Escondido eNews -- September 2, 2018
Mon, Sep 3 8:05am
Escondido Elementary




9/7   -- One-Check and BTS forms due in Office

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







The Ice Cream Challenge --- The PTA provides the "Cool-Stuff" like events, Noon Sports & Art, Field Trips, and Classroom Supplies, Teacher Grants and more ---all the things that make Escondido excellent!  

Traditionally we have had 70% participation in the fundraising campaign.  At this point, we are behind and NEED your help to reach all of our goals.  If we don't reach our goals, the PTA will not be able to continue to provide all the Cool-Stuff, like field trips, events, programs, etc.  

Dr. Marcela and the awesome Ice Cream Cones share a sweet moment before they start of another excellent Escondido day!


Every contribution, at any level, earns a scoop on the classroom Ice Cream Cone posters. 

Suggested donation is $300/student.  

Give What You Can -- $20, 50, 100, 200 --- each donation equals a scoop

If you can give more, please consider giving at a Sweet Treats level or sponsor a student(s).  

Complete the One-Check form  in your BTS packet, submit to Office by 9/7.  

Pay online by going to: 



  Community Contributions to PiE Make a Difference

Support Our Students and Teachers - Pledge to PiE Today.  Double Your PiE Donation - Now thru Sept 4

The PiE 2018-2019 fundraising campaign is happening now.  Your support makes a huge difference to our school community.  PiE funds go to every PAUSD school and help principals to staff programs that deliver a well-rounded education.  PiE's funding provides enrichment and support in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the Arts, and Wellness and Support.  PiE-funded staff make a positive impact on our kids every day.


Double your impact.  Between now and Sept 4, gifts and pledges will be matched by a $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant.  Please donate today at






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.




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Smile.Amazon - Do you shop on Amazon or Prime?  Your account can easily be connected as a with a few clicks, Amazon donates to Escondido PTA and helps us reach our fundraising goals.  Click here and start donating and shopping today.



 Help your teachers and classroom Room Parents---Activate your Konstella account today.  And then sync the Konstella calendar to your Google, iCal, or other calendar apps.  You must "Join" your classroom, even if you've used the platform in previous years.  Questions c


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Measure Z Hosts a Night with Superintendent Austin

Tuesday, September 11, 7–9p; Address Provided in RSVP

Come meet Dr. Don Austin, PAUSD’s new superintendent, and learn more about Measure Z, the $460 million school improvement bond for PAUSD schools, that will be on the November ballot.   Refreshments provided.  RSVP: measure-z-hosts- superintendent-austin-tickets- 49677340262  Or contact Susan Usman at  Stay tuned for information on a second event on October 4.  Can’t wait until September 11th?  Details about Measure Z are available at  Please make an effort to learn more about Measure Z and how you can help support our schools


Notice of Public Hearing: Sufficiency of Materials

Tues, Sept 4, 6:30 pm Palo Alto Unified School District Office, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA  94306

Board of Education Meeting: In accordance with Education Code §60119, the PAUSD Board of Education will receive input from the public relative to certification that students in the Palo Alto Unified School District have sufficient textbooks or instructional materials, or both, for the 2018-19 school year.


Palo Alto Council PTAs Welcomes You Back-To-School

The PTAC welcomes you back to school.  Each school's PTA/PTSA have been hard at work all summer in the behind the scenes work, e.g., back to school (BTS) packets.  PTA volunteers are the strength of communities and you can be one, too.  Thank you for your involvement, time, talent, or treasure.  Come to our 1st PTAC GENERAL ASSOCIATION meeting on Sept 12 (Wed). See you there! For info: or email


Palo Alto Council of PTAs - Looking for a few good men and women...

If you have a desire to serve your community, want to know what is happening, enjoying meeting other like minded seasoned PTA members, we have a suggestion for you. The Palo Alto Council of PTAs (PTAC) is looking to fill a few remaining key volunteer and board positions. See PTA Councils meets twice a month (Sept-Oct & Jan-Mar), once for the Executive Board and once for the general public. PTA volunteers also served on PTAC committees, including but not limited those listed below. Please consider this an opportunity to be influential in our students' education with our strategic partners. All level of experience, expertise, and interest welcome. Please email us at Join us!



Vice President of Parent Education

Vice President of Communication (Co-Position)



Sponsorship Committee (3 members - Fall)

Elections Observers Committee (2 members - Fall) - this is a non-partisan group

Honorary Service Awards Committee (3 members - Spring)

125th Celebration Committee (3 members - Spring)


Urgent: Keep Tapping on your phones for our Students!

Congrats!!! The Governor signed our bill to help homeless students. Takes seconds - two taps on your phone - to support our remaining PTAC bills on the Click My Cause Two-Tap App:

  • Increase K-12 school funding targets (AB 2808)
  • Help foster youth (AB 2043)
  • Pupil Suicide Prevention and Training (AB 2639)

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





**NEW**Volunteer on Coastal Cleanup Day: Community Service Opportunity

Sat Sept 15, 9am-12pm. Baylands (Matadero or Adobe Creek)

The City of Palo Alto is hosting two Cleanup sites (Matadero: site 16 and Adobe: site 17) to clean up litter in the Baylands.  Please go to to sign up and be sure to bring your waivers.  Three hours of community service will be available.


**NEW**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**Ohlone Mandarin Immersion 10-yr Anniversary

Sat, Sept 8, 11AM – 2PM, Ohlone Elementary School, 950 Amarillo Av., Palo Alto

Welcoming ALL students and staff who were at Ohlone from Fall 2008 to the present, this celebration commemorates 10 years of accomplishments with the implementation of OMI as an integrated and integral part of Ohlone.  Please come to celebrate OMI's accomplishments and enjoy reminiscing with lots of hugs, and thanking all the participants in the establishment and development of Ohlone Mandarin Immersion. RSVP to the potluck with this evite at

Also, we need your help to put on this celebration! Please sign up to volunteer for a short shift at the party:


**NEW**FREE Mindful Moms Intro Class with Krassi Harwell

Tues Sep 11,  12-1:30pm  67 Encina Ave, Palo Alto, CA

Come try this intro class for FREE and join our community of wise and caring moms as we navigate the rich and rewarding journey of raising kids into adults.  We’ll practice yoga, meditate, and tap into the healing power of togetherness as we share stories, strength and support. For moms who have kids of all ages – particularly toddlers thru teens!  Be wise – build your support network as you navigate motherhood.  Registration is required. More Info:  Register:


**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** Family Yoga every Saturday 10:30am at Blossoms NEW LOCATION ON CAL AVE 

Saturdays 10:30-11:30am, Blossom Birth, 290 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA

Family Yoga at Blossom is perfect for moms, dads or grandparents and their toddlers or preschool kids.  Enjoy vitalizing yoga, playful meditation and singing as a sweet way to connect with your child. Have two or more? Bring them all, children join for free.  Make this a joyful weekend family routine or just drop-in whenever you need some vitalizing movement.  Blossom Birth Services is a 501 c(3) community based nonprofit organization


Bike Palo Alto 2018 -- Save the Date!

Sun, Sept.30, 1 - 3p.m., Fairmeadow Elementary School, 500 E. Meadow Dr. Palo Alto

Bike Palo Alto is a free annual event that encourages more people to bike more places more often and kicks off PAUSD’s Walk & Roll Week. Bicyclists of all ages and abilities can explore Palo Alto’s bike-friendly routes and “secret” passageways that make getting around fun and easy! Choose from three self-guided routes; free treats are offered at rest stops along each route. For more information, visit We’re looking for volunteers! If you’d like to join us, please fill out this form.


Ride the Peninsula Interim Bikeway

Sat, Sept 8, 10AM – 2Pm, Burgess Park, Menlo Park

Join us at Burgess Park in Menlo Park on Saturday, September 8 as Palo Alto teams up with Menlo Park, Mountain View and Redwood City to celebrate the opening of an interim bikeway and begin planning for a future permanent Peninsula Bikeway.  Elected representatives and staff from the cities will also be on hand at this family-friendly event to hear from the community. The temporary bikeway route covers almost 16 miles in the four peninsula cities and runs from Evelyn Avenue in Mountain View to Warwick Street in Redwood City as it travels along California, Bryant, Oak Grove, Laurel, Elena and Austin among others.  The route takes advantage of existing facilities with a focus on including low-stress bike streets. The event at Burgess Park runs from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and includes: • fun events for kids and families • a pop-up separated bikeway • e-bike test rides. For more information and to view a map of the interim bikeway, visit


Future of El Camino Real

Survey open through September 7!

Community feedback is sought on bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and safety enhancements along El Camino Real between Stanford Avenue and Lambert Avenue, including potential protected bicycle lanes, among other ideas.  Please let the City of Palo Alto know your thoughts by taking an online survey and signing up for future notifications on the project webpage.

Survey (Open Through September 7):

Project Page:


Girl Code: Rising Together 

Sun, Sept.16, 6-7.30PM, Performing Arts Center, Menlo Atherton High School 

Five amazing women describe their paths to leadership.  For students and parents.  Speakers are Olympic runner Kim Conley; Steeplechase champ Stephanie Garcia; Engineer and Miss CEO founder Nita Singh Kaushal; Activist, filmmaker, and educator Ana Angel Avendaño; Singer, performer, teacher Molly Bell. Free; Registration is required at  Nonprofit supporting sponsor: Stand Up Eight Foundation


Seeking Participants for a Stanford Brain Imaging Research StudyThe Early Life

Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program at Stanford is currently recruiting children and adolescents, both with and without a history of tics, for a research study exploring brain function.  Youth between the ages of 9-17 who are right-handed and English-speaking may be eligible to participate. Participation involves two initial and two follow-up appointments that each last about 2 hours and include self-reports and behavioral tasks as well as brain imaging with fNIRS (functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy).  fNIRS is a safe, non-invasive technique that uses infrared light to examine brain function. In addition, children with a history of tics will receive 8 weekly sessions of behavior therapy with a tic disorder specialist. All participants will receive access to ongoing updates about study outcomes and payment of $120 for involvement.  For more information, or to enroll in the study, email  For general information about participant rights, contact 1-866-680-2906.


Acterra Ride, Drive, and Be Green Event

Join Acterra at the Ride, Drive, and Be Green Event on September 16th 1-4pm at 3921 E. Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto - all are welcome to ride and test drive an Electric Vehicle! Please volunteer to help or to demo your electric car. Students 14 and older can get volunteer service hours! Shifts are available from 11 am to 6 pm. Thank you!

Event link:
Volunteer link:
EV owner link:


Youth Community Service (YCS) is Hiring! 

Join our team at YCS and make a difference in the lives of young people through service learning. This is a part-time position with a flexible schedule. Please visit our website for the full job description and application instructions: 


Learn to Knit!

Thu Sep 13, 4:30-6:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road

Teens and adults are invited to spend Thursday evenings knitting in a relaxed, social setting. This is a great opportunity to share your love for knitting, meet new friends and help others with their projects -- and learn something new if you're new to knitting or have always wanted to learn! Register on PACL website ( Grades 6-12.


Author Visit @CH: JoAnne Wetzel

Wed, Sep 12, 4:00-5:00PM, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St.

JoAnne Wetzel will be at Children's Library to read her new picture book, Mermaid School, about a mermaid's first day at school. No registration needed.  All ages welcome.


Stanford Study on Housing

$45 for Participation in a Stanford Study on Housing.

The department of Sociology at Stanford University is conducting ongoing research on the housing crisis in the Bay Area. We are currently conducting interviews with people who are living in a space that may have only been intended for one family or folks that live in the area who are employed in low wage service work. For participating in a 1-hour interview, you will receive a $45 Target gift card. Contact Ellie Rosa at or (707) 228-6534 to participate.


$45 para participar en un estudio de Stanford sobre las viviendas.

El departamento de sociología de Stanford está llevando a cabo entrevistas sobre la crisis de la vivienda en el norte de california. Actualmente estamos llevando a cabo entrevistas con personas que viven en un espacio que puede haber sido destinado solo a una familia o personas que viven en el área y que trabajan en un servicio de bajo salario. Para participar en una entrevista de 1 hora, recibirá una tarjeta de regalo Target de $45. Póngase en contacto con Ellie Rosa en o (707) 228-6534 para participar.


Volunteers need for a Stanford Social Skills Study

Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) is recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 years diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist.  For more information, please go to: 


**NEW**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.


**NEW**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! 


**NEW**New Cooking Class for kids offered at the Lucie Stern Community Center

Tues, Sept 11 -  Nov 27, 3:15-4:45pm at the Lucie Stern Community Center (Fireside Room and Kitchen)

Cooking Round the World is a new class offered for kids 8-12y through the City of Palo Alto Recreation program.  It is a wonderful opportunity for children to explore the world through food (cooking it and eating it).  Classes will be held at the Lucie Stern Fireside Room and Kitchen on Tuesday afternoons in the fall.  Note: Cooking Round the World is a completely nut-free program.  Registration is open and the course number is 13138.  To register go to 


Golden State Youth Orchestra Endangered Instruments Program

Sept., Palo Alto

Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra (formerly El Camino Youth Symphony) invites musicians ages 8-13 to learn an "endangered instrument!"  GSYO Endangered Instruments Program (EIP) encourages young musicians to learn to play those instruments that are highly sought after by orchestras: Bassoon, Double Bass, French Horn, and Viola.  If you’re a young musician who is interested in learning to play, and/or switching to an endangered instrument, join this unique program! Students enrolled in EIP receive subsidized group lessons (2-6 students per class), a free rental instrument, and placement in a GSYO orchestra or ensemble once their skills have reached a sufficient level.  Apply online at  Call GSYO at 650-665-9046 for more information.



Eleanor Roosevelt: The Power of Words”

Sun Sept 9th 2 - 4pm, Media Arts Center of Palo Alto High School 

“Eleanor Roosevelt: The Power of Words” is a Living History performance by nationally acclaimed historical interpreter Susan Marie Frontczak.  During this 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, attendees hear the words of the First Lady who became an influential delegate to the United Nations.  She shares insights into the importance of carefully chosen words. At the conclusion of the presentation, the audience will be encouraged to ask questions of Eleanor Roosevelt.  The program is recommended for adults and students age 13 and older. Tickets are $12 at the door or are available at:  The event is sponsored by Palo Alto AAUW (American Association of University Women), and co-sponsored by LWV (League of Women Voters) and UNA (United Nations Association).


Classes for middle and high school students

Saturdays, Sept. 15-Nov 10, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto

Outstanding high school students are teaching classes to raise funds for the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto.  For the seventh session, Silicon Valley Youth is offering classes in Intro to Java, iOS App Development,and AMC 8 classes on Saturdays at Gunn High School.  Sign up starting now online at  Contact:


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.


**NEW**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.


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.


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


**NEW**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! 


**NEW**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


STEAM LAB Saturday @CH: Kaleidoscopes

Sat, Sep 8, 2:30-3:30PM, Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St.

MakeX will be demonstrating 3D printers and 3D modeling software in the Teen Zone. Registration Required. Grades K-5 only.


Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest in San Mateo

Registration Open; Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9:30am - 12 noon, 300 E. Santa Inez Ave., San Mateo

Join us in Central San Mateo and let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day minicamp where he’ll learn some songs and have a blast.  Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed. Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in September, 2018. Beginning groups start slow, then grow, meeting at our locations in Redwood City and San Mateo for choral singing and theory instruction.  Ragazzi’s opportunities include singing the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, Opera roles, collaborations with Stanford’s choruses and the San Francisco Symphony—and even world-wide touring. SingFest is free, and spots will go fast at  Can’t make it to SingFest but want to audition?   Go to


Love to Sing? Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions for 7-10 year olds

By appointment through mid-September; 178 Clinton St, Redwood City

Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ and ‘best non-profit’, has just the right amount of structure and fun!  Schedule your 7-10 year old boy for a short group audition. He’ll sing with one of our teachers and have a blast; no prior experience or preparation needed to try out.  We’re in Redwood City, plus a new San Mateo rehearsal location. Ragazzi’s sings the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, plus locally and around the world. Boys develop lasting friendships and independence at camp and on tour.  Appointments and more info: Watch: More:


Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement class open

Register Now; Mondays 3:15 and 4:15 sessions, Sept. 17 – Dec. 3, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City

Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging class for active young boys is now open.  It’s a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi’s main program.  This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience.  A child-developmental approach fosters boys’ creativity and curiosity. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting.  $300 for 12 weeks; sibling discounts.  Contact, 650-342-8785.  Register & more info at


**NEW**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


Coding with the Robot

Sundays: Aug 5 - Sep 9, 10-11AM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road

Would you like to play with Dewey, our humanoid robot? Make it move around, strike conversation, play music and carry out dance routines? This event is what you are looking for. It is designed for absolute beginners. No previous coding experience required. We will use the simple drag and drop interface to make things happen. We will learn programming, robotics and human robot interaction in a fun way. Interested? Register now on PACL website. Ages 11 and up.