Paly Link

A PTSA publication

Sunday, May 1, 2016
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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.
Monday -      Friday
May 2-6Staff Appreciation Week (PTSA) New 
May 3Paly Parents in Chinese Meeting, 7pm, library MAC PTSA New
May 3Last Restaurant Fundraise of the Year, 3-9pm, Rick's Ice Cream Paly New
May 6Bollywood Night, 6-9pm, MAC (Paly) 
May 11MAC Boosters Meeting, 7pm, 368 Iris Way (Paly) 
May 17Parent Appreciation Party, 5:30-7pm, Vino Locale (Paly) Updated
May 18Sports Boosters Meeting,  7pm, 3180 Ross Road (Paly) New
May 20Paly Dance Spring Show,  7pm, Gunn High School Titan Gym (Paly) New
PTSA and PTA AnnouncementsPTSA
Check out the Paly PTSA website
PALY Parents in Chinese event New
Tues, May 3, 7 pm, PALY library 
As a parent, how to use Naviance to explore colleges and past admission statistics?  Help your kids make good choice in college application. Please join us.  

时间:5/3, 周二,晚7点
地点:PALY 图书馆
作为家长如何使用  Naviance,利用Naviance了解大学信息和PALY 历届大学录取统计,帮助您在大学申请过程作出正确选择和判断。欢迎大家积极参加。如果有问题,请

PTSA is looking for volunteers! New
  • Parents for Spirit Week, Classes of 2019 and 2020(rising sophomores and freshmen) - 
    • Help organize the float building and competitions-lots of fun!!
  • Co VP of Parent Education and Committee Members -
    • Work with Diana Pang, who has agreed to be VP of Parent Education and incoming PTSA President Katie Shade, and perhaps collaborate with Gunn and PTAC in putting together Parent Education programs
  • Third Co-Editor for Paly Link - 
    • Work with Suchi Grover and Ann Quan in publishing this very important communication tool for the Paly Community.
  • Back To School Activities - 
    • Lead /Help with Back to School Picnic, New Family Orientation, Registration
Questions?  Contact Chris Chang, Nominating Committee (, (650) 326-6916 home)

Staff Appreciation Week New
This week is Staff Appreciation Week. Let's show the caring Paly teachers and staff our gratitude for all they do to support our children.  A simple email or handwritten note to a special staff member is always greatly appreciated and makes someone's day. We hope you take the time to express your thanks to the hard-working educators at Paly.   
New! Seniors and Parents of Seniors: It's Time to Order Tickets for Grad Events! New
- The Grad Events Committee has planned exciting events for graduating seniors: the Senior Picnic on May 31 and the Grad Night Party on June 1. All families were sent packets with information, order forms and consent forms. If you didn't receive the information, you can pick it up in the Paly main office. Note that prices are now $280 for both picnic & party.  $90 for the picnic only, and $215 for the party only.  Scholarships are available by contacting Susan Shultz at sshultz@pausd.orgFinal deadline for receipt of forms and payment is May 23. For more information, contact
We need your help to make both the Senior Picnic and Grad Night Party a success! Please read more about the details of the events and sign up to help at Contact Laura Ma at should you have any questions.

New Resources To Support Students
The Mental Health and Wellness Staff at Paly have created two new ways for students to reach out and refer themselves or a friend/classmate for support. Parents can be helpful by making sure they are aware of these resources:
1.  Refer-A-Friend Boxes -  two Refer-A-Friend Boxes on campus that are monitored 1x/day during the school day, mounted on the wall in the Tower hallway next to Guidance, as well as the wall next to the library exit door leading into the quad.  These boxes are intended to be a means for students to write the name of a friend that they are concerned about and would like someone on the Paly Support team to check in with.  If they would like to remain anonymous, they can choose to do so.
2. - Students (or parents) can choose to e-mail with concerns or referral information.  The e-mail is monitored daily during school hours by the School Psychologists and Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator.
Thank you for your support in making this a safe and welcoming school for all of our students.

The law requires bicyclists to come to full stop at STOP signs. This is especially important in rainy weather when cars cannot stop quickly on wet streets.  Bicyclists who fail to stop put themselves and others at risk. Remember to signal your intent to stop (especially if you are riding in a pack).  Come to a full stop behind the stop line and look for a safe gap in traffic before proceeding. Share the road safely. 

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed
The Paly Meals on Wheels program needs more volunteers to bring emergency meals to Paly families in crisis. If you're interested in being on the Meals on Wheels' list of volunteers, please email Liz Lee, Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinator at Please include your day and evening phone number(s).
Are you a family in crisis and in need of help with some dinners delivered to your door? Send an email and we'll try to help. Please include any dietary restrictions. Questions? Call me at 650 843-0413.
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Last Restaurant Fundraiser of the year benefitting Paly Sports Boosters New
Wed, May 4, 3-8pm, Rick's Ice Cream
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Rick's Ice Cream at 3946 Middlefield Road will donate 20% of your order on Wednesday to Paly Sports Boosters. It's a great place for a team celebration! Thanks for supporting Paly Sports Boosters and Paly Athletics. Go Vikings!

Bollywood Movie Night! 
Fri, May 6, 6-9pm, Paly MAC
SAMoSA (South Asian Movies Sports and Arts) Club presents Bollywood Movie Night featuring Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades. Tickets are FREE! Pizzas, samosas and brownies will be for sale. Bring friends and family and join in the fun!
Please RSVP by May 1. RSVP:  Contact: Ujwal Srivastava, SAMoSA Club President,

Paly MAC Boosters - Final Meeting for the Year 
Wed, May 11, 7pm, Monisha Bhutani's Home at 368 Iris Way
Please join us for this celebratory meeting to review our successes over the past school year with some beverages and light snacks. If your student is new to Media Arts or if you have not had a chance to attend our previous meetings, PLEASE join us!  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about MAC Boosters for the next school year.  For more information about MAC Boosters, visit us at 

Parent Appreciation Party Updated
Tues, May 17, 5:30-7pm, Vino Locale, 431 Kipling Street
Yummy food and a no-host bar will be provided. Come enjoy some conviviality with your fellow Paly parents. RSVP please online or to Beth Martin, Volunteer Coordinator, Palo Alto High School, Hope you can join us!! 

Final Paly Sports Boosters Meeting of the year New
Wed, May 18, 7pm, Weinstein home, 3180 Ross Road
Come to the final Paly Sports Boosters meeting of the year at the home of co-president, Christy Weinstein. We'll get an update from Athletic Director Kathi Bowers, recap our end of the year fundraising efforts and look ahead to next year's plan. Hope you'll join us! Thanks for supporting Paly Sports Boosters and Paly Athletics.

Paly Dance Spring Show New
Fri, May 20, 70m, Gunn High School Titan Gym
This May, Paly's Varsity dance team is showcasing all of their routines they have peformed, choreographed, and worked on throughout the year... and we're inviting you! Not only will you be able watch an award-winning team, but you'll also be helping raise money for our team members. We could really use your help and support to not only build back our budget from this year, but also build up support and awareness of our team for our next season. We've got some AMAZING routines, outside performances from Paly students and student groups, raffle tickets, prizes, and much more! The Paly dance team can't wait to see you there. 
Tickets: available for purchase online OR in-person from Hilary McDaniel, Alanna Williamson, or a member of the Paly Dance Team

Graduation Leis On Sale Now!  New
Leis symbolize affection and are presented to graduates as they are leaving their school and arriving at a new stage of life. Choose from fresh orchid leis or yummy candy leis. Orders are due by May 19th so don't delay. Go to to place your order today. Pick up is on graduation day, Wed. June 1st from 1-5pm at Paly. If you have questions contact Hilary McDaniel at

Purchase a Seat for the Performing Arts Center 
You can become a permanent part of the new Performing Arts Center by "buying" a seat in the theatre. With your donation of $250, $500 or $1000 (depending on location) you can have a brass plate engraved with your name or student's name installed permanently on a seat in the new PAC. At the same time, you'll be making a fully tax deductible gift that will be used to purchase furnishings and equipment for the PAC that aren't covered by the bond funds. 
We've made the process as easy as possible.  Please go to for more information, including details on how to purchase your seat.

Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) 
This month's blog post focuses on Wellness for Teens can be found at:

Support 'Rise Together Education' 
Rise Together Education, Palo Alto High School's newly formed foundation, 
is dedicated to improving college graduation rates by providing mentoring and financial resources to low-income Palo Alto High School students and graduates, who have excelled academically and been accepted to 4-year colleges or 2-year community colleges with a direct transfer agreement. In order to launch the 19 Paly seniors who have applied for scholarship support, we need your help!   
Your generous donation to our foundation will help "bridge the gaps" between the financial aid packages, grants and family means to pay tuition that typically straddle our low income and/or first generation students. Your tax deductible contribution will also pay for unexpected items, such as housing deposits, that might arise before financial aid packages have been fully awarded.  Our goal is to provide yearly scholarships ranging in the amount of $500 to $10,000 per year per student.  To donate, simply click here.  
You can also help by spreading the word and "liking" our Facebook page!
Attention Students and Parents of Class of 2016  
- By now you should have received a mailer at home detailing all of the Senior Grad Events. If not, you can pick up the packet in the Paly main office. Note that April 30 is the deadline to order tickets for the reduced price of $255 for both the Senior Class Picnic and Grad Night Party. The price goes up beginning May 1
- For scholarships, the correct contact is Susan Shultz at or 650.329.3712.
- If you'd like to help with grad events, look for the separate announcement in this and future Paly Link emails. 
- For more information, contact

Powerful New Library Research Tool OneSearch Discovery 
Students can find reliable books, e-books, newspaper and journal articles using the powerful new OneSearch Discovery research tool At home they will need their library login password available on Schoology and via My PAUSD.   Rachel Kellerman, Paly Teacher Librarian

Paly Sports Boosters - Tiny Prints Fundraiser for Graduation Announcements
The Paly Sports Boosters has partnered with Tiny Prints to help with the ordering and printing of your Graduation Announcements.  Tiny Prints is a leading retailer of premium personalized photo cards and has been recognized for their high quality prints and unmatched customer service.  Each card ordered is also hand reviewed before it's printed to ensure quality and accuracy.  To start your order through Tiny Prints, please click on the link below which will lead you to our co-branded Tiny Prints Storefront.  From here, you can shop for any product on the Tiny Prints site or review a few of our favorite choices.  Paly Sports Boosters Personalized Link:

Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School
May 21-22, June 4-5, 9-3 pm at Paly's Glass Studio
Weekend glass workshops are available to the public: students, parents and community members. The 2 day weekend workshop will focus on beginning glass blowing techniques. Repeating  students progress from their last session.  Advanced Sign up required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults.  NEW price, $425 per person. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts.  To sign up, contact: David Camner, founder of Paly Glass, 
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
Juniors may now schedule individual meetings with college and career advisors. Students will be required to complete the POST HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING SURVEY in Naviance (click the "About Me" tab in the top navigation panel, then look under the "Surveys to Take" section in the left-hand navigation panel), print it out, and present this form to the C&CC before they can schedule their first appointment by stopping by the C&CC.  If you've misplaced your Naviance login information or need your password reset, please contact Ms. Larson ( or drop by Guidance or the C&CC.
At the College Center, students wanting to schedule 1st (or repeat) appointments will be asked to complete an appointment request form; within 1 week, they will receive an email from their College Advisor notifying them of their scheduled meeting date and time. Students should add their College Advisor's email address ( or in their contact list so the email doesn't get filtered to their email provider's  SPAM folder.  If students don't receive an email appointment within a week, please email your College Advisor.  Students using an email provider that offers a calendar feature (like Yahoo or Google) should verify the calendar is set to the Pacific time zone, rather than another default time zone, so the emailed appointment indicates the correct time.

Students can meet with college advisors during their prep period, during Tutorial, or after school.
  • Students with last names starting with A-K will meet with Ms. Cernobori
  • Students with last names L-Z will meet with Ms. Erber.
  • Students interested in community college (for career/vocational training, Associates degrees, or preparation for transfer) will meet with Mrs. Laguna.
Any student-in any grade level--can drop in at brunch and/or lunch Advisory to ask advisors questions.
Since the months of April and May are very busy in the C&CC, it is advisable to make an appointment in advance. During the first meeting with a college advisor, it is preferable to meet with just the student (parents might want to attend subsequent meetings).

Education UK College Fair
Mon, May 2, 6 pm, Lycee Francais of San Francisco Auditorium
College fair sponsored by the British Council. Click for a list of participating colleges and to RSVP.

Foothill College Transfer Information Night Updated
Thurs, May 12, 6:30 pm, Foothill College Bldg 800, 3rd floor, Rm 8338
Foothill College prepares students for transfer to universities. Come learn about guaranteed and preferred transfer opportunities, the Associate Degree for Transfer, and honors transfer opportunities. High school seniors, parents, high school counselors, and current Foothill students are invited to attend. 

Off-campus College Visit Update
University of St. Andrews 5/6/16   6:30 PM Atherton
Foothill College  5/12/16   6:30 PM Foothill College 
Johns Hopkins University 5/15/16   2:00 PM San Mateo
Bowdoin College   5/16/16   7:00 PM   Menlo Park  New
Carleton College   5/16/16   7:00 PM   Menlo Park    New
Pomona College   5/16/16    7:00 PM   Menlo Park   New
Swarthmore College   5/16/16    7:00 PM   Menlo Park    New

Scholarships and contests/competitions expiring through April 29: 
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.
Jones Family Business Scholarship--The African American Museum of Beginning: Deadline 5/1
San Jose State University - Guardian Scholars: Deadline 5/1
Palo Alto Police Department Martin Agueret Scholarship: Deadline 5/2 
Mount Holyoke - Transportation Assistance for Focus on Diversity Visit Prog.: Deadline 5/8 New
Italian American Heritage Foundation: Deadline 5/10  New
Cameron Impact Scholarship: Deadline 5/13 New
PAUSD Invites Parents and Community Members to Participate on the Math Exploration/Pilot Committee
During 2015-16 academic year, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) elementary mathematics leads and teachers have been involved in a Math Exploration of math materials.  The Math Materials being explored are on display at the District office, located at 25 Churchill Ave. in Palo Alto, for community members to view and complete a comment form.  The Elementary Math Exploration/Pilot Committee will select 2-3 curricula to pilot during the upcoming 2016-17 academic year.  PAUSD is requesting community members and K-6 teachers to participate on the Math Exploration/Pilot Committee.  Parents and community members who are interested in becoming a member, should complete the Community Member Application.
For more information, parents and community members are invited to visit the "Committees and Task Forces" section on the school district's website.
Community Service and Service-LearningCommSvc 
Get Involved Service-Learning Internship Academy: June 3-30, 2016 
Parents, help your students pursue their interests, talents, and passions this summer with a service-learning internship! Palo Alto students will learn 21st Century skills such as collaboration, risk-taking, workplace communication, electronic portfolios, and more as they work with mentors at dozens of local nonprofit organizations. All current high school students are eligible (Classes of 2016-2019). Program runs June 3-30,  each academy participant will earn the President's Award for Volunteer Service. Questions? Please email:
Classroom Volunteers Needed - An Hour a Week Could Change a Student's Life
Have you enjoyed volunteering in your child's classroom? Then consider visiting a classroom in east Menlo Park or East Palo Alto.  Our All Students Matter volunteers work once a week for about an hour on reading and math skills with kids in grades K-4.  Sign up now to start in September. Training will be provided. To learn more or sign up, visit or contact Keri Tully at

Looking for ways for students to have fun, collaborate with others, work with mentors, and share passions while giving back? 
Check out the resources from **Get Involved Project below (including opportunities calendar), also posted at Service-learning is supported by scholarly research as a way for students to find meaning, purpose, and Developmental Assets while navigating high school and beyond. 
Social Media: FacebookTwitterInstagram
Questions? Email
Know of a community benefit organization or upcoming opportunity to share? 
Hundreds of nonprofits and grassroots programs have collaborated with Paly students to get involved in their interests while documenting 30,000-40,000 service-learning hours each year. Students write reflections, create programs, videos, slideshows, and service-learning magazines that inspire their collegues to make connections from classroom to community. See student-led Get Involved publications and website for list of vetted organizations by category. Email:
**Get Involved Project is a social venture created with, by, and for Palo Alto students. Our work is informed and inspired by the following: Dr. William Damon/Stanford, The Path to Purpose;  service-learning Common Core advocate Katherine Berger Kaye, ; Richard N. Bolles, What Color is Your Parachute; and Dr. Denise Clark Pope/Stanford,

Art Center Drive Dedication, Spring Family Day 
Sun, May 1, 2pm, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd
Help celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Art Center beginning May 1 at the kickoff for this milestone with the dedication of an "Art Center Drive" commemorative sign and the celebration of free Spring Family Day, both beginning at 2 p.m. Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt will be on hand for the unveiling of the new sign, and the Spring Family Day will feature spring-themed artmaking activities for the entire family. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Art Center's website.

Seminar for Paly Students: What Happened at Easter Island? New
Tues, May 3, 1:50-2:55 pm, Paly Room 219
Paly students are invited to watch a short video on Easter Island, followed by discussion of what led to the demise of the Easter Islanders and implications for modern civilization, led by Alan Walworth, a Paly parent with a Ph.D. in Philosophy from U.C. Berkeley. For additional details, please see Contact: Alan Walworth,

Free Comic Book Day! New
Sat, May 7, 10 am-6pm, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Drop by during the Palo Alto Library's open hours and pick up your FREE comic book! One comic per child/teen, limited quantities available, first come first served. All ages
Mom & Child Yoga & Mindfulness Workshop New
Sat, May 7, 1-4pm, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave
Devote some luxurious time to nourishing your connection with your children (ages 5 thru 12) on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend, as we empower them with mindfulness based tools they can carry around with them their entire lives! Our skilled facilitators will guide you and your kids through family mindfulness practices. Some of these practices will be very quiet and inward, and other practices will be very playful and fun! Click here to find out more or to register. 

Let's Talk  -  (parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC) 
Mon, May 9, 7-9pm, Orchard Community Room, 13 S. San Antonio Rd, 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. SELPA 1 CAC is an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.  All events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary. 

Med School Morning at Health Matters, Stanford Medicine's Free Community Day
Sat, May 14, 9:30am-12:30pm, Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford
Do you know any high school students considering a career in medicine? On Saturday, May 14, Stanford Medicine will host "Med School Morning" for high school students interested in coming to campus to attend classes on a variety of medical and scientific topics taught by some of the country's top experts.  Participants will receive a certificate of completion after attending and fully participating in the morning.  Space is limited and the program fills up quickly.  To register or learn more visit:
Participation is free and open to the public.
Children's Used Book Sale to Benefit Palo Alto Libraries 
Sat-Sun, May 15, 10am-4pm, Cubberley Community Center (FOPAL Children's Sale Room)
More than 13,000 kids' books, games, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs will be on sale at incredibly low prices at Friends of the Palo Alto Library's monthly book sale-  everything from board books and picture books to school age fiction and nonfiction titles to early teen fiction.  All items are lightly used or new and are sorted by age level and subject matter.  Many books in foreign languages.  Over 50,000 adult books available in FOPAL's Main and Bargain Rooms.

2016 Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp 
Week 1: June 13-17, Week 2: July 25-29, Paly
Discover the wonders of public speaking! Conquer your fears once and for all! Learn to think on your feet! Registration for the Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp is now open! For our eleventh year, we expect the best camp we have ever had, and we are expanding our program to fit this goal. We now offer not only Public Speaking and Debate programs, but also Impromptu Speech and Advanced LD Debate for returning students. The Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp is the only summer camp in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides rising 6th through 10th graders with the best public speaking learning experience year after year. If you want to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to acquire valuable life skills, register today! More Info:

DesignFarm Summer Camp at Palo Alto High School  
June 13 to June 24 and July 11 to 22
Calling all rising 8th to 12th graders. Do you want to solve real world problems and possibly create the next .... ?
Join us for a fun-filled two weeks of learning and doing. Get inspired with the support of community mentors, experts and master design thinkers. No design experience is necessary. Just bring your creativity, your sense of fun and your desire to solve problems that are important to you and your community.
Visit the events page at  for more information and registration.

8th Annual Palo Alto World Music Day New
Sun, June 19, 3-7:30 PMUniversity Avenue (closed to traffic)
The City of Palo Alto has declared Sunday June 19 as World Music Day.  World Music Day is a free music festival that takes place in cities around the world every year around the Summer Solstice.  50 professional and amateur musical groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral, etc.  All performances are FREE and open to the public.  This is a fun and unique family event not to be missed. The organizers are also looking for musicians and event volunteers from our community, including students from our schools.  Info:

Summer Rock Camp  
Week 1: July 11 to July 15
Week 2: July 18 to July 22
Week 3: July 25 to July 29
Locally owned by Michael Finley, a former Paly graduate and parent of a Paly graduate, SRC immerses campers completely in live music and performance for a full week with long day sessions (9AM to 3PM) culminating in a Friday evening concert where they showcase their new music skills and featured songs crafted over the week in front of a live audience including family, friends, and peers.

Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2016 (for middle school students, incoming 6th - incoming 9th)
July 18-22, July 25-29, Aug. 1-5, The Paly Robotics Lab (Room 903 at Palo Alto High School)
Do you want your child to experience what it is like to design and build robots?  Or how about learning how to program and create 3D animations? What about creating a business plan and promoting it with a website? This year, Paly Robotics will be hosting our annual summer camp for incoming middle school students (incoming 6th - 9th). There are three sessions to choose from - Robot Design and Hardware; Programming and 3D Animation; and Entrepreneurship and Website Design. For more information about our camp and the different sessions, visit

Filmmaking Workshop for Teen Actors and Directors  
Mon-Fri, Aug. 1-Aug. 5, 10am-4pm, Pear Theatre, Mountain View 
The acclaimed A Theatre Near U's Summer Filmmaking Workshop is back! Join us for a week long exploration of film. The intensive will provide 30 hours of in depth training. Students will learn the core concepts of great film work by watching classics and then the directors will create their own films with the actors.
For more information and to register go to:

Paly Cheer & Dance Little Vikes Summer Camp New
August 15, 9am-3pm, K-8th grade and 9am -12pm, 3 and 4 year olds
Campers will be taught cheerleading motions and technique, cheer jumps, stunts, gymnastics, sideline cheers, dance technique and a dance routine. There will also be games and crafts. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. All campers receive a t-shirt and pompoms. Campers should also wear athletic shoes and clothing. Sunscreen is also recommended, as some of our sessions will take place outside. Go to for more information. Questions: Contact Hilary McDaniel at
Teen Writing Club
1st and 3rd Thurs of the month, 4-5:30pm,  Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd
Share your passion for writing with other teens. Writing prompts, activities, and light snacks provided. For 6th-12th grade.
Graphic Novel Book Club
Second Thurs of the month, 7 - 8 PM. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.
Join the group on May 12, for a lively discussion on The Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf. For adults and teens (age 16+).

Parent Chat: Peer to Peer Support
Every 2nd and 4th Tues, 7-8:30pm, Los Altos Library Orchard Room, 13 S. San Antonio Rd,  Los Altos
Are you concerned about the emotional wellness of your child?  Join Parent Chat: Peer to Peer Support hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.  All parents welcome to talk about children 14+.  Professional guidance by Monique Kane LMFT.
Questions: Contact Donna Soo (650)-823-0997 or Trudy Palmer (650)-208-9116  

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month New
In California, the law prohibits: Use of handheld wireless phone while driving; Texting while driving; and any use of communications device by drivers under 18.  In the first year California's "hands free" law took effect, traffic fatalities dropped 20% (700 fewer deaths) and there were 100,000 fewer collisions.  <
Mobile device use increases the risk of crashing by 4X.  More than 25% of all car crashes result from use of hand held mobile devices.  The average text message takes a driver's eyes off the road long enough to drive the entire length of a football field. Safety of our school commute routes depends on each of us driving, walking, and biking safely.  Please turn off your devices and share the road attentively.  

Global Internship Campaign 
Are you interested in energy policy, energy science, engineering sciences, physical sciences, environmental sciences or business? This Global Campaign internship might be the opportunity for you! This link will give you all the information you need to know about the internship and how to apply. Please click here.

Donations for Costaņo Elementary's Library in East Palo Alto
Help to sponsor the refurbishment of the school library at Costaņo Elementary in East Palo Alto! This project is organized by the library at Jordan Middle School, in partnership with Access Books Bay Area, a new non-profit started by Jordan librarian Amanda Marchand.  In order to complete the library refurbishment, Access Books needs to raise $20,000! So far, they have raised a little over $6,000. You can help them to reach their goal by donating at, and you can double your impact through your employer's matching donation program.  All funds will be used to purchase new hardcover books for the Costaņo school library, paint and supplies to repaint the walls, and new colorful furniture to make the library an inviting and comfortable place for children to spend time and explore new worlds. For more information, please visit, or email

Teen Classes & Volunteering at the Palo Alto Art Center
Unleash the creativity in your teen by signing up for Art Classes. The Art Center offers classes in ceramics, painting and sculpture on Monday - Saturdays. Classes are held at the Art Center (1313 Newell Road) and the Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Road). Online 
Registration is open now! All Art Classes are listed at  website. The Art Center is currently taking applications for Counselor in Training (CIT) positions for its summer camps. Click here for more information and the application packet. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello ( or 650-617-3509).

Stanford Sleep Study
The Stanford University Department of Psychiatry is 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 or doctoral therapist under the supervision of 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 Teen Sleep Study at or (650) 725-7767.

Americanized Chinese Parents
This is a club for Americanized Chinese Parents who embrace both the values of American culture and Chinese culture. In general, parents in this club speak English in their homes and value a balance of academics, social time, and extracurriculars. 
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Camp MAC (journalism camp) registration still open! Updated
Don't miss out on an opportunity to experience Palo Alto High School's state-of-the-art Media Arts Center facilities this summer by participating in Camp MAC! Led by students of Paly's nationally recognized journalism program, Camp MAC introduces journalism to rising eighth and ninth grade students. Campers will learn 21st century literacy skills while building friendships across schools. Camp MAC is running a one-week session the week of Aug. 1-5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All proceeds support Paly's Media Arts Boosters Program. Registration closes on June 1st and spots are limited. For registration, prices, and more information, visit or contact

Pediatric Weight Control Program
When kids and families need more support to maintain a healthy weight, joining a program can be a life-changing step. The Stanford Children's Pediatric Weight Control Program is a six-month program to help kids aged 8 to 15 and their families develop life-long healthy habits. The program is now enrolling for January, with scholarships available for those who qualify. No referrals necessary, just call (650) 725-4424. Flier (English) 
Adopt A Teacher Who Needs Your Support
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
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 
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