Addison News - August 30, 2020
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Addison eAdvisor
August 30, 2020


Upcoming Events:

Monday, Aug 31 8:30am School-Wide Morning 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:

Thank you to all the families who have completed the Back-to-School forms. For those families who have not yet had a chance to review the information, I encourage you to look through the materials. For more information, click here

I’d like to encourage everyone to make a contribution to the PTA Fund. Unfortunately due to the current social distancing requirements from the County of Santa Clara and the uncertain future for in person gatherings, we have cancelled this year’s Addison Auction & Adult Party, our main fundraiser for the Addison community. We typically raise over $125,000 during the event to cover our annual budget. This year, our budget is a fraction of what it is in typical years as we are only planning for what is necessary to support students and the learning environment while we are in the distance learning model. Typically we budget for items such as community events and field trips - however this year we are only budgeting for items such as learning materials for all students, staff grants to support innovation in instruction, and library books. We are asking for a donation of $150 per student, however we encourage families to give any amount appropriate for their financial situation. On behalf of the PTA Executive Board, I thank you in advance for your support.

I look forward to “seeing” many of you during this week’s Principal/ PTA/ PiE Back to School Night on Tuesday, Sept. 1st at 6pm. At the end of the presentations, the presenters will be taking questions and comments, similar to the Principal’s Coffees. Link to join Webinar:

Wishing you all health,
Lauren Williams
PTA President


NEW! PiE Challenge Grant: Double Your Donation
Your PiE donations are essential to ensure our students receive the academic and social-emotional support they need during COVID and beyond. Donate today to double your impact! by making your donation or pledging by September 8th. Last year’s donations allowed PiE to provide $196,561 to Addison for the 2020-2021 school year, funding:

  • Classroom aides to facilitate individualized academic support and assist with future social distancing requirements; 
  • Professional counseling support 5 days/week to promote students’ social and emotional well-being and mental health education;
  • Engaging and fun JMZ science, Spectra Art, music and dance lessons.



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! Cub Scouts - Kindergarten – 5th Grade
Pack 57 is holding a Parent Informational Zoom meeting for new families on Thursday, September 3rd at 7:00 pm. Pack leaders will describe our approach to making the system COVID-safe and family friendly in this busy year. We will also be available to answer questions and provide registration material.  Pack 57 includes Cub Scouts from both Walter Hays and Addison Elementary. For more information, please contact


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! Magical Bridge Resources for Fire Relief 
We have compiled a list of local and national nonprofits and organizations helping those displaced from the fires. This list includes animal shelters caring for thousands of pets and first responders who are risking their lives to combat these flames. 


NEW! Junior Museum Science Outdoors, September 8th - December 17th
The Palo Alto Junior Museum is offering outdoor fall science programming for 1st-5th graders beginning early September after school in our beautiful local open spaces. Activity sites include Baylands Preserve, Arastradero Preserve, and Foothills Park meeting Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons for two hours. In this Junior Museum Science Outdoors program, your child will learn about the unique plants, animals, and the ecology of a special place, while enjoying the beauty and adventure that local wild spaces have to offer. Registration is open now. Minimal enrollment must be met to run the programs. Social distancing, masks, and other health and safety protocols will be maintained. To learn more, or to register, please visit:; 650-329-2111


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!



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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