Addison News - August 23, 2020
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Addison eAdvisor

August 23, 2020


Upcoming Events:

Monday, Aug 24, 8:30am All School Assembly
Monday, Aug 31, 3-5pm 2nd Cycle Pick Up /Drop Off Gr K-5
Tuesday, Sep 1, 6pm Principal’s Back to School Night
Monday, Sep 7 NO SCHOOL - Labor Day Holiday
Tuesday, Sep 8, 8:30 - 9:30am PTA Meeting (Zoom)

NEW! PTA President’s Message
Addison Community:

Welcome to the first edition of the Addison eAdvisor for the 2020-21 school year! It’s been a busy week and I hope everyone is easing into a routine and becoming more comfortable with distance learning. There was so much time and effort put into getting our community ready for the first day of school - THANK YOU to all staff members who made it happen and are continuing to do all they can to make this year a success for our students.

The PTA Back-to-School Packet is available online — click here for more information. One item I would like to highlight is PTA membership. I strongly encourage all families to join the PTA and become more involved in shaping how education will move forward under the distance learning model and when safe, transitioning to our students’ return to campus.

Lastly, I want to extend a special note of thanks to Rob Babcock (parent of Maxine, grade 3) who worked tirelessly over the last few weeks to get Konstella and our PTA website updated for the first day of school. We typically aren’t up and running on Konstella so early in the school year, however, Rob pushed ahead and made the impossible possible!

Wishing you all health,
Lauren Williams
PTA President


NEW! School-Wide Monday Assembly for Grades 1-5 students - Mon, Aug 24 at 8:30AM
Please help your student (Grades 1-5) to the first Zoom School-Wide Monday Assembly. Please remember that PAUSD Zoom meetings cannot be recorded without prior consent from all participants. Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 991 5803 4951
Passcode: 713479

NEW! Support Our Students and TeachersPledge to PiE Today
The  2020-21 PiE fundraising campaign is underway — check your Back-to-School packet for details! Pledge your contribution early and check it off your list. Palo Alto students and the staff who support them depend on our community, through PiE. From our classroom aides, to teachers for STEM, art, and music electives, to caring counselors, mentors, and wellness professionals, PiE-funded staff impact our kids every day. Between now and September 8, you can double your impact via the $500,000 Back-to-School Challenge Grant which matches every dollar donated to PiE. Please donate today:



NEW! HELP WANTED: Room Parents Needed
The PTA usually hosts a Back-to-School Coffee on the first day of school. This year things are “different” in many regards. However, many of our teachers are still hopeful to have the support of Room Parents. For any Addison veteran Room Parents who are interested in signing up again, please click here and add your name to the appropriate classroom. If you are new to Addison, or new to the Room Parent role and want more information, please contact

Arches of AddisonBack-to-School Preparations
A huge round of applause and big cheers of appreciation for all the volunteers (parents & students) who helped prepare and distribute learning material boxes for all Addison students. Thank you Addison All Stars - Tegan Acton, Jennifer Babcock, Maxine Babcock, Rob Babcock, Gus Beach, Marion Beach, Allie Corey, Jen Corey, Maddie Corey, Saudamini Damarla, Emily Eden, Liz Eden, Maisson Fayad, Adrienne Germain, Sarah Gibbs, Chuck Katz, Ellie Kim, Sarena Kim, Jen Kim Matsuzawa, Sarah Kimball, Nishita Kothary, Chris LaBonte, Mira LaBonte, Takumi Matsuzawa, Julia Moran, Viola Ploesser, Heike Runne, Emma Ruse, Stephanie Seale, Nate Signorello-Katz, Mathias Sommer, Pamela Sommer and Lauren Williams.


NEW! Support for PAUSD Staff Affected by Fires
Some members of PAUSD staff have been evacuated or lost their homes as a result of the current wild fires in the area. The most pressing need is for housing. If you have an available ADU or other living space that you are able to offer to a PAUSD staff member in need, please reach out to


NEW! PTA Budget & Meeting Notice - Tue, Sept 8 @ 8:30 AM
Addison PTA meetings are taking place via Zoom until further notice. The Sept 8th meeting will include a vote to approve our budget. If you are interested in reviewing a copy of the 2020-21 budget, you can request a copy from Meeting details are updated in the school calendar — we hope you will join us!

Community Announcements

NEW! Register now for After School Art classes from Pacific Art League 
Classes beginning after Labor Day - register now: Pacific Art League - Youth Art Academy
This fall, students can go on an after school art adventure. Self-expression… inspiration from famous artists… STEAM… nature… and their own personal experiences. Brought to you by the Pacific Art League. Plus, Addison’s own Fabulous Spectra Art teacher Andi Werboff is teaching two classes this Fall: Drawing Madness and Pop and Street Art.   


NEW! Help Students Who Need You Most, Virtually
You can make a difference in the life of a student. Over 80% of East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park students in the Ravenswood City School District are performing below grade level in reading and math. As a virtual classroom volunteer, you will work with the same teacher and students for one hour, every week during the full school year. It’s an opportunity to build a relationship with students and impact their lives. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates logistics with you and your schedule in mind. Learn more about us or sign up to volunteer at


NEW! Gamble Gardens Presents: MACRAME PLANT HANGER -- ONLINE
Sat, Sept.19, 10-11AM Zoom Registration Here   $40/student
Supplement your child's school art curriculum. Remember when you did macrame? It's making a comeback!  Learn to design, knot and create a macrame plant hanger for your pandemic garden. Choose a free 4" potted succulent from Gamble Garden's "Plant Shop" to put into your completed macrame hanger. This live one-hour Zoom class is taught by Lexi Bakkar, an artist based in Sonoma, California. All supplies provided and can either be picked up at Gamble Garden or mailed directly to your home (for an additional $10 fee). Recommended for ages 10 - 18 years (parents can join if child needs assistance). Fun for the entire family!


NEW! Teaching Cooperation without Stickers or Snacks 
Mon Aug 24, 7:30 - 9PM - Online workshop
Learn how to encourage cooperation at home without rewards or consequences. We will also look at how to use encouragement and praise to motivate your child to behave and cooperate. Learn how to encourage cooperation without stickers, snacks, or bribes during the pandemic. 
Cost is $45. Donations are appreciated but not required.
Register here:  Any Questions? Email Tiffany at


Addison Info & Quick Links

Quick Links
Addison School Website
Addison PTA Website
Principal: Amanda Boyce
PTA President: Lauren Williams

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Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-322-5935
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