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Welcome Viking Families: 2017/2018 School Year

Paly PTSA wishes everyone a great start to the school year!

PTSA Meeting and Principal Coffee:  January 18, 2018 at 8:30am Haymarket

PTSA:  Parent, Teacher, Student Association.

100% of your PTSA donation stays at Paly!  Thank you for the financial support  and most importantly, thank you for your time volunteering!

Uptous:  The PTSA Electronic Family Directory,  Parent Network Communication and Event Volunteer Sign Ups are on uptous.  If you are not able to sign in, please direct your questions to

PalyLink:  This is PTSA electronic news, free and open to all families.

PTSA Meetings:   The dates/times for the 2017/2018 school year are located on uptous and on the google calendar.  All welcome to participate.

Bike and Traffic Safety:  Be safe, encourage your teen to wear a helmet, its the law and please do not foget to lock your bike!

Back to School Packets and Paly 101 information found under Back to School tab to the left.

Parent Ed:  The PTSA Parent Ed team is developing a list of events for the 2017/2018 school year and will be sharing this soon.

New Family Buddy:   If you and your family are new to the school district, you can sign up and have a buddy family. This is a free volunteer program offered through the Paly PTSA. We are a group of parent volunteers that can be additional resources for you while you and your teen get acclimated to the new environment. If interested, please email and have the subject line ‘buddy family’. Please include your name, your child’s name and grade, a day time phone number to reach you. Someone will be in touch.

Message from Challenge Success:

Top Ten Back-to-School Tips to Help Your Child Thrive

With kids back in school, these practical tips are helpful reminders for ways to build resilience, share your values, and support the overall health and well-being of your children.

1)  Ask your child: “How was your day? Learn anything interesting? Get to spend time with friends?” instead of “How did you do on the math test?”

2)  Resist the urge to correct the errors in your child’s homework. It’s your child’s work, not yours.

3)  Work done with integrity is more important than an A. Pressure to achieve only high grades can make students resort to cheating.

4)  Make time for PDF: playtime, downtime, family time. Research shows PDF is critical for overall well-being.

5)  Create a technology-free environment during mealtimes. Every adult and child can benefit from a break from constant interruptions and distractions.

6)  Collaborate with your child’s teachers. Assume best intentions and work together to solve problems.

7)  Fight the temptation to bring your child’s forgotten homework to school. Kids gain resilience by learning from small failures.

8)  An extra hour of sleep is more valuable than an extra hour of studying. Research shows sleep deprivation can be associated with depression and anxiety.

9) When your child wants to talk with you, stop what you are doing and engage. Does “I hate school” really mean something else: “I am being bullied” or “I don’t fit in?”

10) Help your child develop his or her interests and strengths. Discover what your child really loves to do outside of school, not what you think a college admissions officer would like to see on an application.

For more information:




Community Forum: Overview of Title IX, California Ed Code and FERPA

Community Forum held May 24th at the Palo Alto High School Performing Art Center. Guest speaker, Laura Schulkind, an expert in K-12 public school educational law will be presenting the laws of Title IX , CA Education Code and FERPA as it applies to the K-12 sector. Her bio can be found here:
This event was free and open to all of the community.  Presentation can be found here:    palo alto high school 5-24-17 overview of title ix in the high school context slides PPT SHOW


May 24 2017 Community forum Handout

Video of Presentation:

Community Forum: Understanding Title IX , CA Education Code and FERPA as it applies to the K-12 sector; May 24th 7:30pm Paly Library

Please join us May 24, 2017 for a Community Forum at 7:30pm at the Palo Alto High School Library. Guest speaker, Laura Schulkind, an expert in K-12 public school educational law will be presenting the laws of Title IX , CA Education Code and FERPA as it applies to the K-12 sector. Her bio can be found here: There will be a question and answer period immediately following the presentation; questions are being collected at the time of registration in link below.

This event is free and open to all of the community. We hope you can join us. Please RSVP and details of event can be found here:

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Winter Break (PDF the Paly Way) Play Time, Down Time, Fun Time!!

Dear Paly Families,

Thank you for the many hours you continue to give to support our teens wellness.  Wishing you relaxing and family filled winter break.


Upcoming Paly Parent Ed Events:

Brainstorm Book Club: Continuing the Conversation about the Teenage Brain
4 Wednesdays, same program offered morning and evening
Wed. Jan 11, Jan 18, and Feb. 1 and Feb.15, 8:30-10:00 am, Paly EWC (in the library)
Wed. Jan 4, Jan 25, Feb 1 and Feb 15, 7:00-8:30 pm, Gunn HS Library
Please come join us for a more in-depth discussion of Dr. Dan Siegel’s book Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. Our goal will be to discuss the main ideas in the book, and how to apply these ideas to our own parenting. We will also try out some of Dr. Siegels “Mindsight tools”. The 4 sessions will each cover a section of the book, and the topics are as follows so you can plan your reading:
Session 1: The Essence of Adolescence (Part I of the book)
Session 2: The Brain (Part II of the book)
Session 3: Attachments (Part III)
Session 4: Staying Present through Changes and Challenges (Part IV)
The morning sessions will be held at Paly and led by Cari Anderson (psychologist/Paly parent), and the evening sessions will be held at Gunn led by Kirsten Daehler (educator/ Gunn parent) and Maria Daehler (child psychiatrist/Gunn parent). You are welcome to attend either at Paly or Gunn, whichever is more convenient for you. Free, no registration needed, come when you can! We will have a few copies of the book for purchase ($18.50, cash or check only). Please contact Cari Anderson,, if you have any questions.


Parent Ed Night-“What Your Teen Wants You to Know”  Student Fishbowl – Thursday, January 12th – 7pm MAC



Ever wonder what the character of a Paly Viking is:  

V: Visionary

I: Inclusive

K: Kind

I: Intelligent

N: Nurturing

G: Giving

(this was provided by P. Markevitch, Paly PTSA Exec Board)