Escondido eNews December 1 , 2019
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12/4 -- Principal Coffee, 1 pm, MPR

12/9-13 -- SI Book Fair in MPR

12/9 -- Talent Show Informational Meeting at 6:30 pm in MPR

12/20 -- Early Release Day at 1:30 pm

12/21 - 1/6/20 -- No School, Winter Break


Spanish Immersion Book Fair Info & Volunteers Needed - Dec 9th – 13th - Coffee on Wednesday at drop-off

Our Escondido librarian, Nina Bailey, and our Escondido teachers have hand-picked a wonderful selection of books from our Spanish book provider, Lectorum.  We will have many new titles across all genres - fiction, science, biographies, history and more. This is a great opportunity to buy books for the year for your kids, their classrooms and as Holiday presents! Also, don’t forget to check your Teacher’s Wish Box with a list of books your teacher would like to add to her/his classroom.


A percentage of all sales will be donated to our Escondido library.


Please join us for coffee and pastries on Wednesday morning after drop-off (December 11th).


The SI Book Fair will be open in the Escondido MP room during the following hours:

·   Monday (Dec. 9th): 7:45 – 8:45 and 2:15 – 3:15 pm

·   Tuesday (Dec.  10th): 7:45 – 8:45 am and 2:15 – 3:15 pm

·   Wednesday (Dec 11th): 7:45 – 8:45 am and 1:15 – 2:00 pm

·   Thursday (Dec. 12th): 7:45 – 8:45 am and 2:15 – 3:15 pm

·   Friday (Dec. 13th): 7:45 – 9:00 am and 2:15 – 3:00 pm

We are also looking for several parent volunteers.  Please sign up to help below. Spanish is not required.  We need the most help during Set-Up (Friday, Dec. 6th and Pack-Up Friday, Dec. 13th).

If you have any questions, please contact us at 


 Thank you for your support!

Loreto Ponce de Leon, Carmina Littlefield, Kristina Toland, and Gloria Gonzalez

Escondido SI Book Fair Co-Chairs




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Talent Show Information Meeting on Monday, December 9th at 6:30 pm in the MPR.  Are you curious about what is involved in participating in the Talent Show?  How many rehearsals are required vs recommended?  How long can the act be?  Why do I have to audition?  Do you need ideas for an act?  Wondering what the theme of the show will be?  Do you have a 5th grader who wants to be an emcee?  All of these questions and many more will be answered at the meeting.  Please come if you are an experienced talent show performer and especially if you are new to the event. 

The Talent Show is an optional event, open to all Escondido students, sponsored by the PTA and free to the students to participate.  Auditions, rehearsals, and the shows will be January 7-24, 2020, a detailed schedule will be given at the meeting and online 12/10/19.  Registration will open on December 10 at noon.  All performers and emcees must register and audition.  



BE SAFE BE SEEN During Autumn/Winter Commutes At times near sunrise and sunset, drivers may be blinded temporarily by the brightness of the sun low on the horizon. This can be a particularly dangerous situation during morning and evening commute time when many people are sharing the road. Please review the Safe Routes to School winter Sun Glare Safety Tips for Bicyclists & Drivers flyer. Help us get the word out about this important safety issue by sharing this link with others.



YEARBOOK PHOTOS NEEDED---Do you have some favorite photos from this school year? The 2019-2020 Yearbook Team needs them! We have set up folders to collect photos from each grade and event. CLICK HERE to find the email addresses to send in your photos. You will receive a confirmation email from if the photo was uploaded successfully.  THANK YOU for helping make this year’s yearbook the best ever!  


Escondido Celebrates Black History Month 

February 2020 

Hello Escondido Community. 

 The Black History Month Committee has begun planning this year’s events.  We welcome feedback and new ideas from you all.  

Please help us by filling out the survey below:


Hola comunidad de Escondido.

  El Comité del Mes de la Historia Negra ha comenzado a planificar los eventos de este año.  Agradecemos sus comentarios y nuevas ideas de todos ustedes.  

Ayúdenos completando la encuesta a continuación:





HELP LEAD PENNY POWER in FEBRUARY!  We need to assemble a team of volunteers to lead Penny Power.  If you are willing or curious about what this involves, contact  Amy McCarter or Julia Murphy-Chutorian.  The PTA has several volunteer opportunities, click here to see the available positions.  Many of the roles are behind the scenes; however, they make a huge impact on our students and parents. Questions:  Amy McCarter or Julia Murphy-Chutorian.



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Community News


PiE Rally Days: The Challenge Grant Returns! 

If you have been waiting for the right moment to complete your PiE donation for the year, the time has come! Generous donors have offered up a special Rally Days challenge grant, and will match donations up to $254,000 through November 18. Please support our students by donating to PiE today. If you have already given or pledged, thank you so much. If not, now is a great time to make your impact. Donate today!


**NEW**Pacific Ballet's Nutcraker Features Palo Alto High and Gunn Students

Sat Nov 23 and Sun Nov 24 Times vary  MountainView Center for Performing Arts

Pacific Ballet Academy announces its 29th Nutcracker performances with a Special Autism/Sensory Friendly Performance Sun, Nov 24  at 1P. Buy Tickets online.


**NEW**Fletcher Library's Books and Burger Night at Kirk's SteakBurgers and Books Inc 

Wed Nov 20, 5-8P Town & Country 855 El Camino Real 

Please support Fletcher's Library by coming to the Books & Burgers night at Town & Country.  Holiday gifts and free gift wrapping. Eat at Kirks, tell your server you're supporting the Fletcher Library.  Then buy some books at Books Inc. and get some holiday shopping done. Questions? Email Ms Lee 


**NEW**Parent Talk: Being an Askable Adult

Tues Dec 3, 6:30-8:30P Health Connected 763 Green St East Palo Alto

This interactive workshop helps parents explore they why, what, when, and how of talking with young people about sexual health.  For parents of children ages 10-15. $45 (sliding scale available). To learn more and to register go to


Silicon Valley Boychoir enrollment  

Nov 12-30 by appointment, 600 Homer Av.,Palo Alto

Auditions for the January semester will be held at the choir's rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave). Open to 2nd-5th grade boys meeting twice weekly.  High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels rehearsing once a week.  SVB also 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


Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest  

Submission Deadline:  Friday Dec 20, 2019 12 am

The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2019-20 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest, giving young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase talents.  Students can submit original work in three categories:  Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade). Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children’s Theatre, and winning playwrights receive prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Submissions can be submitted electronically to


A CHRISTMAS STORY Musical, Presented by Palo Alto Players 

Fri Nov 8 - Sun Nov 24, show times vary; Lucie Stern Community Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd.

Kinder through adult; no children under age three admitted to the theatre

Palo Alto Players presents  A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL.  Young Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® BB gun (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”).  Warm up for your holiday season with this inspired stage musical adaptation of the perennial film classic. $27-$57 Tickets or 650-329-0891


Palo Alto High School Cheer and Dance Teams Fundraiser-Gizdich Ranch Pies! 

This holiday season, the Paly Dance & Cheer teams are selling farm-fresh pies from Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. The Apple, Two Berry, and/or Pumpkin pies are $20 each, or 3 for $55.  Pickup in person outside of the Tower Building at Paly on Monday, December 9th from 3-7pm, or we can deliver for an extra $5. Pies arrive frozen and baking instructions are included Pie Order Form  Deadline Friday, November 15th  Please contact for more information