Community Happenings

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Walk and Roll Week  

Walk and Roll Week, a PTA-supported Walk and Roll Week, is scheduled for the first week in Walk-tober (October 4-8). Walk, and Roll Suggested Route Map will be distributed at elementary schools. Please use the map to review recommended walk and bike routes. Please avoid driving along these routes and park away from the school to avoid overcrowding the entrances. For more information on recommended walk/bike routes around Palo Alto, take a look at The Walk and Roll to
Palo Alto Libraries Suggested Route Map, Palo Alto’s Safe Routes to School Website, or email with questions. Spanish and Chinese Map versions are available at some schools. East Palo Alto Walk and Roll Maps are also available. For more information contact:

PTA Community Outreach

Palo Alto is a very diverse community, and we are proud of that. We will be highlighting some of our heritage celebrations and traditions monthly. Feel free to reach out to the PTAC Outreach Committee if you want to collaborate with our calendar events and postings:

Celebraciones mensuales PAUSD es un distrito escolar muy diverso y estamos orgullosos de eso. Destacaremos algunas de nuestras celebraciones y tradiciones mensualmente. No dude en comunicarse si desea colaborar con nuestras publicaciones de calendario:

PTA Special Education Committee

For families who have an annual IEP meeting  It is the time to review, About IEP Goals – Your child’s IEP goals should be reviewed and updated annually. These goals should focus on helping your child succeed in school subjects and with everyday life skills like socializing. Also, they should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-oriented, and Time-bound. Learn more about it here.

Palo Alto CAC’s annual Family Fun Day Drive-thru Carnival!

All families of children with IEPs, 504s, or learning differences are invited. This year our event will be a drive-thru carnival with games, treats and activities that you can view from the car. We will also have games and activities for those that feel comfortable stepping out of their car. Masks required according to Santa Clara County guidelines. Activities: Carnival games, Car painting, Bubbles, Juggling, Balloons,Treats. Please RSVP using this link. Sponsored by the Palo Alto CAC and PTA Council. Questions about this event? Contact or

ADR (Alternate Dispute Resolution) Conference for Special Education

Sep 23 -24 , 9AM-3PM
Sponsored by SELPA, Santa Clara County Office of Education. Learn tips and tools on how to effectively handle disputes and gain information on how to effectively engage in different levels of intervention/conflict prevention. This conference will feature a Keynote Address on creating a new perspective on conflict, followed by breakout sessions. Registration here  Contact Marjorie Paeste for questions

Paly Robotics Free First Lego League Team Mentorship

Interested in introducing your student into robotics? Paly Robotics is looking to establish and mentor First Lego League teams. FLL is a branch of FIRST and caters towards elementary and middle school students who are interested in STEM. Students work in teams of 2-10 students to build and program a mini autonomous robot from Lego mindstorm kits. Teams also work to create a project by researching a real-world problem and designing an innovative solution. If you are interested in joining a team or establishing your own team, please fill out this form. Please contact with any questions.

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

PTA Council Celebrates National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month. Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15 by highlighting the histories and contributions from both Hispanic and Latin American cultures: Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Learn more about the diversity of the Hispanic Latino Community: PTAC Outreach Committee:

Mes de la Herencia Hispana / Latina El Consejo de la PTA celebra el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana / Latina. El Mes de la Herencia Hispana / Latina se celebra anualmente del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre destacando las historias y contribuciones de las culturas hispana y latinoamericana: España, México, Centroamérica y el Caribe y Sudamérica. Obtenga más información sobre la diversidad de la comunidad hispana/latina: Comité de Difusión PTAC:

WORKING – A Musical

September 17 – October 3, 2021

In-person at the Lucie Stern Theater; with streaming on select performance dates. Palo Alto Players opens its 91 season with WORKING –  the groundbreaking, musical exploration of the American worker from all walks of life with songs by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), and more! In person tickets ($27-$57) and streaming tickets (starting at $25 per household) are on sale now at or by phone at 650.329.0891. Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Current information regarding Palo Alto Players’ COVID policies can be found at

PTAC Health & Wellness Updates

Dangers of Vaping
Reminder to Parents on how to spot vape products in your child’s backpack and school supplies.  Parents and teachers can talk to young people about the harms of e-cigarettes and can set a good example by not using tobacco products. Resource: CDC on e-cigarette products
Covid and Safety Information: Stay Informed and Stay Safe
Santa Clara County Health Department
PAUSD Return to School

Recordings of Navigating the Return to School: Tips, Expectations, and Answers

If you didn’t get a chance to join PiE and CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth) for information on how best to navigate the return to campus, don’t worry! We recorded the sessions for you. There are some technical glitches and imperfections, but we thought you’d appreciate the information nonetheless. Thank you to those who came and for the wonderful and thoughtful questions you posed.  Please find the RECORDING here.

Join the City of Palo Alto’s Block Preparedness Coordinators

Help make your neighborhood block safer for children, families and seniors. When neighbors know each other, they look out for each other and work effectively together. Join the City of Palo Alto’s Block Preparedness Coordinators who are building social networks in our neighborhoods, deterring crime and preparing for emergencies while promoting self sufficiency. Learn more about becoming a BPC and how to volunteer.

Help Students Who Need You Most

Make a difference in the life of a student. Over 80% of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park students are performing below grade level in reading and math. As a classroom volunteer, you will work with the same teacher and student for one hour, every week during the full school year. It’s an opportunity to build a relationship with a student and impact his or her life. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates logistics with you. Sign up now and start tutoring in October. Learn more or sign at

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Welcomes Boys Who Love to Sing 

Our free SingFest is a fun one-hour introduction to our program offered. Join our GRAMMY award-winning Ragazzi Boys Chorus. Our curriculum focuses on music theory, vocal technique, artistry, musicianship, and performance skills. Centrally located on the Peninsula, Ragazzi offers both in-person and online activities this fall that are safe, fun, and inspirational. With our innovative Ragazzi Virtual Studio online format, we have continued to thrive and make music throughout the year. Younger students, aged 5-7, are invited to join our Music and Movement class, beginning in September. Use these links to register for SingFest, schedule an audition, learn more about Ragazzi, and register to view upcoming performances.

Interested in Joining Duveneck Cub Scouts?

For more info, please email Johannes Escudero at

PTAC Environmental Impact Committee: Green Tip: Just eat it!

Food waste is the number one material in landfills. Stop throwing it all away!

1. Take Inventory: Check your pantry, fridge and freezer. Freeze or use up food that’s past its prime.

2. Meal Plan: Build meals with your inventory; add needed items to the shopping list

3. Be reaLISTic: Shop from your list, and only buy what you eat. 

4. Leftovers: Make them into a soup, stew or casserole once a week.

5. Donate: Your food pantry or Buy Nothing group may take surplus fruit, vegetables and non-perishables. Check first.

6. Compost the rest.

Green Tip! Green Your Coffee Beans

Making coffee at home? Start with organic, fair trade beans. If not pre-ground, grind in small batches for freshness. Opt for reusable pods and filters (save $ and waste). Try pour-over and French press methods. Compost the grounds when you’re done. Grabbing a cup on the go? Bring your own container. Recycle plastic cups and hot/cold lids. Compost paper cups and straws. Recycle the cardboard hot sleeves.

Green Tip! What’s in Your Lunch Box?

Switching to reusables has a huge impact and can be done cheaply. Try one or two swaps, and add more later: 

  • Get thrifty. Find cutlery and cloth napkins from thrift stores or a Buy Nothing group. They’re easy to replace if they get lost.
  • Fill ‘er up. Use a thermos instead of juice boxes. Buy large bags instead of single snack pouches, and fill silicon bags or containers with lids.
  • Ditch brown paper bags. Look at lunch boxes, bentos, stainless steel containers

Green Tip! Three Composting Tricks

1. Keep food scraps in milk cartons in the fridge or freezer until pick-up day.
2. Line your compost bucket with newspaper and layer food scraps with soiled paper to cut down odor and mess.
3. Place the food scraps on top of leaves in the green cart to keep it clean.
More ideas here.

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.