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Youth Speaks Out, Building Mental Health, and Teen Forum Events

Three events families may be interested in attending in the next couple weeks ar”e Youth Speaks Out 2015″, “Building Mental Health within the Asian-American Community”,  and “In This Together”.

Youth Speaks Out: “A Call to Art”  is an art exhibit by Palo Alto and Gunn High Schools with painting, music, photography, sculpture, poetry, and creative writing that share heartfelt life experiences of our students.

The grand opening and reception: Friday, March 20 from 5-8pm — Palo Alto Art Center. On exhibit through April 14.

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Building Mental Health Support Within The Asian-American Community:  Panel & question and answer session
Sponsored by the PAUSD & Community Partnering Organizations
Monday, March 23  7:00 -9:00 p.m. — Haymarket Theater, Palo Alto High School – 50 Embarcardero Road

Please join us for an important community event, supporting Asian-American families, although all are welcome. The panel will include members of the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences, Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Palo Alto University, other affiliated agencies, and the local community to answer questions about student mental health, cultural issues, improving family communication, and supporting our families in time of crisis.

What are the stresses faced by Asian-American families in our area?  How can we increase communication within and among our families?  A panel of mental health professionals and parents will reflect with participants about these issues and share some strategies that can help. The event will be in English and translated into Mandarin through an interpreter.


In This Together: A place to share, support, and heal is a teen forum where youth will have the opportunity to participate in a series of teen discussion circles led by teen-selected adult facilitators and will address topics that teens have identified as critical to their well-being. During these discussions, adults are invited to join an adult support workshop.

Friday, March 27 5:30 -9:00pm  — Mitchell Park Community Center El Palo Alto Room

Teen Forum

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Paly PTSA

 Sweets on the Quad

Monday, March 16, 12:05-12:45

Parents, come show support for our students and staff with treats during lunch. We are collecting hand-held treats for dessert on Monday – including fruit and gluten free options (no nuts, please). This will give parents a chance to connect with students and staff, give them treats, and pass on some kindness and caring to begin the final quarter of the year. Thank you to Mego Tracy and Jonake Bose for organizing!

Sign up to bring treats.

Parent Coffee and Conversation

Monday, March 16 at 6:30pm, MAC Atrium

We welcome you to Paly and hope you can join us for this informal gathering.  Dr. Max McGee will also be available to talk with parents, provide information and answer questions.  We have invited mental health professionals, grief counselors and Paly staff to be on-hand for additional support and/or provide referral information, if needed.

If you would like to help provide coffee and light snacks, please contact: Linda van Gelder –

PTSA Executive Board Slate for 2015-2016

The 2015-2016 Paly PTSA Executive Board Proposed Slate                       Approved at General Meeting on Thursday, March 26, 2015

President – Linda van Gelder

Executive Vice-President – Jill Gold

1st VP Programs/Parent Ed. – Dawn Billman

1st Co-VP Programs/Parent Ed. – Lori Buecheler

2nd VP Fundraising – Victoria Liu

2nd co-VP Fundraising – Stacy Mason

3rd VP Hospitality – Cindy Roberts

4th VP Community Service – Chitra Sharma

4th co-VP Community Service – Olenka Villareal

5th VP Communications – Calisa Cole-Gouyet

5th co-VP Communications – Neinke Ruinard

6th VP Health & Welfare – Vianne Newell

6th co-VP Health & Welfare – Cari Anderson

7th VP Outreach & Diversity – Carmen Munoz

7th co-VP Outreach & Diversity – Mudita Jain

8th VP Legislative Advocacy – Mei Chiao

Recording secretary – Rebecca Passarello

Corresponding Secretary – Pat Markevitch

Treasurer – Judy Huang

Financial Secretary – Carol Mullin

Historian – Kimberly Lin

Parliamentarian (Appointed) – Christine Chang


A huge thank you to the Nominating committee for doing a great job:

Rebecca Fox (chair)
Jane Smith
Kimberly Lin
Olenka Villareal
Dawn Billman
Chitra Sharma (alternate)
Lin Sun-Hoffman (alternate)