Addison News - November 15, 2020
Sun, Nov 15 12:04pm

Addison eAdvisor
November 15, 2020


Upcoming Events:

Friday, Nov 20th - 5pm Progress Reports Available
Monday, Nov 23th - Friday, Nov 27th NO SCHOOL


NEW! PTA President’s Message
Addison Community:

Last week marked the final transition to hybrid / full distance learning for all of our students. What an amazing accomplishment for our students, teachers, staff, families and caregivers! 

As we all settle into our new “normal” routines, it is as important as ever to remember to all do our part to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission within our community. This will help to keep everyone safe & healthy, especially teachers, staff and students who have returned to campus. It is critical that the requirements and guidelines provided by our county and state are taken seriously by everyone in the Addison community. As a reminder, all students receiving in person instruction in a K-12 school can attend school and ONE additional child/youth activity and students should not move from one program to another more than once every three (3) weeks. Child/youth activities include: 

  • Childcare programs such as Right at School, AKC and JCC
  • Privately arranged and hosted learning pods or tutoring groups
  • Youth sports (organized) such as baseball, soccer, softball, swimming, water polo
  • In-person programs such as music lessons, art lessons, choir 


Please review your student’s current schedule of activities and ensure your family is in compliance with this requirement from the County of Santa Clara Health Department. 

As we enter the holiday season, it is also important to keep the safety of our community in mind when planning gatherings and travel. The state and county issued the following travel recommendation: “If you travel outside the Bay Area, it is strongly recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days after your return if your activities while traveling put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19.” For more information on safe holiday gatherings with friends and family, visit the county health department’s guidance here.

Wishing you all health,
Lauren Williams
PTA President


NEW! PTA Board Positions Open
As we all settle into our new routines for the school year, we'd love to encourage you to volunteer with the PTA. We currently have three board positions to fill: VP of Events and Fundraising, VP of Communications, and Auditor. Joining the PTA Board is a great way to stay connected with the Addison community and help ensure that we make this year the best possible for all children in the Addison community. If you're interested or would like more information about any of these positions, please reach out to There will continue to be one-off volunteering opportunities throughout the school year as well, which will be posted through Konstella as they arise.


NEW! Addison Parents - Call for “Cohort Parent Reps”
Now that all Addison students have joined their cohorts, we would like to form a group of "Cohort Parents." This role is very similar to our traditional Room Parents. We're looking for one point of contact for each classroom cohort group (FDL and hybrid learners), who can help communicate teacher/schoolwide updates to their class. If you're interested (existing Room Parents who wish to continue, as well as those who haven't volunteered), please contact Lisa Bertelsen-Kivett on Konstella. 


NEW! Double Your Impact: PiE Challenge Grant Ends Monday

Every dollar makes a difference. Gifts and pledges made through Monday, November 16th will be matched by a $210,000 Challenge Grant offered by generous donors from our community. Support our students by donating to PiE today. If you have already given or pledged, thank you so much. If not, don't delay! Double your impact by donating or pledging today.


Community Announcements


NEW! Art Exhibit at Palo Alto Art Center - “Holding it Together”
Now through December 12th 
The exhibit is a collection of new works by artists that examine the experience of parenting during the pandemic. Addison parent and local artist Robin Mullery organized the exhibit. Community members are also invited to participate in the show by submitting photos of how their families are "holding it together" during these times (send via Instagram to @paloaltoartcenter, email to or text 650-646-5344). These will be added to the gallery walls throughout the duration of the show. For in-person visitors, there is an interactive exhibit called “The Transformation Station” that can be fun for kids. Read more about the exhibit here.


NEW! The K-12 Opportunity Gap and Its Effect on Equal Access to Higher Education
Thursday Dec 3rd, 12-1:30 pm. Zoom Webinar
Presented by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto with Co-sponsorship by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Featuring guest speakers: Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Genevieve (“Genzie”) Bonadies Torres, Counsel for the Educational Opportunities Project. A high-quality education is among the most potent drivers of opportunity and economic mobility, particularly for historically marginalized students of color and low-income students. Unfortunately, our educational system is too often deepening the racial and socioeconomic divides that persist across California and our country. In this webinar, the Lawyers’ Committee’s Educational Opportunities Project will provide an overview of the current racial inequities characterizing the K-12 system and their impact on access to higher education and social mobility. The webinar will then highlight important efforts that are underway in California and across the country to dismantle existing barriers and to ensure education remains a ladder to opportunity for all. Register here


NEW! PTA Council Wishes Everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday
Get your FLU SHOTS NOW  before they run out of flu vaccine.
With two serious respiratory viruses circulating this year, it's especially important to protect ourselves and our families as much as we can. Flu shots are now available, but may be in short supply this year because of the current pandemic and higher demand for flu vaccines this year, so speak to your family physician or pharmacist about getting your seasonal flu shot now. CDC message on the Flu Vaccine


Walk and Roll to School 2020
No matter your learning environment, families, neighborhoods and schools are invited to participate in Walk to School celebrations this year. Now that many grades have reopened, consider these 20 ideas to help encourage your school to celebrate Walking to School in 2020


NEW! Care Packages for Bill Wilson Center, with Youth Community Service (YCS)
Now until Sun Nov 22, 3PM
In collaboration with Bill Wilson Center, YCS is inviting youths and families to create personal care kits for youth residents at Safety Net Shelter, a shelter for homeless and runaway youth ages 12-18. The kits will include basic hygiene products, as well as products for personal expression, such as make-up kits and beard grooming. After registration, participants will be provided information about Bill Wilson Center and detailed activity instructions. Sign-up:  Questions? Email Jennifer Lee Thuresson:


NEW! The Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto
For 64 years, the Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto has continued to serve those in our community who struggle financially. During the holiday season, funds contributed last year by many generous donors were distributed in small checks to over 636 low-income families.  Overall, we helped 2500 individuals. All recipients are referred by local agencies who serve these families with children, single adults and seniors with limited funds! Please visit our website and help us make a difference and spread holiday cheer! The Christmas Bureau is a non-profit [501(c)(3)], non-sectarian, all volunteer organization. If you have already contributed to our 2020 Campaign, THANK YOU!


Help PAUSD Middle School Students Reach Their Full Potential
This has been a challenging school year for all of us. Imagine all of those challenges alongside the stress of financial insecurity while trying to maintain focus on your student’s education. DreamCatchers provides Fletcher, Greene and JLS middle school students living in East Palo Alto and Palo Alto with a community of support that keeps students engaged in school to reach their full potential.  At the same time, it provides Gunn and Paly students with meaningful leadership and mentorship opportunities.  Learn more about how you can help by donating or volunteering.


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

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Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-322-5935
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