.

Rorke Way

If your child's classroom is close to the Rorke Way side (Rooms 1,2,3,4), remember that Rorke is a narrow residential street - use only if you are dropping off or picking up your child.

Please show consideration for our neighbors by driving slowly and carefully, safe speed on Rorke is closer to 15 mph, rather than the posted 25 mph.

Go around Rorke in the counter-clockwise direction only.

Park on the school side of the street, but do not park on the sidewalk and block pedestrian traffic. Please drop off children only on the school side of the street.

Do not make a U-turn or pull into driveways to turn around.

Louis Road

The curb in front of the office is striped as a drop-off and pickup zone, with enough room for six cars. This area is reserved for passenger loading and unloading only. If you want to leave your car to escort your child to class, park in one of the remaining spaces further from the office. Don't double park, or block parked cars - wait a few moments and you can take your turn in the drop-off area.

U-turns on Louis Road are not allowed during arrival and dismissal hours (8:00 - 8:30 and 1:00 - 3:15).

The east side of Louis Road is also a bicycle lane and no parking is allowed. Please observe the posted signs. You can be ticketed by the Palo Alto Police department.

Walk and Roll to School Suggested Routes

The Palo Alto Safe Routes to School Partnership encourages parents to walk or bike with students and use the mapping tool below to explore options for commuting from home to school. Parents are responsible for choosing the most appropriate route based on their knowledge of conditions on the route between home and school and the experience level of their child.

Walk and Roll to School Map

Click Map for Larger View

Rules and Regulations

Student Expectations for Behavior

  1. We take responsibility for learning.
  2. This means:
    • We arrive at school on time.
    • We are prepared for class.
    • We demonstrate a serious and responsible attitude in daily work.
    • Homework is completed and turned in on time.
  3. We take responsibility for our own behavior.
  4. This means:
    • We are honest and truthful at all times.
    • We admit when we've made a poor choice, make amends and make better choices next time.
    • We express our feelings respectfully and calmly to others.
  5. We follow the directions of adults in charge.
  6. This means:
    • We look at the speaker.
    • We communicate respectfully with teachers or adults in charge.
  7. We settle our differences in a peaceful manner.
  8. This means:
    • We do not physically or verbally fight with others.
    • We work towards a solution by listening to each other.
    • We try to agree on a solution that feels fair to everyone and use it.
  9. We are sensitive to the needs and feelings of others.
  10. This means:
    • We appreciate and respect differences.
    • We use appropriate language at all times.
    • We do not bully or tease other children.
    • We are good listeners.
    • We are helpful.
    • We treat others with kindness, patience, courtesy, and understanding.
    • We are upstanders.
    • We are "Bucket Fillers"
  11. We act safely and keep our school clean.
  12. This means:
    • We respect our own and others' property, bodies and personal space.
    • We do not participate in activities that are dangerous to ourselves, or others.
    • We clean up after ourselves.
    • We follow school and playground rules.
    • We recycle and compost our snacks and lunch.

    Our School Is Special-Let's Keep It That Way!

General Rules

  1. School starts at 8:15a.m. A warning bell will ring at 8:12. If students are not with their teacher by 8:15, they are considered late and will be given a "tardy slip/late slip".
  2. Students are responsible for getting to class on time.
  3. Yard duty supervisors are in charge of the playground. Obey the yard duty supervisors at all times and remember to speak respectfully to them.
  4. Stay within the limits of the school grounds during school hours. Do not leave school grounds at any time without being signed out by your parent.
  5. Always walk when going to lunch, recess, or the bus.
  6. When the bell rings,stop playing and walk to class immediately.
  7. Get off your bikes, scooters and skateboards at the school sidewalk and walk to the bike rack.
  8. Take pride in keeping the school grounds and the environment clean by making sure trash, recycling and compostable items are placed in the cans provided.
  9. Play "tag" on the lawn. Do not play tag on the play structure.

Physical Education Requirements

  1. Rubber-soled shoes should be worn for student's safety. Flip flops or sandals are not appropriate for field games and should not be worn to school.
  2. Demonstrate skills necessary for team sports, such as leadership, team cooperation, and sportsmanship.
  3. Demonstrate a sense of responsibility by caring for Physical Education equipment and modeling safe practice on the playground.

Specific Rules

  1. All knives or potentially dangerous weapons, real or fake, are absolutely not allowed and may result in expulsion.
  2. Any form of swearing or obscene language (written or spoken), name calling, or any form of sexual harassment towards anyone at school will not be tolerated and can result in suspension.
  3. Fighting or threatening harm towards anyone can result in expulsion.
  4. Vandalism in any form can result in suspension and collection for damages will be pursued.
  5. Wear appropriate school clothes at all times.
    1. Wear shoes at all times.
    2. Tops should cover tummies, have shoulder straps, and not show bra straps, or be lower than shoulder blades in back.
    3. Shirts may not display violent, sexual, or put-down messages or messages illegal or restricted substances (beer, alcohol, drugs, weapons).
    4. Hats must be removed in class and at assemblies.
    5. Makeup may not be worn; this includes colored hair spray and glitter worn as eye shadow. Halloween and Crazy Hair Day are exceptions to this rule.
    6. Sagging is not allowed.
  6. Tackling of any kind, shoving, or pushing is not allowed.
  7. Throwing objects such as rocks, sand, sticks, or anything other than balls is not allowed.
  8. Teasing, tickling, or pulling other children off equipment is not allowed.
  9. Running and jumping from playground equipment is dangerous. Don't "bail out" off structures.
  10. Go down slides feet first.
  11. Sitting or climbing on a fence, rail, or roof is not permitted.
  12. When waiting in line, take your turn; do not give cuts; do not trade positions. This is not fair to others.
  13. Take good care of playground equipment. Fourth/fifth return them to your class after use, first - third return them to the ballroom
  14. (1st - 3rd)Wait in line, patiently, at the ballroom and sign your equipment in and out at each recess.
  15. Any balls that go up on roofs, will be removed by the custodian
  16. Rubber balls are the only types of balls to be used on backboards.
  17. Play soccer on the grass areas only. Respect other games.
  18. Gum is not allowed at school.
  19. Spitting is absolutely not allowed.
  20. Leave all electronic devices, games, iPods, water guns, water balloons, baseball bats, and hard balls, including tennis balls at home. The school will not be responsible for any lost or stolen electronic devices or items brought from home.
  21. Cell phones must be turned off and put away during the school day.
  22. Games are not to be played in the restrooms.
  23. Trading cards are not allowed at school.
Science Fair

The Science Fair takes place in the Spring, and is funded and organized by the PTA.

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Site Council

In the 1970's, the State of California passed a law that set up the School Improvement Program (SIP), which enabled schools to receive supplemental funding from the state. The new law also required that schools establish School Site Councils (SSC) in order to receive and spend the extra funding provided by SIP.

The Palo Verde School Site Council is made up of 9 members - four parents, four teachers/staff, and the principal.

The Site Council oversees the SIP budget and develops the School Plan including setting school goals and assessing program effectiveness.

Meetings are usually held one Wednesday of each month, starting at 3:30 pm and running approximately one and a half hours.

All meetings are open to the public.

Serving on Site Council is a great way for parents to get to know the principal and some of staff and to become more involved in ensuring the continuing high quality of your children's education.

For a list of current Site Council Members, see our Volunteers Page.

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Student Image Use

Students are occasionally photographed or videotaped during the course of a school day or during school student activities. PAUSD Release and Authorization to Use Student Image available during online registration.

Statement from PAUSD:

The Palo Alto Unified School District ("District"), its employees or its students may, as part of a course or for other approved purposes, produce or participate in video, motion picture, audio recording, or still photograph productions, broadcasting, and/or publication which may involve the use of students' names, likenesses, or voices. Such productions will be used for non-commercial purposes by the District and will not be sold to other persons or entities. Examples of the uses of such productions include, but are not limited to, School Accountability Report Cards and Cable TV broadcasts.

I/We understand that by granting the District permission to use my/our child's name, likeness, or voice, the District will retain the right to use and reuse, in any manner at all, the video, motion picture, audio recording or still photograph productions, broadcasts, and/or publications as described above. I/We also understand that by granting the District permission to use my/our child's first name or initials, likeness, or voice, I/We hereby forever release and discharge the District from any and all claims, actions and demands, arising out of or in connection with the use of said video, motion picture, audio recording or still photograph; including, without limitation, any and all claims for invasion of privacy and libel.

I/We understand that, whenever practicable, the Palo Alto Unified School District attempts to obtain parental permission in advance of media contact with students. However, the District may not be able to obtain consent in the event of spontaneous or unplanned media presence on campus.

I/We understand that this document does not apply to yearbooks, school newspapers/newsletters or Web publications (secondary only). Photographs or likenesses of my/our child may appear in yearbooks, school newspapers, or Web/school sponsored publications, without my/our consent.

Student Registration

Registration usually begins in January/February for the following fall.

Detailed registration information and forms are available at the school office, or on theregistration page of the PAUSD Web site.

Registration for existing students consists of updating student information via the parents'Infinite Campus account. The Infinite Campus portal is located athttp://icportal.pausd.org.

Requirements for incoming kindergarten students include:

If you have questions, contact Jenny at the office (650) 856-1672 or PAUSD Central Attendance at (650) 329-3707 or centattendance@pausd.org.

Survey: California Healthy Kids

This survey is given to all 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th graders statewide.

This survey will take about fifty minutes to complete and will be administered in December.

The survey gathers information on behaviors such as physical activity and nutritional habits; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; school safety; and environmental and individual strength and assets.

Students only have to answer the questions they want to answer, and they may stop taking either survey at any time. Before each survey begins, the survey's purpose, content, and procedure will be explained.

Students will be able to ask questions and decline participation. The survey is anonymous and confidential. No names will be recorded or attached to the survey. No information will permit your student to be identified or connected with his/her answers.

If you have any questions, or wish to review the survey, please contact:

Holly Wade,
Director of Student Services 
25 Churchill Avenue
Palo Alto CA 94306
Tel: (650) 833-4257
Fax: (650) 326-7463

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Palo Verde parents are welcome at Palo Verde. All visitors must sign in at the office and wear a visitor's name tag, even when just dropping items off. 


Palo Verde relies heavily upon parent volunteers, especially in kindergarten and in primary-level reading and math, where regular volunteers are needed one or more hours per week.

Under the teacher's direction, parents work with children individually or in small groups, giving pupils immediate feedback on their work and helping them through problems. Volunteers provide additional support for classroom learning activities. Others can help out on field trips, by sharing special talents, or preparing materials at home.

A questionnaire is sent to you early in the school year showing the breadth of volunteer opportunities, and letting you tell the coordinators the areas in which you would be interested in working. Please return it with your offers of help.

Working parents may also be able to arrange release time for school volunteering. Several local companies have special programs for this; contact 856-1672 for more information.

In order to be covered by the school's accident insurance, all volunteers are asked to sign in at the school office.