Addison News - October 11, 2020
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Addison eAdvisor
October 11, 2020


Upcoming Events:

Monday, Oct 12th, 3-5pm 5th Cycle Pick Up/Drop Off
Monday, Oct 12th, 5pm Gr 2/3 Survey for Hybrid/FDL Due
Tuesday, Oct 13th, 9am PTA Halloween Planning Meeting
Tuesday, Oct 13th 5-6pm PTA Meeting


NEW! PTA President’s Message

Addison Community:

This week our K/1 hybrid students return to campus and full distance students move into their new virtual classrooms. Thank you to all staff who have been working countless hours, days and weeks preparing for this! I imagine there is a strong mix of excitement and nerves for everyone as we go through this change. I know that we all will continue to be there to offer support, encouragement and patience for one another as we move to this next phase of the school year. 

Halloween is coming - and the PTA is working on a plan for a special edition breakfast and costume parade to take place on Friday, October 30th. We are hosting a planning meeting this week (Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9am)  - if you’d like to be part of the conversation, check the school calendar for Zoom details or reach out to

The October PTA meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 5pm. Zoom meeting details are available in the school calendar.

Wishing you all health,

Lauren Williams
PTA President


NEW! Art Is Multi-dimensional
Engaging with art develops a growth mindset, enhances confidence, and improves memory and concentration. PiE funds Spectra Arts for all elementary schools, and supports art electives at the middle and high schools. Every dollar makes a difference. Donate, pledge, or learn more about PiE.


NEW! Spirit Wear Orders Placed!
If you ordered Addison Spirit Wear at the beginning of the school year, the order has been placed. Items will be delivered to your doorstep in a few weeks! 


NEW! Volunteers Needed to Assemble SPECTRA Art Kits (Multiple Dates)
The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department is in need of volunteers to help assemble 4,700 art supply bags for PAUSD’s elementary school students on Wed Oct 14, Thurs Oct 15, Fri Oct 16. Shifts from 10AM -12, 1-3PM
Work outside in fresh air on a safely distanced assembly line, using a single touch method to bag up art supplies. Disinfection protocols in place, gloves and hand sanitizer available. Questions? Email


Community Announcements

NEW! Free COVID Testing in Palo Alto - Friday Oct. 23
Santa Clara County is providing free covid testing at the Palo Alto Art Center every other Friday. The tests are for asymptomatic kids and adults who are residents of the county. The next pop-up is October 23rd.  Tests are by appointment and very quick, with a short nasal swab.


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, so speak to your family physician or pharmacist about getting your seasonal flu shot now. CDC message on the Flu Vaccine


NEW! UPDATED - Vote Yes on Measure O
Call to Action, Donate online, endorse, advocate!  Volunteers needed to place lawn signs in your school neighborhood. Be a volunteer to help get the word out to voters. Lawn Sign and precinct walkers (to get out flyers to each home/business) are needed. Please reach out to fellow parent volunteers: Randolph Tsien at or Laura Stark at or

The PTA Council supports Yes On O!  For almost 20 years, our local parcel tax has generated over $15 million in locally-controlled funding to keep our schools strong. This essential local funding is set to expire. Vote YES on Measure O, the parcel tax renewal measure that has been placed on the November 2020 ballot to ensure our schools continue receiving critical funding. 


NEW! PTAC School Board Candidate Forums
Watch the recording of the 10/8 School Board Forum co-hosted with the League of Women Voters.


NEW! School Board Candidate Forum - Elementary Education
Wed Oct 14th, 6:30-8:30 pm
Join us and learn about the candidates for PAUSD school board.  Now is your chance to have your questions answered by every candidate - Submit your questions here.  
Join the webinar here: Board Candidate Forum Elementary Education  Passcode: 764564  iPhone one-tap : US: +16699006833,,89742868223#  or +13462487799,,89742868223# 
Need Translation: Click here to tell us what language you would like Questions/Information contact: 


NEW! School Board Candidate Forum on Educational Equity & Access:  The Achievement Gap and Special Education 
Sat, Oct, 17, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Join the webinar: Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting Passcode: 510864  Or Dial by Telephone: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 408 638 0968  Webinar ID: 851 4292 5155 Passcode: 510864
For questions, contact or
The event is jointly sponsored by PTA Council (PTAC), Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC), the Latino Parent Network (LPN), and Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS). 


NEW! Workshop on Special Education Rights during COVID-19 Distance Learning
Sat, Oct 24, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Join Zoom here: Special Ed Rights Workshop Meeting ID: 979 2531 8745 Passcode: 003019
FREE. This workshop covers the basics of special education in the IEP process including some solutions and suggestions during COVID-19 Distance Learning. There will be a discussion about IEP goals, accommodations and parental rights, and a Q & A session during this workshop. Organized by Palo Alto CAC (, presented by a Senior Advocate, Vanessa Ochoa of Disability Right California, and co-sponsored by PTAC.

Taller sobre Derechos de Education Especial durante COVID-19 y Educacion a Distancia Sábado, Oct 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm información: IEP Workshop

星期六, 10月 24日, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 信息: IEP Workshop


A judge has ordered the Census Bureau to continue counting people for a few more weeks, so if you and your family haven't yet been counted, please fill out the simple form right away, at And please remind others!  It's important, and it's safe and secure for everyone. Questions:


Pumpkin Decorating with Gamble Gardens
Saturday, Oct 24th 10-11am, via ZOOM
No trick-or-treating this year has your kids in a Halloween slump?  Do something fun.  Learn to decorate a pumpkin using the beautiful Indian art of mehndi.  This live Zoom class is taught by Priti Aggarwal, an acclaimed mehndi artist.  Design an unbelievable Halloween pumpkin using custom-made henna paste free from chemicals or dyes.  No carving required.  $40/student.  Recommended ages 8 - 18, but fun for the entire family.  All supplies (pumpkin and henna) provided and must be picked up at Gamble Garden in Palo Alto.

Register Today:


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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