Escondido eNews December 13, 2020
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Escondido News



  • PICTURE DAYS - Rescheduled to February 2-3
  • REMINDER TO THANK YOUR TEACHERS AND STAFF THIS WEEK! The PTA catered a lunch for teachers and staff on Wednesday, December 9 to treat them before the break for all of their hard work, flexibility and dedication to our kids this fall. Some of the responses we received from teachers/staff:
    • I wanted to take a minute to say thank you for the generosity and thoughtfulness of the PTA. The classroom money at the beginning of the year and money to buy new library books has been amazing. Students are so excited by ALL the new books. It has made such a difference. Also, the lunch and treats today were such a wonderful thing to look forward to. I really appreciate how much you all care for Escondido students, teachers and our community. Happy Holidays! - Fondly, Helena Holmes, 3rd Grade
    • It was such a nice gesture and so appreciated - Thank you! Anai Ramos, Kinder
    • I just wanted to thank you for the delicious lunch today!  The PTA is so great about thinking about us staff. - Sheri Haase, M.S. School Psychologist
  • Thank You For Your Participation In ESCONDIDO GIVES! We Had 100% Volunteer Sign Ups To Participate!!! We have already collected 80% of the donated items and the district has delivered over half of what we have collected to the families already.  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered, donated and been involved to help make the holidays a little more special for some Escondido children.  We are finishing collection on Monday afternoon, so if you haven’t dropped off yet, please do so on Monday or let the PTA know your status. 

Caption: Thursday's gifts dropped off to the District; and our drop-off location at the front of the school


  • MINIMUM DAY - Friday, December 20 - Dismissal time is at 1:30pm
  • WINTER HOLIDAY - December 23 - January 6: Have a happy, healthy break from school!
  • 14 DAY TRAVEL QUARANTINE REQUIRED - Friendly reminder that the County of Santa Clara strongly discourages leisure and non-essential travel, and a new Mandatory Directive on Travel will require people to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the County from travel of more than 150 miles.
  • PAUSD PARENT TRANSPORTATION SURVEY Please take five minutes to complete the PAUSD Parent Transportation Safety Survey. There are a few important questions. We need the voices of Escondido parents to be heard.
  • REGISTRATION for 2020-2021, Registration begins January 4, 2021. Families with children who are not currently enrolled with PAUSD, and want to enroll a child to attend a PAUSD school starting in August 2021, must follow all the instructions at the PAUSD Enrollment web site starting on January 4: If you have any questions about if you should enroll your child, please send an email to
  • FOR HYBRID FAMILIES, LIMIT PARTICIPATION IN OTHER PROGRAMS For the health of the Escondido community/staff/families, and at the direction of the County of Santa Clara, children in the hybrid program may participate in only one other program at a time and may not move from one program to another more than once every three weeks. This is to limit exposure between groups. 
    • Children/youth cannot attend more than one childcare program, after-school program, or other child/youth activity within the same three-week period.
    • For children/youth enrolled in K-12 school, this means they can attend school and one additional before- or after-school program or activity.


  • RECESS & LUNCH SUPERVISION NEEDED!!!! - We still need volunteers for lunch and recess. Email John Di Cosmo when you sign up at and use the new google doc to sign up HERE  


  • RUN 4 FUN HOLIDAY CAMPS AT PEERS PARK - We wanted to send a note about our upcoming Holiday Camps in December/January. Three straight weeks, M/T/W of said weeks, weeks of 12/21, 12/28 and 1/4. Click the link above to find out more! These camps will have a similar cohort-type build as our Afterschool Programs, come have a blast over the Holiday Season! Days run 9:00am to 3:00pm, and there will be a larger range of games/activities throughout the days, including crafts! Register Here!
  • KIDS HIP-HOP “HI” WITH SANGINI, WINTER-SPRING 2021 - Boys and Girls:  LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU DANCE!!  Come join this SUPER FUN dance class, currently through Zoom until the situation allows in person.  WE HAVE A BLAST! 
    • Day/Time: Mondays, 3:15pm-4pm*. *Recorded link is always offered when students are unable to attend live.  Zoom link provided each week to attend class.
    • Cost: Package of 9 Classes/$108; Drop-In Class $15/Class.  PayPal or Venmo Sangini Majmudar Bedner at (310)497-9856. Questions?  Contact Sangini:
  • NEED CHILDCARE BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL? Right At School still has space, is operating on Escondido campus and is maintaining stable 12 kid cohorts.



PTA/PTA Council News


**NEW**Help Local Families Financially Impacted by COVID-19

The Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) is supporting the urgent need in our nearby community, including PAUSD families. The most recent shelter-in-place order will bring additional financial needs to many families. PACF is working with school district staff to identify and support families of students attending PAUSD schools who are struggling to meet basic life needs. As PACF’s fund grows, so will the support to the community. Please donate if you are able to support this local effort.

Health and Wellness: Santa Clara County Announces Expanded Testing Options and Self-Administered Testing - Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

By-appointment testing will be available at the Palo Alto Art Center on Friday, December 18. Go here for more information and to sign up for an appointment starting 7 days in advance of the testing date.

Latest COVID-19 Updates for Santa Clara County

**NEW**Webinar Series: Stanford Pediatrics COVID-19 in Children Seminar Series

Thursday, January 7, 12-1pm: COVID-19 and Neurology via Zoom

Stanford Pediatrics welcomes the Stanford Children's community and general public to this weekly seminar series. This forum is explicitly devoted to the COVID-19 pandemic and is focused on its impact on the pediatric population and the surrounding community. 

Join the event via Zoom:

You can also call in at: (650) 724-9799  Zoom ID: 948 4693 8153  Password: 802044

Literacy Update: 

The Los Angeles County Office Of Education - a webinar with renowned experts in the field of literacy education: 

Opportunities to Learn:  


Community News


**NEW**Green Tip! Waste-free Holidays

Consider gifting experiences and consumables like food, soap, and candles. Wrap them up with last year's wrapping paper and ribbon, garlands and boxes. Use materials with recycled content, newspaper, magazines, or ribbon pulled from old videos. Decorate the tree with biodegradable alternatives like popcorn garlands, cotton twine, raffia, pinecones and found or edible objects. Plan waste-free holiday meals with reusable dishes, cloth napkins, plant-based local and organic foods, and serving containers with their own lids. More tips from Zero Waste Palo Alto:  Finally, have a safe and joyous Winter Break!  

**NEW**iSing’s Holiday Concert: Holidays@Home

Saturday, December 19, 4:30–5:30pm, Location: Virtual

Award-winning iSing Silicon Valley invites you to a virtual Holiday Concert featuring the 215 1st - 12th  grade girls of iSing, with guest artists from around the world. iSing’s holiday concerts are among the most beloved of iSing’s traditions. iSing welcomes listeners of all ages to ring in the season with this family-friendly performance of challenging classical works, traditional carols, and beautiful arrangements of popular holiday songs. Attendance is free of charge. Please RSVP at to receive a viewing link.

**NEW**Service Hub

Service Hub is a self-paced program for youth to engage in meaningful service to others. Members have access to service kits totaling 5, 10, or 15 hours as well as support from YCS staff through their three-month membership. Each member is able to complete up to 15 hours of service per month, totaling 45 hours for the three-month membership. Members are not required to complete a minimum number of hours, though every member is required to complete at least one module project during their three-month membership. Every week there will be optional trainings and check ins with a YCS staff. Contact: Registration Form: Please note that there is a $90 fee which can be waived for students with a demonstrated financial hardship.

2021 Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp Online

June 7-11 and June 14-18: Speech from 10am-12pm, Debate from 1pm-3pm  

Registration for the seventeenth annual 2021 Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp (PASDC) will be open on December 1st, 2020. Taught by Palo Alto’s nationally ranked high school Speech and Debate team, our 4:1 student-to-counselor ratio provides students with individualized attention and support. PASDC’s basic and advanced programs offer customized curriculum for campers of all experience levels and prepare students for high school level competition. To ensure the safety of our campers, we will be planning for a full virtual camp like the previous year, with counselors who are experienced with the online platform. Please visit our website or contact to learn more about the program.

Winter Classes on ActivityHero

Winter Break camps and classes are available in-person and online. See schedules on ActivityHero and the PTA earns a % of your purchase when you book online with this link. Financial aid is available by applying here:

**NEW**The Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto

For 64 years, the Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto has continued to serve those in our community who struggle financially. During the holiday season, funds contributed last year by many generous donors were distributed in small checks to over 636 low-income families. Overall, we helped 2500 individuals. All recipients are referred by local agencies who serve these families with children, single adults and seniors with limited funds! Please visit our website and help us make a difference and spread holiday cheer! The Christmas Bureau is a non-profit [501(c)(3)], non-sectarian, all volunteer organization. If you have already contributed to our 2020 Campaign, THANK YOU! 

**NEW**Apply for the President’s Volunteer Service Award!

Did you know anyone as young as 5 years old can apply for the national award recognizing service in the community? Youth Community Service (YCS) can certify this prestigious award that honors individuals and groups. Students, adults and groups are eligible for the award if they complete unpaid acts of service within a 12-month period. There is no deadline to apply! Contact: for more information about the award and process. You can also reach us through our website: 

**NEW**Ragazzi Boys Chorus Welcomes New Members to Begin in the New Year

Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10am, Online auditions scheduled conveniently; SingFest mini-camp 

GRAMMY award-winning Ragazzi Boys Chorus seeks boys aged 7-10 who love to sing. Curriculum focuses on music theory, vocal technique, artistry, musicianship, and performance skills. Boys who join now will participate in online instruction using the most effective formats and programs.  They will be ready to participate when we return to in-person rehearsals. Younger students, aged 5-7, are invited to join our Music and Movement class, beginning in September.  Boys in sixth through 12th grade who have choral experience may apply for an audition with the faculty of our advanced groups. To register for SingFest, visit Virtual SingFest | Ragazzi Boys Chorus. For inquiries or to schedule an audition, visit

Sign up for a remote audition | Ragazzi Boys Chorus

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

Submission Deadline:  Friday, December 18, 12am

The Children’s Theatre is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest. Play Palooza gives young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase their 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

Coping with Loneliness & Social Isolation - Q&A with Dr. Chen

Thursday, December 17 at 4pm - Free

Concerned about the feelings of loneliness and isolation that kids (and you!) may be experiencing during Covid shutdowns? Attend this free talk with Dr. Alice Chen. Dr. Chen & her husband Dr. Vivek Murthy (former United States Surgeon General and co-chair of Biden's Covid-19 advisory board) have researched the impact of loneliness and how human connections can heal. This free event is hosted by ActivityHero - register here:

**NEW** Robotics Storybook Reading
Monday, December 21 and Monday, January 4: 2-2:30pm on Zoom
Paly Robotics is hosting two virtual storytimes with a picture book about robots that they wrote and illustrated this spring. Team members will be reading the storybook, presenting about robotics, and talking about youth opportunities to get involved in STEAM. Both sessions cover the same information. Intended for ages 4-8 but all elementary grades are welcome. Sign up at Contact with any questions.