Escondido eNews -- August 19, 2018
Sun, Aug 19 8:28pm
Escondido Elementary



8/23 -- Picture Day

8/28 -- Room Parent Meeting in Teachers' Lounge @ 7 PM

9/7   -- One-Check and BTS forms due in Office







The Ice Cream Challenge, is the Escondido PTA's primary source of funding.  (This direct appeal campaign is a one-time ask for contributions, the alternative would be multiple smaller fundraisers throughout the year.) 


Help us continue to provide all of the "Cool-Stuff" like events, Noon Sports & Art, Field Trips, and Classroom Supplies, Teacher Grants and more ---all the things that make Escondido excellent! 

Give what you can. 

Every contribution earns a scoop on the classroom Ice Cream Cone posters. 

Suggested donation is $300/student. 

If you can give more, please consider giving at a Sweet Treats level. 


Complete the One-Check form  in your BTS packet, submit to Office by 9/7.  

Pay online by going to: 


Look for the Cones on campus, promoting the "Cool-Stuff" the PTA provides. 

Help us reach our goals and we will celebrate with a school-wide Ice Cream Party!!!




Community Contributions to PiE Make a Difference

Support Our Students and Teachers - Pledge to PiE Today.  Double Your PiE Donation - Now thru Sept 4

The PiE 2018-2019 fundraising campaign is happening now.  Your support makes a huge difference to our school community.  PiE funds go to every PAUSD school and help principals to staff programs that deliver a well-rounded education.  PiE's funding provides enrichment and support in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the Arts, and Wellness and Support.  PiE-funded staff make a positive impact on our kids every day.


Double your impact.  Between now and Sept 4, gifts and pledges will be matched by a $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant.  Please donate today at



Picture Day -- Thur, August 23 -- Every child will get their picture taken.  You are not required to purchase; however, please complete the order form, this confirms correct spelling of name for yearbook, and return form to teacher.  Order forms will be sent home from their teacher.   



Room Parent Orientation Meeting - Teachers' Lounge @ 7 PM.  At Back-to-School Night, teachers asked for a Room Parent(s) to assist the teacher throughout the year.  This meeting is for the parents who volunteered to serve as their classroom Room Parent.  We will review expectations and provide valuable resources to make this volunteering experience a positive one for all involved.



Smile.Amazon - Do you shop on Amazon or Prime?  Your account can easily be connected as a with a few clicks, Amazon donates to Escondido PTA and helps us reach our fundraising goals.  Click here and start donating and shopping today.



Do you have the skills we are seeking?  Please volunteer...  

Web assistant needed to help update the school and PTA websites.  Work with our principal, Dr. Marcela and the PTA, to redesign and update the sites according to district recommended standards. 


Translator need to translate PTA communications throughout the year.


Communications specialist needed to assist with navigating the different platforms used by the district.

Contact if you are interest in volunteering.  



Activate your Konstella account today.  And then sync the Konstella calendar to your Google, iCal, or other calendar apps.



Check out the PTA website:



Escondido is currently seeking to fill the following General Education Instructional Aide positions:


-Spanish Immersion Third Grade (5 hours *preferred fluency in Spanish)

-English 4th grade (5 hours)

-English 5th grade (5 hours)


We also have positions available for lunch yard duty supervision.  If you are interested in working closely with a classroom teacher and directly with our wonderful students,you can submit an application for one or both of these positions through


General Education Instructional Aide Job Description:


Campus Supervisor



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Measure Z – School Improvement Bond Measure

The PAUSD Board of Education has placed a $460 million school improvement bond, Measure Z, on the November ballot to support the District goals of high-quality teaching and learning, equity and access, and student wellness and safety.

When the Palo Alto Strong Schools Bond was approved ten years ago, it was only estimated to address approximately half of the facility needs identified at that time. Since that time, new projects have been identified resulting from changes in learning technology, educational curriculum and student enrollment trends. As the Strong Schools Bond upgrades are being completed, PAUSD is planning the next phase of improvements to enhance school security and upgrade classrooms and labs to meet 21st-century instructional standards.

Measure Z will provide funding for school improvements, including:

  • Ensuring school facilities are accessible for students with disabilities and equitable for all
  • Upgrading schools to current seismic safety standards to help keep students safe in the event of
    an earthquake
  • Completing needed repairs at school facilities
  • Increasing school safety and security, such as fire alarms, door locks and emergency communications systems to bring security systems up to current standards
  • Providing classrooms and labs to support up-to-date science, technology, engineering and robotics instruction
  • Providing up-to-date facilities to maintain outstanding performing and visual art programs

More information will be shared at the upcoming PTA meetings throughout the district. Please make an effort to learn more about Measure Z and how you can help support our schools.  


Urgent: Speak Up Now for our Students - in seconds! 

The CA legislature is voting NOW on CA PTA approved bills, directly impacting our PAUSD students. It takes just two taps on your phones to make a difference:

  • Pupil Suicide Prevention and Training (AB 2639)
  • Invest in Pre-K (AB 1754)
  • Increase K-12 school funding targets (AB 2808)
  • Help for our Foster Youth (AB 2043)
  • Help for our Homeless Youth (AB 1406)

Sign up for FREE Palo Alto PTA Council iPhone mobile alerts on the Click My Cause Two-Tap App






Community Meeting on Rail Grade Separation

Thursday, August 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

El Palo Alto Room, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road

Join us to help evaluate potential railroad crossing grade separation ideas throughout Palo Alto.  Specific ideas related to separating the street from the railroad will be presented for Churchill Avenue, Charleston Road and Meadow Drive, and Palo Alto Avenue.  There will also be further discussion of the Citywide tunnel and trench ideas. Your feedback and ideas will be used to help identify the universe of grade separation ideas to be considered when shaping the citywide solution.  


**NEW**Classic Math Open House

Tue, Aug 21, 7PM, Greene Middle School (Rm N6), 750 N. California Av. Palo Alto

We would like to invite parents with students (K-10) to our annual Classic Math School Open House.  This is a great opportunity to meet our teachers, learn first hand about Classic Math School overall teaching philosophy, methods, and principles.  Your questions will be answered, while your students will be offered a Free Interactive Placement Test (preregistration by email is required).  Light refreshment will be served.  More info at: or 650-224-4226


**NEW** Free local Parent Hikes led by experienced Sierra Club Parent Volunteer

Do you like going on 8-10 mile hikes up 2,000 feet while your kids are at school?  Go on a Parent hike Mondays from about 9:30AM-2:30PM. Weekly dates dependent on weather and interest -- on local trails throughout the Bay Area.  If interested, please email Sonya Bradski, PAUSD Parent, Volunteer non-profit, Sierra Club Hike Leader. Questions or to be added to hike announcements contact Sonya at


**NEW**Classroom Volunteers Needed – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student's Life 

If you’ve enjoyed spending time in your child's classroom, please join other parents volunteering in east Menlo Park or East Palo Alto schools where there are virtually no parent volunteers.  You’ll help tutor kids in grades K-5. Over 80% of students are performing below grade level in reading and math and are eager to work with you. Our volunteers go once a week to the same classroom for about an hour, building relationships with students throughout the school year.  All Students Matter provides training and coordinates everything. We start in mid-September. You can make a real difference!  To learn more or sign up, visit or contact Keri Tully at


**NEW**Youth Community Service (YCS) is Hiring! 

Join our team at YCS and make a difference in the lives of young people through service learning. This is a part-time position with a flexible schedule. Please visit our website for the full job description and application instructions: 


**NEW**Learn to Knit!

Thu Sep 13, 4:30-6:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road

Teens and adults are invited to spend Thursday evenings knitting in a relaxed, social setting. This is a great opportunity to share your love for knitting, meet new friends and help others with their projects -- and learn something new if you're new to knitting or have always wanted to learn! Register on PACL website ( Grades 6-12.


**NEW**Author Visit @CH: JoAnne Wetzel

Wed, Sep 12, 4:00-5:00PM, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St.

JoAnne Wetzel will be at Children's Library to read her new picture book, Mermaid School, about a mermaid's first day at school. No registration needed.  All ages welcome.


**NEW**Palo Alto Players presents Disney's TARZAN, a musical adventure for the whole family

Sep 8-23;  Thur 7:30pm, Fri 8pm (9/8 only), Sat 2pm (9/15 and 9/22 only) & 8pm, Sun 2pm;

Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Tarzan, the king of the apes and his lady love, Jane, swing to the Lucie Stern stage in Palo Alto in this musical adaptation of Disney's epic animated adventure.  Swinging excitement and heart-pumping music by Phil Collins, make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience for the whole family.  Recommended for ages 3 and up. Please note: Children under 3 will not be admitted to the theatre.  Tickets ($25-55*) can be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at 650-329-0891.  *Students/Educators enjoy $5 off regular priced tickets to any performance, except preview night.  Additional discounts available for groups of 10 or more.  For more information, visit,  For $10 off adult tickets, use code TARZANCAST before 9/9. 


Palo Alto Chinese School is Accepting New Enrollment NOW for 2018

2019 school year starts on 8/17/2018.  Palo Alto Chinese School has been serving the community in Chinese language instructions for 55 years, and is accepting new enrollment.  Class meets every Friday 7-9 PM at JLS Middle School. There are two tracks. The Mandarin track is offered from Preschool to Grade 12, for students from heritage families.  The Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) track is offered from intro, beginning, intermediate to advanced level for students with various exposure to Chinese language. Please join us for a school open house and classroom visit on 8/17 and 8/24.  For more info, check or email


Stanford Study on Housing

$45 for Participation in a Stanford Study on Housing.

The department of Sociology at Stanford University is conducting ongoing research on the housing crisis in the Bay Area. We are currently conducting interviews with people who are living in a space that may have only been intended for one family or folks that live in the area who are employed in low wage service work. For participating in a 1-hour interview, you will receive a $45 Target gift card. Contact Ellie Rosa at or (707) 228-6534 to participate.


$45 para participar en un estudio de Stanford sobre las viviendas.

El departamento de sociología de Stanford está llevando a cabo entrevistas sobre la crisis de la vivienda en el norte de california. Actualmente estamos llevando a cabo entrevistas con personas que viven en un espacio que puede haber sido destinado solo a una familia o personas que viven en el área y que trabajan en un servicio de bajo salario. Para participar en una entrevista de 1 hora, recibirá una tarjeta de regalo Target de $45. Póngase en contacto con Ellie Rosa en o (707) 228-6534 para participar.


Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions

Fri, Aug 24, and 31 by appointment, 600 Homer Av., Palo Alto

Auditions for the Fall semester will be held at the choir's rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto.  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


Volunteers need for a Stanford Social Skills Study

Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) is recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 years diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. 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: 


2018 Palo Alto New Families Welcome Fair

Sun Aug 19, 2018 2-5p El Palo Alto Rm, Mitchell Park Library, Palo Alto

We cordially invite you to attend Palo Alto’s 1st ever New Families Fair to learn more about our community including: services provided by the city of Palo Alto; the K-12 public school system of Palo Alto Unified School District. We will also have experts on site to explain the importance of a “529” education savings account, life insurance, personal credit score buildup, and more. There is a raffle too! 

Co sponsored by: Palo Alto Chinese Parents Club(PACPC), Palo Alto Unified School District ( PAUSD),  City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Palo Alto Police Department, Palo Alto Partners in Education (PIE)


All families invited to host an AFS Exchange Student

“One of these days we’d like to host an exchange student.” 

Hosting helps a high school student become fluent in English and experience life in America.  It is also a fun chance to see your own country and daily routines in a different light. “Becoming a host family took us out of our comfort zone and provided many new experiences.” Elementary, middle and high school families are eligible.  

To get a conversation started contact Veronica Buxton at

AFS USA is a premier, non-profit volunteer cultural exchange program approved by the State Department.


Book and Supply Drive for Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy (Grade 6-12)

Sun, Aug 12 – Fri, Aug 24 at Duveneck Elementary School, 705 Alester Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94303 and participating Palo Alto libraries - Children’s, Rinconada & Mitchell Park.

Clean out your children's bookshelves and help literacy in East Palo Alto.  Scouts from Troop 57 BSA Palo Alto will hold a community-wide book and supply drive.  This drive directly supports the students in learning by providing the tools necessary for the classroom, allow teachers to focus on academics and reduce the financial burden for both students and teachers.  For questions about this Eagle Scout service project please contact Joshua Athayde at



**NEW**STEAM Lab Sunday @MP: Rubik's Cube

Sun Aug 19, 2:30-4:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Learn how to solve a Rubik's cube. Take one home for free to continue honing your skills! Registration required. Grades 3-6 only.


**NEW**Teen Maker Tuesday @MP: VR Oculus Rift Tiltbrush Demo

Tues Sept 18, 4:30-5:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Try using the Tiltbrush virtual painting and sculpting software on our Oculus Rift!  Registration required. Grades 6-12 only.


**NEW**Society of Bookworms @ CH 

Wed, Sep 19, 4:00-5:00PM, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St.

Discuss a great book with your friends at the Children's Library! The book will be announced at least one month in advance. Registration Desired. Grades 4-6 only.


**NEW**STEAM LAB Saturday @CH: Kaleidoscopes

Sat, Sep 8, 2:30-3:30PM, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St.

MakeX will be demonstrating 3D printers and 3D modeling software in the Teen Zone. Registration Required. Grades K-5 only.


Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest in San Mateo

Registration Open; Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9:30am - 12 noon, 300 E. Santa Inez Ave., San Mateo

Join us in Central San Mateo and let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day minicamp where he’ll learn some songs and have a blast.  Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in September, 2018. Beginning groups start slow, then grow, meeting at our locations in Redwood City and San Mateo for choral singing and theory instruction.  Ragazzi’s opportunities include singing the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, Opera roles, collaborations with Stanford’s choruses and the San Francisco Symphony—and even world-wide touring. SingFest is free, and spots will go fast at  Can’t make it to SingFest but want to audition?   Go to


Love to Sing? Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions for 7-10 year olds

By appointment through mid-September; 178 Clinton St, Redwood City

Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ and ‘best non-profit’, has just the right amount of structure and fun!  Schedule your 7-10 year old boy for a short group audition. He’ll sing with one of our teachers and have a blast; no prior experience or preparation needed to try out.  We’re in Redwood City, plus a new San Mateo rehearsal location. Ragazzi’s sings the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, plus locally and around the world. Boys develop lasting friendships and independence at camp and on tour.  Appointments and more info: Watch: More:


Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement class open

Register Now; Mondays 3:15 and 4:15 sessions, Sept. 17 – Dec. 3, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City

Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging class for active young boys is now open.  It’s a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi’s main program.  This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience.  A child-developmental approach fosters boys’ creativity and curiosity. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $300 for 12 weeks; sibling discounts.  Contact, 650-342-8785.  Register & more info at


**NEW**Coding with the Robot

Sundays: Aug 5 - Sep 9, 10-11AM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road

Would you like to play with Dewey, our humanoid robot? Make it move around, strike conversation, play music and carry out dance routines? This event is what you are looking for. It is designed for absolute beginners. No previous coding experience required. We will use the simple drag and drop interface to make things happen. We will learn programming, robotics and human robot interaction in a fun way. Interested? Register now on PACL website. Ages 11 and up.

**NEW**Community Engagement Internships and Awards Program Info Sessions:

Rincoñada Library (8/20 & 8/27), Mitchell Park (8/23 & 8/30) 

Interested in helping your student make connections to the real world?  Come and see how students pursue their interests through internships and awards program to benefit local causes and organizations with the Get Involved Foundation.  Dozens of projects to choose from or we can create a custom project for you. Curriculum designed and managed by teacher and former Paly career advisor Christina Owen.  Program meets weekly in Palo Alto, flexible times/locations available. Stop by an info session to learn how your student can create positive change while preparing for college and career success.  Sample project list and schedule can be found on Tuition waivers available for students with free or reduced lunch. For more information email: