January/ February 2018
Dedicated to the memory of Cole Pharr
The mission of this newsletter is to provide communication among the parents of Palo Alto Preparatory students. 
What's Coming Up This Month
February 7 Pathways Meeting [6:30pm- 8pm]
February 16- 22 Sojourn to the Past Trip
February 19- 23 Winter Break [NO SCHOOL]
March 5- 12 Spring Parent Teacher Conferences [Dismissal at 1pm]
March 6- 8 Spring BASI/Stanford Testing [Dismissal at 1pm]
March 19 Staff Inservice [NO SCHOOL]
In Loving Memory of Coleby Pharr
As we mourn the loss of our beloved Cole, we remember him as the loving, caring, helpful, hilarious and fun loving young man that he was. He will be deeply missed in the PAP community and our campus will truly never be the same without him. He impacted us all in one way or another with his bigger than life personality and undeniable way of making everyone laugh. Between his immense hat collection that he was always happy to show off, hilarious Mickey Mouse impersonations and genuine care for all those around him, Cole has left a permanent mark on each of our hearts.

During his memorial on January 19th, his amazingly strong and inspirational mother quoted Maya Angelou by saying:
Thank you to all of you who attended the memorial. Truly shows what a close knit community Palo Alto Prep has created. We thank you all for showing the Pharr family all of your love and support.

Our deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time. All of our hearts go out to you. Beverly and Bruce, thank you for sharing your son with Palo Alto Prep, we will cherish his memory forever.

Please know that all PAP staff are here to support all of our students during this difficult time in absolutely every way that we can.
Never to be forgotten,
Always to be missed,
Forever in our hearts.
Book Drive in Honor of Cole Pharr
After the passing of Cole Pharr, we have all been trying to find some way to honor him in hopes of bringing some little piece of peace and closure to this tragic event.
Cole was very generous and it was very important to him to give back to others. He spent a lot of his time tutoring/reading to middle school students at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto through the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. He played the part of a big brother to many of these students and he took pride in doing so. With the help of Eli Jarvis' mom, Laurie, who coordinated this whole thing, we would like to be able to donate books that are appropriate for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade and place a label that reads "In Honor of Cole Pharr" inside every book. The label is being created by a PAP student.

We are asking that all books be new or gently used, and that they are books that really inspired or impacted your children in one way or another. We want them to really be meaningful for these students that Cole voluntarily supported through the Boys and Girls Club. Whether they be funny books like "Captain Underpants", or deeply thought provoking pull books that they adored growing up, we want them all to be as meaningful as possible.

We will have a book drop at PAP for the donations and because Valentine's Day was so important to Cole and his parents, we would like to be able to drop off the books on Valentine's Day so we would like all books by February 9th.

Thank you all for your continued support and generosity. This cause is obviously very near and dear to all of our hearts so we greatly appreciate all donations.

Laurie (Eli's mom) also organized a fundraiser in honor of Cole's Book Drive at the Linden Tree Book Store in Los Altos where part of the profits will go directly to Brentwood Academy in honor of Cole.

Please join us on February 11th from (2pm-5pm) at the Linden Tree Book Store to celebrate Cole and support the students at Brentwood Academy.

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Los Altos, CA
Birthday Celebrations!
For the months of December and January
Thanks to the help of our PAP Parent Community Group, we have started a new Birthday Celebration tradition where at the beginning of every month treats of some sort will be provided during lunch time to celebrate the birthdays for that month. We were also fortunate enough to have a delicous food truck visit us as well for the celebration! Hopefully they will be back :)
AAH Farm Animals for Stress Reduction
When: January 11th
Who: AAH Smile Animal Farm with the help of some PAP student volunteers
Where: At PAP
What: The AAH Smile Animal Farm visited PAP during Dead Week to help our students reduce stress brought on by studying for finals! :p
Tahoe Study Retreat
When: January 12th- 14th
Who: Dylan, April and 9 students wanting to study for finals in gorgeous Lake Tahoe!
Where: Old Mountain Cabin
Movie/ Game Night
When: January 26th (5pm- 9pm)
Where: PAP
Who: Brittney, Tiffany, Chris Howard, Joe, Jose, April and 25 students
What: A night full of fun at school after hours where students enjoyed board games with Joe, video games with Jose, movies with Chris Howard, art with Tiffany where they spray painted t- shirts/hats with a super cool "Lock In" stencil Joe made, lots of yummy junk food from our super generous PAP Parents, including an "Ice Cream Social" and a SUPER fun game of freeze dance!!
Our 2nd PAP Parent Social
When: January 26th (5:30pm- 9pm)
Who: All PAP Parents welcome, hosted by the PAG of PAP
Where: Bella Vita Italian Restaurant in Los Altos
Art Field Trip
When: February 1st
Who: Tiffany, Brittney and the Art classes
Where: The Tech Museum in San Jose
What: We visited the new "Body Worlds Decoded" Exhibit in order for Tiffany's art classes to get a realistic view of anatomy so they can draw the human body more precisely. It was fascinating! They used real bodies that were voluntarily donated to science and they plasticized them in order to illuminate all the muscles and joints within the human body. Students were able to observe each body, sketch whichever part of their choosing for Art class and interact with the exhibit using an augmented reality feature to further understand the 3D human models.
Parent Community Group
Come join our amazing PAP Parent Community Group every month and discover new ways to support your PAP community! Whether you want to volunteer to help PAP with an event, get more insight about the school from fellow parents, make new friends within the PAP community, or even if you just want to come for the free coffee, come hang out with us! :)

If you would like more information please contact our new president
Next meeting: February 9th at 9am
Palo Alto Prep Summer School
July 9, 2018- August 3, 2018
There are three periods during the 8:30am to 1:30pm per day and students can take up to three semester classes.

Students use summer school to get ahead and catch up on a class they missed. We also offer an executive functioning class.

Classes are determined by student interest, to be chosen from : English 9,10, 11, 12 World History, US History, Gov or Econ., Pre Algebra, Living Skills/Health

We also offer outdoor trips to Lake Tahoe and River Rafting for PE Credit.
  Field Trips
Whats Coming Up:

Tahoe Forest Trip: March TBA
River Rafting American River: May TBA

Stay tune for what's to come :)
Highlight a PAP Staff Member
Hanza Mathew
With her first semester at PAP under her belt, it is clear that Hanza belongs in the PAP family. She is an absolute sweet heart with a deep love for teaching science and nourishing our students into fantastic young men and women. She is a real asset to the PAP community and we love having her!

Thank you Hanza!

2 interesting facts about Ms. Mathew:
  1. Loves to go camping.
  2. Likes to travel, especially to places where she can go snorkeling.
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 Palo Alto Prep now has an official Facebook page and Instagram. Please follow us! If any parent has something fun, cool and interesting to share about their child, feel free to use #paloaltoprepschool to add it to the page! 

Amazon Smile for Everyday Shopping
When shopping on Amazon, we'd really appreciate it if you would use this link when shopping. It will provide Palo Alto Prep with donations at no additional cost to you!
Be sure to designate "In Your Hands, DBA Palo Alto Preparatory School" during check out
Good news!! "In Your Hands, Inc."(DBA Palo Alto Prep), is now eligible for Matching Funds on  benevity.com so Apple employees can match funds as well as other companies that use the service for matching funds.
Silicon Valley Parent Group
Palo Alto Prep is hosting the Silicon Valley PEN Parent group
12:00-1:30 pm (3rd Friday of each month)

Friday, February 16: Supporting Social Skills
Friday, March 27: Difficult Conversations (talking about differences and diagnoses)
Friday, April 20: Student Advocacy
Friday, May 18: Planning for Summer

There is a maximum of 15, to sign up visit  chconline.org/community-education
  Pathways Meeting 
Palo Alto Preparatory offers a free monthly support group! This group is open to all parents of adolescents/young adults who a) have their child currently in an out-of-home treatment program (such as a Wilderness Program, Therapeutic Boarding School or Residential Treatment) and b) parents who have had their child in a residential program and their child has graduated/completed the program and has transitioned home successfully.
Many parents have told us about feeling quite alone in this process and would love to have a place to talk about their experience, gain continued skills, knowledge and support! Thus, we provide this free group, to help families continue to thrive! There is a large community of parents who have gone through this very difficult and trying time and we believe, the more support you have, the better.
This group meets on a monthly basis.

Next meeting:
February 7, 2018 (6:30pm-8pm)
Palo Alto Prep School
2462 Wyandotte St.
Mountain View, CA 94043
in the back of school in the Multi- Purpose Room
Events in Our Community
Quick Links
All of these organizations below present monthly seminars, which may be of interest to you. Please click on the below links to learn more!
Thanks :) 
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