Escondido eNews February 16, 2020
Mon, Feb 17 10:15am


Escondido News


2/3-2/30 -- Black History Month

2/13 - 2/18 -- No School

3/2-3/5 -- Book Fair


Follow-up to Talentopia 2020 - Tell us what you thought - Share your ideas!
We are very excited to host a number of special events to celebrate Black History Month with the Escondido community!  All events will take place in the MP Room from 8:30 - 9:50am.  


  • On February 19thObrayan Calderon will be performing.  Check out this video to see the amazing Cuban music we will get to hear. 
  • On February 27thRegina Wallace-Jones, Mayor of East Palo Alto, will be coming to speak to our community.  Read more about her path here.
  • On March 3rd, we will welcome a talented group of African American athletes from Stanford who will share what it's like being a student athlete and key points their journey.

Unfortunately due to space limitations of the multi-purpose room we are unable to accommodate beyond current Escondido students and teachers. 




AmazonSmile benefits Escondido -- Sign-up TODAY - 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)

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  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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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!  



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PTA/PTA Council News


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



Would you like to volunteer at the Family Leadership Summit?  Help with the registration table, food service, presenter's lounge and more! Thank you! Here is the link:



PAUSD  2nd Annual Family Leadership Summit 

Sat Feb 22, 8:30 am -2 pm 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”, and includes a full day of learning from high-quality presenters who will share powerful practices and strategies that will help parents become leaders and partners in their children's education.  We also welcome our Keynote Speaker, Jonathan Mooney.  Childcare, continental breakfast, and lunch provided.  Register Today! 


**NEW**Coronavirus Update 

PAUSD and PTA Council is continuing to closely monitor guidance from the Santa Clara County Department of Education and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department as this is an ongoing and evolving situation.  If you have any questions, you may email  With holidays coming up, please read the following links:

US Department of State - Travel Advisory

CDC - How to TRAVEL Safely

CDC - Washing Hands

PAUSD - Coronavirus

Santa Clara County Office of Education - Coronavirus

Santa Clara County Public Health Department - Coronavirus

CDC - Coronavirus


**NEW**"Motherload" screening on family cargo biking 

Sun, Mar 1, 2-4:30P  Greendell School, 4120 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto.

“Motherload” is an award-winning, crowdsourced documentary about the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.  The $5 ticket price will be donated to Silicon Valley Bike Exchange.  A small showcase of family cargo bikes will be onsite.  Registration required - limited seating available. Sponsored by Safe Routes to School, PTAC, and PAUSD.  


**NEW**PTAC Invites Students to Apply for Grant Funding $$  - Now Available

The City of Palo Alto’s ThinkFund grant program is a unique opportunity for high school students, either living in Palo Alto or attending school in Palo Alto, to receive a microgrant for their project or idea.  In addition to funding, students will also receive mentorship and support in order to turn their vison for a project into reality. For more information on how to apply please visit City of Palo Alto, CA - Think Fund.


**NEW**PTAC Anti-Vaping Committee / 2020 Convention Resolution Update 

The Palo Alto PTA Council is bringing forward a 2020 Convention Resolution on Teen Vaping.  California State PTA’s Board of Managers will soon be reviewing our submission and making its recommendations.  Up-to-date resource materials (CDC & FDA) and Parent Guides also available upon request.  For more, visit our website: or email us at


**NEW**PTAC Invites Parents of Teens to a Teen Vape Talk By Teens - Palo Alto Youth Council (PAYC)  

Thu Apr 2, 7:30-9p Mitchell Park Community Center 

PTAC invite all parents with students transitioning to middle and high schools to attend this talk on vaping by the students themselves.  Hear from the teens directly so you can understand better how to talk with your students. For more info, please contact Ms. Ganesan of Palo Alto Youth Council at


**NEW**PTA Council seeks Officers and Committee Volunteers 

Are you interested in being a part of the PTA council nomination committee? The charge of the nominating committee is to recognize and recruit the most qualified people available for elected a member of the PTA Council Executive Board and Collaborative Committees for the 2020-21 school year.  As we are forming this nom-committee, we are looking for community members who have a passion for improving the educational experience of all students and preferably have experience on their school PTA or site council. We are currently seeking both nominations and expressions of interest from individuals in the community who would like to learn more about becoming a member of the PTA Council. Talk to us about stepping into a leadership role or how you can participate on a committee. Contact us


The Bond Citizens Oversight Committee (COC) 

The COC is a seven-member group that meets four times a year to review our two Strong School Bond programs.  By statue, the group members have term limits and so we regularly seek replacement members.  Questions? Contact Bob Golton for application and more.  Note the COC is different than then Board Bond Advisory Committee (BBAC) being advertised below.  Although both committees concern the bond measure, COC meets 4 times a year. BBAC meets monthly. 


Seeking Parent Volunteers for Board Bond Advisory Committee (BBAC) 

 The BBAC seeks two PTA Representatives, one an elementary school parent, the other a secondary school parent.  Please email:  BBAC's first meeting is Monday, February 3 in Room A at 25 Churchill, 6-7:30 PM.  Committee will meet once or twice a month, always on Monday evenings, until their tasks are completed.  See more info of tasks here Board Bond Advisory Committee (BBAC)


PTAC - Seeks PTA Parents to Serve on the School Supervisor's Financial Advisory Committee (FAC)  

PTAC is seeking PTA parent applicant to serve on the School Superintendent's Financial Advisory Committee (FAC). Click here for fillable application.  The application's deadline has been extended beyond stated deadline on application.  For questions, email:


Community News


**NEW**Volunteer — An Hour a Week Could Change a K-5 Student’s Life 

Over 80% of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park students are performing below grade level in reading and math.  As a classroom volunteer, you will work with the same teacher and students every week for an hour during the school year.  All Students Matter provides training and coordinates logistics with you and your schedule in mind.  Sign up now and start in mid-September. Learn more or sign up to volunteer at or contact Keri Tully at


Hindi Language Studies 

We are a group of parents interested in bringing Hindi language studies to Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). If you support having children learn Hindi in PAUSD schools and want to learn more about us, please contact PAUSD parents for Hindi in Palo Alto at


**NEW**2020 Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp 

Jun 8-12 and Jun 15-19,  Speech from 9A-12P and  Debate from 1P-4P, Palo Alto High School, 

Registration for the sixteenth annual 2020 Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp (PASDC) is open.  Year after year, elementary and middle schoolers leave PASDC with improved public speaking, research skills, critical thinking abilities, and self-confidence.  Taught by Palo Alto’s nationally ranked high school Speech and Debate team, our unmatchable 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. Please visit our website or contact to learn more about the program.


Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2020 Sign Ups Going on Now  

Jul 20 - Jul 24 and Jul 27 - Jul 31, 9A-3P at the Palo Alto High School Robotics Lab

Registration will open on January 20 at 12 PM.  

Sessions: Robot Design & Hardware, Programming, Entrepreneurship & Website Design, Animation & Graphic Design.  

This year, Paly Robotics will be offering two weeks of our annual summer camp for middle school students (incoming 6th - 9th graders).  Paly Robotics hopes to spark interest and start future high school students on a path in science, technology, engineering, art or mathematics (STEAM).  Campers will be able to sign up for one of four sessions per week. To sign up or to get more information, go to If you have any further questions, please email


GSYO Auditions for Youth Orchestra Musicians

Throughout March and April at the GSYO Office: 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 

Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra invites young musicians to audition for the 2020-21 season.  Led by an internationally renowned faculty, GSYO offers six orchestras/ensembles for students at all levels of musical ability.  Members receive support from experienced coaches, and perform in concerts throughout the Bay Area. There are openings at all levels for all orchestral instruments.  To apply for an audition visit  Questions? Call 650-665-9046 or email Lori B. at


*NEW**Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) New Member Audition & March Concerts  

Sun, Mar 29 9AM-4PM Sat, Apr 4 9AM-4PM Mitchell Park Community Center

New member auditions for all orchestra levels (SuperStrings, Preparatory, Debut, Sinfonia and Senior) will be held on dates above for the upcoming 2020-21 season.  For details and to schedule an audition please visit  Then attend one of two concerts in March (Sat, Mar 7, 7:30PM, Cubberley Theatre, Senior Orchestra,  Sun, Mar 8, 3PM, Cubberley Theatre, Debut Orchestra ) to listen and see for yourself the exciting collection of music we perform and how the musicians "play well with others," - PACO's motto.  Admission Free.  For more info or email  


**NEW**Family Science Night at JMZ  

Thu, Feb 27, 5:30-7:30P  Palo Alto Junior Museum, 4050 Middlefield Road (Cubberley), Palo Alto

Experience a taste of the fun, hands-on, standards-based science lessons that the Junior Museum brings to PAUSD elementary schools every week.  Chat with science teachers from our award-winning education department.  Meet zoo animals, identify geologic specimens, try out scientific equipment, and more.  This FREE event is a "thank you" to PiE and our fabulous community that values and supports science for all ages.  Please note that the Junior Museum is currently housed in a temporary location in Cubberley Community Center.