Paly Link

A PTSA publication


Sunday, Jul 23, 2017
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The Paly Link is distributed on Sundays, except during school breaks and holidays.  Changes will be highlighted as New/Updated/Corrected.  To submit an article, see Submissions Guidelines.
Aug 1
Back To School Packet Stuffing, 9am-2pm, Tower Building  Volunteers Needed  New (PTSA)
Aug 1
Pick up Back to School Envelope, Tower Building New
Monday Aug 7 8am-12pm, 9th and 10th Grade Schedule Changes, Tower Building New
Aug 7 1pm-4pm, 11th and 12th Grade Schedule Changes, Tower Building New
Tuesday Aug 8 8am-12pm, 11th and 12th Grade Schedule Changes, Tower Building New
Aug 8 1pm-4pm, 9th and 10th Grade Schedule Changes, Tower Building New
Thursday Aug 10 4pm-7pm, Freshman Orientation and Freshman Picture Day, Paly Quad New
Aug 10
12pm-1:30pm, BTS Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Perry Athletic Center New
Friday Aug 11 10th-12th Grade Picture Day, PAC, See for times New
Aug 11
Bike Safety Check - Free to all students  New
Monday Aug 14
First Day of School Alternate schedule, See  New
Mon-Weds Aug 14-16
10am-2pm, Back to School Registration - Volunteers Shifts Available  New
Thursday Aug 17
Paly Back to School Dinner, Paly Quad - All Families Welcome  New
Thursday Aug 24 Back to School Night (Parents/Guardians) New
BTS Envelope Stuffing New
Tuesday, August 1st at 9am-2pm, Tower Building
Volunteers Needed; 2 hours shifts and students welcome to earn community service hours
Great way to reconnect before the school year and help Paly! Paly needs parents, students and guardians to come to campus and help assemble to Paly envelopes. Sign up for one or more 2 hour shifts!
All students volunteering will earn community service time. Sign up at  Up To Us.

Questions? Please contact: Joy Frick at or Lissa Dutton at

BTS Packet Pick-Up New
Tuesday, August 1st at 4pm-5:30pm, Tower Building
If you are in town on Tuesday, August 1st, feel free to stop by the Paly Tower Building from 4pm to 5:30pm and pick up your Back-To-School Packet. Any packets left at the end of the day will be mailed home. All packet forms and donations should be returned on picture day or in the office once school begins. Photo forms should be kept separate to hand to the photographers.

Teachers' Back to School Luncheon Volunteers Needed New
Thursday, August 10 at 9:30am-2pm
Much loved kick off event for the Paly teachers and staff. Help us welcome the Paly teachers back to school with a luncheon. Please consider signing up at 

Freshman Student Orientation Pizza Dinner New
Thursday, August 10th at 4pm-7pm, Quad
Volunteers Needed; Especially for serving the dinner
The PTSA is helping to sponsor the freshman orientation, and helping with the pizza dinner is a great way to get a glimpse of the classmates and their energy.

Paly's freshman orientation is a GREAT way for these students to be welcomed, oriented and ready to begin high school. Sign up at Up To Us.

Picture Day New
August 11th 8am-2:30pm,  Perry Athletic Center 
Paly is in need of a few parent/guardians to help with picture day, August 11th. We have 1 and 2 hour shifts throughout the day. Please sign up at the  Picture Day Volunteer Sign Up
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Paly Sports Boosters Meeting New
Wednesday, August 16th at 7PM, Anderson/Look home, 1401 Parkinson Ave.
Come to the first Paly Sports Boosters meeting of the year at the home of president, Melissa Anderson. We'll get an update about the opening of the new gym facilities and the fall sports season from Athletic Director Therren Wilburn plus hear Paly Sports Boosters' plans for the year. We're a fun group (and all the big jobs are already taken!) Please join us! Questions? 

Fall Sports Parent Night 

Monday, August 21st at 6:30PM in the Media Arts Center ("MAC")
Paly Athletics hosts this seasonal parent meeting and all fall season athletes are expected to have a parent or guardian in attendance. There will be a large group meeting followed by individual team meetings.  This is your chance to meet the coach and hear all about the plans for the season. Questions?

Paly Gear New 

Show your school spirit! New styles and old favorites! Available online at or in person at Paly home football games, volleyball matches & the Back-to-School dinner on August 17th. Also by appointment - All proceeds benefit Paly Athletics.

Paly Sports Boosters Passes

Help support a vibrant Paly athletic community by purchasing a Sports Boosters pass! Passes are good for admission for Paly regular season home games for all sports during the 2017-2018 school year. Free VIKING SQUAD t-shirt with every Student Booster Pass (while supplies last). Order online: or by mail.

Paly Site Council 
The Paly Site Council is currently seeking candidates for TWO parent representatives. Those elected will serve from September 2017 to June 2019. The Council meets on Monday afternoons, once a month; See the Paly website for details:, or feel free to ask questions of our retiring parent reps: Hayley Gans ( or Daniel Teo (

To submit your name for consideration, please write a brief, one paragraph statement which includes your reasons for wanting to serve on Site Council, as well as any other information you feel is relevant. (This is also the text that will appear on the ballot.) Submit your nomination to Carolyn Benfield: with the subject line "Site Council". The election will be held in conjunction with the summer mailing in August. Parents and guardians of Paly students grades 9-11 are eligible, with the exception of PAUSD employees. (Candidates must have a student at Paly throughout their term of office, so unfortunately, parents of seniors aren't eligible.

About the Paly Link aboutPalyLink
The Paly Link is a Paly PTSA publication, emailed on Sundays, except during school breaks and holidays. Changes will be highlighted as New/ Updated/ Corrected.

Deadline for submissions: noon on the Thursday before the Sunday of publication. Ideally items run for 2 weeks, and no more than 3 weeks. Please do not submit items earlier than 3 weeks before the event.

To submit an item, send to palylink@paloaltopta.orgSee submission instructions here. Include a header or title line, then a line listing the date, time and location of the event. Follow with a brief (2-4 sentence) description of the activity, with the most important information first. List email, contact information and web links last.  Items are published at the discretion of the editors. 

--Emanuela Todaro, Vini Jain, and Pete Cockerell Paly Link Editors
--Bala Aiyar, Paly Link List Manager and Gordon Craig, Paly Link Webmaster 
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