Escondido eNews April 21, 2019
Sun, Apr 21 7:39pm
Escondido Elementary



Key Dates

4/22 -- Green Team Fashion Show entries due, show on 4/24 at 8:20 am

4/26 -- Family Movie Night

5/6-10 -- Staff & Teacher Appreciation Week

5/28 -- 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9am

5/29 -- Track & Field Day, 8:30-11:30 am

5/31 -- Last Day Fair 11 am & Early Dismissal 1:30 pm



2019-2020 PTA Executive Board

President: Christine Klenow

Executive Vice President: Julia Murphy-Chutorian

Secretary: Amy Francioni and Natalie Watkins (share)

Treasurer: Berkeley Revenaugh and Deborah Kalember (share)

Auditor: Emily Wang

Historian: Anna Saccheri

Volunteer Coordinator: Amy McCarter

Chairman of Communications: Rachel Croft

Chairman of Fundraising: Verdere Philpot



Earth Week at Escondido

In celebration of EARTH WEEK, this is an optional activity for 2-5th graders---

Monday, April 22 - Sign-up by filling Entry Form and give to Ms. Sheila or Ms. Amy.

Tuesday, April 23 - Turn-in the Fashion item to Ms. Sheila or Ms. Amy

Wednesday, April 24  - Model the Fashion at All-School Assembly, 8:20 am

Questions, please contact Ms. French at:




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!




Viernes 26 de abril-El Regreso de Mary Poppins

6:30 - 7:30 - Encuentro, Servirse Comida y Encontrar un lugar en el césped cerca de la biblioteca


Toda la familia está invitada (puede traer mantas y reposeras) a disfrutar de una noche bajo las estrellas mirando El Regreso de Mary Poppins. Les recordamos que todos los estudiantes tienen que estar supervisados por sus padres, este NO es un evento para dejar a su hijo/a.


Evento Gratuito- - RSVP

Por favor, ingrese en Google Doc. y nos avisa cuantos miembros de su familia asistirán, así podremos planificar. Habrá panchos/perros calientes, fruta y palomitas sin cargo mientras duren-- desde ya puede traer su propia comida. Los dulces y las bebidas costarán $1 cada uno.


Este evento está patrocinado por el PTA de Escondido.




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.



Escondido Volunteers Honored 

Escondido's very own, Julia Murphy-Chutorian and Chris Philpot have been selected to receive 2019 PTA Council Honorary Service Awards!  Julia and Chris will be celebrated along side other outstanding volunteers from the district at at PTA Council event this Thursday.   

Julia has served Escondido as co-chair of the Last Day Fair, Room Parent Coordinator, Direct Appeal Team, Talent Show Team, Nomination Committee Chair, and has served on the Executive Board as the Parliamentarian. 

Chris Philpot has volunteered as a co-chair for Science Fair and Family Science Night, Black History Month, and Direct Appeal for several years, as well as a Room Parent. 

Thank you for your above and beyond service to Escondido, CONGRATULATIONS on this recognition!





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



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

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


**NEW**Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast

Thu, May 2, 8A, Bus Dispatch Office

Each year, the Palo Alto CAC honors the bus drivers who play a vital role in transporting students to and from school.  Breakfast will be served to the bus drivers at their office. If you want to show your support for the dedication and kindness demonstrated daily by your child’s bus driver, please send a thank you note with your message to  If you would like to donate a breakfast item or gift card/money, please let us know as well. Please send your messages by Sunday April 28th.  Sponsored by


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. 


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.


**NEW**UPDATED Youth Art Show at the Palo Alto Art Center 

April 27-May 19

(CORRECT DATE FOR RECEPTION Wed May 1, 4:30-7P with remarks at 5:30P) 1313 Newell Rd. 

The extensive imagination and talent of PAUSD art students will be on display for the public at the Palo Alto Art Center later this week.  Exhibit includes work from students in grades K-12. PiE funds art programs in PAUSD. Instructors have selected work that demonstrates accomplishment and innovation in the classroom.


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 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**UPDATED  PTAC Honorary Service Awards 

Thu Apr 25, 4-6P Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd. 

You're Invited!!  This is our amazing and fun Spring social event to honor our volunteers and to network.  Come meet other PTA members, district admins, school board members. Lots of food, Student Art, and celebrating amazing work!  We're looking for official photographers and Twitter/Social Media connectors.  This event is FREE to attend, so please come! Email your RSVP though to HSA Committee - 


**UPDATE ON GUP ** Milestone Reached -Stanford University Agrees To Mitigate Impact To Local Public Schools 

At Tues Special Board of Education meeting, the Board of Education Members, Superintendent Dr. Don Austin, and Stanford Representative, Ms. Jean McCown discussed an agreement to mitigate Stanford’s build out impact to PAUSD.  During public comment, current PTA Council President and immediate past Council President read a statement expressing PTA’s gratitude to both parties. You can watch the Dr. Austin’s presentation here and read the PAUSD-Stanford Agreement here. 


**NEW** PTAC Executive Board Elect 2019-2020 

Congratulations! PTA Council is proud to announce the new 2019-2020 Executive Board Members while also expressing a deep gratitude to all the volunteers serving on the current 2018-2019 Executive Board.  If you are interested in becoming a PTA volunteer, please email the PTAC Executive Vice President at

2019-2020 Slate

President - Jade Chao

EVP - Christina Schmidt

Historian - Shweta ​Choudhry

Secretary - Lili Nova-Roessig

Co Treasurer - Claire Zhang, Kerrie Chen

Auditor - Divya Singh

VP Advocacy - OPEN

VP Communications - Gabrielle Conway

VP Community Outreach - Adriana Flores

Co VP Education - Sara Woodham, Elizabeth May

VP Health & Wellness - Dave Shen

VP Parent Ed - Diana Peng

Parliamentarian - Rika Yamamoto

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)


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. 


PTAC Advocacy to Protect Our Children’s Health – 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 health@paloaltopta.orgPlease 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**Parent Education Event: Julie Lythcott-Haims - How to Raise an Adult

Tue, Apr 30 7P JLS Cafetorium

Palo Alto parent Julie Lythcott-Haims who will be speaking at our parent education event, and present info based on her New York Times Bestselling book How to Raise and Adult.  In her book, she draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers to highlight the ways in which over-parenting harms children, their stressed-out parents.  While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to over-helping, Lythcott-Haims offers strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination.


**NEW**How to Become a Preschool Educator

Thu May 2, 10A-12N at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills

This event, sponsored by the Community Equity Collaborative and Equal Start from Beth Am, is designed to give individuals interested in early learning careers an opportunity to hear what it's like to be a preschool educator or director from experienced professionals.  At the last such event in Menlo Park, folks came with graduate degrees in education and psychology who were interested in switching fields but uncertain how to actually explore ECE careers. Questions? Email Dayna Chung at


**NEW**Early Bird Auditions for Silicon Valley Boychoir

Fri, May 10, and 17 by appointment, Palo Alto

Auditions for next fall's 10th Anniversary season!  The choir rehearses in downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave).  Open to rising 2nd-5th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events. 

Email or visit

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


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 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 Apr 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


**NEW**It’s time for a Date Night! The Night of the Robots - Gunn Robotics

Fri May 10 5:30-8:30P Gunn Robotics Lab, Room L-5780 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306

The award-winning Gunn Robotics Team (GRT) is proud to collaborate with BrainVyne - LEGO® & Money Camps + Birthday Parties, to offer a fun-tastic evening for your pre-school to middle school children.  Kids will build BrainVyne’s highly rated LEGO® Zoom creation and will then have a chance to tour GRT’s robotics lab and play with GRT's award winning robots, from National Competitions.  Have a delightful date night while your kids enjoy pizza between building and playing with robots. A portion of the proceeds from this event will help GRT buy robotics components and supplies.  Reserve a spot now!