Addison News May 24, 2020
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Addison eAdvisor
May 24, 2020

NEW! PTA President’s Message

Addison Community -

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend! As a reminder school is “closed” on Monday. Distance learning activities will resume on Tuesday, May 26.

Addison yearbooks have been ordered! Thanks to generous donations to the Addison PTA this year, every student will receive a yearbook. Books will be delivered by mail to each student’s home. This all would not have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of Addison parent, Ola Hopper! A special thanks to all the teachers and parents who helped make it all possible. If you have questions about your student’s yearbook delivery, please contact

Two weeks to go and the 2019-20 school year will be over! It’s hard to imagine what school will look like in August. Dr. Austin shared this week that the plan for elementary schools is still in progress. If you have ideas and input you want to share, please complete the survey (details below) sent out by the school district. 

Wishing you all health,

Lauren Williams
PTA President


NEW! Distance Learning Family Survey
As a follow-up from the Superintendent’s webinar and thoughtexchange feedback, another opportunity to provide feedback has been created in a survey form. This survey will be used by PAUSD principals and District Office staff to improve your child's experience with distance learning in the fall. You may answer the survey once for each PAUSD student in your family. If you only have time to answer for one student, please answer for the student experiencing the most challenges during this time. Please complete and submit your response no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27.


NEW! Great Addison Adventure Hunt of 2020 - Week 6
We loved seeing all of your "My Favorites” signs all over the neighborhood! 

This week's Great Addison Adventure Hunt* theme is also this month’s Life Skills - "Resilience & Courage" We'd love to see the creative ways you  demonstrate these characteristics or how you can encourage others in our community to do so.

The PTA is inviting everyone to participate by displaying your work outside your home and/or posting virtually. Send photos 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. This week’s theme is “National Parks & Monuments”. 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! Palo Alto City Council asks Staff to draft ordinance to ban sale of flavored tobaccos & e-cigarettes. 
On Mon May 18, in a 4-3 split vote, City Council asked City Staff to come back with an ordinance to protect youth by prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping devices within city limits.  Seventeen individuals, including some from our PTAs, advocated for halting retail sales of these products. The possible Palo Alto City ordinance would mirror the ordinance recently passed by our County Supervisors. The draft ordinance will come back to City Council in early June for a vote.  If you are a parent, student, teacher, or caring adult, we urgently need you to speak at the upcoming City Council Zoom meeting in early June, and encourage our City Council members to protect our kids. Questions, & info on how to help:  Erwin Morton,


NEW! Free course: COVID-19 Contact Tracing from Johns Hopkins University
As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, public health experts have identified contact tracing as a key strategy for limiting the spread of the virus. Contact tracers help provide guidance to COVID-19 patients and also warn contacts of exposure to help stop chains of transmission. In this free course, you’ll get an introduction to the basics of COVID-19 and learn how to implement case investigations as a contact tracer.  CLICK HERE if interested


NEW! YCS Presents Morning Qigong Meditation Online Series
How has “shelter in place” affected your emotional state at home? Learn ancient Qigong (pronounced chee-gung) meditation practices which can help alleviate stress, release tension in the body and produce a boost of positive energy. Please join Qigong Instructor Christine Castillo every Wednesday morning from 8:30am-9:30am starting on June 3rd. FREE SERIES. If you have any questions, please email Register at


NEW! Remote Volunteer/Donation Opportunity (Artruism: Drawing for a Difference) 
Brought to you by students at PALY
“Artruism: Drawing for a Difference” is a student-run initiative raising money for charities during the COVID-19 pandemic through art commissions. With the help of artist volunteers, we make artwork for donors in exchange for their generous donations. For the month of May, we have chosen to fundraise for the “National Domestic Workers Alliance.” We intend to have monthly focuses, addressing the multiple aspects of the pandemic, including health, isolation, unemployment, and essential workers. We invite donors and volunteer artists to be a part of this multidimensional perspective! For more information, explore our flyer: please see our Flyer: Artruism-Drawing for a Difference 


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
Principal: Amanda Boyce
PTA President: Lauren Williams

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Addison Elementary School, 650 Addison Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Phone: 650-322-5935
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