Addison News - January 12, 2020
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Addison eAdvisor
December 15, 2019

Calendar: Upcoming Addison Events
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Tue, Jan 14 PTA Meeting, 8:20am Flex Space
Wed, Jan 15 Site Council Meeting, 3-5pm Flex Space
Wed, Jan 15 Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting, 6-7:30pm Greene Middle School
Fri, Jan 17 Principal’s Coffee, 8:30-10am Flex Space
Mon, Jan 20

No School - MLK Holiday

NEW! Principal's Message

Dear Addison Families,

Our return from Winter Break proved to be a very exciting week! I spent most of the week assessing the new building and planning next steps along with our construction team and district personnel. Happily, I found time at the end of the week to visit all the classrooms and observe the joy, curiosity, and wonder of our students as they transitioned back to school and resumed learning.

Overall, the staff and students had very positive feedback regarding the new building, but we are not yet finished. There are still many projects ahead including finishing the floor throughout the main entrance (summer 2020), decorating the walls, creating a “rock garden” under the spiral staircase, adding shades to many of the windows, installing shorter bookcases in the reading nook at the top of the stairs, etc. Additionally, the inspector signed off on the elevator last week but there is a hold-up on paperwork so we hope it will be operational next week. Students have been informed that the elevator will only be used by individuals who cannot use the stairs due to mobility issues and to transport the library book carts. While I was initially nervous about moving into an unfinished building, I am now grateful as we can more clearly assess the work ahead. Also, I am working closely with staff regarding new routines and procedures to access and use the new buildings. It is a work in progress but well worth the effort. I hope you’ll have the chance to come by soon if you haven’t already seen the new spaces!

You may have also noticed the addition of two more portable bathrooms on the field, bringing us to a total of five. After assessing the functionality of the release handle, I informed staff that only 3rd-5th graders will use them for now while 1st-2nd will continue to use the courtyard bathrooms (Kinder students have their own bathrooms). They are actually quite nice with the ability to flush, carpeted floor, a sink, soap dispenser, and appropriate paper goods. We still have student restrooms in the center courtyard but not an adequate number for the entire student population. New, permanent student bathrooms are being built in our old administrative/ library building.
This coming week will also be very busy. Our 5th graders will be leaving for Science Camp on Monday morning and returning on Wednesday. There is a Health Connected puberty curriculum preview at Walter Hays Elementary School on Monday at 6:30pm. The puberty curriculum itself will be taught in May to 5th graders but parents of any aged children are welcome to hear more about the program tomorrow night. Also, 5th grade parents are invited to Greene Middle School on Wednesday night at 6pm to learn more about the school, transitions, and programs.
On Tuesday, we have our general and executive PTA Meeting at 8:20am in the Library Flex Room on the second floor of the new building. Site Council will meet in this same space on Wednesday at 3pm. We will be discussing our School Safety Plan and updates/next steps in our construction project.

Finally, I will be hosting a Principal’s Coffee on Friday at 8:20am in the Library Flex Room. This will be an open event instead of a presentation as I’d rather spend the time informally connecting with families and responding to your questions and topics. I hope you’ll be able to join me as we consider and discuss what’s ahead in 2020!

Amanda Boyce

NEW!Give Back Night” at Mendocino Farms - Wed, Jan 15
Want a break from the dinner doldrums? On Wed, Jan 15, from 5-8pm, Mendocino Farms will donate 50% of every dinner bill to Addison! Every student received a flyer in their Monday envelopes this week:  don’t forget to bring it with you! Present your flyer at the register when ordering. Please come out and support our school!

NEW! Birthday Book Club - Wed, Jan 15
Please join us on Wed, Jan 15th for Birthday Book Club. If your student has a birthday in 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 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). Parents are welcome to come with their children to help them select their book. Please check the Addison website for the dates of all BBC events (

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! Winter/Spring 2020 After School Activity Registration
Registration for Addison Winter/Spring 2020 After School Activities is still available. Click here for more information. Questions? Please contact

Community Announcements

NEW! Superintendent's Newsletter and PAUSD News

UPDATED - NEW DATE! 2020 PAUSD 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 Well-being and Success."  We also welcome our Keynote Speaker, Jonathan Mooney.  Childcare, continental breakfast, and lunch provided.  Register Here.

NEW! PTAC Teen Vaping Community Leaders’ Breakfast 
Jan 23, 2020. 8:30am at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. For more email

NEW! PTA Council - Next Meeting Jan 22 
The next PTAC Executive Board Meeting is Wed, Jan 22.  The next President’s Meeting is Wed, Jan 29.  The next General Association Meeting is Wed, Feb 5. Mark your new 2020 calendar.

NEW! PTAC - BBAC Committee Members 
The PTA Council is soliciting parents to serve on the PAUSD Board Building Advisory BBAC Committee. For more information, please contact PTAC President or PTAC Vice President at or

NEW! 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

NEW! Silicon Valley Boychoir enrollment 
Jan 14-18 by appointment, 600 Homer Ave Palo Alto
Auditions for the spring semester will be held at the choir's rehearsal location near downtown.  Open to 2nd-5th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels rehearsing once a week.  SVB teaches singing, music theory, and sight-reading.  In addition to winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, etc.  Email or visit

NEW! Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience
Thu Jan 23, 6:30-8:00pm Spangenberg Auditorium, Gunn High School
Wed Feb 26, 6.30-8.00pm Greene Middle School
Tickets are free and available at:
Filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston continues the conversation around screens and teens. This film examines the science behind teens' emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and what can be done in our schools and homes to help teens build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. This is a Gunn PTSA Parent Ed Event. Please join us. All are welcome. 

NEW! Notes to My Middle School Self
Wed Jan 29 9-10:30am Fletcher Library
Join Common Sense for a moderated teen panel discussion on the good, the bad, and the realities of the social media landscape in middle and high school. Hear firsthand from teens about their experiences with social media and their hard-earned advice for parents of younger kids. Learn why kids love social media, where they can run into trouble, and how parents can help them manage. This event is open to all parents.


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