Nominate Someone for the PTA Board!

The 2023 Nomination Committee (NomCom for short) is recruiting parents for the 2023-2024 PTA Board and key program chair positions. We are very pleased to announce our 2023 Nomination Committee:

Hersha Lodhia-Miller (Sachin-3rd and Premila-1st) ursula7670@gmail.com 

Bharti Jindal (Avi-5th, Yash-3rd & Sonia-Kindergarten) bjindal@gmail.com 

Erica Andersen (Asher-5th, Brooklynn-3rd, Bella-TK) andersen.erica@gmail.com 

Linda Henigin (Alex-4th) linda@brail.org 

Ashley Cupples-Lee (Graham-5th grade)  ACupplesLee@gmail.com

Are you interested in joining the Board? Being a chair or co-chair? There is something for everyone! Click here for an overview of Board positions. Interested parents or carers should send an email to nomcom@duveneck.org indicating their interest in a Board position as soon as possible, and no later than February 13. However, please feel free to email us with your interest in volunteering with the PTA in any capacity and we’ll help you find an appropriate position.

Update from Last Week’s PTA General Association Meeting

Thank you to all those who participated in the January PTA Association Meeting. We got a lot done…amended our budget, approved our first half audit, elected this year’s PTA nominating committee, and heard from PAUSD board member Jesse Ladomirak.  Some key themes came out from many of the parent’s questions to Jesse including enrollment, class size, and after school child care. These are complicated issues. To help we recommend the following:

  • Enrollment: Tune into the February 28th Board meeting, when the Ad Hoc Committee makes its presentation/recommendations. This is the opportunity for the full Board to have a discussion about the issue and ask questions of staff. In addition it will help to clarify all the different considerations and moving parts. (Community members are also encouraged to sign up to speak on the item or email us thoughts beforehand.)
  • After School Care: To learn more about staff recommendations please review the  January 17th Board meeting.  In addition, please watch the video of the agenda item. (The Child Care Ad Hoc Committee item starts almost exactly at minute 58.) 

If you have further questions or concerns around key topics, please reach out to the board at board@pausd.org. 

Join us for our next Association meeting on March 27 when we will elect next year’s PTA board!

THIS WEEK AT DUVENECK – 1-29-23

  • Duveneck Celebrates Lunar New Year! Join Us! Duveneck will be celebrating the year of the rabbit during lunch on Wednesday, February 1. Parents will decorate the campus, and there will be craft stations where all students can enjoy making paper lanterns and cutting out rabbit shapes. All parents are encouraged to volunteer and to celebrate with us by signing up here. 
  • The annual class photos are coming up as well as the hearing screening day. For these events to work like clockwork, we need some volunteers to help out on the day. If you have some time available please add your name here. 

You’re Invited! PTA General Association Meeting with PAUSD Board Member Jesse Ladomirak: Monday, January 23rd at 7 pm

Everyone is warmly invited to join us on Zoom for the PTA’s quarterly General Association meeting, featuring special guest PAUSD Board member Jesse Ladomirak. This meeting is open to all and a great way to learn more about how the District and our Board of Education operates.

If you have any specific questions or topics you would like Jesse to address please fill out our Google Form. Your input is important to us.

In addition to talking with Ms. Ladomirak, we’ll hear news and plans from Principal Crane, and get an update from the teachers’ perspective from 2nd grade teacher, Anne Gerfen. Also, PTA Board members will fill us in on what fun community-building plans are being planned for the beginning of the year. 

For convenience the meeting will take place over Zoom.

Meeting ID: 856 6992 9678, Passcode: 030767

THIS WEEK AT DUVENECK – 1-22-23

  • REMINDER: You’re Invited! PTA General Association Meeting with PAUSD Board Member Jesse Ladomirak: Monday, January 23 at 7 pm: For convenience the meeting will take place over Zoom. Meeting ID: 856 6992 9678, Passcode: 030767
  • 3rd-5th Grade Families: Get Ready for Your Ice Skating Party THIS WEDNESDAY, January 25. And We Still Need Volunteers! Be sure to get your tickets here. Planning to enjoy the pizza dinner? Be sure you get a slice by signing up for your dinner ticket by Monday (1/23) night.
  • The 100th Day of School THIS Thursday, January 26th! We could really use your help, as these activities attract a lot of students. Also, kids absolutely love seeing their parents join in the fun. They will need help tying, counting, waiting in line, etc. No experience necessary! Please sign up here: 100th Day Activities Volunteer Spreadsheet
  • LAST CHANCE to Claim Your Lost and Found Items Before Friday All items will be donated to charity on Friday, January 27th, so please come by the main office to take a look. Questions? Email pta@duveneck.org
  • Thanks to Bagel Thursday Volunteers There are plenty of slots open for February and beyond, so access the document here to join in the fun.

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.