Paly Link

A PTSA publication

Sunday, Sep 3rd, 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 5 First Official Day of Flex
Wednesday Sep 6
Senior Parent Night, PAC, 7-8:30pm  CORRECTED
Thursday Sep 7
8:30-10:00 am,  Principal Coffee/First PTSA Association Meeting at Paly Haymarket Theatre  UPDATED
Thursday Sep 7
Paly Fiery Arts Booster MeetingPaly rm 105
Friday Sep 8 Sophomore Parent Network Meeting, 8:15am, Room 407
Tuesday Sep 12
Photo Make-ups 8am to 3pm in the Small Gym CORRECTED
Wednesday Sep 13 Photo Make-ups 8am to 3pm in the Small Gym CORRECTED
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  NEW

Principal Coffee & First PTSA Association Meeting 
Thursday, September 7, 8:30am - Paly Haymarket Theater
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 signing up here.
Questions? please contact Adrianne Shih  adrianne.shih@gmail.comSophie Tseng, or   Jessie Dai

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
Last days of PiE Challenge Grant NEW
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. Take two minutes to see ( how the enriched education we want for our kids is only possible with PiE.
Every gift counts. Gifts and pledges made by Sept 5 will be matched by a $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant. Please donate today at

Don't forget to sign up for Escrip and AmazonSmile! NEW
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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Flex Time at Paly
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
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
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
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

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

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 4
Hamilton College - NY
9/5/17 10:00 AM NEW DATE
Davidson College
9/5/17 12:20 PM
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
9/6/17 8:15 AM
Purdue University
9/6/17 2:00 PM
The University of Arizona
9/6/17 2:45 NEW
Emory University
9/7/17 10:00 AM
Carnegie Mellon University
9/7/17 10:45 AM
Wheaton College
9/8/17 8:15 AM NEW
Chapman University
9/8/17 9:00 AM
Colgate University
9/8/17 12:20 PM

Week of September 11
Hult International Business School - San Francisco 9/11/17 12:45 AM
Washington University in St. Louis 9/12/17 8:15 AM
Hobart and William Smith Colleges 9/12/17 9:00 AM
San Francisco State University 9/12/17 2:00 PM
Tel Aviv University 9/12/17 3:20 PM
University of St. Andrews 9/13/17 8:15 AM
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 4
Carnegie Mellon University  9/5/17 7:30 PM San Jose
Carnegie Mellon University 9/7/17 7:30 PM San Francisco


Scholarships expiring through September 15
Davidson  Bryan Athlete Scholarship NEW Expires 9/6
Questbridge  National College Match NEW Expires 9/13
North Carolina State University The Park Scholarships NEW Expires 9/15

Community Paly
Volunteer Opportunity for Parents & Grandparents at Palo Alto Art Center! NEW
Palo Alto Art Center (1313 Newell Road), September 2017

The Palo Alto Art Center is excited to announce that we will be holding new docent training sessions this September. Training will take place September 5, 8, and 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Docents help lead school tours for the Project Look program. Project Look serves K - 8th graders and includes an interactive tour of our galleries and hands-on art activities. Our docent community is a vibrant one, committed to lifelong learning and inspiring a love of art in all children. This is a great volunteer opportunity for parents, especially art lovers and those that enjoy working with children! Please see the attached flyer for more information and contact Grace Abusharkh, Director of Volunteer Engagement, at for more information or to sign up.

Let's Talk, A SELPA 1 CAC Support Group NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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 me mber separately. Sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library

Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Sponsored by Project Safety Net and the Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Program NEW
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 here .

Blind Banned Books NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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.

Spectra Art Teacher Wanted
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
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. 

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:

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 .

Get Involved Palo Alto Seeks Student Interns for Fall Academy
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:

Paly girls interested in field hockey wanted!   No experience required.
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:  w 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
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:
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: 

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

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