Addison News - March 28, 2021
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Addison eAdvisor
March 28, 2021


Upcoming Events:

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!  Revised Student Spacing  - Updated Information for Addison Learning Models
Following the announcements by the CDC and the CDPH regarding the revised spacing of students to a minimum distance of three (3) feet, PAUSD is now able to return all hybrid students to full in-person instruction for five days per week in grades K-5. For more information, please read the Superintendent’s Update. The impact for Addison is highlighted below:  

  • Addison grade 5 students will return to full in-person instruction on Tuesday, April 13th 
  • Addison grades 3 & 4 will return to full in-person instruction on Monday, April 19th
  • Addison Kindergarten and grade 2 students will return to full in-person instruction on Monday, April 26th 
  • Addison grade 1 students will continue with their current schedule
  • There will be no changes to Full Distance Learners (FDL) during this school year
  • PAUSD+ will be phased out as as each grade level returns to full in-person instruction

PAUSD and Addison staff will remain vigilant in maintaining safety protocols throughout this transition including maintaining stable cohorts and 6’ social distancing when students are eating.


NEW!  Addison Enrollment Survey - Due Friday, April 2 for All Students
If you haven’t yet completed the 2021-22 Enrollment Survey, please do so by Friday, April 2.


NEW!  Spring Break - No School
As a reminder, Spring Break will take place from Monday, April 5th through Friday, April 9th. There is no school (in-person or virtual) during this time. There will be no eAdvisor on Sunday, April 4th. The eAdvisor will be back on Sunday, April 11th.


Parent Education

NEW!  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, 2021, 7-8:30 PM
Panel Featuring: Dr. Keri Berquist, Psychologist, Nancy Kong, Educational Therapist,Toni Ratzburg, Clinical Director, MFT,
RSVP here:
Explore the prerequisites to self-advocacy, help students understand what their brain needs to succeed at school, learn 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


NEW! PAUSD Wellness & Support Services and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) 
Parenting Series - Creating Calm at Home during COVID-19 Register Here.
Parenting can be very challenging during the Pandemic for a lot of parents. Please join us for a free (1.5-hour webinar every week) The workshop series will cover a wide range of parenting topics, addressing important questions such as internet overuse, build connect with teens, Teen’s mental health, cross-cultural conflicts, de-escalate children’s emotions. By the end of the series, you will be equipped with better understanding, presence, calmness, and the skills needed to be able to communicate with your children. Hope to see you in one of the sessions!


Community Announcements

NEW! The  Palo Alto PTA Council  joins  other  councils  and units  across  the  country  in  solidarity and support  of  Asian  Americans  and  denounces  all  racial violence  in  our  country.  We  will  continue  to work  with  our  community  partners  to  build  a  safe  and supportive  environment  for  all  students, families  and  staff  by  improving  diversity,  equity and  inclusion  throughout  our  school communities. Please review the National PTA Statement on Violence Against Asian Americans More Resources here 

NEW! 3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit – 2021 Series
PAUSD is excited to bring the community together for learning by hosting the 3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit! This year's theme "Unity Through Learning" aims to do just that; bring the community together during these trying times with three days of engaged learning opportunities. This is a fully virtual event. On the morning of the event, links will go live for the Keynote Speaker and all Breakout Presentations, RSVP to ensure you get the communications. visit for more information and sign-up to attend!
Watch the Kick-Off Event: Redefining Strength
Saturday, April 17th Day 2: Equity for Academic Success Saturday, 9:00am – 12:45pm
Saturday, May 15th Day 3: Building Future Leaders, 9:00am – 12:45pm
More info here 


NEW! Green Tip! Spring Break Travel 
The spring brings many religious and cultural celebrations...and an increase in single-use items. Replace plastic decorations and gifts with reusable or biodegradable items, and hit up your Buy Nothing group. Buy fair trade treats and organic eggs and meat. For every occasion, there is a way to respect the Earth.  Passover  Holi  Easter


NEW! Art Classes for students at the Palo Alto Art Center!
Unleash the creativity in your student by signing up for one of our weekly afterschool or Saturday art classes. We offer classes for students ages 6-18 in painting, drawing, mixed media, and ceramics, starting April 12.  Classes will be held outside at the Palo Alto Art Center (1313 Newell Road) or virtually via Zoom. Class schedules and registration information may be found in our online catalog. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello ( or 650-617-3509). 


NEW! Intensive Dyslexia Intervention 8 weeks during Summer 2021 at Stanford University
Children ages 9 to 11 (current 3rd-5th graders) with reading difficulties are needed for an MRI study at Stanford that includes 8 weeks of free intensive and targeted reading instruction. We are interested in how the brain learns to read and the effects of reading instruction on brain development. The study will involve multiple visits to the lab for brain scans and behavioral tests. Participants will be compensated for each visit. Click here to complete a screening form and have your child be considered for this study. For more information, visit or contact the research team at


Health Wellness

Where to go for Free COVID Vaccines
Where to go for Free COVID-19 Testing
California State PTA COVID-19 Resources
Family Resources here: Health Wellness Resources
Teen Mental Health Resources
Children's Mental Health Resources
Spanish language forum: “COVID-19 Vaccine: My Wellness, My Community!”
Learn more about important vaccine topics. Pre-recorded in Spanish.  El Foro Comunitario: Vacuna COVID-19


NEW! COVID Testing
Beginning next week, the Palo Alto Unified School District, in partnership with Predicine, Inc., will offer COVID testing for students and staff.  The following testing strategy will be utilized: 

  1. Any student, teacher, and staff with symptoms identified through the health screening protocols
  2. Any student, teacher, and staff who have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the school or workplace
  3. All students, faculty, and staff with possible exposure in the context of outbreak settings
  4. Surveillance testing  2x/Month (25% of  secondary students attending in-person) for individuals who are asymptomatic.  Note: Surveillance testing detects the presence of COVID-19 even in individuals who may be asymptomatic. 
  5. PAEA Unit Member Testing 2x/month
  6. Testing for indoor sports athletes, coaches, and support staff 2-3x week until we reach the Yellow Tier.

IMPORTANT: Participating in COVID testing through PAUSD/Predicine, Inc. requires participants to consent to being tested. Signing the consent form and participating in the testing program is your consent to share results of your COVID test with the District Nurse and/or the Director of Human Resources . A copy of the consent form is included for review. A printed copy will be available at your school upon request.

In order to provide high quality and equitable training/resources across the diverse demographics we serve, 3 back-to-back virtual training sessions will be conducted by Predicine, in different languages. Parents may join the session conducted in their preferred language. Topics will include how to register, test requisition forms, barcode placement, nasal swab collection, packaging, and test results.
Monday March 29
5:30PM - 6PM: English Presentation/QA. 
6PM - 6:30PM: Mandarin Presentation/QA.
6:30PM - 7:00PM: Spanish Presentation/QA.
Meeting ID: 966 1241 3547
One tap mobile +16699006833,,96612413547# US (San Jose)


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

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