Escondido eNews January 17, 2021
Sun, Jan 17 7:30pm


Escondido News



  • We Really Need Volunteers at Lunch/Recess (especially Wednesday - Friday)!  Email John Di Cosmo at and use the google doc to sign up HERE.
  • 1/18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. HOLIDAY - School’s out
  • Wednesday, January 20 is COHORT A
  • Wednesday, January 27 is COHORT B
  • 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 began 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
  • 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 - Volunteers are Needed to Help Plan this Year’s Activities! First volunteer planning meeting is a ZOOM scheduled for Wed, Jan 20 @ 8pm: Meeting ID: 857 7804 3965, Passcode: 056999 Questions? Contact Chris Philpot at or 657-549-2632
  • BIKE REPAIR NEEDED!! - The 3 wheel bike used by the office staff needs repair. Could someone volunteer to come to campus and fix it - or take it to a bike shop (Bike Connection already said they don’t repair those type of bikes)? Contact if you are willing to help out!
  • RECESS & LUNCH SUPERVISION STILL NEEDED!!!! - We REALLY need volunteers for lunch and recess. Email John Di Cosmo if you plan to attend the zoom at and use the google doc to sign up
  • PTA 5th GRADE GRADUATION COMMITTEE - Thank you to those who signed up for our 5th grade graduation committee - this is another call to join the planning group for celebrating the 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.
  • RUN4FUN AFTER SCHOOL CAMPS: Begins 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


**NEW**Parenting in a Pandemic - Free Speaker Series Offered by PTA Sixth District
Wednesday and Thursday, starting January 21 and running through March 2021
Register Today for the FREE Virtual Webinars. The goal is to support our community with free Parent Education Resources to help them cope and continue to thrive even in these uncertain times. Topics include Navigating School During Uncertain Times, Optimizing Family and Emotional Health in the Time of COVID-19, Improving Family Life While Working at Home, Parenting During the Pandemic: First, Adjust Your Own N95 Mask! Creating Happiness for You and Your Family and Well-Balanced Student, among many more interesting topics. Please click here to see the full range of what is offered.
State's Regional Stay at Home Order Extended
In a statement issued by the California Department of Public Health, the State has extended its Regional Stay at Home Order, which was originally set to expire on January 8, due to the region’s ICU bed capacity remaining below 15%. All current restrictions will remain in place until the Bay Area’s four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%. The state will assess the region’s ICU projections in the coming days and announce a formal decision on whether Bay Area meets criteria to exit the order.

California State PTA COVID-19 Resources:

Free COVID-19 Testing in Palo Alto

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


Community News


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: "Together We Rise"

Monday, January 18, 11am-1pm on ZOOM

Join Youth Community Service (YCS), the City of Palo Alto and community partners in a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Let's build an even stronger community as we all learn and grow from these difficult times. Join us for a Youth Panel - hosted by Palo Alto High School BSU members discussing systemic racism. We will also hear from our community partners and participate in Service Learning Projects to support our local communities. For more details and to register for zoom link visit Questions? Email Jennifer Lee Thuresson:

Palo Alto Players Presents: THE LAST FIVE YEARS

January 29 through February 14, 2021

Palo Alto Players continues its 90th season with the award-winning off-Broadway musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS. Starring real-life married couple Chris and Marah Sotelo, this intimate and alluring musical by modern theatre icon Jason Robert Brown chronicles the five year relationship of a young couple whose path takes them in different directions – in more ways than one.  THE LAST FIVE YEARS will be filmed live on stage and available as an on-demand video stream, from January 29 through February 14, 2021. Streaming tickets, starting at $25 per household, are on sale now at or by phone at 650.329.0891.

Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes (no intermission)

Age Recommendation: Age 16 and up

Green Tip: Flat as a (card)board

Have a build-up of cardboard boxes? Check first to see if your neighbors want them. If not, please remove all packing material, flatten the cardboard, and place it in your BLUE recycle cart. Excess cardboard can be placed in a tied bundle next to your blue cart, but GreenWaste wants to limit the need for drivers to hand-collect material at this time.

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