Paly Link

A PTSA publication

Sunday, Sep 10th, 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.
Tuesday Sep 12
Photo Make-ups 8am to 3pm in the Small Gym
Wednesday Sep 13 Photo Make-ups 8am to 3pm in the Small Gym
Wednesday Sep 13
Freshman Parent Night 7pm in the PAC NEW
Friday Sep 15 Freshman Parent Network Meeting 8:15 to 10am, Room 33, Tower Building NEW
Friday Sep 15 Club Day, 10am-2pm, Quad
Sep 15
5th Annual Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale, Paly  3-6pm
Saturday Sep 16 5th Annual Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale, Paly 11-4pm
Tuesday Sep 19
Media Arts Boosters Meeting, Media Arts Center, Rm 105 
Wednesday Sep 25
Junior Parent Night 7pm in the Haymarket NEW
Monday Sep 25
Minimum Day for students (12:30 dismissal) - Professional Development for Staff NEW
Wednesday Sep 27
Sophomore Parent Night 7pm in the PAC NEW

Class of 2021 (Freshman) Parent Network Meeting NEW
Friday, Sept 15,  8:15-10 am, Tower Building, Room 33
At our first meeting of the year, Paly Principal Kim Diorio will be the speaker and update us on what's going on at Paly and what to expect this year.  Because of the library construction at Paly, the PTA has reserved space for us in the Tower Building, room 33 for this year.  We would greatly appreciate volunteers to bring coffee and fruit/pastries to share! (Ping us about coffee so we don't have too much). We will generally have meetings on the 3rd Friday of the month. Questions? Karen Ambrose Hickey (, Stephanie Werner (, Lisa McGall ), Sonya Hanna (

Volunteers Needed for Club Day
Friday Sept 15, 10am - 2pm on the Quad
Students will be celebrating Club Day on the Quad during lunch (nut-free). Lunch will be grilled and served buffet style to the entire study body. We need volunteers to help set up, grill, and clean up.
To sign up for a shift during the event, please click herePlease sign in at the front office, parking passes are available in the front office as well. Meet us in the Quad!  Thank you!!
Paly Giving
Don't forget to sign up for Escrip and AmazonSmile!
Make your shopping count. By signing up (or updating your account) with Escrip at, a percentage of your purchases is automatically donated to Paly PTSA. Local merchants such as Piazza's, Mollie Stone's, and Draeger's participate, so it's easy to give just with your routine shopping. Be sure to update where to direct your donations, and your card information. 

Amazon also donates a percentage of your purchases to an organization of your choice through Amazonsmile. So also set up an account at and chose to direct donations to Paly. Then just remember to enter the Amazon site through Amazonsmile every time you shop.

For a few minutes of your time, you can give back all year round to support Paly PTSA programs with shopping that you already do every day!

Dear Paly Families:  We strive for 100% participation!
The PTSA (Parent Student Teacher Association) supports non staffing needs at Paly through a variety of programs and initiatives, including - classroom technology and materials, challenge success and sources of strength, PSATs, printing and postage for student publications, parent education, staff appreciation, freshman orientation, community service day and so much more.
Our goal is to raise over $190,000 to be spent this school year. Please consider a donation of $260 per student for 2017-2018, any amount is appreciated. No gift is too big or too small.   You can also drop off your checks and BTS packets to the front office.

Many companies have gift matching programs to match the donation you made to PALY PTSA this year. By simply completing a matching-gift request to your company, you may be able to double-or even triple-the impact of your donation. Any amount of contribution will help PTSA do more to enhance your child's education. We encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful program.  To check if your or your spouse's company offers Corporate Matching program,  click here . Thank you for your generosity.

Palo Alto High School: (ASB, Yearbook, etc.) Please donate online by clicking here

Lost your back to school forms? All back to school forms (and online links) are located in the Paly PTSA Back to school forms page; Please link here:
Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for your continued support!

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Volunteers Needed for Lunchtime Therapy Dog Program
Palo Alto High School has had a lunchtime Therapy Dog program for the last several years. We are looking for a few more teams to join our group. You  must be a certified Therapy dog team. Let me know if you are interested. Having therapy dogs on campus during lunch has become a very popular program with the students. Please contact Beth Martin, if you would like to join in the fun with your therapy dog.
Beth Bening Martin,  Volunteer Coordinator

Community Service Verification
Monday, Sept. 11-14 10am-12pm, Paly Tower Bldg, room 33 (please check in at main office first)
Karla Larson is in need of a few volunteers to help verify community service hours submitted by students for transcript reporting and/or President's Award.
Contact with questions

Paly Speech and Debate Showcase NEW
Wednesday, September 13th, 5-7 PM, MAC
You're invited to the 2017 Paly Speech and Debate Showcase !
Members from the award-winning team will sample a performance or participate in a debate. We encourage all Paly parents and students who are interested in Speech and Debate to come.
The event will be hosted on Wednesday, September 13th from 5-7 p.m. in the MAC building . Free food and drinks will be provided. 
The S&D team teaches students public speaking, research skills and is a supportive community for students.The team travels to tournaments to compete against students from around the country. Contact  with any questions. 

Paly Sports Boosters Meeting  NEW
Wednesday, September 20th at 7PM, Anderson/Look home, 1401 Parkinson Ave.
Come to the monthly Paly Sports Boosters meeting at the home of co-president, Melissa Anderson. We'll get an update on the fall sports season from Athletic Director Therren Wilburn plus hear Paly Sports Boosters' exciting plans for the year - an auction, the return of the Holiday Tree Lot, Fun Run & golf tournament. We're a fun group (and all the big jobs are already taken!) Please join us! Questions?

Sports Boosters Fundraiser at the Counter on California Avenue NEW
Wednesday, September 20
Create Burgers.  Create Funds.  Bring your family and friends to eat at the Counter on California Avenue,   Wednesday, September 20 and they will donate a 15% of your receipt to Paly Sports Boosters. It is easy, dine in or take home - just show your server the attached flyer (electronically or paper) at payment time and they will take care of the rest!   Please join us in supporting a local business while they support our student athletes!  Questions: Lisa Rimsa
Paly Theatre presents: The Miracle Worker NEW
Thursday Sep 28 at 7:30pm, Friday Sep 29 at 4:00pm, Sunday Oct 1 at 2pm & 7pm. Performances are at the Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Rd. 

Winner! 1960 Tony Award for Best Play. Immortalized on stage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. Helen suffers an illness at 18 months old that leaves her blind and deaf. Her parents, who pity and pamper their afflicted daughter, are desperate to have order, and hire a young Annie Sullivan to try and reach the mind of Helen. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human-and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.  Tickets are $15.00 adults, $10.00 students/seniors. Reserved seating at
Box office opens one hour prior to curtain.   

5th Annual Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale at Palo Alto High School  
Friday  September 15, at Paly  3-6 pm, in between the old and new Theatres 
Saturday September 16, at Paly  11-4 pm, in between the old and new Theatres
Come see exquisite new glass designs hand-blown by instructors, alumni and students. Over 1000 unique glass pieces - pumpkins, pears, seashells, elephants, acorns, vases and more on sale to benefit Paly's Fiery Arts program. Come learn about the craft with live glass blowing demonstrations. Fall Sale flyer. For more information contact PalyFieryArts@gmail.com or

Media Arts Boosters Meeting
Tuesday, September 19, 7-8 PM, in the Media Arts Center (MAC) Building, Room 105
Please join us to learn more about the fantastic Paly media arts programs (journalism, publications, photography, video production, graphic design and broadcast/radio.)  You will meet other parents and learn ways you can get involved at our first Media Arts Boosters Meeting of the year. All are welcome! Have questions?  Send them to Brooke Kernick or Kristin Rowell at

Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School  
Sat & Sun.  Sept. 22-23, Oct. 7-8, Nov. 4-5, Dec. 2-3, Jan. 6-7, 2018
9-3 pm at Palo Alto High School's Glass Studio, 50 Embarcadero Rd  
These workshops are open to the public, students and parents.  The 2 day weekend workshop focuses on beginning glass blowing techniques. It's an incredible hands-on experience. Repeating  students progress from their last session. Advanced Sign up required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults. $425 per person. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Boosters. 
Contact: David Camner, founder of Paly Glass,
Library Information 
The library remodel is underway with a completion date of January 2019. Until then students can work in the Student Center and access books in an adjacent portable P3. We'd love to have some parent volunteers help us check out books this year. Please see for more details and sign up to help if you can. 

Yearbook Senior Portraits and parent baby ads 
Attention Paly Senior Parents: yearbook senior portraits and parent baby ads are both due on the same day, Friday October 13. If you are planning on making an appointment with a professional photographer, it's recommended that you confirm that date as soon as possible, as their slots book quickly. While the yearbook program does not provide a list of recommended photographers, most local Palo Alto studios have extensive experience in taking beautiful senior portraits. The yearbook staff will also be able to take a yearbook-suitable portrait during fifth period or lunch this year; email us at  to set up an appointment. You can find details on senior portraits and baby ads on our website: Please contact adviser Brian Wilson at  if you have any questions.

Paly Gear  
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.

Vote for Paly Site Council 
VOTE!!!  Below is the link to the ballot for Parent  Representatives on the Site Council. Please take a moment to cast your vote for two (2) of the four (4) candidates:  
Thanks to Jennifer Jacobs, Dipti Joshi, Unmesh Sahasrabuddhe and Lien Vu for stepping up!
College & Career Center Paly
College Rep Visits for Seniors (and Juniors, if space is available) UPDATED
Students must have their teacher's permission one day in advance if missing class. Pick up a form in the C&CC, or download it at admit-class-form-college-and-career-center . Bring the signed form the day of the visit to ensure the absence from class is cleared and marked as an activity rather than a truancy. College visits scheduled for the next two weeks are listed below. For a full list of all visits through Spring, login to Naviance using your user ID and password; click on the "Colleges" tab then click "view all upcoming college visits" within the "my colleges" section. Or, you can check the calendar on
Due to increased student attendance and limited space in the College Center, we are no longer able to permit parents to attend college representative visits, please click to read more information about this policy.


Week of September 11
Hult International Business School - San Francisco   9/11/17 12:45 PM
Washington University in St. Louis 9/12/17 8:15 AM
Hobart and William Smith Colleges 9/12/17 9:00 AM
Tel Aviv University 9/12/17 12:20 PM
Washington State University 9/12/17 1:05 PM NEW
San Francisco State University 9/12/17 2:00 PM
University of St. Andrews 9/13/17 8:15 AM
Colorado State University 9/13/17 9:00 AM NEW
University of California, San Diego 9/13/17 1:05 PM NEW
United States Air Force Recruiter 9/13/17 2:00 PM
Drexel University 9/14/17 8:15 AM
Seattle University 9/14/17 9:00 AM
American University 9/14/17 1:05 PM
Ringling College of Art and Design 9/15/17 8:15 AM
Pacific Northwest College of Art 9/15/17 10:00 AM

Week of September 18
University of California - Merced 9/18/17 8:15 AM
Bates College 9/18/17 9:15 AM
University of Rochester 9/18/17 10:15 AM
The University of Tampa 9/18/17 11:15 AM
Whitman College 9/19/17 9:00 AM
Boston University 9/19/17 10:00 AM
Georgia Institute of Technology 9/19/17 12:20 PM
Indiana University of Bloomington 9/19/17 1:05 PM
Dartmouth College 9/19/17 2:00 PM
Wellesley College 9/20/17 8:15 AM
University of Cincinnati 9/20/17 9:00 AM
Tufts University 9/20/17 10:00 AM
Fashion Institute of Design and 
Merchandising, Los Angeles 9/20/17 10:45 AM
Middlebury College 9/20/17 12:20 PM
Skidmore College 9/20/17 1:05 PM
University of Colorado at Boulder 9/20/17 2:00 PM
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 9/20/17 2:45 PM
Miami University, Oxford 9/21/17 8:15 AM
New York University 9/21/17 9:00 AM
Hofstra University 9/21/17 10:00 AM
Elon University 9/21/17 10:45 AM
Vanderbilt University 9/21/17 12:20 PM
Linfield College 9/21/17 1:05 PM NEW
Franklin University Switzerland 9/22/17 8:15 AM
Augustana College 9/22/17 9:00 AM
Johns Hopkins University 9/22/17 10:00 AM
Gettysburg College 9/22/17 10:45 AM
Northeastern University 9/22/17 12:20 PM NEW
University of Glasgow 9/22/17 2:00 PM
Westmont College 9/22/17 2:45 PM

For more information and to RSVP (if required), login to Naviance and click the 'information' hyperlink.

Paly deadlines may be 2-4 weeks prior to public scholarship deadlines to allow for Paly TA and Guidance lead times. To learn about scholarships listed below and others login to Naviance using your user ID and password or login as a Guest with no password. Click the "Colleges" tab, scroll to the  "scholarships and money" section, then click on the "scholarship list" link. 

Scholarships expiring through September 26
Questbridge  National College Match  Expires 9/13
North Carolina State University The Park Scholarships  Expires 9/15
Wendy's High School 
Heisman Award
Expires 9/26 NEW

Healthy Habits, Healthy Lives NEW
Wed, Oct. 4, 6:30-8:30pm, SDC Room, District Office, 25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto
Navigating and understanding nutrition guidelines can be challenging and confusing.  At this talk, Dr. Rosner will help to clear up some of this confusion.  She will discuss healthy eating guidelines, as well as, healthy habits.  Finally, she will provide ways to incorporate these suggestions into our daily lives and leave us empowered with the knowledge to lead a healthy life. Jeanne Rosner is a board certified anesthesiologist who practiced at Stanford Medical Center for nearly 20 years.  Since retiring from anesthesia, she has been a nutrition educator at local middle schools throughout the Bay area and started a venture called SOUL (seasonal, organic, unprocessed, local) Food Salon (
Community Paly
Community Service Opportunity -- Volunteer on Coastal Cleanup Day NEW
Sat, Sept 16, 9 AM - 12 PM, Baylands (Matadero or Adobe Creek)
The City of Palo Alto is hosting two Cleanup sites (Matadero: site 16 and Adobe: site 17) to clean up litter in the Baylands.  Please go to  to sign up and be sure to bring your waivers. 
Palo Alto Library -- Day of the Dead Altar NEW
Sun, Oct 15 - Sun, Nov 5 Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto CA 94306  
Submit a photo of a loved one whom has passed on to honor them at the entrance of the library's altar. Display created by Teen Library Advisory Board (TLAB).
FREE Women's Wellness Workshop: A Taste of the Season NEW
Fri Sep 15 10-11AM. Blossom Birth, 505 Barron Ave, Palo Alto, CA
In this FREE workshop, Jalene Salus will offer an introductory taste of Integrative Nutrition as she shows you some sweet and simple ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit.  Enjoy a little taste of some seasonal fall bites while we discuss foods to support your unique body - and your family - this autumn.  Jalene will show you how aligning your self care with the rhythm of the season can guide you on your path of women's wellness as she engages you in fulfilling dialogue with other thoughtful, wise women.  Registration is required for this FREE workshop as space is limited!
FREE Mindful Moms Class with Krassi Harwell NEW
Tues Sep 26 12-1:30PM,  67 Encina Ave, Palo Alto, CA
Join our community of wise and caring moms as we navigate the rich and rewarding journey of raising kids into adults. We will practice yoga, meditate, and tap into the healing power of togetherness as we share stories, strength and support. This FREE class is for moms who have kids of all ages - particularly helpful for moms who have toddlers thru teens! Registration is required for this FREE workshop as space is limited!
Titans Youth Cheer Clinic NEW
Sat, Sept 30. 10AM-2PM,  Gunn High School Titan Gym.
Come join the Gunn High School Varsity Cheerleaders for a fun-filled Cheer Clinic for kids K-8 th  grade.  Kids will learn cheers and a dance that they can later perform alongside the cheerleaders at the Gunn HS Football game on Friday, Oct. 13.  Lunch, water and snacks are provided at the clinic.  Check-in time is 9:30AM, cost is $40 per child ($30 for siblings after the first registration), cash or check payment at the door.  Email  to reserve your spot with "Youth Clinic" in the subject line and include the child(ren)'s name, age and grade.
Volunteers Needed for Adopt-a-School and Adopt-a-Teacher Programs at the Ravenswood School District! NEW  
Be a part of the exciting new things happening in Ravenswood!  The Ravenswood Education Foundation (REF) is kicking off its annual Adopt-a-Teacher program for the Ravenswood City School District! The program offers the opportunity for individuals or small groups to help teachers in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park purchase much-needed supplies.  REF is also launching a teacher appreciation program with an opportunity for volunteers to provide two meals honoring faculty and staff at a school.  If interested, please contact Jazmin Sosa at  or visit REF's website to learn more about other volunteering opportunities at
Ride, Drive & Be Green: A National Drive Electric Week Celebration NEW
Sun, Sep 17; 1-4 pm, 3921 E. Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto (Park on Elwell Ct.)
Take a FREE Test Drive in an Electric Vehicle on September 17!  Did you know that the single biggest way to lower your personal carbon emissions is to drive an electric vehicle?  Find out more by taking a FREE electric vehicle test drive on Sep 17.  This is your chance to view and drive several models all at once, without having to visit multiple dealers.  Participating vehicles will include the Chevy Bolt, Kia Soul EV, Nissan Leaf, Tesla S, and more!  Adults and students 17+ years with a valid driver's license may take test drives; younger students may ride as passengers (please bring car seats if required). Contact .  RSVP at   Pre-registration is not mandatory but appreciated!
Let's Talk, A SELPA 1 CAC Support Group 
Mon Sep 11, 10AM-12PM,  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 .
Parent Chat, Mental Health Subcommittee SELPA 1 CAC event 
Tue Sep 12, 7-8:30 PM, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child?  Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens.  Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC. 
Challenges of Dyslexia, SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event
Wed Sep 20, 7-9 PM, Santa Rita Elementary, Los Altos 
Join Lindamood-Bell Center Director, Leila MacCurrach, for a conversation about how intensive instruction that builds the imagery-language foundation can enable students of all backgrounds and prior diagnoses to learn to read and comprehend to their potential.  Lindamood-Bell's intensive, one-to- one, process-based instruction has been used to strengthen the sensory-cognitive functions needed for reading and comprehension.  The method has been proven successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD, and ASD. 
Family Date Night - PLAY! Fort Building
Fri, Sept 22, 7:00-8:15 PM, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Join your friends and neighbors at the library for an evening of fort building fun.  In collaboration with The Art Center's PLAY! exhibit.  Please register each family member separately. Sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library
5th Annual Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale at Palo Alto High School  
Fri Sep 15, 3-6 PM, Palo Alto High School Between Old and New Theatres
Sat Sep 16, 11 AM - 4 PM, Palo Alto High School Next to the Performing Arts Center. 
Come see exquisite new glass designs hand-blown by instructors, alumni and students.  Over 1000 unique glass pieces - pumpkins, pears, seashells, elephants, acorns, vases and more on sale to benefit Paly's Fiery Arts program.  Come learn about the craft with live glass blowing demonstrations.  Fall Sale flyer.  For more information, contact  PalyFieryArts@gmail. com  or go to
Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Sponsored by Project Safety Net and the Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Program
Wed, Sept 13, 8:30 am- 4:30 pm, Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care.  All materials will be provided.  Space is limited, so please register at .

The 8th Annual Bike Palo Alto, Sunday, Oct. 1 from 1:00-4:00pm NEW
Explore Palo Alto's enjoyable bike byways from Los Altos to Menlo Park to the Baylands!  Free treats are offered at rest stops along each route.  Originated and organized by neighborhood green team volunteers, this free event provides a fun way for the community to learn about Palo Alto's great bicycling routes and resources.  Bring your helmet, a water bottle for filling at water fountains, and a small pack to hold your maps and other bike goodies.  Free registration is from 1-3 at El Carmelo Elementary along with any sort of bike help.  Riders choose among three self-guided routes of various distances and can start filling up a Frequent Rider Card that is redeemed later for a reward.  Preregistration is recommended at .
Stanford ADHD Study: NEW  
Looking for children ages 7-11 with a diagnosis of ADHD or with no diagnoses to participate in a study exploring changes in brain function in response to a novel neurofeedback training.  Participation involves 6 sessions of cognitive training and 2 sessions of behavioral assessments.  Contact Lindsay Chromik at or 650-724-2939 for more information or to enroll.  For general information regarding participant rights, contact 1- 866-680-2906.
Society of Bookworms - The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Levy
Wed, Sept 20, 4:00-5:00 PM, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Discuss a great book with your friends at the library!  Grades 4-6. Sponsored by The Friends of the Palo Alto Library.

Tween & Teen Art Classes at the Palo Art Center NEW
Unleash the creativity in your student by signing up for one of our Teen & Tween Art Classes. We have several classes with openings for students ages 11-18. Register online at for classes focusing on Ceramics, Drawing, Photography and Watercolor. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello (  or 650-617-3509). 
Blind Banned Books
Month of September, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Teen Zone
Banned Books Week in the Teen Zone! YA books wrapped in black paper on display in the Teen Zone have been banned or challenged.  Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out banned or challenged books, and taking them home to rate your blind date for chances to win prizes. Grades 6-12.
Banned Book to Teen Movie
Tue, Sept 26, 4:30-6:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Midtown Room
Celebrate Banned Books Week with a movie and snacks! We will be watching a movie based on a banned book. Bring your friends. Registration Required. Grades 6-12.
Palo Alto Library Teen Maker Tuesday @MP
Tues, Sept 19, 4:30-5:30 PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
An interactive program for teens featuring different Maker related projects.  Registration Required.  For more information, go to:
Classes for middle and high school students
Saturdays, Sep 9 - Dec 2, Gunn High School
Outstanding high school students are teaching classes to raise funds for the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto. For the fifth session, Silicon Valley Youth is offering classes in Business and Entrepreneurship, Competition Speech, AMC 8/Mathcounts, Game Design, and iOS App Development classes on Saturdays at Gunn High School.  Sign up starting now online at Contact:
How to foster the Essential Skills Adolescents Need to Thrive in College and Life
Sun, Oct 29. 10AM-4PM. Stanford University, Lathrop Library, Room 299.
This workshop focuses on the key emotional skills that parents must foster in middle-school and high-school students to prepare them for the challenges they will face when they leave home.  Enrollment limited to 25 parents. Fee: $245. Taught by child & adolescent psychiatrists Bina Patel, MD and Sujata Patel, MD, from Stanford University's Counseling & Psychological Services.
Visit , course # WSP 323, for further information.
13 Conversations About "13 Reasons Why"
Wed, Sept 13, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Parents Place,  200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301
The Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" is an unflinching look at suicide, teen cruelty, rape culture, and adolescent emotional turmoil and trauma.  Teens and tweens are entrenched in a world of social media that may give the illusion of connectivity, but can just as easily be isolating.  Although the series advocates for communication and basic human decency, it doesn't explore the role of depression and other underlying mental health concerns.  Join us for an important discussion about how to talk with your teen or tween about these topics in a way that is approachable, informed, and open. With Havi Hall.  Fee: $45   Register at:

Navigating Boyhood (Elementary) NEW
Sat, Sep 26, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00 PM ,Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parking
Let's face it. Boy behavior can be challenging. In this workshop, you'll learn how to meet your son's basic internal needs so that cooperation, confidence and connection come easily in every area of his life. You'll gain practical tools for discipline that will help him cooperate before, during and after any challenge. With:  Rachel Sklar, MSW  Register here:
Children's Classes at the Palo Alto Art Center NEW  
Unleash the creativity in your child by signing up for one of our children's classes. Classes in ceramics, painting and sculpture are offered on Monday - Saturdays. Classes are held at the Art Center. Registration is now open at  All of our Art Classes are listed at  Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello ( or 650-617-3509). 
Palo Alto Library -- Afternoon Adventure: The Science of Leaves
Wed, Sept 27, 3:30-4:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Calling all kid scientists! Come to learn about different types of leaves, and do an experiment to find out why some leaves change color in the fall. Registration Required. Grades 2-5 only. For more information, go to:
Love to Sing? Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions Now
By appointment through September; 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a CBS news 'best choir of the Peninsula', will teach your boy to sing! Schedule your 7-10 year old boy for a fun group audition. He'll learn a song and have a blast; no prior experience or preparation needed to try out. Boys start slow, then grow. Ragazzi's opportunities include singing the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, Opera roles, collaborations with Stanford's choruses and the San Francisco Symphony-and even world-wide touring. Appointments and more info:  Watch:
Ragazzi Boys Chorus' Music and Movement class open
Register Now; Mondays, Sept. 18 - Dec. 4, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City
Ragazzi Boys Chorus' engaging class for active young boys is now open. It's a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi's main program. This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience. A child-developmental approach fosters boys' creativity and curiosity. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $264 for 12 weeks; sibling discounts. Contact , 650-342-8785. Register & more info at

The 8th Annual Bike Palo Alto, Sunday, Oct. 1 from 1:00-4:00pm NEW
Explore Palo Alto's enjoyable bike byways from Los Altos to Menlo Park to the Baylands! Free treats are offered at rest stops along each route. Originated and organized by neighborhood green team volunteers, this free event provides a fun way for the community to learn about Palo Alto's great bicycling routes and resources. Bring your helmet, a water bottle for filling at water fountains, and a small pack to hold your maps and other bike goodies.  Free registration is from 1-3 at El Carmelo Elementary along with any sort of bike help.  Riders choose among three self-guided routes of various distances and can start filling up a Frequent Rider Card that is redeemed later for a reward.  Preregistration is recommended at .
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Bike Palo Alto is a fresh air, green event and runs on 100% volunteer power.  What you could do: sign in riders at El Carmelo School (3 hours Oct. 1); hand out treats to riders at a treat stop (3 hours Oct. 1); or post street signs (2 hours, Sept.23-25)
Email or phone Robert Neff to sign up or for more information:
Great volunteering opportunity for Gunn students:  Be a DreamCatchers tutor! NEW
DreamCatchers is a local non-profit and PAUSD partner that runs an after-school program serving low-income PAUSD middle school students.  It is held in the Paly science building, and we recruit Stanford undergrads and Paly/Gunn/Castilleja high school students to be tutors and mentors for our students.  If your student is interested, please have him/her contact Allison Bedford, our Assistant Program Director, at .  Our remaining times slot are 4-6 pm or 6-8 pm on Wednesdays.  If you aren't able to volunteer Wednesdays every week, we also welcome periodic "floating tutors" on other days if that works better for you.  Thank you for your interest!
Teen Art Class at Palo Alto Art Center NEW
Unleash the creativity in your student by signing up for one of our Teen Art Classes.  NEW this quarter: "Evening Ceramics Open Studios for Teens" on Thursday evenings.  Want to make an impact right here in Palo Alto?  Sign up for "Learn Design Thinking and Create Change" and create a proposal for a Junior Museum & Zoo exhibit.  Ceramics, drawing and watercolor classes for teens are also offered.  Registration is open at   and classes start on September 16.  Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello (  or 650-617-3509). 
Get Involved Palo Alto Seeks Student Interns for Fall Academy NEW
Sign up now. Fall program runs Sept. 12-Dec. 8 (Tues. & Thurs. 3-6pm, flexible scheduling)
GiPA Community Service internship Academy meets at Mitchell Park Tuesdays and Thursdays. Join for one semester or school year. We have service-learning internships available for 35 Paly and Gunn students. Scholarships available. A great way for high school students to earn meaningful service hours connected to their interests. We work directly with students and mentors, using a special time-management tool and mobile app. Student interns create original projects with electronic portfolios for local organizations. Create impact, work with GiPA mentors and projects managers to achieve success and earn the President's Award for Volunteer Service. See upcoming projects and sign up today at . Email:  
FIRST Robotics Community Team 6036 seeking new members
Team 6036, a community team for the 2017 FIRST robotics competition season is seeking new members to join the team. The team has been active for 2 years and is open to all area high schoolers interested in coding, computer design, graphic design, robotics, electronics, marketing and finance. Students will work alongside adult mentors to design, build and promote their robotic creation. For more information visit  www.peninsularobotics.or g  or contact Pam Morgenfeld at .
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