Escondido School, District, and Community News (October 22, 2017)
Sun, Oct 22 7:58pm
Escondido Elementary



Welcome to eNews Escondido!  

The Escondido PTA Executive Board is very excited to have eNews back for another year.  We are thankful to Arianne Teherani for volunteering to serve as our eNews Chair.  eNews will be sent weekly, on Sunday evenings via Konstella. eNews is organized to feature first Escondido, then District, and finally Community news and events.  Do you have something to promote in eNews, submission deadline is Fridays 10 am, to


Thank you Escondido families for making Friday, October 20th special for our fabulous teachers and staff! Several families donated delicious sweets. They were all very much appreciated by the teachers while they had specialty coffees served by a local coffee cart.  It was a wonderful way to say thanks for a  great quarter of school completed!



PTA Board


Wear BLUE for the PiE Rally Day on Monday, October 23

School Photo Make Up on Tuesday, October 24

Unity Day on Wednesday, October 25, wear orange

Escondido Spirit Day on Friday, October 27, wear red and show your school spirit.  T-shirts and sweatshirts will be sold after school on Thursday, October 26.  

Spooky Hop on Friday, October 27, 5-7 pm (See below for more details)

Costume Pop Up on Friday, October 27 at Spooky Hop

Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 31, 8:30 am - All are welcome to watch the students parade about the blacktop in front of office, coffee will be served by PTA in front of MP.

Konstella: Friendly reminder to register and update your Konstella information. Room parents will be contacting families that are not officially registered. It is extremely helpful to the teachers and fellow classmates that the class is all using the same platform to communicate. Any questions about Konstella, contact Escondido parent volunteer Carmina Littlefield,


To submit to Escondido ENews send to: Arianne Teherani (



Put on your dancing shoes or not!  Wear your Halloween costumes or not!  But do join us for the Spooky Hop on Friday, Oct 27th from 5-7pm in the

Escondido MP Room

Fun whether you are in Kindergarten or Grade 2 or Grade 5!

Tickets are $10 (includes a slice of pizza, drink, veggie, a treat & a light up necklace perfect for trick-or- treating)

Enjoy a walk through our “Spooky” Reading Garden

Great Music

Photo Booth

Candy Walk Game

Auction Items & Community Parties will be available for bidding!

2nd-5th grade kids can be dropped off & parents can enjoy a night out

Kinder & 1st grade kids must have an adult chaperone

*Younger siblings welcome (younger than kinders) but must have a ticket

Questions:  Contact Jaime Anderson at


To support Escondido Elementary PTA, always shop at

Do you shop Amazon all the time?  Then update your account and direct your Amazon to and send contributions to: 1036 Escondido Elementary PTA.  



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Remember, if you want Amazon to donate to 1036 Escondido Elementary PTA, you need to start each shopping session at the URL, and they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases.

Visit Your AmazonSmile Impact to see donation information and learn more about your charity.

AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. on Mobile devices:  If you shop from your iPhone or iPad, you will need to do the following once on each device, cannot be accessed through the amazon mobile app:

  • Open Safari on your mobile device and type in the web address field at the top. AmazonSmile will open.
  • Touch the share button (looks like a box with an arrow) to the left of the website address. (on my phone this is at the bottom of screen)
  • Touch "Add to Home Screen."
  • Touch Add.

Remove the old Amazon app from your iPhone and iPad so that you will always shop at Amazon through AmazonSmile:

  • Hold your finger on the original Amazon app until it wiggles.
  • Touch the black ‘X’ to delete the app from your iPhone/iPad. You will see an alert that your Amazon data will be deleted. This will not delete your Amazon account, wish lists, or order history. It's simply the data the app saved on your device.


District News

Unity Day 2017 - When We Stand Together, No One Stands Alone

Palo Alto’s 5th Annual Unity Day! WEAR ORANGE to show your support!

Wednesday, October 25th, all PAUSD schools

PAUSD will celebrate Unity Day 2017 to show that our community is united against bullying, and promotes kindness towards all students. Each school will participate in its own way, so find out what your school is doing. Also, join in sending a message that we are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion by wearing Orange on Wednesday, October 25th!

Unity Night -- Social Emotional Learning Community Event

Wed. Oct. 25, 6:30- 8:00 PM, Palo Alto High School, Media Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Rd

You're invited to hear from special guest R. Keeth Matheny, a nationally recognized Social Emotional Learning (SEL) teacher, advocate and author.  He returns to lead participants through a selection of lessons from the School Connect program being piloted at Paly and Gunn.  Participants will engage in activities focused on building the SEL soft skills of active listening, disagreeing without being disagreeable, and building understanding and empathy for others.  Open to PAUSD families from all grades and schools, and all Palo Alto Community Members. Mandarin and Spanish interpretation will be available.  Co-hosted by PAUSD, Palo Alto Council of PTAs and the Palo Alto CAC.  Register at GOO.GL/P9XPGC


Jordan Drama presents, Annie Jr.

Set in the depression era of the 1930s, this story follows the adventures of a tenacious young orphan who dreams of finding her parents. Will Annie ever find the family she's always hoped for? Come see this endearing musical which includes songs like Tomorrow, It's a Hard Knock Life, and You're Never Fully Dressed With out a Smile. Great fun for the whole family!

Several Escondido alumni are in the production and crew!


Thursday October 26, 7 pm

Friday, October 27, 7 pm

Saturday, October 28, 2:30 pm                         



$5 for Student/Child & $10 for Adult

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Location: Jordan Middle School Multi-Purpose Room 750 N. California Ave, Palo Alto


PiE Rally Days – Challenge Grant

Generous PiE supporters have offered a brand new Challenge Grant to PiE.  Please donate or make a pledge by October 23 at, and we can give an additional $235,000 to PAUSD students.  Every gift counts.  Gifts and pledges made by October 23 will be matched by a $235,000 Rally Days Challenge Grant.  This is the final Challenge Grant for the year.  So please join PiE in supporting our children.  If you have already given or pledged, thank you so much.  If not, now is a great time to make your impact.

**NEW** ALL of the Palo Alto PTA Council (CA PTA approved) bills on the Click My Cause app were signed into law by the Governor:

  • Protected - immigrant students (AB 699). An important step to ensuring no child fears coming to school. School campuses are no places to conduct raids or investigate children.
  • Banned - guns in school zones (AB 424)
  • Fed - school meals for low income students (SB 138). Hungry children can’t learn.


Community News

**NEW**Cantabile Chorus Registration and Auditions (Grade K-9)

Cantabile is a community-based children’s chorus serving the greater Silicon Valley area, striving to bring the highest quality musical education in a choral setting to young singers from ages 4 years to 18.  Singers in grades 3-9 should call 650-424-1410 immediately to arrange an audition, while singers in grades K-2 may register for a class beginning November 15.  To audition or to learn more about the chorus levels and the upcoming semester, contact  or 650.424.1410


**NEW**Family Service Opportunity: "New" Halloween Costume Drive  

Thu, Oct 26, 3 – 5 PM, Mitchell Park Community Center (Matadero Room)

Get Involved Palo Alto nonprofit organization is gathering NEW Halloween costumes for children in Ronald McDonald House.  Greatly needed are baby costumes sizes 0-2, and teen girl (kid type themes). Gift cards also gladly accepted.  Please bring costumes in package or on hanger to Mitchell Park Community Center, Matadero Room, date and time above.  Get Involved Palo Also will also pick up your donation.  For more information:


**NEW**Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest

Submission Deadline:  Fri, Dec 22 @ 12AM

The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2017-18 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**Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions

Fri, Nov 3, 10, and 17 by appointment, Palo Alto

Auditions for the January semester will be held at the choir's rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave).  Open to 2nd-5th grade boys.  High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels.  SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events.

Email or visit


Fostering Resilience in Children and Teens, & Why it Matters

Fri Oct 20, 7:30-9:00PM, Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford

Raising resilient children & teens who thrive in our rapidly changing & uncertain world is no small task.  What can parents do to best support mentally & physically healthy kids who are engaged in learning & have strong connections with friends, families, & their communities?  It turns out, quite a lot.  Join Challenge Success for an evening of education & inspiration to explore how parents can build resilience in our kids today & our adults of tomorrow (  Open to the public.  $10


Developmental Assets in Palo Alto: A Community Context (Project Safety Net Community Forum)

Wed, Oct 25, 3:30 - 5:30 PM, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room 1213 Newell Rd. Road

Project Safety Net invites you to a community forum with Project Cornerstone and other local leaders to review Palo Alto specific results from the latest Developmental Assets Survey.  Developmental Assets are the positive values, relationships, skills and experiences that help young people thrive and become caring, responsible, successful adults.  Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research, the Developmental Assets framework has become one of the most widely used approaches to positive youth development in the United States.  Please contact or (650) 329-2432 with questions.  For more information, visit


Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) Social Skills Study

CIBSR is recruiting for a Social Skills study and is looking for boys aged 8-18 with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on duration of social gaze. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. For more information please go to:


Shop for school holiday camps on ActivityHero to raise money for Palo Alto PTA

A reminder that PAUSD is off for Veterans Day and the full week of Thanksgiving this year. Our winter break is Dec 22 - Jan 7.  High schools also have Jan 8 off.  You can find holiday camps on ActivityHero and when you book online with this link, the PTA earns a % of your purchase.


Basketball Coaches Needed

The City of Palo Alto is looking for basketball coaches for the 7th and 8th grade season.  Practices are Monday-Thursday, with Friday’s being optional.  Practices run for 90 minutes and can fall between the hours of 3:15-7:30pm.  Games for B teams are all played in Palo Alto at our 3 middle schools, while the A teams play games from Palo Alto to Half Moon Bay.  Pay is negotiable depending on experience, and volunteers are strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated.  The City of Palo Alto is looking for coaches who can commit to their practice and game schedule, and who are dedicated to advancing these athletes skills on and off the court.  If you are, or know anybody who would be interested, please email Patrick.Rode@ to begin the hiring process.


Beat the Street for Little Feet

Sat Oct 21 9:30-11:30am at Friend's Nursery School, 957 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Friend's Nursery School is hosting its Second Annual Fall Fun Run Fundraiser on Saturday October 21st from 9:30-11:30am.  "Beat the Street for Little Feet" will include a fun 1 mile walk/run for the adults and a 50-yard dash for kids 8 and younger, coffee, bagels and fruit, face painting, pumpkin crafts and music.  Please sign up today and be sure to invite any friends and family who you think might enjoy this Friends community event.  Pre-registration fees are $25 per adult and $15 per child; on-site fees are $30 per adult and $20 per child.  All proceeds benefit the scholarship program, so that no family is turned away due to inability to pay.  More info at: PaloAlto/FriendsNurserySchoolF allFunRun


"Make a Difference Day" Community Service

Sat Oct. 21, 9:00am-2pm, Gathering Point: DLA Piper LLP, 2000 University Ave., Palo Alto

Join Youth Community Service for our annual Make a Difference Day!  The day will kick off with breakfast and a guest speaker.  Groups will then go out to volunteer at various service sites around the area.  For more information and to register, visit:  All Ages Welcome!


Celebration of Oneness Festival

Sat & Sun, Oct 21-22

Festival in Palo Alto the weekend of October 21-22 on the theme of the “Oneness of Humankind.”  Events include a Children’s Festival in Mitchell Park on October 21st from 10a-1p featuring live musical and artistic performances, storytelling and activity booths; a Performing Arts Show at Sofia University October 21st from 7-9p featuring a diversity of dance and musical performance by local artists, and an art exhibition.  Events are free and all are welcome.

Details available at:


Email: Festival sponsored by the Palo Alto Baha’i Community.


Festival of Lights: A Diwali Celebration

Sun, Oct 29, 12-5PM, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd, Embarcadero Room

Come celebrate Diwali at the Palo Alto City Library! We'll have music, dancing, henna, crafts and lots more for the whole family to enjoy! Join us at the Rinconada Library on Sunday, October 29 as we celebrate the cultures of our community. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. This free event starts at 12PM and features a variety of performances and activities that reflect the celebration!


Project Cornerstone - for parents and caregivers!

Mon Oct 30, 8.05 – 9.35AM,  Hoover Elementary School, Palo Alto

The Palo Alto Unified School District is offering a free series of parent meetings open to all parents and caregivers.  Join Project Cornerstone’s engaging workshop - Take It Personally, starting Monday, October 30th from 8:05 to 9:35 AM at Hoover Elementary School.  You do not need to be a parent from Hoover, just an adult who cares about all kids.


Whole Foods (downtown Palo Alto) Nickels for Non-Profits

Oct 15 to Jan 15th

Each time you shop at the Whole Foods Market downtown PA between Oct 15 to Jan 15 and bring in your own bags, Whole Foods will donate 5 cents per bag to our Palo Alto PTA Council.  The PTAC will be able to use these funds for more programs and events for our PAUSD students, staff, and parents!


Free Math Festival for Girls

Sat, Oct 21, 10AM – 12PM; 555 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Hands-on, collaborative activities that inspire a love for math, for girls grades 4 through 9.  Please plan to stay for the entire duration of the festival, to participate in a sequence of scheduled activities rather than a drop in format.  For more information, visit: http://www.proofschool. org/community/#love-math.