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Sunday, Aug 27, 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 Aug 29 Flex will be "Optional" NEW
Wednesday Aug 30 Sports Booster Fundraiser at Kirk's from 4-9 pm 
Tuesday Sep 5 First Official Day of Flex NEW
Thursday Sep 7
8:30-10:00 am,  Principal Coffee/First PTSA Association Meeting  Paly Campus 
Thursday Sep 7
Paly rm 105  First  Paly Fiery Arts Booster Meeting  
Thursday Sep 7
Senior Parent Night, PAC, 7pm NEW
Friday Sep 8 Sophomore Parent Network Meeting, 8:15am, Room 407
Wednesday Sep 13
Photo Make-ups 8am to 3pm in the Small Gym NEW
Thursday Sep 13 Photo Make-ups 8am to 3pm in the Small Gym NEW
Friday Sep 15 Club Day, 10am-2pm, Quad
Sep 15
at Paly  3-6 pm,   5th Annual Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale 
Saturday Sep 16 at Paly 11-4 pm 5th Annual Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale 

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Critical CA Legislation needs your voice this week! NEW
Advocacy is core to PTA's mission to positively impact the lives of all children and families. Several critical bills are before the California Legislature this session, and PTAC has an easy way for you to speak up - with just a click of a button!    The CA legislature is back in session will be voting any day now - this August only - on CA education bills through August 31:
PTAC has partnered with local organization ClickMyCause to  provide a FREE iPhone app to receive Palo Alto PTA Council mobile alerts. When you receive your alert:
  • Click 1: open your alert
  • Click 2: email Sacramento
These bills are up for vote in the coming days: pupil suicide prevention, mental health services, special education services, protecting our immigrant students, banning guns in school zones and helping our homeless students.  Please help amplify PTA's advocacy by lending your voice to these important initiatives.
For more information, see http://ptac.paloaltopta. org/click-my-cause/.  Download the app here: https://clickmycause. com/download/.

Principal Coffee & First PTSA Association Meeting 
Thursday, September 7, 8:30am Will be at Paly  - exact location TBD due to construction
Please join us for the first principal coffee of the school year immediately following the PTSA Association meeting.  All welcome to attend.  We will be hearing the latest updates from Principal Kim Diorio, and have an open forum for questions.  

Teachers Latte Carts Volunteer Sign Up 
Bring a morning treat for your student's favorite teacher to honor in his(her) name at PTSA host Latte Cart.  Write a thank you note to brighten his(her) day.  Help Set up, clean up and even bake treats for staff to enjoy with the latte cart on September 6th between 7:30am-10:15am.  Please consider sign up - ignup/Y1La4hEU1vTsVy8b3kvOG8NA TMkP9FV8GW3sVism19c=  
Questions? please contact Adrianne Shih 
Sophie Tseng  sophie Jessie Dai  jessie1886

Volunteers Needed for Club Day NEW
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 here:
Please 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
PiE Announces Challenge Grant, now through September 5 UPDATED

The PiE 2017-2018 fundraising campaign is happening now. Please join us in making a difference in the education of all kids in our community. PiE funds go to every PAUSD school and help principals to staff programs that deliver a well-rounded education. PiE's funding provides enrichment and support in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the Arts, and Wellness and Support. PiE-funded staff make a positive impact on our kids every day.
Double your impact. Between now and September 5, gifts and pledges will be matched by a $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant. Please donate today at 

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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Flex Time at Paly NEW
Tuesday, August 29 Flex will be "Optional" which means teachers WILL be available for students in their classroom for those who need help, but attendance will not be taken. Students are permitted to leave early (after 6th period)  if they do not need to seek help from a teacher.
First official day of Flex will be Tuesday, September 5
Attendance will be mandatory and student dismissal will be 2:50. Please plan accordingly.  

Senior Parent Night NEW
Wednesday, Sept 6, 7 - 8:30pm in the PAC
Come join us for an informational evening about senior year.
Topics will include:
  • Post High School Options
  • College Application Process
  • How an applicant is evaluated
  • Teacher Advisor Letter vs Teacher Letter
  • Early Decision vs Early Action
  • Selecting Colleges
Class of 2020 (Sophomores) Parent Network Meeting NEW
Friday, Sep. 8, 8:15-9:30am, Paly Room 407
Group discussion topic will be "Welcome to Sophomore Year!" Arrive between 8:15-8:30am for informal socializing, and meeting will start promptly at 8:30am.
Questions? Contact Liz Jones (, Patricia Stayte (, Nerissa Wong-Van Haren ( or Aviva Saitz (

Volunteers Needed for Lunchtime Therapy Dog Program NEW
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

Sports Boosters Fundraiser at Kirk's 
Wednesday, August 30, 4-9 pm
Dinner and a donation:  Bring your family and friends to eat at Kirk's Wednesday, August 30, 4-9pm and they will donate a % of every receipt to Paly Sports Boosters. It is easy - just mention Paly Sports Boosters at payment time and they will take care of the rest!    Kirk's is a great supporter of Palo Alto High School Sports.  Please join us in supporting a local business while they support our student athletes!  Questions: Lisa Rimsa

Paly Fiery Arts Booster Meeting  
Thursday, September 7, 6-7 pm, Art room 105, near HayMarket Theatre
Join us to learn about the amazing Paly Fiery Arts Glass studio and Sculpture program. Help support the upcoming Fall Sale Sept. This is the first Booster and board meeting of the school year. Everyone is welcome.  Contact Nancy Kawakita, Booster Chair at  for more information or Steve Ferrera, Art Instructor .

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

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!
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College Rep Visits for Seniors (and Juniors, if space is available) NEW
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 August 28
University of Notre Dame   8/28/17    10:15 AM
Lehigh University   8/28/17   11:15 AM
University of Massachusetts, Lowell   8/28/17   1:45 PM
Syracuse University   8/28/17   2:30 PM
Oregon State University   8/29/17   9:00 AM
Case Western Reserve University   8/29/17   2:00 PM
University of California, Los Angeles   8/30/17   8:15 AM
Texas Tech University   9/1/17   12:20 PM

Week of September 4
Davidson College   9/5/17   12:20 PM
University of Massachusetts, Amherst   9/6/17   8:15 AM
Hamilton College - NY   9/6/17   10:00 AM
Purdue University   9/6/17   2:00 PM
Emory University   9/7/17   10:00 AM
Carnegie Mellon University   9/7/17   10:45 AM
Chapman University   9/8/17   9:00 AM
Colgate University   9/8/17   12:20 PM
Community Paly
Paly girls interested in field hockey wanted!    No experience required. NEW
We are trying to put together a Paly team for the youth field hockey league at Saratoga High School on Saturday mornings, with 7 v 7 games of mixed divisions. There will be 6 league play days as well as an Annual Hockey Gobble Tournament.  These are generally club and school teams, but in the hope that Paly will start a team next year, they are welcoming our Paly JV level girls who are interested in field hockey but new to the game. Cost is $80 per player for individual entry to the league. If you are interested, please let me know asap: Please send name, grade and contact details. If you are already planning to play in this League with a club, please let me know that too. 
Dates and time
7 Saturdays (Upper Field, Saratoga HS) 8:30 - 11:30AM
September 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21
November 18--- Hockey Gobble Tournament- (~9 - 3PM)
Saratoga High School      
20300 Herriman Ave
S aratoga, CA 95070
*Parking, bathrooms on site & track open for use.

Santa Clara County Youth Task Force (YTF) is now recruiting new members NEW
Interested in making a difference in your community? The Santa Clara County Youth Task Force (YTF) is now recruiting new members!  YTF is an appointed body of 16 high school students who serve in an advisory role to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, making policy recommendations concerning youth in the County and work to find solutions that will improve the lives of young people in the community.  Members meet every other Tuesday of the month from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the County Building (70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose). Priority Deadline is Friday, September 1, 2017.  Terms begin on Sept 12, 2017 and end on August 31, 2018.   Whether you're a student leader, a community activist, or simply interested in becoming a member, please contact Mario B. Lopez at or 408-299-5030 or apply at:

Spectra Art Teacher Wanted NEW
Duveneck Elementary (which has a dedicated art room), for Grade 2 - three classes every other Friday.  16 art sessions per school year TBD with classroom teacher.  Classified position, credential not required.  Artist with teaching experience preferred.  Paid training available. Sept start time
$30.95/hour, plus 1 hour paid prep time for each 3 hours of teaching time
Contact- PAUSD Art Coordinator Li Ezzell  650-329-3939
Boy Scout Troop 50 Welcome Back Barbecue NEW
August 27, 2017 at the Redwood Picnic Area, Mitchell Park, Palo Alto
Palo Alto Boy Scout Troop 50 is having a barbecue on Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 11 am to 2:30 pm.  Troop 50 is inviting kids interested in scouting and their parents.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about Troop 50.  The free barbecue will be at the Redwood Picnic Area of Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto 94303.  For more information about Troop 50, please see the web site  .
Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions NEW
Mon-Fri, Aug 28-Sept 1 by appointment, Palo Alto
Auditions for the 2017-2018 season are held at the choir's rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave).  Open to 2nd-5th grade boys in the fall.  High school and middle school boys with choir experience may audition for upper levels.  SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-singing, and provides flexible scheduling for busy families.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB has performed for local events including performances with Stanford University, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events. 
Classic Math School Open House NEW
Thu Aug 24, 7PM, Rm: N5, Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Av.  Palo Alto
We would like to invite parents with students (K-10) to our annual Classic Math School Open House.  This is a great opportunity to meet our teachers, learn firsthand about Classic Math School overall teaching philosophy, methods, and principles.  Your questions will be answered, while your students will be offered a Free Interactive Placement Test.  Light refreshment will be served.  For more information, please visit  or  650-224-4226
Enjoy! Palo Alto Photo Contest  NEW
Now until Aug 31, 2017  (Please note new earlier deadline)
Calling all photographers!  Submit your favorite photos to the Enjoy! Palo Alto Photo Contest that showcases all the great things that Palo Alto offers and win prizes!  The contest calls on photographers across Palo Alto to celebrate the community parks, open space, special events, public art, theatres and museums managed by our Community Service DepartmentWinners will be chosen in 11 different categories.  The City of Palo Alto Community Services Department is proud to offer programs, activities and parks to meet all the needs of your family and to sustain a positive quality of life! More info at:
Submit your photos at:

Beginning Sanskrit Classes
St. Marks Episcopal church, 600 Colorado Ave. Palo Alto CA 94306
Samskrita Bharati Palo Alto is organizing Sanskrit Classes for children (K-3rd grade) and adults for the school year 2017-18. Beginners are welcome. Classes will begin Sunday, September 10th at 3pm. 
Palo Alto Chinese School is Accepting New Enrollment for 2017-2018  
School year starts on Fri Aug 18, at JLS Middle School
Palo Alto Chinese School has been serving the community in Chinese language instructions for 54 years, and is still accepting new enrollment. Class meets every Friday 7-9 PM at JLS Middle School. There are two tracks. The Mandarin track is offered from Preschool to Grade 12, for students from heritage families. The Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) track is offered from intro, beginning, intermedia to advanced level for students with various exposer to Chinese language. Please join us for a school open house and classroom visit on 8/18, and 8/25.  For more info, check or email contact@
Effective Discipline with Your Strong-Willed Child (2 Sessions)  
Thu, Sept 7 & Sept 14, 7 - 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301
Strong-willed children want to cooperate, yet they need to be approached differently than easygoing children. Rather than ending up in power struggles, break this cycle and learn how to win cooperation effectively. You can bring out the best in yourself and your children. With Cynthia Klein, BA.  Fee:$90 for 2 sessions Register at: 
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 
Sat, Sep 26, 7 - 9 PM,   Parents Place,  200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301
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 at:
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
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  or contact Pam Morgenfeld at .

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