Escondido eNews December 15, 2019
Mon, Dec 16 1:50am


Escondido News



12/20 – Early Release Day at 1:30 pm

12/21 - 1/6/20 – No School - Winter Break*

1/7/20  – School Resumes


*eNews will resume on January 5, 2020.



Talent Show Registration Form

Registration is now open.  The LAST DAY to Register and Audition is Thursday, January 9, 2020. 

**NEW** this Year – check out our website!

Slide Presentation from  the 12/9 Meeting

Volunteer Sign-ups 

All performers and emcees must register and audition. Any issues or questions, contact


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:



AmazonSmile benefits Escondido -- Sign-up TODAY - Holiday shopping can help support the school...please sign-up for Amazonsmile - 1036 Escondido Elementary PTA

To use AmazonSmile on your phone(currently there is not an AmazonSmile app)

  1. Go to in your phone's browser and log into your account.
  2. In the phone's menu bar at the top right, select "Add to home screen."
  3. A kind of "app" for Amazon Smile will appear on your home screen.
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Amazon Smile
On your computer
Bookmark AmazonSmile now by pressing Command B on your keyboard.
1. Create a bookmark

Drag this box to your bookmarks or favorites bar to create a shortcut to

2. Install the Amazon Assistant

3.  1036 Escondido Elementary PTA

Get easy access to Product Comparisons, Deal of the Day, and time-saving shortcuts, which all link to

Learn more


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!  


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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PTA/PTA Council News



**NEW** Superintendent's Newsletter and PAUSD News


**NEW**2020 PAUSD Leadership Summit 

Sat Jan 25, 8:30-2P Gunn High School 

This parent-centered conference will empower and engage you as we deepen parents’ learning around important topics that affect your child at school and home.  The theme of this year's event is “Opening Doors to Student Wellbeing and Success."  We also welcome our Keynote Speaker, Jonathan Mooney.  Childcare, continental breakfast, and lunch provided.  Register Here. 


Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto - a PTAC Sponsored organization 

Help us spread holiday cheer to low-income families and individuals within the PAUSD.  The Christmas Bureau is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization. Donate Online at:  Send checks to: Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto, P.O. Box 51874, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Tax ID:  23-7135890   All donations are tax deductible. Donor and recipient lists are strictly confidential. Thank you for helping us spread joy.



Teen Vaping 

Advocacy Against Teen Vaping: 2020 Convention Resolution

PTAC Anti-Vaping Committee is drafting a resolution - due Jan 2, 2020. If you are interested in receiving an advanced copy and you are a current PTA member, please email: Erwin Morton at: 



Community News



**NEW**Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience 

Thurs Jan 23, 6:30-8:00pm Spangenberg Auditorium, Gunn High School

Tickets are free and available at:

Filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston continues the conversation around screens and teens.  This film examines the science behind teens' emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and what can be done in our schools and homes to help teens build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.  This is a Gunn PTSA Parent Ed Event.  Please join us. All are welcome. 


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


Silicon Valley Boychoir enrollment 

Through Dec 20 by appointment, 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. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels rehearsing once a week.  SVB teaches singing, music theory, and sight-reading, and performance schedule.  Email or visit


Ragazzi Boys Chorus:  Entry-level class now available in Palo Alto

SingFest mini-camp/auditions Sat, Jan 11, 9:30 to noon in Redwood City

Ragazzi Boys Chorus seeks boys aged 7-10 who love to sing. Palo Alto class now available: curriculum focuses on music theory, vocal technique, artistry, musicianship, and performance skills.  Try our free SingFest mini-camp. Register here: . For more info: or contact: