Addison News - November 10, 2019
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Addison eAdvisor
November 10, 2019

Calendar: Upcoming Addison Events
Addison Google Calendar

Mon, Nov 11 No School, Veterans Day
Tue, Nov 12 PTA Meeting, 8:20am AKC 1 Classroom
Wed, Nov 13 Birthday Book Club, 1:15-1:45pm School Library
Fri, Nov 15 Progress Reports posted on Infinite Campus
Wed, Nov 20 Site Council Meeting, 3pm School Library
Nov 25-29 No School, Thanksgiving Break

 Principal's Message 

Dear Addison Families,

The teachers have been very busy these past few weeks with parent-teacher conferences and writing progress reports.  We finished our first trimester this past week and our first trimester progress reports will be available through Infinite Campus next Fri, Nov. 15, at 4pm.  I will email the steps to access the progress report online through Konstella at the end of next week as we do not send home paper copies unless requested.

This past week, our new Playworks Coach, Nikki Chiu, worked at Addison and taught several tag games, focusing on two-finger butterfly tagging, Ro Sham Bo during conflicts, and body control. Grades K-3 played sneaky statues, band-aid tag, and sharks and minnows.  Grades 4-5 played fruit basket and sharks and minnows deluxe. The Playworks program not only teaches new games but also cooperation, good sportsmanship, inclusiveness, and encouragement.  It was fun to see the kids outside with Nikki and the rest of their class building these important life skills. Since all classes participate in Playworks, ask your children about these activities or better yet, play them as a family!   Also, the 3rd-5th grade Junior Coaches were trained on Wednesday so we look forward to their continued leadership throughout this school.

We do not have school on Monday as we celebrate Veterans Day.  On Tuesday, we have our PTA General and Executive Meeting at 8:20am in the AKC portable.  Everyone is welcome to learn about our PTA and all the wonderful programs they provide.  One of the enrichment opportunities they support is our grade level field trips.  PTA pays for all the Kindergarten-3rd grade field trips so we ask for voluntary donations in 4th and 5th grades in order to pay for overnight field trips for those students.  We are currently collecting donations to make these 4th and 5th grade field trips possible this year so if you’re able to donate, please use these grade specific links or contact the front office.  4th grade    5th grade 

Finally, I wanted to thank Jill Asher, Jen Matsuzawa and Danielle Pashalidis for inviting our Noon Chorus to the Magical Bridge Playground yesterday for a performance!  Jill is one of the co-founders of the playground and Jen and Danielle are the fearless leaders that teach the students each Wednesday at lunch.  This was the first school performance held at the Magical Bridge Playground and the students did a great job.  Thanks to all the families for your ongoing support.

Amanda Boyce

PiE Rally Days: The Challenge Grant Returns! 

If you have been waiting for the right moment to complete your PiE donation for the year, the time has come! Generous donors have offered up a special Rally Days challenge grant, and will match donations up to $254,000 through Nov. 18. Please support our students by donating to PiE today. If you have already given or pledged, thank you so much. If not, now is a great time. Donate today!

NEW! Area Rugs Needed for Art Room!  
In Jan., Room 17 will become a temporary Art Room. In order to protect the current carpet/flooring for Jan-May, the PTA is looking for donations of "used and in good condition" area rugs. At the end of the school year, these area rugs will be disposed of or returned (if requested) as the classroom will become the music room. If you have area rugs to donate, please contact

NEW! Birthday Book Club - Wed, Nov. 13 
Please join us on Wed, Nov. 13th for Birthday Book Club (BBC). If your student has a birthday in Nov., Oct., Sep. or Aug., please join us in the Addison Library between 1:15 and 1:45pm.
During monthly 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 BBC 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. Please check the Addison website for the dates of all BBC events (
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
Student Photos from  Auction Now Available for Download
Photos of the students that were available at the Addison Adult Party & Auction can now be viewed online and are available for download.  View the photos here. A special thanks to Addison parent and Palo Alto photographer Ola Hopper for taking the photos, donating her editing services, and covering the cost of printing the images.


Community Announcements

NEW!  Superintendent's Newsletter and PAUSD News

NEW! PTAC - Advocacy - Protect Teens and Children - NO VAPING  
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 5 passed its resolution to ban sale and distribution of e-Cig including mint and menthol. Palo Alto PTA Council has submitted its first draft of the 2020 CA PTA Convention Resolution.  Thank you to the Committee’s diligent efforts. The final PTA Resolution is due to CAPTA Jan. 2, 2020.  Questions and comments —please contact Erwin Morton at

NEW! PTAC - Stanford GUP Concluded
Stanford has withdrawn their application for a general use permit (GUP).  Thank you for staying informed throughout the Stanford GUP advocacy and for doing your part in protecting the quality of PAUSD education for all our students.  We applaud all 17 PTAs/PTSAs Advocacy work and tremendous efforts in making elementary and secondary students' voices heard by speaking at the RALLY and PUBLIC HEARING.  Please see Article One, Two.

NEW! PTAC Dyslexia Resolution
Palo Alto Council of PTAs has endorsed California State PTA (CAPTA) Dyslexia resolution: Addressing the Educational Implications in Public Schools (2016) . This endorsement affirms PTAC's commitment to supporting educators and families in addressing the needs of students with dyslexia. See here. PTAC would like to thank the Education committee, Parliamentarian and Special Education committee for presenting this resolution. The timeliness of this endorsement comes as the PAUSD Board reviews the dyslexia update for Palo Alto Schools at the Tue, Nov. 19th, 2019, board meeting. 


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Principal: Amanda Boyce
PTA President: Lauren Williams

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