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October 10 , 2016
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PiE Rally Days Challenge Grant
Join us right now and double the impact of your donation!
Fairmeadow! Join Us for our BIG push to meet our goal for PiE (Palo Alto Partners in Education). We're well on our way, but want to increase our participation to help all our kids thrive!

Please know any contribution is meaningful and GREATLY appreciated. PiE donations are the majority of our flexible spending budget at Fairmeadow. If you have already donated to PiE, thank you so much. If you have not, now is a great time to donate.  If you pledge or donate before October 17th, your donation will be matched by PiE's Rally Days Challenge Grant.  Click here to donate!
Do You Love Second Chances? Then We Have Great News!
Wishing that you signed up for a particular event/party at Fairmeadow's walkathon but thinking you missed your chance? Don't worry - you can still sign up!  Just follow these two easy steps: 
  1. Check out "Teacher events for kids," "Parties hosted by Fairmeadow parents" or "Grade level parties" to see what is available.
  2. Email Nirmala Patni to sign up!
Walk & Roll Day - Thank You!
Thank you, Firebirds, for your outstanding participation in last week's Walk & Roll Day! As you can see from our sticker charts, we had lots of families choosing an alternative to solo car driving. What a difference you made -- our car line was a fraction of its normal size!

We'll be back in March for our final Walk & Roll Day of the year. Until then, consider mixing in active transportation or carpooling as often as you can. Even one day a week makes a huge impact!
October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Awareness events are sponsored by PAUSD, the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC), Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning (LGBTQQ) Committee. Contact jgonzalez@pausd.org for more information.
Unity Day 2016 - When We Stand Together, No One Stands Alone
Wednesday, October 19th, All PAUSD Schools
PAUSD will celebrate Unity Day 2016 to promote kindness towards all students and unity in our school communities. Each school will participate in its own special way, so find out what your school is doing and join us in sending a united voice by wearing Orange on Wednesday, October 19th!
Special Olympics Soccer Competition
Mon, Oct 17, 9am - Noon, Jordan Middle School
PAUSD and Special Olympics Northern California have joined together in a new  Special Olympics Schools Partnership  program. Through sports, the program aims to provide opportunities for special education students and their peers to work together as teammates and to create inclusive opportunities in the school community. Come cheer on the students in their first event of the year. Elementary, middle, and high school students throughout the district will be participating and showing off their skills. For more information contact Angel Sheridan.
Local Control Accountability Plan Community Meeting
Tues, Oct 25, 8-10 am & 5-8 pm, District Office, Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Unified School District is updating the Local Control and Accountability Plan as required by the California Department of Education. Development of the plan must include input from key stakeholders. The District would like to invite you to return and participate in the LCAP Community meeting. At this meeting we will share progress on this year's plan and solicit feedback on 16-17 goals, actions and measurements as we began to develop the 2017/18 plan.
Spanish and Mandarin translation provided.  The timeline for the LCAP process is:
  • Oct 25, 8-10 am, Community Meeting, District Office
  • Oct 25, 5-8 pm, Community Meeting, District Office
  • Nov 30, 5-8 pm, Community Meeting, District Office
  • Feb 1, 5-8 pm, Community Meeting, District Office
  • Mar 1, Presentation of LCAP to DELAC
  • Apr 19, 5-8 pm, Community Meeting, District Office
  • Jun 6, Board LCAP Presentation
  • Jun 20, Final Board Presentation
Renaming Schools Advisory Committee Community Town Hall Meeting
Mon, Nov 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, Media Arts Center at Palo Alto High School ** New date/time**
To rename or not to rename any of Palo Alto's schools, that is the topic distinguished historians and ethicists with expertise in Eugenics will discuss. The panelists will share their views on how to evaluate the legacy of those Palo Alto school namesakes who were also some of California's leading Eugenicists. They will look at Eugenics in the context of its time, the lasting impact Eugenics has in the US, and what learning opportunities a school renaming would provide our public school district. The panelists are: Mary Rorty, Clinical Associate Professor at the Stanford University Medical Center and a Fellow of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Milton Reynolds, Senior Program Manager of the 'Facing History and Ourselves' non-profit organization with focus on how historical events shape today's society, and Tony Platt, Prof Emeritus of American History, Public Policy and Social Science; University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, Cal State University Sacramento, San Jose State University. The town hall will be moderated by Ken Yale, and a representative from the Palo Alto Historical Society will share relevant events from Palo Alto's and our schools' history.

Arts Education Volunteers Needed
The Palo Alto Council of PTA  seeks Arts Education Volunteers to support high quality arts education for all students and to share best practices and programs. Goals might include communicating about visual and performing art programs taking place at PAUSD schools and encouraging collaborative opportunities. All PTA members (both parents and teachers) are welcome to volunteer. Please contact PTAC President Audrey Gold  if interested.

Community  News
Looking for an opportunity to help kids in need?  Volunteer for DreamCatchers!
DreamCatchers runs an after-school enrichment program for low-income PAUSD middle school students at Paly in the afternoons and evenings Monday through  Thursday.  We are looking for the following:
  • One-on-One Tutors (high school students) or Classroom Assistants (like a classroom aide - we need adults as well as high school students). Please contact Miguel Fittoria.
  • Adults or experienced high schoolers interested in helping with graphic design, web design, curriculum support, or general non-profit help. Please contact Barbara Klausner.
Thanks so much for your support! Visit our website for more information.
Let's Talk, a SELPA 1 Support Group
Mon, Oct 10, 10 am - 12 noon, Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S San Antonio Road, Los Altos
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org.
Special Education 101, SELPA1CAC Coffee Talk
Tue, Oct 18, 7-9 pm, Castro Elementary, Mountain View (Spanish Language)
Wed, Oct 19, 7-9 pm, Santa Rita Elementary, Los Altos (English Language)
These trainings will offer a brief overview of the educational rights of parents when a child has a disability. Topics will include general education supports, student study team meetings, Section 504, special education referral and assessment timeline, eligibility, and important key rights held by the parent and child.
SheHeroes Afternoon Tea with Fathers in Tech Encouraging Girls in STEM
Sun, Oct 16, 2-4:30 pm, The Fairmont (Crowne Room), San Francisco
Enjoy an afternoon tea for the whole family (all ages) and listen to tech leaders speak about the crucial role men play in supporting women and girls in STEM and other fields. Formal tea includes gourmet food and beverages. Fun activities for kids include raffle, photo booth, girl panel, temporary tattoos. More info here.
Walk & Roll to Palo Alto Libraries
As increasing numbers of families are walking and bicycling all over town, the call for bike and pedestrian route maps has increased. Check out Palo Alto's new Walk & Roll map with suggested routes to Palo Alto's libraries from every neighborhood citywide. The libraries are popular after-school destinations and they often are the center of fun family outings. Walking and bicycling are active, healthy, fun ways to get there! See the Walk & Roll to Libraries map here.
Support Gunn's Seniors and Order Your Farm Fresh Pies from Gizdich Ranch!
Now thru Oct 12
Order delicious Gizdich Ranch Pies before Oct 12 for your holiday gatherings, and help raise funds for the Class of 2017 Senior Picnic, Grad Night Celebration, and scholarships for Seniors to attend those events. The pies come frozen and are made locally at Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. You can choose from  Apple, Two Berry (raspberry and blackberry), Pumpkin, or Apricot! Buy a pie and donate it to a special teacher or staff member! For the Gizdich Pie Order Form and more information click here Contact Cassandra Gencarella with questions.  Gunn's Class of 2017 thanks you!
Support Paly Cheer and Dance with our Holiday Pie Fundraiser
Mon, Oct 24 (order deadline), Fri, Nov 18 Pick up your pies at Palo Alto High School in front of the Tower Bldg. from 3:30-6:30 pm
Enjoy delicious farm fresh pies while supporting Palo Alto High School's Cheer and Dance teams! Apple, Two Berry, and Pumpkin Pies are available. They are flash-frozen from Gidzich Farms in Watsonville and are simply scrumptious! Get all the details here.
Theatre Costume Garage Sale Supporting the Palo Alto Children's Theatre
Sat, Oct 15 & Sun, Oct 23, 2:30-5:30 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center (Community Room), 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Theatre Costume Garage Sale is a fundraising event produced by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, supporting Children's Theatre performing arts programs which reach more than 50,000 community members annually. A large collection of handmade theatre costumes (kids' and adults' sizes) from previous productions will be for sale.
Family Date Night: Tricks and Treats
Fri, Oct 21, 7-8:15 pm, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St
Join us for Halloween party fun after hours at the Children's Library! We will have monstrous music, ghoulish games, terrifying treats, and a creepy costume contest. Please register online for each family member attending.
Palo Alto Philharmonic Season Opening Performance
Sat, Oct 22, 8 pm, Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Philharmonic opens it 29th concert season with "Russian Masters," an exciting program featuring Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev. The Philharmonic is pleased to invite the audience backstage after the concert, to meet Music Director Thomas Shoebotham, Assistant Conductor Lee Actor, and our musicians at our annual season-opening reception. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
Emergency Preparedness & Home Safety Fair
Sun, Oct 23, 2-4 pm, Addison Elementary School, 650 Addison Ave, Palo Alto
Are you prepared when an emergency occurs? How do you protect yourself and your family if a catastrophic earthquake, a pandemic disaster, or a fire rampage occurs? How do you deal with a robbery? How do you ensure that your child(ren) ride their bicycle(s) safely? How do you stay connected in an emergency when your phone does not work? Come to the Emergency Preparedness & Home Safety Fair to learn, share and save lives! Event highlight: Mr. Andy Huang, Chief of Red Cross, Silicon Valley, will deliver an ER demo on site. This annual event is sponsored by the Palo Alto (PA) Chinese Parents' Club, PAUSD, PA Police Station, PA Fire Station, PA Utilities, Children's Hospital and City of Palo Alto. Free admission! In addition to secret raffle prices, the first 100 attendees will win free gifts.

Palo Alto  紧急救援及防范展
时间: 10/23 周日下午 2:00-4:00
地点: Addison 小学, 650 Addison Ave  Palo Alto
大地震 发生了怎么办?火灾时怎么逃生?碰到入室抢劫的强盗怎么应对?怎么让你的孩子骑车更安全?茫茫黑夜在外避难,手机没法用,怎么与外界联系?宝贵生命只有一次,灾难面前无法 " 时试试看 " 请参加我们一年一度的紧急救援及防范展会!活动亮点:将特邀红十字会硅谷分会负责人  Andy Huang  现场做 ER 讲座。本活动由以下团体及机构赞助支持: Palo Alto (PA)  华人家长会,  PA 学区 , PA  警察局, PA 消防局 , PA  公用事 业单位 儿童医院及 Palo Alto 市。免 费入场。现场抽奖,头一百名到访者还有免费礼物
Halloween Zoo Night at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
Fri, Oct 28, 5:30-8 pm, 1451 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Join friends for a special, members-only Halloween Zoo Night at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume; meet animals from Wildlife Associates, Bay Area Amphibian and Reptile Society (BARS), and JMZ; enjoy pizza, drinks, and other treats in the zoo; and much, much more! This is a Club JMZ members-only event. Join at the door or online at  friendsjmz.org.   For more information see the flyer.
Spooky Theme for Halloween Family Concert
Sun, Oct 30, 3 pm, Main Theater at Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City
Violinists in witches' black, a cellist as Snoopy and Maestro Eric Kujawsky in pirate's stripes will greet the children (pre-schoolers through middle-schoolers) as they arrive for the Halloween Family Concert of Redwood Symphony. The afternoon event begins with a Tour of the Orchestra. Then the symphony will play Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain and the finale from the Organ Symphony by Saint-Saens, both noted for their high spookiness quotient. A raffle will determine 10 children who will take the baton to direct the symphony in a Sousa march. Adults, $25 (pre-sale), and children $15 at RedwoodSymphony.org. Free and ample parking. Usually sells out.
Society of Bookworms Book Club - Wild Wings by Gill Lewis
Wed, Oct 19, 4-5 pm, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6.
Building Your Child's Self-Esteem and Personal Power (5 - 10 years)
Thu, Oct 20, 7-9 pm, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto (plenty of free parking)
Your children's feelings of self-esteem and personal power are influenced by beliefs and actions that they learn from you. Explore ways to build children's self-esteem and avoid the unsuspecting parental communication blocks. With Cynthia Klein, BA, certified parent educator Cost: $45 and $30 second parenting partner. Register here.
Parenting The Positive Discipline Way (3 - 10 years)
Wed, Oct 26 - Nov 16 (4 sessions), 7-9 pm, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto (plenty of free parking) 
During this series of four sessions, based on Jane Nelsen's Positive Discipline books and interactive activities, discover how better to understand your child's behavior; discipline with friendship, love, and respect; and find common-sense solutions to everyday challenges. With Bridget Bertrand, MFT.
Cost $160 and $100 second parenting partner. Register here.
Tools for Finding Calm and Self-Identity Workshop for Tweens
Sun, Nov 6, 4-6:30 pm, Greenmeadow Community Center
In this afternoon's workshop, Holistic Mentor, Hemla Makan-Dullabh, and educational consultant, Felicia Fahey, join forces to teach students important self soothing tools that bring peace of mind, confidence, and self awareness. Hemla's exercises on meditation and mindset will help kids believe in themselves, and learn to reprogram negative thoughts through positive affirmations. Felicia's writing exercise on personal stories will teach students how to develop a place to put their feelings and to use awareness through writing and storytelling to become clearer about who they are and what they want.  Contents of workshop:
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Create visualizations with positive affirmations
  • Positive thoughts create your outcomes
  • Identify your stories
  • Identify your dreams
  • Map internal change
Please bring a Journal with you (link to amazon journals). Cost: $50.
A Taste of Cantabile Youth Singers: Roots and Rhythms of Africa!
Sat, Oct 15, 1-4 pm, Los Altos Hills Town Hall Council Chambers
This exciting afternoon for 3rd-5th graders investigates song, dance, folktales, and instrumental elements from the Music of West Africa. Featuring Cantabile's signature pedagogical approach of Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze methods, this workshop will include both traditional folk songs and contemporary songs from current African artists. Through vocal warm-ups, singing games, and theatrical improvisation, singers will have a blast learning how to develop and express their natural singing voice, and will walk away with a starting toolbox to continue their journey as young singers.
Cost: 45.00 for non-residents, 50.00 for residents. Questions? Email  info@cantabile.org or call 650-424-1410.
Register Los Altos   here.
C ontact:  jchew@losaltosca.gov or 650-947-2848.
Register Los Altos Hills  here.
C ontact:  sgualtieri@losaltoshills.ca.gov  or 650-947-2518.

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In This Issue
Important Dates
Oct 10 Extended Kindergarten Begins
Oct 13 Third Grade Bike Rodeo
Oct 18 Picture Make-up Day
Oct 19
Unity Day
Oct 21
Principal's Coffee
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