Escondido eNews January 10, 2021
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Escondido News



  • Week of 1/11 is COHORT A Week
  • 1/18 - MLK, Jr. HOLIDAY - School’s out
  • Week of 1/18 is a COHORT A Week in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday
  • Week of 1/25 is a COHORT B Week
  • 10 DAY TRAVEL QUARANTINE REQUIRED - Friendly reminder that a new Mandatory Directive on Travel requires people to quarantine for 10 days upon return to the County from travel of more than 150 miles.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • BLACK HISTORY MONTH VIRTUAL PROGRAMS - Join our PTA Committee and help put on new virtual BHM programs in February. CLICK HERE
  • RECESS & LUNCH SUPERVISION NEEDED!!!! - We still need volunteers for lunch and recess. We will have another parent training on Zoom, Thursday, January 14th at 11am: Email John Di Cosmo if you plan to attend the zoom at and use the new google doc to sign up HERE.
  • **NEW** PTA 5th GRADE GRADUATION COMMITTEE - Join our graduation committee to help plan how 5th graders will celebrate graduation this year, since we will most likely have to come up with new and exciting ways to celebrate our 5th graders! CLICK HERE


  • WEDNESDAY ART CLASSES ON ZOOM IN SPANISH WITH ALEJANDRA: Reading and drawing with Ale (12 sessions) $240, 3pm to 3:45pm for kids 5 to 7 years old, from January 13 to March 31; Modern and Contemporaneous artists with Ale (12 sessions) $240, 4:15pm to 5pm for kids 8 to 10 years old, from January 13 to March 31. Minimum 6 students to open a class. Payments to Venmo @Alejandra-Hermandinger. For more information email or call (650) 799-2464.
  • RUN4FUNAFTER SCHOOL CAMPS: Begin January 11th. See for details and registration.
  • 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, (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.
  • Positive Parenting: Young Children Adapting to COVID

    Thursday, January 28, 7pm-8pm via Zoom

    Meeting ID: 984 3395 8329 / Passcode: CASSY

    PiE and CASSY are pleased to present an evening about strength and resilience in young children. Learn how adaptable your children are and how they have been coping through the pandemic. Find out how resourceful and resilient YOU are! Gain new skills to encourage them to be more flexible in this ever-changing environment. For parents of children from preschool to 1st grade.


PTA/PTA Council News


Happy New Year from the Palo Alto PTA Council.  

Congratulations we made it to 2021!  We thank our families, volunteers, staff and community partners for your continued support and resilience during an unfathomable year of challenges and difficult choices made on behalf of our children and youth. We take this opportunity to start fresh and wish every family a year filled with new beginnings, health and joy.

**NEW**Health and Wellness

California State PTA COVID-19 Resources:

Free COVID-19 Testing in Palo Alto

Mandatory Directive on Travel & Quarantine

Travel Is discouraged, especially for non-essential purposes. Travel for leisure or for non-essential business is strongly discouraged and should be postponed until after the current surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations subsides.

Travel involves mixing between regions and households, and because so many areas of the State and United States are also currently experiencing significant surges in COVID-19 cases, travel is discouraged and should be minimized.

Mandatory Quarantine after Long-Distance Travel into Santa Clara County

All persons traveling into Santa Clara County, whether by air, car, train, or any other means, directly or indirectly from a point of origin greater than 150 miles from the County's borders must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.

More Family Resources here: Health Wellness Updates /Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus (COVID-19):


Community News


Green Tip! Resolve to Cut Down Waste

Make a green New Year's resolution: choose one new thing you can do every day to save resources. One idea is to join a “Buy Nothing” group or participate in a “No Buy year”.

Action Team After School Program

Tuesday, February 23 - May 18, 4pm-5pm, Online

Action Team is an after-school leadership program for middle school students hosted by YCS. It combines service-learning and leadership training through participation in meaningful projects and activities. Students learn about topics such as environmental stewardship, civic engagement, health, hunger, and homelessness. Action Team includes speakers, service trips (when in person), leadership training, and team-building activities. All middle school students are welcome! Every semester is different, and students are encouraged to participate multiple times. For the 2021 Spring Term Action Team will meet on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00pm online through Zoom running from February 23rd to May 18th. Contact: Registration Form: Please note that there is a $120 fee and scholarships are available upon request.

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.

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: 

Explore Girl Scouts!

Wednesday, January 20, 6:30pm

Palo Alto 2nd and 3rd graders are invited to join us with their families on Wednesday, January 20th at 6:30 pm to learn more about Girl Scouts and how to get involved. Several families are ready to get a virtual troop started!  To sign up for this free meeting, go to If you cannot make that meeting or are in a different grade, please join us for one of our try-it events: Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: At Girl Scouts, we've got this!. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.. Email with any questions.

Silicon Valley Boychoir Online

Jan by appointment, Palo Alto

Vocal placement for the spring semester will be held on Zoom. 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 provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading. Boys will receive vocal coaching in specialized small classes and each boy will receive a series of private lessons during the semester. Space is limited. Email or visit