Addison News - February 23, 2020
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Addison eAdvisor
February 23, 2020

Calendar: Upcoming Addison Events
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Thurs, Feb 27 Family Science Night, 6:30-8:00pm, Walter Hays MP Room
Thurs, Mar 4 Project Cornerstone Training, 8:30-9:30am, Flex Space
Mar 6 & 9 NO SCHOOL - Local Holiday
Tue, Mar 10 PTA General & Exec Meeting, 6:30-8:00pm, Flex Space

NEW! Principals Message
Dear Addison Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful President’s Day Weekend!  I heard about some great adventures from our students while others appreciated the time to rest and relax.  We have two other PAUSD school holidays coming up in March. Please mark your calendars as there will be no school on Friday, March 6 and Monday, March 9.

This past Friday, I met many new Addison families at the 2020-21 Kindergarten Tours.  They had lots of great questions and are eager to join our community. We are almost fully enrolled at capacity for Kindergarten next year so if you have a sibling entering Kindergarten and have not yet enrolled, please do so right away.  Thanks to Patricia Ohanian, Lauren Williams, Adrienne Germain, and Sarah Gibbs for assisting me with the tours.

I have been spending a lot of time with the various groups managing our construction project to ensure we stay on track.  We are looking at month-by-month timelines to make sure key aspects of the project are completed before next school year. This includes the Kindergarten playground, the extended primary playground (where the trailer now sits), the MP Room, the four new classrooms, the courtyard and the outdoor landscaping and playground.  Our next milestone will be opening the MP Room in time for our Heritage Night on May 15!

This upcoming Wednesday, our school Psychologist, Rita Rodriguez, and 1st grade Teacher, Monika Hastings, are being recognized at the Sweetheart Awards hosted by CAC (Community Advisory Committee for Special Education in Palo Alto).  They have been nominated for making a positive difference in the lives of children with special needs and learning differences. Finally, I hope you’ll join me on Thursday at 6:30pm at Walter Hays for our Family Science Night!

Amanda Boyce

NEW!  Family Science Night - Volunteers Still Needed!
Addison Family Science night is taking place Thurs, Feb 27th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Walter Hays MP Room. We still need many volunteers to make this fun evening a success. If you are coming to the event with your family, please consider filling one of our spots - volunteer here! The Children’s Discovery Museum is bringing interactive exhibits for us to enjoy -  Escaping air causes a propeller to spin.  A single marble uses momentum to move a mountain of marbles. Straws and paper transform into a launching rocket. Come enjoy a fun night of physics with fellow Addison families! Pizza slices will be available for $2/each until we run out. 

Community Announcements

NEW! Superintendent's Newsletter and PAUSD News

NEW! Coronavirus Update 
PAUSD and PTA Council are continuing to closely monitor guidance from the Santa Clara County Department of Education & Santa Clara County Public Health Department as this is an ongoing and evolving situation.  Students/staff returning to the US from mainland China afterFebruary 3 should be excluded from school for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China. For further information, email
Anti-Discrimination Message
Santa Clara County Public Health Department - Coronavirus
Face Masks Explained
Contact Explained
PAUSD - Coronavirus
Santa Clara County Office of Education - Coronavirus
CDC - Coronavirus
US Department of State - Travel Advisory

NEW! PTA Council seeks Officers and Committee Volunteers
Are you interested in being a part of the PTA council nomination committee?  The charge of the nominating committee is to recognize and recruit the most qualified people available for election as members of the PTA Council Executive Board and Collaborative Committees for the 2020-21 school year.  As we are forming this nom-committee, we are looking for community members who have a passion for improving the educational experience of all students and preferably have experience on their school PTA or site council.  We are currently seeking both nominations and expressions of interest from individuals in the community who would like to learn more about becoming a member of the PTA Council. Talk to us about stepping into a leadership role or how you can participate on a committee. Contact us

NEW! Crisis Prevention Strategies w/ Arianna Mayes 
Wed Feb 26, 7-8:30P, Graham Middle School, 1175 Castro St Mountain View
Everyone can benefit from learning about the power of de-escalation.  This is a great opportunity to be trained in de-escalation principles and methods with Mountain View Whisman School District Special Education Director Arianna Mayes and other behavioral staff.  Learn how de-escalation can help create a safe place for kids to express their emotions and solve problems. How managing your own emotions, staying calm, allowing feelings to happen, creating connection, self-awareness and self-advocacy can allow your child your thrive and your household to feel like a safe place for all.  Sponsored by Selpa1CAC.

NEW! Reaching Out Saves Lives Walk 
Sat Feb 29, 9-11A at the Gunn High School Athletic Track
ROCK (Reach Out Care Know) will host Gunn’s Third Annual Mental Health Walk.  The walk, Reaching Out Saves Lives, is a community event to wrap up Gunn’s Mental Health Week.  The walk is a 5k from Gunn’s track to Bol Park and back again. Sponsors are needed to make this event possible.  In-kind donations (i.e. food and drinks, t-shirts, entertainment, signage) and monetary donations (Companies, Organizations, and Individuals) are greatly appreciated.  If you would like to donate you can do so at under the ROCK button.  Register for the walk at .  Visit ROCK’s website at ROCK | Gunn High School | Palo Alto, CA .  If you have any questions please contact Kate Williams, Co-VP of ROCK at

Reading & Dyslexia Research Program Study Database 
The Reading & Dyslexia Research Program at Stanford University is looking for children to be a part of their research database.  With the goal of designing innovative, personalized education to serve a diverse group of learners, they have upcoming paid studies for which your child may be eligible.  Sign up to be a part of their database, and they will notify you when your child qualifies for a study.  All children, both with and without reading difficulties, are welcome to join.  For more information, here is their website.

Racing Hearts 5k/10k for heart wellness 
Sun, Mar 29th, 9am. 250 Hamilton Av. Palo Alto CA 94301
Register today!  Join the City of Palo Alto, Police and Fire departments for our 7th Annual Racing Hearts 5k/10k in downtown Palo Alto. Celebrate active living for heart disease and community AEDs.  Racing Hearts has placed over 900 AEDs in our community, pioneered two CA state laws and has documented 18 AED saves! Participants and volunteers welcome.  Register/Volunteer sign up here!

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Principal: Amanda Boyce
PTA President: Lauren Williams

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