• Duveneck Food Drive: Bring Your Donations This Week! Please bring in cans of soups, beans, vegetables, and meat, as well as packages of dried pasta, beans, and rice ALL THIS WEEK for the Palo Alto Food Closet. We will also have a food-sorting event on Friday, Sept. 30th from 2:45-4:00pm at the All Saints Episcopal Church, located at 425 Hamilton Ave. If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to Lanelle Neumann (
  • Tickets on Sale for Harvest Carnival Everyone is welcome to visit the transformed Duveneck campus on Saturday, October 22nd from 12:00 – 2:30 pm. Click here to purchase your Harvest Carnival wristbands and/or lunch options in advance! Any questions? Please email
  • Duveneck After-School Class Addition There is still time if your student is interested in joining in the fun. Please find the spreadsheet here. We’d also like to announce a new class that will be offered next week: Origami! To sign up for a class, please register here. For more information, contact Halina at
  • LAST CHANCE to Claim Your Lost and Found Items! Please stop by the Lost and Found cart outside the front office before THIS Fri., Sept. 30th to see if anything belongs to your family. Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity. Questions? Email

Harvest Carnival and Just Parties – SAVE THE DATE!

On Saturday, October 22nd from 12:00 – 2:30 pm, the Duveneck campus will be transformed into a fun-filled Carnival with games, prizes, Fairyland, Haunted House, Carnival Treats and a Frenzy Obstacle Course! This event is truly one of the happiest and brings our community of friends, family, staff and teachers all together in person to celebrate the fall season.

Tickets and Mexican food lunch can be purchased in advance. Skip the line on Harvest Carnival Day by purchasing your child’s wristband and/or choosing your lunch options now! Click here to purchase! 

*If you or someone you know would like help with the cost of a ticket please email Cecilia Perez at

Also at this event will be the launch of Just Parties! Meet the JP team in the Multi-Purpose room and sign up for some amazing events for parents and children. Let your kids enjoy the carnival while you check out the amazing party options that bring our community together and support our school fundraising efforts. For more information on Just Parties, please visit this website.

Help Us Gather Prize Donations for Harvest Carnival!

The Harvest Carnival Team needs donations of gently used or new toys, games, videos, stuffys, books, puzzles, art supplies, halloween costumes, sports equipment, unused party favors, etc. for the Prize Booth – the favorite part of the Harvest Carnival. The Donation Drive will run from Monday, Oct 3 through Wednesday, Oct 19. Start saving your donations now! Thank you everyone for your help. Questions? Email Hersha at


  • Evening with the Principal – Everyone is Invited! – Join Principal Crane on Wed., Sept. 21 from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Duveneck Library Classroom to gain more in-depth knowledge about topics, such as the new reading and writing curriculum, English Language Arts(ELA) and the Every Child Reads Initiative (ESRI).
  • Wednesday is Picture Day – Don’t forget that picture day is this Wednesday, Sept. 21. Every student will have their photograph taken by professional photographers from Dorian Studio. Volunteers are needed! Sign up here.
  • New Bike Racks – We now have an additional bike rack placed near the 4th/5th grade building! If you are a 4th or 5th grader, please use the new bike rack and the existing ones in that area. We also have a longer bike rack and two smaller racks that are even closer to the library now, behind the 3rd grade classrooms. If you’re in 3rd grade, please use those bike racks.
  • Lost and Found is FULL! Claim Your Items Soon – All items will be donated to charity on Friday, September 30th.
  • Thanks for a Wonderful International Potluck! – Thank you again for all that you do! We feel very blessed to be part of such an amazing and diverse community.

International Potluck is THIS Friday, Sept. 16 From 5:30-7:30 pm at Duveneck!

Less than a week is left before our first big event this year. This is an extra special community event and we still need your help to make it even better!

Visit for additional information and for the signup sheet to bring your favorite dishes to share with everyone. Please also consider volunteering to help with set-up or clean-up, or at a country or food table during the event. We can’t wait to celebrate our amazing Duveneck community with you!

In your child’s Friday folder you will find the passport for the event, so your kids can travel around, learn about the colorful traditions and receive a stamp from each place they visit. If needed, another copy is attached here.

Have a Passion or Talent? Turn it Into a Party and Help Support Duveneck!

Do you have a hidden talent that you’d like to share with our community? Or maybe you’re an avid camper, biker, poker player, gamer or enjoying sharing your culinary creations with friends. We’d LOVE for you to turn your passion into a party!

Our Just Parties Fundraising season is almost here and we need your help to make it a success. Past JPs have included camping trips, karaoke, hip hop dance classes, and dinners out — and new ideas are always encouraged. Join with friends to co-host, or throw your own party. You pick the theme, date, and all the details. It’s a great way to spend time with friends, meet new friends, and get to know the community if you’re new to Duveneck. Need inspiration? Check out our 2018-19 catalog here!

Have you been one of the fabulous hosts in the past and you’re game to host again? Have a wonderful idea for a party or are you interested in co-hosting one? Please send your ideas to by Sept. 24th. For more info on Just Parties, please visit our website.

We are parents and teachers who support Duveneck Elementary School in Palo Alto, CA. As a community, we help create the school we want our children to have by providing funding for school equipment and materials, hosting community events, and providing enrichment programs for parents, teachers and students.