Escondido eNews -- March 3, 2019
Mon, Mar 4 1:52pm
Escondido Elementary



Key Dates


3/4 -- Escondido Book Fair

3/11 -- No School

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

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

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

4/11-12 -- Escondido Science Fair




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.

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 


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**Protect Our Schools Rally & Town Hall Meeting

Thurs. March 14, 5:30P, rally outside P.A. City Hall, 250 Hamilton (parking underground); 6:30P Stanford GUP Town Hall meeting.

Show your support for our schools at the “Protect our Schools” rally, before Supervisor Simitian’s Town Hall Meeting on the Stanford GUP.  Stanford is adding hundreds of new students to our schools but offering no revenues to cover the cost of their education. Hundreds of new students without new revenues means - for the next 17 years - increased classroom sized, teacher and staff layoffs, and program cuts.  Bring your family, your friends, and your best signs. FREE pizza.  RSVP here so we know how much pizza to order.


**NEW**PTA Council Annual Elections

The PTA Council Nominating Committee is currently seeking both nominations and 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


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:  


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**Golden State Youth Orchestra Auditions for New Members

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.


**NEW** 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


**NEW**Mindful Moms Group with Krassi Harwell

Free intro class on Mar 12, remaining classes Tues Mar 19-May 28,  12-1:30P  67 Encina Ave, Palo Alto, CA

Navigate the journey of raising kids into adults.  We’ll practice yoga, meditate, and tap into the healing power of togetherness.  For moms who have kids of all ages!  Registration is required for this group offered in partnership with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.  Scholarships available upon request. FIRST CLASS ON MAR 12 FREE More Info: 


**NEW**Spring Women’s Wellness Group with Jalene Salus

Free intro class on Mar 22, remaining classes Fri Mar 29-May24, 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.


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:


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.


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. 


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


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**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! 


**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


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

M-F, Apr 1–5 9AM-3PM, 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:    Course #13713



Unleash the creativity in your child by signing them 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).  Online Registration is open now!  All of our Art Classes are listed on our website.  Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello ( or 650-617-3509). 


**NEW**iSing Girlchoir- Now auditioning girls entering grades 1-4 for our 2019-2020 season!

iSing is a choir of over 300 girls in grades 1–12 based in Palo Alto.  If you love to sing, iSing is the perfect place for you to discover and develop your passion for music!  Our mission is to provide young women with an exemplary choral music education that will foster artistry, leadership, and community in a creative and supportive environment led by nationally acclaimed teachers.  To sign up for an audition, visit us at and click on the “join” tab.  We look forward to singing with you soon! 


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


**NEW**2 hour Kidpower Safety Workshop for 5-8 year-olds with their adults 

Sat, Mar 23, 1.30-3.30PM, Palo Alto

Protect your child from harm and practice skills for safety and for building better relationships, such as boundary-setting, awareness, and effective help-seeking.  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! 


**NEW**Starting Strong with Kidpower Workshop for 3-5 year-olds with their adults

Sat, Mar 23, 4.00-4.50PM, Palo Alto

Through puppets and fun, interactive stories, learn how to introduce Social Safety Skills and to continue to practice them in your daily life.  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!