Escondido eNews -- August 25, 2018
Sun, Aug 26 5:59pm
Escondido Elementary



8/28 -- Room Parent Meeting - change of location, now at SCRA 875 Bowdoin Ln, Stanford, (NOT in Teachers' Lounge) @ 7 PM

8/31 -- New Parent Coffee - Teachers' Lounge,  8:10 am

9/3 -- No School, Labor Day

9/7   -- PTA One-Check, Ice Cream Challenge donation and BTS forms due in Office






Room Parent Orientation Meeting - LOCATION CHANGED to SCRA 875 Bowdoin Ln, Stanford, Tuesday, August 28 @ 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 kindly ask that no children attend, it is a safety concern.  We will review expectations and provide valuable resources to make this volunteering experience a positive one for all involved.  Questions contact Amy McCarter 




Escondido PTA's Ice Cream Challenge, is the PTA's primary source of funding.  

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


Pay online with credit card or Paypal: 

Pay by check or online, either way,  complete the pink One-Check form and drop into polka-dot box in Office.

The PTA provides the "Cool-Stuff" like events, Noon Sports & Art, Field Trips, and Classroom Supplies, Teacher Grants and more ---all the STUFF that makes Escondido excellent! 

Give what you can. 

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


Important notes from Berkeley Revenaugh, PTA Treasurer:

"I just wanted to share a couple of thoughts...
1 - The Direct Appeal gift is TAX DEDUCTIBLE....PTA has a Federal EIN number and we can help anyone who needs help! (the items like Escondido wear, yearbook, etc are NOT tax-deductible)
2 - Remember to use Corporate Matching!
3 - Remember if you have a Family Charitable Account, you can gift with that account. Many families have these accounts. These gifts can also be matched by Corporate Matching.
Please direct questions re. taxes, gifting, etc to me, Berkeley Revenaugh.  I spent about 25 years in finance and investment management and can likely help with most questions." 



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




Comfort Kits ---- As a community service event, the graduated Escondido class of 2018 has created Emergency Comfort Kits for each child at Escondido.

• This is starter kit for you to work on with your child.  
• Use this as a conversation point for what to do in an emergency.
• You and your child can enhance your kit by adding message to your child, a non-perishable snack, any small item such as a toy, to bring comfort for your child in the event of an emergency.
• This kit is designed to stay in a child’s backpack to be used in the event of an emergency.
Kits include: a note pad, pencil, some band-aids, bandanna, and an index card for you to write emergency contact information for your child.
* The kit is an optional service, you are not required to have a kit.
Special thanks to Claribel Wang for coordinating the project with the students, and to Trina Whiteley who has championed the project from the beginning, bringing the idea to the PTA and now seeing it completed.  On behalf of the PTA, thank you!!!



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.



Join your classroom on Konstella.  Even if you have an account or you are new to Konstella, you need to join the classroom to receive information from your teacher.  Activate your Konstella account today.  And then sync the Konstella calendar to your Google, iCal, or other calendar apps.  Questions, please contact Carmina Littlefield, parent volunteer for Konstella services.



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.  


Notice of Public Hearing: Sufficiency of Materials

Tues, Sept 4, 6:30 pm Palo Alto Unified School District Office, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA  94306

Board of Education Meeting: In accordance with Education Code §60119, the PAUSD Board of Education will receive input from the public relative to certification that students in the Palo Alto Unified School District have sufficient textbooks or instructional materials, or both, for the 2018-19 school year.


Palo Alto Council PTAs Welcomes You Back-To-School

The PTAC welcomes you back to school.  Each school's PTA/PTSA have been hard at work all summer in the behind the scenes work, e.g., back to school (BTS) packets.  PTA volunteers are the strength of communities and you can be one, too.  Thank you for your involvement, time, talent, or treasure.  Come to our 1st PTAC GENERAL ASSOCIATION meeting on Sept 12 (Wed). See you there! For info: or email


Tacolicious Fundraising for Local Schools –

Monday Nights (Aug-May)

Each PAUSD school and the PTAC have been busy working with Tacolicious to put together something that helps you and helps our schools.  Your school's PTA has paired up with another school's PTA to get a percentage of cash totals from customers who eat on Monday nights at Tacolicious Palo Alto.  Thank you to Audrey Gold and Kory Cogdill and the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce/Iris Chen. 

Addison/Duveneck - September 2018

Ohlone/El Carmelo - October

Nixon/Escondido - November

JLS/Palo Verde - December

Fletcher/Juana Briones - January 2019

PALY/Fairmeadow - February

Gunn/Barron Park - March

Hays/Hoover - April

Greene/PTAC - May

Palo Alto Council of PTAs - Looking for a few good men and women...

If you have a desire to serve your community, want to know what is happening, enjoying meeting other like minded seasoned PTA members, we have a suggestion for you. The Palo Alto Council of PTAs (PTAC) is looking to fill a few remaining key volunteer and board positions. See PTA Councils meets twice a month (Sept-Oct & Jan-Mar), once for the Executive Board and once for the general public. PTA volunteers also served on PTAC committees, including but not limited those listed below. Please consider this an opportunity to be influential in our students' education with our strategic partners. All level of experience, expertise, and interest welcome. Please email us at Join us!



Vice President of Advocacy 

Vice President of Arts

Vice President of Parent Education

Vice President of Communication (Co-Position)



Sponsorship Committee (3 members - Fall)

Elections Observers Committee (2 members - Fall) - this is a non-partisan group

Honorary Service Awards Committee (3 members - Spring)

125th Celebration Committee (3 members - Spring)


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







**NEW**Bike Palo Alto 2018 -- Save the Date!

Sun, Sept.30, 1 - 3p.m., Fairmeadow Elementary School, 500 E. Meadow Dr. Palo Alto

Bike Palo Alto is a free annual event that encourages more people to bike more places more often and kicks off PAUSD’s Walk & Roll Week. Bicyclists of all ages and abilities can explore Palo Alto’s bike-friendly routes and “secret” passageways that make getting around fun and easy! Choose from three self-guided routes; free treats are offered at rest stops along each route. For more information, visit We’re looking for volunteers! If you’d like to join us please fill out the form at:


**NEW**Ride the Peninsula Interim Bikeway

Sat, Sept 8, 10AM – 2Pm, Burgess Park, Menlo Park

Join us at Burgess Park in Menlo Park on Saturday, September 8 as Palo Alto teams up with Menlo Park, Mountain View and Redwood City to celebrate the opening of an interim bikeway and begin planning for a future permanent Peninsula Bikeway.  Elected representatives and staff from the cities will also be on hand at this family-friendly event to hear from the community. The temporary bikeway route covers almost 16 miles in the four peninsula cities and runs from Evelyn Avenue in Mountain View to Warwick Street in Redwood City as it travels along California, Bryant, Oak Grove, Laurel, Elena and Austin among others.  The route takes advantage of existing facilities with a focus on including low-stress bike streets. The event at Burgess Park runs from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and includes: • fun events for kids and families • a pop-up separated bikeway • e-bike test rides. For more information and to view a map of the interim bikeway, visit


**NEW**Future of El Camino Real

Survey open through September 7!

Community feedback is sought on bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and safety enhancements along El Camino Real between Stanford Avenue and Lambert Avenue, including potential protected bicycle lanes, among other ideas.  Please let the City of Palo Alto know your thoughts by taking an online survey and signing up for future notifications on the project webpage.

Survey (Open Through September 7):

Project Page:


**NEW**Girl Code: Rising Together 

Sun, Sept.16, 6-7.30PM, Performing Arts Center, Menlo Atherton High School 

Five amazing women describe their paths to leadership.  For students and parents.  Speakers are Olympic runner Kim Conley; Steeplechase champ Stephanie Garcia; Engineer and Miss CEO founder Nita Singh Kaushal; Activist, filmmaker, and educator Ana Angel Avendaño; Singer, performer, teacher Molly Bell. Free; Registration is required at  Nonprofit supporting sponsor: Stand Up Eight Foundation


**NEW**Seeking Participants for a Stanford Brain Imaging Research StudyThe Early Life

Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program at Stanford is currently recruiting children and adolescents, both with and without a history of tics, for a research study exploring brain function.  Youth between the ages of 9-17 who are right-handed and English-speaking may be eligible to participate. Participation involves two initial and two follow-up appointments that each last about 2 hours and include self-reports and behavioral tasks as well as brain imaging with fNIRS (functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy).  fNIRS is a safe, non-invasive technique that uses infrared light to examine brain function. In addition, children with a history of tics will receive 8 weekly sessions of behavior therapy with a tic disorder specialist. All participants will receive access to ongoing updates about study outcomes and payment of $120 for involvement.  For more information, or to enroll in the study, email  For general information about participant rights, contact 1-866-680-2906.



**NEW**Acterra Ride, Drive, and Be Green Event

Join Acterra at the Ride, Drive, and Be Green Event on September 16th 1-4pm at 3921 E. Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto - all are welcome to ride and test drive an Electric Vehicle! Please volunteer to help or to demo your electric car. Students 14 and older can get volunteer service hours! Shifts are available from 11 am to 6 pm. Thank you!

Event link:
Volunteer link:
EV owner link:


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


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: 


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.


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.


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: 


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.

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**NEW**Golden State Youth Orchestra Endangered Instruments Program

Sept., Palo Alto

Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra (formerly El Camino Youth Symphony) invites musicians ages 8-13 to learn an "endangered instrument!"  GSYO Endangered Instruments Program (EIP) encourages young musicians to learn to play those instruments that are highly sought after by orchestras: Bassoon, Double Bass, French Horn, and Viola.  If you’re a young musician who is interested in learning to play, and/or switching to an endangered instrument, join this unique program! Students enrolled in EIP receive subsidized group lessons (2-6 students per class), a free rental instrument, and placement in a GSYO orchestra or ensemble once their skills have reached a sufficient level.  Apply online at  Call GSYO at 650-665-9046 for more information.

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**NEW**Eleanor Roosevelt: The Power of Words”

Sun Sept 9th 2 - 4pm, Media Arts Center of Palo Alto High School 

Join us for a special Bay Area debut performance of Eleanor Roosevelt:  The Power of Words as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The show is sponsored by American Association of University Women of Palo Alto and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and the United Nations Association.  Tickets are $12.00 in advance or at the door.  Advance purchases available at:  Recommended for adults and students, age 13 years & older.


**NEW**Classes for middle and high school students

Saturdays, Sept. 15-Nov 10, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto

Outstanding high school students are teaching classes to raise funds for the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto.  For the seventh session, Silicon Valley Youth is offering classes in Intro to Java, iOS App Development,and AMC 8 classes on Saturdays at Gunn High School.  Sign up starting now online at  Contact:


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.


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**Helping Your Teen Transition to High School

Wed, Sept 19, 7 - 8PM, Menlo Park Library, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Students need information, support and new strategies for the high school years- and so do we as parents!  We will approach these important topics with mutual support, a good dose of humor, and optimism for the future!  A free community workshop at the Menlo Park Library

Presented by Melissa Kelley, LMFT, Former School Counselor at Kehillah Jewish High School, Palo Alto High School, and Alta Vista High School.  For more information, email

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**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