Addison News May 10, 2020
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Addison eAdvisor
May 10, 2020

NEW! PTA President’s Message
Addison Community -

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope all moms had a wonderful day.

Showing our appreciation during the shelter in place has stretched the boundaries of our creativity. This week the Addison community really showed that throughout Staff Appreciation Week. I have received many notes of thanks from the staff who have also shared some of the unique ways our students made their week extra special. Now it’s time to THANK YOU Addison community for always stepping up and being there when those around us need it most!

Wishing you all health,

Lauren Williams
PTA President


NEW! PTA General Meeting & Annual Elections
The PTA will hold the final meeting of this school year on Tuesday, May 12th. The meeting begins at 6:30PM. Election of the new executive board will take place during the meeting. Please join us for the whole meeting or just help us reach quorum for the elections which will take place promptly at 6:35 pm. Zoom meeting details can be found here


The City of Palo Alto is asking all residents - including parents, teachers, and school families - to speak up now. Your input will alter the priorities as budget cuts are coming soon. Take a moment to join the conversation by sharing your service area priorities through an online survey here. Learn more about the City’s budget at

On May 4, the City Council adopted a set of budget assumptions to help inform how staff will prepare the revised Fiscal Year 2020-2021 operating and capital budgets for Council consideration and community input. The City Council selected scenario estimates with a preliminary loss of $39 million in major tax revenues during the next fiscal year. 


NEW! Great Addison Adventure Hunt of 2020 - Week 4
We loved seeing all of your "We Love Teachers” signs all over the neighborhood! Check out these photos submitted by students so far - Great Addison Adventure Album.

This week's Great Addison Adventure Hunt* theme is "How We Get Around." We'd love to see what creative ideas your family can come up with. You could put your favorite toy car in your window, draw your bike, or make a cardboard rocket ship! 

The PTA is inviting everyone to participate by displaying your work outside your home and/or posting virtually. Send photos of your “We Love Teachers” to and with your permission, we’ll share them on the Addison Facebook Page and in the eAdvisor. You can also add your home to the Addison Adventure Map Please note that this map will be accessible to anyone with the link. Only include information you are comfortable sharing publicly. Directions for adding a pin: Directly under the search button on the map, you'll see a pin symbol. Click on this and scroll to your home on the map, then click. You can add a description about your home here. 

*The Great Addison Adventure Hunt of 2020 is a way to  promote school spirit while we continue to shelter in place and maintain social distancing. Students and families can walk around and hunt for Addison specific items, as well as look at photos of their friends creations on the Addison PTA facebook page. While participating in this community building project, please maintain all county social distancing requirements. Don't knock on doors, ring doorbells, or gather in large groups. If you hunt with friends, please maintain a distance of 6 feet. 

NEW! Everything is Awesome - Noon LEGO Cart 
Thanks to all the Master Builders who signed up for the weekly LEGO Cart design/build challenge. We had some amazing builds submitted this week - check them out here! This week’s theme is “The Everglades or Swampland”. Thank you Addison 2nd grader Samy El Mernissi for this creative suggestion!  We’ll be meeting at the “Virtual LEGO Cart” again this week on Thursday at noon. If your student would like to participate in this activity and needs LEGOs, contact for assistance.


Community Announcements

NEW! PAUSD Webinar Series: “Creating Calm at Home During Covid-19"
English on Wed, May 6, 13, 20 & 27,  6:30-8:00 pm
Mandarin on Thu, May 7, 14, 21, & 28,  6:30-8:00 pm
Topics that will be covered are:
Week 1:  Improving the parent-child connection in close quarters
Week 2:  Working through generational differences in communication
Week 3:  Helping children manage their emotions while managing one's own
Week 4:  Developing children’s coping and self-efficacy skills
Parents and guardians are invited to register to join the webinars live or access the recordings after.  To Register visit: eventbrite or 註冊訪問: Eventbrite


NEW! Information on Vaping/ Smoking and COVID-19 Risks:
Vaping Prevention: Information for students, educators, and parents
Cannabis Awareness & Prevention


NEW! Health & Wellness Webinar Series Recordings
Listen to March webinar series on the PTA Council Website:
1) The Coronavirus & Understanding the Science of Physical Distancing and How This Impacts Our Families
2) Stress Management in the Age of COVID-19
3) Family Closening in a Time of Social Distancing


Family Outreach Number to Call for Assistance for PAUSD Families
English Family Outreach Toll Free Number
1-833-3HELPPA or 1-833-343-5772: The Palo Alto PTA and a group of community leaders have released a toll free Family Outreach phone line so families attending Palo Alto Schools can get information about where to get food assistance, school lunch, financial help, and school information.  Parents can also leave a message with their contact information and specify their needs so volunteers can help connect them to local resources. 1-833-3HELPPA or 1-833-343-7772

Spanish Línea Directa y Gratis para Familias 
1-833-3HELPPA or 1-833-343-5772: El PTA de Palo Alto  y un grupo de líderes comunitarios han lanzado una línea telefónica gratuita para que las familias que asisten a las escuelas de Palo Alto puedan obtener información sobre dónde obtener asistencia alimentaria, almuerzo escolar, ayuda financiera e información escolar. Los padres también pueden dejar un mensaje con su información y especificar sus necesidades para que voluntarios puedan ayudarlos a conectarse con recursos locales.1-833-3HELPPA or 1-833-343-5772


NEW! 2020 Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp - Now Online!
Via Zoom, June 8-12 and June 15-19, Speech from 10A-12P and Debate from 1P-3P
Registration for the sixteenth annual 2020 Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp (PASDC) is open. This year, our camp will be held online. However, our curriculum is unchanged. PASDC helps elementary and middle schoolers improve public speaking, research skills, critical thinking abilities, and self-confidence. Taught by Paly’s nationally ranked Speech and Debate team, our 4:1 student-to-counselor ratio provides students with individualized support through both basic and advanced tracts. PASDC’s engaging activities help campers develop their abilities while preparing them for high school level competition. Please visit our website or contact to learn more about the program.

Addison Info & Quick Links

Addison School Website
Addison PTA Website
Report Your Student’s Absence
Lunch Menus
Principal: Amanda Boyce
PTA President: Lauren Williams

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