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Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Spring and Early Summer Concerts

Spring-Summer concerts are in full swing! You won’t want to miss the virtuosity of PACO’s young soloists featured in our season ending Senior PACO, Sinfonia and Debut concerts. Admission FREE and for the entire family to enjoy. Please join us.

  • Fri, Jun 3, 7:30PM, Cubberley Theatre, Sinfonia Orchestra
  • Sat, Jun 4, 4PM, Cubberley Theatre, Debut Orchestra
  • Sun, Jun 5, 12PM, Mitchell Park Community Center, SuperStrings Orchestra

Please check our COVID protocols for attending concerts https://www.pacomusic.org/current-season

Palo Alto Players Present Twelfth Night

June 10-26, 2022 In-person at the Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto

Streaming on-demand June 23-26Palo Alto Players presents a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy TWELFTH NIGHT. This classic tale of mistaken identity is set against the backdrop of 1920s Coney Island and integrates the talents of Gunn High School staff and alumni, to create a truly local theatre experience.Tickets ($10-$57) are on sale now at paplayers.org or by phone at 650.329.0891. Appropriate for all ages. Current information regarding Palo Alto Players’ COVID policies can be found at paplayers.org/covid-19.

2022 Palo Alto Middle School Math Camp for Rising 6th-9th Graders

2 sessions: 06/06-06/10 or 06/13-06/17, 1:00 – 4:00 PM at Gunn High SchoolThe Palo Alto Middle School Math Camp, on behalf of the Paly Math Club and Gunn Math Circle, fosters incoming 6th-9th grade students’ passion for mathematics. Our instructors include multiple participants of the MOP (Math Olympiad Program), several USA(J)MO qualifiers, and students involved in high-level research. We are offering a wide selection of math classes this year that vary in both difficulty and topic, from competition math to graph theory to basic algebra. Students will learn concepts and strategies through individually paced, one-on-one teaching. If you are interested, please register using this form: https://bit.ly/PAMSMathCamp22. For more information, please contact palygunnmathcamp@gmail.com with any questions.

Paly Cheer & Dance Camp

Join Coach Alanna and the Paly Varsity Dance Team for a fun morning dance and cheer camp at the Paly Peery Dance studio this summer, June 6th-10th from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Add on a second session with Paly art for arts and crafts camp from 12 p.m.-3 p.m.! Discounted fees if you register before May 7th! PalySummerCamps Please contact coachalanna@palydance.com with any questions.

Looking for Business or Digital Art Focused Camps? Check Out Paly Robotics Summer Camp

Jun 20 – Jun 24 and Jun 27 – Jul 1, 9AM-3PM at Palo Alto High School Paly Robotics has award-winning Business and Art teams that can teach your middle schooler about these exciting areas! Each week of Paly Robotics Summer Camp has Entrepreneurship & Website Design and Animation & Graphic Design sessions available, in addition to our more traditional robotics focused sessions, Robot Design & Hardware and Programming. For more information about all the sessions offered and to register, please visit palyrobotics.com/summercamp/. If you have any further questions, please contact us at summercamp@palyrobotics.com.

Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School 

Sat & Sun.  June – December 2022 At Palo Alto High School’s Glass Studio, 50 Embarcadero Rd. Glass Studio workshop signups are open to the public, students and parents. The 2 day weekend workshop focuses on beginning glass blowing techniques. It’s an incredible hands-on experience. Repeating students’ progress from their last session. Advance sign up required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults. $425 per person. Proceeds benefit the Paly Fiery Arts Boosters. Contact: David Camner, founder of Paly Glass, dcamner@pausd.org

Email Julia@svboychoir.org or visit http://svboychoir.org

2022 City of Palo Alto Health Fair – Save the Date

August 21, 2022 – Call for Student Volunteers

Planning is now underway for the 5th Annual City of Palo Alto Health Fair — an in-person, interactive, outdoor/indoor gathering. Please save-the-date.  The event will take place at Mitchell Park Community Center/Park. This year’s topics include: 1) Youth Mental Health; 2) COVID/Long COVID; and 3) Stress management. The 2022 core organizers/sponsors are: Palo Alto Family YMCA, City of Palo Alto, Stanford Health, City of Palo Alto Library, Project Safety Net, and Breathe California. If you know any students interested in volunteering on the day of the event, please email: Delayzio Amerson, Executive Director of Palo Alto YMCA. delayzio.amerson@ymcasv.org

Volunteer Opportunity for Parents & Grandparents at Palo Alto Art Center

Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road), September 2022The Palo Alto Art Center is excited to announce that we will be holding new docent training sessions this fall. Training will take place September 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, and 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Docents help lead school tours for k-5th graders, this includes an interactive tour of our galleries and hands-on art activities. Our docent community is a vibrant one, committed to lifelong learning and inspiring a love of art in all children. This is a great volunteer opportunity for art lovers and those that enjoy working with children! Contact Grace Abusharkh, Director of Volunteer Engagement, at grace.abusharkh@cityofpaloalto.org for more information or to sign up.

PTAC Wishes for the Summer

PTA Council wishes to thank our PTA families and volunteers for a magnificent year of service to our children and school communities. We are fortunate to have so many willing and supportive PTA volunteers. To those students and families who are graduating and leaving our school district, we extend our best wishes on your future journeys in life.   

PTA continues to stand ready to support every child with one voice: no matter their race, ethnicity, zip code, income, gender identity, sexual orientation, or immigration status. PTA will be here for all children, always. 

We understand that these are challenging times; however, all PTA leaders and members should remember our mission, values, vision, and beliefs – Every Child, One Voice. We encourage our communities to do the same. We hope all will continue on this journey with us. We rise together, and we educate our children together, helping every child make their potential a reality. There is no other more important work. Be safe and have a wonderful summer!

Meet The Masters PAUSD Program Is Looking for Docent Volunteers

Meet the Masters is PAUSD’s long running elementary art/art history program. After a year-long hiatus, MTM will be returning to PAUSD classrooms in September. We are looking for volunteers to take our K-5 presentations into classrooms and engage students in art and art/history lessons and conversations. Presentations involve an art history experience and art lesson. Our slide deck art presentations and art lessons are developed and ready to teach. Our portfolio includes many diverse artists. All we ask is enthusiasm for working with elementary students and talking about art. We will train you. Email: Kate McKenzie at kmckenzie@pausd.org. Look HERE for more information

A MESSAGE FROM THE CALIFORNIA STATE PTA

May 26, 2022

California State PTA stands with National PTA and Texas PTA as one voice demanding safe schools for every child in our nation. We must put an end to gun violence and provide support for our children and families impacted by this trauma.

SACRAMENTO, CA – In the wake of the recent elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, California State PTA, is asking for more than your thoughts – it’s time to take action.

We must stand up for the 19 students, two teachers that died and the 17 injured in the Uvalde, Texas tragedy. As the country’s largest volunteer-led child advocacy association, we must demand that our lawmakers be as brave as the teachers who gave their lives to shield their students from gunfire. As parents and teachers and community members who care about our children we must end this violence.

“For more than a century, California State PTA has advocated for safe schools and for gun laws to protect our children. And now another school shooting is in the news. When will it be enough? How many more children have to die before we do something? Gun violence is a public-health crisis that affects us all – and it is time for action,” said California State PTA President Carol Green. “California State PTA supports state and federal legislation that protects children and youth from gun violence.”

Our position statement on Firearms and Assault Weapons affirms the association’s stance on firearms including minimum age requirements to purchase guns, prohibiting the sale and possession of assault weapons defined as automatic and semi-automatic weapons, and incorporates language from the National PTA position that the safest schools are gun free schools.

California State PTA will be addressing gun violence, school safety and mental health issues with federal lawmakers in Washington D.C. on June 15 during the 2022 National PTA Hill Day – but we are not waiting – we ask our members to take action now and urge congress to protect our children from gun violence.

California State PTA will continue to watch federal legislation including House Resolution (HR)  8 – Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2021 (Thompson) and will keep members informed with action alerts. 

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What Do PiE Volunteers Do?

They spread the word to gather the donations that support our children’s educational experience beyond what is possible with public funding. PiE volunteers are not sales people! While most active from August-November, roles can be bite-sized and many are one-time activities or can be done from home. We hold volunteer training meetings with full instructions and resources in August and October to help our volunteers prepare for each part of the campaign. A little time makes a huge impact at your school. Join the PiE Team and help your school! Email llyon@papie.org for more details!

Bring the World to Your Home

Volunteer host families wanted in the PAUSD to host international exchange students from Spain, Thailand, Germany, Italy and Mexico for the 2022-23 school year. Host families come in all shapes and sizes; a host simply puts a plate on the table and opens a place in their heart! Students attend the high school closest to their host family and can take school transportation. They’re proficient in English and have their own medical insurance + spending money to cover their personal expenses. Please contact Diana Browne at dbrowne@ciee.org or 480-620-1765 for more information.

Safe Streets for Palo Alto

Over 50% of our students walk & roll to school. However, the City of Palo Alto does not have a policy in place to protect these and other vulnerable road users. Please join Bike Walk Palo Alto and other community organizations to urge City Council to adopt a Safe System policy for road safety.  Sign the online petition here!

Summer Camps + Scholarships

Find summer camps for all ages and interests on ActivityHero. Scholarships are available, thanks to donations made by families and organizations. You can also find online classes in a variety of topics that are harder to find in-person, such as coding, girl scout badges, astronomy and more. The PTA earns a % of your purchase when you book online with this link.

Help Students Who Need You Most

Over 80% of students in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park are below grade level in reading and math. As a Ravenswood Classroom Partners volunteer, you can make a real difference in their lives! You will work with the same teacher and students for one hour every week; RCP (formerly All Students Matter) provides training, mentoring, and scheduling. Visit www.ravenswoodclassroompartners.org, and sign up to start tutoring in September 2022.

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.