Escondido eNews -- October 21, 2018
Sun, Oct 21 7:54pm
Escondido Elementary




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

10/24 -- Unity Day at Escondido - Wear ORANGE  & Volunteer

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.

11/2 -- Principal Coffee, 8:10-9 am

11/5 -- SITE Council Meeting in Library at 3 pm

11/5, 12, 19, 26 -- TACOLICIOUS sponsorship events EVERY MONDAY in NOV.







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:




National Unity Day is Wednesday, October 24th is primarily focused on 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.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED on Wed, Oct 24, 11;45 am - 12:45 pm - during Noon Recess help with Kindness & Inclusion Activities - CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP.  The PTA's Special Ed and Inclusion Representatives: Jackie Kaur, Houn Kim or Grace Lee will lead the activities, and they need extra hands to help, please volunteer.


Put on your costume and get ready to DANCE!


SPOOKY HOP Dance - 5th grade Fundraiser 

Friday, October 26th, 5pm - 7pm 

Escondido MP room and surrounding outdoor areas


**Everyone is welcome to attend! Kinder - 2nd students must have an adult chaperone.**


Tickets will be sold 10/22 - 10/26 before and after school in front of MP room.  

$10 includes pizza, veggies, fruit, treat and a glow-in-the-dark necklace! 

(Scholarships available, contact Davina in Office.)

Come and join the fun!



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.





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, 




Check out Dr. Marcela's Newsletter 




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 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!



Don’t Forget to Vote YES on Measure Z

Measure Z will ensure that students get facilities that are modern, safe, secure, and provide for 21st century learning opportunities. We need 55% of the vote to pass this important bond measure, which enables us to complete the second half of needed upgrades to PAUSD sites. Mail-in ballots have arrived, so be sure to vote YES on Measure Z. Every vote counts and we need yours!


The Palo Alto Weekly and League of Women’s Voters both endorse Measure Z as do many community leaders and residents (  Can we count on your YES vote? WE NEED YOUR HELP:

  1. Sign up to PHONE BANK ( with Your School. 
  2. Participate in a Precinct walk.( Oct 20 and Nov 3.
  3. Display a lawn sign! (
  4. Go to your polling place on Election Day, Nov6th, or mail in your yes vote as soon as your mail-in ballot arrives. All registered voters will receive a ballot the week of October 8 and ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov 6, to be counted.

Find more information on Measure Z at VOTE YES ON MEASURE Z TODAY!


*NEW** The Palo Alto PTA Council thanks PACPC for the funding of the 2018-2019 PTA Council events translation services so that we are a more inclusive and engaged community.


**NEW**PTA Is Advocacy -- Follow up on last week's Stanford GUP announcement

Tue Oct 23 6:45P 25 Churchill Ave Board Room  School Board Meeting

We are pleased to announce that the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Staff Recommendation to allow the Stanford application for a General Use Permit ("G.U.P.") and Development Agreement ("D.A.") to now include community input.  Thank you to all who wrote to the County Supervisors and who went to speak at their meeting. The Palo Alto Council of PTA advocates for PAUSD school families and children. The PTAC wrote a letter to our school Board members to take a position on the Stanford G.U.P and to ensure that no decisions would be made that would have a negative impact on current and incoming PAUSD students.  PTA Council will speak again at the next board meeting. Please plan to attend, if you can, and show your support.


**NEW**Palo Alto Council of PTAs – We Need You. Make A Difference for All Children

Do you enjoy meeting other like minded parents with a passion for our children or like to shadow seasoned PTA members from other schools?  The Palo Alto Council of PTAs (PTAC) is looking for students, teachers, and parent volunteers at its upcoming PTA Council annual events.  These are community wide events to meet district and community folks.  All level of experience welcomed. 

PTAC Annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon - Tues Nov 6 12-1P @ District Office Board Room

Student Presenters - 3 PAUSD 8th graders or above

Parent Volunteers - many positions open

PTAC Honorary Service Awards Committee - Apr 25 4-6 pm @ Lucie Stern Community Center 

Student Presenters - 3 PAUSD 8th grade & above

Parent Volunteers - many positions open

Staff Presenters - 3 (classified / non-classified welcomed)

Please email us at Hurry, don't wait. Positions go fast!


**NEW**Advocacy Tips from Supervisor Joe Simitian 

Thu Nov 8, 6:30-8P Haymarket Theater at Palo Alto High School

Is there a cause or issue that you feel strongly about? Do you know how to go about advocating for it? The PTA Council of Palo Alto brings to you the only advocacy seminar you will ever need! Whether you’re a new parent or experienced leader, Supervisor Simitian has some fabulous advocacy tips and will be available to answer your burning questions. Please join us in learning how to advocate for the education, health, safety and wellbeing of all children in our schools and community. RSVP here.(







**NEW**Paly Theatre Presents A Midsummer Night's Dream 

Nov 2, 3, 9 at 7:30 PM; Nov 4 at 2:00 PM; Nov 8 at 4:30 PM, Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Rd.  

Palo Alto High School Theatre presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy of thwarted romance, magical transformation, and mistaken identity.  By many accounts the funniest of Shakespeare's works, the story involves four young lovers whose romances become confused and complicated by magical intervention in the forest ruled by Oberon, the King of the Fairies and his Queen, Titania.  Oberon commands impish Puck to apply magical elixir to the eyelids of sleeping victims, causing them to fall in love with the first living thing seen upon awakening, with hilarious results. Meanwhile, amateur actors who are in the enchanted forest rehearsing their unintentionally awful version of the play Pyramus and Thisbe, are caught in the comic web of confusion.  Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students/seniors.  Reserved seating available online at  Box office opens one hour prior to curtain.  


**NEW**Greene Middle School proudly presents~The Wizard of Oz

Oct 25 & 26, 7pm; Sat, Oct 27, 2:30pm, Greene Middle School, 750 North California Ave,

Tickets sold at the door: $10/adult & $5/child-student.  Follow the yellow-bricked road all the way to Greene Middle School’s Multi-Purpose Room and see this classic show on stage!  The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Directed by Lee Ann Gray, Music Direction by Jesse Denny, and Choreography by Amanda Collins


**NEW**Annual Make a Difference Day

Sat Oct 27   9A-1:30P DLA Piper at 2000 University Avenue, East Palo Alto

Please join YCS for the Annual Make a Difference Day.  Light breakfast and lunch provided.  Volunteer projects begin at 10am.  Service sites include Palo Alto Baylands Duck Pond, San Francisquito  Creek Restoration, Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, IHSD at Ravenswood, and more.  To sign up, please visit


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:


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.



**NEW**Start Family Conversations about Puberty

Oct. 24, 6:30 – 8pm at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Puberty can feel like a tricky time for kids and parents.  Join Health Connected, PAUSD’s partner for puberty education, for Family Talk: Puberty, a program designed to help families start conversations that will last a lifetime.  Through drawings, multimedia, and activities, you'll explore the physical changes that many youth experience during pubertygaining important information and skills, in a fun and relaxed setting.  This program is for families with children ages 10-12, but other ages are welcome depending on their maturity. Dads, moms, grandparents, trusted adults - all family members are welcome!  $25 per family. To learn more and to register go to:


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.


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.


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


**NEW**Paly Math Club AMC 8 Workshop

Sun Nov 11, 1:30-4:30pm at Palo Alto High School

The AMC 8 is a middle school mathematics competition designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills.  Paly Math Club's AMC 8 workshop offers individually paced training and one-on-one teaching, with rigorous curriculum taught by former USA(J)MO and AIME qualifiers, all from Palo Alto High School.  It provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students will apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.  We suggest a donation of $100 for new students or $75 for returning students or siblings. All income from the workshop goes to supporting Paly Math Club, enabling high school students to attend math competitions. If you are interested in registering, please fill out the following form: Contact for any questions.


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.


**NEW**Middle School Parents Network Meeting - Speaker - Police Officer Young

Wed., Nov 14, 8:30-9:30 am Greene (formerly Jordan) MP Room, 750 N California Av., Palo Alto

Back by popular demand, Palo Alto Police Resource Officer Bradley Young will speak about topics to be aware of as our middle school students gain independence and prepare to enter high school, including vaping, marijuana and hanging out in public places.  All parents welcome. 


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!


**NEW**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