Escondido eNews -- December 2, 2018
Mon, Dec 3 8:05pm
Escondido Elementary



12/3 -- Escondido Night:  Dine at Gotts & Shop at Books Inc at Town & Country 

12/3-7 -- Spanish Book Fair in MPR

12/7 -- Principal Coffee 8:10 am, MPR - come and learn about the New MPR plans

12/10 -- Talent Show Information Meeting - 6:30 pm in MP Room

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

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

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





Spanish Immersion Book Fair Info & Volunteers Needed - Dec 3rd – 7th -  Coffee on Wednesday at drop-off

Our Escondido librarian, Nina Bailey, has hand-picked a wonderful selection of books from our Spanish book provider, Lectorum. We will have many new titles across all genres - fiction, science, biographies, history and more.  This is a great opportunity to buy books for the year for your kids, their classrooms and as Holiday presents! So don’t forget to check your Teacher Wish Box: books your teacher would like to add to her/his classroom.

All books will be discounted 10% off list price, and also a percentage of all sales will be donated to our Escondido library.

Please join us for coffee and pastry on Wednesday morning after drop-off (December 5th).

The SI Book Fair will be open in the Escondido MP room during the following hours:

·       Monday (Dec. 3rd): 7:45 – 8:45 and 2:15 – 3:15 pm

·       Tuesday (Dec.  4th): 7:45 – 8:45 am and 2:15 – 3:15 pm

·       Wednesday (Dec 5th): 7:45 – 8:45 am and 1:15 – 2:00 pm

·       Thursday (Dec. 6th): 7:45 – 8:45 am and 2:15 – 3:15 pm

·       Friday (Dec. 7th): 7:45 – 9:00 am and 2:15 – 3:00 pm 

We are also looking for several parent volunteers.  Please sign up to help below.  Spanish is not required.  We need the most help during Pack-Up (Friday, Dec. 7th).


Thank you for your support!

Loreto Ponce de Leon, Carmina Littlefield, Kristina Toland, and Gloria Gonzalez

Escondido SI Book Fair Co-Chairs





PRINCIPAL COFFEE on Friday, December 7 at 8:15 am 

TOPIC:  Escondido Elementary School
Strong Schools Bond Project
Community Meeting

The Palo Alto Unified School District will host an Escondido Elementary School
Community Meeting to review and receive input on the Schematic Plan for a new
Multi-Purpose Building and plan for the Escondido Elementary School campus.
The meeting will be conducted by Gelfand Partners Architects.
The meeting will be held at the Escondido Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room
located at 890 Escondido Rd, Stanford, on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 8:15AM.

Escuela Primaria Escondido
Proyectos del Bono Escuelas Fuertes

Reunión Comunitaria

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Palo Alto mantendrá una Reunión Comunitaria
de la Escuela Primaria Escondido para revisar y obtener aportes sobre el Plan
Esquemático para un nuevo Edificio Multiusos y el plan para el plantel de la
Escuela Primaria Escondido. La reunión será conducida por el despacho de
arquitectos Gelfand Partners Architects.
La reunión se hará en el Salón Multiusos de la Escuela Primaria Escondido
ubicada en la dirección 890 Escondido Rd, de Stanford, el viernes 7 de diciembre
del 2018 a las 8:15 de la mañana.

Escondido Elementary School


帕洛阿尔托联合学区将举办 Escondido Elementary School 社区会议, 审核并收
集有关多功能新建筑的平面示意图和 Escondido Elementary School 校园规划的意
见。会议将由 Gelfand Partners Architects 主办。
2018年12月7日(星期五)上午8:15,会议将于 Escondido Elementary School 多
功能厅举行(具体地址:890 Escondido Rd, Stanford)。




ESCONDIDO TALENT SHOW 2019 - January 24 & 25

The Escondido Talent Show is a treasured school tradition.  All students, K- 5th are welcome to perform in the show; however, there are several steps involved before your lil' star can shine bright on the stage!  All student performers must register, audition and attend rehearsals.

Are you curious what is involved for the student to perform? 

Wondering what is  involved for the parents? 

All of your questions will be answered, please attend the~

Talent Show Informational Meeting on Monday, Dec 10 at 6:30 pm in the MPR.


This meeting is highly recommended for all, whether your child is a veteran to the stage or if it is your student's first time performing.  NEW THIS YEAR, we will invite experienced student performers to share their experiences and highlights.  The THEME will be revealed at the meeting. Volunteer sign-ups will be available, and if time allows we will meet in small groups, divided up by volunteer AREAS of INTEREST


5th Graders are able to serve as the Emcees for the show.  If your a 5th grader plans to be an MC, please attend this meeting.  Valuable information will be discussed and the 5th graders and their families play a huge part of the production. 


The meeting will take approximately 45 minutes.  If you are unable to attend, information will be posted on Konstella after the meeting.  





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

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



**NEW**PTA Council Host Stanford General Use Permit School Community Meeting (2 of 2)

Wed Dec 5, 6:30 - 7:30PM, Greene Middle School MPR 

Wed Dec 12, 6:30 - 7:30PM, JLS MPR/ Cafeteria / will be Live Streamed & Recorded

These important and timely meetings are to give PAUSD parents an opportunity to learn about and give input to our elected officials on the Development Agreement currently being negotiated as between Stanford University and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.   Now is the time to speak up, or we might end up with overcrowded schools and less resources for staff and students. We hope you will join these meetings and help PAUSD parents and staff know about this important issue. What we do now will impact our school families for years to come! 

Palo Alto Weekly Story

The Palo Alto Weekly is working on a story about the mental health challenges that new and expecting mothers face, including postpartum depression, anxiety, stigma and other issues.  If you are willing to share your story, please email staff writer Elena Kadvany at




Nutcracker 2018 presented by Ramon Moreno School of Ballet, December 8-9 The Ramon Moreno School of Ballet is thrilled to present our unique and beautiful version of the Nutcracker – created and choreographed by internationally recognized Artistic Director, Ramon Moreno. 

Come join us for an afternoon or evening of magic with our talented dancers performing the wonderful story of Clara and the Nutcracker.  You will be mesmerized by our award-winning dancers, many of whom have participated and placed at California Classics and Youth America Grand Prix.

Performances are at Carrington Hall in Redwood City on Saturday, December 8 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm, and on Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 pm.

For tickets, please visit Brown Paper Tickets or contact Loreto Ponce de Leon at loretopdl@gmail for discount tickets - I have a few of them.



**NEW**Paly Choirs 16th Annual Madrigal Feaste

Sat & Sun, Dec 8 & 9, 1:30PM seating/refreshments; 2PM show, Palo Alto High School, Performing Art Ctr.

King Henry VIII welcomes you to his 2018 16th Annual Feaste.  The King welcomes all ye to his palace to join him and his family in the festivities of the season.  Ye shall hear the finest choirs in all the lands, see a jester of unparalleled talent, and feast on sumptuous tea sandwiches and desserts. Appropriate and fun for all ages.  Huzzah! 

Tickets available at .


**NEW**Fletcher Middle School Books & Burgers Night

Tue Dec 4, 5-8PM, Books Inc. and Kirk's Burgers 855 El Camino Real

Come to Town & Country to support the Fletcher Middle School Library.  Shop at Books Inc., Eat at Kirk's - they are donating a portion of the night's proceeds to FMS Library!  We will have raffle prizes from many other T&C stores too. Win-Win for everyone just before the Holidays!


**NEW**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 

There will be a live webinar with more information about the trip on Dec 5 at 7:30pm using this link: 

Or you can reach out directly to Dream Volunteers with questions at


**NEW**Donate/Buy Board Games and Puzzles To Benefit PALY Music Program

Sat, Dec 8, 9am-2pm, Paly Flea Market, Palo Alto High School parking lot (Corner of El Camino Real and Embarcadero)

Try some new board games during winter break! Work on a new puzzle! Make room on the shelf and donate your used board games and puzzles for a good cause.  Come drop off gently used board games and puzzles and get some new ones at the Paly flea market.  Shop for handmade ceramics, vintage glasses, fresh flower arrangements, Paly Sports Boosters gear, and much more.  Enjoy a burger, hot chocolate and dessert prepared by Paly music students.  Did you know that you can rent a space to sell your own artisan or used items?  All funds raised through the Paly flea market benefit the Paly music program.

Questions? Contact Colleen Nielsen,  or Heike Fischer,


**NEW**Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Winter Glass SALE – Paly Glass makes great gifts! 

Dec 14, Fri 3-6 pm, Dec 15, Sat 11-4 pm, PA High School, inside the Tower Building, (Administration Bldg). 50 Embarcadero Road across from Stanford Stadium.

Glass snow-people, reindeer, ornaments, cups, bowls, candy cane and more.  Paly Glass makes great gifts: it supports a local non-profit. It supports the ARTS.  It's a unique hand-made treasure that brings JOY.  Made by Paly instructors, alums and students.  Sales benefit the Fiery Arts program which creates opportunities for students to participate in an amazing sculpture curriculum.  Live demonstrations! Invite your family, friends, and neighbors! Free cookies & hot cider!



Parent Ed Workshop: Building Healthy Relationships and Creating a Culture of Consent. 

Thu Dec 6, 7-8:30PM,  PAC, Palo Alto High School

Whether your child is 5 or 15, it is essential that they are given the understanding, language and skills to appropriately express their own boundaries, and at the same time show respect for those of others.  National expert Anea Bogue will provide workshop attendees with practical tips and strategies to effectively communicate with your child about affirmative consent and healthy relationships in an age appropriate manner.  Our parent education workshop will focus on providing you with expert insight on how to effectively broach these subjects with your students in ways that minimize resistance, risk and instead promote mutual trust and greater connection. Sponsored by the PAUSD RISE Taskforce. Appropriate for parents/guardians of students of all ages (TK through 12).


The Paly Sports Boosters Holiday Tree Fundraiser

Get a head start on your Holiday preparations and support the Paly Sports Boosters at the same time! Beautiful Oregon holiday trees will be on sale in the Paly front parking lot after Thanksgiving:

  • Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 1-2, 9am-6pm  

THANK YOU for supporting the Paly Sports Boosters!


Holiday Extravaganza with TWOSET VIOLIN

Sun Dec 9, 3PM, Smithwick Theatre 12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) is thrilled to host TwoSet Violin, Brett Yang and Eddy Chen, whose hilarious skits and classical send-ups have garnered over 200 million social media viewings worldwide. Our Holiday Extravaganza includes all five PACO orchestras performing separately as well as together for some Handel favorites.  You never thought classical music would be this much fun. This concert is PACO's only ticket event ($30 general / $40 preferred seating). For details and to purchase tickets visit:


Calling elementary, middle and high school families. You are eligible to host an AFS Exchange Student.

Hosting helps a high school student from abroad become fluent in English and experience life in America. “Becoming a host family took us out of our comfort zone and provided many new experiences.”

Contact Veronica Buxton at  AFS USA is a premier volunteer cultural exchange program approved by the State Department.


Annual Writing Contest for Kids and Teens

Sat, Dec.1st Palo Alto City Library

Contest officially begins December 1st.  Check the library website for additional dates, rules, and this year’s creative writing prompt. Grades 3-12.


Be Safe. Be Seen. Bike lights are required by law for riding after dusk.

With shorter days, students are bike commuting after dusk when headlights and reflectors are required by law. Visibility begins to decline at dusk, so bicyclists should turn on their lights as soon as light begins to fade.  A handlebar headlight makes a bicycle visible to others and illuminates the road so the rider can see. Higher powered lights do a better job, though they can be a little more expensive. Tail lights and reflectors should be mounted where they won’t be obscured by bags, panniers or other gear on the bike. Lights are superior to reflectors, so a red tail light is recommended for maximum visibility. Outfitting student bikes for a safe and legal ride is a smart investment. For information about safe bicycling, and For suggestions for bicycle lights.


Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) .

We are 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 see here please or contact Ellen Wilkinson, MA or Tobi Britton, BA, BCaBA; 650-736-0591; Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D; 650-498-4799


Does Your Boy Love to Sing?

Fri, Nov 30 by appointment, Palo Alto

Free auditions for Silicon Valley Boychoir will be held at the choir's rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave).  Open to 2nd-4th 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


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


**NEW**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


**NEW**Know a Child Who Loves to Sing? Cantabile Youth Singers Invites You to Come SingWith 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.


“Talk to Me: What do you need to feel connected to school, family and the community?”

Wed Dec 5,  7– 8:30PM,  Mitchell Park Library, Palo Alto - Midtown Room

A conversation with adults and youth to raise the awareness of the importance of youth feeling like they belong and building relationships that help youth thrive.  To attend, please register  For more information, visit here:   Questions? Please contact Youth Connectedness Initiative - Parent Program Coordinator at


Creative Writing Club for Teens

Thu, Dec. 20 4-5:30PM Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd.

End of year pizza planning party. Join us while we work on our writing contest entries and plan activities for the upcoming year. Grades 6-12.


 Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp

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

Let your 7-10 year 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


**NEW**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.