NOMINATIONS for 2024-2025 Duveneck PTA Board

NOMINATIONS for 2024-2025 Duveneck PTA Board
Position – OverviewName, Grade of child/ren
President & EVP – Oversees and coordinates the work of the board to run the PTA effectively and in alignment with the school’s vision and values.Hersha Lodhia-Miller, 4th & 2nd
Lindsay Green, 3rd & K
Secretary – Takes minutes at PTA meetingsMaor Chester*, 4th & 2nd
Treasurer. Maintains permanent records to track Duveneck PTA funds and financial transactions.Akhilesh Dhawan*, 5th & 3rd
Ways & Means – Oversees fundraising events and programs: Just Parties, Bagel Thursdays, Spiritwear, and Book Fair. Noha Armanios*, 4th & 2nd
Maria-Elena Philbin*, 4th
Becca Sands, 4th & 1st
Membership & Outreach – Oversees PTA events that make Duveneck an inclusive and fun place for all families and to build community: Incoming Kinder & New Family Summer Playdates, Classroom Parents, International Potluck, and Talent ShowHila Karp*, 4th
OPEN
Events & Appreciation – Wants everyone within the Duveneck community to have a good time, teachers & staff included! Staff Luncheons, Friday Treats, Ice Skating Parties, Harvest Carnival, Staff Appreciation Week, Lunar New Year and Honorary Service Awards.Erin Doll, 5th & 1st
Yejuan Long*, 4th
OPEN
Parent & Student Programs – Promotes activities for parent and student involvement: Dragon Care, Lost & Found, Working Wonders, Children’s Theatre, Math Nights, Science Fair, Walk & Roll, Black History Month, and 100th Day.CC Huang, 5th & 3rd
Allie Manov, K
Communications – Promotes PTA events: eNews, website, paper flyers, etc.Ore Adeyemi, 4th, 3rd & K
Barry Crawford, 4th
Historian – Tracks Board Member Volunteer hours and creates a year end report of PTA activities and achievements.Renee Dua*, 4th, 3rd & TK
Auditor – Audits the books and financial records of the PTA to ensure their accuracy and adherence to the law, our bylaws, and GAAP.OPEN
Parliamentarian – Assists the President with running the meetings (i.e. Timekeeper) and ensures the PTA follows its bylaws and standing rules.Mary Lee, 1st
PrincipalBrittany Gardner
Teacher RepresentativeAnne Gerfen

*Parents joining the PTA Board for the first time!

Thank you to our Nominating Committee for their good work:  Lindsay Green, Renee Dua, Claudia Cortes Rodarte, Amy Lee, Gurneet Singh and Sean Holman.

Next step: ELECTIONS! You and your family are invited to attend the PTA General Meeting  on the evening of March 25th at 7pm at the Duveneck Library, or via Zoom. Duveneck PTA members are eligible to vote in the election of our nominees.

Would you like to engage more with your child’s community? Email us at NomCom@duveneck.org or reach out directly to any of the nominated Board members if you are interested. Thank you for being a part of our wonderful community.

PTA Revised Budget January 2024

Everyone is encouraged to attend the PTA General Association Meeting on Monday, January 22 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. You will learn about the plans for the rest of the school year and it is a great opportunity to meet members of the PTA. 

We will hold this meeting in the library classroom on the Duveneck Campus. We hope to see you there!

In addition, the PTA’s revised budget is now available to view:

PTA Revised Budget January 2024

THIS WEEK AT DUVENECK – 1/14/2024

No school Monday, January 15 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day 

We hope you are enjoying the long holiday weekend in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School will be closed tomorrow for this holiday. 

PTA General Association Meeting

Please join us for a PTA General Association meeting on Monday, January 22 7-8.30pm. All are welcome to come and see the work that the PTA is doing to make our school a happy and inclusive place to study and work in. The meeting will take place in the library classroom.

Please also find the proposed revision to our budget which we are going to vote on during our January 22 association meeting: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fX2YVP97787Hk4YREGRc9lcD8Mzi9yWsFKIU-qayGMM/edit#gid=2143055446

Save the Date: The 100th Day of School is January 25th!

The 100th Day of School is coming up on Thursday, January 25th. Parents and caregivers, get ready to join in the fun with your children and their friends at school! Kids love the tradition of crafting necklaces using 100 pieces of Fruit Loops cereal, and running a 100 activities relay course during their lunch recess.  

We’d love your help, as these activities draw a crowd of enthusiastic students. Kids will need help tying, counting, waiting in line, etc. No experience necessary! Please sign up here.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to Allie – allie.manov@gmail.com or CC – cchuang411@gmail.com 

Don’t Miss Bingo & Cookie Night and Our Other Exciting Winter Just Parties!

Join the Duveneck PTA and all the amazing Just Parties hosts this winter and make the rainy season seem a little less bleak.  We have something for everyone!

Do you have an amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe you think could take first prize?  Enter it in our contest during our Bingo Night and Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest on Friday, January 19th! Prizes will be awarded to all BINGO winners and a $50 Grand Prize and trophy will be given to the winning cookie baker. Enter here: tinyurl.com/duvcookies (You do not have to attend the party to enter.)  

We have some more FABULOUS Just Parties coming up in the next two months! Don’t miss out on your chance to hang out with friends, meet new people, support our Duveneck PTA, and have a blast while doing it:

  • Rock Party with Mrs. Gerfen – 1/24 & 2/7
  • Taste Buds Kitchen for Adults – 1/26
  • Sweetheart Family Dance – 2/9
  • Taylor Swift Karaoke – 2/21 & 2/27
  • Painting With Ms. Rabanal – 2/23 & 3/1
  • Dumpling Making Party – 2/24

You can see the Summary of all the Just Parties! for further details. Click here for registration and payment. If you know someone who needs help buying tickets, please encourage them to contact the Duveneck front office for more information.

Class Group Picture Day is Coming!

Thursday, February 1 is class group picture day. Place your order for a class group image today at mydorian.com. Search for your school’s name, click the green “Order” button next to the Class Group Picture Day event, and place your order! Orders can be placed now and up to four days after picture day.

We also need parent volunteers on the day from 8.05am-1pm. Parent volunteers will receive a $15 coupon towards the purchase of their students’ class photo! Please click here to add your name to the list.

Join Us for Duveneck’s first-ever Lunar New Year Celebration on Thursday, February 8th

We’re calling all Duveneck Dragons to celebrate with us to bring in the Lunar New Year, the year of the Dragon! Come experience how Lunar New Year is celebrated in countries that follow the lunar calendar, including China, Korea, Vietnam, and others. It is a time for friends and family to gather to welcome Spring and wish for good luck and prosperity in the coming year! Try your luck in games, taste traditional New Year foods, try on some traditional New Year clothing, and learn how to do the Dragon Dance! The festivities will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 5:00-7:00pm in the MP Room.

Calling all Volunteers!  Check out our sign up sheet and join in the fun! We’re looking for volunteers to bring snacks, lend us traditional clothing for display, set up, lead activities, and clean up. Have some time after school on February 2nd? Please sign up for our Preparation Work Party (4-5th graders are welcome to come on their own AND can sign up to volunteer at the event too!). Snacks will be provided.

We would LOVE to see more cultural representation from other countries that celebrate Lunar New Year. If you would like to share your culture’s traditions and show just how diverse the Duveneck community is, please reach out directly to the co-chairs, Maichi Cheng msphan3@gmail.com  / 530-400-6107, or Yi Zhao yizhao1028@gmail.com  / 650-224-5077. 

Winter Session After-School Class Schedule

We are pleased to announce the Winter Session After-School Class Schedule, packed with exciting and enriching activities for our students. These classes are designed to provide additional learning opportunities, foster creativity and promote teamwork. Please click here for the new schedule.

The new After-School soccer class will now be on Tuesdays from 1/16/24-3/26/24, Grades K-5. Sign up soon as this is sure to be a popular class.

Click here to see flyer.

THIS WEEK AT DUVENECK – 10/29/2023

The Just Parties 2023 Season is HERE! Sign up now!

Starting with an amazing launch at the Harvest Carnival on Saturday, the official Just Parties season has arrived! Sign up now to secure your spot for our amazing FUNdraisers. Come play some board games, spend an evening dancing the night away, taste some amazing BBQ, Brazilian food, sourdough, dumplings or whiskey, or create something new with friends. There are parties for everyone!  

Signing up is simple:  

  • Visit our sign up sheet here, select the party you’re interested in, and be sure to note the grade level or if the party is for adults, kids, or families.
  • Choose **CLICK HERE TO PAY**.
  • Enter your name, email, and the number of tickets you’re buying for your party (be sure to note if tickets are per person or per family). 
  • Choose “Calculate” to get your total, then choose “Next”.
  • Enter your payment method to purchase your ticket.
  • Once your payment is confirmed, your name will appear on the Just Parties Spreadsheet for the party you purchased.

Thank you to all our amazing Just Parties hosts. Just Parties are not only meant to raise funds to support the amazing programs, events and classroom supplies at Duveneck, but to also bring the community together and have a blast while doing it!

Thank you for your support!

  • The Just Parties Committee: Karla Padva, Oren Elkayam, Chris Colohan, Lindsay Green, Sidd Mundra, Hersha Lodhia-Miller, Joyce Fee, and Carol Wu

Scholarships Available: The Duveneck PTA is committed to making sure every family has the opportunity to attend Just Parties and contribute to our vibrant Duveneck community. If you’d like to receive a PTA scholarship, please contact Beth in the front office or email her at ehedge@pausd.org.

Annual Halloween Parade

The witching hour approaches, and the spirits at Duveneck Elementary School are stirring with excitement! We invite you to join us for a spine-chilling spectacle at the Annual Halloween Parade on October 31st at 1:00pm. Prepare yourselves for an enchanting experience as our little monsters, ghosts, and goblins showcase their creepiest and most creative costumes.

🚫 No Weapons, Please: In the spirit of safety and harmony, we kindly ask that you leave any ghost-hunting gadgets or otherworldly weapons at home. Our little goblins prefer a hauntingly delightful atmosphere.

😱 Scare the Right Way: While we adore a good fright, let’s keep the terrifying face masks tucked away. Instead, embrace the spirit of friendly spookiness with masks that make us smile, giggle, and perhaps even scream with laughter!

Picture Retake Day 

Did you miss picture day or want to take a new picture? Picture Retake Day is November 3. The school photographer will be taking pictures of students who missed picture day and those who would like a new picture. Orders may be placed online at mydorian.com. Online orders are available up to 4 days after retake day.

If you already ordered and want a new picture taken please be sure to return your original picture packet to the photographer on retake day.

Lost and Found Cleanout is THIS Friday!

Amazingly, our lost and found has just run out of hangers! This is not due to any shortage of them, but because there is so much stuff in our lost and found! We still have tons of water bottles, lunch boxes, books, jackets, water bottles and shirts. Is any of this yours? All items will be donated to charity on Friday, November 3rd, so please come by the main office to take a look. Questions? Email pta@duveneck.org.

THIS WEEK AT DUVENECK SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

Last Chance to Get Your Harvest Carnival Wristbands in Advance & Donate Prizes

Harvest Carnival is almost here! Join us THIS Saturday, October 28 from 12-3 pm. Don’t miss your last chance to purchase and receive your wristbands in advance in your Friday Folder this week. The last day for advanced purchases and delivery will be Wednesday, October 25 at noon. Still making a decision on lunch? Don’t wait– we’ll only have a limited amount for sale on the day of Harvest Carnival. Games wristbands can also be bought at Harvest Carnival but we recommend buying in advance so you can skip the line! Purchase your wristbands here. 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we need volunteers! Please see our general volunteer sheet here and/or volunteer for your Class Game here. VOLUNTEER BONUS! All signed-up volunteers for Harvest Carnival will get EARLY ACCESS to the Just Parties sign up sheet for the best chance to score your top choices. We absolutely cannot do this without volunteers and thank you in advance for helping us make Harvest Carnival a success! 

Lastly, the Prize Donation Drive ends Wednesday, October 25. Big items are welcome too (doll house, scooter, large stuffies). Last chance to clean out playrooms and pass on gently-used and clean toys that our kids have outgrown to others. Please leave donations in the bins outside the school office.

Questions? Please contact harvestcarnival@duveneck.org. 

Just Parties! Launches at Harvest Carnival

Try your luck at a Bingo party, bust a move at the Sweetheart Dance, send your kids to meet some new animal friends, create a culinary or painting masterpiece, or come hang out with delicious food and drinks at our unique adult party offerings, including Yoga and Bubbles and Brazilian Happy Hour. This Just Parties season truly has something for everyone!

The 2023-24 Duveneck Just Parties Catalogs were sent home in Friday Folders last week. Here is the online version:Just Parties Catalog. Take a look through the Catalog to select which parties you and your family would like to attend and get ready to sign up for them at the Harvest Carnival this Saturday, October 28. Look for the Just Parties booth once you enter. Questions? Please reach out to us at justparties@duveneck.org. Thank you for your support!

Scholarships Available: The Duveneck PTA is committed to making sure every family has the opportunity to attend Just Parties and contribute to our vibrant Duveneck community. If you’d like to receive a PTA scholarship, please contact Beth Hedge at the front office or email her at ehedge@pausd.org.

Principal’s Coffee – Growth Mindset Parenting – join a fireside chat on Thursday, October 26 

Growth Mindset is one of the biggest factors for kids’ success – and parents play an essential role in developing it. Parents can learn the tools and skills to nurture it within them and at home. Join me and Liz Cohen to discuss Growth Mindset Parenting — what it is (and what it’s not), how your mindset shapes your parenting experience, and how you can leverage parenting challenges for connection and growth. Staff will also meet with Liz Cohen at a staff meeting to strengthen a message of Growth Mindset between home and school.

Liz Cohen is a Growth Mindset learning specialist and mom of three based in Palo Alto. She founded the Becoming Lab to help parents become growth mindset role models and thrive during parenthood. Prior, Liz was one of the first employees at MindsetWorks, the leading organization for Growth Mindset programs, founded by Carol Dweck the world-renowned Stanford professor behind Growth Mindset.   

Please join us on Thursday, October 26 from 8:00-9:00am in the Flex Room (opposite the library). 

Spirit Day Oct 27th – PJs and Stuffies

Get ready for a cozy and fun day! PJ and Stuffie Day is coming up on Friday, October 27. It’s the perfect time to wear your comfiest pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal or plush friend to school. Let’s embrace the warmth and comfort of our PJs and stuffies. Don’t miss out on this delightful day of relaxation and togetherness. We can’t wait to see everyone in their coziest attire!

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COMING SOON

Annual Halloween Parade

The witching hour approaches, and the spirits at Duveneck Elementary School are stirring with excitement! We invite you to join us for a spine-chilling spectacle at the Annual Halloween Parade on October 31st at 1:00pm. Prepare yourselves for an enchanting experience as our little monsters, ghosts, and goblins showcase their creepiest and most creative costumes.

🚫 No Weapons, Please: In the spirit of safety and harmony, we kindly ask that you leave any ghost-hunting gadgets or otherworldly weapons at home. Our little goblins prefer a hauntingly delightful atmosphere.

😱 Scare the Right Way: While we adore a good fright, let’s keep the terrifying face masks tucked away. Instead, embrace the spirit of friendly spookiness with masks that make us smile, giggle, and perhaps even scream with laughter!

Lost and Found Cleanout Day is Coming Nov 3! Claim Your Items Soon

Are you or your child missing any items from home? They might be in our Lost and Found Cart! We have water bottles, lunch boxes, books, jackets, and shirts. Is any of this yours? All items will be donated to charity on Friday, November 3, so please come by the main office to take a look. Questions? Email pta@duveneck.org

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.