Escondido eNews March 8, 2020
Sun, Mar 8 11:42pm


Escondido News


March is Penny Power Month - Family Connections
3/9 -- Science Fair Registration due
3/16 -- PTA Meeting 7:45 am
3/30 -- SITE Council Meeting 3:15 pm
4/3 -- Principal Coffee 8:10 am & Early Release at 1:30 pm
4/6-10 -- Spring Break, No School
4/16-4/17 -- Escondido Science Fair



ESCONDIDO SCIENCE FAIR - Date extended to Monday, March 9th to Register.  (You don't need to know your project in order to register, please register now.  When you register you provide the volunteers information for the planning of the event and they can order the tri-fold presentation boards that projects are displayed upon.)


All students are invited to participate in The Science Fair it will be held April 16 - 17, and all families can come to celebrate our students' work and curiosity by attending our Family Science Night scheduled for the night of April 16.  This is a free event open to all grades.  

You can also find a version of the flier here. Please read it for more information, including how to register and how to help out.

You can use the following link to go straight to the online registration form:  Please register by Monday, March 9 so we know how many project boards to order. (You don't need to know what the project will be in order to register.)

You can to find online guidebooks (in English and Spanish) below:


Ideas for Science Projects can be found in many places on the internet.  Some ideas are below:

More information about our annual Family Science Night will be forthcoming!

If you are new to Escondido, click on this video to see highlights from the 2015 Science Fair and Family Science Night and get an idea of what the events are like.

If you have any questions, please contact  Chris Philpot ( ) or Humberto Bracho ( ).


Hola familias de Escondido!

Mañana encontrará el volante de la Feria de Ciencias Escondido 2020 en la carpeta de viernes de su estudiante este fin de semana. ¡Todos los estudiantes están invitados a participar! La Feria de Ciencias se llevará a cabo del 16 al 17 de abril, y todas las familias pueden venir a celebrar el trabajo y la curiosidad de nuestros estudiantes asistiendo a nuestra Noche de Ciencia Familiar programada para la noche del 16 de abril.

También puede encontrar una versión del volante aqui . Léalo para obtener más información, incluido cómo registrarse y cómo ayudar

Puede usar el siguiente enlace para ir directamente al formulario de registro en línea: Regístrese antes del lunes 2 de marzo para saber cuántos paneles de proyectos pedir. (No necesita saber cuál será el proyecto para registrarse).


Puede encontrar las guías en línea (en inglés y español) a continuación:


Las ideas para proyectos de ciencias se pueden encontrar en muchos lugares en Internet. Algunas ideas están abajo:


¡Tendremos más información sobre nuestra Noche anual de ciencia familiar!

Si es nuevo en Escondido, haga clic en este video  para ver los aspectos más destacados de la Feria de Ciencias 2015 y la Noche de Ciencias de la Familia y tener una idea de cómo son los eventos.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Chris Philpot ( ) o con Humberto Bracho ( ).  


NOMINATIONS to Executive Board and Chairs for 2020-21 

We are planning for next year, and we are looking for families willing to volunteer with the Escondido PTA!  We have many positions open for the 2020-2021 school year...from executive board member positions to event chairs. If you are interested or think you know someone who might be, please consider filling out this form and we will follow-up and discuss with you expectations and responsibilities.  By completing this form, you are not obligated to serve the position, we are merely surveying the school population to find out interest levels.  Officer elections will be held at the April 20th meeting, in the Library at 7 pm. 

If you have questions please contact:
Parliamentarian:  Claudia Schweikert at
President:  Christine Klenow at
Chair of Volunteers:  Amy McCarter at



Do you have some favorite photos from this school year? The 2019-2020 Yearbook Team needs them! We have set up folders to collect photos from each grade and event. CLICK HERE  to find the email addresses to send in your photos. You will receive a confirmation email from  if the photo was uploaded successfully.  THANK YOU for helping make this year’s yearbook the best ever!  


Keeping Kids and Staff Healthy!

Measures Escondido school has in place to keep students healthy.

The school has provided:

  • Purell hand sanitizer dispensers for each classroom

  • Purell dispensers for the lunch carts

  • Teachers encourage students to wash their hands frequently (before/after each recess break, after using a tissue to wipe their nose or sneeze/cough)

  • Custodians are using a special cleaning solution on all "high touch" surfaces (door handles, desks, sink handles) twice a day.

Link to COVID-19 Update From Superintendent

As a reminderif your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.


Check out Dr. Marcela's Newsletter at Escondido News 3-1-2020:



To submit to Escondido eNew please email Rowena Ona ( and Arianne Teherani (  Deadline is Friday at noon for the Sunday evening posting.




PTA/PTA Council News


**NEW** Superintendent's Newsletter and PAUSD News

**NEW**Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Update  

As we head into the long weekend, please remember to check out our NEWEST links pertaining to travel and children regarding the Coronavirus. If you have any questions or require more resources, email   CDC Information for Travel

CDC - FAQ Coronavirus Disease and Children

NASP - Talking to Children about COVID-19
Parent Resource: Talking to Children about COVID-19 

**UPDATED** PTA Council Coronavirus Webpage

PAUSD - Coronavirus

"Motherload" screening on family cargo biking 

Sun, Mar 22, 2–5p, Arrillaga Family Rec. Ctr., Sequoia Room, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park

“Motherload” is an award-winning, crowdsourced documentary about the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.  The $5 ticket price will be donated to Silicon Valley Bike Exchange.  A small showcase of family cargo bikes will be onsite.  Registration required - limited seating available. Sponsored by Safe Routes to School, PTAC, and PAUSD.   

Click to register for the screening at the Menlo Park venue.


PTAC Invites Students to Apply for Grant Funding $$  - Now Available 

The City of Palo Alto’s ThinkFund grant program is a unique opportunity for high school students, either living in Palo Alto or attending school in Palo Alto, to receive a microgrant for their project or idea.  In addition to funding, students will also receive mentorship and support in order to turn their vison for a project into reality. For more information on how to apply please visit City of Palo Alto, CA - Think Fund.


PTAC Invites Parents to Escaping Vaping Talk by Palo Alto Youth Council (PAYC)  

Thu Apr 2, 7:30-9P Mitchell Park Community Center 

PTAC invites parents (and teachers) with students transitioning to middle or high school to attend this event.  This will be a student-led panel discussion featuring teenagers from our community, as well as experts from medicine, law enforcement, academia and government.  Come hear from the teens directly so you can better understand how to talk with your student(s).  Free admission and refreshments are provided. For more info, please CLICK HERE or contact Palo Alto Youth Council at


PTA Council seeks Officers and Committee Volunteers

Are you interested in being a part of the PTA council nomination committee?  The charge of the nominating committee is to recognize and recruit the most qualified people available for elected a member of the PTA Council Executive Board and Collaborative Committees for the 2020-21 school year.  As we are forming this nom-committee, we are looking for community members who have a passion for improving the educational experience of all students and preferably have experience on their school PTA or site council.  We are currently seeking both nominations and expressions of interest from individuals in the community who would like to learn more about becoming a member of the PTA Council. Talk to us about stepping into a leadership role or how you can participate on a committee. Contact us at:


Community News


Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) New Member Audition & March Concerts  

Sun, Mar 29 9AM-4PM Sat, Apr 4 9AM-4PM Mitchell Park Community Center

New member auditions for all orchestra levels (SuperStrings, Preparatory, Debut, Sinfonia and Senior) will be held on dates above for the upcoming 2020-21 season.  For details and to schedule an audition please visit  Then attend one of two concerts in March (Sat, Mar 7, 7:30PM, Cubberley Theatre, Senior Orchestra,  Sun, Mar 8, 3PM, Cubberley Theatre, Debut Orchestra ) to listen and see for yourself the exciting collection of music we perform and how the musicians "play well with others," - PACO's motto.  Admission Free.  For more info or email  


Gunn Robotics Summer Camp 2020 

1st Session: Jun 8 - 12, 2nd Session: Jun 15 – 19,  9 AM - 3 PM  Gunn High School Robotics Lab L-5 

Come enjoy a thrilling and valuable robotics experience with GRT!  Campers (rising 5th - 8th grade) will collaborate to build and code a fully-functioning VEX IQ robot to complete robotic challenges while learning the fundamental skills for being an engineer.  There will be two identical weeklong sessions, and registration will begin in early spring.  Contact Information: or contact us at


2020 Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp 

Jun 8-12 and Jun 15-19,  Speech from 9A-12P and  Debate from 1P-4P, Palo Alto High School, 

Registration for the sixteenth annual 2020 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. Please visit our website or contact to learn more about the program.


**NEW**LEAD After School Program 

Tue Mar 24 to May 12,  4:30P-5:30P and 5:30P-6:30P at YMCA, 3412 Ross Rd, Palo Alto

LEAD stands for Leadership, Engagement, and Asset Development.  It is a service and mentorship program, presented by YCS and the Palo Alto Family YMCA for upper elementary and high school students.  Upper elementary school students work alongside high school students in service, making connections in the community and building friendships.  Mentees are third to fifth grade.  Mentors are 9-12th grade. Mentors and mentees work on service projects from 4:30-5:30P. A mentor training follows from 5:30-6:30P, high school students only. For more information contact  To register visit:


**NEW**Support Healthy Gender Development In Our Children 

Tue Mar 24, 6-7:30P, Walter Hays Multi-Purpose Room

Sponsored by the Walter Hays, Ohlone, and Palo Verde PTAs, and PAUSD’s Department of Wellness & Support RSVP here or at

Come and learn about how gender identity develops, how kids are challenging gender stereotypes and expressing themselves in new ways, and how you can support your child as we navigate this current and changing landscape.  Featuring Olivia Higgins, founder of Queerly Elementary, and local parent and pediatrician Dr. Sabrina Braham, this night is designed specifically for parents of elementary aged children.  To submit a question to be answered at the event, go here: Supporting Healthy Gender Development in Our Children: Question Form


**NEW**Common Sense Media Talk 

Thu Apr 23, 6:30- 9P at Cubberley Community Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road

Free coffee at 6:30 p.m. courtesy Friends of PreSchool Family and talk at 7:30 p.m.

Brought to you by Common Sense Media Foundation and Friends of PreSchool Family, a free talk on Parenting in the Digital Age:  How Technology Impacts Your Relationship with Your Child. The talk will focus on unique ways families can use every day experiences with media and technology to strengthen their relationship with their children and develop critical thinking skills.  This talk and question-answer session focus on ages infancy through five years old.