Escondido eNews -- January 27, 2019
Sun, Jan 27 8:15pm
Escondido Elementary




2/1 -- Escondido Spirit Day

2/1 -- Principal's Coffee 8:10-9:00 am

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




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


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**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.



Check out our new BANNER in front of District Office!! We kicked off the year with our January 2019 General Association Meeting on Wednesday.  PAUSD Board Member, Dr. Jennifer DiBrienza provided key information from the PAUSD Board of Education Meeting. Click below to read more  Dr. Don Austin spoke about the "BIG PLAN" a continuing discussion from last Saturday's Family Leadership Summit.  The PTA Council urges you to be informed advocate for your own student about the Stanford General Use Permit using resources listed on our website:  Welcome to PTA Council meetings (25 Churchill Ave) and you will be impressed how much parent volunteers are doing for your children. Thank you to all. 

PAUSD Board Meeting Link:

Family Leadership Summit Link:



Jan 30 - PTA Council Executive Board

Feb 13 - PTA Council General Association Meeting

Mar 20 - PTA Council General Association & Elections



PTAC supports PAUSD, Teachers, Staff, and City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School.  Please write to anyone you know who are 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 hundreds of new 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. 

Learn more from the PTAC Fact SheetPAUSD Briefing Book and PAUSD board resolution

Call to Action: message the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Stanford NOW with just two taps on your iPhone via Click My Cause (select Palo Alto PTA Council).  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


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.


Did you miss or want to review the Adolescent Vaping: From Theory to Data to Prevention Discussion from 1/22?

 You can watch it at  In this talk, organized by the Palo Alto PTA Council, Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher provided 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.  Get equipped with evidence-based resources and intervention ideas that can be used to help prevent and reduce youth use of these novel products



Community News



**NEW**The 2019 Gunn Choir Staff Musical Extravaganza: I Want to Hold Your Babushka!

Feb, Tue 5, Wed 6, Thu 7, 8PM, Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Rd.

It is 1964 and the Beatles are poised to make their first Ed Sullivan appearance and to begin what we now call the British Invasion.  Back in the USSR, General Klandestinov, head of the KGB, and Comrade Bullshetski, his Minister of Propaganda, concoct a scheme to subliminally invade America themselves, and what better way than to kidnap the Beatles and replace them on the Ed Sullivan Show than with Russian imposter Beatles!

It’s a completely wacky and wonderful story starring the amazing Gunn Choirs and dozens of your favorite Gunn staff! Tickets are available at the Gunn Student Activities center or online at

All proceeds will support the Gunn Choir Scholarship Fund, making it possible for all students in the choir to participate in this year’s singing tour to Rome and Florence.


**NEW**Family Science Night at JMZ

Thu, Feb 7, 5:30-7:30pm, PAJMZ, Cubberley Community Center, 4050 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto

Come experience a taste of the fun, hands-on, standards-based science lessons that the Junior Museum brings to PAUSD elementary schools every week.  Chat with science teachers from our award-winning education department.  Meet zoo animals, identify geologic specimens, try out scientific equipment, and more.  This FREE event is a "thank you" to PiE and our fabulous community that values and supports science for all ages.  Please note that the Junior Museum is currently housed in a temporary location in Cubberley Community Center.  See you there!

More details at:


**NEW**Calling All Future Chefs! Enter the Future Chef Competition Now!

Entry deadline: Fri, Feb 8. Final contest on Thu, Mar 7, 6:30-8:00pm, JLS Middle School 

Hey students – Can you cook?  We’re looking for your favorite healthy Mexican recipe!  Lucky winners from each school will be chosen as finalists to compete in our contest at JLS Middle School on Thursday, March 7th.  As an added bonus, the winner of this event will be entered into a National Competition for some great prizes! PICK UP YOUR ENTRY FORM TODAY!   They’re available in the Cafeteria and in the School Office!  Turn them in to the Cafeteria or School Office by Friday, February 8th.


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, 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


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:


**NEW**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! 


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