Addison News - January 31, 2021
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Addison eAdvisor
January 31, 2021


Upcoming Events:

Monday, Feb 8th, 3:30-4:30pm (NEW TIME) FDL Pick Up/ Drop Off Gr K-5
Tuesday, Feb 9th, 5-6pm PTA Meeting - Zoom
Monday, Feb 15th NO SCHOOL - President's Day


NEW! PTA President's Message
Addison Community: 

Tomorrow, February 1, marks the first day of a month-long celebration of Black History. PAUSD and the City of Palo Alto have launched a 21-Day Equity Challenge to provide us all with a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives, our community and our student's education. The #PAEquityChallenge will provide online daily activities (brief readings, videos, etc.) that can be done in 15 minutes or less.  Each daily topic will provide an opportunity to deepen our connections and further our understanding of power, privilege, oppression, and equity AND BELONGING. The district has established a goal of 1,000 participants - and I am hopeful that the Addison community can reach 100. I encourage all of you to sign up  for this critically important initiative and encourage others to do so as well!

Wishing you all health,
Lauren Williams
PTA President


NEW! Hit the Road or the Slopes this Weekend? Read on...
The PTA would like to remind everyone that the mandatory directive on travel issued by the Santa Clara County Department of Health on November 28, 2020 and revised on December 15, 2020 remains in effect. Therefore, if you travel outside of the county, the following guidelines apply: “Except as otherwise provided in this Directive, all persons traveling into Santa Clara County, whether by air, car, train, or any other means, directly or indirectly from a point of origin greater than 150 miles from the County’s borders must quarantine for at least 10 days after arrival.”  


NEW! PTA Nominating Committee for 2021-22 School Year Forming
Each year, a PTA nominating committee is formed to recruit volunteers to fill board and chair positions. If you are interested in joining the nominating committee, please reach out via email - Nominating Committee is a once a year commitment and is a great way to help ensure a wide range of community members are aware of open positions and helps us get more families involved throughout the school year.


NEW! School Photos & Yearbook
While we won’t have the same events and memories that usually take place throughout the school year, the PTA is happy to announce we have a 2020-21 yearbook. All students - hybrid and FDL - are encouraged to participate. An opportunity for individual photos to be taken at school will be offered to all students, or families may submit individual photos to be included in the yearbook. More info on individual and class photos and yearbook order info will be sent out in February. The yearbook committee is looking for classroom editors - it’s a one time commitment that you can do on your own schedule! If you are interested in helping, please reach out to for more details. 


NEW! A Little Time = Great Results!
Become a PiE volunteer and help make a big difference. Next year, coming back from COVID, we'll want to build an even greater connection on campus. Join our team! It's fun and you get to meet new people. Grab a friend and volunteer together! Interested? Email!


NEW! PTA Notice of Election
The PTA will hold an election for the board position of Auditor during the Tuesday, Feb 9th meeting. The auditor position was previously filled, but became vacant in January.


Community Announcements 

NEW! 2021 Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards - Call for Nominations
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 2/19. The Awards Ceremony will be on Saturday, February 27, from 10am to noon on Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to nominators and nominees directly to retain privacy. For info or questions contact or go to


NEW! UPDATED: PTA Parent Series: Parenting in a Pandemic 
Free online webinars for parenting in a pandemic, organized by 6th District PTA. Please CLICK HERE to register for any of the talks below:

  • ESPAÑOL -  Estrés y El Bienestar de nuestra Salud Mental Miércoles, 3 de febrero de 2021, 7pm
  • Improving Family Life While Working at Home Thursday, February 11, 2021, 7pm
  • Parenting During the Pandemic: First, Adjust Your Own N95 Mask! Creating Happiness for You and Your Family Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7pm
  • Supporting Children in our Changing World Wednesday, March 3, 2021 7pm


NEW! Health Wellness
Info on Free COVID-19 Testing in Palo Alto - click here
Info on Family Resources - click here


Sat, Mar 6 10:00 - 11:00 AM Via Zoom
Birds need to eat 365 days a year!  Birdseed ornaments are a fun project to make year-round. They are perfect for a backyard bird feeder, as ornaments or gifts for teachers. They are made with ordinary cookie cutters, so you can easily customize your ornaments to suit the occasion. In this live, one-hour Zoom class, you will make your own bird feeder ornaments using unique seeds like black sunflower seeds, nyjer seeds, cracked corn, millet and mealworms. You will also learn about local bird species. Most supplies included and can be picked up at Gamble Garden. Fun for the entire family! Great class for Girl Scout Troops!  Email for group discount. Register Now: HOW TO MAKE AN URBAN BIRD FEEDER - ONLINE - Gamble Garden


NEW! Help Students Who Need You Most
You can make a difference in the life of a student.  Over 80% of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park students are performing below grade level in reading and math. As a classroom volunteer, you will work with the same teacher and student for one hour, every week during the full school year. It’s an opportunity to build a relationship with a student and impact his or her life.  All Students Matter provides training and coordinates logistics with you and your schedule in mind. Sign up now and start mid-September. Learn more about us or sign up to volunteer at All Students Matter believes every child deserves an equal opportunity to learn. Volunteers work with teachers to support the education of students in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.


NEW! League of Women Voters Palo Alto hosts “The Reunited States” documentary & panel discussion
Please mark your calendar for the following engagement dates leading up to the league-hosted panel discussion regarding the award-winning documentary “The Reunited States”. The film urges viewers to consider that everyone has a role to play in reuniting the country: Watch for announcements and registration invites in the coming weeks; we hope you’ll join us!  Questions?

  • Feb 9: LWVPA registration invite published to league members PA high schools; may be shared with interested family and friends (Note: Video-on-demand viewing also available from select on-demand partners on this date)
  • Feb 11: private in-home link to documentary available for event registrants through Feb 17; premier webinar review of “The Reunited States” with executive producers Van Jones and Megan McCain also on this date
  • Feb 16: interactive zoom panel discussion between LWVPA members, Palo Alto students, and program participants from 7:00 – 8:30 PM PST


Addison Info & Quick Links
Quick Links
Addison School Website
Addison PTA Website
Principal: Amanda Boyce
PTA President: Lauren Williams

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