Agenda and Proposed Budget for PTA Meeting – May 20th

Association Meeting – Agenda

Monday, May 20nd, 2024 – 7:00pm

Duveneck Library 

Link to Budget:

I.Call to OrderWelcomeHersha Lodhia-Miller7:00pm
II.Approval of MinutesUnique Dutt7:05
III.Treasurer’s ReportChris Colohan7:10
IV.Audit CommitteeAngela LuAudit Committee7:20
V.2024-2025 Preliminary BudgetChris Colohan7:25
VI.  VP – Final Report / UpdatesLindsay Green, Erin Doll, Monica Kuchinski Bharti JindalAllie Manov and C.C HuangOre Adeyemi and Barry CrawfordJoyce Fee and Carol Wu7:40
VII.Historian ReportSandra Lebeck7:50
VIII.Principal’s ReportBrittany Gardner7:55
XI.Teacher’s ReportAnne Gerfen8:00
X.  Closing Thank You’s  AdjournHersha Lodhia-Miller8:05


Gratitude Galore: Rise and Shine at our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

The staff of Duveneck would like to express their deepest appreciation to the fantastic parents and caregivers who have generously dedicated their time and energy to support our school. Your unwavering commitment and enthusiasm have made a significant impact on the success of our programs and events.

This week we celebrate you, our invaluable volunteers, for your countless contributions. Whether you’ve helped in the classrooms, organized events, or assisted with various initiatives, your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

To each and every one of you, thank you for being the driving force behind our vibrant school community. Your passion and dedication inspire us all.

Please join Principal Gardner and all the staff for a delicious breakfast on Wednesday, March 13 7.45am-8.15am in the MP Room. 

Math Night – Pi Day Edition 

It’s that time of year again! Pi Day is just around the corner, and we’re excited to celebrate this mathematical marvel with an evening of fun and games.

Pi Day Math Night will be held in Room 22 at Duveneck on March 14 from 5:30-7pm. We’ll have fun-filled activities for all grades from K thru 5 and, of course, we’ll have pizza and pies for the kids! We hope to see you there!  Please sign up here.

Please note: This is not a drop off event and parental supervision is essential. We also need a few volunteers for set up, bringing pies (homemade or store bought), cleaning up, and taking pictures during the event. If any parents are available to help in any way please volunteer here.

The Ice Skating Parties are THIS WEEK – March 15th and 16th!

We’re getting close! Please join us THIS Friday, March 15th for our TK-2nd Grade Ice Skating Party and Saturday, March 16th for our 3rd-5th Grade Ice Skating Party.  Both parties will be from 5:30-7:30 at Winter Lodge in Palo Alto. Tickets are on sale now at THIS LINK. For more information, including info on scholarships, please visit our website and view our fliers here: TK-2nd & 3rd-5th.

Already got your tickets? PLEASE consider signing up for a quick volunteer spot to help distribute food or tickets (note the two tabs). Can you imagine the chaos of unstaffed ticket and pizza tables? We need your help to make these parties a success for all our kids, so please sign up for a time that works for you.

Please reach out to with questions. We hope to see you there! 


Spotlight Spectacle: Duveneck’s Dazzling Talent Showcase

Calling all students! Duveneck will be hosting its annual talent show and all students are encouraged to sign up to perform, either solo or as a group act. The Duveneck Talent Show will take place at 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Friday, April 19. There is no age restriction for participating. The talent show is not a contest, but rather a participatory event that is fun for performers and the audience. Whatever your child likes to do – sing, dance, perform gymnastics, magic tricks, juggling, reciting a poem…they are all welcome to participate.  At the end of the show, our soon-to-be graduating 5th graders will be performing a special dance.  Another Duveneck tradition, so don’t miss it! 

Please sign up here. 


Bagel Thursday

Gratitude to Our Amazing Bagel Makers! This week, we extend a special thank you to the dedicated hands behind our delicious school bagels. Your hard work and tasty creations make our mornings brighter. Cheers to the unsung heroes of the breakfast table! This week we thank: Kristin Fountain, Kylee Dial, Michal Schreiber, Sarah Payne, Angelica Estrada and Konika Kumari. 

Sign up here to add your name to this year’s list of Bagel Makers.

If you need further information just reach out to our wonderfully dedicated volunteer coordinator and be a part of this wonderful tradition.

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
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
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 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


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:

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 – or CC – 

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: (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 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  / 530-400-6107, or Yi Zhao  / 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.

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.