Escondido eNews -- September 9, 2018
Sun, Sep 9 8:51pm
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

10/8 -- Extended Kinder Days Begin

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







The Ice Cream Challenge --- The PTA provides the "Cool-Stuff" that make Escondido excellent!  


As of today, 49% of our Escondido families community have donated.  All of our children benefit from the funds raised by the PTA; they provide field trips, classroom supplies, teacher grants, Noon Sports, events and much more.


Every contribution, at any level, earns a scoop on the classroom Ice Cream Cone posters.  Watch for the updates to be posted!


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

Suggested donation is $300/student.  

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: 


Look for the PINK envelope and flyer, going home this week, if you haven't donated yet, please consider contributing.  Help us make the campaign a success!



  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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**NEW**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 Stanford Prevention Research Center.  Low carb? Low fat? Fake meat? Non-Dairy Milks? Omega 3 supplements? Organic? The microbiome? Professor Gardner will be taking any and all questions on nutrition in a free form Q&A format.  Professor Chris Gardner, Ph.D has been involved in nutritional research for the past 20 years, focusing mainly on investigating the potential health benefits of various dietary components or food patterns.  His research has also included non-health related approaches to improving diet, like the connections between food and climate change and children’s education, and improving institutional food, such as food served in universities, schools, hospitals and worksites.  Parents may bring their children. Sponsored by PTAC Health and Wellness Committee


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**IMPORTANT COMMUNITY NEWS: Measure Z Hosts a Night with Superintendent Austin

THIS COMING TUES SEPT 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.


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

Sat & Sun. Sept. 15-16, 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,   


**NEW**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.   



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.


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! 


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.




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.


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! 


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.


**NEW**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.



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.


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.


*NEW**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


**NEW**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


**NEW**Know a Child Who Loves to Sing?

Music classes for grades K-4 begin Sept 10 through Dec; in late afternoons

Cantabile is a community-based children’s chorus serving the greater Silicon Valley area, striving to bring the highest quality musical education in a choral setting to young singers.  Our innovative curriculum builds a foundation in choral musicianship, music literacy and appreciation in a fun and community focused setting.  Our after-school rehearsals feature a wide range of musical activities, including singing, movement, improvisation, instrumental activities, and musicianship.  Singers in grades K-4 may register for a class today at  Come sing with us, as we embark upon our exciting 2018 fall semester!  To learn more about our chorus levels and our upcoming semester, please contact us: | 650. 424.1410


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


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


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