Escondido eNews April 19, 2020
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Escondido News


Earth Week
4/20 -- PTA Meeting on Zoom
5/22 --  Virtual Science Fair 



Green Team encourages everyone to celebrate Earth Week this week!  They are continuing their tradition of a Recycling Fashion Show!

The Challenge:

Create a piece of clothing or accessory out of materials that would normally be recycled or thrown away. You will show off a photo of your creation for our Virtual Recycling Fashion Show!

Deadline: Tuesday, April 21st 

You can:

1. Upload your photo to your grade's drive (linked below). Students must be signed in using their school username and password to contribute a photo.  Must be on a student account.  We won’t open up the drive to a parent email request. 

2. Email the photo to your teacher and they will add it to the drive. 

Grade Level Links to Escondido Student PICS Contributions 

Grade 5 -

Grade 4 -

Grade 3 -

Grade 2 -

Grade 1 -

Kinder -

We look forward to seeing your awesome creations!

Topic: Escondido PTA Meeting
Time: Apr 20, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 445 200 595
Password: 099934


5th-Grade Students  ONLY, optional Yearbook Page creation - Click Here for Details & Instructions, due April 24.



Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is May 4-8. Traditionally the PTA hosts a week of classroom and school-wide events; however, this year it will obviously be different, nevertheless, we can all make it special together!  

We must keep things simple, sweet and safe for all.  It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!      

Appreciation Video Collage---create sign & send a photo depicting How do you say “THANK YOU?”

1.  Draw a sign, picture or even create sidewalk art.

2.  Take a photo of the sign. It's your choice if your child is in the photo or if it is only the THANK YOU sign.

3.  Send photo; text or email by May 1.* 

Text to Christine at 650-380-4367 or email to Mary at

The PTA will then create an Apple video collage of all the photos, and we will send it to the teachers and staff via an Unlisted link on YouTube.*  The photos may be used in the Yearbook. When you send a photo you are granting permission to the PTA to publish it in the Yearbook and post it to an Unlisted link on YouTube.*   Click Here for complete details.


What:  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 in Google slides to their classroom.  Siblings are welcome to work together on one project and share it with each of their classrooms.  

Projects Categories---Select one, for the Virtual Science Fair Project:

  1. Experimental:  Project where the objective is to investigate how a natural phenomena will change based on changes done to another variable. 
  2. Demonstration:  Project will demonstrate/prove an understanding of a scientific principle or question.
  3. Engineering Project (Model Construction):  This project results in building an innovative physical or abstract model to solve a problem or provide a useful application.

When:  Completed slides are due in their classroom folder on May 22.

Presentation schedule: Students will have the opportunity to share their Science Fair Project slides with their classroom, to be determined by the classroom teacher.

Slide Templates:  1. SELECT a TEMPLATE, see attached   2.  MAKE A COPY of the Template  3. USE the Copy as their Presentation Slides(rename with their name) 4. SHARE with their completed project slides with their classroom teacher by May 22.   

MythBusters Template

Science fair Template

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The PTA's Science Fair volunteers are excited to offer this Virtual Science Fair.  We hope you'll consider it for your student(s).  Questions contact or


Dr. Marcela's Newsletters
4/4:  Principal Greeting to Students:
4/3:  Principal Coffee, here is the linked the presentation for easy reference.



Welcome! Here you will find a collection of supports and services for a variety of needs including food, financial support, and legal aid by county of residence.

This page is updated regularly, so if something is not completed and you have questions, please reach out through the contact page. In addition, some information may have changed due to COVID-19, so we appreciate your patience.

If you would like to suggest a resource: CLICK HERE!
If you have general questions, comments, or requests: CLICK HERE!



Aquí encontrará una colección de apoyos y servicios para una variedad de necesidades, como alimentos, apoyo financiero, y asistencia legal por condado.

Esta página se actualiza regularmente. Si falta información y tiene preguntas, comuníquese a través de la página de contacto. Alguna información puede haber cambiado debido al COVID-19 (Coronavirus) y apreciamos su paciencia.

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PTA/PTA Council News


**NEW** Act Now for Cell Tower Safety

The City of Palo Alto is updating its wireless ordinance regulating cell tower placement. Currently, cell towers can be 20 ft from homes and 300 ft from schools. Please email the Planning Commission and City Council (, by May 1 this message: “Consistent with many cities, PTAC joins our PAUSD School Board in requesting greater setbacks for cell towers. In particular, please update our City wireless standards to be consistent with the standards advocated for by the Palo Alto PTA Council and PAUSD School Board for 1500 ft. setbacks of cell towers from schools. Please apply that same location standard and setbacks to ALL cell towers, including macro towers.”


**NEW** Support DreamCatchers 

Please help support low-income PAUSD middle-school students by donating at! Our DreamCatchers children live in households with serious economic insecurity made worse with the COVID-19 crisis. Our staff, in conjunction with Paly, Gunn, and Stanford tutors, are working hard to provide remote academic support and enrichment, in addition to critical economic help. At this time, when our low income middle school students need to hold onto their dreams the most, please consider making a donation to support the important work that DreamCatchers is doing. Thank you for supporting our community!


**NEW** Free Resources and Support for Special Needs Families by Parents Place, Palo Alto

Special Needs Families Support Group will begin next Tuesday, 4/21 (Tuesdays, 1-2pm).  We are very excited and hope people will join in the conversation. The group is being facilitated by Susan Stone, a former Special Education teacher and fantastic Parenting Expert here at Parents Place: Free Sensory Processing Parent Support Group



UPDATED April 22nd is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

This year we have an unexpected opportunity to reflect on our relationship to the world around us. We are getting to know our neighborhood flora and fauna. We are seeing how our actions impact others, staying at home to keep others safe. We are discovering what it truly means to be social animals now that our social circles have temporarily, but necessarily, shrunk. It's the perfect time to connect to nature and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. Here are some family-friendly activities to celebrate Earth Day. The City of Palo Alto also has tips here, A Guide to Celebrating Earth Day, While We Shelter In Place."


**NEW**Social Emotional Learning

 PTAC Invites You To Check Out Social Emotional Learning Lessons from PALY Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) Parents: To maintain a healthy garden, the soil must be healthy first. Our kids are that garden, and we are the soil. Paly’s Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for Social-Emotional Learning has started a newsletter that contains tips and resources for how we can best take care of ourselves and model that practice for our kids.


**NEW**Special Education: Families of  students with IEPs and 504 plans 

As we are facing this health crisis as a society, many of you are facing new challenges at home. Many of our kids thrive on routine and structure. If you have a student with special education needs, a 504 plan, or other education challenges, please know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! There are an increasing number of resources out there for families struggling during the shelter in place order.

If you are searching for community during this time, please reach out to If you wish to talk to a parent from your school, you can reach out to your school’s PTA Special Education / Inclusion representative. Representatives for each school  are listed here: 

For specific questions about your child’s educational needs, please stay in touch with your student’s case manager or teacher. For more general special education resources check out the Palo Alto Council of PTAs web page. Updates on webinars and other education resources are posted regularly.


**NEW** Sunshine Taskforce

PTAC has formed a Sunshine Taskforce to showcase the many positive things happening in our midst.

Juana Briones Elementary School Principal Katy highlights a sunshine moment. Principal Katy recalls, “It was a great reading night. YES! Due to COVID-19, we could not read to the children in person. So, Hillary Mark, Briones Literary Specialist, on a grant with CHC, for Briones Family Reading Night, held a virtual reading night."  2. AND PALY STUDENTS make 3D Printed Face Masks - Our PALY students on the Robotics Team quickly pivoted their school project to print face shields for those Individuals who will take care of COVID-19 patients in our community. Send your Sunshine moment to 


**NEW** PAUSD Zoom Guidelines: STUDENT PAUSD Zoom Guidelines & Norms 03/25/20


Community News



**NEW** Emergency Services Volunteers Needed, Sign-Up Today

The City activated its Emergency Services Volunteer (ESV) program to assist neighbors needing support. Please consider joining to help your fellow neighbors in need. ESVs receive comprehensive training and are registered members of the City’s emergency organization. Learn more at

For now  volunteers walk through the neighborhoods being the city's eyes and ears and make themselves available for questions or for people to connect while maintaining distance. As well as identifying vulnerable or neighbors needing help. Twice a week  these volunteers report to the city.

There is now an abbreviated block preparedness coordinator training you can do online.


**NEW** Our Library Website Offers more Online Tools and Resources 

The Palo Alto City Library website has been redesigned to share new virtual resources and fun for teens, kids, adults and more. In addition to service updates and newly-designed resources to support at-home enrichment and learning, visitors to the new site can join in on the Spring into Reading program and other family fun. The library has also expanded virtual services, during this shelter in place time, which means new account holders can enjoy the full suite of online services without having to visit a specific library branch. Get your free library card today and join us online! 


**NEW**Palo Arts Center Virtual Tours

The Palo Arts Center has a short 10 minute video with Museum docent taking you on a tour of the latest exhibition, called ROOTS. Click link. This is a great way to have you and your kids take a virtual tour of the PA Art Museum. For more please contact Rachelle Doorley (PTAC Arts Coordinator) at 


**NEW** Palo Alto Museum Teen Advisory Council

We have created some activities related to Palo Alto history and one called the "Corona Challenges" for students of all ages. Some challenges will be included in a time capsule for 2094, Palo Alto's 200th anniversary. A list of challenges, along with instructions for submitting, can be found here. We look forward to seeing all the creativity in our community!


**NEW** Help Students Who Need You Most

You can make a difference in the life of a student.  Over 80% of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park students are performing below grade level in reading and math. As a classroom volunteer, you will work with the same teacher and student for one hour, every week during the full school year. It’s an opportunity to build a relationship with a student and impact his or her life.  All Students Matter provides training and coordinates logistics with you and your schedule in mind. sign up now and start mid-September. Learn more about us or sign up to volunteer at


**NEW** Family Yoga every Thu & Sat 10:30am Online

Thursday & Saturday 10:30-11:30am, Online via zoom

Blossom Family Yoga is perfect for moms, dads, grandparents and kids of all ages. Enjoy vitalizing yoga, playful stories and singing as a fun way to connect with your child and friends across the country. Make this a joyful weekly family routine or drop-in whenever you need some vitalizing movement. All family members welcome under one sign-up $10. More info blossom-family-yoga or email with any questions.