Escondido eNews April 14, 2019
Sun, Apr 14 7:30pm
Escondido Elementary



Key Dates

4/26 -- Family Movie Night




Thank You for a Great Science Night! 



Escondido Family Movie Night 





6:30 - 7:30 - Mingle, Grab Concessions and a Spot on the Library Lawn

7:30 approximately - MOVIE on the BIG SCREEN


Bring the whole family and enjoy the evening, under the stars, watching this magical movie. 


Free Event - RSVP 

Please click on Google Doc. and tell us how many from your family will attend. 

Help us plan.  We want to have enough hot dogs and popcorn!





Pre-order the Yearbook

If you have already pre-ordered a yearbook using the 1-check form in the beginning of the school year, you are all set. (If you forgot if you ordered, please reference this google spreadsheet.)

Here are the instructions for ordering a yearbook online: (Note: payment uses PayPal.)

  1. go to www.betteryearbook.comand click on PLACE ORDER menu at the top
  2. select Stanford, CA for city and Escondido from the dropdown list
    3. enter "friends" as the password (no quotes)
    4. follow the instructions on the page

If you would prefer to order a yearbook by check, please make the check out to Escondido PTA for $40 and write "Yearbook" and your child's name and room number in the memo part of your check.




To join, visit enter the (new) code ESCONDIDO, and place an order!  Good Eggs will donate 5% back to the PTA on every order.  Good Eggs sells organic, local produce, meat and fish, baked goods, easy dinner kits, and more delivered same-day. No subscription required. Free delivery when you spend $60. Questions?  Contact 





PTA and PTAC News



Palo Alto school district says university expansion will add students but won’t automatically provide more funding



**NEW** EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent's Weekly Board Update

Read Dr. Don Austin's Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday


**NEW**Climate-Friendly School Food: Healthy Planet, Healthy Kids with Friends of the Earth

Tues Apr 30, 12-1P Haymarket Theater, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road

Please join the League of Women Voters and PAUSD, and learn how healthy school lunches benefit our children as well as the planet.  Find out about nutritious lunch programs that have been adopted by other CA school districts, including LA, SF, and Oakland. Please RSVP:  Kari Hamerschlag is the Deputy Director of Food and Ag at Friends of the Earth.  Kari leads the organization's climate-friendly food service initiative to support local farmers and ranchers to shift consumption towards healthier and more sustainable food.  Kari worked as a senior analyst with the Environmental Working Group where she works on US farm bill. 


**NEW**Palo Alto World Music Day Musicians and Volunteers Wanted

Sun. June 16, 3-7:30P, University Avenue (closed to traffic).  

The City of Palo Alto has declared Sunday June 16 as World Music Day.  Now for the eleventh year professional and amateur musical groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral and more.  Free and open to the public. Interested in also performing?  Info: or  Sign up to Volunteer!!  Sponsored by: Stanford Federal Credit Union, Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, Live SV, and News for Chinese.


Youth Art Show at the Palo Alto Art Center

April 27-May 19, 2019

Annual Exhibition of Artworks by Palo Alto Unified School District Art Students. Youth Art celebrates the imaginative spirit of the students from the Palo Alto Unified School District, featuring work from students in grades K-12. Instructors have selected work that demonstrates accomplishment and innovation in the classroom. Please visit the Palo Alto Art Center website for more information.  You can preview this amazing collection of art work while enjoying the PTA Council Honorary Service Awards reception on Thursday April 25th from 4-6 pm.


Mandarin Parent Workshops - Inter-cultural Dialogue

Thu 6:30 - 8:30P ongoing thru May 16 Greene Middle School Library

Wellness & Support Services Dept. and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) are offering a ten-week parenting workshop series, “Inter-Cultural Dialogue,” in Mandarin. An AACI Therapist facilitates the research-based workshops designed to help families navigate the generational and cultural differences in their families.

  • April 18 – How to use rules, consequences and punishment
  • April 25 – Review and practice listening, empathy, and build connection
  • May 2 – Parenting skills in practice
  • May 9 – Parents managing their stress and emotions
  • May 16 – Revision, celebration, and completion

Spaces are still available. For more information or to save your place, please RSVP on Eventbrite


**NEW**PTAC Advocacy Needs You To Act Now for Special Education Students

Please support California Legislature’s Bill (AB 428) to increase funding for special education. Questions? Email: or Christine Baker at

The Statewide Special Education Task Force report found: (1) "special education is underfunded," (2) "special education local plan area base rates . . . are not equitable throughout the state,” and (3) the growth in funding for special education does not reflect the actual growth in enrollment of special education pupils."

PTAC’s Click-My-Cause App enables you - busy moms and dads - to voice your support with just two taps on your iPhones:

  • Tap 1: open alert
  • Tap 2: send message

Here’s how:

  • Download the Click My Cause app (in the App Store, select Palo Alto PTA Council, tap “allow” to allow notifications), or 
  • Update the app on their iPhones to most recent version (if they have the app from last year)


**NEW**PTAC - The Promise a.k.a Strategic Plan

At our March 2019 PTA Council General Association Meeting, the association heard about The Promise ( and voiced a desire to get more clarity around the following four points regarding the Promise

  • what are the changes from the previous PAUSD strategic plan;
  • what are the changes for the current draft of The Promise;
  • what are the metrics to measure the outcome of The Promise; and
  • what action items will result.


Please visit to read all about The Promise. You are encouraged to directly communicate to Superintendent Dr. Don Austin (via  email or Let’s Talk) and also communicate with the PAUSD Board of Education at The Board of Education will be voting on its adoption at an upcoming Board Meeting. 


**NEW**PTAC Advocates for FULL MITIGATION on the Stanford GUP - Special Board Meeting & Results by Friday April 12th 

An Update on the 2018 Stanford General Use Permit. First, we would like to thank Stanford University for meeting with PAUSD Superintendent Dr. Don Austin to work out a win-win solution. Second, a Special Board Meeting (closed session) was held on Wed April 10th. More info to come later.  Thank you again to all PTAs, District Staff, Classified Staff, Teachers, Neighbors, Volunteers and Parents who have put much effort into self-education, writing letters for FULL MITIGATION, and effected strong advocacy to protect all PAUSD school children. 


**NEW**PTAC Advocacy to Protect Our Children’s Heath – VAPING

High on our priority list for next year is the troubling issue of Vaping in our middle and high schools.  We have sponsored speakers events, worked with our school district. You can visit our website at for more.  If you have a VAPING story to share, please write to PTAC Heath and Wellness at  Please remove any personal identifiers or sensitive information, but include as much detail as possible. 


PTA Council Invites You to the 97th Annual May Fete Parade & 125th Palo Alto Birthday Celebrations

Sat May 4, 10AM (Parade start time) Downtown Palo Alto

Each year our students and staff, as well as neighbors, are invited to participate in the City of Palo Alto 2019 May Fete Parade.  This is our small, hometown parade right here in the heart of Silicon Valley. Many PAUSD students participate in the parade by way of the bands, amazing music programs, club projects that funded by PiE and PTA.  Downtown University Avenue is closed that day and the nearby streets and parking lots are transformed with schools' kids, floats, marching bands, electric model cars, etc. NEW this year is the celebration of the 125th Birthday of City of Palo Alto.  Happy Birthday! Don’t miss it.  Carpool and bike.


Summer Camps Info Now Available on PTAC Website  

Looking for a summer camp in your neighborhood or at one of our Palo Alto Unified school sites? Now you can find it at the PTAC website at Camp providers listed on this page host activities/summer camps at PAUSD Schools, and pay rental fees to our district. These rental fees help to defray the cost of running our schools while providing local opportunities for our kids. PTA Council does not endorse one camp over another. This service is offered to give parents an easy way to find out what is being offered and where. Please contact the PTAC Webmaster to recommend updates to this information. There is no charge to providers to be listed.



Community News



**NEW**Palo Alto Chinese School is Accepting New Enrollment for 2019 -2020 school year starts on 8/16/2019

Palo Alto Chinese School has been serving the community in Chinese language instructions for 56 years, and is accepting new enrollment.  Class meets every Friday 7-9 PM at JLS Middle School. There are two tracks. The Mandarin track is offered from Preschool to Grade 12, for students from heritage families.  The Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) track is offered from intro, beginning, intermedia to advanced level for students with various exposer to Chinese language.  Please join us for a school open house and classroom visit on 4/26, and 5/ 3.  For more info, check or email


**NEW**Public Talk: “How to Help Your Kids Excel in Math, Writing and History?”

Thu, May 9, 6:30-8:45P, the Embarcadero Room, Rinconada Library,

Do you know why children start to fear Math in early grades, struggle with STEM subjects in high school, and drop STEM majors for non-STEM majors in college?  Williamson Evers, Research Fellow of Hoover Institution and former U.S. Asst. Sect’y of Ed., and Ze'ev Wurman, former Sr. Policy Adviser to U.S. Dept of Ed., will bring information and insights on education with expertise and candor.  Door opens at 5:30pm.  Free and open to the public; Light meal will be served. Seats are limited; register early via eventbrite:


Peninsula Hike for Hope

Sun May 19th Check-in: 8:30A Hike Begins: 9:30A Hike Ends: 3P Huddart Park, Woodside

Join AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) for the 1st ever Peninsula Hike for Hope event.  Suicide prevention starts with everyday people like you.  Money raised goes to critical research, education programs, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide.  Join us to help create a culture that’s smart about mental health. The hike will be a relatively easy 2-3 mile loop at Huddart Park in Woodside.  Parking is 6$ per vehicle. Please see visit our website to learn more about registration/donations.  Any Questions?  Email Jaclyn Petty at


FREE Project Cornerstone 6-Week Parenting Workshop "Take It Personally"

Wed Apr 17, 24 & May 1, 8, 15, 22,  5:30-6P dinner, Workshop 6-7:30P Colorado Park Apartments

You do not need to be a parent/resident from the Colorado Park Apartments.  Open to all parents & caregivers at no cost.  Each week a facilitator will lead sharing, discussion, and teaching tools you can use now to strengthen your family connections.  You'll leave with new ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships.  Workshop paid for by PAH (Palo Alto Housing).  Questions? Contact Ziem Neubert at  Sign Up today:


Parents: Help Students Who Need You Most - Learn about All Students Matter

Wed April 24 10A - Menlo Park location given when you RSVP

Come learn about how adults can volunteer next school year, once a week in a K-5th grade classroom in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.  These students, who face many challenges, are eager for your support to help build their academic and social/emotional skills.  Hear about the impact you can have by joining us in Menlo Park at the home of a current volunteer. To RSVP, please contact Keri Tully Program Director at to receive location details.  Learn more about us at