Escondido eNews -- November 11, 2018
Sun, Nov 11 8:37pm
Escondido Elementary





11/12 -- No School - Veterans Day

11/13 -- PTA Meeting, MPR at 7:45 am

11/14 -- 4th Annual Foster Kids Bake Sale by Third Grade Class, 2 pm

11/19-23 -- No School - Thanksgiving Break

12/3-7 -- Spanish Book Fair

12/3 -- Talent Show Information Meeting - POSTPONED, new date TBD

12/3 -- Escondido Night:  Dine at Gotts & Shop at Books Inc at Town & Country 

12/7 -- Principal Coffee


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 No School tomorrow, Monday, November 12 -- Veterans Day




Community-building event and an awesome sponsorship of our PTA provided by Tacolicious...join us, dine in or out, caterering available, see details below - Mondays in November benefit Escondido and Nixon!



Tacolicious MONDAYS in NOVEMBER benefit Escondido

Monday 5, 12, 19, 26 in November

November is Escondido Elementary's beneficiary month for the Tacolicious School Project which means our school gets 7.5 percent of our proceeds from your partner restaurant, Escondido and Nixon are partnered for the month of November.

Since 2012, Tacolicious has made public education its priority, investing back into the Bay Area community through the Tacolicious School Project. For Tacolicious owners Joe Hargrave and Sara Deseran, this mission is personal. Since kindergarten, their children have attended SF public schools.

How it works: From September to May, each of our SF, Palo Alto and San Jose Tacolicious locations pair up with neighboring public schools, donating 15 percent of a month’s worth of Monday’s proceeds. Tacolicious has an annual alliance with 54 public schools. To date we have given over $1,000,000 given back to public education In Palo Alto, we have partnered with another PAUSD school to share all of the months of school year.


Want to be a rock-star at work?  We know you do...COORDINATE LUNCH on MONDAYS in NOV:

MONDAY CATERING Bring the School Project to you! Support your school by having a taco bar delivered to your next meeting or event on one of your Mondays. To qualify for delivery, orders must total $500 or more. Email to book your delivery.


Want to CELEBRATE the season without hassle?  We know you a holiday PARTY on a Monday in November.

MONDAY PARTIES Host a large group in any of our private dining rooms! You must book ahead through and mention that the party is to support the TSP.


Want to support and not make dinner on a Monday in November?  We know you do...

Dine-in or take-out food all-day and support Escondido.  (Doordash, Grubhub and other third-party deliveries do not qualify.)


Come out to Tacolicious on Mondays in November and socialize with fellow Escondido families, you may even see a Rock-star Escondido Teacher!
Questions: contact our Escondido PTA volunteer leading this event, Emily Wang, 

Los LUNES de NOVIEMBRE Tacolicious beneficia a Escondido

Lunes 5, 12, 19, 26 de Noviembre

Noviembre es el mes en el cual  Tacolicious School Project beneficia a Escondido Elementary. Esto significa que Escondido recibe el 7,5% de nuestros ingresos del restaurante asociado. Escondido y Nixon se han asociado para el mes de noviembre.

Desde el 2012 Tacolicious tiene como prioridad la educación pública, invirtiendo en la comunidad del Área de la Bahía a través del Proyecto Escuela Tacolicious. Para los dueños de Tacolicious, Joe Hargrave y Sara Deseran, esta es una misión personal. Desde el preescolar sus hijos han asistido a escuelas públicas en San Francisco.

Cómo funciona: Desde septiembre a mayo cada uno de nuestros locales en SF, Palo Alto y San José se han asociado con escuelas públicas de los distintos barrios, donando el 15% de los ingresos recibidos los lunes de ese mes. Tacolicious se ha asociado con 54 escuelas públicas. Hasta la fecha hemos donado ¡$1,000,000 a la educación pública! En Palo Alto, Escondido se ha unido con otra escuela del PAUSD para compartir todos los meses del año escolar.



Try something new,  save time and order your groceries---your GOOD EGGS order can benefit Escondido!


ESCONDIDO will receive $500 fundraising bonus if 20 new customers join the fundraiser using your school’s code. To count as a new customer, a customer has to use your school code –– 890 –– on their very first Good Eggs order.

So far, only 3 new customers have joined your school’s fundraiser, which means your school needs 17 new customers to place an order to unlock that $500 bonus. 

Dear Escondido Families,
GOOD NEWS!  This year, the ESCONDIDO PTA has teamed up with GOOD EGGS to earn money for our school.  Good Eggs is an online grocery market in the Bay Area delivering absurdly fresh groceries.  Every time you grocery shop on this Fall--Oct & Nov, 5% goes back to ESCONDIDO PTA! 
Register Now: 1) Visit, 2) Enter our school code “890", and 3) place an order.  ESCONDIDO PTA benefits on all purchases made from Oct 1 - Nov 30.  
New to Good Eggs?  All new customers will get $15 off with the code and, if 20 new customers join the fundraiser, the school gets a $500 fundraising bonus!!
Questions? contact the
Don’t forget the code - it only needs to be entered once and will remain in your basket throughout the fundraiser.  890
Thank you!


Queridas Familias de Escondido:


¡BUENAS NOTICIAS! Este año, el PTA de ESCONDIDO se ha unido con GOODEGGS para recaudar dinero para nuestra escuela. Good Eggs es un mercado de productos comestibles online en el Área de la Bahía, que entrega productos extraordinariamente frescos. Cada vez que compre productos en este otoño, el 5% de la ganancia va a ir al PTA de ESCONDIDO.


Regístrese ahora: 1) Visite, 2) Ingrese el código de nuestra escuela "890", y 3) Haga su pedido. El PTA de ESCONDIDO recibirá beneficios en todas las compras realizadas entre Oct 1-Nov 30.


¿Nunca ha usado Good Eggs? Los nuevos/as clientes obtendrán $15 de descuento con el código y, si 20 nuevos clientes se unen en la recaudación de fondos, la escuela recibirá $500 de bono.


¿Tiene preguntas? Contacte a


No se olvide el código, solo necesita ser ingresado una sola vez y va a permanecer en la canasta durante toda la recaudación. Es ¡890!

¡Muchas Gracias!




Annual Foster Kids Bake Sale Fundraiser at Escondido will be held on Wednesday, November 14th from 2-4pm in front of the main office.  This event will be hosted by the 3rd grade classrooms.
The Foster Kids fundraiser is an important way to engage and connect kids with their community and work together as a team toward a meaningful goal.  It also helps facilitate development of a healthy self-esteem and self-worth through service to others who are in need.
The event takes place near the holidays, which can be a particularly difficult time for foster children. All proceeds are donated to the Mattress Firm Foster Kids Program (formerly called the Sleep Train Foster Kids Program).  This program helps provide local foster children with clothing, shoes, backpacks, school supplies, and toys.
Thank you so much!
Amy Boyarsky & Catherine Reed-Beaudouin 


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PiE Rally Days - Challenge Grant

Generous PiE supporters have offered a brand new Challenge Grant to PiE.  Please donate or make a pledge by November 13 at, and we can give an additional $268,000 to PAUSD students. 

Every dollar makes a difference.  Gifts and pledges made by November 13 will be matched by a $268,000 Rally Days Challenge Grant. This is the final Challenge Grant for the year.

Please support our students by donating to PiE today. If you have already given or pledged, thank you so much.  If not, now is a great time to make your impact.


**NEW**Palo Alto Weekly Story

The Palo Alto Weekly is working on a story about the mental health challenges that new and expecting mothers face, including postpartum depression, anxiety, stigma and other issues.  If you are willing to share your story, please email staff writer Elena Kadvany at


**NEW**PTAC Congratulations Newly Elected Board Member & Thanks All Candidates And Volunteers For Their Efforts

PTA Council congratulates the newly elected PAUSD Board Member, Ken Dauber. Thank you also to all volunteers and voters who took time out of their busy schedules to help make a difference in our children's lives.  PTA Council is a non-partisan organization advocating for all children in our school district.  Your feedback on the Candidates' Forums is important to us.  Let us know if you found the format, location, time of day, etc. to be helpful. Email your comments to Jade Chao at 





**NEW**Cultivating Gratitude: A Mom & Child Workshop 

Sun Nov 11, 1-4pm 600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA

Join us for an enriching day of family friendly mind-body practices in this season of giving thanks.  Devote some luxurious time to nourishing your connection with your children, as we empower them with a gratitude mindset that they can carry around with them their entire lives!.  Cost: $60 - scholarships available, please ask. Register by Nov 10 to reserve your spot (


**NEW**Parent Ed Workshop: Building Healthy Relationships and Creating a Culture of Consent. 

Wed Nov 28, 7-8:30PM,  Board Room, District Office, 25 Churchill  OR

Thu Dec 6, 7-8:30PM,  PAC, Palo Alto High School

Whether your child is 5 or 15, it is essential that they are given the understanding, language and skills to appropriately express their own boundaries, and at the same time show respect for those of others.  National expert Anea Bogue will provide workshop attendees with practical tips and strategies to effectively communicate with your child about affirmative consent and healthy relationships in an age appropriate manner.  Our parent education workshop will focus on providing you with expert insight on how to effectively broach these subjects with your students in ways that minimize resistance, risk and instead promote mutual trust and greater connection. Sponsored by the PAUSD RISE Taskforce. Appropriate for parents/guardians of students of all ages (TK through 12).


**NEW**Support PALY Student Athletes

Buy your Christmas Tree from Paly High students and support our student athletes!  In the Palo Alto High parking lot at the corner of Embarcadero and El Camino the following dates and times:  November 23rd, Friday 4-9pm.  November 24th & 25th, Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm.  November 30th, Friday 4-9pm.  December 1st & 2nd, Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm.  Proceeds go to the wrestling program and Paly Sports Boosters.  


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

Hosting helps a high school student from abroad 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.


**NEW**Donate/Buy Board Games and Puzzles To Benefit Paly Music Program

Sat Nov 17, 9A-2P Paly Flea Market at Palo Alto High School parking lot

Try some new board games during the holidays!   Work on a new puzzle! Donate board games and complete puzzles.  Come drop off gently used board games and puzzles and get some new ones.  Shop for vintage glasses,  fresh flowers, cool clothes, and much more.  Enjoy tasty food prepared by Paly music students. All funds raised through the Paly flea market will benefit the Paly music program . Questions? Contact Colleen Nielsen, or Heike Fischer,


**NEW**Happy Birds

Wed, Nov.14 3:30-4:30PM Mitchell Park Library, El Palo Alto Room.

Join us and prepare to be amazed by the amazing tricks of some very talented birds!


**NEW**Annual Writing Contest for Kids and Teens

Sat, Dec.1st Palo Alto City Library

Contest officially begins December 1st.  Check the library website for additional dates, rules, and this year’s creative writing prompt. Grades 3-12.


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 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. Outfitting student bikes for a safe and legal ride is a smart investment. For information about safe bicycling, and For suggestions for bicycle lights.


Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) .

We are recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 years diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. For more information see here please or contact Ellen Wilkinson, MA or Tobi Britton, BA, BCaBA; 650-736-0591; Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D; 650-498-4799


Gunn High School Theatre Department presents Metamorphoses

Opening Night Gala and Performance: Fri Nov 2 at 6P, Sat Nov 3 at 7:30P, Wed Nov 7 at 4P

Thurs Nov 8 at 7:30P,  Fri Nov 9 at 7:30P, Sat Nov 10 at 2P and 7:30P

Gunn High School’s Studio Theatre at 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

In adapting Ovid's Metamorphoses for the stage, theatre visionary Mary Zimmerman has created a work of stunning beauty and emotion.  Her fanciful updating of the Latin classic was a surprise hit on Broadway.  In addition, the stage crew has constructed an unbelievably beautiful set surrounding a POOL of WATER on stage. his powerful, timely, and timeless piece of theatre is just right for these "interesting times" and is not to be missed. 


Does Your Boy Love to Sing?

Fri, Nov 9, 16, and 30 by appointment, Palo Alto

Free auditions for Silicon Valley Boychoir will be held at the choir's rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave).  Open to 2nd-4th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels.  SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events. 

Email or visit


Don’t Miss Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Junior Bach Festival INSTRUMENT PARTY

Sat Nov 17 1-3P All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverly Road 

For instrumentalists of all ages and Free of charge!!! (Donations accepted.)  Have you ever wondered what it’s like to actually play a baroque period instrument from Bach’s time?  Here’s your chance!  These instruments will be available for instrumentalists to try:

  • A magnificent tracker organ
  • A gorgeous harpsichord made by Kevin Fryer
  • A fine baroque style violins, violas, and cellos
  • A small, rare five-stringed baroque cello *

Period instrument specialists from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Junior Bach Festival will be on hand to demonstrate instruments, answer questions, and to offer guidance.  Thanks are due to Ifshin Violins for generously loaning baroque stringed instruments to the Junior Bach Festival for this event . If you plan to attend, please e-mail PBO's Director of Education, Lisa Grodin, at


Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Fall Concerts

Sun, Nov 18, 3P, Palo Alto Arts Center

Treat yourself to classical favorites including our feature performance of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.1 and colorful chamber works. You'll be impressed with the extensive repertoire and artistry of these talented young musicians. All concerts are admission FREE and for the entire family to enjoy. For more information and the 2018-19 season calendar, please visit or email


**NEW**Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest

Submission Deadline:  Fri Dec 21, 2018 12 am

The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2018-19 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest. Play Palooza gives young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents.  Students can submit original work in three categories:  Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade). Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children’s Theatre, and winning playwrights receive   prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Submissions can be submitted electronically to


**NEW**STEAM LAB Saturday @ CH: Solving Rubik’s Cube

Sat, Nov 10, 2:30-4:30PM, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St.

Learn how to solve a Rubik’s cube from experienced volunteers. Registration Required. Grades 3-6 only. Children younger than 9 will need adult assistance.


**NEW**Society of Bookworms @ CH 

Wed, Nov 14, 4:00-5:00PM, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St.

Discuss a great book with your friends at the Children's Library! The book for November is The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. Registration Desired. Grades 4-6 only.


**NEW**Lego Club

Fri, Nov.16 4-5PM Children’s Library, Fireplace

Come and build with Legos at the Children's Library, and have your creation displayed for everyone to see and enjoy!