Paly Link

A PTSA publication

Sunday, October 25, 2015
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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.
SundayOct. 25
Paly Choirs' Fall Concert, 4pm, Grace Lutheran Church (Paly
TuesdayOct. 25
Yearbook Sr. Baby Ad Dropoff, 12:15-2:45, MAC 101 (Paly) New
ThursdayOct. 27Yearbook Sr. Baby Ad Dropoff, 12:15-2:45, MAC 101 (Paly) LAST CHANCE
Oct. 30
Sophomore Parent Network Mtg, 8:30am, 2311 Middlefield Rd (Paly
Oct. 31
Paly Golf Team Halloween Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, 9-11am,           Student Center  (Paly)
TuesdayNov. 3Great Minds at Campus, 7pm, MAC (Paly)
ThursdayNov. 5PTSA General Assn. Meeting, 8;30am, LCR (PTSA) New
FridayNov. 20
Turkey Feast, Lunchtime (PTSA

PTSA and PTA AnnouncementsPTSA
Class of 2018 (Sophomores) Parent Network Meeting
Fri, Oct. 30, 8:30-10 am, home of Laili Javid, 2311 Middlefield Rd.
Jonathan Frecceri (Paly Therapist) will speak about Paly's new Sources of Strength/Paly Wellness Initiative Program. Many parents had questions about this program at our Sept. meeting. At this Oct. 30 meeting, we'll hear more details and answer more questions. We look forward to seeing you there! Questions? Contact Julia Kossack ( or Julie Tomz (

PTSA General Association Meeting and Presentation New
Thurs, Nov. 5, 8:30-10am, Library Conference Room (LCR)
This meeting is open to everyone! After a short business meeting, we will have an introduction to Sources of Strength at Paly (leaders Jonathan Frecceri -Wellness Coordinator and Josh Bloom - Social Emotional Learning TOSA). We are also planning for another presentation by Paly staff, so save the date. More info coming soon. Questions: Linda van Gelder (

Latte Cart Coordinator and Volunteers Needed Updated
Nov. 18, Jan. 20, Mar. 16, Apr. 20
The position for Latte Cart Coordinator is currently open and we need a coordinator to continue this tradition. The dates have been reserved and the previous coordinator will help transition the new volunteer. Please contact Linda Van Gelder (, PTSA President, for more information.
The PTSA provides for a Latte Cart vendor to come to Paly each month for faculty and staff. On four more of the Latte Cart days, parents provide treats to go with the coffee. This year's remaining dates are: Nov. 18, Jan. 20, Mar. 16, and Apr. 20 (all Wednesdays). At these events, parents provide treats for the faculty and staff beginning at 7:00 a.m. through 10:30 a.m. If you would like to volunteer to bring in snacks ranging from breakfast baked goods, fruit, juice, water, etc., please email Beth Martin ( to be added to the volunteer list. Your help and support for this tradition is greatly appreciated!

Turkey Feast - Volunteers & Donations Needed!
Friday, November 20, morning food drop-off; event during lunchtime
Pies, turkey and cash donations needed for this student & staff favorite extended lunchtime event which benefits the Ecumenical Hunger Program. We need pies of all varieties (no nuts, please), roasted turkeys, and/or cash donations. Please deliver all food to the Student Center the morning of November 20th. Sign up to volunteer or bring pies and turkeys here. Too busy to volunteer or interested in making a cash donation? Please contact Melissa Anderson,
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Upcoming Traffic Issue New
The City is replacing the sewer line on Churchill between Alma and Bryant, and this road section may be closed to cars in one or both directions due to construction.  The contractor will maintain access for cyclists during construction if at all possible.  To increase the safety of our many students who bike to Paly using this segment, please avoid driving your car on this part of Churchill in the morning and afternoon commute times.  If you must drive, please be extra careful around cyclists and construction workers.  Please note that drivers are prohibited from crossing Alma westbound on Churchill before 8:30am.

Yearbook Senior Baby Ads - Last Chance! New
We have a few spots left, so this week will be the last opportunity to get baby ads submitted for inclusion in the Paly Madrono yearbook. You can stop by MAC 101 with your photos, message and payment during 6th period on Tuesday 10/27 or Thursday 10/29 (any time from 12:15-2:45). Please contact Madrono Adviser Brian Wilson at if you have any questions or can't make the listed times but still want to submit an ad.
If you have already submitted an ad, be on the lookout for an emailed PDF proof sometime in the next two weeks. 

The Paly Sports Boosters Holiday Tree Fundraiser
Pre-Order Your Tree Today! (Now - through November 1st)
Get a head start on your Holiday preparations and support the Paly Sports Boosters at the same time!  We're doing things a little differently this year, and doing pre-ordering of Christmas Trees.  In order to participate, simply complete the tree pre-order form and drop it off in the office with your payment by November 1st or buy your tree online at:

Then, during our Tree Distribution Weekend, (December 4th-6th) you and your family will come to our tree lot to pick-out your tree.  Yes, you still get to pick out your tree.  These beautiful Noble and Douglas Fir trees will come directly from Oregon and arrive within 72 hours of being cut. Distribution Weekend will include Holiday Festivities, Holiday gift vendors, entertainment, food, and of course your chance to pick up Paly Gear for all your Holiday needs.
All tree, garland and wreath sales are 50% Tax Deductible and Allproceeds benefit all of Paly's sports programs.  THANK YOU for supporting the Paly Sports Boosters.

Paly Choirs' Fall Concert 
Sun, Oct. 25, 4pm, Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street
The Palo Alto High School Choral Program presents "Gems", a Fall Concert featuring classic choral repertoire from J.S. Bach, Randall Thompson, William Byrd, Claudio Monteverdi and more.  The award-winning Paly Concert Choir will be joined by our Madrigal Singers, Spectrum Singers, Beginning Choir, Men's Chorus, and a cappella groups.  Tickets at the door - $10 adults, $5 students and seniors, children under 12 free.

California Pizza Kitchen fundraiser benefitting Paly Sports Boosters New
Wed, Oct. 28, All Day
Mark your calendar and plan to dine in support of Paly Sports Boosters! 20% of your check at the Palo Alto CPK will benefit Paly Athletics. Must present flyer with order. Come for lunch! Come for dinner! Eat in or order out! They have curbside service for easy pick up. Thanks for supporting Paly Sports Boosters and Paly Athletics!

Paly Golf Team Halloween Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
Sat, Oct. 31, 9-11am, Palo Alto High School Student Center
Please join the Palo Alto High School Boys & Girls Golf Teams for a Halloween Pancake Breakfast fundraiser.  Coach Knight and the Paly Golf Team dads are going to flip delicious pancakes which members of the Paly Golf Team will serve to you along with other scrumptious breakfast food and beverages.  Grab your friends and family and come support your team!  Ticket sales start Tuesday Oct 13th.  Buy tickets from golf team members, Coach Knight or email Team Mom Pam Wagner ( Tickets $10 per person.

Great Minds At Campus
Tues, Nov. 3, 7pm, MAC
Paly's Media Arts Boosters continues its series of "Great Minds At Campus" speaker events. John Markoff (Paly '67), Senior Writer (Science and Technology) for the New York Times, will be discussing his new book, Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots. Tickets are $10 adult/ $5 student, and must be purchased in advance through Proceeds benefit Media Arts Boosters, which supports projects and initiatives of Paly's various media arts programs. Please contact Michele Dulik with questions,

Support Paly Cheer and Dance with our Holiday Pie and Candy Fundraiser! New
Fri, Nov. 20 (order deadline); Fri, Dec. 11 (pies/candy delivery)
Enjoy delicious holiday pies while supporting your Cheer and Dance teams!  Apple, Berry, and Pumpkin Pies are available.  They are flash-frozen from Gidzich Farms in Watsonville and are simply scrumptious!  See's bear chocolate boxes are also available.  Thank you for supporting our Paly Cheer/Dance teams, and helping them get to Nationals!  Get all the details at:

Paly Sports Boosters Olive Oil Fundraiser 
Through Dec. 18
The Paly Sports Booster's are pleased to announce that as part of our fundraising efforts this fall, we are pleased to bring you Cloud 9 Orchard products.  Cloud 9 Orchard owner, May Chevallier and her family have been growing and producing their award winning premium olive oil on their farm in Monterey County since 2008. For a limited time only, she is offering her outstanding oil to the Paly community and will donate a percentage of her sales to help raise some money for the Paly Sports Boosters. 
This is your opportunity to order some award winning olive oils for yourself, or for your friends and family not to mention, they make great corporate gifts!  We'll have two pick up dates, one will be prior to Thanksgiving (details to be announced) and the other date will be the weekend of our Holiday Tree Distribution, December 4th-6th.  To order your olive oil, please contact May Chevallier at or pick up an order form in the Paly Office.

Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School 
Nov. 14-15, or Dec. 12-13, 9-3 pm at Paly's Glass Studio
Yes, we have a glass studio at Paly.  These workshops are open to the public, students and parents. Here's your chance to learn to blow glass at Paly. Workshops do fill up, so, do not hesitate, sign up for a date. The 2 day weekend workshop will focus on beginning glass blowing techniques. It's an incredible, fun, hands-on experience.  Repeating  students progress from their last session.  Advanced Sign up required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults.  $375 per person. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts. Workshop flyer To sign up, contact: David Camner, founder of Paly Glass, 

Paly Sports Boosters Participation Donations 
Congratulations to the Boys' F/S and Varsity water polo teams for being the first & only Paly teams with 100% participation donations! Participation donations and other contributions to Paly Sports Boosters make it possible for Viking athletes to compete on the court, on the field and in the pool. Aside from coaches stipends, it covers all athletic expenses including league fees, uniforms, equipment, transportation and officiating. The suggested donation amount is $200 per athlete per season (though all donation amounts are accepted, appreciated and tax-deductible.) If you've already donated, THANK YOU! If you haven't, please support Paly Athletics and make your contribution today. You can donate online at or give a check payable to Paly Sports Boosters to your coach or mail/drop off to the Paly office (50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301). Go Vikings!

Paly Sports Booster Passes good for all Paly home games!  
See for more information.  Purchase passes for admittance to all home games so that you don't have to stand in ticket lines!  Students, $30, Single $40, Family $60; Seniors $20.

Paly Gym Floorboards for Sale 
Your last chance to own a piece of Paly history! Multiple sizes of these commemorative pieces of the Paly gym floor available. Proceeds benefit Paly Athletics. Contact Melissa Anderson or see flyer for more details.
College & Career Center CCC
Keep up-to-date with Paly College and Career Center news and events by "liking" us on Facebook. The C&CC holds an open-house after each parent night in the Fall. There is also a wealth of information in Naviance and on the C&CC page.

NACAC Visual and Performing Arts College Fair New
Sun, Oct. 25, 1-3:30pm, South San Francisco Conference Center (255 South Airport Blvd, SF)

Rustic Pathways New
Fri, Oct. 30, lunch on the quad
A representative from Rustic Pathways will be on campus at lunch Friday, Oct. 30 on the quad by the student center.  Rustic Pathways is the leader in providing superior quality international community service, education, and adventure programs for students. We offer one to three-week spring break & summer experiences and Gap Year programs.  Operating in 18 different countries, our programs cover a range of student interests and activities. Stop by to learn more.

College Rep Visits
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.  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 or login as a Guest with no password.  Click on the "Colleges" tab then click "view all upcoming college visits" within the "my colleges" section.
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 10/26
Emerson College   10/26/15   8:15 AM
Merrimack College   10/26/15   9:15 AM
University of California, Santa Cruz   10/26/15   10:15 AM
Barnard College    10/26/15   11:15 AM
California Institute of the Arts   10/26/15 12:45 PM   Art Room - 5th period
Bennington College   10/26/15   1:45 PM
Reed College   10/26/15   2:30 PM
American Jewish University   10/27/15   8:15 AM
Smith College   10/27/15    9:00 AM
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities   10/27/15   10:45 AM   (NEW)
McGill University   10/28/15   8:15 AM
Western Washington University    10/28/15   9:00 AM
University of Rochester      10/28/15    10:00 AM
Berklee College of Music   10/28/15   10:45 AM
Navy ROTC   10/28/15   12:15 PM   (NEW)
University of Waterloo   10/28/15   1:00 PM
Virginia Commonwealth University   10/28/15   2:00 PM
Bates College   10/28/15    2:45 PM
Seattle University   10/29/15   8:15 AM
Oregon State University    10/29/15   9:00 AM
Occidental College    10/29/15   10:00 AM
Rhode Island School of Design   10/29/15   10:45 AM
Lasell College   10/29/15    12:15 PM
The Ohio State University   10/29/15   1:00 PM
Syracuse University   10/30/15   8:15 AM
Technion Israel Institute of Technology   10/30/15    9:00 AM
Trinity College   10/30/15   10:00 AM
Knox College   10/30/15   10:45 AM
Rustic Pathways   10/30/15   11:30 AM   Quad near student center   (NEW)
Lehigh University   10/30/15   1:00 PM
Air Force ROTC   10/30/15   2:00 PM   (NEW)
Goucher College   10/30/15   2:45 PM
Week of 11/2(ALL NEW):
The University of Iowa   11/2/15   8:15 AM
Simmons College   11/2/15   10:15 AM
Southern Oregon University   11/2/15   12:45 PM
St. Olaf College   11/3/15   8:15 AM
Grinnell College   11/3/15   12:15 PM
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities   11/4/15 8:15 AM
Lesley University   11/5/15   8:15 AM
OFF-CAMPUS Visits for weeks of 10/26 and 11/2:
(Details - Naviance/colleges/upcoming visits click "information")
University of Miami   10/26/15    7:00 PM   San Mateo
Humboldt State University   10/30/15   Humboldt State University
California State University, Dominguez Hills   11/7/15   At CSU Dominguez Hills
Sonoma State University   11/7/15   Rohnert Park, CA
California State University, Channel Islands   11/7/15   1:00 PM   CSU - Channel Islands
School of the Art Institute of Chicago   11/8/15   12:00 PM   San Francisco

Scholarships and contests/competitions expiring through November 7, 2015 (All New)
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.   Click for more information about scholarship resources.

Neuroscience Research Prize: Deadline 10/28
Bennington Young Writers Awards: Deadline 11/1
University of Kansas KU Scholarship: Deadline 11/1 (need to submit completed college application by this date to be considered)
University of Virginia - Jefferson Scholars Program:  See Ms. Cernobori in the College Center by 11/1 to be considered for PALY nomination   
Washington University in St. Louis - Danforth Scholars Program: See Ms. Cernobori in the College Center by 11/1 to be considered for PALY nomination    
Points Scholarship: Deadline 11/3 
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Get Involved! Students: Pursue Your Interests with Community Service 
While community service is not a graduation requirement in PAUSD, roughly one-third of students do complete 100 hours or more while in high school as a way to pursue their interests and passions, and share talents and skills. Discover the hundreds of ways you can Get Involved by perusing the stories found in these resources: videos, essays, photos, and more! 
Parent Volunteer meeting: Career & Community Engagement New
Wed, Oct. 28, 7 pm, Paly Writing Center (Library)
The Paly Career Center produces and hosts a number of activities and programs throughout the year for Paly students to connect to their interests, talents, and passions in the community. This has been made possible by hundreds of parent volunteers and donations over the years. Interested in helping with Career Education and Career Month, the President's Award for Volunteer Service and Paly Service Day? We need your help. Some volunteer jobs are seasonal, some year-round. Marketing, facilitating, data entry, and more. Come to find out how you can make a contribution to these one-of-a-kind programs at Paly!  Questions? Please contact Ms. Christina Owen:
Iron into Steel:  Horsemanship with Cliff Evans New
Sun, Oct. 25, 1-4pm, Ravenswood Horse Ranch, 1103 Weeks St., East Palo Alto
Iron Into Steel's six-week program, designed to help youth transition successfully into adulthood, will kick off with a session on horsemanship with rodeo competitor Cliff Evans. Visit the website for details on the full program. Contact Chaia May at more information at Cost of the  six-week program is $600.
The 2015-2016 Children's Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest New
Announcing the 2015 - 2016 Children's Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest.  Students in grade 3 - 12 may submit original work. Submissions will be accepted October 26 - December 18, 2015. Click for more information and to download an application.
Developing Healthy Habits with Your Kids New
Tues, Oct. 27, 6:30-7:30pm. 100 Middlefield Rd, Menlo Park.
 With one-third of all children in the U.S. overweight or obese, Joanna Strober saw a critical need for a solution to help children and teens reduce their weight and stay healthy. Fueled by the desire to solve this problem for her own family and others, Joanna started Kurbo. Based on research from Stanford and other top universities, Kurbo puts the power into the hands of kids and teens by helping them set goals, develop healthy eating and exercise habits, and lose weight. Free and open to the public - appropriate for all parents, and middle and high school-age children.  For more information and to reserve your free ticket, click here. 
Domestic Violence-It Couldn't Happen Here, Couldn't It?
Wed, Oct. 28, 7- 9pm, El Palo Alto Room, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
This forum will give residents a safe place to talk openly about this difficult subject. Seven expert panelists moderated by Major Karen Holman will discuss the psychological, legal, cultural and economic challenges facing domestic violence victims in Palo Alto, along with local resources available to assist them. Keynote address by Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor and head of Intimate Partner Violence Taskforce. Info:

Palo Alto Children's Theatre Presents Roald Dahl's "THE BFG (Big Friendly Giant) New
Nov 5-7, 13-14, 7pm; Nov 7-8, 14-15, 2pm;  Nov 11-12 at 4:30pm; 1305 Middlefield Road
Join the Palo Alto Children's Theatre for Roald Dahl's "THE BFG (Big Friendly Giant)"!  When Sophie encounters a giant in the middle of the night, she thinks she's about to be eaten!  Lucky for her, this giant turns out to be the Big Friendly Giant, and together they embark on an adventure that will save the children of England! Running time: approximately 60 minutes. View full performance schedule and purchase tickets online: or call (650) 463-4970.

Gunn High School Theatre presents OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder 
Nov. 5, 6pm - Opening Night Performance and Gala, all tickets $20;
Nov. 7, 12-14, 7:30pm, tix in advnce $8 Students/$10 General, at door $10 Students/$12 General; 
Tues, Nov. 10, 4pm, all tix $5
Tix available at, the Gunn Student Activities Office, or at the door until they sell out.

We Need to Hear From You!! New
Sat, Nov. 7, 10-11:30 am on Stanford Campus
Stanford mental health professionals are conducting research focus groups with local youth and parents.  With your input, we want to help build better mental health support for our families.  The focus groups are for youth ages 14 - 19, Asian American youth ages 14 - 19, parents/guardians of youth between 14 & 19 years old and Asian American parents/guardians of youth between 14 &19- Not necessarily from the same family. Each participant will be given a $40 gift card. Info: Vicki Harrison,
Two Weeks. Fifty Events. Unleash Your Inner Scientist New
Through Nov. 7, Bay Area-wide; Sat, Nov. 7, 10am-4pm, AT&T Park
The 5th annual Bay Area Science Festival returns with over 50 events throughout the Bay Area. Over 200 science, technology, and engineering organizations will present the fun and excitement of science through hands-on, interactive exhibits, science-themed performances and demonstrations, and family-oriented entertainment (K-12). Full festival schedule can be found at And be sure to join us at the free hands-on science Discovery Day at AT&T Park on 11/7/15 from 10am-4pm. 
Rad American Women A-Z: A Conversation with Author Kate Schatz and Artist Miriam Klein Stahl New
Sat, Nov. 7, 4pm, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way
Join an honest and engaging discussion with Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl about their new book, Rad American Women A-Z. Kate and Miriam are both mothers and teachers, so they're no stranger to entertaining young folks-audience participation is encouraged as they discuss how to be rad! Books will be on sale at the event. Miriam will also be silk-screening, so bring a t-shirt, onesie, or other clothing item if you want to rock your own Rad American Women A-Z gear!  Tickets are $10 General Public/$5 Children under 18.

Free Internship Workshops
Sat, Nov. 7 and 14, 1-4 pm, Mitchell Park Community Center
Take one or all free workshops. Oct. 24: Creating A Winning Resume, Nov. 7: Building a Network & Interview Skills; Nov.14: Refining Your Interview Skills.  Preference given to juniors and seniors. Workshops are sponsored by IQ650 who is dedicated to connecting kids to meaningful business experiences via internships. Space is limited and register at Preference given to juniors and seniors. Email for more info:

Participate in WALK THE WALL
Sun, Nov. 8, 1-3pm, Walk-a-thon around Shoreline Lake
Walk the Wall is a global movement organized by International China Concern to overcome abandonment in China. The annual walk-a-thon gives participants from K-12 to fundraise for the many children in China who are abandoned due to disability.  For more information:  Event website: Walk the Wall 2015 - San Francisco - Home

Spanish Immersion Opportunity for High School Students in Oaxaca, Mexico 
(Summer 2016) New
Information meeting: Mon, Nov. 16, 7 pm, Room A-3, Cubberley Community Center
If living in a beautiful and historic city, improving your Spanish language skills, learning about another culture, and building new friendships is something you'd like to do, come to the family information meeting about Neighbors Abroad's student exchange. Neighbors Abroad, Palo Alto's sister city organization, has sponsored a summer student exchange with Oaxaca, Mexico, since 1965. Applicants should be high school students at least 15 years old by June of 2016 who are studying Spanish at any level.
Application packets will be available and your questions will be answered. For questions, contact Marion at or Lynne at (parent of a Gunn HS senior who participated in the exchange). 

Veteran's Day Recognition Event  New
Mon, Nov. 9, 4pm, King Plaza (in front of City Hall)  
In the spirit of community please join us in saluting all the men and women who have served our country and the families who support them.  The Mobile Vet Center, Mobile Medical Outreach and public safety vehicles will be open for tours.  The city will host an art table to create 'Thank You' cards to be sent to service members oversees. Firefighter John Preston, a military vet, and his band will provide music. For more information, please contact Janice Svendsen at 329-2015 or

Special Happiness Program in Palo Alto | Discover Your Unlimited Power by Art of Living Foundation New
Special Happiness Program taught by Annelies Richmond. Annelies is the Director of teacher training programs at the Art of Living and is incredible in enabling people to own their power.  Please visit to register for her Happiness Program, taught at Gunn High School Nov. 12-16 (weeknights 7-9:30pm, weekend 9:30am-3:30pm). 
Special Workshop on Leadership and Mindfulness
Sat. Nov. 7, 10:30-11:30am ($15 online, $20 at door)
The following free community event is also offered:
Yoga At the Park Sat, Oct.31 and Nov. 7, 11:30am-12:30pm
Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert New
Sat, Nov. 14, 8pm; First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave.
Come join the Palo Alto Philharmonic for a night filled with beautiful chamber music.  We are excited to present selections of Dvorak: (Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81), Reinecke: (Trio für Klavier, Oboe und Horn, a-Moll, op. 188), Strauss: (Serenade in E-flat Major, Op. 7) and Actor: (Fanfare for 8 Horns).  Tickets: General Admission $22, Seniors $18, and Student tickets $10.  Tickets are available in advance from or at the door one half-hour before the performance. This concert venue is wheelchair accessible.
Help Improve The City's Free Shuttle Service New
Many PAUSD secondary school students use the City of Palo Alto Free Shuttle to commute to school.  The city is considering improvements to the Shuttle service and they are seeking community input to guide their planning process. Here is the link to a one-minute survey:  Fill it out to help the city understand how they can serve students better. To learn more or to provide more input, contact the City of Palo Alto Transportation Department at or call 650-329-2442.
Adopt A Teacher Who Needs Your Support New
Make a real difference for a teacher and his/her students by "adopting" a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or east Menlo Park for a school year.  Provide the teacher with encouraging notes and/or small gifts of appreciation, school supplies and support for two class parties. Financial commitment $500-600, time commitment very flexible. It's easy and fun to adopt a teacher with friends. Learn more or sign up at or by contacting Jennifer Wythes Vettel at
Directing Change New
"Directing Change" is a film contest (final deadline for film submission is Mar 1, 2016) for California high school students to help reduce mental illness stigma & support suicide prevention.  Directing Change is part of Each Mind Matters, California's Mental Health Movement.  Each Mind Matters serves as the megaphone to amplify the voices of all people who want to put an end to stigma related to mental health and create a community where everyone feels comfortable reaching out for the support they deserve. For more information visit: For information on contest rules, various deadlines and FAQs please visit

Love Art and Art History?
Weekly meetings held every Friday, 9:30-11 am at Art Education, 25F Churchill AvenueVolunteer docents needed to give presentations about the lives and work of Master Artists to PAUSD elementary students. Training provided by Arts Coordinator, Sharon Ferguson.  Art History background preferred but not required. Flexible hours.  
For more information contact Art Education (650) 329-3939 or email Emily at

The Legischool Project:  Essay and Editorial Cartoon Contests
This year's essay contest focuses on political participation among young people. What changes will increase participation among your peers? Winners receive round-trip travel to Sacramento to meet with state leaders and share their views. DEADLINE: November 18. The editorial cartoon contest gives students a chance to think critically and express themselves creatively. Cartoons must be centered on a policy topic that affects California. All high school students are invited to participate. Winners receive cash prizes and their cartoons will be featured on KQED's website. DEADLINE: December 4.  For more information:
Buddies4Math: Help 2nd-5th Graders with Math, Earn Community Svc Hours
Most Fridays from 4:05-5:55pm, 1st semester tutoring through Dec. 4 at Castro Elementary, 505 Escuela Ave., Mountain View
Buddies4Math is a great opportunity to help elementary school students who struggle with math while earning community service hours and working with friends. The program has had incredible quantifiable (STAR test) results, due in part to the work of Paly student volunteers. Volunteering for all sessions throughout the year is roughly equivalent to half the requirements for the President's Volunteer Service Award. Buddies4Math seeks Paly students interesting in tutoring and also those willing to take on leadership positions in the program under the mentorship of current student leaders. Contact or visit for additional information.

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University Celebrates Artists at Work 
Artists at Work on view through January 18, 2016
The Cantor Arts Center presents a major new exhibition, Artists at Work, which examines how artists become inspired, how artists make objects and how place impacts artists' work. Includes works by Édouard Manet, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Hart Benton, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and other renowned American and European artists. Also included are loaned works by contemporary artists Trevor Paglen, Garth Weiser, Hope Gangloff and Rachel Owens, among others. The Cantor Arts Center is open six days a week, Wed-Mon, 11 AM -5 PM, Thurs until 8 PM. Admission is free. The Cantor is located on the Stanford campus. Information: 650-723-4177,

Stanford Sleep Study
We are currently conducting a study to help teens (14-18) go to bed earlier and wake up earlier.  The treatment involves use of a light device that is placed by the child's bedside and flashes periodically throughout the night. Teens also meet for four sessions with a licensed psychologist at Stanford University to learn about sleep and strategies to improve sleep. The paid study requires completing a sleep diary daily for five weeks. Please contact the Zeitzer Laboratory at teensleep@stanford.eduor (650) 725-7767.
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To submit an item, send to palylink@paloaltopta.orgSee submission instructions here. Include a header or title line, then a line listing the date, time and location of the event. Follow with a brief (2-4 sentence) description of the activity, with the most important information first.  List email, contact information and web links last.  Items are published at the discretion of the editors. 

--Shuchi Grover and Carlene Kemmerer, Paly Link Editors
--Bala Aiyar, Paly Link List Manager and Gordon Craig, Paly Link Webmaster 

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