Escondido eNews -- January 20, 2019
Mon, Jan 21 11:54pm
Escondido Elementary




1/22 -- Talent Show tickets go on sale before and after school

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

1/25 -- Escondido Spirit Day

2/5 -- Call for Yearbook Volunteers (see below for details)




Penny Power Winner and Nominees
Thank you to all those families who nominated organization's to receive Escondido's Elementary School's Penny Power proceeds for 2019.  This year we proudly had the most applications for nominee's to date and they were all deserving!  After much deliberation the PTA executive board is proud to announce the 2019 Penny Power Winner Turning Wheels for Kids, nominated by Eitan Pilpoul (Grade 5). This Local organization in San Jose provides children access to bikes to encourage life long habits of exercise, outdoor activity and independence. Proceeds collected will be used to provide refurbished and/or new bikes and helmets to low income kids in the area.
Thank you again for your your thoughtful nominations (listed below), support of penny power, our community and our world.  Finally a special thank you to Rosita Wong who will be volunteering her time to help run the Penny Power initiative this year!
2019 Penny Power Runner Up Nominee's
  1. Ravenswood Education Foundation, nominated by Evvia Gurney (Grade K). Supporting reading enrichment programs for local students in need.
  2. Give Directly, nominated by Evvia Gurney (Grade K). Supporting people living in Poverty in Kenya.
  3. Family Connection, nominated by Tomas Tangney (Grade 4). Supporting a local tuition free Preschool.
  4. Kathonzweni Childrens' Home, nominated by Jewel Junior (Grade K). Supporting an orphanagefor disable children in Kenya.
  5. GLIDE, nominated by Will Stover (Grade 5). Organizes meals and support for homeless people and those facing opression in SanFrancisco
  6. Hoste Hainse, nominated by Will Stover (Grade 5). Supporting non-profit community schools for underprivileged children in the south of Nepal.
  7. Maurice White Native Forest Trust - Hinewai Reserve, New Zealand, nominated by the Baker Family (Grade 2). Supporting an ecological restoration project on Banks Peninsula on the South Island in New Zealand.


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.



Winter Biking: Sun Glare Safety Tips

You may have noticed that some mornings it is very difficult to see because the low sun’s glare is particularly intense. Because sun glare blindness can be dangerous during our school commute times in the winter months, drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians should take special care. For more information, please see the City’s new informational piece, Sun Glare Safety Tips for Bicyclists and Drivers. Together we can make our roads safe for everyone!


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 California 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.

A white front headlight and a red rear reflector are required, although a red rear light is highly recommended. See our Bike Lights 101 tips.


Daylight is fading earlier and earlier each day. Please make sure your student's bike is properly lit so they can see and be seen.



PTA and PTAC News



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

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


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.


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

Wed Mar 13, 7PM,  Fletcher Middle School Café

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.



PTA C supports PAUSD, Teachers, Staff, and City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School.  Please write to anyone you know who is a Stanford parents, alumni, graduate students, faculty, staff, trustee, and friend.  Our schools would like to continue to enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship with Stanford University.  However, if Stanford expects PAUSD to absorb students for the next 17 years who will reside on Stanford lands that do not pay property taxes, such as rental housing -- then our classroom sizes will have to increase, staff/teachers will have to be laid off, and school programs suspended due to lack of funding.  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!! Questions: email


Adolescent Vaping: From Theory to Data to Prevention

Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 to 8:30pm  Hay Market Theater at Palo Alto High School

Novel tobacco/nicotine products, such as vapes and pod-based products such as Juuls, have entered our local market, and our adolescents are now using these products more often than combustible cigarettes.  

In this talk, organized by the Palo Alto PTA Council, Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher will provide detailed information on the new tobacco/nicotine products available, including e-cigarettes/ vapes and Juuls and other pod-based systems, as well as the e-juices that accompany these products.  She will discuss recent research on reasons for adolescent use of these products, including flavors, appeal, marketing, perceived reduced harm, ease/place of use, stress, anxiety, and depression, and misperceptions. She will also present advocacy efforts occurring in the US to reduce vaping use.

Please join in this conversation with your family! Learn about what our community can do to change the course.  Get equipped with evidence-based resources and intervention ideas that can be used to help prevent and reduce youth use of these novel products.  Questions/ comments:

Inclusive Resource Fair of Summer Camps & After-School Activities

Thu, Feb 7, 6:30 - 8:30PM, JLS Middle School Auditorium, 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

Join us to meet 30+ providers of summer camps & after-school activities, who will present information about their programs and be available to talk 1:1 with parents.  All providers can accommodate some students' special needs, either in an inclusive environment or a special program, and can discuss specific accommodations. Some offer on-site enrollment. Information on financial assistance available, and many providers offer fee waivers based on need.

Organized by the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, and co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.  Childcare and snacks for kids will be provided. Please RSVP for childcare to  For more information, including the complete list of vendors as it is finalized, go to


Feria de Recursos de Campamentos de Verano y Actividades Después de Clases

Jueves, 7 de febrero, 6:30 - 8:30pm, En el auditorio de la Escuela Media JLS, 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

Acompáñenos a conocer más de 30 provedores de campos y actividades de verano y por la tarde para después de clases, quienes estarán dando información sobre sus programas y que también estarán disponibles para hablar 1:1 con los padres.  Todos son proveedores que pueden admitir a niños con algunas necesidades especiales ya sea dentro de un ambiente incluyente o dentro de un programa especial y podrán conversar sobre ajustes especiales que su hijo/a pueda necesitar. Podrán existir opciones de inscribirse en el lugar.  Habra información sobre asistencia financiera y muchos proveedores ofrecen becas que se adaptan a sus necesidades.

Se contará con servicio de guardería y botana para niños, por favor RSVP para el cuidado de los niños a Para mayor información, incluyendo la lista de proveedores cuando está completa, ingrese a: Organizado por el Palo Alto Comité Asesor Comunitario para la Educación Especial y co-patrocinado por el Consejo de Palo Alto de PTAs.



Community News



**NEW**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:


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration 

Mon Jan 21, 10AM-1PM Mitchell Park Community Center 

The City of Palo Alto and Youth Community Service are celebrating diversity through an afternoon event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  This event will give the Palo Alto and surrounding communities the opportunity to celebrate diversity through the words and inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The festivities include local organizations, guest speakers, service activities for youth & teens, music, performances, and a legacy exhibition displaying different periods of the civil rights movement.  For more information, please


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, Jan 27, 3PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Preparatory Orchestra

Sun, Feb 3,  12PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Superstrings Orchestra

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


Art Classes at the PA Art Center or Mitchell Park Library

Unleash the creativity in your student by signing up for one of art classes at the Palo Alto Art Center or the Mitchell Park Community Center.  We offer classes Monday - Saturday in painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and jewelry and metal working for students ages preschool through high school.  Please review our brochure for class information and live links to registration.  Classes will run January – March, 2019. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello ( or 650-617-3509). 


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:


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


Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2019

Jul 22 - Jul 26 and Jul 29 - Aug 2, 9am-3pm at the Palo Alto High School Robotics Lab

Sessions: Robot Design & Hardware, Programming, Entrepreneurship & Website Design, Animation & Graphic Design. This year, Paly Robotics will be offering two weeks of our annual summer camp for middle school students (incoming 6th - 9th graders). Paly Robotics hopes to spark interest and start future high school students on a path in science, technology, engineering, art or mathematics (STEAM). Registration will open on January 12 at 12PM. Campers will be able to sign up for one of four sessions per week. To sign up or to get more information, go to If you have any further questions, please email


Children's Classes at the Palo Alto Art Center!

Unleash the creativity in your child by signing up for one of our children's classes.  We offer classes in ceramics, painting and sculpture on Monday – Saturdays. Classes are held at the Art Center (1313 Newell Road) and the Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Road). Please review our brochure for class information and live links to registration.   Classes will run January – March, 2019. Questions?  Please contact Rebecca Passarello ( or 650-617-3509).


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: