Escondido eNews -- October 7, 2018
Sun, Oct 7 9:11pm
Escondido Elementary




10/8 -- Extended Kinder days begin

10/10 -- Geography Club for 4th and 5th graders at lunch (Mr. Libert's Room 23)

10/10 -- Dine at The Counter and support Escondido 5th grade Special Events

10/12 --    Principal Coffee 8 - 8:30 am

Parade of Nations at 8:30 am

International Fun Fair at 5 - 7 pm

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

10/22 -- Phone Bank Volunteers needed

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






Lunch Time Geography Club for 4th & 5th Graders

First Meeting:  Wednesday, October 10th 

Time:  Noon to 1 pm

Location:  Room 23 (Mr. Libert's Room)


Please let your 4th and 5th graders know that the first Geography Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 10th during lunch and recess.  All 4th and 5th graders are welcome to bring their lunch and join us.  We will be exploring the world with fun activities and treats!



5th Grade students and parents, plan several Special Events throughout the year to support overnight field trips and special graduation related events. 

Dine-in or Take-out at The Counter on 10/10, not valid with third-party delivery services like Doordash)

Wednesday, October 10, SHOW the flyer when you check-out and Escondido earns 15% of each bill. Questions,




Friday, October 12th:

8-8:30 am - Principal Coffee 

8:30 am -- Parade of Nations at Library Stage

5 -7 pm - International Fair - Library Stage & Front Field


We will begin the day with the wildly-popular Parade of Flags at 8:30am. Kids are welcome to wear clothing that represents their culture and walk behind their Country flag of choice. 

Friday, October 12th,  5 -7 pm - International Fair - Library Stage & Front field


Join your "Friends Around the World!"

The evening International Fair is full of games, foods from around the world, music, and much more!  Stanford Student Groups will perform!

This is a free event!  

There will be food trucks at event to purchase food, optional.




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


In order to increase awareness and support for Measure Z, we will be staffing a phone bank for direct outreach to the Palo Alto voter community encouraging them to vote Yes on Measure Z. 

As only 20% of our community have children in PAUSD, this outreach is critical to reach the other 80% who may not hear about Measure Z through their PTA or school and understand its importance to our community.


To help us reach the broader community, PTA COUNCIL of Palo Alto is  asking each of our local PTAs to provide 20 volunteers to staff one night of phone banking.   We are soliciting volunteers from the community at our outreach events for the other evenings and to fill gaps. 


Local realtors have generously provided space for our phone banking efforts, phone lists, an outreach script and food/drinks will all be provided.


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

Location:  Alain Pinel 578 University Ave, Palo Alto. 


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


Thank you for your wonderful support of such an important measure for our schools!  Without this critical outreach it will be challenging to get 55% of the voters to support the measure.


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




The PTA is pleased to announce a new SPONSORSHIP --


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!




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**NEW** Upcoming School Board Candidate Forum 

Sun Oct 14 4-6P Greene Middle School MP room 750 Calif. Ave Palo Alto

Focus is on Educational Equity & Access: Achievement Gap and Special Education

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 these very informative evenings where you can meet and hear from all the candidates. *open to public. *Spanish and Mandarin translation available *childcare available *Information/Questions: Christina  Schmidt, Kimberly Eng Lee:

The video of the Thu Sept 27th Forum can be viewed at


**NEW**PAUSD-Parenting In A Digital World

Thu Oct 11, 6:30 - 7:30PM, 25 Churchill Ave., SDC Room

Dr. Forsell will address the use of digital devices and screentime in the home.  She will share ways to use media thoughtfully and how to set technology boundaries with your children.  There will also be time to discuss whether your child is ready for a smart phone.

***Free Childcare of potty-trained children.

***Interpretation in Mandarin and Spanish

***Light snacks provided


地點:Palo Alto 學區辦公室, 25 Churchill Ave.

Forsell 博士將演說有關家中電子產品的使用和屏幕時間,她將分享審慎使用社交媒體的方式,和如何跟子女設定妥善使用科技的界限。同時就是否已經是時候讓您的孩子可以使用手機交換意見。





PAUSD-La crianza de los hijos en un mundo digital 

jueves 11 de octubre, 6:30 - 7:30PM, 25 Churchill Ave., Sala SDC 

El Dr. Forsell abordará el uso de dispositivos digitales y tiempo de pantalla en el hogar. Ella compartirá maneras de usar los medios de manera reflexiva y cómo establecer límites de tecnología con sus hijos. También habrá tiempo para discutir si su hijo está listo para un teléfono inteligente.


**NEW**PTAC General Meeting

Wed Oct 10, 9:00am-10:45am PAUSD Board Room

Please attend October’s PTAC General Meeting.  Hear what PTAC has been up to. Light refreshments provided. Executive Board Meeting immediately following.


**NEW**Success -  We Did It!

Huge thanks from your Palo Alto PTA Council for tapping on our 2018 CA legislation mobile alerts, on the Click My Cause Two-Tap App. Our bills passed all CA Assembly and Senate committees, and the Governor signed our bills!:

  • Suicide prevention
  • Prohibit trying our youth offenders in adult court
  • Increase Family Engagement, a proven model for student success

Thank you for speaking up for our students and making a difference.


Voting YES on Measure Z is Crucial for our School District Facility’s Safety and Security and for 21st Century Learning Standards


Measure Z funds will continue PAUSD facility improvements by enhancing school security and upgrading classrooms and labs to meet 21st-century instructional standards.  If approved by 55% of voters, this measure would provide locally-controlled funding for school improvements, including:


  • Ensuring school facilities are accessible for students with disabilities and equitable for all
  • Upgrading schools to current seismic safety standards to help keep students safe in the event of an earthquake
  • Completing needed repairs at school facilities
  • Increasing school safety and security, such as fire alarms, door locks and emergency communication systems to bring security systems up to current standards
  • Providing classrooms and labs to support up-to-date science, technology, engineering and robotics instruction
  • Providing up-to-date facilities to maintain outstanding performing and visual arts programs



  1. Sign up to PHONE BANK with Your School --MONDAY, OCT 22, 6-8:30 pm
  2. Participate in a Precinct walk. Oct 6, Oct 20 and Nov 3.  Visit
  3. Display a lawn sign! Visit
  4. Go to your polling place or mail in your yes voteas 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.


Upcoming School Board Candidate Forums

Sun Oct 14 4-6p Greene Middle School MP room 750 Calif. Ave Palo Alto

Focus is on Educational Equity & Access: Achievement Gap and Special Education

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 these very informative evenings where you can meet and hear from all the candidates. *open to public.  *Spanish and Mandarin translation available *childcare available *Information/Questions: Christina  Schmidt, Kimberly Eng Lee:





**NEW**Donate/Buy Halloween Costumes at Paly Flea Market

Sat Oct 13 9AM - 2PM, Palo Alto High School parking lot

Looking for a place to donate gently used Halloween costumes?  Searching for a great deal on a second hand costume?  Come to the first annual Halloween costume sale at the Paly Flea Market.  Shop for vintage glasses, local honey, and cool clothes, enjoy tasty food prepared by students, and support Paly’s Instrumental Music program.  The flea market began about 30 years ago to raise funds for the music program and has grown into a community event with over 100 vendor stalls.  Free parking. 


**NEW**Palo Alto School Board Candidate Forum hosted by PACPC & AACI

Fri, Oct 5, 7 – 9PM, Channing House Auditorium. 850 Webster Street

The Palo Alto Chinese Parents Club (PACPC) and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) are Hosting a Forum for Palo Alto School Board Candidates.  Translation assistance will be available. The objective of the forum is to facilitate dialogs between PAUSD School Board candidates and our community stakeholders.  It is a great opportunity for candidates to deliver their campaign messages to the general Palo Alto community members and to hear directly from some of its Asian citizens on their priority concern and suggestions. Each candidate is invited to give a five minutes introductory speech followed by a "Question and Answer" section. 

Moderator: Honorable Lydia Kou, Palo Alto City Council

Program Coordinators: Jingjing Xu, PaloAlto CPC and Eimi Okano, AACI

FOR NON-CHANNING HOUSE RESIDENTS, please RSVP at Your response will help us estimate the number of chairs to accommodate the expected large crowd. You may also submit PRE-EVENT QUESTIONS at jzgWmGI9a2lRwiRS2


**NEW**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.


**NEW**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**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


March to Paly: A Centennial Reenactment & Centennial Celebration 

Sunday Oct 7 1 - 3:30p 

Palo Alto High School celebrates 100 years of community-supported public education on its current campus during the 2018/2019 school year. This year also marks 125 years since the founding of the first public school in Palo Alto. Everyone is invited to these two fun free events

March to Paly: A Centennial Reenactment 1:00pm - 2:00 pm 

Join The Palo Alto Historical Association, Paly students, staff, alumni, and civic and community leaders as we follow the festive Paly Band and retrace the “March to Paly” that took place 100 years ago when the school community marched from the old high school located at 850 Webster (Channing House) to the Embarcadero Road campus. For more information about the route go to the March Information Form . 

Centennial Celebration! 2:00pm - 3:30pm 

Following the March, everyone is invited to Paly’s spectacular new Performing Arts Center to celebrate Paly’s 100th birthday with world premier vocal and theatrical performances and special dedications presented by notable Paly alumni.  The event is FREE but visit for general admission tickets.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  Box Office opens at 1:30pm.


Halloween Costume Swap and Scare Faire 

Sun Oct 7 1-3p Museum of American Heritage  351 Homer Ave Palo Alto

Join Transition Palo Alto at the Halloween Scare Faire and Costume Swap - all are welcome to bring costumes at 1pm and begin taking costumes at 1:20pm.  Demos will include story circle, face painting, costume makeovers, and more. All ages welcome. Please volunteer to help with the event, or to share a skill.  Students 14 and up can get volunteer service hours. Shifts are available from 12pm to 4 pm.  More information at  Signup to volunteer at 

Have a demo? Questions? Contact:


Let's Talk: Parent Spec Ed Support Group

Wed Oct 17 7 – 9PM, 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

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.


Society of Bookworms @ CH

Wed, Oct 17, 4-5p, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St.

Discuss a great book with your friends at the Children's Library!  The book will be announced at least one month in advance. Registration Desired.  Grades 4-6 only.


Study Abroad & Exchange Student Programs 

Wed Oct 17 8:30-10:00A Greene MP room, 750 N. California Ave. Palo Alto

Greene Parent Network Presentation for All PAUSD Parents. Please join our PNs to learn more about Studying Abroad for your Middle or Highschooler.  Plan ahead and learn about programs for middle and high school students. All programs come recommended by parents whose children attended. 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.  Plus information on many more programs. Bring your questions and your own thermos with coffee/tea.


Teen Read Week Movie- Interstellar

Sun Oct 7, 3-5P, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road

Join us for Teen Read Week as we watch a movie based on Teen Read Week's theme "It's Written in the Stars."  Astronauts embark on a dangerous mission through a wormhole in order to find a habitable planet in a distant galaxy.  Rated PG-13. Snacks provided.  Grades 7-12 are welcome. Registration required at Palo Alto City Library website. 


Teen Read Week Movie- Every Day

Tue Oct 9, 4-6P, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road

Join us for another Teen Read Week movie based from David Levithan's YA novel- Every Day.  Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.  Rated PG-13. Snacks provided.  Grades 7-12 are welcome.  Registration required at Palo Alto City Library website.


**NEW**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.



S.T.E.A.M. Lab Sunday @MP: Kaleidoscopes 

Sun, Oct 21, 2:30-3:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Build a kaleidoscope (and a teleidoscope!) and experiment with different types of reflection and different patterns.  Grades K-5 only.  Registration required.  Registration opens 3 weeks in advance.


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**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**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