Escondido eNews -- October 14, 2018
Sun, Oct 14 6:43pm
Escondido Elementary




10/15 -- PTA Board Meeting at 7 pm in Library

10/22 -- Community Conversation with Special Education Director and Dr.Marcela, 9-10 am 

10/22 -- Phone Bank for MEASURE Z - Volunteers needed

10/24 -- Unity Day at Escondido

10/26 -- Spooky Hop, 5-7 pm at Escondido MPR, 5th Grade Special Event 

10/31 -- Halloween Parade at 8:30 am, blacktop in front of Office.






Join Principal Marcela Simoes de Carvalho for a Community Conversation with Special Education Director Alma Ellis, Monday, October 22 at 9-10 am,  at Escondido.

 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 progress at school? Curious about what social and emotional supports and interventions are available on campus?   


Join us for morning coffee and ALL PARENTS are welcome, whether you just have a question or have a child currently receiving support.  We hope you'll join us.


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:




Lunes 22 de octubre (9-10am) en Escondido Elementary School.

Los invitamos a unirse a una Conversación de la Comunidad junto con la Directora Marcela Simoes de Carvalho y la Directora de Educación Especial Alma Ellis.¿Tiene usted un/a niño/a con IEP o 504 o un/a niño/a que necesita un poco más de ayuda? ¿Tiene preguntas sobre el progreso de su hijo/a en la escuela? ¿Quisiera conocer cuál es el apoyo social y emocional y las intervenciones disponibles en el campus?

Los invitamos al café de la mañana y TODOS LOS PADRES son bienvenidos, si tan solo tiene una pregunta o si su hijo/a está recibiendo ayuda. Esperamos pueda unirse.

Información/Preguntas contacte a: Jackie Kaur, Houn Kim o Grace Lee, sus Representantes de Educación Especial/Inclusión en,, o o  Educación Especial PTA: o CAC para website de Educación Especial:




ESCONDIDO's PHONE BANK NIGHT:  Mon, Oct 22 from 6PM - 8:30PM.

Location:  Alain Pinel 578 University Ave, Palo Alto. 


Click here to Volunteer for Phone Bank

ESCONDIDO will be one of the schools to benefit from this bond!!!  Bonds build structures to support our amazing teachers and students!  Escondido PTA and the PTA Council of Palo Alto supports Measure can too by volunteering at the phone bank.

*Escondido Volunteers who help at the PHONE BANK on Oct 22, will be entered into an Escondido PTA DRAWING to receive a gift cards or Escondido swag, announced at the NOV 13th PTA board meeting.

Parents, if you have teens, Escondido Alumni that are in high school, siblings of current students, they can volunteer for this Phone Bank Campaign and they can record their hours for Volunteer Service!

Questions:  Laura Stark




National Unity Day is Wednesday, October 24th is primarily focused with Bullying Prevention, it’s broader goal is to accomplish that by promoting kindness, acceptance and inclusion. 


Students and staff are encouraged to WEAR ORANGE on 10/24 in support of UNITY DAY.

The PTA's Special Ed and Inclusion Representatives: Jackie Kaur, Houn Kim or Grace Lee will lead students in activities during recesses.

If you would like to assist and volunteer to help on Wed, Oct 24, contact, or 




Check out Good Eggs and support Escondido at the same time.


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 GOOD EGGS 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!



Our annual Halloween Parade will take place on the Escondido blacktop at 8:30- 9:15a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Keep it Fun - Not Scary!

No Scary Costumes at School on Halloween

Students are not allowed to wear scary, gory or bloody costumes (Scream, zombie, monster, etc.) and neither are fake weapons allowed at school (leave the sword and lightsaber at home, etc.)

For those who are new to us, this school has a long-standing tradition of not allowing scary costumes to avoid traumatizing the younger students.

Children come to school with costumes on already.  Children should change out of their costumes at the end of parade with a change of clothes as necessary.




Check out Dr. Marcela's Newsletter 




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**NEW**Take It Personally -- Project Cornerstone Parenting Classes

Thu Oct 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15,  6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Addison Elementary School

Wed Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14,  8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Juana Briones Elementary School

We know that your strong family is the best predictor of your children's success.  Come learn new tools for strengthening your relationships with children in this 6-week workshop by Project Cornerstone.  Share, discuss, and practice ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships to succeed in school, friendships, and life! TWO OPTIONS for class day/time and place!  Pick what works for you. 

Workshop paid for by PAUSD District & donations / Suggested donation for workbook & materials: $20. Sign Up today:  Questions?  Contact Lakshmi Rao at or Mary Crum at




 October 25-27

October 25 & 26 at 7 pm
October 27 at 2:30 pm
Tickets sold at the door: $10/adult & $5/child-student

Follow the yellow-bricked road all the way to 750 North California Ave, Palo Alto (formerly Jordan Middle School) and see this classic show on stage!

Several Escondido alumni are in the show---Lion, Glinda, Wicked Witch, Munchkins and more!




SECONDARY EDUCATION SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM (Editors: pl make sure to run this in the PAUSD section only)

Sat Oct 20 4-6p JLS Middle School, MP Room 480 E. Meadow Dr., Palo Alto

Focus is on Secondary Education (6th-12th grades)

There are six (6) candidates who are running for the two (2) open seats of our PAUSD School Board. Please try to attend this informative evening where you can meet and hear from all the candidates.  Questions will be taken from the audience, and your PTA board/site council can submit questions directly to PTA Council at *open to public *Spanish and Mandarin translation available  *Childcare available. Information/Questions:  Christina  Schmidt, Kimberly Eng Lee: LIVE STREAM & RECORDINGS of previous forums --


 **NEW**URGENT Stanford High-Density Housing Expansion: Your Voice Needed Now for OPEN, Transparent process

The Stanford General Use Permit (GUP) could add 300 - 1500 more students to PAUSD rolls and cost our school district millions more per year. Stanford has the ability to take tax exemptions on academic space which means no property tax on tax exempted property.  Property taxes are the primary source of funding for our school district.

Please email ALL county supervisors ASAP to make sure it is negotiated openly, not behind closed doors.   Please show up at a critical meeting of the Santa Clara County Supervisors next Tues Oct 16, @9:45A at the County Chambers 70 W. Hedding that will decide whether the GUP process stays open and public. Please include ALL the email addresses below, to make sure your email gets seen and included in the meeting packet: ,  For more information about the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors goto:





Preview Nights for Parents of 5th Graders

Are you wondering about the next big step in school for your child? Come learn about what to expect for the move to 6th grade.  These evening events are hosted by PiE and replace their former fall middle school tours.

(Each will be held at their respective school)

JLS * – Tuesday, October 16, 7:00pm – 9:00pm (Cafetorium)

Fletcher – Wednesday, October 17, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Cafetorium)

Greene – Thursday, October 18, 7:00pm – 9:00pm (Multi-Purpose Room)

At each school site, the Principal and other staff will give provide insight on the school and what you can look forward to in this new chapter.  Parents will share tips for a smooth transition.  For more info,

Open to all current 5th grade parents.  No reservations needed. Translators will be available for Spanish and Mandarin speakers.  This evening is geared for adults. Childcare will not be provided.

* The JLS information will encompass general education and not include specifics on the choice program, Connections. Detailed information on the program will be shared at a special Connections Information Night on Monday, February 4, at 7:00pm, hosted by JLS.


**NEW**Decorate Mini Pumpkins with Succulents

Thu, Oct 18, 3:30-4:30pm at Gamble Garden 1431 Waverley Street Palo Alto

The City of Palo Alto is teaming up with Gamble Garden to offer fun workshops.  Next up is a workshop where you will learn to decorate a live pumpkin with succulents for a fun centerpiece that will last through the fall.  Kids 10-15 can sign up to decorate their own mini pumpkin.  The fee is $10 for Residents plus a $15 material fee.  The workshop will be held at the beautiful Gamble Garden Center. Registration is now open.  Register quickly; this workshop is sure to fill up fast.  To sign up visit:


**NEW**Unity Day 2018 - WEAR ORANGE to show your support!

Wed Oct 24 all PAUSD schools

When We Stand Together, No One Stands Alone. Palo Alto’s 6th Annual Unity Day!  PAUSD will celebrate Unity Day 2018 to show that our community is united against bullying, and promotes kindness towards all students.  Each school will participate in its own way, so find out what your school is doing. Also, join in sending a message that we are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion by wearing Orange on Wednesday, October 24th!  More info: National PTA’s resolution against bullying (, PAUSD’s Bullying Prevention ( page and CAC’s Unity Day ( page.


The November 6th Election and the MidPen Media Center

Want more information about everything that's on the November 6th ballot? Look no further, the MidPen Media Center has videos that cover each measure, initiative etc at  for your perusal, including the recording of the Thursday Sept 27th PAUSD Candidate Forum at   

Be A Smart Voter, Judge For Yourself and Vote on November 6, 2018



The City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Advisory Committee on Early Care and Education would like to know your thoughts about raising a family in Palo Alto….what is going well?  What is challenging?  Please help us out by completing a survey, see link below.  

For participating in the survey, you are eligible to participate in a raffle for a $75 Visa gift card.  If you have a question about the survey, please call Minka van der Zwaag at 650-463-4953.

Thank you very much for your time.  Your responses will make Palo Alto an even better place for families and children.


Workshop on Special Ed Assessments and “SMART” IEP Goals

Sat, Nov 3rd, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm JLS Middle School Cafetorium, 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

FREE! This workshop covers the basics of the Special Education Assessment process and SMART IEP Goal writing. It includes how goals are developed and measured to meet a student’s functional and educational needs. More info: Assessments are the tests and evaluations that measure current academic and functional skills, and determine eligibility for special education. Assessments are the foundation of the entire IEP. SMART Goals, (Specific, Measurable, use Action words, Realistic, Time Limited) are the stepping stones of an appropriate education. Parents learn about the tools that schools use to assess students and how to help identify and define goals for their own kids. Organized by Palo Alto CAC (, presented by PHP (Parents Helping Parents,, and co-sponsored by PAUSD, PTAC and SELPA1-CAC ( Please use this form ( to let us know if you are coming, especially if you would like childcare or Spanish translation.


Snacks with the City of Palo Alto Staff

Tue Oct 16 8-9a or Tue Oct 16 11a-12p or Thu Oct 18 6-7p, Rinconada Pool 777 Embarcardero Rd

The City is finalizing a contract which will take effect on Jan 1 2019 for our city-wide aquatic operations. Come chat with the City of PA to learn more about our program and contracts.  Questions? Please call Stephanie at 650-329-2107


Let's Talk: Parent Spec Ed Support Group

Wed Oct 17,  7– 9 PM, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Rd Los Altos

Connect with other parents who can relate to the joys and challenges of raising kids with differences. Learn from others’ experiences and share your wisdom. Ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Monthly event organized by SELPA 1 CAC, details here:


Palo Alto High School Cheer and Dance Teams Fundraiser-Gizdich Ranch Pies

The best part of the holidays is sharing amazing meals and desserts with friends & family.  This holiday season, the Paly Dance & Cheer teams are selling “farm-fresh” holiday pies from Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville.  The Apple, Two Berry, and/or Pumpkin pies are $20 each, or 3 for $55. They will be available for pickup in person outside of the Tower Building on Monday, November 12th from 3-7pm, or available for delivery that day for an extra $5. 

Download and print order form from      Deadline to order is Friday, October 19th so put your orders in early.  Thank you in advance for your support to help pay for our team expenses-we really appreciate it!  Please contact for more information

**NEW**Volunteer Hour Opportunity for Middle and High Students

Sat Oct 20 2:30-5:30P Juana Briones Elementary

The Juana Briones Harvest Festival is coming up on Saturday, October 20th. We are looking for many volunteers to do setup and/or cleanup, ticket sales, carnival game, face painting, food sales, assisting kids at the craft table, and more! Most shifts are just 1 hour. We would love to have students who are looking for community service hours. You can sign up at  to volunteer or email Candice Wheeler at with any questions.


Study Abroad & Exchange Student Program 

Wed Oct 17, 8:30-10A Greene Middle MPR, 750 N California Ave

Parent Network Presentation for All PAUSD parents.  Learn about programs for middle and high school students. Speakers from Dream Volunteers, Amigos de las Americas summer program in Panama, AFS U.S. government exchange program to multiple countries, Neighbors Abroad, Palo Alto's sister city exchange programs to Japan and Oaxaca, and Adolesco for Europe. 

Questions, contact


 **NEW**PreSchool Family 35th Annual Fun Day

Sat, Oct 27, 9:30-2PM, PreSchool Family Campus at Greendell School, 4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

PreSchool Family and Young Fives host its 35th annual Fun Day. Fun for ALL Ages!  Silent Auction, Train Rides, Carnival Games, Magic Shows, Live Music, Food and Bake Sale, Used Book Sale, and more!  Free admission; Info: 650-856-0833.


**NEW**Trick or Treating Alternative at Sunrise of Palo Alto

Wed Oct 31 3-5P  2701 El Camino Real Palo Alto

The residents and staff of Sunrise of Palo Alto, a senior living community, are excited to announce a safe and fun alternative to Trick or Treating!  Here at Sunrise, we provide a lovely environment to our residents to age in place, with dignity and through honoring their individuality.  We often have volunteers come in from local elementary, middle, and high schools.  Our residents and staff would love to invite the students to come in costume for safe Trick or Treating at our lovely senior community. 650.326.1108  Ext: 3177


Science Afterschool at  Junior Museum in Cubberly

Exciting hands-on science classes for students after school are offered by the Palo Alto Junior Museum now located at Cubberly.  Registration is open now for our Toy Design class for grades 4 and 5 on Thursday afternoons starting Oct. 18 and our Zoo Keepers for Kindergartners class on Tuesday afternoons starting Oct. 2.  In addition, we have several engaging classes for preschoolers such as Mix Masters and Zoology for Preschoolers beginning in October.  Register now through  or call 650-329-2111 for more information.

**NEW**CANCELLED Books & Nooks- The Mysterious Benedict Society

Sun Oct 28, 3-5P, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road

Discuss a great book with your friends at the Mitchell Park Library. This month's book is The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" The perplexity of this newspaper ad catches the attention of a boy named Reynie Muldoon, who is indeed gifted and yearns to achieve purpose outside the walls of Stonetown Orphanage. Upon responding to the ad, Reynie and dozens of other children find themselves taking a test that is not an average multiple-choice exam. The participants are quizzed with random questions pertaining to math, geography, science, and other subjects of academic nature—in addition to humility, kindness, and courage. Register at Palo Alto City Library website. Grades 5-8.


Upcoming Preview Nights for Parents of 8th Graders

Are you wondering about the next big step in school for your child? Come learn about what to expect for the move to 9th grade! These evening events are hosted by PiE and replace their former fall high school tours.

(Each will be held at their respective school)

Paly – Wednesday, November 14, 7:00pm – 9:00pm (Performing Arts Center)

Gunn – Wednesday, November 14, 7:00pm – 9:00pm (Spangenberg Theatre)

At each school site, the Principal and other staff will provide insight on the school and what you can look forward to in this new chapter.  Parents will share tips for a smooth transition.  For more info,

Open to all current 8th grade parents.  No reservations needed. Translators will be available for Spanish and Mandarin speakers.  This evening is geared for adults. Childcare will not be provided.


Vote for Gunn Video Production

Vote here!

Please, help us help our students win! Please share the link to get more votes. The California Department of Education launched a video contest - "For Kids, By Kids". During this contest, teams from schools across the state were challenged to come up with creative and engaging ways to encourage students to "do their best on the test." Following guidelines from the CDE, 28 teams submitted entries.  Those entries were narrowed down to 6 including Gunn student production. This project was led by AAR (, & Career Education ( TOSA, Ed Corpuz.  Congratulations to Ed and his students!


Youth Connectedness Initiative (YCI) Peer Leaders (9th - 12th Grade)

Become a peer leader of the Youth Connectedness Initiative (YCI), an engaging new youth program offered by Youth Community Service (YCS).  YCI is a hands-on service-learning program designed to build youth connectedness in the Palo Alto community.  Youth peer leaders collaborate with other youth and adults within the community to raise awareness of the importance of youth engagement, and to help youth strengthen their connections to school, family and community.  We will meet twice a month. Monthly stipend for all leaders.  For more information please email Yusra Beig at