Addison News - January 26, 2020
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Addison eAdvisor
January 26, 2020

Calendar: Upcoming Addison Events
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Mon, Jan 27 4th Grade Parent Coloma Meeting, 6pm Walter Hays
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

NEW! Principal’s Message
Dear Addison Families,

Our 5th graders returned from Science Camp last week with new concepts, great memories, and a renewed sense of community amongst their classmates.  We are in the process of preparing for our final overnight field trip for the year: the 4th grade trip to Coloma at the end of April. I hope all the 4th grade families will be able to join us for the Parent/Student Information Night on Mon, Jan 27 at 6pm in the Walter Hays MP Room.

This past week, we had a Responsive Classroom Consultant visit Addison as approximately 80% of our teachers have been trained in Responsive Classroom strategies.  Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching centered on the core belief that for students to be academically, socially and behaviorally successful in and out of school, they need to learn and develop social and emotional competencies and academic skills. For students to acquire these skills, teachers use the RC approach to create the optimal classroom conditions described by the four RC Domains: Effective Management, Positive Community, Developmentally Responsive, and Engaging Academics. The Consultant visited approximately (10) classrooms and then met with members of our Leadership Team to debrief.  She stated that the following themes emerged as strengths at Addison during her observations:

  • “Safe”: students are not just physically but emotionally and cognitively safe.  She had many examples of students taking risks and being their authentic selves 
  • “Relationships”: she had a strong sense that staff really knew the students and that students knew each other well.  During one of the observations, students were brainstorming what they could be when they grew up and when one student was unsure, his peers offered many suggestions based on his observed strengths
  • “High Academics/ Best Teaching Practices”: In all the classrooms, she observed choice, small group instruction, and strong Readers/Writers Workshop

Overall, she was impressed with our child-centered curriculum and parent involvement/ engagement. I felt she was able to accurately capture the spirit of Addison and what we strive for each day! Although we received a lot of positive praise, there is always room for growth.  We are constantly working towards culturally responsive teaching and ensuring that ALL students feel like valued members of our community. If you have ideas about how we can grow in this area, I’d love to hear from you.

Next week, we are celebrating INCLUSION and teachers will be exploring with their classes what it means to be inclusive.  They will be deciding on a theme or slogan representative of their class commitment to inclusion which will be posted outside their classroom.  If you’d like to further the conversation at home, you might consider watching and discussing the animated short film, Ian.

Finally, Playworks Coach, Nikki, visited Addison this past week!  She worked with all eighteen classes and taught them a variety of games.  In Kindergarten, they played “Mr. Fox”. In 1st-3rd grades, they played “Foot Tag” and in 4th and 5th grade, the students learned “Crossover Dodgeball”.  All of these games focused on multiple roles for students, so even when students were “out” in a game, they were not completely eliminated from a game but instead assumed a new role. This helped promote honesty and fair play . 

Nikki also held a Jr. Coach Meeting on Wednesday to review strategies for starting games at recess and lunch and playground equipment responsibilities.  I love seeing the Jr. Coaches wearing their purple shirts on the playground and managing our balls, encouraging play and positive sportsmanship!

Amanda Boyce

NEW! Inclusion Week at Addison
This week we will highlight the importance of each student's attributes and commitment to relationships and emphasize the value of each student as a contributing member of the school community. The theme this year will be "all hands on deck" charting the course for an inclusive Addison community.  Each student will receive a printout of a hand to decorate during lunch recess on Tuesday and Thursday to reflect his/her individual contribution toward steering the ship on this journey. We will have a large ship on the wall by the life skill banner to represent our community on an inclusive path of kindness, acceptance and inclusion of all. 

On Wednesday, the entire school is invited to participate in Inclusion Week by wearing the grade-level color and by posing for an all-school rainbow photo. Please see the grade lineup and color scheme below.

  • Kinder: Red
  • 1st: Orange
  • 2nd: Yellow
  • 3rd: Green
  • 4th: Blue
  • 5th: Purple

If you haven't done so already, please sign up on Konstella to help out with the "hand"-making on Tuesday and Thursday during lunch recess. For any questions, please email Shira Mowlem: Thank you for volunteering to help make Inclusion week a success!

NEW! Registration for 2020-21 School Year is Open through Feb 12
Round 1 Registration for next school year is open until Feb12th.  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.

NEW! Share Your Feedback on Ross Road, Louis Road, Amarillo Ave and Moreno Ave with the City of Palo Alto
The City of Palo Alto’s Office of Transportation would like to hear your feedback on how Ross Road and nearby streets are working since changes were made to them as part of the Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevard project.  The City has launched an online survey for residents living along or near the bicycle boulevards and a separate survey for street users who don’t live nearby. Residents and immediate neighbors of Ross Road and the streets listed above can use this Resident Survey link, and those who use Ross Road but don’t live on it can use the Street User survey link

Addison’s Helping Hands: Jurney Family
Please see the links below to help an Addison alumni family (Craig & Erika Jurney, sons Henry, Ed & Charlie).  Please consider supporting the Jurney family during this difficult time with either a meal donation or a contribution to the scholarship fund for their 3 sons currently at Palo Alto High.
Questions?  Please contact Helping Hands (Patty Dhillon & Jamie Merkel

Community Announcements

NEW! Superintendent's Newsletter and PAUSD News

NEW! Transition planning for students with IEPs  
Tues Feb 11, 6-7:30pm, 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. 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! SAVE THE DATE  PAUSD  2nd Annual Family Leadership Summit 
Sat Feb 22, 8:30A -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! 

NEW! PTAC: 2020 U.S. Census - Be Counted  
As a public information, the Palo Alto PTA Council is reminding you that the 2020 Census is happening soon. Be Counted!  Here is a webinar that you can hop on and listen in to learn about local economic data from the U.S. Census. The Palo Alto PTA Council does not take any position on the Census except as a public announcement.  For more information go here

Seeking Parent Volunteers for Board Bond Advisory Committee (BBAC) 
The BBAC seeks two PTA Representatives, one an elementary school parent, the other a secondary school parent.  Please email:  BBAC's first meeting is Monday, February 3 in Room A at 25 Churchill, 6-7:30 PM.  Committee will meet once or twice a month, always on Monday evenings, until their tasks are completed.  See more info of tasks here

CHC’s Mini Conference for Parents & Educators
Sat Feb 8, 9A-2P 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

Notes to My Middle School Self 
Wed Jan 29 9A-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.

Workshop on Fostering Empathy & Inclusion in Children and Families 
Tue Jan 28 6:30 – 8pm at the Mitchell Park Community Center- Adobe Room, 3700 Middlefield Rd
Free Childcare available.  Free workshop on fostering empathy and inclusion in children and families in our community.  Featured speaker is Todd Wanerman, the co-author of Including One, Including All and longtime contributor to the advancement of early childhood education.  Todd will be joined by local parents Jingjing Xu and Dana Kramer for a panel discussion.  You’ll also hear about the results of a recent Assessment of the Needs of Families and Children in Palo Alto.  To RSVP go to  Questions call Minka, City of Palo Alto @ 463-4953.


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