Escondido eNews December 7 , 2019
Mon, Dec 9 12:11am


Escondido News



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

Volunteers Needed:  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



Talent Show Information Meeting on Monday, December 9th at 6:30 pm in the MPR. 

The Talent Show is a beloved Escondido tradition, it is an optional after-school 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. 

Are you and your student(s) curious about what is involved in participating in the Talent Show?   Attend the Information meeting and learn all about it!   

Frequently Asked Questions

Dates to Know:

Registration will open on Tuesday, December 10 at noon.  The LAST DAY to Register and Audition is Thursday, January 9, 2020.  Any issues or questions, contact

All performers and emcees must register and audition. 



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

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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**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.


**NEW**Stanford GUP: DEBRIEF 

Stanford University has withdrawn their application to the County of Santa Clara for a General Use Permit (GUP) to expand.  No mitigation is needed …read more here


**NEW**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: 


**NEW**Vaping Local Ordinances & City Council Meeting

Mon Dec 9, 8:30-9:30P City Hall

Santa Clara County has adopted local ordinances to ban teen vaping and flavors.  See Ordinance here.  City of Palo Alto would like to hear from students, parents, and residents at its upcoming City Council Meeting.  Please connect with Eileen Kim at or Grace Mah at 


PTAC - Honorary Service Awards April 23. 2020. Please save-the-date.  



Community News



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.  If you ordered pies, you may pick up in person outside of the Tower Building at Paly on Monday, December 9th from 3-7pm. Please contact for more information.


**NEW**Paly Fiery Arts Winter GLASS SALE

Dec 13, Fri 3-6 pm, Dec 14, Sat 11-4 pm Paly Tower Bldg 

Decorate your house with festive holiday PALY GLASS. PALY GLASS makes hand crafted gifts (ornaments, figurines, etc.).  Made by Paly instructors, alums and students. Sales benefit the school's sculpture program.  Cookies & hot cider.  Contact:


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


**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. 


**NEW**Youth Community Service presents “Connect with Me” 

Wed Dec 11, 6-7:30P Cubberley Community Center

Tips on how to help a youth when they are feeling depressed or anxious, having issues regarding relationship with technology.  Join us for an open dialogue with youth, adults and our guest speaker clinician therapist, Havi Hall. FREE EVENT. If you have any questions, please email hereOr please register.

Youth Community Service presenta "Conectate conmigo" 

miércoles 11 de diciembre de 6:00 p.m. a 7:30 p.m. Centro Comunitario Cubberley 

¿Te has preguntado cómo tu puedes ayudar mejor a un joven cuando se siente deprimido o ansioso, o cuando tiene problemas relacionados con la tecnología?  Únase con nosotros para un diálogo abierto con jóvenes, adultos y con una terapeuta invitada, Havi Hall. EVENTO ES GRATIS. Si tiene alguna pregunta, envíe un correo electrónico.  Envíe un correo electrónicoRegístrese.


**NEW**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


**NEW**Holiday Extravaganza featuring Squid Inc Quartet with the Pacific Ballet Academy

Sun, Dec 15, 3PM Haymarket Theatre

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) is proud to host the four amazing string players of the Squid Inc Quartet, an exciting crossover ensemble.  Our Holiday Extravaganza program includes all five PACO orchestras and young dancers of the Pacific Ballet Academy for a selection of Nutcracker highlights.  This concert benefits our international tour scholarship fund.  For details and to purchase tickets visit:

**NEW**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: