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THANK YOU!

As we wrap up the 2020-2021 school year, the PTA thanks the many parents who supported Greene during this crazy year. THANK YOU!

2020-2021 Volunteer Hours: 700!
It’s difficult to imagine that parents volunteered 700 hours of their time in this very strange year – but we reviewed all of the occasions when we asked parents to step forward, we think the number actually seems a little low. We did a lot together!

Supporting our School: Back to School Check-In, Materials – Yearbook – School Supply Distributions, T-shirt and 8th grade Gifts Handouts, Return To Campus Check-In, Promotion Ceremony Check-In.

Community-Building: eNews-UpToUs-Facebook communications, Parent Network Zooms, Big Craft Challenge, Harvest Bake Sale, Holiday Market, Mobile Bike Repair, Promotion Gifts, and the Parent Fair!

Staff Appreciation: Catered Luncheons, Truffles, Coffee Cart, and Ice Cream Truck!

Parent Education Nights, Community Conversations
Supporting our PTA: Nomination Committee, Board and General Association meetings
A very special thanks also to our 8th Grade Promotion Team! These awesome parents worked together to provide the lawn signs, Palo Alto sweatshirts, High School survival kit goodie bags, and Promotion Ceremony decorations to celebrate our 8th graders!

Many congratulations to our rising Freshmen and their families! (Gifts are still available in the School Lobby, M-F, 9am-4pm – please stop by to pick up yours if you haven’t already.)
2020-2021 Donations: ~$97K

~$78K from our Annual Donation campaign
~$ 9.8K from our Fundraising programs: Craft Box Challenge, Harvest Bake Sale, and Holiday Market
~$ 8.7K in Corporate Matching
We had a $93K carryover from FYE20, which includes our $30K reserve.

Thank you for your generous support of our school!
2020-2021 Expenses: ~$99K as of 06/05 (Books close 06/30)
~$60K went to Greene Middle SchoolSchool Materials – Your generous donations to the PTA paid for many of the materials and supplies that students received from the school this year.Refurbishment and repair of Greene Orchestra and Band instrumentsGreene Service Day, Challenge DaysTeacher/Staff Classroom support (up to $500 per)
~$19K for Students: Greene T-shirts for all Greene students and incoming 6th graders, as well as 8th Grade Promotion Gifts and Ceremony decorations
~$10K for Parent Events and Programs: Parent Education speakers, Parent Fair.
~$5K for Appreciation for our 130+ Greene Staff members: Luncheons, Coffee Cart, Winter Gift, and End Of Year Ice Cream Truck
Balance: Administrative expenses: PayPal fees, Tax filing, Insurance, and Constant Contact (eNews), UpToUs (online directory), Zoom fees

Thank you so much for generously giving your time and donations. 
WE PLAN TO DO MORE NEXT YEAR
Please join in!
https://greene.paloaltopta.org/2021-2022-sign-ups/
2021 SUMMER
Greene 2021 Summer Reading List
SUMMER CAMPS and INCOMING FRESHMAN PROGRAMS at PALY

2021-2022 Back To School
SUN/AUG 01: eNews returns
TUE/AUG 10 @ 3pm: GREENE 101 (optional)
WED/AUG 11: First Day of School

Useful Links
2021-2022 PAUSD CALENDAR
proposed MIDDLE SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULE
Virtual Tour of Greene Campus

Summer Camps and PALY Tryouts

Rising 6th grade middle School families should consider signing up for Wheelkids Middle School Bike Skills Classes.  Please see Palo Alto’s Walk and Roll Suggested Route Maps for walking or biking to school safe routes. When driving, please share the road, providing 3 feet of passing distance to bicyclists. Park away from the school to avoid drop-off/pickup congestion and get a healthy walk in. For more educational resources, please click: Safe Routes to School website

YCS Summer of Service (SOS): Your Kids Have Fun While Making A Difference.  Campers earn 20+ hours/week of community service! YCS offers weekly in-person camps at Ventura Community center for students 3-5grade, 7-8grade, 9-10grade (3 small cohorts each). We use the service-learning model of investigation, planning, action, reflection, and demonstration, with a fun, creative journey and hands-on projects. All campers will community service hours. Reserve soon, space is limited due to strict COVID protocols; register online and see list of weekly camps and topics here. Camps run Jun 7 to Jul 30.Youth Community Service (YCS) is a local nonprofit. Please email Juan Aguirre with questions. Scholarships available.

Audition for the 2021-22 Paly Varsity Dance Team are fast approaching! Prospective and returning dancers will learn audition combos Monday June 7th through Thursday June 10th from 9-11am on the outdoor basketball courts behind the small gym; auditions will be Friday June 11th with signups for time slots. Please email coachalanna@palydance.com for any questions, and fill out our interest form at bit.ly/padt2122

Audition for the 2021-22 Paly Varsity CHEER TEAM

2021 Palo Alto Middle School Math Camp for Rising 6th-9th Graders
2 sessions: 06/28-07/02 or 07/05-07/09,
1:00 – 4:00 PM on Zoom
Run by the Paly and Gunn Math Clubs,
The Palo Alto Middle School Math Camp fosters incoming 6th through 9th grade students’ passion for mathematics. Our instructors include multiple participants of the MOP (Math Olympiad Program), several USA(J)MO qualifiers, and students involved in high-level research. Students will learn problem-solving techniques geared towards the MathCounts and AMC 8 competition series through individually paced, one-on-one teaching. If you are interested, please register using this form:https://bit.ly/PaloAltoMSMathCamp21. Due to high demand, registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. For more information, please refer to the following flyer or contact palygunnmathcamp@gmail.com with any questions.

Paly Science Camp 
Jun 28-July 2nd or July 5th-July 9th 
Registration for Paly Science Camp is NOW OPEN for middle schoolers in grades 6-9! 
The camp will be held online via Zoom and include a variety of STEM activities that students can follow along at home. Session 1 will be 6/28-7/2 and Session 2 will be 7/5-7/9. Camp is held from 1-4 pm everyday. Material will be identical for both sessions so there is no need to sign up for both! Each session is $280 per student and registration/payment information can be found at https://tinyurl.com/palysciencecamp2021Email palysciencecamp@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Looking for Business or Digital Art Focused Camps?
Check Out Paly Robotics Summer Camp
Jul 26 – Jul 30 and Aug 2 – Aug 6, 10A-3P
at Palo Alto High School
Paly Robotics has award winning Business and Art teams that can teach your middle schooler about these exciting areas! Each week of Paly Robotics Summer Camp has Entrepreneurship & Website Design and Animation & Graphic Design sessions available, in addition to our more traditional robotics focused sessions, Robot Design & Hardware and Programming. For more information about all the sessions offered and to register, please visitpalyrobotics.com/summercamp/. If you have any further questions, please contact us at summercamp@palyrobotics.com.

Paly’s Camp MAC
Aug 2 – 6, NOW IN PERSON
The popular Camp MAC, sponsored by Palo Alto High School, is back for rising 8th and 9th graders!
Campers will learn how to write stories like a real journalist and will develop their creativity and writing skills while doing so through engaging and interactive activities. By the end of the week, campers will have written stories for their own physical magazine. Register for Camp MAC here: Camp MAC Schedule & Reviews – Camps | ActivityHero Visit our website for more info: My Site or email us at palyjournalismcamp@gmail.com Cost: $450

2021-2022 SIGN UPS

There are already opportunities to register your interest for 2021-2022 BACK TO SCHOOL (BTS) and Fall activities.
* Incoming 6th grade parents: JAGUAR JOURNEY, the school’s 6th Grade Student Orientation which will begin its planning in late July/early August.
* By the start of school (August 11th), we will hit the ground running with many school-led student and PTA-led parent activities.
* By filling out the form, you are adding yourself to an email list for the School (Jaguar Journey) or PTA Chairs (all others) to reach out to you first with more information.
Click to submit your interest: 2021-2022 INTEREST FORM
For Incoming 6th – Class of 2024 Parents only
6th GRADE STUDENT ORIENTATION “JAGUAR JOURNEY

Jaguar Journey is an orientation program for incoming 6th graders that covers everything they need to know about “how to do middle school” at Greene, including learning to open a combination lock and getting locker assignments, to finding their way around campus and meeting key staff. 

Jaguar Journey takes place the first 2 days of school, Aug 11-12, 2021, and is powered by parent volunteers! Most parent volunteer shifts are 2-4 hours. If interested in volunteering, please sign up on our Interest Form by August 4th. When slots are filled, we will start a waiting list. Thank you!
FUNDRAISING PARTIES
Formerly known as JUST PARTIES

Volunteer to host a Fundraising Party
Our goal for 2021-2022 is 60 Parties! 

Parents get together to cohost a Party. Parties range in size and can be for Students, Parents, or a Mix! Tickets are sold to attend the Fundraising Party with all proceeds going to GPTA. Some ideas include Mother-Daughter Camping Trip, Video Game Truck, Pub Trivia, and Casino Night! What is your idea?

Grab a friend and sign-up to host a Fundraising Party!
Fundraising Party Donation sign-ups due SEP 17th
SAVE THE DATE: Fundraising Launch SEP 24th
AUCTION
New to Greene PTA!

We are looking for 5 AMAZING PRIZES to be donated by our parent community for our parents to bid up to their hearts’ desire!
* Do you have a Tahoe cabin or beach house to donate for a weekend?
* How about restaurant friends who could arrange a Chef’s Table for an ultimate foodie experience?
* Interested in donating a Hot Air Balloon ride in Wine Country or a Helicopter Tour of San Francisco?

Winning bids will go toward supporting our school and community. Are you ready to launch a bidding war?
Auction Donation sign-ups due SEP 17th
SAVE THE DATE: Fundraising Launch SEP 24th
HARVEST BAKE SALECalling all Bakers and Makers!

In late Fall, we will be looking for baked sweets and savory treats homemade by our community bakers! Bakers and Makers can donate dozens of cookies, pies, cakes, dumplings, and meals for our online Harvest Bake Sale, available for purchase by our entire parent community.

If interested in donating a yummy Baked Goodie, please sign up on our Interest Form.
EVENTS and APPRECIATION

*Are you interested in creating school wide community-building Events for our Parents? *Are you the type to get excited about event planning? *Interested in creating a warm & welcoming culture for our parent community?  

*Are you interested in helping our teachers & staff “feel the love” all year long? *Would you like to chair one of our many Staff Appreciation Events we have planned for the school year? *Do you have fresh, new ideas on how to express gratitude to our teachers & staff? 

For rising 8th grade/Class of 2022 parents: *Are you interested in helping to plan a fantastic Promotion Party to celebrate our middle schoolers’ graduation? We will form a Promotion Committee by Aug 31st – please let us know you’re interested! 

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, please sign up on our Interest Form!
PARENT NETWORK

Middle school for Parents can be confusing and challenging, and some parents may feel a little lost. To help address some of these challenges, the Greene PTA hosts PARENT NETWORKS, smaller social circles arranged by student advisories-teams-grades for parents to more easily make connections with one another.
We are looking for parents to host these smaller parent gatherings to build community.

Interested? Please let us know.

We hope to host Parent Coffees for all Advisory Teams for Parents to meet in a smaller group setting during the month of August.
Please consider joining the PTA Board for the 2021-2022 school year! 

Are you interested in one of our OPEN positions? Most of them are co-positions with a current Board member staying on – this is a wonderful opportunity to both “learn the ropes” and bring in your own ideas and a fresh perspective!

Positions we are currently recruiting for include:

Assistant Treasurer. In this role, you will work closely with our Treasurer, Kaitlyn Liao, to learn how the PTA creates and manages our budgets and spending. The Asst. Treasurer is also responsible for handling reimbursements for teachers/staff members and parents who use GPTA funds. We do ask that the parent taking on this role continue for a 2nd year (2022-2023) as the Treasurer.

Co-VP of Communications. Working with our other co-VP of Communications, you will oversee PTA communications, focusing on reaching and informing parents to promote school and PTA events, programs, and activities. This role may appeal to you if you would enjoy sharing the tone and intentions of the PTA with our community. What information does our community need to feel informed, invited, and welcomed?

Co-VP of Fundraising. We are looking for a partner for our current VP of Fundraising, Suzie van Valkenburg. This year, we added to our Just Parties experience the Craft Box Challenge, the Harvest Bake Sale, and the Greene Holiday Marketplace and are looking for more ideas. Do you have creative ideas for fundraising that also build community? Then this role may be perfect for you!

Our goal is to fill these open roles by July 1st when our 2021-2022 term begins.
Click to submit your interest: 2021-2022 INTEREST FORM