Paly Link

A PTSA publication

Sunday, June 5, 2016
tower building drawing

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.
July 29
Back To School Packet Stuffing, Volunteers Needed
Aug 1
Back To School Packet Pick-up
Aug 2
Back To School Packet Mail-out
ThursAug 11
Freshman Welcome and Orientation, 4-7pm, New
FriAug 12
Photo Day, Returning Students (PalyNew
MondayAug 15
First Day of School New
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Photo Day for Returning Students New 
Fri, Aug 12, Library 
Suggested times for each class, based on student last name:  
Sophomores: A-L, 8-9:15AM, M-Z, 9:15-10:30AM 
Juniors: A-L, 10:30-11:45AM, M-Z, 11:45-1:00PM 
Seniors: A-L, 1:00-2:00PM, M-Z, 2:00-3:00PM

Interested in serving on the 2016-2018 Paly Site Council?  
The Paly Site Council is currently seeking candidates for TWO parent representatives.  Those elected will serve from September 2016 to June 2018. The Council meets on Monday afternoons, once a month. Please see the Paly website for details:, or feel free to ask questions of our retiring parent reps: Heidi Mickelson ( or Srinivasan Subramanian (  The deadline for nominations is June 3. Please write a brief statement, (a paragraph or two), including your reasons for wanting to serve on Site Council (This is also the text that will appear on the ballot), and submit your nomination to Carolyn Benfield: with the subject line "Site Council".  The election will be held in conjunction with school registration in August; watch the Paly Link for notification.  All parents and guardians of Paly students are eligible, with the exception of PAUSD employees.  Candidates must have a student at Paly throughout their term of office.

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.

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.

College visits:
Colleges That Change Lives College Fair   8/1/16   7pm  Santa Clara

Scholarships and contests/competitions expiring through Jun 13: 
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.
Philippine Professional and Business Society Scholarship Awards: Deadline 6/6   
Liberty Scholars: Deadline 6/15 New                        
Relocation College Scholarship - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage: Deadline 6/15 New                    Deadline 6/15 New                              
Gordon Stafford Scholarship In Architecture: Deadline 6/20 New                             
Abrazos and Books Funds Scholarships: Deadline 6/30  New        
Aspiring Nurse Scholarship: Deadline 6/30 New                     
BBG Communications Scholarship: Deadline 6/30 New  
Community Service and Service-LearningCommSvc 

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
Italian Street Painting Festival 
Sat-Sun, Aug. 27t-28, Tasso St, Palo Alto
Earn Community Service Hours & Benefit Youth Community Service!
As part of the annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, chalk artists will take to the streets to demonstrate their amazing talent and support YCS programs in our community. Students and their families can be part of the fun by volunteering to help run the event!  Volunteers will be Artist Ambassadors, Set-up Team Members, assist kids in their own chalk drawing, and more! For more information or to sign up, please visit or call (650) 858-8019

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,
Attention Palo Alto Families! New
Project Safety Net Epi-Aid Community Survey
Your VOICE is needed on an important Suicide Prevention and Youth Well-being Survey.
This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard by participating in the online survey of Palo Alto students and residents, created and sponsored by Project Safety Net -
Your anonymous responses related to Palo Alto's efforts to prevent youth suicide will be collected and shared with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epi-Aid report due later this year.  
We promise you will receive the results!
To access the survey (available in English, Spanish and Mandarin): Please share this opportunity with others in your community and networks.  
Your collective voice matters NOW and in Palo Alto's future efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of our youth.
Questions? Contact Project Safety Net at psnpaloalto@gmail or (650) 329-2432.
Youth suicide can be a sensitive and difficult topic to discuss.  If you find yourself struggling emotionally with this topic, please CALL 1-855-278-4204, Santa Clara County Suicide and Crisis hotline.

Stanford REST Study New
The Stanford Daily REST Study invites you and your child to participate in a study exploring the relationship between sleep and mood in adolescents (14 - 21) with and without bipolar disorder. Understanding this link could help advance treatments to improve life quality for adolescents with bipolar disorder.  Our observational study pays up to $215. After eligibility interviews, we will send your child brief text message surveys asking about their mood, sleep, and activities. We also use at-home measures assessing your child's natural sleep quality and patterns.

Stanford Research on High School Community Service
My name is Tracy Lord, and I am currently an undergraduate at Stanford University. During this upcoming fall, cyclists, volunteers, and supporters will come together for the third annual LifeMoves The Ride to End Homelessness. All funds raised by this event will go directly to LifeMoves. I am conducting some research to determine the best and most effective form of school participation in this bicycle ride. It would be very helpful if students, parents, and staff members would fill out this very short google survey form:

Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA) Swimming Lessons  
Stanford Cardinal Swimming offers a range of swimming opportunities for the beginning swimmer to the elite athlete. Find the best fit for you! Start dates: May - August. Contact to find out about options at Avery Pool (Stanford) and in Palo Alto. Programs include high school, age group, competitive, developmental and swim lessons. PASA - Cardinal is a year-round United States Swimming Team: All Levels: High School:

Buoyancy 2016 - Free Teen Festival  
Sun, Jun 5, 4:30- 8:30pm, Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive
The City of Palo Alto - Community Services Department announces the first annual Buoyancy Festival, a free event for teens.  The event will feature live teen bands with headliner band Pacific Drive, art and wellness tents, live mural painting, carnival rides and a big ball inflatable.  Plus the first 500 teens to enter will receive a free meal voucher.  Show high school ID for entry
Teen DIY Bath Bombs and Lip Balms 
Tue, June 7, 2-4 pm, Mitchell Park Library
Learn how to make bath soaps, sugar scrubs and more using natural ingredients. Keep your own creations! Registration required. Click for more information.

Middle School Bicycle Skills Classes   
Sat, Jun 11 - Aug 6, 8:30 am-1pm, Mitchell Park Community Center 
Build your student's independent bicycling skills. The Palo Alto Safe Routes to School program has partnered with Wheel Kids Bicycle Club to offer on-bike safety classes for middle school students and their parents throughout the summer.  For more details or to register visit:

SAT Practice Test  
Sat, Jun 11, 1-4:30pm, Mitchell Park Library
Students in grades 7 and up are invited to take a practice SAT test at the library. SAT review session is on June 26.

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:

Teen summer camps and drop-in sessions at the Palo Alto Art Center 
Unleash the creativity in your student by coming to a teen drop-in session or signing up for one of our Teen Summer Camps: Printmaking Intensive (June 13-17), Altered Ceramics (June 27 - July 8) and more! Weekly drop-in sessions for Ceramics, Jewelry and Printmaking.  Register Online now for a camp or check out the Teen Drop-In Schedule.
Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello ( or 650-617-3509).

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  
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:

2016 Maker+ Camp
June 20-24, 2:15-4:30 pm, Rinconada Library
Want to earn volunteer hours, talk about big ideas, make cool things and grab a bit of lunch? Join us afternoons the week of June 20th for Maker+ at Rinconada Library. We will use design thinking to tackle community challenges. Dan Russell of Google and Jonathan Reichental Chief Information Officer of City of Palo Alto will talk about how technology and creativity can be used to address big challenges. This free camp for rising 9th through 12th graders is a great way to learn how to use design thinking to approach small and large problems. Registration required. To register, please email Sheila Bishop with the name of the teen, grade entering in fall and contact email for the teen. More info:

PALY Science & Engineering Camp New
Mon, Jun 27 - Thu, Jun 30 (Session 1) and Tue, July 5 - Fri, July 8 (Session 2), Terman Middle School 
This summer, take part in our third annual Paly Science and Engineering Summer Camp! With activities led by members of the Paly Science Olympiad team, your child can enjoy various applications of the many fields of science. Designed for any interested rising 7th through 9th graders, the camp will include demonstrations and hands-on activities, such as analyzing crime scenes, dissections, and engineering projects! Visit for more information, and sign up at to receive further updates regarding camp dates and registration!

Mindful Moms - for PAUSD Moms of Teens and Preteens New
Wed, Jun 29-Aug 31 (No class 7/20 & 7/27), Gunn High School Library
Mindful Moms empowers moms with mindfulness-based stress reduction tools. Neuroscience research has demonstrated the powerful benefits of mindfulness meditation, including its ability to improve focus, instill calm, and boost overall wellbeing.  At Mindful Moms, we come together to nurture our minds, bodies and hearts in a supportive community. Each 2-hour class incorporates mindfulness meditation, mindful movement / Qigong, authentic sharing and mindful listening. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Andrea Castillo, PhD, teaches mindfulness at Insight Meditation Center, facilitates retreats, and is a mom of a Gunn graduate. 
Cost: $320. Free for low-income moms. Pre-registration required. To register please email Jaclyn Long, Founder & Director of Mind Body Spirit Moms, at

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 Math Camp
Mathcounts Camp: 7/11-15, 1-4 pm
AMC Camp: 7/18-22, 1-4 pm (currently unavailable due to staffing issues but may open up if there is sufficient interest)
Place: Terman Middle School
Paly Math Camp offers individually paced training and one-on-one teaching, with rigorous curriculum taught by former USAMO/USAJMO and AIME qualifiers as well as a math teacher, all from Palo Alto high schools. These camps will be suitable for any student who enjoys math and will be fun for students of all ages and math levels.
Mathcounts Camp is intended for incoming PAUSD middle schoolers who want to learn problem-solving techniques geared more towards Mathcounts. AMC Camp is intended for PAUSD students who want to learn problem-solving techniques geared more towards the AMC 8 and AMC 10 series.
If you are interested in registering, please fill out the following form:
Contact for any questions.

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:

2016 Adolescent Mental Wellness Conference  
Fri-Sat, Aug 5-6, South San Francisco Conference Center
"Breaking Down Stigma, Building Support for Youth Mental Health"
Bringing policymakers, educators, clinicians, youth and family members together to explore approaches for supporting the mental health needs of children adolescents and young adults. Registration:

Paly Cheer & Dance Little Vikes Summer Camp  
Mon, Aug.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

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