Addison News - October 18, 2020
Sun, Oct 18 5:07pm

Addison eAdvisor
October 11, 2020


Upcoming Events:

Monday, Oct 26th, 3-5pm 6th Cycle Pick Up/Drop Off


NEW! PTA President’s Message
Addison Community:

Principal Boyce’s update this week shared important regarding the return to campus for hybrid students, new transitions for all learners in kinder and 1st grade, results of 2nd and 3rd grades’ learning options survey – however for many of us the most important info was at the end of the second paragraph of her email: No matter which selection a family chooses, we will still stay united as an Addison community. As we all have been navigating our own ups and downs of the past seven months, it is more important than ever to pause and remember we are all focused on doing what is best for our students! 

This week our 2nd and 3rd grade families made the decision between hybrid and full distance learning options. Addison’s results are as follows:

  • Grade 2: 81% of students selected hybrid and 19% selected full distance learning
  • Grade 3: 73% of students selected hybrid and 27% selected full distance learning

Grade 2 & 3 families will be informed about their teacher/class assignment on Monday, October 19th by 5pm. Grade 2 & 3 hybrid students will begin returning to campus on October 26th.

Wishing you all health,

Lauren Williams
PTA President


NEW! Parent Square – Health Screener Required for Students Coming to Campus
Students attending school on campus must have a complete online health screener each day prior to entering the classroom. The screener is available on ParentSquare, a new communication platform recently rolled out by PAUSD. A short video tutorial on how to complete the health screener can be found here. Please familiarize yourself with the new communication tool and complete the health screener each day your student is coming to campus. This helps reduce the amount of time needed for classroom check-in and helps the teachers and students get started on time each day.

Please do not download the ParentSquare app for your mobile phone. PAUSD is working on a separate app to ensure seamless integration with other district applications and will announce when it is ready for download.


NEW! Addison Halloween is Coming!
Thank you to all the parents who attended this week’s Halloween planning meeting – and for those who sent input via email and text. A few highlights of the planned events are below – full details will be sent to all families this week via Konstella. 

  • All activities will be in compliance with Santa Clara County Department of Health guidelines.  
  • Classrooms will be hosting individual Halloween “parades.” Students attending school in person will participate in their assigned classroom (social distance practices in place) and remote students will participate via Zoom. (Costumes are optional.) 
  • For any family not wanting to participate in the planned activities taking place during school hours, please contact the school office for more information. 


NEW! Safe Streets/Walk & Roll Team Update
Grades 2nd and 3rd will be coming back to school soon. Have you checked out our school’s Walk and Roll Suggested Route Map and Safe Routes Progress Report? Get started on the right foot by reviewing these important safety and data resources.

Additionally,  San Jose State University’s Mineta Transportation Institute is organizing a poster contest for all elementary schools in Santa Clara County from grades 1-6. The poster contest theme is called "I Stop, You Stop, We All Stop for Train Tracks" More information here.


NEW! Music Is Developmental
Music education promotes focus and persistence. Research shows that learning and practicing music increases brain function and emotional development, as well as language and reasoning. PiE funds music and dance education at the elementary schools, and supports music electives at the middle and high schools. Every dollar makes a difference. Donate, pledge, or learn more about PiE today.


NEW! Free COVID Testing in Palo Alto – Friday Oct. 23
Santa Clara County is providing free Ccovid testing at the Palo Alto Art Center every other Friday. The tests are for asymptomatic kids and adults who are residents of the County, and the next pop-up is October 23rd. Tests are by appointment only 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


Community Announcements


November Election: Your Vote Matters!
Got your ballot? You can vote now, by mail or at a 24-Hour Ballot Drop Off Location Drop boxes go directly to the Registrar of Voters, avoiding any mail delays. Deadline: Tue Nov 3rd, 8pm. Don't delay! But please inform yourself before voting – the ballot is long, and some of the cards are two-sided. California State PTA Supports Prop 15 and Prop 16. Thank you for voting!


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 soon. Vote YES on Measure O, a parcel tax renewal measure that has been placed on the November 2020 ballot to ensure our schools continue receiving critical funding. 


NEW! Safe Routes to School
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. During the ensuing weeks as more grades open, consider these 20 ideas to help encourage your school to celebrate Walking to School in 2020


Registration open now for submission
Display is on Friday, October 30th on both University Ave and California Ave 5:30-8:00pm. Come forth and show off your best carved jack-o-lantern at our first ever Jack-O-Jaunt! Jack-o-lanterns will be judged on three categories: the scariest, most creative, and cutest  jack-o-lanterns. Each winner will receive a $50 gift card to a Palo Alto restaurant of their choice. All carved jack-o-lanterns will be displayed on Friday evening October 30th downtown (University or California Ave) for folks to stroll by and enjoy the creativity of our community.  Registration is open to all and is free but space is limited. To get more information or to sign up your jack-o-lantern for this fun event, please visit:  Please note that this will be a safe, physically distanced event.  


NEW! Effective and Joyful Discipline with Your Strong-Willed Child- $30
Monday, October 19th 7:30-9:00pm - Online workshop
Strong-willed children want to cooperate, yet they need to be approached differently than easygoing children. Are you trying to navigate dynamics in the household during the pandemic.
Cost is $30. Donations are appreciated but not required. Register here:  Any Questions? Email: Tiffany at


NEW! Parent Ed Event With Challenge Success
Friday October 23rd, 11:00am
Hosted by Dr. Denise Pope & Madeline Levine with special guest Lori Gottlieb, New York Times best-selling Author. They will examine how 2020 has highlighted the importance of how we view relationships and well-being. Register here:


NEW! Literacy and the Science of Reading
Wednesday, October 28th 5:00-6:30pm
Ever wondered how kids learn to read, write and spell? Want to better support your child during distance learning? If you are the parent or teacher of an elementary or middle school student who struggles to read or write, whether they are dyslexic or not, please join us for a session with two Stanford professors to hear: How does the reading brain work from a neuroscience perspective, and how do we apply what neuroscience has discovered to develop strong readers & writers? Organized by the Palo Alto CAC and PTA Council. Join Webinar here:

Meeting ID: 898 6386 4534   Passcode: 330632 or Dial by your phone +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)  More info at  


UPDATED October Is Dyslexia Awareness Month 
Do you have a reluctant or struggling reader or writer? 1 in 5 children have learning differences, and only a subset may be identified. Strong reading ability changes lives.

For more information - Contact us or


NEW! Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest
Submission Deadline:  Friday December 18th, 12pm
The Children’s Theatre is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest. Play Palooza gives young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents. Students can submit original work in three categories: Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade). Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children’s Theatre, and winning playwrights receive prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Submissions can be submitted electronically to


NEW! Green Tip! Stop and Think:
Before you throw something out, ask: Can I reuse this? Repair it? Gift/donate it? Compost it? Recycle it? The four R's: reduce, reuse, repair, THEN recycle. Also, before you buy it, ask: Could I make it myself? Do I really need it? If so, is there a product without plastic packaging? Here are two home waste audits from Greenwaste. Elementary Audit  and Secondary Audit


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

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