Escondido eNews August 25, 2019
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Escondido News


 8/26 --  SITE Meeting, 3:15 pm, Library

       Girl Scout Information Meeting, 7 pm, MPR

8/28 -- Retirement Party for Mr. Libert, Ms. Debbie, and Ms. Terry Guice

8/30 -- Minimum Day - Early Release at 1:30 pm for 1st-5th Grades

9/2 -- NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

9/6 -- Principal Coffee

   BTS Packets Due to Office or go online to:

9/16 -- PTA Meeting & Room Parent Training, 6:30 pm, SCRA

9/23 -- Math Night, 5-7 pm, MPR

9/30--10/4 -- Walk-n-Roll Week

10/4 -- Parade of Nations 8:30 am & International Fair 5-7 pm



Escondido PTA's Ice Cream Challenge, is the PTA's primary source of funding.  

NEW this Year---Complete PTA forms & Donate online:

Another option:  Complete the One-Time Contribution form in your BTS packet, submit to Office by 9/6.  


The PTA provides the "Cool-Stuff" like events, Noon Sports & Art, Field Trips, and Classroom Supplies, Teacher Grants and more ---all the STUFF that makes Escondido excellent! 

Give what you can. 

Every contribution earns a scoop on the classroom Ice Cream Cone posters. 


Important notes from Berkeley Revenaugh, PTA Treasurer:

"I just wanted to share a couple of thoughts...
1 - The Direct Appeal gift is TAX DEDUCTIBLE....PTA has a Federal EIN number and we can help anyone who needs help! (the items like Escondido wear, yearbook, etc are NOT tax-deductible)
2 - Remember to use Corporate Matching!
3 - Remember if you have a Family Charitable Account, you can gift with that account. Many families have these accounts. These gifts can also be matched by Corporate Matching.
Please direct questions re. taxes, gifting, etc to me, Berkeley Revenaugh.  I spent about 25 years in finance and investment management and can likely help with most questions." 
As of 8/23, only 22% of our Escondido families have contributed to the campaign.  Please help ensure that all the field trips, teacher grants, classroom supplies, events, and services will continue at Escondido.  We need your support! 


Smile.Amazon - Do you shop on Amazon or Prime?  Your account can easily be connected as a with a few clicks, Amazon donates to Escondido PTA and helps us reach our fundraising goals.  Click here and start donating and shopping today.



Join your classroom on Konstella.  Even if you have an account or you are new to Konstella, you need to join the classroom to receive information from your teacher.  Activate your Konstella account today---NEW FAMILIES - ACCESS CODE:  JQLVSV


REMEMBER to sync the Konstella calendar to your Google, iCal, or other calendar apps.  Questions, please contact Carmina Littlefield, parent volunteer for Konstella services.



Join Girl Scouts: A program to discover, connect, and take action to make the world a better place. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character.

What is Girl Scouting all about?  Why are 1,000+ girls in Palo Alto already members? How does my daughter join one of the Escondido Girl Scout troops?  How can I help?

 What:  Parent Information Night in the Multipurpose (MP) Room

 When: Monday, August 26, 2019 at 7pm

 For more information or to RSVP:  Christina Cragholm ( -- Information also available at Back-to-School Night from 5-6pm at the After-school Activity Fair

 If childcare is needed, please include in your RSVP.




ALL are INVITED to CELEBRATE and HONOR Mr. Libert, Ms. Debbie, and Ms. Terry on Wednesday, August 28, 1:45-5:45 pm, at 2297 Harvard St, Palo Alto, CA 94305 -- walking distance from Escondido, see map below.




Double Your PiE Donation - Now thru Sept 3


The PiE 2019-2020 fundraising campaign is happening now. Your support makes a huge difference to our school community. PiE funds go to every PAUSD school and help principals to staff programs that deliver a well-rounded education. PiE's funding provides enrichment and support in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the Arts, and Wellness and Support. PiE-funded staff make a positive impact on our kids every day.


Double your impact:  Between now and Sept 3, gifts and pledges will be matched by a $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant. Please donate today at






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

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


**NEW**2019 Palo Alto Black & White Ball 

Fri Oct 4, 7P-12A, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto 

Book your babysitter now and get tickets for the party-of-the-year.  Enjoy live music and dancing from Super Diamond, China Cats, DJ Celeste and more.  Plus food from 20+ local restaurants, wine-tasting and a Silent Disco. Black tie optional.  Please visit our website 2019 Black & White Ball to buy tickets.  Use code: PAUSD10 to save $10.  The 2019 Black & White Ball is a celebration of City of Palo Alto's 125th Birthday, Palo Alto Weekly's 40th Anniversary, and PAUSD's 125th Anniversary.  All proceeds support the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation. The event is open to everyone over the age of 21. Any Questions? Email: Kristen Podulka at


Parent Ed Class at the Palo Alto Adult School for PAUSD Parents

Mondays & Wednesdays, Sept 4 - Oct 14,  7-8:30P, Greendell School, Room P-4

Palo Alto Adult School is offering a free class, Engaging in Your Child’s Education, specifically for families with English as a Second Language who have children in the Palo Alto Unified School District.  This is an INTERACTIVE class with topics that include: Absence Reporting, Schoology, Infinite Campus (IC) account set-up, conducting parent-teacher/counselor conferences. **Families with intermediate English proficiency preferred**. Free childcare will be provided to children who are potty trained.  Mandatory ESL testing. Please call 650-494-2326 to sign up for testing. Prerequisite: Children must be enrolled at PAUSD.


**NEW**PTA Council (PTAC) Welcomes all 17 School PTA/PTSA Presidents

On Wednesday, August 21, the unit Presidents at all of our 17 schools gathered for the Presidents' Meeting.  We are grateful for their work and their PTA teams at each school site.  Much happens behind the scenes to make a school run smoothly.  The next PTA Council Meeting will be on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 (25 Churchill Ave: 9 am). For more:


**NEW**The Palo Alto PTA Council Takes Up Anti-Vaping Resolution - Committee Forming; Volunteers Needed; 

Palo Alto PTA Council will be advocating for Anti-Vaping Resolution to educate and help our children stay healthy.  If you would like to serve on the PTAC Anti-Vaping Committee (PTA members and nonmembers welcome), please contact:  First draft of PTA Resolution due Nov 1. 


**NEW**Palo Alto PTA Council General Association Meeting Wed Aug 28 9A 25 Churchill Ave, Board Room

Check-In: Required at the Front Door (use: enter Elizabeth Lopez as host)  Please carpool / bike whenever possible.  We will take up the business of the Council, as well as School Nutrition, Anti-Vaping, Unit Assessment, and other items.  If you have an item that you wish for us to consider at any meeting, please email:



Community News



**NEW** Grade K-5 Classroom Volunteers Needed – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student's Life  

If you’ve enjoyed spending time in your child's classroom, please join other parents volunteering in eastern Menlo Park or East Palo Alto schools. You’ll help tutor kids in grades K-5. Over 80% of students are performing below grade level in reading and math and are eager to work with you. Our volunteers go once a week to the same classroom for about an hour, building relationships with students throughout the school year. All Students Matter provides training, ongoing support and coordinates logistics. Volunteering begins in mid-September. You can make a real difference!  To learn more or sign up, visit or contact Keri Tully at 


**NEW**DreamCatchers is looking for adult volunteers!

We are a local non-profit serving low-income students at all 3 PAUSD middle schools and we rely on a volunteer corps of tutors made up of primarily Gunn and Paly high school students. We need someone to help with Salesforce data entry for 4-6 hours per week. In addition, we need someone to make weekly Costco runs and prep snack for our middle school students and high school/college tutors (2-3 hours/week).  Interested? Please contact


**NEW**Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

Aug 24 & 25 10A-6P University Ave, Downtown Palo Alto

This is a great community-friendly and kid-friendly event located on University Ave. Over 300 fine artists and crafters, live music, chalk artists, great food and beverages, and more! You can see more details here: 


**NEW**Paly Glass Sale 

Sept 13 and 14, PAC, Palo Alto High School, 

This year marks our program’s 20 year anniversary.  Please join us on September 13th and 14th in the courtyard next to the Performing Arts Center.  We’ll have over 1000 pieces of hand blown glass on display and for sale.  All proceeds benefit Paly’s Fiery Arts program. 


**NEW**Palo Alto Chinese School is Accepting New Enrollment 

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, intermediate to advanced level for students with various exposure to Chinese language.  Please join us for a school open house and classroom visit on 8/23.  For more info, check or email


**NEW**After School Art Classes at Pacific Art League 

668 Ramona St, Palo Alto 

PAL has been serving Palo Alto for 98 years, providing the community with top level art instructors and classes for all ages and levels.  This fall we have fine art classes for youth ages 5 - 18 with classes such as: Art Works Studio, Drawing & More, Intro to Comics & Zine, Teen Painting and more!  No experience necessary, just a love for creativity. For more information or to register please visit our website: Email Linda at with any questions.


Worried About Your or Your Kid's Bike Getting Stolen? 

Please go here  ( and get started registering your bikes.  Take some photos of your bike, and find the Serial Number (usually on the bottom bracket of the bike; newer bikes may have the serial number on a QR code on the bottom bracket).   The City of Palo Alto no longer registers bikes with the Palo Alto Fire department.   If your bike goes missing this could be the key to getting it back.


**NEW**PAUSD is looking for a piano accompanist: 

 10 hours per week during the school day. Hours are flexible. Pay: $32.52 per hour. If interested, please contact


**NEW**“Go EV” to Fight Climate Change 

Sun, Sep 8, 3P-5P, Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd, Los Altos Hills

Driving an electric vehicle is one of the single biggest actions any individual can take to fight climate change. On September 8, come learn about the benefits of EVs, charging basics, government rebates, the latest makes and models, and what’s in store for the future. Several owners will display their EVs and answer questions about "living the EV lifestyle" prior to the presentation. All adults and high school students who want to love the planet AND their car are welcome to attend. RSVP now to reserve your spot. Questions? Contact