Escondido eNews -- September 16, 2018
Sun, Sep 16 7:01pm
Escondido Elementary



9/17 -- PTA Meeting at 7:45 am in MPR

9/19 --  Palo Alto Children's Theatre 4th and 5th Grade Auditions for the Stinky Cheese Man (1:30 – 3:30 pm)

9/20 -- Palo Alto Children's Theatre 3rd Grade Auditions for the Stinky Cheese Man , (2:45 – 4:00 pm)

9/24 -- Math Night, 5:30-7:30 pm in MPR

10/1-4 -- Walk-n-Roll Week

10/1 -- Walk-n-Roll Breakfast

10/5 -- NO SCHOOL, Staff Development

10/6 -- Escondido Garage Sale -- fundraiser for SI 5th Gr. Mexico Trip

10/8 -- Extended Kinder Days Begin

10/12 -- Parade of Nations at 8:30 am & International Fun Fair at 5-7 pm






The award winning Palo Alto Children's Theatre is back at  Escondido this fall to produce another outreach play!   This year’s play is "The Stinky Cheese Man"

a rapid fire vaudeville-style romp with the not too pleasant smelling Stinky Cheese Man as the star of the show!  This hilarious play toured nationally with Dallas Children's Theater in 
2005 and has since enjoyed over 125 independent productions across the United States, with a brief stop in China! This is a golden opportunity for our students to work with 
theatre professionals in the comfortable setting of their  own school. All children who audition receive roles in the play. Open to all 3rd – 5th grade students. 

Audition Dates:

Wednesday, September 19th, 1:30 – 3:30 pm for 4th & 5th grade; and Thursday, September 20th, 2:45  – 4:00 pm for 3rd graders. Those with conflicts can come either day. 


Tanna & Tony Kienitz direct.

Performances Dates: November 8 - 10.




- Time: 5:30-7:30p
- Location: Escondido's MP Room
This is for all Escondido students and their families. Come join us for a night of family FUN -- play some games, try a craft, build a giant tower out of newspaper. Who knows, you may just learn a little MATH in the process!
Pizza, vegetables, and fruit will be provided, while supplies last.  You are also welcome to bring a picnic. Watch for a reminder flyer sent home with details, bright orange. Hope to see many of you there!
- Fecha: lunes, 24 de septiembre de 2018
- Tiempo: 5:30-7:30p
- Ubicación: Escondido's MP Room
Esto es para todos los estudiantes de Escondido y sus familias. Únase a nosotros para una noche de diversión familiar: juegue algunos juegos, pruebe una artesanía, construya una torre gigante en el periódico. Quién sabe, ¡puedes aprender un poco de MATEMÁTICAS en el proceso!
Pizza, vegetales y fruta serán provistos, Mientras duren las provisiones. Desde ya puede traer comida para un picnic. Esté atento a un recordatorio volante enviado a casa con detalles. ¡Espero ver a muchos de ustedes ahí!



Walk-n-Roll Week -- Oct 1 - 4

On Monday, Oct 1st, we will kick-off the Walk-n-Roll Week at Escondido with a Breakfast & Activities outside the MPR 7:45-8:10 am. 

Check out this video, and get rolling!  

"Gear-up for Walk-n-Roll Week"   In addition to the festivities at Escondido, Bike Palo Alto is hosting an event on Sunday, September 30th, 1-3 pm, at Fairmeadow Elementary --- Now’s the time -- find your bike and make sure it’s ready to ride by doing an air-brakes-chain quick check (  




Save the Date --SI 5th Grade's Multi-Family Garage Sale -- Saturday, October 6 -- 9am-2pm at Escondido MPR.  Funds collected will be used for scholarships for the 5th Grade Spanish Immersion educational trip to Mexico.  Donation Drop-Off Dates TBA.  Questions: 




 Save the Date for Escondido's Incredible International FairFriday, October 12th, 5:00-7:00 pm

Last year's International Fair was one of the highlights of the school year! We had 24 Countries represented from around the world! So in order to keep the tradition going, the first thing we need to do is to get volunteers lined up to host a "Country Booth" that represents the culture and traditions of a particular country or region. The kids receive a "passport" and have so much fun visiting all the different Countries.

Hosting a Country Booth is fun and simple! Last year, for example, people displayed maps and information, gave away small food samples, dressed in traditional clothing, provided small games, played music, etc.  We will provide the table and chairs and access to electricity if needed.

 Feel free to host a booth by yourself, as a group, or we can pair you with others. If interested please sign up here on Google docs. Hosting a Country Booth is a great way to celebrate Escondido’s tradition of having ‘friends around the world’.

 If you have any questions, please email Nancy Felch at



The Ice Cream Challenge ---  FINAL HOURS of the Ice Cream Challenge!  Help us reach our participation and funding goals so we can continue to provide all the SWEET-STUFF that makes Escondido Excellent!


  1.  Online en: 
  2.  Cheque o dinero en efectivo, puede llevarlo a la Oficina junto con el Formulario One-Check
  3.  Se compromete ahora/ Paga luego utilizando el Formulario One-Check
  4.  Una empresa o corporación iguala su donación
  5.   Flyer rosa y sobre  

Por favor, done lo que esté a su alcance - $20, 50, 100, 150, 200 etc.

Cualquier monto es verdaderamente apreciado y ganará una cucharada para el cono del salón de su hijo/a.


1.  Online at

2.  Check or cash, turn-in to Office with One-Check Form

3.  Pledge Now/Pay Later on the One-Check Form

4.  Corporate Matching

5.  Pink flyer and envelope 

Give what you can.  

Any amount is truly appreciated, and it will earn a scoop for your child's classroom cone.  

Give what you can:  $20, 50, 100, 150, 200 etc.




YEARBOOK -- Are you a shutterbug?  Is your phone full of photos?  Do you have an eye for design?  Are you detail-oriented and like to work independently, with the support of a team?  If you answered yes, to any one of these questions, then you should consider volunteering to create the Escondido Yearbook!  Please contact for more information.  




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Measure Z Hosts a Night with Superintendent Austin

Oct 4, 7 – 9p The Home of Lynn Brown & Bob Stefanski, 455 Santa Rita Av. Palo Alto

Come spend an evening getting to know PAUSD’s new Superintendent, Dr Don Austin.  He will be talking about the districts $460 million Bond Measure Z that will be on our ballot on November 6. Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will be our guest as well, supporting Measure Z. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Susan Usman at  Interested in finding out more about Measure Z and how to get involved –


School Board Candidate Forum

Thur Sept 27 7-9p 25 Churchill Ave at the District Office Board Room

League of Women Voters will hold a forum for the candidates who are running for the 2 open seats of our PAUSD School Board. Please try to attend this very informative evening where you can meet and hear from all the candidates. 



Got a Burning Nutrition Question? We’ve Got a Local Expert!

Wed, Sep 26, 6:30-8:00pm, SDC Room, District Office, 25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto 

Bring your burning questions to an evening with Professor Christopher Gardner, Ph.D, of Stanford Medicine’s Prevention Research Center.  Low-carb or low-fat? Fake Meat? Non-Dairy Milks? Supplements? Organic? GMOs? He will be taking any and all questions on nutrition in a free form Q&A format. Professor Gardner has been involved in nutritional research for the past 25 years.  He currently works with the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the Culinary Institute of America. His research includes making connections between food choices and climate change and children’s education, and improving food served in universities, schools, hospitals and worksites.  Join us for an engaging blend of science and humor as Professor Gardner busts myths and confirms truths. Parents may bring their children. Sponsored by PTAC Health and Wellness Committee.


Urgent: Message the Governor Now!

Our PTA bills reached the Governor! Takes just two taps on your phone - to speak up for our students on the Click My CauseTwo-Tap App:

  • Pupil Suicide Prevention and Training (AB 2639)
  • Help foster youth (AB 2043)
  • Prohibit trying our youth offenders as adults (SB 1391)

Sign up for Palo Alto PTA Council mobile alerts on the FREE Click My Cause Two Tap App   Download app here

More PTAC News:

  1. PTAC General Association - Sept 12th (Wed)

Thank you for a great turn out at PTA Council 1st General Association Meeting. We voted and passed our annual budget, PTAC calendar, and new appointments. Please visit our website for details. Visit us at: Thank you also to all visitors, new Executive Vice Presidents, as well as key volunteers, executive board members, and our Board of Education liaison, Jennifer DiBrienza. We're off to a great start! The next General Association meeting will be on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. You are invited and welcomed.


  1. New Appointments & PTA Presidents/Executive Vice Presidents (EVPs)

Congratulations to the following individuals for joining their School PTAs and the PTA Council!! We're glad you are here. Thank you to those who are already serving in various capacities at your schools and on the PTA Council. Congratulations! 


PTAC Executive Board

Auditor - Karrie Chen

Co-VP Parent Ed - Offir Gutelzon


PTA Council Member Schools:

Addison PTA President/EVP - JC Renners/Lauren Williams

Barron Park PTA President/EVP - Nakia Davis/Ana Zacharias

Briones PTA President/EVP - Mayank Bhatia/David Ng

Duveneck PTA President/EVP - Valerie Rainey/Julie Tomasz

El Carmelo PTA President/EVP - Jen Wiener/Edrienne Brandon

Escondido PTA President/EVP - Christine Klenow/Amy McCarter

Fairmeadow PTA President/EVP - Nadia Priestly/Nirmala Patni

Walter Hays PTA President/EVP - Meredith Martin/Lise Latour

Hoover PTA President/EVP - Indira Priyadarsani/Sridevi Narayanan

Nixon PTA President/EVP - Matthew Hayes/Emily Wessler

Ohlone PTA President/EVP - Kimberly Klikoff/Rebecca Sweat

Palo Verde PTA President/EVP - Karolina Werner/Iris Chen

Fletcher PTA President/EVP - Audrey Gold/Melissa Racz

Greene PTA President/EVP Amanda Steil/Ann Balva

JLS PTA President/EVP - Lili Nova-Rosseig

Gunn PTSA President/EVP - Sigrid Pinsky/Kimberly Eng Lee

PALY PTSA President/EVP - Elizabeth Olsen/Melinda Zschietschmann


  1. PTA Council Directory Is Here

Hot off the press!! The PTAC Directory is now available New district personnel contact information can also be found in the PTAC Directory. Consult your school or PTA copy. Thank you to James Cook, BIll Cortright, and all unit Presidents, EVPs, who worked expeditiously to bring this to you.


  1. PTA Council Endorses Measure Z

At the General Association meeting on September 12, the Association voted to accept the recommendation of the PTA Council Executive Board. PTA Council endorses Measure Z (School Bond Measure) and financially supports it. We hope unit PTAs will do likewise. For more information, please visit our website:





**NEW**Stanford University Seeking Research Subjects  

Join the Girl BAND Study (Girl Behavior and NeuroDevelopment)!  Researchers at Stanford University are looking for girls ages 6-14 with developmental disabilities or typical development to participate in a study exploring brain development in relation to behavior, cognition, and mood in girls.  Participation involves a comprehensive cognitive and behavioral evaluation and MRI/NIRS scans (safe, non-invasive, no x-ray/radiation). Potential benefits include evaluation reports, annual follow-up, results of the study, and a $100 honorarium for participation.  For more info or (650) 724-2951.


**NEW**Let's Talk: Parent Spec Ed Support Group with Special Education Local Plan Area

Mon Sep 17, 10a -12p Cafe Tables in front of Whole Foods, Los Altos on El Camino

This is a great opportunity to connect with other parents who can relate to the joys and challenges of raising kids with differences. This is a chance to 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 (Special Education Local Plan Area)1 CAC, details here:


**NEW**FREE Women’s Wellness Intro Class: A Taste of the Season with Jalene Salus

Fri Sep 28  10am-12pm  St. Mark’s, 600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA

In this FREE class, Jalene Salus will offer an introductory taste of Integrative Nutrition as she shows you some sweet and simple ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit. Enjoy a little taste of some seasonal spring bites while you discuss foods to support your unique body – and your family. Jalene will show you how aligning your self-care with the rhythm of the season can guide you on your path of women’s wellness as she engages you in fulfilling dialogue with other thoughtful, wise women. Registration is required for this FREE workshop as space is limited! More Info: Register: 


**NEW** Palo Alto City Council Candidates Forum sponsored by Palo Alto Neighborhoods

Thurs Oct 4 7-9p doors open 6:45p Council Chambers 250 Hamilton Ave Palo Alto

Join PAN for an evening of questions to the 5 candidates running for City Council.  Traffic, Housing, Budget and more will be discussed. Fill out your questions in advance by 9/18 at


Sign up for Palo Alto High School's 2-day Weekend Glass Workshops   

Sat & Sun. Nov 10-11, Nov 24-25, Dec. 8-9  9-3 pm at Paly’s Glass Studio. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road. PA  

The workshop will focus on beginning glass blowing techniques.  It's an incredible, fun, hands-on experience and it benefits the Paly Fiery Arts Program.  Repeating students progress from their last session.  Advanced Sign up required.  Class limit is 4. Teens and adults. $425 per person. Open to Paly and the public. Contact: David Camner, founder of the Paly Fiery Arts,   


PALY Fiery Arts Fall Glass Sale - Glass Pumpkins, pears, cats and more!

Sep 21, Fri 3-6 pm, Sep 22, Sat 11-4 pm in front of the Palo Alto High School Art Bldg. between the Performing Arts Center and the Haymarket Theatre, Palo Alto High School,  50 Embarcadero Road. PA  

Discover 800+ magical glass pumpkins, pears, fish, cats, birds, bowls, moose and more.  Hand-blown art made by Paly instructors, alums and students. Glass Sales benefit the Fiery Arts program which creates opportunities for students to participate in an amazing sculpture curriculum. Come see the live demonstrations!  Invite your family, friends, and neighbors! See you there.   



Starting Strong with Kidpower Workshop for 3-6 year-olds with their adults 

Sat, Sep 22 4-4:50PM, PACCC Ventura Activity Center, 3990 Ventura Ct Palo Alto 

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 at 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**Bike Palo Alto

Sunday, September 30th, 1-3 pm, Fairmeadow Elementary

Now’s the time -- find your bike and make sure it’s ready to ride by doing an air-brakes-chain quick check (  If you need assistance with flat tires, faulty brakes, or a rusty chain, visit our Resources page at and choose one of our great local bike shops to fix it up.  You’ll find more details on this fun, family-friendly event at  Let’s get rolling!


Rock Your World w/ Chemistry

Sundays:  Sep 23 – Nov25, 12-1:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road

Join us if you are interested in nature and General Chemistry. Meet new friends while you learn new things. Snacks provided. Register on PACL website. Grades 5-8.


4-hour Kidpower Safety and Self Defense Workshop for 6-12 year-olds with their adults 

Sat, Sep 22 9am-1pm, PACCC Ventura Activity Center, 3990 Ventura Ct., Palo Alto 

Families practice personal safety skills together for handling every day emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies.  Visit the registration page at 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! 


Society of Bookworms @ CH 

Wed, Sep 19, 4:00-5:00PM, 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.

**NEW**New Ultimate Frisbee class for Boys and Girls  

Sat Sept 29 - Nov 17 1-2p at Greer Park, Field 5

Is your child looking for a fun sport and they want to try something new?  The City of Palo Alto Enjoy catalog is offering a brand new class, Ultimate Frisbee for kids 8 – 14.  The course is open to both boys and girls and instructed by the Bay Area Disc Association.  The class will be held at Greer Park on Saturdays starting 9/29.   Registration is open and the course number is 13137.  To register go to


Teen Maker Tuesday @MP: VR Oculus Rift Tiltbrush Demo

Tues Sept 18, 4:30-5:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Try using the Tiltbrush virtual painting and sculpting software on our Oculus Rift!  Registration required. Grades 6-12 only.


Banned Book to Movie

Tue Sep  25, 4-6PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road

Celebrate Banned Books Week with a movie!  We will be watching The Giver- a movie based on a banned book.  In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.  Rated PG-13. Register on PACL website. Grades 8-12.


Teen Read Week Movie

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

Join us for Teen Read Week as we watch a 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. Register on PACL website. Grades 8-12.


Helping Your Teen Transition to High School

Wed, Sept 19, 7 - 8PM, Menlo Park Library, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Students need information, support and new strategies for the high school years- and so do we as parents!  We will approach these important topics with mutual support, a good dose of humor, and optimism for the future!  A free community workshop at the Menlo Park Library

Presented by Melissa Kelley, LMFT, Former School Counselor at Kehillah Jewish High School, Palo Alto High School, and Alta Vista High School.  For more information, email


Bike Palo Alto Event Needs Cargo Bike Volunteers 

Sun Sept 30 1-3p Fairmeadow Elementary School, 500 E. Meadow Drive

 Calling all cargo bike riders! Do you have a cool bike that you use to carry your kids, pets, or cargo around town?  If so, Bike Palo Alto would love to feature you and your bike in this year's event.  This year, Bike Palo Alto is adding a cargo bike expo so that community members can see a variety of cargo bike options in person, ask the owners questions about them, and take them for test rides.  If you have a cargo bike and would like to volunteer to participate in the expo, please email Rebecca Navarro,, and be sure to include your name and the make / model of your cargo bike.  For more information, visit


2 hour Kidpower Safety Workshop for 5-8 year-olds with their adults

Sat, Sep 22 1:30-3:30pm,, PACCC Ventura Activity Center, 3990 Ventura Ct Palo Alto 

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 at 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! 


LEAD: Building Community Through Service (3rd – 5th Grade)

Thurs. Oct 11-Nov 8 4:30-5:30 pm

LEAD is a new program presented by Youth Community Service (YCS) and the Palo Alto Family YMCA. LEAD introduces elementary school student to the world of service learning in partnership with a group of dedicated high school mentors.  Your student will build a positive connection with an older youth mentor and feel a sense of pride in their ability to make a difference. This program utilized the Developmental Asset framework.  To register email Ashley Yee-Mazawa


Youth Community Service (YCS) ACTION TEAM

Earn service hours while making friends and learning leadership skills!  YCS Action Team is an after-school leadership program for middle school students. Students will work on service projects focused on relevant community issues such as healthcare, pet adoptions, and civic engagement. Previous projects include socializing shelter pets and filming a public service announcement. Action Team will include service trips, leadership training, and team building activities.  All middle school students are welcome! Every semester is different; students are encouraged to participate multiple times. For more information and to register please email or call Ashley Yee-Mazawa Ashley@youthcommunityservice. org (650) 858-8021


High school families invited to host an AFS Exchange Student

Hosting helps a high school student 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.”  Questions? Contact Veronica Buxton at AFS USA is a premier volunteer cultural exchange program approved by the State Department. Contact Us | AFS-USA


LEAD: A Service-Mentorship Program (9th – 12th grade)

 Thurs. Oct 4 – Nov 8 4:30-6:30 pm

Don’t miss out on this chance to become a LEAD-er; LEAD mentors and show 3rd-5th graders the value of service and community engagement!  Through this largely youth-led program, high school and elementary age students build connection and community through service to others.  High school mentors can either earn service hours or receive a stipend. Presented by Youth Community Service and the Palo Alto YMCA. To register email Ashley Yee-Mazawa 


High School Art Classes at the Palo Alto Art Center!

The Art Center is offering two new classes for busy high schoolers looking to advance their figure drawing skills and enhance their portfolios.  Both classes will employ a professional, clothed model.  The first session is three classes in Sept. and Oct., ending before midterms. The second session is a two-day portrait drawing intensive on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  Online registration is open at  Questions?  Please contact Rebecca Passarello ( or 650-617-3509)


Westly Foundation Prize for Young Innovators Solving Community Challenges

Applications due 10/15

The Westly Foundation ( is offering $40,000 prizes to innovators under age 28 with novel solutions to community problems.  Applications are due on October 15 for the Westly Prize for Young Innovators of California. The Prize rewards committed and creative changemakers making the world a better place. Innovations must be prototyped, and can be non-profit or for-profit with a strong social purpose.  High school students are eligible to win! Learn more at and apply today at! Questions? Contact