Escondido eNews -- December 15, 2018
Sun, Dec 16 7:12pm
Escondido Elementary



12/21 -- Minimum Day, students released at 1:30 pm

12/22 - 1/6/19 -- Winter Break

1/7/19 -- School Resumes

1/8-10 -- Talent Show Auditions

1/9 -- Penny Power Nominations Due by midnight

1/14-23 -- Talent Show Rehearsals for Cast A, B, and MCs

1/24 & 25 -- Talent Show at 4 & 7 pm in the MPR






ESCONDIDO TALENT SHOW 2019 - January 24 & 25

Registration Form:
Dates to Know:
Volunteer Job Descriptions:
Volunteer Sign-ups:
Lyrics to Opening/Closing Song:
Information Meeting slides 12/10/18:
All students involved in the Talent Show must complete a Registration Form.
For Group Acts, every member of a group must register.  
5th grade MCs also must register.
Auditions are Jan 8-10, 2019.
All students must audition, every student that auditions will be in the show.   
In order to get an audition time, student must complete Registration Form.
The Talent Show is sponsored by Escondido PTA.
Participation in the Talent Show is free and open to all Escondido students.   

Todos los estudiantes que participen en el Show de Talento deben completar el Formulario de Registración.

Para presentaciones en grupo, cada participante del grupo debe registrarse.

En 5to grado MCs también deben registrarse.

Las audiciones serán del 8 al 10 de enero del 2019. 
Todos los estudiantes deben audicionar. Cada estudiante que audicione estará en el show. Para que las audiciones sean en horario, los estudiantes deben completar el formulario de registración.

La participación en el Show de Talento es gratuita y abierta a todos los estudiantes de Escondido.

El Show de Talento es patrocinado por la PTA de Escondido.




 Penny Power Nominations are now being accepted---

Penny Power is an opportunity to empower Escondido students to help others in any way they can. Escondido students collect loose change to benefit those less fortunate locally and around the world.

We welcome everyone who would like to suggest an international or local non-profit to be the beneficiary of Escondido's annual Penny Power campaign to do so.

The criteria for Penny Power recipient:
* Registered nonprofit organization (can be registered overseas)
* Simple message that kids can understand (e.g. buying something tangible)
* Age appropriate issues
* This year we will consider both local and international non-profits.




NOMINATIONS are DUE BY: Wednesday, January 9, 2019, by midnight.

All Nominators (students and/or parents) will be invited to share more details about their proposed nonprofit, two minutes or less, at the PTA meeting on Monday, January 14 at 7:45 am. The PTA will vote on the nonprofit to support and funds will be collecting during the month of February 2019.


Previous causes include The Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA ($2,300 raised), Roots Ethiopia ($3,400 raised in 2014), Heifer International, Bill Wilson Center of San Jose, mosquito nets, and solar power lights, and many more.

Questions: Rosita Wong,




Yearbook Volunteers Needed

No experience necessary, we will train and teach you how to use the program.  Volunteer and help us make this treasured keepsake.  Please contact if you are interested in creating the priceless pages of our yearbook.








**NEW** EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent's Weekly Board Update

Read Dr. Don Austin's Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday


**NEW**LET'S TALK - Easy Click to Send Your Comments 

PAUSD has announced a new online feature to allow parents, teachers, neighbors, and anyone to give direct feedback to our Superintendent, Don Austin.  In case you missed it from the Superintendent Weekly Friday Communication, here is the link again.

(GUP)- Development Agreement - Thank You; How To Do Your Part - ACT NOW!!!


PTA Council continues our advocacy efforts to raise the awareness and understanding of the Stanford GUP, the largest application for building permit in the history of Santa Clara County.  Stanford University is proposing to building 2.275M square feet and housing that may negatively impact PAUSD because some proposed housing is tax exempt. 


Our local public schools are funded by property taxes, and the exemptions proposed by Stanford's GUP would mean new K-12 students coming to our schools with NO tax dollars to fund our schools.  That could mean larger classes, cuts to staff including support staff, and reduction of non-essential programming. This is in addition to traffic and congestion during drop off/pick up during school commute times. 


Please visit PTAC website NOW and read more on this and how to give timely input to our elected officials, Joe Simitian and Cindy Chavez, as they are now in negotiations with Stanford. Act now.  PAUSD has put forth a resolution and PTA Council has a Wish List. Now, we need parents, teachers and neighbors to speak up and exercise your civic duty to tell our elected officials Joe and Cindy what is important to us. 


Watch the Live Stream of the Dec 12 Meeting Here. 

Get Involved!  Ways to Speak Up

  1. iPhone users: sign up for PTAC mobile alerts on the Click My Cause FREE Two Tap App. Receive alerts when we need your voice. Act with just 2 taps on your phone.
  2. Android users: comment on Santa Clara County website suggested message on PTAC website)


ResourcesKeyword search "Stanford GUP." Select Santa Clara





**NEW**ONLINE Workshop—Babies, Bodies, and Boundaries (Preschool/Elementary)

Tue, Jan 15, 1 - 2PM – Online workshop

Learn effective ways to provide your kids with age-appropriate answers to those uncomfortable questions about our bodies and sex.  We will discuss when to have the talk, how to prepare for it, and why this kind of open communication is beneficial. With Torrey Freeman, MS. Fee: $25

Register here:


**NEW**Navigating School District Services for Children with Special Needs (All Ages)

Tue Jan 15-22, 7 - 9PM, Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parking

This workshop is intended for parents who have children with any type of special needs or suspected special needs.  Come and learn about how and when a child would qualify for special education services in the public school system. Tips on how to develop a collaborative relationship with the school district will be discussed, as well as what recourse parents have when parents and school district personnel don't agree about the assessment process.  With Diana Blank, LCSW. Fee: $90

Register here:


**NEW**Parents Place Summer Camp Fair  – Preschool/Elementary- High School Families

Sun, Jan. 27, 10AM - 12PM, Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parking

It’s already time to start planning a great summer for your kids!  The Parents Place Summer Camp Fair is a unique opportunity to engage with more than 20 summer camps, located on the Peninsula and beyond.  This is the only event in the area that connects you with multiple regional and independent summer camps, including sleepaway camps and special needs camps, in one convenient location. Make a personal connection with camp staff, explore the variety of flexible options, and discover how to maximize your child’s summer camp experience.  Fee $5 per family.

Summer Camp Panel Discussion before the Fair is from 9:00am - 10:00am.  Moderated by Parents Place Director Karen Friedland-Brown, camp directors will discuss "Solving the Summer Camp Dilemma: How to schedule your child's summer and find the best fit for your family."  Fee: FREE

Register here:


**NEW**Plant Trees along Deer Creek

Sat, Dec 15, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Join Magic to plant oaks, buckeyes, and bays along Deer Creek.  Volunteers make new friends, learn about riparian eco-systems, enjoy the out-of-doors, exercise, and work for common good.  Planters are asked to commit to at least one watering session. These take place on Saturday mornings from May through October.  Please have an adult accompany each child under 12, and every 2 children ages 12-14. High schoolers are welcome on their own.

To reserve your place on a planting crew, for details about where to meet and what tools to bring, or for other info, please email


**NEW**Celebrating Palo Alto CAC’s 30th Anniversary (Free)

Fri Jan 11, 8:30 - 10A, Lucie Stern Community Ctr, 1305 Middlefield Rd.

Join the Palo Alto CAC in celebrating its 30th Anniversary.  Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and breakfast treats while walking through a visual timeline of our committee’s role in helping parents and children with special needs in Palo Alto.  Learn about legislative, program and advocacy milestones for inclusion of children in PAUSD. Childcare will not be provided, but children are welcome.  Spanish language translation will be available.  Hosted by the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Please contact with questions or for more information.


**NEW**City of Palo Alto Enjoy Catalog for local after school activities...from Art Classes to Beginning Pickleball!

Sign-up for January classes/activities register goto: Palo Alto Residents enjoy discounted fees.


Create Memories, Not Waste This Holiday Season: Tips for the City of Palo Alto

The best gifts don’t come in a box. “Stuff” eventually ends up in the landfill, but memories last a lifetime. Think outside the box and consider giving movie tickets, park passes, art classes, yoga classes, wine tasting, or other gifts that offer the experience of a life well-lived. For more waste-free gift ideas, visit


Dream Volunteers Summer 2019 Family Service Trip to Latin America 

Trip takes place June 24, 2019 – July 1, 2019.  Deadline for sign-up is January 13, 2019.

Dream Volunteers, a local non-profit, has been organizing service trips abroad for schools and families since 2007.  A service trip with Dream Volunteers is an incredible way to immerse your family in a beautiful culture, while make a difference in the lives of people striving to lift up their communities. Sign-ups for next summer's Guatemala Family Volunteer Trip are happening now online.  This trip is appropriate for families with kids between pre-school and high-school age.  Click here for trip info .  Link to recorded informational webinar

You can also reach out directly to Dream Volunteers with questions at


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

Submission Deadline:  Fri Dec 21, 2018 12 am

The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2018-19 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

Will Your Child Be a 6th or 9th Grader Next Year?

Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) has posted some helpful tips on how to get prepared for middle and/or high school.  And if you missed their info nights at Greene, JLS, Fletcher, Paly or Gunn, they have the presentations posted.

Helpful Tips and Preview Night Presentations


Know a Child Who Loves to Sing? Cantabile Youth Singers Invites You to Come Sing With Us!

Registration and auditions for grades K-8 happening now.  Registration for our Winter/Spring 2019 semester opens Nov 20, 2018.

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.  With our carefully planned and innovative curriculum, we build a foundation in choral musicianship, music literacy and appreciation, while also fostering a caring and supportive family-like atmosphere for friendships to grow for our singers.  We offer a number of after-school rehearsal options, each featuring a wide range of musical activities, including singing, movement, improvisation, instrumental activities, and musicianship.  Singers in grades 3-8 should call today to arrange an audition, while singers in grades K-2 may simply register for a class now by visiting our website below.  Come sing with us as we embark upon our exciting 2019 spring semester!

To audition or to learn more about our chorus levels and our upcoming semester, please contact us: | 650.424.1410.  Classes are conveniently located in Los Altos |


Lego Club

Fri, Dec.21 4-5PM Children’s Library, Fireplace

Come and build with Legos at the Children's Library, and have your creation displayed for everyone to see and enjoy.


**NEW**Mothers and Sons: Raising Boys into Men (Preschool/Elementary)

Tues, Jan. 22– 7P - 9PM, Parents Place- 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301- Plenty of free parking

Explore this special relationship between mothers and sons and learn what boys need from their moms.  Discuss how to handle boy energy and foster long-lasting communication and closeness. With Rachel Sklar, MSW. Fee: $45

Register here:


Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp

Registration Open; Sat, Jan 12,  9:30A - 12P, 178 Clinton St, RWC

Let your 7-10year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day minicamp.  Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January, 2019.  Beginning groups start slow, then grow, meeting in Redwood City and San Mateo for choral singing and theory instruction. SingFest is free, and spots will go fast at  Can’t make it to SingFest but want to audition?  Go to


Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement classes open

Register Now; Mon, 3:15 and 4:15 sessions, Jan. 28 – May. 20, 178 Clinton St, RWC

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. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $375 for 15 weeks; sibling discounts. Contact, 650-342-8785. Register & more info at


STEAM Lab Sunday @ MP 

Sun, Dec 16, 2:30-3:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, Midtown Room

An interactive program featuring different S.T.E.A.M. related projects. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math). Grades K-5 only. Registration required. Registration opens 3 weeks in advance.


Society of Bookworms @ CH 

Wed, Dec 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.