Addison News - March 21, 2021
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Addison eAdvisor
March 21, 2021


Upcoming Events:

Monday, Mar 22nd, 3:30-4:30pm FDL Materials Pick Up/Drop Off
Thursday, Apr 1st, 5-6pm Principal's Coffee (Zoom)
Monday - Friday, April 5th - 9th SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, Apr 13th. 5-6:00pm PTA - Annual Meeting (Zoom)

NEW! PTA President’s Message

Addison Community - 

This week’s Superintendent's Update acknowledged the CDC’s updated guidance regarding spacing of students in classrooms. His update further stated “The change released by the CDC DOES NOT immediately change our model or approach. We need the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to revise their order before we can consider changing our practices.” Yesterday (Saturday, Mar 20, 2021) the CDPH updated K-12 Schools Guidance to align the most recent update from the CDC. Similar to when previous changes to guidance around safety have been made, PAUSD will take the time necessary to assess how/if the changes will impact school sites and learning spaces. When updates are available, information will be shared from the district and from Principal Boyce (as appropriate for Addison specifics).

Wishing you health,

Lauren Williams
Addison PTA President


UPDATED DreamCatchers Accepting Applications for Current 5th and 6th graders - DEADLINE MARCH 31 / Ayuda a su hijo o hija para alcanzar todo su potencial con DreamCatchers! FECHA LÍMITE 31 DE MARZO
Are you interested in having your student work 1:1 with a high school or college student to help increase their confidence in the classroom, build study skills, and improve their academic skills & performance, as well as participate in fun, community building activities to increase their self-confidence? DreamCatchers, an after-school tutoring program serving low-income PAUSD middle schoolers, has begun accepting applications from rising 6th and 7th graders who will attend Greene, Fletcher, or JLS in 2021-22. For more information about DreamCatchers and our application process and eligibility requirements, please see our flyer in English or en español. If your child will be a sixth or seventh grader at Greene, Fletcher, or JLS in 2021-22, we welcome your family’s application.  Learn more about how you can help by donating or volunteering. Contact with any questions.

A usted le interesa que su hijo o hija trabaje con un tutor individual (de la escuela secundaria, grados 9-12, o de la universidad) para ayudar a aumentar su confianza en si mismo en el salón de la escuela, desarrollar un hábito de estudio, mejorar las habilidades y desempeño académico, así como participar en actividades diversas y divertidas para construir la comunidad en la clase? DreamCatchers, un programa después de la escuela que ofrece tutoría personal para estudiantes en PAUSD de familias de bajo ingreso, ha comenzado a aceptar aplicaciones de familias con estudiantes que estarán en el 6º o 7º grado en Greene, Fletcher, o JLS en el año 2021-22. Para más información sobre DreamCatchers, nuestro proceso de solicitud, y requisitos para elegibilidad, por favor vea nuestro folleto en español. Si su hijo o hija estará en el grado 6º o 7º en Greene, Fletcher, o JLS en el año 2021-22, recibimos de buena manera la solicitud de su familia. Aprenda más cómo usted puede ayudar por medio de contribuir o ofrecerse como voluntario. Por favor escriba a Chris,, con cualquier pregunta.


Parent Education

NEW!  Your Turn: "How to Be an Adult” for Educators and Parents
Thursday, Mar 25, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Series hosted by Wellness Together School Mental Health and the California Department of Education, equips educators, parents, and guardians to promote mental wellness for students at home and in the classroom.  Presenters from across the country including  Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times Bestselling Author and Former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University addresses increasing mental health awareness, advocacy, and access to mental health services for our students. CLICK HERE to register for the webinar.


2e Self Advocacy Panel—Help Your Student Understand Their Brain, and Help Their Teachers Understand It, Too! (For parents of K-12 students)
Monday, Mar 29, 7:00 - 8:30pm
|Panel Featuring: Dr. Keri Berquist, Psychologist, Nancy Kong, Educational Therapist,Toni Ratzburg, Clinical Director, MFT
RSVP here:
Explore the prerequisites to self-advocacy, discover how to help students understand what their brain needs to succeed at school, learn specific developmentally-appropriate techniques to try with your 2e learners, and gain skills to help you and your child communicate with educators about your child’s needs. Sponsored by Palo Alto CAC, Palo Alto Council of PTAs and REEL


Community Announcements

NEW! Scouts BSA Troop 57 and 4057 Virtual Open House - Tuesday, Mar 30th, 7:00pm
Please join our virtual open house on Tuesday, March 30th at 7:00pm to learn about local BSA troops Troop 57 (boys) and Troop 4057 (girls). Zoom link CLICK HERE  Meeting ID: 992 5193 7134 Passcode: 574057 Checkout our website
Youth can join Scouts BSA if they have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old, OR have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, OR are age 11 but have not reached age 18.

NEW! PACCC Offers Distance Learning & Enrichment Programs for PAUSD Students 
Openings at: 

Each site will have stable “social pods” of up to 14 children and 2 supervising adults; children will not commingle with other pods. Kids’ Club capacities vary based on location and facilities; however, most centers will be able to serve 2 pods, and some will be able to serve 3 pods. Join the waitlist and our Directors will be in touch! Sign up for an open spot by filling out the waitlist form and paying the fee, which covers processing costs. If you sign up for a center with no open spots, you will be placed on the waitlist. Questions can be emailed to


NEW! Crossing Guards & Covid Bell Schedule Transition  
The Palo Alto Police Department is working hard with the city’s Crossing Guard service provider to staff all guarded elementary school route intersections at the new school commute times as quickly as possible. This will take some time.  PAUSD’s recent bell time changes with different bell times at different schools require a significant increase to the guard company’s working schedule, and they are doing their best to staff these extra shifts as quickly as they can.  The city hopes to have complete coverage by next week, assuming recruiting/training goes well. Note that the crossing guards are stationed primarily for the elementary schools, and overlap with middle and high school bell times is only coincidental, but PAPD will try to arrange a schedule that will help accommodate MS/HS over time.  As always,  if you notice gaps in service at normally guarded locations on your route to school, please call 329-2413 to report that the guard is absent.  PAPD will work with the Guard Service to fix the problem.


The Palo Alto PTA Council Seeks Volunteers for the 2021-22 School Year 
The Palo Alto PTA Council Nominating Committee is currently looking for community members who have a passion for improving the educational experience of all students.  Let’s talk about how you can participate on a committee for the PTA Council or step into a leadership role for the 2021-22 school year. Training and support will be provided. Help us build diverse, equitable, and inclusive PTAs in Palo Alto.  Contact the Nominating Committee at:


NEW! Advocacy for Teen Health - eCig & Flavored Tobacco Products
For Parents of rising middle schooler or high schoolers: Santa Clara County has now issued its priority recommendations from our community 1) Tobacco Retail Strategies – Menthol & Flavored Tobacco Products, Tobacco Retailer Density, and Tobacco Retailer Licensing; 2) Secondhand Smoke Strategies – Smoke-free Outdoor Public Places & Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing; and 3) Cessation & Health System Strategies – Smoke-free Health Care Campuses & Cessation Services. Funding for these efforts begin 2022 through 2025. There are addiction free hotlines and resources. For more email Jade Chao, or visit the Santa Clara County website


NEW! Freedom Writers - Tuesday, Mar 23, 6:30 PM
Hosted by 6th District PTA. Join us for an evening with Erin Gruwell & The Freedom Writers Foundation to learn about "Creating Cultures of  Acceptance, Compassion, and Integrity. They will also highlight the topics of mental illness and addiction, and suicide awareness and prevention. Register today for this virtual presentation. The first 500 will be able to join the webinar.  All others will have to watch the live stream via  YouTube. Learn more about the Freedom Writers Foundation. Register Here


NEW! Student Photo Contest
The 2021 Peninsula Photo Contest is now accepting submissions, and all students who live, work or attend school in the 6-5-0 area code are eligible to enter. Photographers (of all ages) have until March 22 to submit their photos, and winning entries will be displayed as part of a month-long exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center. Click here for more info Peninsula Photo Contest 2021 All questions can be directed to


NEW! 5th Anniversary VIRTUAL Foster5K - Sun April 25, Anytime, Anywhere
You can model good citizenship, good health and good parenting all in an hour or so.  Sign up the family to walk or run the Foster5K from your front step. All proceeds benefit Child Advocates, CASA of Silicon Valley, serving foster children through its Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program. Entries include a race shirt, and a goody bag for the family. Donate $100 by March 24 and see your family name on the shirt. See the flyer HERE. Note: $5 off each registration when 4 or more sign up at once.  SIGN UP or DONATE at  


NEW! Service Across Ages - Now until April 18
Youth Community Service (YCS) welcomes you to participate in our next community wide service opportunity. Expand possibilities for families in North Santa Clara County. In collaboration with Reach Potential Movement, YCS is offering an opportunity for children, youth, families and adults of all ages, to come together in support of families and schools in North Santa Clara County. Register here:  Following registration, participants will be provided information about Reach Potential Movement and have access to several service options, including detailed instructions. Questions, email:


NEW! Green Tip! Spring Break Travel 
Give the planet a break - stay local and stay safe! Taking a road trip? If you rent a car, try out a hybrid.  Pack your own reusable cutlery and refuse disposables at drive-thrus.  
Flying? Consider carbon offsets. Here’s a helpful article on environmentally friendly vacations.


Health Wellness

California State PTA COVID-19 Resources:
Free COVID-19 Testing in Palo Alto:
Family Resources: Health Wellness Resources 


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

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