Escondido eNews April 28, 2019
Sun, Apr 28 7:36pm
Escondido Elementary



Key Dates

5/3 & 3 -- Alice in Wonderland at Greene Middle School, 7 pm

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





We were thrilled to see so many families join us for an evening under the stars watching Mary Poppins Returns. Thank-you to the current and elect-Executive Board members and their families for hosting the event.  PTA would like to thank Dave Barth of Run 4 Fun for his generous contribution to PTA.  He donated a week of summer camp to be given away in a drawing.  Congrats to the lucky student! 


A super-big and extra-special thank you to Mr. Garcia for his assistance in setting up the sound system and screen.  We appreciate his time and support of all PTA programs; however, this time Mr. Garcia went above and beyond to help make this event happen, thank you!





Greene Middle School Drama presents Alice in Wonderland, May 2 & 3 at 7 pm in the MPR. Several Escondido alumni are part of the production---Alice, White Rabbit, Hare, and the student director to name just a few!  Tickets sold at door - $10/adult and $5/student.  Greene Middle School located at 750 N. California Ave, Palo Alto.



We will honor and celebrate our amazing Escondido teachers and staff with something special happening everyday! 

There will be CLASSROOM  and SCHOOL-WIDE activities daily.  

Details about the daily CLASSROOM activities will be sent out very soon via Konstella and Red Folders.  The students get very excited for these special CLASSROOM activities.  Room Parents will also communicate with classrooms.


Sign-up for SCHOOL-WIDE events:




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


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

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


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. 


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.

  • 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.


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**Tap Twice on your iPhones to Reduce CA Student Vaping 

Your voice is needed now! The California legislature is NOW voting on a bill (AB 131) to reduce high school student vaping.  We busy parents can advance this bill with two taps on our iPhones, via PTAC mobile alerts in the Click My Cause app  (Tap 1: open mobile alert; Tap 2: message Sacramento).  If the app is not yet on your iPhone, download the Click My Cause app, select “Palo Alto PTA Council”, tap “allow” notifications, and tap on your red “act now” buttons in the app.  Every time the bill needs your voice, there will be a red badge on the app. Keep tapping twice to advance this bill into law.  Android users: voice your support for AB 131 to Asm. Berman, Sen. Hill and the CA Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization (


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


 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.


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.


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


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


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 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:

**NEW**TWO EVENTS: Family Talk Puberty Workshop: Learn, Talk, Grow Together

May 1, 6:30 – 8P PAUSD District Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave

PAUSD and Health Connected invite you to Family Talk: Puberty Workshop designed to promote healthy communication within families that lasts a lifetime.  To learn more and to register, go to:  Family Talk is a discussion-based workshop recommended for children between 10-12 years old and their families; however, adults may bring children younger or older, depending on their maturity level.

Family Talk Adolescence Workshop: Learn, Talk, and Grow Together

May 8, 6:30 – 8P Greene Middle School – Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

To learn more and to register, go to: PAUSD and Health Connected invite you to Family Talk: Puberty Workshop.  Recommended for 7-8 graders.  Presenters will guide families through discussions about brain development, strong emotions, values, sexting, sexuality, sexual behavior, and consent.  Both events are FREE, but limited to 60 families each Spanish and Mandarin translation. Childcare is available for school-age children between 5-13 years old not participating. For questions call PAUSD Health Services at (650) 833-4240.


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!