Escondido eNews March 28, 2021
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Escondido News



  • Wednesday, March 31 - COHORT A day

    Our online Spanish Book Fair is currently underway and we are happy to provide a brochure (attached) with book recommendations from our Escondido librarian and teachers.  Each book recommended in the brochure has a link to the Lectorum website to make your shopping easier.

    To shop for books on the recommended list, just follow these steps:

    1. Download the attached brochure: "Escondido Book Fair Brochure.pdf"

    2. Follow the instructions on the first page of the brochure and don't forget to enter "Escondido" at check out to get the benefits - you should see a credit for all shopping costs.

    3. If you plan to buy a book to donate to your child's classroom from the Wish List, please check and update the sign-up sheet in Konstella with your donation so that other parents know which books have already been purchased:

    Parents, teachers, and the SI community will get 20% discount off retail along with free shipping, and 5% of the total sales will be donated to the Escondido PTA. 

    Our book provider, Lectorum, has a huge selection of high-quality Spanish books, including native Spanish books and Spanish translations of popular English books. They only serve schools and libraries, so this is a fantastic opportunity for parents and other members of the SI community to get access to this wonderful resource -- but only for two weeks!

    If you have any questions, please e-mail

  • Friday, April 2 - MINIMUM DAY - School’s Out at 1:30pm
  • April 5-9 - SPRING BREAK - No School
  • April 22 - COMING SOON - VIRTUAL SCIENCE FAIR: 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!
  • 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!
    • We need a few new people to join the Board next year - VOLUNTEER HERE
  • 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


**NEW** COVID Testing
Beginning next week, the Palo Alto Unified School District, in partnership with Predicine, Inc., will offer COVID testing for students and staff.  The following testing strategy will be utilized:

1. Any student, teacher, and staff with symptoms identified through the health screening protocols
2. Any student, teacher, and staff who have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the school or workplace
3. All students, faculty, and staff with possible exposure in the context of outbreak settings
4. Surveillance testing  2x/Month (25% of secondary students attending in-person) for individuals who are asymptomatic. Note: Surveillance testing detects the presence of COVID-19 even in individuals who may be asymptomatic.
5. PAEA Unit Member Testing 2x/month
6. Testing for indoor sports athletes, coaches, and support staff 2-3x week until we reach the Yellow Tier.

IMPORTANT: Participating in COVID testing through PAUSD/Predicine, Inc. requires participants to consent to being tested. Signing the consent form and participating in the testing program is your consent to share results of your COVID test with the District Nurse and/or the Director of Human Resources. A copy of the consent form is included for review. A printed copy will be available at your school upon request.

In order to provide high quality and equitable training/resources across the diverse demographics we serve, 3 back-to-back virtual training sessions will be conducted by Predicine, in different languages. Parents may join the session conducted in their preferred language. Topics will include how to register, test requisition forms, barcode placement, nasal swab collection, packaging, and test results.

Monday, March 29

5:30-6pm: English Presentation/QA. 
6-6:30pm: Mandarin Presentation/QA.
6:30-7:00pm: Spanish Presentation/QA.

Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 966 1241 3547
One tap mobile +16699006833,,96612413547# US (San Jose)

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 (650) 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  joins other councils and units across the country in solidarity and support of Asian Americans and denounces all  racial violence in  our country.  We will continue to work with our community partners to build a safe and supportive environment for all students, families and staff by improving diversity, equity and inclusion  throughout our school communities. Please review the National PTA Statement on Violence Against Asian Americans More Resources here

**NEW**3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit – 2021 Series

PAUSD is excited to bring the community together for learning by hosting the 3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit! This year's theme "Unity Through Learning" aims to do just that; bring the community together during these trying times with three days of engaged learning opportunities. This is a fully virtual event. On the morning of the event, links will go live for the Keynote Speaker and all Breakout Presentations, RSVP to ensure you get the communications. visit for more information and sign-up to attend!

Watch the Kick-Off Event: Redefining Strength

Saturday, April 17, Day 2: Equity for Academic Success Saturday, 9:00am – 12:45pm

Saturday, May 15, Day 3: Building Future Leaders, 9:00am – 12:45pm

More info here

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** Green Tip! Spring Break Travel

The spring brings many religious and cultural celebrations...and an increase in single-use items. Replace plastic decorations and gifts with reusable or biodegradable items, and hit up your Buy Nothing group. Buy fair trade treats and organic eggs and meat. For every occasion, there is a way to respect the Earth.  Passover  Holi  Easter

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

Monday, Mar 29, 2021, 7-8:30pm

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

RSVP here:

Explore the prerequisites to self-advocacy, help students understand what their brain needs to succeed at school, learn and gain skills to help you and your child communicate with educators about your child’s needs. Sponsored by Palo Alto CAC (, Palo Alto Council of PTAs ( and REEL (

**NEW**PAUSD Wellness & Support Services and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) 

Parenting Series - Creating Calm at Home during COVID-19 Register Here.

Parenting can be very challenging during the Pandemic for a lot of parents. Please join us for a free (1.5-hour webinar every week) The workshop series will cover a wide range of parenting topics, addressing important questions such as internet overuse, build connect with teens, Teen’s mental health, cross-cultural conflicts, de-escalate children’s emotions. By the end of the series, you will be equipped with better understanding, presence, calmness, and the skills needed to be able to communicate with your children. Hope to see you in one of the sessions!

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 

Health and Wellness

Where to go for Free COVID Vaccines

Where to go for Free COVID-19 Testing

California State PTA COVID-19 Resources

Family Resources here: Health Wellness Resources

Teen Mental Health Resources

Children's Mental Health Resources

El Foro Comunitario: Vacuna COVID-19 

Spanish language forum: “COVID-19 Vaccine: My Wellness, My Community!”

Learn more about important vaccine topics. Pre-recorded in Spanish.   



Community News


**NEW** Art Classes for Students at the Palo Alto Art Center!

Unleash the creativity in your student by signing up for one of our weekly afterschool or Saturday art classes. We offer classes for students ages 6-18 in painting, drawing, mixed media, and ceramics, starting April 12.  Classes will be held outside at the Palo Alto Art Center (1313 Newell Road) or virtually via Zoom. Class schedules and registration information may be found in our online catalog. Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello ( or 650-617-3509).

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

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:

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.

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