Escondido eNews -- Feb 17 2019
Sun, Feb 17 7:59pm
Escondido Elementary

ESCONDIDO ELEMENTARY eNEWS

 

 

2/19 -- School commences

Penny Powers is here---students collect change for 

3/4 -- Escondido Book Fair

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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 https://tinyurl.com/yba8ycym.  

 Questions, email Jade Chao at president@paloaltopta.org

 

Escondido Book Fair 

The annual Escondido Book Fair, presented by Books Inc, will run from March 4-8. The fair will open after school Monday, March 4, and we will be open before and after school Tuesday thru Friday. Come check out our fantastic selection of books, including Librarian Nina's Picks. Buy your teacher a book from their wish list! Or, just treat yourself or someone you love to a new book. Volunteers needed: Sign up on Konstella.

PENNY POWER IS HERE

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 amy.mccarter@gmail.com if you are interested in creating the priceless pages of our yearbook.

 

 

New Crosswalk Safety Enhancements Coming Soon to El Camino Real
Caltrans is installing Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHBs) at several intersections along El Camino Real from San Jose to San Francisco. PHBs are flashing signals that tell drivers to stop when pedestrians are crossing the roadway. The installation process at the intersections in Palo alto (Vista Ave, Barron Ave, Fernando Ave, College Ave, and Palo Alto Ave) is scheduled to begin Monday, February 11th. The full project should be completed by summer 2019. Please see the City of Palo Alto’s Stop for Pedestrians flyer for more information on how drivers and pedestrians should use these crosswalk safety enhancements. For more information, contact Caltrans Public Information Officer for District 4, Victor Gauthier at victor.gauthier@dot.ca.gov.

 

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PTA and PTAC News

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

Read Dr. Don Austin's Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday https://www.pausd.org/news

 

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

Wed Mar 13, 7P,  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 klee@pausd.org 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.

 

 

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: www.paloaltopta.org.

 

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

 

Summer Camps Info Now Available on PTAC Website
Looking for a summer camp in your neighborhood or at one of our Palo Alto Unified school sites? Now you can find it at the PTAC website at https://ptac.paloaltopta.org/summer-camp-info-now-available/. Camp providers listed on this page host activities/summer camps at PAUSD Schools, and pay rental fees to our district. These rental fees help to defray the cost of running our schools while providing local opportunities for our kids. PTA Council does not endorse one camp over another. This service is offered to give parents an easy way to find out what is being offered and where. Please contact the PTAC Webmaster to recommend updates to this information. There is no charge to providers to be listed.



 

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Community News

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PASA-Rinconada Spring Tryouts for Swimmers Age 9 and Under
 
Two dates will be offered at Rinconada Pool in Palo Alto:
  • March 30 from 11am-12pm
  • May 18 from 1pm-2pm
Swimmers will have a chance to be assessed by our experienced coaching staff and get to work with some of our elite senior athletes. This is a great opportunity to let your inner swimmer come out in a fun and dynamic environment. 
 
Please RSVP at the following email address with the name and age of the participant: kenyasprid@aol.com 
 
https://www.teamunify.com/SubTabGeneric.jsp?team=pspasc&_stabid_=195161
 
 

**NEW**Brain Development Study at Stanford

Researchers at Stanford University are studying brain development in relation to behavior, cognition, and mood in boys and girls ages 8-14.  We are currently recruiting boys and girls ages 8-14 with typical development to participate in a study with a total of two visits (~2 hr each).  Participation Involves:

- iPad games and questionnaires 

- Brain imaging (MRI and NIRS - both safe, non-invasive, and no x-ray/radiation)

- Online questionnaires for the parent 

You will receive a picture of your brain and a $30 Amazon gift card for your participation, or prizes like Stanford T-shirt, water bottle, squishes, slime, LOL dolls, stuffed animals, etc).  For more information to participation, please contact: Email: girlbandstudy@stanford.edu  Website: http://med.stanford.edu/girlband.html  Phone: 650-724-2951


**NEW**New Crosswalk Safety Enhancements Coming Soon to El Camino Real

Caltrans is installing Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHBs) at several intersections along El Camino Real from San Jose to San Francisco. PHBs are flashing signals that tell drivers to stop when pedestrians are crossing the roadway.  The installation process at the intersections in Palo alto (Vista Ave, Barron Ave, Fernando Ave, College Ave, and Palo Alto Ave) is scheduled to begin Monday, February 11th. The full project should be completed by summer 2019. Please see the City of Palo Alto’s Stop for Pedestrians flyerfor more information on how drivers and pedestrians should use these crosswalk safety enhancements.  For more information, contact Caltrans Public Information Officer for District 4, Victor Gauthier at victor.gauthier@dot.ca.gov.

 

**NEW**Host an AFS Exchange Student.

Calling elementary, middle and high school families. You are eligible to host an AFS Exchange Student.  Hosting helps a high school student 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 vbuxton@afsusa.org.

AFS USA is a premier volunteer cultural exchange program approved by the State Department. https://www.afsusa.org/team/san-francisco-bay/contact-us/ 


2019 Palo Alto Chinese New Year Fair

Sun, Feb. 24, 2-5P, 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.


RISE TOGETHER EDUCATION'S ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA!!! 

Fri, Mar 15th, 7-11P,  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

RISE TOGETHER EDUCATION GALA FUNDRAISER

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:    

https://goo.gl/forms/Kgm6mkkURvCdIGV13

Recipients will be announced at our Honorary Service Award Reception on Thursday, April 25th, 2019.  Visit here past recipients https://ptac.paloaltopta.org/honorary-service-awards/

Deadline for Nominations is March 1, 2019.


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 (keritully@gmail.com).  You can make a real difference!

Learn more: http://www.allstudentsmatter.org

sign up to volunteer:  http://www.allstudentsmatter.org/get-involved.html


Be Inspired at the Mothers Symposium

Sat, Feb 23, 9A- 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: www.motherssymposium.org


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, 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 www.pacomusic.org or email info@pacomusic.org

 


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

Sat Feb 23 9A-1P, 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 safety@kidpower.org for information.  Classes fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you're interested! 



Brand New Spring Break Camp – Sample five different camp experiences in one action packed week

M-F, Apr 1–5 9A-3pP, City of Palo Alto Centers

The City of Palo Alto is excited to offer a brand new Arts, Science and Recreation Spring Break Camp. Sample five different camp experiences in this action-packed week. Campers (ages 8-13) will spend each day immersed in a different activity. Locations include the Palo Alto Art Center, Skyhawks and the Junior Museum at Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto Children's Theatre, and Robotics at Mitchell Park Community Center. Registration is open now and the fee is $550 for residents and $632 for non-residents. To register go to:  https://apm.activecommunities.com/paloalto/Home    Course #13713