Community Events

Following is the full list of community events that have been listed in the weekly eNews. After the first posting, we move them to this page to avoid cluttering your inbox. Many events span a long period of time, so we list events ordered by starting or first listing dates, with most recent events at the top. (Past events are removed.)

June 2020

Paly Robotics Free Entrepreneurship Zoom Lessons
Via Zoom, June 4, 6, 11, 13, and 18th, 4P – 4:40 P
Interested in starting a business or exploring entrepreneurship in robotics? We will teach you the basic skills you need! Paly Robotics will be hosting free entrepreneurship workshop classes for middle school students over Zoom! After qualifying for FIRST World Championships this year, our team is hosting biweekly STEAM lessons throughout the summer. Each class will cover a different entrepreneurship topic, from writing mission statements to improving presentation skills. Keep an eye out for sessions that cover more topics later in the summer! Clickhere to register, and please contact czhang@palyrobotics.com or nshinghal@palyrobotics.com with any questions. 

May 2020

OPEN: 2020-21 Applications for DreamCatchers High School Tutor Volunteers
Posted 5/17
Huge shoutout to the amazing Gunn and Paly tutors who have continued to support our low-income middle schoolers during the pandemic. We couldn’t be more grateful for all their amazing work! To make a real difference in the life of a Palo Alto middle school student and help shrink the opportunity gap, join us for a couple hours a week as a tutor next school year, 2020-2021. Visitwww.dreamcatchersyouth.org/get-involved to learn more and apply!

Slowdownforkids.org
Posted 5/10
A website has been launched In memory of a Greene Middle Student, Paul, who was tragically killed after being hit by a vehicle while riding his bike earlier this year. His family has launched this site to spread awareness to both drivers and cyclists so that we can prevent tragedies like this from recurring. Be more Mindful. Be more aware. Be more present.

Service While Sheltering: A Resource for Families
Posted 5/3
Youth Community Service (YCS) has a list of ways to do service while sheltering at home! These service activities can engage the whole family in projects for your community! Some ideas include: Make a t-shirt reusable bag, thank you cards for essential employees, or make someone a friendship bracelet. Click here for many more ideas! If you do something on this list, we’d love to hear from you! Email: Ashley@youthcommunityservice.org

April 2020

Help Students Who Need You Most
Posted 4/19
You can 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 and your schedule in mind. sign up now and start mid-September. Learn more about us or sign up to volunteer at www.allstudentsmatter.org

Support DreamCatchers 
Posted 4/19
Please help support low-income PAUSD middle-school students by donating atdreamcatchersyouth.org! Our DreamCatchers children live in households with serious economic insecurity made worse with theCOVID-19 crisis. Our staff, in conjunction with Paly, Gunn, and Stanford tutors, are working hard to provide remoteacademic support and enrichment, in addition to criticaleconomic help. At this time, when our low income middle school students need to hold onto their dreams the most, please consider makinga donation to support the important work that DreamCatchers is doing. Thank you for supporting our community! 

Family Yoga every Thu & Sat 10:30am Online
Posted 4/19
Thursday & Saturday 10:30-11:30am, Online via zoom
Blossom Family Yoga is perfect for moms, dads, grandparents and kids of all ages. Enjoy vitalizing yoga, playful stories and singing as a fun way to connect with your child and friends across the country. Make this a joyful weekly family routine or drop-in whenever you need some vitalizing movement. All family members welcome under one sign-up $10. More info blossom-family-yoga or email wildflowercoaching@gmail.com with any questions. 

Slow Flow Yoga & Meditation every Mo 8:30pm Online
Posted 4/19
Monday 8:30-9:45pm, Online via zoom
Vitalizing and restorative yoga paired with soul-nourishing meditation and relaxation will help your body and mind let go of worries and anxiety. De-stress, recharge and reconnect with your joy in the companionship of others. Light a candle, grab a mat and a blanket and pillow for relaxation and join us from the comfort of your home via zoom. More info wildflower-slow-flow-yoga or email wildflowercoaching@gmail.com with any questions.

February 2020

Palo Alto Chinese Parent Club & WizChinese – Relief for WuHan China 
Posted 2/18
Our Palo Alto community is coming together to support Wuhan doctors and nurses caring for those fightIng the Coronavirus.  Organizers of the Palo Alto Chinese New Year Fair launched a “Chinese New Year 2020 for PAUSD and Wuhan,” and invite you to participate.  Please check out details at www.inkynd.com/campaign/wuhan

iSing Silicon Valley – Now auditioning girls entering grades 1-5 for our 2020-21 season! 
Posted 2/18
iSing is a world-class choir of over 300 girls in grades 1–12 based in Palo Alto. Our mission is to provide young women with an exemplary choral music education that will foster artistry, leadership, and community in a creative and supportive environment led by internationally acclaimed teachers. To sign up for an audition, visit us at www.isingsv.com. We look forward to singing with you soon! For more information, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKFAlMFXr1Y

Reading & Dyslexia Research Program Study Database
Posted 2/18
The Reading & Dyslexia Research Program at Stanford University is looking for children to be a part of their research database! With the goal of designing innovative, personalized education to serve a diverse group of learners, they have upcoming paid studies that your child may be eligible for. Sign up to be a part of their database, and they will notify you when your child qualifies for a study. All children, both with and without reading difficulties, are welcome to join. For more information, here is their website.

Volunteer — An Hour a Week Could Change a K-5 Student’s Life 
Posted 2/9
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 students every week for an hour during the school year. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates logistics with you and your schedule in mind. Sign up now and start in mid-September. Learn more or sign up to volunteer at www.allstudentsmatter.org or contact Keri Tully at keri@allstudentsmatter.org

GSYO Auditions for Youth Orchestra Musicians 
Throughout March and April at the GSYO Office: 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 
Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra invites young musicians to audition for the 2020-21 season.  Led by an internationally renowned faculty, GSYO offers six orchestras/ensembles for students at all levels of musical ability.  Members receive support from experienced coaches, and perform in concerts throughout the Bay Area. There are openings at all levels for all orchestral instruments.  To apply for an audition visit www.gsyomusic.org/how-to-join  Questions? Call 650-665-9046 or email Lori B. at lori@gsyomusic.org

Hindi Language Studies 
Posted 2/2
We are a group of parents interested in bringing Hindi language studies to Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). If you support having children learn Hindi in PAUSD schools and want to learn more about us, please contact PAUSD parents for Hindi in Palo Alto at: hindipaloalto2020@gmail.com

January 2020

Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2020 Sign Ups Going on Now  
Jul 20 – Jul 24 and Jul 27 – Jul 31, 9A-3P at the Palo Alto High School Robotics Lab
Registration will open on January 20 at 12 PM.  Sessions: Robot Design & Hardware, Programming, Entrepreneurship & Website Design, Animation & Graphic Design.  This year, Paly Robotics will be offering two weeks of our annual summer camp for middle school students (incoming 6th – 9th graders). Paly Robotics hopes to spark interest and start future high school students on a path in science, technology, engineering, art or mathematics (STEAM). Campers will be able to sign up for one of four sessions per week. To sign up or to get more information, go to palyrobotics.com/summercamp. If you have any further questions, please email summercamp@palyrobotics.com.

GSYO Auditions for Youth Orchestra Musicians 
Throughout March and April at the GSYO Office: 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 
Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra invites young musicians to audition for the 2020-21 season. Led by an internationally renowned faculty, GSYO offers six orchestras/ensembles for students at all levels of musical ability. Members receive support from experienced coaches, and perform in concerts throughout the Bay Area. There are openings at all levels for all orchestral instruments. To apply for an audition visit www.gsyomusic.org/how-to-join Questions? Call 650-665-9046 or email Lori B. at lori@gsyomusic.org

After School Robotics & Java Coding with Wizbots
starts Mon Jan 13th, 2020
Wizbots is all about making STEM subjects fun. They focus on robotics because it’s instantly engaging for girls and boys alike and provides an applied way to learn Java programming and creative problem-solving. Their hands-on design lab is perfect for both novices and advanced students – everyone learns engineering, coding, math, and physics in a collaborative way through our unique curriculum guided by experienced and caring mentors. The journey is deep, allowing students to join us season after season always learning something new. Parents get to experience all the fun too as their child’s project videos are posted online to see and share!  Our Winter Lab at Walter Hays begins Monday, January 13th and is open to students in grades 3-5. Classes are small, so it’s best to confirm spot early! Learn more and enroll now at wizbots.com/afterschool. Have questions? Email them at info@wizbots.com

New Family Engagement Program
January 13 to March 4, 2020, Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30pm
The Palo Adult School and the department of Academic Support will be offering classes for parents to help them how to report a student’s absence, Schoology, Infinite Campus and much more!. The classes will be in English, so testing for some proficiency is required. To make an appointment please call Adult school 650-329-3752. This is a free class, and it will be held on Greendell School. Classes will be start on January 13 to March 4, 2020, only Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30pm. Child care available to potty-trained child. For more information please call Palp Alto Adult School 650-329-3752 o contact Miguel Fittoria at mfittoria@pausd.org . Here is the link where you can see the flyer and more information. 

(español)
La Escuela para Adultos de Palo Alto y el Departamento de Apoyo Académico del distrito escolar, están ofreciendo clases para padres para ayudarlos a como informar una ausencia de estudiante, Schoology, Infinite Campus y mucho más. Las clases serán en ingles, entonces se requiere una prueba de proficiencia. Para marcar una cita por favor llame a la Escuela de Adultos 650-329-3752. Estas son clases gratis y serán en la Escuela de Greendell. Las clases van desde el 13 de enero hasta el 4 de marzo de 2020, los lunes y miércoles de 7 a 8:30pm Habrá cuidado para niños que aquellos que pueden ir al baño independientemente. Para más información por favor llame a la Escuela de Adultos o puede entrar en contacto con Miguel Fittoria al mfittoria@pausd.org.
Abajo esta el enlace en donde ustedes pueden ver los planfletos con más información.

City of Palo Alto – Looking for feedback from Parents with children 
(Posted 1/12)
How can the City help you to attend City meetings? Mr. Steven Lee, Palo Alto Human Relations Commissioner, is exploring ways to make it easier for you to attend city council and community meetings. What if they: 1) Offered childcare; and/or 2) Made changes to the meetings (time/location/other parameters). Your suggestions are welcomed and encouraged. This is not an official City survey. Questions? Contact Steven Lee at stevendlee@gmail.com or (408) 234-9049.

October 2019

Volunteer with the City’s Board and Commission 
Posted 10/6/19
The City Clerk’s Office for the City of Palo Alto has just opened recruitment for the following volunteer Board and Commission vacancies: 1. Historic Resources Board – 3 positions with terms ending December 15, 2022 (2 mornings per month)2. Parks and Recreation Commission – 4 positions with terms ending December 15, 2022 (1 evening per month) 3. Planning and Transportation Commission – 1 position with a term ending December 15, 2023 (2 evenings per month) The application (click here) deadline is November 5, 2019 at 4:30P   More info here. Or Call the Office of the City Clerk at (650) 329-2571.

August 2019

Grade K-5 Classroom Volunteers Needed – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student’s Life
Posted 8/28/19
If you’ve enjoyed spending time in your child’s classroom, please join other parents volunteering in eastern Menlo Park or East Palo Alto schools. You’ll help tutor kids in grades K-5. Over 80% of students are performing below grade level in reading and math and are eager to work with you. Our volunteers go once a week to the same classroom for about an hour, building relationships with students throughout the school year. All Students Matter provides training, ongoing support and coordinates logistics. Volunteering begins in mid-September. You can make a real difference! To learn more or sign up, visitwww.allstudentsmatter.org or contact Keri Tully at keri@allstudentsmatter.org

DreamCatchers is looking for adult volunteers!
Posted 8/28/19
We are a local non-profit serving low-income students at all 3 PAUSD middle schools and we rely on a volunteer corps of tutors made up of primarily Gunn and Paly high school students. We need someone to help with Salesforce data entry for 4-6 hours per week. In addition, we need someone to make weekly Costco runs and prep snack for our middle school students and high school/college tutors (2-3 hours/week). Interested? Please contact: beth@dreamcatchersyouth.org

Worried About Your or Your Kid’s Bike Getting Stolen?
Posted 8/18/19
Please go here (https://saferoutes.paloaltopta.org/bicycle-registration/) and get started registering your bikes. Take some photos of your bike, and find the Serial Number (usually on the bottom bracket of the bike; newer bikes may have the serial number on a QR code on the bottom bracket).  The City of Palo Alto no longer registers bikes with the Palo Alto Fire department.  If your bike goes missing this could be the key to getting it back.