Addison News May 17, 2020
Sun, May 17 5:10pm

Addison eAdvisor
May 10, 2020

NEW! PTA President’s Message
Addison Community -

The PTA held its final meeting of this school year on Tuesday, during which we elected our new executive board for the 2020-21 school year. I would like to thank all of the current executive board members for their time and dedication to our community throughout this school year. A special acknowledgement and thanks extended to parent board members Rachel Thomas, Rikki Fakatou and Michelle Gustavson and to teacher representative Katie Bramlett, all of whom are completing their terms as board members. Thank you for your commitment to our school community.

Wishing you all health,

Lauren Williams
PTA President

 

NEW! School Reopening Feedback Opportunity, Mon, May 18th
The PAUSD webinar series, “Backstage with the Superintendent” will be hosted by thoughtexchange on Monday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. to gather your input about reopening schools in the future.  The live version will allow viewers to see the data flow in real time.  The webinar will be immediately posted to YouTube at the same address and thoughtexchange data collection will continue through May 22.  The webinar can be accessed at https://go.pausd.org/backstage-webinar.

 

NEW! Great Addison Adventure Hunt of 2020 - Week 5
We loved seeing all of your "How We Get Around” signs all over the neighborhood!

This week's Great Addison Adventure Hunt* theme is "My Favorites". We'd love to see what creative ideas showing a favorite adventure, person, food, feeling, toy, or anything you can imagine. Draw a picture or display your favorite(s) your window or anywhere around your living space! 

The PTA is inviting everyone to participate by displaying your work outside your home and/or posting virtually. Send photos of your “My Favorites” to addisonschoolpta@gmail.com 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. This week’s theme is “Something You See Around Addison”. 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 addisonschoolpta@gmail.com for assistance.

 

Community Announcements

NEW! Please Take Action: Ask Congress to support Schools during the Pandemic
Unless Congress acts, schools are about to experience major budget cuts triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Your action will help prevent layoffs, larger class sizes and the reduction or elimination of important programs and services for our students. Please join with education leaders around the country in asking for $200 billion to support education funding, including special education, distance learning, Title 1 for low-income students and other programs, including:

  • Learning Policy Institute: “A 15 percent reduction in state education funding could lead to the loss of more than 300,000 teaching positions.”
  • Ed100: "During Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s say a loud 'thank you' in a way that really matters: by supporting education funding in this time of crisis.”
  • National Education Leaders, including PTA: “As Congress negotiates a fourth emergency supplemental in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative any package include significant, robust and flexible funding for our nation’s public schools."
  • Council of Great City Schools:"...Support an additional federal allocation of $175 billion in Educational Stabilization Funds distributed to the local level through the Title I formula. We also urge Congress to provide an additional $13 billion for IDEA, $12 billion in additional Title I program funding, $2.0 billion for E-Rate, and emergency infrastructure funds that include public schools.”

Please click HERE to send a message to your U.S. senators and representatives, and help ensure that robust education funding is included in the next COVID-19 relief package. Our children deserve it!

 

NEW! OPEN: 2020-21 Applications for DreamCatchers High School Tutor Volunteers
Huge shoutout to the amazing Gunn and Paly tutors who have continued to support our low-income middle schoolers during the pandemic. We couldn’t be more grateful for all their amazing work! To make a real difference in the life of a Palo Alto middle school student and help shrink the opportunity gap, join us for a couple hours a week as a tutor next school year, 2020-2021. Visit www.dreamcatchersyouth.org/get-involved to learn more and apply! 

 

NEW! Disappointment, Loss and Grief Helping our Teens and Ourselves Cope - FREE
Mon, 3pm-4pm – Online workshop
FREE Drop-in Support Group to discuss the significant changes our teens are facing during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn strategies to help them cope with disappointment and worries about the future, in a safe environment where you can continue to develop your own self-care strategies.   Cost is FREE. Donations are appreciated but not required. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-online-support-groupdisappointment-loss-and-grief-helping-our-teens-and-ourselves-cope-during-registration-103483680474 Any Questions? Email Tiffany at tiffanyl@jfcs.org

 

NEW! Special Needs Families Support Group- FREE
Tue, 3pm-4pm - Online workshop
FREE Parents of children and teens who have special needs are currently immersed in crisis-schooling at home, facing daunting challenges different from parents with neuro-typical kids. This 4-session Special Needs Support Group provides an opportunity to connect, share experiences and challenges, swap ideas, and receive expert guidance and support for navigating these challenging times. Cost is FREE. Donations are appreciated but not required. Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-online-support-groupspecial-needs-families-support-group-all-ages-registration-102455416910 Any Questions? Email Tiffany at tiffanyl@jfcs.org

 

NEW! Sensory Processing Support Group- FREE
Thu 11:30am-12:30pm - Online workshop
FREE The Sensory Processing Parent Support Group is for parents of children with sensory processing challenges. Parents will have an opportunity to meet with others to share experiences, swap ideas, and receive support.    Cost is FREE. Donations are appreciated but not required. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-online-workshopsensory-processing-parent-support-group-all-ages-registration-101595518932 Any Questions? Email Tiffany at tiffanyl@jfcs.org

 

NEW! Parenting Support Chats – FREE
Fri 1:30pm-2:30pm - Online workshop

FREE Friday Parenting Support Chats: During these uncertain times, we understand that you may be struggling to balance work commitments with caring for children at home. Whether you need help with daily routines, positive discipline, sibling rivalry, or ways to play and interact with your children, we can help you develop concrete strategies to manage these new challenges and help you feel more effective as a parent. Cost is FREE. Donations are appreciated but not required. Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/onlinefree-friday-parenting-support-chats-preschoolelementary-tickets-100439417000 Any Questions? Email Tiffany at tiffanyl@jfcs.org 

 

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

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

 

Addison Info & Quick Links

Addison School Website
Addison PTA Website
PAUSD
Principal: Amanda Boyce
PTA President: Lauren Williams

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