Addison News - March 8, 2020
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Addison eAdvisor
March 8, 2020

Calendar: Upcoming Addison Events
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Mon, Mar 9 NO SCHOOL - Local Holiday
Tue, Mar 10 PTA General & Exec Meeting, 6:30-8:00pm Flex Space
Fri, Mar 13 Progress Reports in Infinite Campus
Wed, Mar 18 Site Council Meeting, 3pm Flex Space
Thu, Mar 19 Family Library Night, 6-7:30pm Addison Library

NEW! Principals message
Dear Addison Families,

I hope you are enjoying the long weekend.  As a reminder, school will be closed on Monday, March 9th, due to a scheduled PAUSD local holiday.

Last Thursday, I sent a message to the community regarding the coronavirus.  I stated that our District continues to work closely with the CDC, California Department of Health and Human Services, and the Santa Clara County Health Department to obtain the latest informational updates and guidance to keep our communities safe. Also, I listed the precautions Addison is taking to help contain the spread of germs and encouraged families to check the PAUSD Coronavirus webpage and FAQ document for the most up-to-date information you can find from the District. An attachment was included regarding how to talk to kids about the coronavirus and more recently, a physician parent in the community sent me this great comic resource that helps inform students about the virus and teach good hygiene.  On Monday, March 9th, our District Management Team is reconvening to discuss further updates and plans for future school events.  A District message will be emailed to families on Monday evening around 6pm and I will follow up regarding site specific updates including whether we will proceed with the 5th grade Wax Museum Parent Presentation Night on March 11th or our Family Library Night on March 19th.  

If you haven’t been to Addison lately, you may have not seen the progress of our new MP Room!  The exterior was painted and outdoor stage door installed. I spent time in the MP Room last week and was excited to imagine all the great events and assemblies that will take place.  We are still waiting for the large doors leading to the field to be built and the completion of the outdoor stage but we are still on track for a May 2020 opening.

Finally, I wanted to thank Emily Meyer for taking the lead in forming a Design Committee that will consider how and where to add color and graphics on the interior of our new buildings.  She has a background in design and is bringing together different stakeholders for this process. If you have input or ideas, feel free to email her at

Amanda Boyce

NEW! Family Library Night - Thu, Mar 19th 6:00-7:30pm, NEW Addison Library
We are excited to host Family Library Night in our new library!  We would like students and families to help us decorate the library for the evening.  Please decorate an empty tissue box with a book theme and drop off at the library before Thursday, March 19.  When we are done using the boxes for decor, we have a special use for them.  We look forward to seeing your creatively adorned tissue boxes!

NEW! March Birthday Book Club - Wed, Mar 11 1:15-1:45pm, Addison Library
Please join us on Wednesday, March 11th for Birthday Book Club. If your student has a birthday in the months of August to March, 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. 
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

Community Announcements

NEW! Superintendent's Newsletter and PAUSD News

NEW! Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update  
Please remember to check out our NEWEST links pertaining to travel and children regarding the COVID-19. If you have any questions or require more resources, email
CDC Information for Travel
CDC - FAQ Coronavirus Disease and Children
NASP - Talking to Children about COVID-19
Parent Resource: Talking to Children about COVID-19 
**UPDATED** PTA Council Coronavirus Webpage
PAUSD - Coronavirus

PTAC - March 25 Association Meeting
Wed,, Mar 25, 9-11am, 25 Churchill Ave Palo Alto
The next PTAC General Association Meeting is on March 25th. This meeting is open to the general public. We will meet to discuss our school PTAs’ preparedness for COVID-19. Call-in meeting is an option. Call-In: 605-313-6335 (ID 478-927)

CNY2020 Drive for PAUSD, Wuhan, Japan and S. Korea
For the past four years, Palo Alto Chinese New Year (CNY) Fair has been a community building event. Every year, all proceeds of the Fair (~$7000/year) go to PAUSD or related organizations. This year the CNY Fair was cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak. WizChinese/Palo Alto Chinese Parent Club is inviting our community to raise funds for hardest hit Asian countries. Our fundraising goal is $14,000, half for PAUSD and half for Wuhan, Japan and S. Korea. 100% proceeds go to the causes. Donate at

"Motherload" screening on family cargo biking 
Sun, Mar 22, 2-5pm, Arrillaga Family Rec. Ctr., Sequoia Room, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park
“Motherload” is an award-winning, crowdsourced documentary about the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.  The $5 ticket price will be donated to Silicon Valley Bike Exchange.  A small showcase of family cargo bikes will be onsite.  Registration required - limited seating available. Sponsored by Safe Routes to School, PTAC, and PAUSD.   Click here to register for the screening at the Menlo Park venue.

PTAC Invites Students to Apply for Grant Funding $$  - Now Available 
The City of Palo Alto’s ThinkFund grant program is a unique opportunity for high school students, either living in Palo Alto or attending school in Palo Alto, to receive a microgrant for their project or idea.  In addition to funding, students will also receive mentorship and support in order to turn their vision for a project into reality. For more information on how to apply please visit City of Palo Alto, CA - Think Fund.

PTAC Invites Parents to Escaping Vaping Talk by Palo Alto Youth Council (PAYC)
Thu Apr 2, 7:30-9:00pm, Mitchell Park Community Center 
PTAC invites parents (and teachers) with students transitioning to middle or high school to attend this event.  This will be a student-led panel discussion featuring teenagers from our community, as well as experts from medicine, law enforcement, academia and government.  Come hear from the teens directly so you can better understand how to talk with your student(s).  Free admission and refreshments are provided. For more info, please CLICK HERE or contact Palo Alto Youth Council at

PTA Council seeks Officers and Committee Volunteers
Are you interested in being a part of the PTA council nomination committee?  The charge of the nominating committee is to recognize and recruit the most qualified people available for elected a member of the PTA Council Executive Board and Collaborative Committees for the 2020-21 school year.  As we are forming this nom-committee, we are looking for community members who have a passion for improving the educational experience of all students and preferably have experience on their school PTA or site council.  We are currently seeking both nominations and expressions of interest from individuals in the community who would like to learn more about becoming a member of the PTA Council. Talk to us about stepping into a leadership role or how you can participate on a committee. Contact us

PALY Theatre presents Tartuffe, by Moliere
Mar 14, 20, 21,  7:30pm; Mar 15, 22  2:00pm; Mar 19 4:00pm, Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto
Molière’s ridiculously funny tale of hypocrisy, vanity, and sleaze, Tartuffe  follows the travails of the wealthy Pernelle family as they contend with the invasion of their household by a slippery con artist posing as an extremely devout holy man.  Tickets are $15 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors. Tickets go on sale February 24th. Box office opens 1 hour before curtain. More information and tickets available at

Racing Hearts 5k/10k for heart wellness 
Sun, Mar 29th, 9am. 250 Hamilton Ave. Palo Alto
Register today!  Join the City of Palo Alto, Police and Fire departments for our 7th Annual Racing Hearts 5k/10k in downtown Palo Alto.  Celebrate active living for heart disease and community AEDs.  Racing Hearts has placed over 900 AEDs in our community, pioneered two CA state laws and has documented 18 AED saves! Participants and volunteers welcome.  Register/Volunteer sign up here!

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