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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)


Save the Dates!

Paly has some exciting back to school events planned and we wanted to make sure you save the dates. All of the events are located on the home page Google calendar.

July 29:  Envelope Stuffing at Paly Tower Building :  Come anytime between 9-4pm (volunteers needed)

August 12: Staff Back to School Luncheon (volunteers needed):

sign up

August 12: Photo Day (Soph/Jr/Sr) – see google calendar for times at

August 15: First Day of School

August 18: Welcome Back Dinner –

Dinner available to purchase, alumni and Paly performances

Sign up:

August 24: PTSA Association Meeting and Principal Coffee, 8:30am MAC


September 1: Back to School Night


September 2: Short Day; 12:20pm Dismissal


September 5: No School, Labor Day



2016-2017 PTSA Executive Board

President     Katie Shade

Executive Vice President     Jill Gold

1st Co-VP Programs/Parent Ed.       Diana Pang & OPEN

2nd Co-VP Fundraising     Stacy Mason & Tina Semba

3rd Co-VP Hospitality     Cindy Roberts & Victoria Liu

4th VP Community Service     Neha Jhaveri

5th Co-VP Communications     Stephanie Youngquist & Nienke      Ruinard

6th Co-VP Health & Welfare     Cari Anderson & Kimberly Lin

7th VP Outreach     Cristina Rodriguez

8th VP Legislative Advocacy     Anna Thayer

Recording Secretary     Chris Chang

Corresponding Secretary     Pat Markevitch

Treasurer     Judy Huang

Financial Secretary     Carol Mullin

Parliamentarian     Colleen Nielsen

Principal     Kim Diorio

Parent Education Notes from March 2016

Notes from March 1 • Mindfulness in Parenting and Education  – Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D

Shauna Notes

Shauna Shapiro is a Professor at Santa Clara University, a clinical psychologist, and an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to education; and received the Contemplative Practice Fellowship from the Mind and Life Institute, co-founded by the Dalai Lama. Dr. Shapiro lectures and leads mindfulness training programs internationally and has been invited to present for the King of Thailand, the Danish Government, the Prime Minister of Iceland, and the World Council for Psychotherapy in Beijing, China. She has published over 150 articles and book chapters and is co-author of the critically acclaimed texts, The Art and Science of Mindfulness and, Mindful Discipline: A loving approach to raising an emotionally intelligent child.

Notes from March 23 • What Your Teen Wants to Tell You…But Can’t • Paly Student Fishbowl

What Teens Want to Tell You

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