Escondido eNews -- Feb 10, 2019
Sun, Feb 10 6:11pm
Escondido Elementary



2/11 -- Penny Powers is here

2/13 -- 5th Grade Iceskating Party

2/14-2/18 -- NO School



Escondido Families---


Have you heard about the Stanford General Use Permit?  


Do you value the teacher to student ratio of Escondido and PAUSD?


Do you utilize and appreciate the support services offered at Escondido and PAUSD?  For example: reading specialists, counseling services, music, art, after-school care, to name just a few.


The Stanford General Use Permit currently under negotiation can affect all of the above at Escondido.  


To learn more about how you can make your voice heard, please read below...


Stanford proposes to add hundreds of students to PAUSD - who may all live in

Stanford-owned property tax-exempt rental homes - in the new 2018 General Use Permit (GUP) now being negotiated with Santa Clara County.  

  • PAUSD faces millions of dollars in annual budget shortfalls, causing increased classroom sizes, program cuts, and teacher / staff layoffs.
  • PAUSD has no neighborhood school for these Quarry Road students.

In the past, Stanford paid funds to PAUSD to educate unfunded students and sold PAUSD land for schools.  

We ask Stanford to continue the great partnership and fully mitigate the impacts on our schools of the GUP development.  Click here to the PTAC FACT SHEET and PAUSD BRIEFING BOOK to read more. Click My Cause  has messages you can click immediately and send to Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.  

PLEASE DO NOT WAIT.  Waiting may adversely impact your child's classroom size, teachers and aides, and the quality of PAUSD education that we sacrifice so much for.  

ACT NOW before decision are made in March.

Message the County and Stanford:

  1. iPhone Users: speak up with two taps on the Click My Cause app, select Palo Alto PTA Council.  
  2. Sign a petition at  


Questions, email Jade Chao at






Penny Power--- Escondido students donate their loose change, to make big changes in others' lives.  






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.




PTA and PTAC News



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

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


Parent Ed Night: Learn the Basic ABCs About LGBTQ+ Youth 

Wed Mar 13, 7PM,  Fletcher Middle School Café, 655 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto

This Parent Ed event is organized by the Fletcher Middle School PTA and staff, and is open/relevant to anyone, not just Fletcher families.  Our event will be about understanding gender identities, sexual orientation, how to support LGBTQ+ youth in our community, and more. Open to all families with the purpose of supporting youth so we can be an inclusive and WELCOMING community.  Translation (Spanish and Mandarin) available if requested 3 days in advance. Please email to request. Special guests include Miriam Stevenson (PAUSD’s Director of Student Services), Valerie Royaltey-Quandt (Greene Middle School Principal), Melissa Howell (Fletcher Middle School Principal), Diana Hernandez and Ryan Fouts (Project Outlet Education Coordinator and Program Director), Shounak Dharap (PAUSD Board of Education member), Sally G. (former PAUSD parent), and Julian G. (former PAUSD student).  Also available: City and school library resource tables and great prizes! Have a question you’d like addressed?  Fill out this anonymous form by Monday, 3/11/19.


**NEW**PTAC Special Meeting - Stanford G.U.P. -  FULLY MITIGATE

On Wednesday, PTAC held a Special Meeting for the General Association focusing on the Stanford G.U.P. A number of resource materials were provided to all school communities, PTAs and PTSAs. We heard from Teachers’ Union (Teri Baldwin), CSEA (Meb Steiner), PAUSD Board (Dr. Jennifer DiBrienza) and PAUSD Superintendent (Dr. Don Austin), Nixon PTA President (Matthew Hayes), Palo Verde PTA President (Karolina Werner), Safe Routes To School Committee (Peter Phillips), and others. The association had a robust discussion on the issue of the largest development in the history of the County, and developed a strategies around letter writing campaigns to Stanford University and County Board Supervisors, via electronic and paper format. Each school community is choosing to do their own letter or letters addressing a focus that mostly impact them, e.g., Nixon PTA (focus on after-school child care). All PTAC provided resource material, including PTAC Fact Sheet, as well as email addresses are posted and update on the PTAC website. Go here to read more:


**NEW**PTAC General Association Meeting Is Happening Next Wednesday.

Wed Feb 13 9-11A, 25 Churchill Ave., District Office Board Room

Please join us. We welcome all. We invited Santa Clara County Board Supervisor, Joe Simitian, to speak to us about the Teacher Housing and Update on the Stanford GUP Development Agreement. You don’t want to miss this. Special Guest: Supervisor Joe Simitian


**NEW!** Call to Action. Please Sign the Petition

Palo Alto PTA Council URGES YOU TO TAKE ACTION. Parents, Teachers, Staff, PAUSD Students, Palo Alto Neighbors, and Colleagues, too! Please sign the online petition to speak up and voice your concerns. The message is simple: STANFORD TO SAFEGUARD OUR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION WITH FULL MITIGATION PAUSD students who come with no tax dollars for their education in a public school is just not right. FULL MITIGATION will safeguard our children’s education now and for future generations of school children.  Please Sign the Petition


2019 Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards - Call for Nominations

Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, administrator, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, coach, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something (however large or small) for your special needs child with an IEP or 504?  Honor that person by nominating him or her for a CAC Sweetheart Award.  Submit nominations using this online form before Thursday, February 14th (early submissions welcome):

The Awards Ceremony will be on Wednesday, February 27th from 6-8pm at Nixon Elementary School.  For more information or questions contact or go to  Co-sponsored by Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.



Community News




**NEW**2019 Palo Alto Chinese New Year Fair

Sun, Feb. 24, 2-5 pm, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto

The Palo Alto Chinese Community cordially invite you and your family to celebrate 2019 Chinese New Year, the Year of the Pig.  This fourth annual Chinese New Year Fair features performances of Chinese folk music, instruments, and dances by students from the Palo Alto Unified School District and local talents.  The fun and festive celebration showcases Chinese art, cultural exhibitions, game booths, delicious foods and many more!  The event admission is free and all proceeds from activities, food, etc will be donated to support the Palo Alto schools.  We look forward to seeing students, parents, teachers, staff, neighbors, and friends.  This large-scale event is organized by the Palo Alto Chinese Parents Community in collaboration with the City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Parking is limited, so please walk, bike, or share a ride.


Fri, Mar 15th, 7-11PM,  Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Rd., San Carlos

Please join us for an evening of friendship, wine tasting, dinner, and dancing.  Win vacation accommodations, dinner at local restaurants, and priceless experiences bidding on over 50 silent auction items.  Let's raise our paddles during the live auction to raise funds for high achieving, low income Palo Alto students to assist with their plans to attend and graduate from a 4year college program.  Buy your tickets today!  Put together a table of ten!  Early Bird Pricing ends Feb. 28thTickets can also be purchased with a check made payable to Rise Together Education Inc and sent to 380 Hamilton Avenue, P.O. Box 29, Palo Alto, CA 94301


Please click the following link for a sneak peek at the auction catalog: RTE Spring Gala Auction Catalog 2019

Nominate Great People for Awards (Due March 1)   

Call for Nominations for HSA  2019.  Each year the Palo Alto Council of PTAs may bestow one of several California State PTA Honorary Service Awards to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service to children and youth in our community.  The individuals or organization nominated must make far-reaching, notable contributions.  The PTA Council HSA Committee selects persons or groups who have benefited children and youth on a district-wide or Palo Alto community level. We also have awards that honor exceptional PTA volunteers at the unit (school) level.   

If you know of someone or an organization that deserves to be honored, please complete this form:

Recipients will be announced at our Honorary Service Award Reception on Thursday, April 25th, 2019.  Visit here past recipients

Deadline for Nominations is March 1, 2019.

**NEW** Volunteer – An Hour a Week Could Change a K-5 Student’s Life

Over 80% of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park students are performing below grade level in reading and math.  As a classroom volunteer, you will work with the same teacher and student every week for an hour during the school year.  It’s an opportunity to build a relationship with a student and impact his or her life. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates logistics with you and your schedule in mind. Sign up now and start mid-September.  Learn more, sign up to volunteer, or you're welcome to contact Keri Tully (  You can make a real difference!

Learn more:

sign up to volunteer:

Be Inspired at the Mothers Symposium

Sat, Feb 23, 9 AM- noon; Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center

Please join us for the 14th Mothers Symposium, #Mothering: Finding your Authentic Self.  This year our program will include a panel of three remarkable women to discuss grounded mothering in the age of social media.  For more information and tickets:

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Winter Concerts

Enjoy a series of winter concerts (January through March) featuring PACO's talented young musicians. You'll be fascinated by the array of works ranging from Baroque, Classical, Romantic to Contemporary by well-known composers Mozart, Handel and Dvorak just to name a few. All concerts are admission FREE and for the entire family to enjoy.

Sun, Feb 10, 3PM, Cubberley Theatre, Sinfonia Orchestra

Sun, Mar 3, 3PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Debut Orchestra

Sat, Mar 9, 7:30PM, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Senior PACO Orchestra

For more information and the 2018-19 season calendar, please visit or email

4-hour Kidpower On Your Own for 9-12 year-olds with their adults 

Sat Feb 23 9AM-1PM, Location given after you register

Families practice personal safety skills together for handling every day emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies with focus on the transition to more independence for older kids.  Visit the registration page or call (800) 467-6997 ext. 0# or email for information.  Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you're interested! 

**NEW**Summer Camp and Activity Fair

Wed Mar 6, 5:30-7:00 PM, Ohlone Elementary MP Room, 950 Amarillo Ave Palo Alto

Come try fun hands-on activities and meet amazing camps in the Palo Alto area!  Kids welcome! Free pizza for the first 100 to arrive! Hands-on activities. Giveaways and prizes.  Exclusive discounts for 2019 summer camps. Free admission (Register in advance to win a free week of camp).


**NEW**Fantastic Interactive Jazz Concert for Children featuring Jim Nadel and the Zookeepers

Sat, Mar 2, 3–4 pm Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford Campus

Parking is free on weekends Tickets: $10 See more info and purchase tickets HERE

Children love jazz:  The music is fun, and best of all, you don’t have to sit still to enjoy it!  Bring the whole family to this child-friendly, interactive concert, and hear Jim Nadel and some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians present an entertaining, informative introduction to jazz.  Jim has more than four decades of experience at the forefront of jazz education, with first-hand knowledge of the music’s history and some of its most colorful characters. In this engaging and interactive program, Jim and the Zookeepers demonstrate musical styles, concepts, and instruments from the world of jazz.