Escondido eNews March 21, 2021
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Escondido News



  • Monday, Mar 22, 7pm - PTA Meeting
    • Zoom Meeting ID: 885 0703 6358
    • Passcode: PTARocks
  • Wednesday, March 23 - COHORT B day
  • **NEW** Spanish Immersion Online Book Fair - March 22 to April 2: We are excited to announce that our annual Spanish Book Fair will be online this year, starting this coming week from March 22nd to April 2nd - 2 weeks! Parents, teachers, and the SI community will get 20% discounts off retail along with free shipping, and 5% of the total sales will be donated to the Escondido PTA. To shop for books and access our discounts, just follow these steps:
    • Go to
    • Create an account
    • Select books to buy and at checkout enter Escondido in the box on the right labeled “Redeem a Gift Certificate or Coupon”
    • Select Apply. You should now see a credit for all shipping costs.
    • Buy as many times as you like
    • All books will be shipped to Escondido and delivered to your kids’ classrooms soon after Spring break. For more information visit the following link for the SI Book Fair HERE at Konstella.

  • WATCH PARTY - Friday, March 26 at 7pm.  Go to the Website for the link to the party.  (The Talent Show will be posted to YouTube as an Unlisted link after the Watch Party.)
  • COMING SOON - VIRTUAL SCIENCE FAIR - APRIL 22: Escondido Virtual Science Fair is an optional activity, not required, and open to all Escondido students who formulate a hypothesis, perform an experiment, and present their results during Family Science Night, scheduled for April 22nd, 5-7:30pm. We’re asking for all participants to register. All students of the same pod are welcome to work together on one project and present together.
  • 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.


  • INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FUN FAIR-REIMAGINED! Join the committee HERE. A unique tradition to Escondido, the International Fun Fair helps our campus celebrate all of the different nationalities present at our school. It builds community and is one of our best events. We can’t have the fair as usual this year, but we still want to find a way to harness the same celebration and sense of community.  Help our International Family Fun Fair team come up with great events that work this year given all the new restrictions. 
  • LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS! Join the committee HERE! Normally a huge last day of school fair on campus, we have to come up with alternative ways to celebrate accomplishing the end of the school year.  Help us come up with a plan!
  • 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.


  • Scouts Virtual Open House - Troops 57 and 4057

    March 30th at 7pm

    Please join our virtual open house on Tuesday, March 30th at 7:00pm to learn about local Scouts BSA troops Troop 57 (boys) and Troop 4057 (girls). Zoom link CLICK HERE  Meeting ID: 992 5193 7134 Passcode: 574057. Check out our website for more information.  

    Youth can join Scouts BSA if they have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old, OR have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, OR are age 11 but have not reached age 18.


District News


Crossing Guards and Covid Bell Schedule Transition 

Palo Alto Police Department is working hard with the city’s Crossing Guard service provider to staff all guarded elementary school route intersections at the new school commute times as quickly as possible. This will take some time.  PAUSD’s recent bell time changes with different bell times at different schools require a significant increase to the guard company’s working schedule, and they are doing their best to staff these extra shifts as quickly as they can.  The city hopes to have complete coverage by next week, assuming recruiting/training goes well. Note that the crossing guards are stationed primarily for the elementary schools, and overlap with middle and high school bell times is only coincidental, but PAPD will try to arrange a schedule that will help accommodate MS/HS over time.  As always,  if you notice gaps in service at normally guarded locations on your route to school, please call 329-2413 to report that the guard is absent. PAPD will work with the Guard Service to fix the problem.


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. 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** Advocacy for Teen Health - eCig & Flavored Tobacco Products

For Parents of rising middle schooler or high schoolers: Santa Clara County has now issued its priority recommendations from our community 1) Tobacco Retail Strategies – Menthol & Flavored Tobacco Products, Tobacco Retailer Density, and Tobacco Retailer Licensing; 2) Secondhand Smoke Strategies – Smoke-free Outdoor Public Places & Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing; and 3) Cessation & Health System Strategies – Smoke-free Health Care Campuses & Cessation Services. Funding for these efforts begin 2022 through 2025. There are addiction free hotlines and resources. For more email Jade Chao, or visit the Santa Clara County website 


Tuesday, March 23, 6:30pm

Hosted by 6th District PTA. Join us for an evening with Erin Gruwell & The Freedom Writers Foundation to learn about "Creating Cultures of Acceptance, Compassion, and Integrity. They will also highlight the topics of mental illness and addiction, and suicide awareness and prevention. Register today for this virtual presentation. The first 500 will be able to join the webinar.  All others will have to watch the live stream via YouTube. Learn more about the Freedom Writers Foundation. Register Here

**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 (

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** Student Photo Contest

Submissions due by Monday, March 22 at 11:59pm

The 2021 Peninsula Photo Contest is now accepting submissions, and all students who live, work or attend school in the 6-5-0 area code are eligible to enter. Photographers (of all ages) have until March 22 to submit their photos, and winning entries will be displayed as part of a month-long exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center. Click here for more info Peninsula Photo Contest 2021 All questions can be directed to

**NEW** 5th Anniversary VIRTUAL Foster5K

Sunday, April 25, Anytime, Anywhere

You can model good citizenship, good health and good parenting all in an hour or so.  Sign up the family to walk or run the Foster5K from your front step. All proceeds benefit Child Advocates, CASA of Silicon Valley, serving foster children through its Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program. Entries include a race shirt, and a goody bag for the family. Donate $100 by March 24 and see your family name on the shirt. See the flyer HERE. Note: $5 off each registration when 4 or more sign up at once.  SIGN UP or DONATE

**NEW** Service Across Ages

Now until April 18

Youth Community Service (YCS) welcomes you to participate in our next community wide service opportunity. Expand possibilities for families in North Santa Clara County. In collaboration with Reach Potential Movement, YCS is offering an opportunity for children, youth, families and adults of all ages, to come together in support of families and schools in North Santa Clara County. Register here:  Following registration, participants will be provided information about Reach Potential Movement and have access to several service options, including detailed instructions. Questions, email:

**NEW** Green Tip! Spring Break Travel

Give the planet a break - stay local and stay safe! Taking a road trip? If you rent a car, try out a hybrid.  Pack your own reusable cutlery and refuse disposables at drive-thrus. 

Flying? Consider carbon offsets. Here’s a helpful article on environmentally friendly vacations.

**UPDATED** DreamCatchers Accepting Applications for Current 5th and 6th graders - DEADLINE MARCH 31

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.

Ayuda a su hijo o hija para alcanzar todo su potencial con DreamCatchers! FECHA LÍMITE 31 DE MARZO

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.

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

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 

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

Summer and 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