Addison News - February 9, 2020
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Addison eAdvisor
February 9, 2020

Calendar: Upcoming Addison Events
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Tue, Feb 11 PTA Council Meeting 8:20-9:50am, District Office
Feb 13 - 18 NO SCHOOL - President’s Day Break
Wed, Feb 19 Site Council Meeting, 3:00pm
Thurs, Feb 27 Family Science Night, 6:30-8:00pm, Walter Hays MP Room

NEW! Principals Message

Dear Addison Families,

This past week, our 5th graders put on a powerful presentation related to the Civil Rights Movement. They practiced and presented at Walter Hays School and our 4th grade students attended along with parents.  The messages of equality, advocacy, courage, and non-violence moved the audience and inspired students to continue using their voices to stand up for the rights of all individuals.

At the end of the week, our School Psychologist (Rita Rodriguez), Interim Director of Special Education (Jennifer Baker), and I partnered with PTA and CAC to present how we support Addison students with learning differences and social challenges.  We discussed the process of identifying unique needs through parent-teacher conferences, Student Success Team (SST) meetings, and our Response to Intervention (RtI) model. I shared my great appreciation for the plentiful resources we have at Addison to serve the needs of ALL students including two Reading Specialists, a Math Specialist, two Educational Specialists, an English Language Development Teacher, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and Counselor.  Information regarding these additional supports and services are in the Addison Handbook or feel free to ask your child’s teacher or myself at any time to learn more.  Additionally, we are fortunate to have a PTA parent special education/ inclusion representative, Shira Mowlem, who has done amazing work to support our community.  She can be contacted at

We are looking forward to our upcoming Professional Learning Day on Feb. 13.  Each site selected their own topics for professional development and I’m excited to share that eight of our Addison teachers will be sharing information, strategies, and practices alongside me! I’m constantly in awe of our teaching staff and proud of their willingness to share their knowledge with their colleagues. We are focusing on dyslexia, reading levels, spelling, structured word inquiry, math assessments, and math differentiation.  It will be a busy day but then we’ll enjoy the long weekend. Please note that students return to school on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Have a wonderful President’s Day Weekend and a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Amanda Boyce

NEW! February Birthday Book Club Wed, Feb 12, 1:15-1:45pm, Addison Library
Please join us on Wed, Feb 12 for Birthday Book Club.  If your student has a birthday in February, January, December, November, October, September, or August, please join us in the Addison Library between 1:15 and 1:45.

During monthly Birthday Book Club (BBC) celebrations, birthday students select a new book or an old favorite that has already been purchased by the library.  This book is then dedicated to the student using a specially designed Birthday Book Club book plate and spine. Students check out their birthday book and return it to the library when they are finished reading it so that it can be enjoyed by others for years to come.  Every child is welcome to participate during his or her birthday month (or any month following if you missed your month). Parents are welcome to come with their children to help them select a book. 

We look forward to seeing you and your children on Wednesday!
Sarah Gibbs, Jennifer Ibbotson-Brown, Jamie Merkel and Heike Runne
Birthday Book Club Coordinators

NEW!  Parents Raise over $700 for Addison
Thanks to the generosity of Mendocino Farms restaurant and the support of our Addison families, we raised over $700 at Give Back Night. On January 15th, over 45 families ate dinner at the restaurant where 50% of the proceeds went to our school.  Thanks to all for continuing to support our education programs, field trips, library and extracurricular activities at Addison!

NEW!  Family Science Night - Gadgets in Motions!
The entire family is invited to Addison’s Family Science Night on Thurs, Feb 27th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Walter Hays MP Room. 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.

Registration for 2020-21 School Year is Open through Feb 12
Round 1 Registration for next school year is open until Feb12.  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 to 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 completed by Feb 12 or you will be put into Round 2.

Community Announcements

NEW! Superintendent's Newsletter and PAUSD News

NEW! Superintendent’s Message regarding Corona Virus and please see updated information about the Corona virus

NEW! 2020 Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards - Call for Nominations 
Nomination Deadline: Thu Feb 13
Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, administrator, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, coach, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something for your special needs child with an IEP or 504?  Honor that person by nominating him or her for a CAC Sweetheart Award. Submit Nomination Form before 2/13.  The Awards Ceremony will be on Wed 2/26 from 6-8pm at Nixon Elementary School. Info or questions contact or go to

UPDATED 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 IEPsDistrict 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.  RSVP at  Spanish and Chinese translation available on request.  For questions, or to request translation, contact

Would you like to volunteer at the Family Leadership Summit?  Help with the registration table, food service, presenter's lounge and more! Thank you! Please sign up here.

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. The Summit is free but please Register Here!

During the Summit, Palo Alto CAC will offer a dyslexia/learning differences simulation with partners from PTAC and REEL.  1 in 5 people experience Learning Differences like dyslexia. Hands-on activities will let participants experience some of the challenges and frustrations faced by students with language-based learning disabilities. Rotate among guided stations that simulate tasks encountered in the classroom. Gain empathy and a better understanding of the needs and supports for those with learning differences. Space limited. 

NEW! The Bond Citizens Oversight Committee (COC) 
The COC is a seven-member group that meets four times per year to review our two Strong School Bond programs.  By statute, the group members have term limits and so we regularly seek replacement members.  Questions? Contact Bob Golton for application and more.  Note the COC is different than the Board Bond Advisory Committee (BBAC) being advertised below.  Although both committees concern the bond measure, COC meets 4 times a year. BBAC meets monthly. 

NEW! Seeking Parent Volunteers for Board Bond Advisory Committee (BBAC) 
The BBAC seeks two PTA Representatives, one an elementary school parent and the other a secondary school parent.  Please email:  BBAC's first meeting was Monday, Feb 3.  Committee will meet once or twice per month, always on Monday evenings, until their tasks are completed.  See more info of tasks here Board Bond Advisory Committee (BBAC)

NEW! PTA Council Seeks PTA Parents to Serve on the School Supervisor's Financial Advisory Committee (FAC)  
PTAC is seeking PTA parent applicant to serve on the School Superintendent's Financial Advisory Committee (FAC). Click here for fillable application.  The application's deadline has been extended beyond the stated deadline on the application.  For questions, email:

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Principal: Amanda Boyce
PTA President: Lauren Williams

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