Escondido eNews January 31, 2021
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Escondido News

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IMPORTANT DATES AND REMINDERS

  • AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 1ST!
    • Join Us in Registering for the PAUSD 21 Day Equity Challenge!! - For 21 days participate in engaging, thought provoking activities to develop a deeper understanding how racism and inequity affect our lives and our community. Free to participate! JOIN HERE
  • Wednesday, February 3 is COHORT A
  • Monday, February 15 - PRESIDENTS' DAY - No School
  • YEARBOOK COVER DESIGN CONTEST Begins Now! We need your students to draw the yearbook cover! The theme is: Friends Around the Zoom. Drawings are due by February 19, 2021, and all will be included in the yearbook. A design will be selected for front and another for the back. Let your imagination soar! More details here
  • PICTURE DAYS! February 23 & 24 - Details to follow.

  • ESCONDIDO TALENT SHOW 2021...For the Love of the Show
    • Check-out our new website and learn how this year's show will be all online and super special! Register here.
    • Important Dates:
      • 2/17 at 7 pm Info-Meeting for students and parents
      • 2/28 at 3 pm Volunteer Meeting
      • 3/1 at 3 pm Workshop for students
      • 3/2 at 3 pm Workshop for students
      • 3/16 Video Submissions Due
      • 3/26 at 7 pm Watch Party
    • All Meetings and Workshops on Zoom
  • HYBRID FAMILIES: Please help us keep our students and staff safe from exposure to COVID-19. Our safety depends on parents to notify and be honest about their activities and exposure.  PLEASE NOTIFY YOUR TEACHER AND THE OFFICE IF:
    • Your child travels more than 150 miles;
    • Any of the programs your child participates in has had a COVID exposure so your child is a close contact;
    • Anyone in your family has been diagnosed or received a positive COVID-19 test;
    • Any other situation in which your child or your family has had a confirmed case or exposure to COVID-19.
  • 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: www.pausd.org/Enrollment. If you have any questions about if you should enroll your child, please send an email to RegistrationServices@pausd.org.
  • 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.

VOLUNTEER UPDATES

  • 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 jdicosmo@pausd.org and use the google doc to sign up

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

  • 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 AleVisualArts@gmail.com or call (650) 799-2464.
  • RUN4FUN AFTER SCHOOL CAMPS: Begins January 11th. See https://www.runforfuncamps.com/ 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 sangini@bedner.com or Venmo Sangini Majmudar Bedner, (310) 497-9856. Questions?  Contact Sangini: sangini@bedner.com
  • NEED CHILDCARE BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL? Right At School still has space, is operating on Escondido campus and is maintaining stable 12 kid cohorts. https://rightatschool.com/
  • PiE: A LITTLE TIME = GREAT RESULTS

    Become a PiE volunteer and help make a big difference. Next year, coming back from COVID, we'll want to build an even greater connection on campus. Join our team! It's fun and you get to meet new people. Grab a friend and volunteer together! Interested? Email info@papie.org!

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District News

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PAUSD and the City of Palo Alto Launch a 21-Day Equity Challenge

For 21 days during Black History Month, Palo Alto students, parents, staff and the community at large are encouraged to do one action each day beginning on February 1. The #PAEquityChallenge will provide online daily activities (brief readings, videos, etc.) that can be done in 15 minutes or less.  Each daily topic will provide an opportunity to deepen our connections and further our understanding of power, privilege, oppression, and equity AND BELONGING. Please sign up and encourage others to do so as well! https://tinyurl.com/PAEquityChallenge

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PTA/PTA Council News

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2021 Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards - Call for Nominations

Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, administrator, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, coach, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something for your special needs child with an IEP or 504?  Honor that person by nominating him or her for a CAC Sweetheart Award. Submit Nomination Form before February 19. The Awards Ceremony will be on Saturday, February 27, from 10am to noon on Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to nominators and nominees directly to retain privacy. For info or questions contact sweethearts.award@gmail.com or go to www.cacpaloalto.org.

**UPDATED** PTA Parent Series: Parenting in a Pandemic

Free online webinars for parenting in a pandemic, organized by 6th District PTA. Please CLICK HERE to register for any of the talks below. See all the workshops from now until March for the 6th District Parenting in a Pandemic. Next Three Upcoming workshops are:

  • ESPAÑOL - Estrés y El Bienestar de nuestra Salud Mental Miércoles, 3 de febrero de 2021, 7pm
  • Improving Family Life While Working at Home - Thursday, February 11, 2021, 7pm
  • Parenting During the Pandemic: First, Adjust Your Own N95 Mask! Creating Happiness for You and Your Family - Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7pm
  • Supporting Children in our Changing World - Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 7pm

Palo Alto PTA Council Invites You to Policy Setting Sessions on Teen Vaping & Youth Health

February 4, 23, and 25

The Palo Alto PTA Council successfully championed a 2020 CAPTA Resolution on Vaping: Resolution A. The Santa Clara County Health Department is holding policy setting sessions specific to PTA advocacy. If you have elementary and middle school aged children, please consider attending one of these sessions. Register here: eventbrite/ PTA Advocacy Sessions. These sessions are for those in leadership positions interested in advocacy at their school (Health & Wellness Representatives, VP Advocacy, VP Community Outreach). Press Release: PTA Announces Support for Measures That Prohibit E-Cigarette  Questions? Please contact Jade Chao at president_19_20@paloaltopta.org

Health and Wellness

Free COVID-19 Testing in Palo Alto

Family Resources here: Health Wellness Updates /Resources

 

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Community News

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**NEW**HOW TO MAKE AN URBAN BIRD FEEDER hosted by Gamble Garden

Saturday, March 6, 10-11am via Zoom

Birds need to eat 365 days a year!  Birdseed ornaments are a fun project to make year-round. They are perfect for a backyard bird feeder, as ornaments or gifts for teachers. They are made with ordinary cookie cutters, so you can easily customize your ornaments to suit the occasion. In this live, one-hour Zoom class, you will make your own bird feeder ornaments using unique seeds like black sunflower seeds, nyjer seeds, cracked corn, millet and mealworms. You will also learn about local bird species. Most supplies included and can be picked up at Gamble Garden. Fun for the entire family! Great class for Girl Scout Troops!  Email childrensevents@gamblegarden.org for group discount. Register Now: HOW TO MAKE AN URBAN BIRD FEEDER - ONLINE - Gamble Garden

**NEW**Help Students Who Need You Most

You can make a difference in the life of a student.  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 student for one hour, every week during the full school year. It’s an opportunity to build a relationship with a student and impact his or her life.  All Students Matter provides training and coordinates logistics with you and your schedule in mind. Sign up now and start mid-September. Learn more about us or sign up to volunteer at All Students Matter believes every child deserves an equal opportunity to learn. Volunteers work with teachers to support the education of students in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.

Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2021

July 26 - July 30 and August 2 - August 6, 10am-3pm on Zoom

Paly Robotics Summer Camp is returning for 2021! Registration opens on January 30th at 12pm. Our camp is for middle school students (incoming 6th - 9th graders). We are committed to providing an engaging experience and hope to start future high school students on a path in STEAM. Campers will be able to sign up for one of four sessions each week: Robot Design & Hardware, Programming, Entrepreneurship & Website Design, Animation & Graphic Design. For more information, and to register, please visitpalyrobotics.com/summercamp/. If you have any further questions, contact us at summercamp@palyrobotics.com.

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. Streaming tickets, starting at $25 per household, are on sale now at paplayers.org or by phone at 650.329.0891.

Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes (no intermission)

Age Recommendation: Age 16 and up

Green Tip! Power Down

Learning at home means more personal energy consumption. Always ensure that laptops or computers are turned off when you've finished for the day, and that cords (or power strips) are unplugged. Pre-set your screen to power down instead of using a screen saver. Make your smartphones energy smart: Tips for Saving Energy With Your Mobile Phone | Earth 911

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: mscoordinator@youthcommunityservice.org. Registration Form: https://forms.gle/Kd7aHwQkPohVhXat6. 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: mscoordinator@youthcommunityservice.org. Registration Form: https://forms.gle/HzGheRuz4uDuJ2t66. 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 palyspeechanddebate@gmail.com to learn more about the program.