Escondido eNews April 11, 2021
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Escondido News



  • Wednesday, April 14 - COHORT A day
  • Attention Fifth Grade Families:
    • Support 5th Grade Promotion Activities: We are fundraising to support a special celebration for our kiddos the last week of school! Please help by donating this week! We are asking for a donation of $35-$55/student. Please donate via CheddarUp:
    • 5th Grade Yearbook Pages Due April 19th! Every year each 5th grader has their own page in the yearbook. Have your child log in to Schoology and create their yearbook page!
    • Free Greene Middle School T-Shirts: Greene PTA has some extra Greene Middle School T-Shirts for 5th graders going to Greene next year. Please fill out this FORM if your child would like a FREE Greene Middle School T-Shirt.
  • **NEW**TEACHER & STAFF FRIDAY TREATS - Attention Parents!! Be on the lookout for a sign up to bring special morning snacks for teachers and staff on campus for the last 6 fridays of the year. At this time everything has to be restaurant or store prepared.  Each grade will host a day where they can thank all Escondido staff and teachers in their own special way.  Have fun with your week - make it your own and be creative!  The schedule is as follows:
    • Kindergarten - April 16
    • 1st Grade - April 23
    • 2nd Grade - April 30
    • PTA Executive Team - May 7
    • 3rd Grade - May 14
    • 4th Grade - May 21
    • 5th Grade - May 28
  • One Week Away! - VIRTUAL SCIENCE FAIR - April 22nd: Escondido Virtual Science Fair is an optional activity, not required, and open to all Escondido students who formulate a hypothesis, perform an experiment, and present their results during Family Science Night, scheduled for April 22nd, 5-7:30pm.  Zoom TBA
    • ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER HERE! All students of the same pod are welcome to work together on one project and present together.
  • PRE-ORDER A YEARBOOK! Get a keepsake for this unprecedented year with a class montage of all of your classmates, fun snapshots and a record of all of the 5th graders with their custom pages!  Only $20! BUY TODAY!
  • HYBRID FAMILIES: Please help us keep our students and staff safe from exposure to COVID-19. Our safety depends on parents to notify and be honest about their activities and exposure.  PLEASE NOTIFY YOUR TEACHER AND THE OFFICE IF:
    • Any of the programs your child participates in has had a COVID exposure so your child is a close contact;
    • Anyone in your family has been diagnosed or received a positive COVID-19 test;
    • Any other situation in which your child or your family has had a confirmed case or exposure to COVID-19.


  • YEARBOOK COMMITTEE: Help our Yearbook committee put together an unforgettable and amazing yearbook! We need parents who are available in April - early May to help put the book together. Join the committee HERE.
  • INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FUN FAIR - REIMAGINED! Join the committee HERE. A unique tradition to Escondido, the International Fun Fair helps our campus celebrate all of the different nationalities present at our school. It builds community and is one of our best events. We can’t have the fair as usual this year, but we still want to find a way to harness the same celebration and sense of community. Help our International Family Fun Fair team come up with great events that work this year given all the new restrictions. 
  • LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS! Join the committee HERE! Normally a huge last day of school fair on campus, we have to come up with alternative ways to celebrate accomplishing the end of the school year.  Help us come up with a plan!
  • ATTENTION ALL ESCONDIDO FAMILIES - Get Involved with the PTA! We need a few new people to join the Board next year - VOLUNTEER HERE
  • RECESS & LUNCH SUPERVISION STILL NEEDED!!!! - We REALLY need ENERGETIC volunteers for lunch and recess. Email John Di Cosmo if you plan to attend the zoom at and use the google doc to sign up Once approved - hopefully you will be willing to sign up to help with the Sprouts Garden or run an art table during recess.


  • Spring Art Classes in Spanish - Starts April 14/15: Wednesday Art Class in Zoom - 7 sessions $140, 3pm to 3:45pm for kids 5 to 8 years old, from April 14 to May 26. Minimum 5 students to open a class. Thursday Art Class In Person - 7 sessions $490, 3pm to 5pm for kids 5 to 10 years old, from April 15 to May 27. Maximum 4 students per class. Materials included. Contact Alejandra Hermandinger at
  • COVID 19 Vaccine Appointment Tips: Everyone who wants one will be able to sign up for a vaccine starting Thursday. Local demand will likely initially be higher than availability, but hopefully it will even out soon. If you want to get an early appointment, consider how far you are willing to travel, when you are available to get it, and whether you care which vaccine you get (more on that later).
    If you want to get your vaccine right now, and can travel, you can go to UCDavis (appointment needed) or CSBakersfield (for now, they take walkins).  Many pharmacies in between Fresno and Bakersfield have excess vaccines they would love to give you if you can get to them.  If you do travel for your first dose, you will likely be able to schedule your second dose locally with CVS, Stanford, or the County.
    Santa Clara County has announced that right now, all residents can try to schedule appointments for 4/15 or later via 

    Walgreen and Safeway also allows you to schedule now by selecting the option for “prioritized by my county.”
    Other sites are not yet allowing you to schedule, but may open up any day.  
    To get ready now, you can:  
    ✅ Subscribe to a telegram app notification about available appointments in the Bay Area, created by volunteer developer Mukesh.  This channel provides availability information from more than 200 locations in the bay area  every hour. Instructions to setup notifications - (Instructions available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog and Portuguese).
    ✅ Download the Walgreens app, or go to the Walgreens website and create an account - you will need a separate account for each person you want to schedule a vaccine for.
    ✅ Create an account for Sutter and download MyHealthOnline app.
    ✅ Create an account for Stanford and download its app on your phone. They will ask for your credit card, but it’s not to charge you - it’s just to confirm that you are, in fact, you.
    ✅ Request a member number at Kaiser, (800) 464-4000, option 3, 0, and be ready to search on Thursday or call (866) 454-8855 and get an operator, at 6:30 AM.
    ✅ Create a log in on Walmart. Walmart seems to make appointments available at midnight.  If you set your phone or computer time zone to New York, you can see (and book) those appointments at 9pm.
    These are not the only places to look. Starting Thursday (or Wednesday night, or whenever folks here post it’s updated), you’ll also look at:
    CVS (often makes appointments available between midnight and 6 am)

    Curative (has a site in Albany CA, and they may expand).

    Community clinics.  PAUSD may be able to offer a vaccine clinic for the PAUSD community after April 15.
    Scheduling vaccines appointments has been very frustrating for everyone.  If you want help, please call 211 for help scheduling.  Alternatively, you can reach out to PAUSD parent Leah Russin (, and she will try to connect you with helpers, or you can go to or 855-800-BOOK to connect with volunteer helpers, or you can join a Facebook group like Bay Area Vaccine Hunters, which is the original source of many of these tips (more of which are here).


District News


COVID Testing
Beginning next week, the Palo Alto Unified School District, in partnership with Predicine, Inc., will offer COVID testing for students and staff.  The following testing strategy will be utilized:

1. Any student, teacher, and staff with symptoms identified through the health screening protocols
2. Any student, teacher, and staff who have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the school or workplace
3. All students, faculty, and staff with possible exposure in the context of outbreak settings
4. Surveillance testing  2x/Month (25% of secondary students attending in-person) for individuals who are asymptomatic. Note: Surveillance testing detects the presence of COVID-19 even in individuals who may be asymptomatic.
5. PAEA Unit Member Testing 2x/month
6. Testing for indoor sports athletes, coaches, and support staff 2-3x week until we reach the Yellow Tier.

IMPORTANT: Participating in COVID testing through PAUSD/Predicine, Inc. requires participants to consent to being tested. Signing the consent form and participating in the testing program is your consent to share results of your COVID test with the District Nurse and/or the Director of Human Resources. A copy of the consent form is included for review. A printed copy will be available at your school upon request. 


PTA/PTA Council News


The Palo Alto PTA Council joins other councils and units across the country in solidarity and support of Asian Americans and denounces all  racial violence in  our country.  We will continue to work with our community partners to build a safe and supportive environment for all students, families and staff by improving diversity, equity and inclusion  throughout our school communities. Please review the National PTA Statement on Violence Against Asian Americans More Resources here

3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit – 2021 Series

PAUSD is excited to bring the community together for learning by hosting the 3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit! This year's theme "Unity Through Learning" aims to do just that; bring the community together during these trying times with three days of engaged learning opportunities. This is a fully virtual event. On the morning of the event, links will go live for the Keynote Speaker and all Breakout Presentations, RSVP to ensure you get the communications. visit for more information and sign-up to attend!

Watch the Kick-Off Event: Redefining Strength

Saturday, April 17, Day 2: Equity for Academic Success Saturday, 9:00am – 12:45pm

Saturday, May 15, Day 3: Building Future Leaders, 9:00am – 12:45pm

More info here

The Palo Alto PTA Council Seeks Volunteers for the 2021-22 School Year 

The Palo Alto PTA Council Nominating Committee is currently looking for community members who have a passion for improving the educational experience of all students. Let’s talk about how you can participate on a committee for the PTA Council or step into a leadership role for the 2021-22 school year. Training and support will be provided. Help us build diverse, equitable, and inclusive PTAs in Palo Alto.  Contact the Nominating Committee at:

PAUSD Wellness & Support Services and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) 

Parenting Series - Creating Calm at Home during COVID-19 Register Here.

Parenting can be very challenging during the Pandemic for a lot of parents. Please join us for a free (1.5-hour webinar every week) The workshop series will cover a wide range of parenting topics, addressing important questions such as internet overuse, build connect with teens, Teen’s mental health, cross-cultural conflicts, de-escalate children’s emotions. By the end of the series, you will be equipped with better understanding, presence, calmness, and the skills needed to be able to communicate with your children. Hope to see you in one of the sessions!

Advocacy for Teen Health - eCig & Flavored Tobacco Products

For Parents of rising middle schooler or high schoolers: Santa Clara County has now issued its priority recommendations from our community 1) Tobacco Retail Strategies – Menthol & Flavored Tobacco Products, Tobacco Retailer Density, and Tobacco Retailer Licensing; 2) Secondhand Smoke Strategies – Smoke-free Outdoor Public Places & Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing; and 3) Cessation & Health System Strategies – Smoke-free Health Care Campuses & Cessation Services. Funding for these efforts begin 2022 through 2025. There are addiction free hotlines and resources. For more email Jade Chao, or visit the Santa Clara County website 

Health and Wellness

Where to go for Free COVID Vaccines

Where to go for Free COVID-19 Testing

California State PTA COVID-19 Resources

Family Resources here: Health Wellness Resources

Teen Mental Health Resources

Children's Mental Health Resources

El Foro Comunitario: Vacuna COVID-19 

Spanish language forum: “COVID-19 Vaccine: My Wellness, My Community!”

Learn more about important vaccine topics. Pre-recorded in Spanish.   


Community News


Art Classes for Students at the Palo Alto Art Center!

Unleash the creativity in your student by signing up for one of our weekly afterschool or Saturday art classes. We offer classes for students ages 6-18 in painting, drawing, mixed media, and ceramics, starting April 12.  Classes will be held outside at the Palo Alto Art Center (1313 Newell Road) or virtually via Zoom. Class schedules and registration information may be found in our online catalog. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello ( or 650-617-3509).

5th Anniversary VIRTUAL Foster5K

Sunday, April 25, Anytime, Anywhere

You can model good citizenship, good health and good parenting all in an hour or so.  Sign up the family to walk or run the Foster5K from your front step. All proceeds benefit Child Advocates, CASA of Silicon Valley, serving foster children through its Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program. Entries include a race shirt, and a goody bag for the family. Donate $100 by March 24 and see your family name on the shirt. See the flyer HERE. Note: $5 off each registration when 4 or more sign up at once.  SIGN UP or DONATE

Service Across Ages

Now until April 18

Youth Community Service (YCS) welcomes you to participate in our next community wide service opportunity. Expand possibilities for families in North Santa Clara County. In collaboration with Reach Potential Movement, YCS is offering an opportunity for children, youth, families and adults of all ages, to come together in support of families and schools in North Santa Clara County. Register here:  Following registration, participants will be provided information about Reach Potential Movement and have access to several service options, including detailed instructions. Questions, email:

PACCC Offers Distance Learning And Enrichment Programs For PAUSD Students

Openings at:

Each site will have stable “social pods” of up to 14 children and 2 supervising adults; children will not commingle with other pods. Kids’ Club capacities vary based on location and facilities; however, most centers will be able to serve 2 pods, and some will be able to serve 3 pods.

Join the waitlist and our Directors will be in touch! Sign up for an open spot by filling out the waitlist form and paying the fee, which covers processing costs. If you sign up for a center with no open spots, you will be placed on the waitlist. Questions can be emailed to