Escondido eNews -- October 28, 2018
Sun, Oct 28 5:05pm
Escondido Elementary




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 event benefits Escondido, see details below

11/8-10 -- Performances of The Stinky Cheese Man, MPR, details coming soon

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







Thank you to all that attended the Spooky Hop on Friday!  We are grateful to all the ghosts, witches, goblins, and more that came to dance and celebrate the season!  Special thanks to Trina Whiteley for leading a fantastic group of volunteers, this annual event benefits 5th grade special events. 

Do you have an awesome photo of the Spooky Hop? Send your best pictures to our Yearbook Box for Spooky Hop:  

Thank you Escondido!




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.



Bike Safety Note

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, visit





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, 



Stinky Cheese Man, Nov 8-10, Escondido MPR, Palo Alto Children's Theatre Outreach Program. Tickets sol online now by visiting the Children’s Theatre  website. Here’s how to navigate through the Children’s Theatre website to purchase tickets:

  • Go to
  • In the right side column, Click on: PURCHASE TICKETS
  • Escondido Elementary – OUTREACH” is the third production on the list
  • Click on the blue tab that says:  “Buy Now
  • The Children’s Theatre will be selling tickets at the door,  but it’s best to purchase tickets online ahead of time.



Yearbook Team is actively recruiting new volunteers, please contact Christine Klenow if you are interested in making this outstanding keepsake and special record of our excellent Escondido school-year.  



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Don’t Forget to Turn Over Your Ballot 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. Make sure you turn over your mail-in ballot – it’s on the last page! – and vote YES on Measure Z. Every vote counts and we need yours! The Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Daily Post, and League of Women’s Voters all endorse Measure Z as do many community leaders and residents: Can we count on your YES vote?


  1. PHONE BANK with Your School and help us make Get Out To Vote calls:
  2. PRECINCT WALK with us on our last one on Nov 3 – Secondary students receive community service hours!:
  3. Display a lawn sign! Visit:
  4. Go to your polling place on Election Day, Nov 6th, or mail in your yes vote as soon as possible. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov 6, to be counted.

Find more information on Measure Z here: Don’t delay – turn over your ballot and VOTE YES ON MEASURE Z TODAY!


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!


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.(


**UPDATED** Paly Theatre Presents A Midsummer Night's Dream
Nov 2, 3, 9 at 7:30P; Nov 4 at 2P (including Centennial Reception); Nov 8 at 4:30P
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. There will be a special Paly Centennial Reception immediately following the performance on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2p. Come enjoy refreshments and drinks with Paly High Alumni of all ages and a chance to meet our student actors. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students/seniors. Reserved seating available online Box office opens one hour prior to curtain.


**UPDATED** Upcoming Preview Nights for Parents of 8th Graders  

Paly – Wed, Nov 14, 7-9 P (Performing Arts Center)

Gunn – Wed, Nov 14, 7-9 P (Spangenberg Theatre)

Are you wondering about the next big step in school for your child? Come learn about what to expect for the move to high school! These evening events are hosted by PiE and replace their former fall high school tours. For more info, Upcoming Middle and High School Preview Nights - Palo Alto Partners in Education 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. * 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 Mon, Feb 4, at 7P, hosted by JLS.




**NEW** 5th Annual Challenge Success Parent Ed Event - Say What? The Power of Communication in Raising Healthy, Engaged Kids

Nov 2 7:30-9P  Stanford University, Memorial Auditorium

Grab a few friends and join Challenge Success for an evening of inspiration and education at our 15th Annual Parent Education Event featuring Dr. Wendy Mogel, a clinical psychologist and author of Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen. She will be joined by Challenge Success Co-Founders, Dr. Denise Pope and Dr. Madeline Levine, for an interactive discussion to explore how to strengthen conversations and family relationships and promote student well-being and engagement with learning. See flyer for more details or purchase $10 tickets here.


**NEW** Starting Strong with Kidpower Workshop for 3-6 year-olds with their adults
Sat Nov 10 9-9:50A Palo Alto Location provided upon registration
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!


**NEW** 2 hour Kidpower Safety Workshop for 5-8 year-olds with their adults
Sat Nov 10 10:30A-12:30P Palo Alto Location provided upon registration
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** Baha'i Holy Day Celebration

Fri, Nov 9. 6-9P Mitchell Park Community Ctr,  3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto

The Bahá'ís of Palo Alto warmly invite all interested in learning more about the Bahá'í Faith to join its celebration of the births of the Báb and of Bahá'u'lláh. Open to adults and students of all ages, and will include dinner. for more information

**NEW** Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Fall Concerts

Sat, Nov 3, 7:30P, Cubberley Theatre  (with piano soloist Keisuke Nakagoshi)

Sun, Nov 4, 3P, Cubberley Theatre

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

Join PACO's 52nd season opening concert on Nov. 3 followed by two more concerts this fall. 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


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.


Trick or Treating Alternative at Sunrise of Palo Alto

Wed Oct 31, 3-5PM at 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.


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