Escondido eNews -- March 17, 2019
Sun, Mar 17 8:02pm
Escondido Elementary



Key Dates


3/18-22 -- Escondido Walk and Roll Week

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

3/19 -- Webmaster training

4/1-5 -- Spring Break - No School

4/11-12 -- Escondido Science Fair



Escondido Walk and Roll

Please mark your calendars for March 18-22, when we encourage students to walk, bike, scoot, skateboard, carpool, or take the bus to school. If you must drive solo in a car, students can participate by parking a few blocks from school and walking the rest of the way in.

The goal of the week is to reduce the number of students arriving solo by car, thus easing congestion around schools and lessening greenhouse gas emissions. Active commutes, carpooling, taking transit, or riding the school bus can also enhance community and be fun!

Activities throughout the week will include:

  • Monday, March 18 – bike and scooter decorating at the main bike rack. We will also be mapping our “bike-/walk-shed”, with the students biking and walking the furthest winning a prize.
  • Wednesday, March 20 – raffle and hand stamps in front of the MP Room. Prizes include Bike Palo Alto backpacks and bike lights.
  • Friday, March 22 – breakfast in front of the MP Room from 7:45-8:10am

In addition to walking and rolling to school all week, we would appreciate some volunteers to assist day-of, and/or contribute food items for the breakfast on Friday morning.

Volunteers Needed - Please sign-up:

Questions about Walk and Roll to School Week, or would like help finding the best route, please contact Escondido’s Safe Routes to School Representative, Kara Baker ( You can also consult this MAP which illustrates safe route


Escondido Science Fair

This Friday you will find the Escondido 2019 Science Fair flier in your student's Friday Folder.  All students are invited to participate! The Science Fair will be held April 11 - 12, and Family Science Night is April 11.

You can also find a version of the flier here.  Please read it for more information, including how to register and how to help out.

You can use the following link to go straight to the online registration form: .  Please register by Monday, March 4, so we know how many project boards to order. (You don't need to know what the project will be in order to register.)



To join, visit enter the (new) code ESCONDIDO, and place an order!  Good Eggs will donate 5% back to the PTA on every order.  Good Eggs sells organic, local produce, meat and fish, baked goods, easy dinner kits, and more delivered same-day. No subscription required. Free delivery when you spend $60. Questions?  Contact 



We are seeking a volunteer to take on Webmaster duties for the Escondido PTA website.  

A Webmaster Training will be held Tuesday, March 19 at 10 am in Palo Alto.  It will be lead by the PTAC Tech specialist.  No prior experience necessary, we will provide training to you!

FYI, currently our volunteer webmaster, who has generously donated his time to us, does not even have a student at Escondido, in fact his kiddos in high school and college.  He will not be available beyond Spring Break.


Please let us know asap if you are interested in contributing to Escondido in this way.  It is a wonderful opportunity to learn valuable website-building and management skills. 

Contact Christine Klenow at or 650-380-4367



PTA and PTAC News


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

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


**NEW**PTA Council Invites You to the 97th Annual May Fete Parade & 125th Palo Alto Birthday Celebrations

Sat May 4, 10AM (Parade start time) Downtown Palo Alto

Each year our students and staff, as well as neighbors, are invited to participate in the City of Palo Alto 2019 May Fete Parade.  This is our small, hometown parade right here in the heart of Silicon Valley. Many PAUSD students participate in the parade by way of the bands, amazing music programs, club projects that funded by PiE and PTA.  Downtown University Avenue is closed that day and the nearby streets and parking lots are transformed with schools' kids, floats, marching bands, electric model cars, etc. NEW this year is the celebration of the 125th Birthday of City of Palo Alto.  Happy Birthday! Don’t miss it.  Carpool and bike.


**NEW**Watch the Video of Dr. Robert Lustig’s Real Food for Thought Talk from 3/6/19  

Did you miss the talk on why eating real food matters for our children? Watch it here on Youtube: Would you like to get involved with bringing more real food to our schools?  Email for more information.  Brought to you by PTAC Health and Wellness.


PTA Council Annual Elections

The election of the PTA Council Officers will take place at the General Association meeting on Wednesday, March 20th 9AM at the district office 25 Churchill, Board room.  All PTA members are invited. Please visit  for the proposed slate of officers for the 2019-2020 term.


PTA Council Seeks Volunteers

The PTA Council Nominating Committee is currently seeking expressions of interest from individuals in the community who would like to learn more about becoming a member of the PTA Council Executive Board and Collaborative Committees for the 2019-20 school year. We are looking for community members who have a passion for improving the educational experience of all students and preferably have experience on their school PTA or site council. Talk to us about stepping into a leadership role or how you can participate on a committee.    

Contact the Nominating Committee at:


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:


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**Chinese Railroad Workers Photos Exhibit 

Mar 1-31, Mon-Thu 10am-9pm; Fri-Sun 10am-6pm, Palo Alto Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road 

Please come to view a special photos exhibit as 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the first American Transcontinental Railroad built by the Chinese Railroad Workers.  Dr. Hilton Obenzinger, author of more than a dozen books and Associate Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University, will present this important period of history at the Embarcadero Room on Mar 17 at 4-6pm.  All are welcome.  No registration required. More information can be found on  Questions contact Monica Yeung Arima at


**NEW**Bringing Body Confidence Home—A Parent Ed Event   

Mon Mar 18, 7:00-8:30 PM, MP Room, Fairmeadow Elementary School

Licensed “Body Positive Facilitator” Katie Winnen will show us the importance of positive body image, body confidence, and healthy relationships with food for our selves and our children. Join us for an important conversation about how to be a role model for our kids, the dangers of diet-culture, and how to listen to and love our bodies. 

This is a free event, open to all PAUSD families.  Free babysitting provided—event is adults only

For questions, contact:


**NEW**Connecting Palo Alto: Learn About Separating Palo Alto’s Rail Crossings 

Wed, Mar 27, 6-8P, Mitchell Park Comm Car  El Palo Alto Room, 3700 Middlefield Rd

Help Design the Future of Palo Alto’s Rail Corridor - Please join us at our next community meeting on Wednesday, March 27 as we continue to talk about options to separate Palo Alto’s rail crossings from street traffic.  Though High-Speed Rail will likely be limited to the Central Valley, the electrification of Caltrain is still on schedule to be completed by 2022, which means we can expect many more trains to run through Palo Alto along the rail corridor.  Come learn more and help us gather information about how to improve connectivity, increase bicycle and pedestrian safety, and reduce traffic. Railroad crossing ideas to be discussed: Churchill Avenue and Citywide Tunnel. For more information visit: and


Auditions for Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) 2019-20 Season

Sun, Mar 31 & Apr 14,  9AM– 4PM, Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto

New member auditions for PACO's 2019-20 season.  For more information and to schedule an audition please visit

"Listen to Me:  What Do I Need to Feel Connected to School, Family and Community?"

Tue, March 26, 7-8:30P, Mitchell Park Community Center - Adobe Room, Palo Alto 

To raise the awareness of the importance of youth feeling a sense of belonging, Susan Stone Belton will share reflective listening tools that parents and adult allies can use to build healthy relationships that help youth thrive.  Also, featured will be a service learning project by the youth peer leaders.  Parents, students, and adult allies are welcome! Free admissions and light refreshments will be served.  To attend, please register here   For more information, visit here  Questions? Please contact:


Eschuchame: Que es que necesito para sentirme conectado a la escuela, familia y  comunidad? 

Tue, March 26, 7-8:30P, Mitchell Park Community Center - Adobe Room, Palo Alto 

Martes, el 26 de marzo, de 7-8:30pm Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto- (Cuarto Adbobe) 

Para elevar la consiencia de la importancia del sentido de pertenecia de jovenes, Susan Stone Belton, compartira instumentos en como padres y educadores pueden fortalecer relaciones saludables con jovenes.  Padres, estudiantes y aliados son beinvenidos. Admision es gratis y habra refrescos. 

Para asistir por favor inscribirse. Para mas informacion o preguntas contacten  



Tue, March 26, 7-8:30P, Mitchell Park Community Center – Adobe Room, Palo Alto

3月26日,星期二,7-8:30p.m.,Palo Alto 米切尔公园社区中心 — Adobe会议室

为了提高人们对青少年有归属感的重要性认识,Susan Stone Belton将分享反思性的倾听工具。父母和成年盟友可以利用这些工具建立健康的关系,帮助青少年茁壮成长。此外,值得关注的将是青少年同辈领导人的服务学习项目。

欢迎家长,学生和成年盟友参加! 免费入场并有点心提供。

欲参加者,请注册。 有关更多信息,请访问此处。若有问题, 请联系

Golden State Youth Orchestra Auditions for New Members (1st run 2/27)

Mar/Apr., Palo Alto

Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra (formerly El Camino Youth Symphony) invites musicians ages 6-18 at all levels of experience to audition for the 2019-20 Season.  Advanced players are challenged with professional-level repertoire, receive support from experienced coaches and internationally-renowned faculty, and perform in concerts throughout the Bay Area.  Intermediate players hone their skills and develop advanced technique, while young musicians learn to play together, follow a conductor.  Auditions are heard in March and April as faculty schedules permit.  Apply online at Call GSYO at 650-665-9046 for more information.


Scout Troop 50 Open House

Mon, March 25th at 7:30 - 9:00PM, The Scout Fire Circle, Lucie Stern Community Center, Palo Alto

Palo Alto Scout Troop 50 is having an open house in order to give kids (grades 5-10) and their parents a chance to get to know Troop 50 to see if it is the right troop for them.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the troop and about scouting.  The open house will be at the Scout Fire Circle at the Scout House at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

For more information about Troop 50, please see the following web site: patroop50/home


Spring Women’s Wellness Group with Jalene Salus

Free intro class on Mar 22, remaining classes Fri Mar 29-May 24, 10A-12P St. Mark’s, 600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA

In this nourishing group, Jalene Salus will share the wisdom of Integrative Nutrition as she introduces ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit.  Each week, you will discuss foods to support your unique body – and your family’s health, and align your self-care with the rhythm of the season.  Registration is required as space is limited!  FIRST CLASS ON MAR 22 FREE.  Scholarships available upon request. More Info:  


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.


Calling elementary, middle and high school families. You are eligible to host an AFS Cultural Exchange Student.

Hosting helps a high school student become fluent in English and experience teenage life in America.  “Becoming a host family took us out of our comfort zone and provided many new experiences.”

Contact our SF Bay representative Veronica Buxton at

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


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! 



**NEW**A Community Day To Swim with PASA at Rinconada

Sat Apr 13, 1-2:30pm ages 6-9, 2:30-4pm ages 10-13, Rinconada Pool

Kids in the Palo Alto Community will be given a free swim lesson from the coaches and swimmers of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. Signups will close when the maximum of 30 children per session is reached.

Info and signup:


4-hour Kidpower Safety and Self Defense Workshop for 6-12 year-olds with their adults 

Sat Mar 25, 9Am-1PM, Palo Alto

Families practice personal safety skills together for handling every day emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies.  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!