Escondido eNews February 2, 2020
Sun, Feb 2 8:11pm


Escondido News


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

2/3 - 2/12 --  Heart Pin Sale

2/6 -- Bay Area BikeMobile

2/7 -- Penny Power Nominations Due



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 3rd, author and illustrator Arree Chung will be reading to us.  If you haven't heard about Mixed yet, it is a story about diversity, inclusion and love and provides a great way to start the dialogue about race with kids of all ages.
  • On February 11th, we will be hosting a performance by the Orki Theater dance troupeThis cast of highly skilled and talented dancers, drummers, storytellers and singers will introduce us to African music and dance through sequential, interactive and hands-on activities.
  • 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. 



2nd Grade Spanish Immersion  Heart Pin Sale    Feb 3-12

Heart Pin Sale   The 2nd grade Spanish Immersion students will be selling heart pins to raise money for Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.
February 3 - February 12, before and after school
  • $3 small hearts
  • $5 large hearts
  • $7 hanging hearts
All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House @ Stanford

Venta de broches de corazón de Segundo Grado de Inmersión en Español, 3-12 de febrero

Venta de broches de corazón   Los alumnos de Segundo Grado de Inmersión en Español venderán broches con el fin de recaudar dinero para la Casa Ronald McDonald de Stanford. 

3 de febrero - 12 de febrero, Antes y después de clase

  • Corazones pequeños: $3
  • Corazones grandes: $5
  • Colgantes de corazón: $7

El 100% de la recaudación se destinará a la Casa Ronald McDonald de Stanford.


BikeMobile Free Tune-ups

We want to see more students and parents riding their bikes to school! We know bikes need a lot of maintenance and that’s why we’ve invited the BikeMobile to provide Free Tune Ups for all parents, students and teachers at our school!

If your bike or your child’s bike is making one of those mystery sounds or collecting dust because it has a flat tire, bring it to school on February 6th between 2:30-5:30PM. The BikeMobile can fix flat tires, adjust brakes and gears, and even replace broken or worn out parts like chains, seats, and tires. The only thing it can’t do is replace missing wheels or gears. While the mechanics work on your bike they’ll explain how it works and how to keep it running smooth. Space is limited, so please show up early to secure a spot. Bike or no bike, everyone is welcome to attend to learn about maintenance, safety, and more!  

The Bay Area Bikemobile is a Spare The Air Youth program funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The program is implemented by Local Motion. 


¡Queremos ver más estudiantes y padres de familia, y maestros montando sus bicicletas a la escuela! Sabemos que las bicicletas necesitan mucho mantenimiento y es por eso que hemos invitado al nuevo "BikeMobile – Safe Routes to Schools” para ofrecer ajustes de bicicletas gratis para todos.

¿Tu bicicleta hace ruidos raros? ¿Tu bicicleta está en tu garaje empolvada porque esta ponchada - o peor aún, sin llantas? Si es así, tráela a la escuela el 6 de febrero entre las 2:30 a 5:30PM. El "BikeMobile" puede arreglar llantas pinchadas, ajustar frenos y cambios de velocidades, e inclusive reemplazar partes rotas o desgastadas como cadenas, asientos y llantas. Lo único que no podemos hacer es reemplazar ruedas o cambios de velocidades inexistentes.

Mientras que nuestro mecánico trabaja en tu bicicleta, le explicará cómo funciona tu bicicleta y cómo mantenerla funcionando sin problemas.  Además de ajustarle la bicicleta, su hija/o puede adornarle con cinta de color al marco  en la estación de decoración.

¡Con bicicleta o sin bicicleta, todos estan bienvenidos para asistir y aprender acerca del mantenimiento, seguridad y más!



Penny Power Accepting Nominations until Feb 7 / El plazo de admisión de nominaciones para el Penny Power está abierto hasta el 7 de Febrero

Help your kids make a difference for your favorite non-profit by nominating it to be the recipient of Escondido’s Penny Power collections!  We’re accepting Penny Power Nominations Until Feb 7 at midnight!. CLICK HERE to see the details and nominate a non-profit.

Ayuden a su nino a crear un impacto positivo para su organización sin ánimo de lucro favorito. Invitamos a todo el que desee sugerir una organización como beneficiaria de la campaña. HAGAN CLIC AQUÍ para nominar a una organización sin ánimo de lucro. 




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)

  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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 Also,  try these 2 easy ways to start with a smile.  Learn about AmazonSmile
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

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

Learn more




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!  



To submit to Escondido eNew please email Rowena Ona ( and Arianne Teherani (




PTA/PTA Council News


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


**NEW**Informational night on transition planning for students with IEPs 

Tues Feb 11, 6-7:30 pm, Paly MAC ( Media Arts Center ), 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto

The PAUSD Special Education leadership team and Palo Alto CAC are providing an informational night for secondary and post-secondary transition planning and services for students with IEPs.  District representatives will provide general information about the various programs and services available for secondary and above. There will be three separate breakout sessions for parents of students who will be entering 6th grade,9th grade, and the post-secondary program.  Spanish and Chinese translation available on request.  For questions, or to request translation, contact



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**UPDATE on the Novel Coronavirus 

Please see updated information on the Novel Coronavirus from Santa Clara County Health Officer and Director, the County Superintendent of Schools, and the PTAC Health & Wellness PAUSD Coronavirus Update.pdf



Wed Feb 5, 5:30-7P East Palo Alto YMCA, Community Room, 550 Bell St, East Palo Alto, CA 94303

The Department of Academic Supports in collaboration with the Department of Maintenance Operations and Transportation will hold a meeting for the TINSLEY program families to discuss transportation.  Childcare and Spanish translation will be provided.  This is an encore presentation of the meeting held on Jan 22nd.  For more event information contact:   PAUSD is working with VTP Families and all receiving schools to improve the VTP experience. If you have a question about VTP or VTP related questions, please contact Judy Argumedo at

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PTAC: 2020 U.S. Census - Be Counted 

As a public information, the Palo Alto PTA Council is reminding you that the 2020 Census is happening soon. Be Counted!  Here is a webinar that you can hop on and listen in to learn about local economic data from the U.S. Census. The Palo Alto PTA Council does not take any position on the Census except as a public announcement.  For more information go here


CHC’s Mini Conference for Parents & Educators 

Sat Feb 8, 9A-2P at CHC’s South Bay Campus, 2280 Kenwood Ave, San Jose

Please join us for a day of conversation and discussion with expert advice about working with children and youth with learning and attention differences.  Choose from sessions for both parents and educators. Go home with new understandings and practical tips for supporting your kids whether at home or in the classroom.  Find out more and register for the mini conference here or email



Community News


Juana Run? 2020!

Register here:  Register before February 3rd and receive a 10% discount off your registration fee. Use code JUANA2020.

Races will include a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile run/walk, and an array of age appropriate kinder - 5th grade, and an inclusive race. Once again, there will be a complimentary post-race pancake breakfast, race awards, and various raffle prizes.


¡Juana Run, de vuelta en el 2020!

¿Juana Run? ¡2020!

Inscripciones aquí: Inscríbanse antes del 3 de febrero y reciban un 10% de descuento en la tasa de inscripción. Usen el código JUANA2020.

Las carreras incluirán una carrera/caminata de 5 kilómetros, una carrera/caminata de 1 milla, varias carreras infantiles organizadas por edades desde kindergarten a quinto grado, y una carrera abierta a todos los participantes. Una vez más, después de las carreras se ofrecerá un desayuno gratuito de pancakes, y se hará la entrega de trofeos y medallas, y de los premios de las rifas.


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



**NEW**The 2020 Gunn Choir Staff Musical Extravaganza: Heavenly Bandstand!  A Fifties Musical Valentine

Tue-Wed, Feb 11-12, 8 PM, Spangenberg Theatre 

High school senior and heroine, Annette, is visited by Johnny Angel in a dream.  He is desperate to return to earth and make it to the Top Forty. In order to do that, however, he must compete on Heavenly Bandstand against many famous 1950s rivals, including Elvis.  Starring the amazing Gunn Choirs and dozens of your favorite Gunn staff!  Tickets, $10 for students and $20 for adults, at the Gunn Student Activities Center (SAC) or online at  All proceeds will support the Gunn Choir Scholarship Fund.


**NEW**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


Lights Out: What Happens When the Power Goes Out

Thu Feb 6, 6:30-8P  El Palo Alto Room, Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto

This event is free and open to the public.  A reception at 6:30 PM. Community Partnership Awards will be given to outstanding Emergency Service Volunteers and organizations who have played key roles in ensuring that the community is safer and better prepared for emergencies.  In addition to the recognition of these individuals and organizations, a keynote presentation will follow the ceremony. The keynote speaker will be Deputy Director of Santa Clara County's OEM, David Flamm.


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


Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Winter Concerts 

Sun, Feb 2,  12PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Superstrings Orchestra

Sun, Feb 9, 3PM, Cubberley Theatre, Sinfonia Orchestra

Offering an array of works ranging from Baroque, Classical, Romantic to Contemporary by many well-known composers - All concerts are admission FREE and for the entire family to enjoy.

For more information and the 2019-20 season calendar, please visit or email