Addison News - November 30, 2020
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Addison eAdvisor
November 30, 2020


Upcoming Events:

Monday, Nov 30th - 3-5pm FDL Materials Pick up/Drop off Gr K-1-3-4
Tuesday, Dec 8th - 5-6pm PTA Meeting
Monday, Dec 14th - 3-5pm FDL Materials Pick up/Drop off Gr K-1-3-4
December 21st - January 6th NO SCHOOL - Winter Holiday Break


NEW! PTA President’s Message

Welcome to a “special” Monday edition of the eAdvisor. I hope everyone had a great week off!  

Last evening the superintendent sent out a message regarding new travel requirements for Santa Clara County. While this information is important for everyone in Santa Clara County to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, these guidelines are of particular importance to families participating in the hybrid learning model

If you travelled outside of the Bay Area during Thanksgiving break; this is the state and county travel recommendation in effect: “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 travelling put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19.”  If your family needs to quarantine based on these recommendations, this is considered an excused absence from school. Please contact Principal Boyce regarding arrangements for your student’s learning during this period. 

The new guidelines apply to travel from today (Nov. 30) thru Dec. 21, and make the quarantine mandatory as follows: “Leisure and non-essential travel are strongly discouraged, and a new Mandatory Directive on Travel will require people to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the County from travel of more than 150 miles.  Healthcare workers traveling into the county to provide care or patients traveling into the county to obtain treatment will be exempted from this requirement.”  More detailed information from the county is available here

It is critical to keep the safety of our community in mind when planning gatherings and travel. It is only through our combined efforts and responsible decision making that our schools can remain open and accessible for hybrid students to continue to learn in person. 

Wishing you all continued health & safety,

Lauren Williams
PTA President


NEW! Free COVID Testing in Palo Alto - Friday Dec. 4
Santa Clara County is providing free covid testing at the Palo Alto Art Center. The next pop-up is December 4th.  Tests are by appointment and very quick, with a short nasal swab.


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.


Community Announcements 

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


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.


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