Escondido eNews May 12, 2019
Sun, May 12 8:30pm
Escondido Elementary



Key Dates

5/18 -- Escondido Day at Stanford Baseball Game

5/20-24 -- Spirit Week (details will be sent later this week)

5/28 -- 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9am

5/29 -- Track & Field Day, 8:30-11:30 am

5/31 -- Last Day Fair 11 am & Early Dismissal 1:30 pm





YEARBOOKS - Order NOW, while supplies last.

 An update to previous information; online sales are no longer available. You can still order your Yearbook directly from PTA. Please submit your Yearbook order-envelope to the Office. $40 cash or check, payable to Escondido PTA. Order now - Delivered by 5/31.  Scholarships Assistance Available contact Christian Muñoz - Family Engagement Specialist or ask at the front office. 

Can't remember if you pre-ordered already?  Check this LIST  Any questions contact Anna Saccheri 







To join, visit enter the (new) code ESCONDIDO, and place an order!  Good Eggs will donate 5% back to the PTA on every order.  Good Eggs sells organic, local produce, meat and fish, baked goods, easy dinner kits, and more delivered same-day. No subscription required. Free delivery when you spend $60. Questions?  Contact 



PTA and PTAC News


**NEW** EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent's Weekly Board Update

Read Dr. Don Austin's Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday


UPDATED Youth Art Show at the Palo Alto Art Center 

April 27-May 19

The extensive imagination and talent of PAUSD art students will be on display for the public at the Palo Alto Art Center later this week.  Exhibit includes work from students in grades K-12. PiE funds art programs in PAUSD. Instructors have selected work that demonstrates accomplishment and innovation in the classroom.


Mandarin Parent Workshops - Inter-cultural Dialogue  

Thu 6:30 - 8:30P ongoing thru May 16 Greene Middle School Library

Wellness & Support Services Dept. and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) are offering a ten-week parenting workshop series, “Inter-Cultural Dialogue,” in Mandarin. An AACI Therapist facilitates the research-based workshops designed to help families navigate the generational and cultural differences in their families.

  • May 16 – Revision, celebration, and completion

Spaces are still available. For more information or to save your place, please RSVP on Eventbrite.

**NEW**UPDATED 2019 PTAC Honorary Service Awards - Congratulations & THANK YOU!!

The Palo Alto PTA Council honored five outstanding people and one group this year for their amazing service to the Palo Alto community.  The honorees are: Stacey Ashlund for her work on inclusion; Ana Reyes for advocacy for the HPV vaccine; David Shen and Susan Usman – Led the Measure Z campaign that passed a $460 million dollar bond to upgrade and enhance our schools; Alva Spence for her work on student nutrition and health; Gunn Culture Connection Club for their volunteer translation services

In addition, incredible volunteers were honored by Palo Alto’s 17 PTAs.  Congratulations to these wonderful people whose countless hours of service are greatly appreciated.  For the full list of the 2019 PTA Honorary Service Award Recipients, please visit 


**NEW**Tap Twice on your iPhones for School Funding

Your voice is needed now! The California legislature is NOW voting on a bill (AB 39) restore CA K-12 school funding back again to the top ten U.S. states (where we were a generation ago). Sign up for PTAC mobile alerts to advance this bill with two taps on your iPhones (Tap 1: Open alert; Tap 2: Message Sacramento). Download the Click My Cause iPhone app, select “Palo Alto PTA Council”, tap “allow” notifications, and tap on your red “act now” buttons in the app. Every time the bill needs your voice, there will be a red badge on the app. Android users: voice your support for AB 8 to Asm. Berman, Sen. Hill and the CA Assembly Appropriations Committee (


**NEW**PTAC Budget Meeting for 2019-2010 - Making Good Progress

On Wed, May 8, the PTAC Budget Committee met to discuss priorities and on-going work in all Collaborative Committees.   Our total budget was reviewed and line item details gleaned by all the 18-member budget committee. This is the largest budget committee we have ever had.  Thank you to all members for their hard work. The draft PTAC budget will be posted for review soon and budget recommendations will be made to the PTAC Executive Board and our General Association.  We will vote to adopt this budget at our first meeting of the 2019-2020 school year. Thank you. 


**NEW**PTAC - Final General Association Meeting & Spring Training  

Wed May 22 9A District Office

PTAC will have its final meeting for the general association 9A on May 22nd., followed by Spring Training 10:30A.  Congratulations to all our 17 PTAs for electing their new members to serve and to the new members for their willingness to step up.  All 17 unit PTA Presidents, EVPs, Secretaries, VPs and Collaborative Committees will have an opportunity to meet in small groups and learn about important items for their office and roles for next year.  Please join us for a group photo under our new PTAC banner at the front of 25 Churchill Ave. District Office. 


Didn't get enough Tacolicious earlier in the year?

632 Emerson St., Palo Alto, CA 94301 See restaurant website

 Monday Nights in MAY benefit Greene MS and PTAC

PTAC (which includes all the schools, so please go eat...) gets a percentage of cash totals, along with Greene MS, from customers who eat out on Monday nights at Tacolicious Palo Alto.  Help support our schools and local businesses -- it's now so easy to get a quick Monday meal (eat in or take out). Thank you to Audrey Gold and Kory Cogdill and the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce (Iris Chen) for putting this together. 


Summer Camps Info Now Available on PTAC Website  

Looking for a summer camp in your neighborhood or at one of our Palo Alto Unified school sites? Now you can find it at the PTAC website at Camp providers listed on this page host activities/summer camps at PAUSD Schools, and pay rental fees to our district. These rental fees help to defray the cost of running our schools while providing local opportunities for our kids. PTA Council does not endorse one camp over another. This service is offered to give parents an easy way to find out what is being offered and where. Please contact the PTAC Webmaster to recommend updates to this information. There is no charge to providers to be listed.


**NEW** PTA Council & Latino Parent Network “VTP Meeting & Community Dinner”
Thur May 16, 6-8P @ East Palo Alto Academy 1050 Myrtle Street, East Palo Alto 
Dr Judy Argumedo will provide the community with information about changes to VTP busing and school placement affecting VTP families at Barron Park, Juana Briones, Nixon and Palo Verdes Elementary School. Spanish & Tongan translation provided.  Community Dinner provided. You are welcome to contribute a dish. ALL Welcome!!  Please RSVP and direct questions to:

El consejo de PTA y la Red de Padres Latinos “Reunión del VTP y Cena Comunitaria”

Jueves, 16 de mayo en East Palo Alto Academy de 6:00 a 8:00pm.

1050 Myrtle Street, East Palo Alto 6:00 a 6:30pm Judy Argumedo PhD proporcionará información a la comunidad sobre los cambios en el bus del VTP y la colocación en las escuelas que afectan a las familias del VTP en Barron Park, Juana Briones, Nixon y Palo Verde. Habrá traducción para el español y Tonga. 6:30 a 8:00pm. Cena comunitaria. Usted está bienvenido a contribuir con un plato. ¡¡Son TODOS bienvenidos!!

Por favor, déjenos saber su asistencia y para preguntas entrar en contacto



Community News



**NEW**Volunteer Opportunity for Parents & Grandparents at Palo Alto Art Center!

Palo Alto Art Center (1313 Newell Road), September 2019

The Palo Alto Art Center will be holding new docent training sessions this September.  Training will take place September 3, 6, and 10 from 9:30A to 12P. Docents help lead school tours for the Project Look program. Project Look serves k-5th graders and includes an interactive tour of our galleries and hands-on art activities.  This is a great volunteer opportunity for parents, especially art lovers and those that enjoy working with children!  Please see the attached flyer for more information and contact Grace Abusharkh, Director of Volunteer Engagement, at for more information or to sign up.


**NEW**Participate in a Stanford Brain Function Research Study

The Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program at Stanford is recruiting for a research study exploring brain function.  Looking for youth ages of 9-17 who are right-handed and English-speaking: involves two initial and two follow-up appointments (2 hours each) and include completing questionnaires, a short interview, and playing computer games during brain imaging with fNIRS (functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy).  Payment up to $120. Sessions are available both during the academic year and summer. For more info, or to enroll in the study, write to or  For info about participant rights, contact 1-866-680-2906.


Palo Alto Farmers’ Market Opens 

Sat May 11 8A-12P Gilman St between Forest and Hamilton, Palo Alto

The downtown Farmer’s market is moving to year-round schedule.  Responding to customer and vendor feedback the market will now be open all year to provide locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers, along with other locally produced foods such as fresh eggs, fish, olive oil, crepes, breads, and more.  Opening Day, May 11, will include award-winning chocolates by Charlotte Truffles, olive oil from Grumpy Goats Farm, produce from organic farms like Full Belly and Coke, as well as live music.


Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Spring Concerts

Come spend your Friday evening at the Dinkenspiel Auditorium in Stanford for Senior PACO's finale concert featuring an exciting collaboration with jazz violin.  And don't miss the virtuosity of this year's Concerto Competition winners in performance on June 1st at the Cubberley Theatre, or any of our season ending concerts May through June. Admission FREE and for the entire family to enjoy.

Fri, May 17, 7:30PM, Stanford Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Senior PACO Orchestra

Sun, May 19,  3PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Preparatory Orchestra

Sat, Jun 1, 7:30PM, Cubberley Theatre, Sinfonia Orchestra

Sun, Jun 2, 12PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Superstrings Orchestra

Sun, Jun 2, 4PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Debut Orchestra


City of Palo Alto Summer Camp Fair

Sat, May 18 11A–4P at the Mitchell Park Community Center

Summer is just around the corner. Are you still looking for fun activities for your child?  Not to worry, it is not too late.  Come check out all the open camp options (for kids 3 -17) offered by the City of Palo Alto at our annual Summer Camp Fair.  Not only can you meet the instructors and ask questions about the different camps but you can also register on the spot. The free event will also have fun activities: face painting, jumpy house and food trucks. 


Palo Alto World Music Day Musicians and Volunteers Wanted

Sun. June 16, 3-7:30P, University Avenue (closed to traffic).  

The City of Palo Alto has declared Sunday June 16 as World Music Day.  Now for the eleventh year professional and amateur musical groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral and more.  Free and open to the public. Interested in also performing?  Info: or  Sign up to Volunteer!!  Sponsored by: Stanford Federal Credit Union, Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, Live SV, and News for Chinese.


Early Bird Auditions for Silicon Valley Boychoir

Fri, May 10, and 17 by appointment, Palo Alto

Auditions for next fall's 10th Anniversary season!  The choir rehearses in downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave).  Open to rising 2nd-5th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events. 

Email or visit


Peninsula Hike for Hope  

Sun May 19th Check-in: 8:30A Hike Begins: 9:30A Hike Ends: 3P Huddart Park, Woodside

Join AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) for the 1st ever Peninsula Hike for Hope event.  Suicide prevention starts with everyday people like you.  Money raised goes to critical research, education programs, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide.  Join us to help create a culture that’s smart about mental health. The hike will be a relatively easy 2-3 mile loop at Huddart Park in Woodside.  Parking is 6$ per vehicle. Please see visit our website to learn more about registration/donations.  Any Questions?  Email Jaclyn Petty at


FREE Project Cornerstone 6-Week Parenting Workshop "Take It Personally"

Wed May, 15, 22,  5:30-6P dinner, Workshop 6-7:30P Colorado Park Apartments

You do not need to be a parent/resident from the Colorado Park Apartments.  Open to all parents & caregivers at no cost.  Each week a facilitator will lead sharing, discussion, and teaching tools you can use now to strengthen your family connections.  You'll leave with new ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships.  Workshop paid for by PAH (Palo Alto Housing).  Questions? Contact Ziem Neubert at  Sign Up today:


Paly Cheer & Dance Little Vikes Summer Camp

June 10-14: K-8th grade Full Day 9A-3P w/lunch included.  We also have half day Pre K sessions available from 9A-12P

Cheer Focus- Campers will be taught cheerleading motions and technique, cheer jumps, stunts, gymnastics, sideline cheers, dance technique and a dance routine. There will also be games and crafts.  This is a great way to learn more about the sport of cheerleading while having a ton of fun with our amazing team. No experience necessary.

Dance Focus- Campers will be taught dance progressions, turns, leaps, jumps and kicks, several dance routines in various styles from hip-hop to contemporary.  Let our Nationally ranked dance team show you how to move and groove! Some dance experience is recommended.  Register at Questions: Contact Alanna Williamson at