Escondido eNews -- September 23, 2018
Sun, Sep 23 6:38pm
Escondido Elementary




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

9/25 -- 5th Grade Special Events Planning  Meeting, 8:15 am in MPR

9/27 -- Yearbook Informational Meeting, 8:30 am in MPR

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

10/1 -- Walk-n-Roll Breakfast

10/1-4 - Donation Drop-off for SI Garage Sale - 7:30-8:30 am, MPR

10/5 -- NO SCHOOL, Staff Development

10/5 -- Donation Drop-off for Garage Sale - 9 am - 8 pm

10/6 -- Escondido Garage Sale -- fundraiser for SI 5th Gr. Mexico Trip, 9 am - 2 pm

10/8 -- Extended Kinder Days Begin

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

Parade of Nations at 8:30 am

International Fun Fair at 5 - 7 pm







- Time: 5:30-7:30p
- Location: Escondido's MP Room
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!
Math Night is for all Escondido students and their families, parents must supervise their children.  This is not a drop-off event, it is a family event.   
Complimentary pizza, vegetables, and fruit will be provided, while supplies last.  You are also welcome to bring a picnic.  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!



5th Grade Special Events Planning Meeting -- Tuesday, September 25 at 8:15 am, MPR.  

Open to all Escondido parents, please join Executive Board Members as they highlight the Special Events ahead for 5th Grade this year!  Learn how you can help.  Events will be cancelled, if the PTA is unable to secure enough volunteers to manage these 5th grade Special Events.  Questions,




YEARBOOK -- Informational Meeting on Thursday, September 27 at 8:30 am, MPR.  This project is a tradition lead by a team of parent volunteers.  If we do not have a team formed, we will cancel the production of the book.  Interested, please click here.  If you cannot attend this meeting, but want to work on project, contact




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.  Sign-up to help!

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 (  




Donation Drop-off - Garage Sale --10/1-4, 7:30-8:30 am & 10/5, 9 am- 8pm, 


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 10/1-4, 7:30-8:30 am & 10/5 9 am-8 pm.  Questions: 




Parade of Nations - Friday, October 12th, 8:30 am

International Day & Parade of Nations at Escondido celebrates our tradition of "Friends Around the World."
We will begin the day with Principal Coffee 8-8:30 am, followed by 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. 

International Fair  - Friday, October 12th, 5:00-7:00 pm


Hosting a Country Booth is a great way to celebrate Escondido’s tradition of having ‘friends around the world’.  Consider hosting 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.   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.  

 If you have any questions, please email Nancy Felch at



The Ice Cream Challenge ---  Thank You Escondido Families!  The PTA reached our funding goals, which means we will be able to continue to provide all the STUFF that makes Escondido excellent!  We ended the campaign with 63% of our community participating, THANK YOU!



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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Urgent: Speak up for Our PAUSD Students Now!

Our PTA bills reached the Governor! Takes just two taps on your phone - 

to speak up for our students on the Click My Cause Two-Tap App:

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

(1) download the FREE Click My Cause two tap app Click here to download app:

(2) select Palo Alto PTA Council 

(3) tap on your "act now" buttons


Paly Centennial Celebration October 7th 2:00pm - 3:30pm 

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 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 1:30.


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 –


Tech Night for PAUSD Parents

Mon Sept 24 6:30PM, 25 Churchill Ave in Palo Alto 

Families will be shown how to utilize Infinite Campus and Schoology. Information about iConnect and the 1-to-1 Chromebook Program at the high school with be shared.  Finally, tech tips for the home will be provided. ***Free child care for children who are potty-trained

***Translation to Mandarin and Spanish ***Light snacks will be provided


Parent Network Workshops - Cyberbullying Prevention

Thurs October 4, 11, 18 and 25 7-8p Microsoft Store Stanford Shopping Center

Please join the Greene Middle School 7th Grade Parent Network to learn what is cyberbullying, how it occurs and how to prevent it to enhance academic achievement and social/emotional wellbeing. This invitation is open to all PAUSD parents. Topics covered:

  • Different ways kids participate in cyberbullying
  • Impact of cyberbullying
  • How to prevent cyberbullying
  • How to set privacy settings on Windows 10 and Xbox 

These workshops are FREE but please RSVP at 

**NEW & UPDATED** Upcoming School Board Candidate Forums

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

Sponsored by League of Women Voters and PTAc

Tue Oct 2 6:45-9p 25 Churchill Ave at the District Office Board Room

Focus is on Elementary Education (PreK-5th)

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:


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





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 offers an introductory taste of Integrative Nutrition as she shows you ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit.  Enjoy some bites while you discuss foods to support your unique body – and your family. Jalene will show you how aligning your self-care with the season can guide you on your path of wellness.  Registration is required for this FREE workshop as space is limited! More Info:  Register:


**NEW**PAUSD Cubberley ReDesign

Thurs Sept 27, 7-  9PM Cubberley Pavilion 4000 Middlefield Road Palo Alto

PAUSD and the City of Palo Alto envision a new future for Cubberley Community Center that will also create the potential for a future school on the site.  Please join us for the first of four meetings. Each meeting will build upon the results of the previous meeting and your continued participation will help us ensure that everyone’s visions are considered as we together create a master plan for Cubberley.  Childcare will be provided (children must be potty-trained).  Spanish and Mandarin interpreters will be on hand and translated activity materials will be provided.  Please RSVP at


**NEW**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:


**NEW**Bike Palo Alto

Sunday, September 30th, 1-3 p.m., Fairmeadow Elementary, 500 East Meadow Dr.

This annual, family-friendly event encourages people of all ages and abilities to bike more places more often, and kicks off PAUSD’s Walk & Roll to School Week.  Join us at Fairmeadow Elementary headquarters for helmet fitting, minor bike checkups, Safe Routes to School information, a cargo bike expo, and more! Then, choose one of three bike-friendly routes and explore with free treats along the way! Routes and treat stops are open until 4 p.m.  All riders need a waiver, so if your student is riding without you, please print out, fill, sign and send this form with him/her

You can find all the details at


**NEW**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


Stanford University Seeking Research Subject

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.


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.   



**NEW**St. Lawrence String Quartet: Concert for the Community 

Wed Oct 3 4:30-5:30pm Campbell Recital Hall 541 Lasuen Mall Stanford

The St. Lawrence String Quartet presents its annual Concert for the Community, offered free of charge to local elementary and middle school children, teachers, and their families.  Presented by the Friends of Music at Stanford in partnership with the Department of Music.  More info at:


*NEW**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.


**NEW**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.


**NEW**Stellar Science Enrichment seeks volunteers to work with at-risk elementary school students

Tuesdays 4-5pm at Mariano Castro Elementary School in Mt View starting late Sept

Stellar Science Enrichment is seeking middle and high school volunteer mentors for the 2018-19 school year. Volunteers will work with at-risk elementary school students to complete hands-on science experiments and activities to support their science curriculum and enjoyment of the subject. A student run program, Stellar Science works with the YMCA after school program in Mountain View schools. Students in the area in 6th-12th grade with an interest in science and/or service are encouraged to join and be part of a very rewarding experience. Contact Lucy Volino, Director at stellarscienceenrichment@ to sign up or with any questions.


**NEW**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 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


**NEW**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.