Addison News - February 2, 2020
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Addison eAdvisor
February 2, 2020

Calendar: Upcoming Addison Events
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Wed, Feb 5 Project Cornerstone Training, 8:30-9:30am, Flex Space
Fri, Feb 7 Special Ed. Community Discussion, 8:20-9:20am, Flex Space
Tue, Feb 11 PTA Council Meeting 8:20-9:50am, District Office
Feb 13 - 18 NO SCHOOL - President’s Day Break

NEW! PTA President’s Message
Dear Addison Families,

Go Niners! We have many students, teachers and staff members who are part of the 49er faithful community and I hope tonight’s Super Bowl results give us a cause to celebrate!

The PTA Board is working to fill the Nominating Committee for positions to support our community for the 2020-21 school year. Family and community involvement is one of the special things that makes Addison great. Currently we are in immediate need for 4 volunteers to act as members of the committee responsible for recruiting people to fill the slate for next year. These positions are required to comply with our PTA bylaws. This is a great way to help our community and be involved at school. The commitment is a fixed time period (now until the beginning of April) and much of the work can be done over email/phone. If you are interested in helping with the Nominating Committee or have questions about the role, please contact or reach out to Sarah Gibbs (PTA Parliamentarian) directly.

I’d like to give a special thanks this week to Shira Mowlem and all the staff and parent volunteers who made Inclusion Week a success. With strong support from Principal Boyce and the entire Addison staff, Shira was able to coordinate an all school photo on Wednesday.

Lauren Williams
PTA President

NEW! Notice from Addison PTA - Bylaws Amendment & Adoption
The Addison PTA is giving notice that during our March 10th meeting, there will be a vote to adopt the amended bylaws. Vote to approve requires a ⅔ vote of the members present. The main amendments include: 

  • Dues:   $8 per adult ($16 per couple).  
  • Officers:   The list of officers is as follows:  President, EVP, 5 vice presidents, recording secretary, treasurer, financial secretary, auditor, historian and parliamentarian.
  • Meetings:  The meeting date will be the second Tuesday of the month starting in August and ending in May.

Registration for 2020-21 School Year is Open through Feb 12
Round 1 Registration for next school year is open until Feb 12th.  Even if you have students currently enrolled in PAUSD, you must go through the registration process for any children new to the district and complete all documentation and requirements, including a visit the district office to complete the process.  There is an appointment system at the district office . If no appointments are available before the deadline, use the walk-in option (be prepared to wait a bit).  All steps must be complete by Feb 12 or you will be put into Round 2.

Community Announcements

NEW! Superintendent's Newsletter and PAUSD News

NEW! Voluntary Transfer Program (TINSLEY) 
Wed, Feb 5, 5:30 - 7pm East Palo Alto YMCA, Community Room, 550 Bell St, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
The Department of Academic Supports, in collaboration with the Department of Maintenance Operations and Transportation, will hold a meeting for the TINSLEY program families to discuss transportation. Childcare and Spanish translation will be provided.  This is an encore presentation of the meeting held on Jan 22.  For more event information contact:  PAUSD is working with VTP Families and all receiving schools to improve the VTP experience. If you have a question about VTP or VTP related questions, please contact Judy Argumedo.

NEW! Informational night on transition planning for students with IEPs 
Tues, Feb 11, 6 - 7:30 pm, Paly MAC ( Media Arts Center ), 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto
The PAUSD Special Education leadership team and Palo Alto CAC are providing an informational night for secondary and post-secondary transition planning and services for students with IEPs.  District representatives will provide general information about the various programs and services available for secondary and above. There will be three separate breakout sessions for parents of students who will be entering 6th grade, 9th grade, and the post-secondary program.  Spanish and Chinese translation available on request.  For questions, or to request translation, contact

NEW! UPDATE on the Novel Coronavirus 
Please see updated information on the Novel Coronavirus from Santa Clara County Health Officer and Director, the County Superintendent of Schools, and the PTAC Health & Wellness PAUSD Coronavirus Update.pdf

If you squirm at reading this subject line, you are not alone! We know how hard it is to broach this difficult subject, and that’s why we are excited to offer two parent education programs aimed at helping mothers navigate conversations with your sons/daughters about SEX. You will come away with tips for talking, helpful facts, and a lively, supportive community to share and cheer you on as you delve into this next stage of development with your emerging adolescent. “Talking to Our Daughters About Sex” is a four-week program for mothers of girls ages 9-14 years old. Classes will be offered Wed, Feb 19th-Mar 11th, 10:00-12:00 in Palo Alto. Register by Feb 10th and plan n to attend all 4 classes. "Talking to Our Sons About Sex!” is a four-week program for mothers of boys ages 9-14 years old. Classes will be offered Tue, Mar 3rd-24th, 10:00-12:00 in Palo Alto. Register by Feb 10th and plan n to attend all 4 classes. For more information please contact: Laura Prentiss, MSW at: or Liza Baskind, M.S., MFT at:

CHC’s Mini Conference for Parents & Educators
Sat, Feb 8, 9am - 2pm at CHC’s South Bay Campus, 2280 Kenwood Ave, San Jose
Please join us for a day of conversation and discussion with expert advice about working with children and youth with learning and attention differences.  Choose from sessions for both parents and educators. Go home with new understandings and practical tips for supporting your kids whether at home or in the classroom.  Find out more and register for the mini conference here or email

SAVE THE DATE: PAUSD 2nd Annual Family Leadership Summit 
Sat, Feb 22, 8:30am - 2pm Gunn High School 
This parent-centered conference will empower and engage you as we deepen parents’ learning around important topics that affect your child at school and home.  The theme of this year's event is “Opening Doors to Student Wellbeing and Success”, and includes a full day of learning from high-quality presenters who will share powerful practices and strategies that will help parents become leaders and partners in their children's education.  We also welcome our Keynote Speaker, Jonathan Mooney. Childcare, continental breakfast, and lunch provided.  Register Today! 

PTAC: 2020 U.S. Census - Be Counted  
The Palo Alto PTA Council is reminding you that the 2020 Census is happening soon. Be Counted! The Palo Alto PTA Council does not take any position on the Census except as a public announcement. Here is a webinar with local economic data from the U.S. Census:

NEW! The 2020 Gunn Choir Staff Musical Extravaganza: Heavenly Bandstand!  A Fifties Musical Valentine
Tue-Wed, Feb 11-12, 8pm, Spangenberg Theatre 
High school senior and heroine, Annette, is visited by Johnny Angel in a dream.  He is desperate to return to earth and make it to the Top Forty. In order to do that, however, he must compete on Heavenly Bandstand against many famous 1950s rivals, including Elvis.  Starring the amazing Gunn Choirs and dozens of your favorite Gunn staff!  Tickets, $10 for students and $20 for adults, at the Gunn Student Activities Center (SAC) or online at  All proceeds will support the Gunn Choir Scholarship Fund.

NEW! Early Childhood Education Candidate Forum - CA State Senate District 13 Campaign — Remember: the Election is MARCH 3 this year 
Sun, Feb 9 3pm - 6pm, Performing Arts Center, Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Ave, Menlo Park
Early Childhood Education discussion with all 7 candidates for the State Senate seat currently held by Jerry Hill, which includes Palo Alto: Josh Becker, Michael Brownrigg, Alexander Glew, Sally Lieber, Shelly Masur, Annie Oliva, and John Webster.  Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto. Free and open to the public. Registration and more info ECE_Candidate_Forum_Registration

NEW! Hindi Language Studies 
We are a group of parents interested in bringing Hindi language studies to Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). If you support having children learn Hindi in PAUSD schools and want to learn more about us, please contact PAUSD parents for Hindi in Palo Alto at

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