Escondido eNews -- September 30, 2018
Sun, Sep 30 7:39pm
Escondido Elementary



 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

10/10 -- 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

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






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!  




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: 



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.  Last year's Geography Club was a success and we hope to continue the tradition for the 5th graders and introduce it to the new 4th graders.  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!



The 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, not valid with third-party delivery services like Doordash) on 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


We will begin the day with , 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. 

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


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 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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Palo Alto Parent Education Series
Compassionate Parenting: How to Raise Teens Who Are Kind, Creative, and Resilient
Tue, Oct 2, 7-8:30 PM, Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center (PAC), 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto 
 How can you raise teens who are more creative, compassionate, and resilient? Students who will become emotionally intelligent leaders? 
Dr. Leah Weiss, Stanford University, international expert in compassion, shares advice about what parents can do to remain mindful while navigating the ups and downs of raising kids. Learn how to quiet your critical inner voice and practice greater self-compassion to raise kids who are emotionally resilient.
Leah Weiss, PhD, is a researcher, lecturer, consultant, and author. She teaches courses on compassionate leadership at Stanford Graduate School of Business and is founding faculty for Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Program. Her acclaimed new book, How We Work, is endorsed by the Dalai Lama.
Parents, students, and educators welcome! Free admission and light refreshments. Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be available. Palo Alto Parent Education Series events are sponsored by Paly PTSA and Gunn PTSA.  Info & tickets:

**NEW**First PAUSD Student Nutrition Services Newsletter for the 2018-19 School Year

The PAUSD Student Nutrition Services Department shared the first newsletter of the 2018-19 school year  (  One of the upcoming events for Student Nutrition Services in October is the Annual Tasting Week featuring the A-Z Salad Bars.  Students will have the opportunity to try fruits and vegetables representing every letter of the alphabet. In November, it’s election time, and students will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entrees and share the entrées they would like to see added to our menu selection.  Check out some of the great things that are happening in Student Nutrition Services. Newsletter also available in Spanish and Mandarain (same link above).


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 


Donate/Buy Halloween Costumes at Paly Flea Market

Sat, Oct 13, 9am-2pm, Palo Alto High School (Corner of El Camino Real and Embarcadero)

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**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
  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 on Election Day, Nov6th,  or mail in your yes vote as 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

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:



The Wizard of Oz presented by Greene Middle School -- October 25 & 26 at 7 pm  & Sat, Oct 27 at 2:30 pm.  Tickets $10 adults and $5 children, contact to order yours today.  Several Escondido alumni are in the show!  






**NEW**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.

**NEW**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:

**NEW**Compassionate Parenting: How to Raise Teens Who Are Kind, Creative, and Resilient 

Tue, Oct 2,  7 – 8:30P  Palo Alto High School – Performing Arts Center (PAC)

How can you raise teens who are more creative, compassionate, and resilient?  Students who will become emotionally intelligent leaders?  Dr. Leah Weiss, Stanford University, international expert in compassion, shares advice about what parents can do to remain mindful while navigating the ups and downs of raising kids.  Learn how to quiet your critical inner voice and practice greater self-compassion to raise kids who are emotionally resilient.  Leah Weiss, PhD and author of new book How We Work, teaches courses on compassionate leadership at Stanford Graduate School of Business and is founding faculty for Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Program. Parents, students, and educators welcome!  Spanish and Mandarin translation.  Event sponsored by Paly PTSA and Gunn PTSA.  Light refreshment will be provided.  Info and tickets at:

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

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.



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

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:

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.


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**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.


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.


**NEW**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**Middle School Parents Network Meeting - Speaker - Police Officer Young

Wed., Nov 14, 8:30-9:30 am Greene (formerly Jordan) MP Room, 750 N California Av., Palo Alto

Back by popular demand, Palo Alto Police Resource Officer Bradley Young will speak about topics to be aware of as our middle school students gain independence and prepare to enter high school, including vaping, marijuana and hanging out in public places.  All parents welcome. 

**NEW**Youth Connectedness Initiative (YCI) Peer Leaders (9th - 12th Grade)

Become a peer leader of the Youth Connectedness Initiative (YCI), an engaging new youth program offered by Youth Community Service (YCS).  YCI is a hands-on service-learning program designed to build youth connectedness in the Palo Alto community.  Youth peer leaders collaborate with other youth and adults within the community to raise awareness of the importance of youth engagement, and to help youth strengthen their connections to school, family and community.  We will meet twice a month. Monthly stipend for all leaders.  For more information please email Yusra Beig at yusra@youthcommunityservice.o