Escondido eNews -- Feb 22, 2019
Sun, Feb 24 8:03pm
Escondido Elementary



Penny Powers is here---students collect change for 

3/4 -- Escondido Book Fair

3/18 -- PTA Meeting 7:15 at SCRA


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


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.


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


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 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



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 - Advocate For Our Children NOW - FULLY MITIGATE

Stanford General Use Permit

Calls to Action: (1) Attend March 14 Rally to Protect our Schools, P.A. City Hall, 5:30 p.m. (2) Message the County and Stanford to Protect our Schools; (3) write Letters to the Editor, (4) School PTSA letters, (5) attend 2/28 hearing in San Jose

On Wednesday, February 13th, Joe Simitian spoke at the General Association Meeting.  He and applauded the community's response to voice our concerns for mitigation. If you haven’t done so yet, NOW is the time to message the County and Stanford, on the Click My Cause Two-Tap App(select Palo Alto PTA Council) or sign our online petition.  He encourages us to attend the upcoming 3/14 TOWN HALL on the Stanford GUP and WRITE to newspapers/media so that non-school families know about Stanford's gigantic proposed building IMPACT.  School impact may not be squarely considered by FINAL Environmental Impact Report (EIR), however, the Development Agreement (DA) currently being negotiated may contemplate additional conditions to mitigate impact to our schools, including per student funding, neighborhood school construction (Quarry Road), safe routes to school (SRTS), and afterschool childcare.  A copy of the FINAL EIR is at local libraries or online:

Many schools are beginning their own letter writing campaign.  To learn more or volunteer, please email:  For resource materials, go here to read more:  


**NEW**PTAC - TEACHER HOUSING PROJECT - Supervisor Joe Simitian

At the Wednesday, General Association Meeting, Supervisor Joe Simitian spoke on the Teacher Housing Project to help build affordable teacher housing near California Ave/Cal Train Station.  Five local school districts, including PAUSD, are being asked to contribute funds to help power the project's funding. PAUSD Board of Education has held a meeting on this. County land has already been secured. Additional funding is being negotiated.  Please help spread the word and send comments to PAUSD Board of Ed and the County of Santa Clara if you are supportive of our schools, our children, and our teachers. We are the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and "T" for Teachers is in our middle name.  Contact:


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  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.




Community News



**NEW**Tics Research Study at Stanford

The Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program at Stanford is 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. A tic disorder diagnosis is not necessary 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. Sessions are available both during the academic year and over the summer.  For more information, or to enroll in the study, email or  We encourage you to reach out if you're interested, as space is filling up.  For general information about participant rights, contact 1-866-680-2906.

**NEW**Real Food for Thought

Wed Mar 6, 7-8:30PM,  Media Arts Center at Palo Alto High School

PTA Council of Palo Alto hosts this event.  Has your family thought about eating more ‘real food’?  Is our local community in line with your thinking?  Our speaker, Dr. Lustig, will reveal how and why Americans are eating more processed foods with added sugar and less ‘real foods’ like vegetables, whole grains, lentils, nuts, seeds and fruits.  Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is the Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF.  RSVP:

**NEW** Paly Theatre Presents GUYS & DOLLS

Mar 8, 9,15,16 at 7:30PM, Mar 14 at 4:30PM, and Mar 17 at 2PM, Palo Alto High School

Roll the dice and hop on over to the Paly theatre!  You'll see it all in the Tony award winning quintessential musical, GUYS & DOLLS.  This hilarious, high stakes adventure has a multifaceted mission and romance galore as we dance the night away through Times Square and Havana.  Tickets now at!  Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students/seniors.

**NEW**Special Saints and Sinners Benefit, March 16th

You're invited to join us at the Guys & Dolls Supper Club and Music Revue Benefit. Feast on New York deli delights, while members of the GUYS & DOLLS cast entertain you with song and dance numbers.  Your ticket to this special event includes supper, entertainment and the best seats in the house for a rollicking great performance of GUYS & DOLLS.  The fun begins at 5:30 on March 16 in the Paly High PAC.  Tickets for this memorable benefit-including reserved VIP seats for the 7:30 pm performance-are $45 for adults, and $35 for children 12-and-under.

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:  Website:  Phone: 650-724-2951

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


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

AFS USA is a premier volunteer cultural exchange program approved by the State Department. 

**NEW**6th Annual Racing Hearts 5k/10k

Sun Mar 24, 9AM, City Hall Downtown Palo Alto

Join the Racing Hearts and the City of Palo Alto, Police and Fire departments to celebrate active living for heart disease and community AEDs.  Revenue from this event is going towards AEDS being deployed into the East Palo Alto patrol cars (they have none right now.)   Use code ENEWS2k19 for a $5 off registration 6th Annual Racing Hearts 5k/10k (expires midnight Feb 24)  Please join us  to celebrate active living for heart disease and community AEDs! 


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.

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 or email

**NEW**Summer Camp and Activity Fair  

Wed, Mar 6, 5:30-7:00 PM, Ohlone Elementary School MP Room

Come try fun hands-on activities and discover amazing summer camps hosted by the Ohlone PTA.  Free!  Kids are welcome, free pizza for the first 100 people, and enter to win giveaways, prizes, and a free week of summer camp!  Register early for a chance to win a week of free camp!  RSVP at

TheatreWorks Spring Camp – Register your child today! K-5th Grades

Spring camp sessions – a week of students applying their imaginations and working together while building acting and stagecraft skills.  Learn acting, movement, and stagecraft skills in a fun, playful, and engaging way . April 1–5, 2019 at Nixon Elementary in Palo Alto REGISTER NOW  Tuition: $350

Camps are Monday–Friday, 9am–3pm. Need-based scholarships and extended care available.For more information about Camps visit the website, call 650.463.7146, or email