Addison News - April 12, 2020
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Addison eAdvisor
April 12, 2020

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All PAUSD Schools closed for remainder of school year

NEW! PTA President’s Message

Addison Community -

A month ago, we all received news that schools would be closed. At the time, we anticipated everyone would return on Monday. How things have changed! We now know students will not return to campus during this school year and everyone will be starting a brand new chapter of learning starting tomorrow. Please remember to be patient with your students, with teachers and staff, and most of all with yourself as we all adjust to this new normal!

In addition to the wonderfully committed Addison teachers and staff, there are many parents and family members working behind the scenes to keep some of our Addison Spring school traditions and events alive. The biggest one that we hope will make everyone’s day a little brighter is the YEARBOOK! Yes, we’re going to still have a yearbook. Keep reading this week’s eAdvisor for more details on distribution and ordering. 

The PTA is coordinating volunteers for grade level learning buddies. Some families have requested support in the new learning environment. If you are interested in working with another student in the same grade level as your own, please contact for more details. 

The weekly eAdvisor will  continue from now through the end of the school year. If you have information or announcements to share, please send your input to The weekly deadline for articles is 4PM on Tuesday.

Wishing you all health!

Lauren Williams
PTA President


NEW! Food Security
If your family is struggling with food security during this time, please contact for information on how we can offer support. 


NEW! Addison Yearbook is Almost Ready - Ordering Still Available
The Addison Yearbook is nearly complete - and will be ready for delivery in late May. If you ordered a yearbook(s) at the beginning of the school year, it will be mailed to your home address. If you still need to order a yearbook, you can do so online using this link. Orders will be closed on Friday, April 17th at 5 PM - so please order today if you are interested in receiving a yearbook! 

Don’t remember if you ordered a yearbook? Check here to see if your name is on the Fall Order List. Scholarships are available, please contact for details. Questions about the yearbook can be sent to


NEW! Relief Fund Benefiting PAUSD Families Financially Impacted by COVID-19
Many in our school and local community have asked how to help Addison and other PAUSD school families who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 shelter in place order. The Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund aimed at supporting urgent needs in our nearby community, with a specific focus on PAUSD families. PACF has already donated over $150,000 to help provide direct financial relief to cover basic needs such as food & shelter. As PACF’s fund grows, so will the support to the PAUSD community. Please donate using this link if you are able to support this effort.  For more information about Palo Alto Community Fund or the COVID-19 Relief Fund contact Lauren Williams (


NEW!  PTA General Annual Meeting & Elections
The Addison PTA will hold its annual meeting and elections on Tuesday, May 12th at 6:30 PM. This will be a remote meeting taking place over Zoom. Meeting information will be shared the Sunday before the meeting takes place. The slate of officers to be considered/vote on are as follows:

Title 2020-2021 Name
President Lauren Williams
Executive Vice President Julia Moran
Secretary Adrienne Germain
Treasurer Raluca Perkins
Financial Secretary Patty Dhillon
Auditor OPEN
Historian Sarah Kimball
Parliamentarian Sarah Gibbs
Vice President - Events & Fundraising OPEN
Vice President - Outreach & Membership Lisa Bertlesen-Kivett
Vice President - Safety, Education, Health Wellness Roberta Pinheiro
Vice President - Communications Peter Eckart


Community Announcements

NEW! PAUSD Zoom Guidelines: STUDENT PAUSD Zoom Guidelines & Norms 03/25/20


NEW! Social Emotional Learning
PTAC Invites You To Check Out Social Emotional Learning Lessons from PALY Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) Parents: To maintain a healthy garden, the soil must be healthy first. Our kids are that garden, and we are the soil. Paly’s Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for Social-Emotional Learning has started a newsletter that contains tips and resources for how we can best take care of ourselves and model that practice for our kids.


NEW! Special Education: Families of  students with IEPs and 504 plans 
As we are facing this health crisis as a society, many of you are facing new challenges at home. Many of our kids thrive on routine and structure. If you have a student with special education needs, a 504 plan, or other education challenges, please know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! There are an increasing number of resources out there for families struggling during the shelter in place order.

If you are searching for community during this time, please reach out to If you wish to talk to a parent from your school, you can reach out to your school’s PTA Special Education / Inclusion representative. Representatives for each school  are listed here: 

For specific questions about your child’s educational needs, please stay in touch with your student’s case manager or teacher. For more general special education resources check out the Palo Alto Council of PTAs web page. Updates on webinars and other education resources are posted regularly.

Addison Info & Quick Links
Addison School Website
Addison PTA Website
Report Your Student’s Absence
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Principal: Amanda Boyce
PTA President: Lauren Williams

Want to Publish an Article in the eAdvisor?
Want to publish an article or event in the Addison newsletter? Send articles to the Addison eAdvisor  by 4pm on Tuesday for publication on Sunday. Editor of the Week:  Lauren Williams

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