Escondido eNews -- March 31, 2019
Sun, Mar 31 1:15pm
Escondido Elementary



Key Dates


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

4/11-12 -- Escondido Science Fair

4/12 -- PTA Coffee Hour at Escondido

4/26 -- Family Movie Night







Science Fair project boards and guidebooks have been distributed to classrooms.  If your child has not received one please contact me ( ) or Beto (


We’d like to encourage students to incorporate art into their project board displays -- photos, drawings, colorful borders/letters/designs, etc.! Be creative and have fun! Science and art go hand in hand!


Finally, we need volunteers to help out with Family Science Night on Thursday, April 11. In particular, we need people to help set up classrooms after school, serve as room monitors in the evening (1 hour slots), and clean up at 8:30. Parents, siblings, relatives, and friends are all welcome to lend a hand. Please sign up at this link:

Please contact either of us with any questions.



Middle School Transitions for Children with

Learning Differences

Friday, April 12th

(8:15 – 9 AM)

Do you have a child with an IEP or 504 or a child that needs a bit of extra

help? Do you have questions about your child's transition from

elementary school to middle school? Join us for morning coffee on April


All families are welcomed to attend! We hope you'll join us, whether you

just have a question or have a child currently receiving support.

Information/Questions contact Jackie Kaur, Houn Kim or Grace Lee, your

Special Ed/ Inclusion Representatives at:

or PTA Special Education:

CAC for Special Education website:

Hora de Café con PTA en ESCONDIDO

Las transiciones a escuela media para niños con

diferencias de aprendizaje

viernes, 12 de april

(8:15 – 9 AM)

¿Tiene un hijo con un IEP o un 504 o un niño que necesita un poco de

ayuda adicional? ¿Tiene preguntas sobre la transición de su hijo de la

escuela primaria a la escuela media? ¡ Acompáñenos para el café de la

mañana el 12 de abril!

Todos son bienvenidos! Acompáñenos para el café si usted sólo tiene una

pregunta o tiene un niño recibiendo apoyo actualmente. Te esperamos


Información/preguntas contacte a Jackie Kaur, Houn Kim o Grace Lee,

sus representes en inclusión y educación especial:

o educación especial de PTA:

CAC para el sitio web de educación especial:


Pre-order the Yearbook

If you have already pre-ordered a yearbook using the 1-check form in the beginning of the school year, you are all set. (If you forgot if you ordered, please reference this google spreadsheet.)

Here are the instructions for ordering a yearbook online: (Note: payment uses PayPal.)

1. go to and click on PLACE ORDER menu at the top

2. select Stanford, CA for city and Escondido from the dropdown list
3. enter "friends" as the password (no quotes)
4. follow the instructions on the page

If you would prefer to order a yearbook by check, please make the check out to Escondido PTA for $40 and write "Yearbook" and your child's name and room number in the memo part of your check.


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


**NEW**Youth Art Show at the Palo Alto Art Center

April 27-May 19, 2019

Annual Exhibition of Artworks by Palo Alto Unified School District Art Students. Youth Art celebrates the imaginative spirit of the students from the Palo Alto Unified School District, featuring work from students in grades K-12. Instructors have selected work that demonstrates accomplishment and innovation in the classroom. Please visit the Palo Alto Art Center website for more information.  You can preview this amazing collection of art work while enjoying the PTA Council Honorary Service Awards reception on Thursday April 25th from 4-6 pm.


**NEW**Mandarin Parent Workshops - Inter-cultural Dialogue  

Thu 6:30 - 8:30P ongoing thru May 16 Greene Middle School Library

Wellness & Support Services Dept. and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) are offering a ten-week parenting workshop series, “Inter-Cultural Dialogue,” in Mandarin. An AACI Therapist facilitates the research-based workshops designed to help families navigate the generational and cultural differences in their families.

  • March 28 – Child and adolescent development and parenting styles
  • April 11 – Providing structure and reinforcement
  • April 18 – How to use rules, consequences and punishment
  • April 25 – Review and practice listening, empathy, and build connection
  • May 2 – Parenting skills in practice
  • May 9 – Parents managing their stress and emotions
  • May 16 – Revision, celebration, and completion

Spaces are still available. For more information or to save your place, please RSVP on Eventbrite.


March 14 Thursday, 120+ people came out to City Hall to give VOICE to ALL PAUSD students.  We spoke with ONE VOICE, stressing the importance of FULL MITIGATION by Stanford University.  We are simply asking Stanford University to take care of our children. See PAUSD Resolution.  We sincerely appreciate everyone doing their part for our kids.  For more, please go to

Thank you to all PTA members, PTAC council members, PAUSD employees and school board members, students, parents and guardians, City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School (SRTS), the PTAC SRTS Collaborative Committee, Palo Alto residents, and neighbors for coming out to the School Rally.  The PTA Council would like to thank Supervisor Joe Simitian and Supervisor Cindy Chavez who graciously attended our school rally. The strength of our community is evident when we come together and we work together, this includes Stanford University. 

The Palo Alto PTA Council is pleased that many of our PTAs and PTSAs have written letters to Stanford University stressing FULLMITIGATION. Our 6th District PTA Council and schools in various parts of Santa Clara County are also sending letters to Stanford University.  Please continue write to your supervisors, join our on-line petition. And download Click-My-Cause App, or find your own creative way to help communicate with elected county officials letting them know you care about Palo Alto kids. THANK YOU. 


PTAC Honorary Service Awards - Thursday, April 25, Palo Alto Art Center  

You’re Invited!!  This is our amazing and fun Spring social event to honor our volunteers and to network. Lots of food, Student Art, and celebrating amazing work!  We’re looking for official photographers and Twitter/Social Media connectors. eVites are going out on Monday.  We would like to cast a wider net for our invitation list, so if you or you would like someone to be invited, please send name, email, and affiliation by Sunday, March 22nd. to HSA Committee -


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 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.


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**Peninsula Hike for Hope  

Sun May 19th Check-in: 8:30A Hike Begins: 9:30A Hike Ends: 3P Huddart Park, Woodside

Join AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) for the 1st ever Peninsula Hike for Hope event.  Suicide prevention starts with everyday people like you.  Money raised goes to critical research, education programs, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide.  Join us to help create a culture that’s smart about mental health. The hike will be a relatively easy 2-3 mile loop at Huddart Park in Woodside.  Parking is 6$ per vehicle. Please see visit our website to learn more about registration/donations.  Any Questions?  Email Jaclyn Petty at


**NEW**FREE Project Cornerstone 6-Week Parenting Workshop "Take It Personally"

Wed Apr 17, 24 & May 1, 8, 15, 22,  5:30-6P dinner, Workshop 6-7:30P Colorado Park Apartments

You do not need to be a parent/resident from the Colorado Park Apartments.  Open to all parents & caregivers at no cost.  Each week a facilitator will lead sharing, discussion, and teaching tools you can use now to strengthen your family connections.  You'll leave with new ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships.  Workshop paid for by PAH (Palo Alto Housing).  Questions? Contact Ziem Neubert at  Sign Up today:


**NEW**Parents: Help Students Who Need You Most - Learn about All Students Matter 

Wed April 24 10A - Menlo Park location given when you RSVP

Come learn about how adults can volunteer next school year, once a week in a K-5th grade classroom in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.  These students, who face many challenges, are eager for your support to help build their academic and social/emotional skills.  Hear about the impact you can have by joining us in Menlo Park at the home of a current volunteer. To RSVP, please contact Keri Tully Program Director at to receive location details.  Learn more about us at


Recruitment and Career Advancement Fair for PAUSD

Sat Apr 13,  10A-3P  Peery Family Center at Palo Alto High School

PAUSD Human Resources is hosting its first Recruitment and Career Advancement Fair for PAUSD.  Some of our best employees are parents and family members from the PAUSD community. Come hear about jobs, benefits, and working at PAUSD.


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


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


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

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

Participate in Stanford University’s Puberty and Neurodevelopment Study  

Researchers at Stanford University are looking for pre-teens ages 10-14 of all gender expressions to participate in a study exploring how hormones affect the development of different parts of the brain during puberty.  Participation involves 3 visits across 5 years, a comprehensive physical, cognitive, and behavioral evaluations and brain imaging with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (safe, non-invasive, no x-rays/radiation). All participants will receive written reports from evaluations and up to $130 honorarium for each year of participation.  For more information please contact or (650) 698-2115.


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

Sat Apr 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. The 1-2:30P ages 6-9 Session is now filled, but you can get on the wait-list. The 2:30-4pm ages 10-13 session has spots available.  Info and signup: