Escondido eNews March 14, 2021
Sun, Mar 14 6:25pm


Escondido News



  • PRINCIPAL COFFEE for 5 Day Return to Campus for Classrooms 4, 11, 14 and 20 (Rodriguez, Bhalla, Ortega and Garcia)
  • Wednesday, March 17 - COHORT A day
  • Thursday, March 18 - PICTURE DAY MAKE-UPS! If you missed the first picture day and want to be included in the class photos and yearbook - Join us on Thursday, March 18th.  Order pictures at Access Code EEF20
    • 2:00-2:30 (Last Name A-G)
    • 2:30-3:00 (Last Name H-O)
    • 3:00-3:30 (Last Name P-Z)

  • Escondido Talent Show 2021...for the love of the show! 

VIDEOS ARE DUE TUESDAY, MARCH 16, it is not too late to participate...Register and receive the email with the Video Submission link.

Website & Registration

Check-out our new website and learn how this year's show will be all online and super special!

  • PRE-ORDER A YEARBOOK! Get a keepsake for this unprecedented year with a class montage of all of your classmates, fun snapshots and a record of all of the 5th graders with their custom pages!  Only $20! BUY TODAY!
  • ATTENTION 5th GRADE PARENTS - WE NEED YOU to represent and add Escondido culture to Greene programs. Please consider joining the Greene PTA Board.  CLICK HERE if interested!
    • We need a few new people to join the Board next year - VOLUNTEER HERE
  • 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:
    • 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.


  • RECESS & LUNCH SUPERVISION STILL NEEDED!!!! - We REALLY need ENERGETIC 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 Once approved - hopefully you will be willing to sign up to help with the Sprouts Garden or run the art table during recess.


  • The PiE Survey: We Want to Hear From You!
    The PiE survey is closing soon! Please check your email inbox to complete this short survey and share your priorities with us. Your responses will be used to help guide decision-making for the next school year.


District News




PTA/PTA Council News


**NEW**The Palo Alto PTA Council Seeks Volunteers for the 2021-22 School Year

The Palo Alto PTA Council Nominating Committee is currently looking for community members who have a passion for improving the educational experience of all students.  We encourage all parents/ guardians with interest to apply. Experience with PTA, Site Council, or with a Community Advocacy group is a plus. Let’s talk about how you can participate on a committee for the PTA Council or step into a leadership role for the 2021-22 school year. Training and support will be provided. Help us build diverse, equitable, and inclusive PTAs in Palo Alto.  Contact the Nominating Committee at:

**NEW**PTAC Environmental Action Committee

Green Tip: Get to Know Your School Green Team!

Most school sites have committed parents, staff and students who work to keep the district 'green.' Do you have questions about sustainability in PAUSD? Want to know more about school gardens? Are you inspired to help with Earth Day activities? Email Joslyn Leve at and include your school name(s). Climate heroes, assemble!

**NEW**Building Resilient Educators, Students, & Families

Thursday, March 18, 3-4:30pm

This webinar series, hosted by Wellness Together School Mental Health and the California Department of Education, equips educators, parents, and guardians to promote mental wellness for students at home and in the classroom. Join us to hear from leading voices in the student mental wellness movement, with presenters from across the country increasing mental health awareness, advocacy, and access to mental health services for our students. Presenter is Karin Gornick, Award-Winning Filmmaker (Angst; A Trusted Space: Redirecting Grief to Growth; Screenagers). and Lori Woodley, MS, PPS, All it Takes.

CLICK HERE to register for the webinar.

**NEW**Your Turn: "How to Be an Adult” for Educators and Parents

Thursday, March 25, 5:30-7pm

Series hosted by Wellness Together School Mental Health and the California Department of Education, equips educators, parents, and guardians to promote mental wellness for students at home and in the classroom.  Presenters from across the country including Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times Bestselling Author and Former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University addresses increasing mental health awareness, advocacy, and access to mental health services for our students. CLICK HERE to register for the webinar.

2e Self Advocacy Panel—Help Your Student Understand Their Brain, and Help Their Teachers Understand It, Too! (For parents of K-12 students)

Monday, March 29, 7-8:30pm, Zoom info sent the day before the event

Panel Featuring: Dr. Keri Berquist, Psychologist, Nancy Kong, Educational Therapist,Toni Ratzburg, Clinical Director, MFT, RSVP here:

Twice-exceptional, or 2e, students have exceptional talents and experience learning challenges such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, and more.Knowing how your brain learns is touted as one of the most important skills 2e students should develop. Explore the prerequisites to self-advocacy, discover how to help students understand what their brain needs to succeed at school, learn specific developmentally-appropriate techniques to try with your 2e learners, and gain skills to help you and your child communicate with educators about your child’s needs. Sponsored by Palo Alto CAC (CAC Palo Alto), Palo Alto Council of PTAs ( and REEL (

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 Upcoming workshops are:

  • Well-Balanced Student - Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7pm

**UPDATED**Health and Wellness

California State PTA COVID-19 Resources:

Free COVID-19 Testing in Palo Alto:

Family Resources here: Health Wellness Resources



Community News


**NEW**DreamCatchers Accepting Applications for Current 5th and 6th graders

Are you interested in having your student work 1:1 with a high school or college student to help increase their confidence in the classroom, build study skills, and improve their academic skills & performance, as well as participate in fun, community building activities to increase their self-confidence? DreamCatchers, an after-school tutoring program serving low-income PAUSD middle schoolers, has begun accepting applications from rising 6th and 7th graders who will attend Greene, Fletcher, or JLS in 2021-22. For more information about DreamCatchers and our application process and eligibility requirements, please see our flyer in English or en español. If your child will be a sixth or seventh grader at Greene, Fletcher, or JLS in 2021-22, we welcome your family’s application.  Learn more about how you can help by donating or volunteering. Contact with any questions.

 **NEW**Ayuda a su hijo o hija para alcanzar todo su potencial con DreamCatchers!

A usted le interesa que su hijo o hija trabaje con un tutor individual (de la escuela secundaria, grados 9-12, o de la universidad) para ayudar a aumentar su confianza en si mismo en el salón de la escuela, desarrollar un hábito de estudio, mejorar las habilidades y desempeño académico, así como participar en actividades diversas y divertidas para construir la comunidad en la clase?DreamCatchers, un programa después de la escuela que ofrece tutoría personal para estudiantes en PAUSD de familias de bajo ingreso, ha comenzado a aceptar aplicaciones de familias con estudiantes que estarán en el 6º o 7º grado en Greene, Fletcher, o JLS en el año 2021-22. Para más información sobre DreamCatchers, nuestro proceso de solicitud, y requisitos para elegibilidad, por favor vea nuestro folleto en español. Si su hijo o hija estará en el grado 6º o 7º en Greene, Fletcher, o JLS en el año 2021-22, recibimos de buena manera la solicitud de su familia. Aprenda más cómo usted puede ayudar por medio de contribuir o ofrecerse como voluntario.Por favor escriba a Chris,, con cualquier pregunta.

**NEW**Easter Egg Hunt Kit

Facing another Easter sheltering-in-place? Fear not! Let Gamble Garden create an Easter Egg Hunt for you. This year, our beautiful gardens will not be able to welcome your families to our annual Easter Egg Hunt. However, we have created an Easter Egg Hunt Kit for you to throw a fun and colorful egg hunt in your backyard or outdoor space. The Easter Egg Hunt Kit contains plastic eggs, arts & crafts, cute toys and more! So, parents, make yourself a mimosa, relax and let Gamble Garden do the work for you. Order today Easter Egg Hunt Kit - Gamble Garden

**NEW**PACCC Offers Distance Learning And Enrichment Programs For PAUSD Students

Openings at:

Each site will have stable “social pods” of up to 14 children and 2 supervising adults; children will not commingle with other pods. Kids’ Club capacities vary based on location and facilities; however, most centers will be able to serve 2 pods, and some will be able to serve 3 pods.

Join the waitlist and our Directors will be in touch! Sign up for an open spot by filling out the waitlist form and paying the fee, which covers processing costs. If you sign up for a center with no open spots, you will be placed on the waitlist. Questions can be emailed to 

**NEW*Student Foreign Exchange in Palo Alto

Is your student interested in study abroad? Or is your family interested in hosting a foreign exchange student? AFS USA is a premier cultural exchange program approved by the US State Department, and is the largest student exchange organization in the US. 2020/21 was a difficult year for foreign exchange due to Covid. We are hoping to re-establish foreign exchange in Palo Alto by hosting several foreign exchange students in Palo Alto during the school year 2021/22. Hosting an exchange student can build relationships that last a lifetime. Learn more at, or contact Jon Klein ( ), Palo Alto's AFS volunteer and host dad in 2013.

2021 Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp Online

June 7-11 and June 14-18, Speech from 10am-12pm and Debate from 1pm-3pm

Registration for the seventeenth annual 2021 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. 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.

Help Students Who Need You Most - Learn about All Students Matter

Thursday, March 25, 10am

Come learn about volunteering next school year, once a week in a K-8th grade classroom in eastern Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. 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. Hear about the impact you can have by joining us virtually for an Information Session at (zoom invitation sent pending RSVP to Learn more about us or sign up to volunteer at

**NEW**Summer Camp Fair

Saturday, March 20, 10:00-11:00am

Meet summer camps at the Virtual Camp Fair on March 20. Join online to hear their plans for in-person summer camps. RSVP and you'll get a chance to win a free week of camp!

**NEW**Summer & Spring Break Camps -

ActivityHero has local, in-person camp schedules -- small groups and socially distanced -- for Spring Break and Summer. You can also find online classes. The PTA earns a percentage of your purchase when you book online with this link.

Acterra's “Promise to Our Planet” Online Climate Action Benefit

Saturday, March 26, 5-8pm

This event will bring awareness to the urgent need for climate action and shine a light on how our very own Bay Area community is shaping and leading the fight. Please join us on Hopin (an online platform) for an evening that combines the presentation of this year's Spare the Air Leadership Award (sponsored by the Bay Area Air District) with a not-to-be-missed show of inspiring guest speakers, breakout sessions, music, and much more. To register, visit our event page at

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 If you have any further questions, contact us at