Escondido eNews May 16, 2021
Sun, May 16 6:17pm

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Escondido News

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IMPORTANT DATES AND REMINDERS

  • 5th GRADE PROMOTION WILL BE ON CAMPUS ON JUNE 2! Make sure to RSVP via ParentSquare for your seat.
  • ORDER A YEARBOOK! - BUY TODAY!  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! https://2020-2021-escondido-yearbook.cheddarup.com
  • THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR SPOILING OUR TEACHERS DURING TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! Here are some of the PTA pictures of snacks and door decorations during the week. https://photos.app.goo.gl/7sniuqx7ANq9e9Yd8 Thank you parents for the Staff appreciation fund. We were able to give appreciation gifts to the office staff, all 3 custodians, Ms. Lea, Mr. D, Ms. Nina and Ms. Hermandinger.  ALL of the staff will be receiving our custom presents at the end of the year as promised!
  • TEACHER & STAFF FRIDAY TREATS - Attention Parents!! The teachers and staff have LOVED Friday Treats!  At this time everything has to be restaurant or store prepared.  Each grade will host a day where they can thank all Escondido staff and teachers in their own special way.  Have fun with your week - make it your own and be creative!  The schedule is as follows:
    • 4th Grade - May 21
    • 5th Grade - May 28
  • 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.

VOLUNTEER UPDATES

  • RECESS & LUNCH SUPERVISION STILL NEEDED!!!! - Are you vaccinated and have 1 hour a week you can come to school and help out?  WE REALLY REALLY NEED RECESS/LUNCH VOLUNTEERS!!! Email John Di Cosmo if you plan to attend the zoom at jdicosmo@pausd.org and use the google doc to sign up HERE.
  • AVAILABLE PTA BOARD POSITIONS FOR 2021-2022: We still need more really important volunteers to make serving on the PTA Board a reasonable amount of work. Please reach out to juliawmc@gmail.com if you are interested in potentially joining the PTA Board Next year.  Below are the most crucial roles we are hoping to fill:
    • Konstella Administrator: Set up Konstella and help administer during the year. (Tech savvy person helpful)
    • Executive Vice President: Potential successor to the president and back up for the president.
    • Historian: Create the PTA calendar and make sure the district office has all the information for on campus events to be covered for PTA insurance. (Primarily summer responsibility and beginning of school year, very light position)
    • Auditor: Complete an audit of our books twice a year.
    • Parliamentarian: Keep track of bylaws, and following meeting rules
    • Website Administrator: Update our PTA website for the beginning of the school year with the back to school packet information.  Occasionally upload new documents to the website as they change or are updated during the year.

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District News

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Advanced Authentic Research (AAR) Needs Mentors for 2021-22!

AAR gives high school students in grades 10-12 a capstone project opportunity to explore and conduct original research in a topic of their choosing in a supportive, personalized environment. We need continued support in recruiting a strong pipeline of volunteer mentors. Topics include STEAM, Humanities, Business, and Social Science. Would you be willing to devote a few hours per month mentoring one or two students? Your interactions with the students can be through multiple platforms including virtual meeting space, emails, etc. For more info or to sign up, Click here. Or there are other options for involvement, including guest speaker and industry expert advisor.

Biking or Driving to School Again?

Please see Palo Alto's Walk and Roll Suggested Route Maps for walking or biking to school safe routes. When driving, please share the road, providing 3 feet of passing distance to bicyclists. Park away from the school to avoid drop-off/pickup congestion and get a healthy walk in. For more educational resources, please click:  Safe Routes to School website. Current 3rd families, please consider registering for a one-hour Third Grade Socially Distanced Bike Rodeo Summer Series event.

Rising 6th grade middle school families should consider signing up for Wheelkids Middle School Bike Skills Classes.

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PTA/PTA Council News

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**NEW**6th District PTA Health & Wellness Webinar: What Children and Youth Need to Heal and Thrive in a Post-Pandemic World

Wednesday, May 19 at 6pm, https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RCI-7xNTStqUCXortOP5hA

The pandemic has impacted everyone in our community, especially our youth and children. Do you see signs of 'pandemic-stress' or trauma in your student? In this presentation, Professor Rebecca London will discuss the ways that pandemic life has affected the typical development of school-aged children and youth. She will describe how adverse experiences, like living through a pandemic, can affect young people and the ways that parents, schools, and communities can aid the healing process. Register for this webinar at: Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Health and Wellness. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

**NEW**City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School

Current 3rd families, please consider registering for a one-hour Third Grade Socially Distanced Bike Rodeo Summer Series event.

**NEW**Rising 6th grade middle School families should consider signing up for Wheelkids Middle School Bike Skills Classes.  Please see Palo Alto's Walk and Roll Suggested Route Maps for walking or biking to school safe routes. When driving, please share the road, providing 3 feet of passing distance to bicyclists. Park away from the school to avoid drop-off/pickup congestion and get a healthy walk in. For more educational resources, please click:  Safe Routes to School website.

**NEW** City of Palo Alto Youth Services Budget Cuts--Complete the Budget Survey to Make Your Voice Heard

The City of Palo Alto released its proposed 2022 budget, which includes cuts to many services that our students may use, such as crossing guard services, libraries, sports and recreation programming/classes, Children's Theater, the Teen Center, and Art Center programming and classes. There are numerous other proposed cuts that will affect services for all residents. Take the City of Palo Alto Budget Survey to give your feedback. Direct emails to City.Council@cityofpaloalto.org. Any concerns should also be voiced at the upcoming Palo Alto City Council meeting on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 5:00 PM: CLICK HERE TO JOIN  Meeting ID: 362 027 238 Phone:1(669)900-6833

**NEW** COVID Vaccines for 12 years old & up are now available - sign up NOW!!

Great news! PAUSD will be having COVID Vaccination appointments for our students 12 years old and older needing a 1st dose. All the clinics will be located at the Peery Family Center at Palo Alto High School. We will have 1st dose clinics on May 16th and May 23rd. 2nd dose appointments will be 3 weeks later. Those eligible and interested may sign up through the links below:

https://mhealthsystem.com/SWYPAUSDCovid

For consent forms and map of PALY click the following link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BzLEh8QL1OrI85Z4WdYNghA8cDZ_ndUv?usp=sharing

Estimada comunidad de PAUSD, ¡Una gran noticia! Tendremos citas de vacunación COVID para nuestros estudiantes de 12 años en adelante que necesiten una primera dosis. Esta clínica estará ubicada en el Perry Family Center en Palo Alto High School (mapa adjunto). Tendremos clínicas de 1ra dosis el 16 y 23 de Mayo. Las citas para la segunda dosis serán 3 semanas después.

Los elegibles e interesadospueden registrarse a través de los enlaces a continuación: https://mhealthsystem.com/SWYPAUSDCovid

亲爱的PAUSD 家庭,您们好

在此告知您⼀个好消息!我们将为本学区需要第⼀剂COVID 疫苗的12 岁及以上的学⽣

开放接种预约,疫苗接种地点位于 Palo Alto ⾼中的Perry Family Center (附地图)。第⼀剂接种⽇期是5 ⽉16 ⽇及5 ⽉23 ⽇,第⼆剂约诊为3 周后。

如果您符合资格并想接种疫苗,请在以下⽹站注册:

https://mhealthsystem.com/SWYPAUSDCovid

Health and Wellness

Where to go for Free COVID Vaccines

Where to go for Free COVID-19 Testing

**NEW** Free COVID-19 Testing in PALO ALTO CITY

California State PTA COVID-19 Resources

Family Resources here: Health Wellness Resources

Teen Mental Health Resources

Children's Mental Health Resources

COVID Information for Spanish Speakers

Please click on the following links for Free COVID vaccines CLICK HERE

Facts About COVID-19 Vaccine

Qué esperar después de la aplicación de la vacuna

contra el COVID-19

Seguridad de las vacunas contra el COVID-19

Mitos y datos acerca de las vacunas contra el COVID-19

Preguntas frecuentes sobre la vacunación contra el COVID-19

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

Learn more about important vaccine topics. Pre-recorded in Spanish El Foro Comunitario: Vacuna COVID-19  

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Community News

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**NEW**Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2021 Moving to in-Person, on the Paly Campus

July 26 - July 30 and August  2 - August 6, 10am-3pm

Our camp is for middle school students (incoming 6th - 9th graders). Campers will be able to sign up for one of four sessions each week: Robot Design & Hardware, Programming, Entrepreneurship & Website Design, and Animation & Graphic Design. Camp will be held on the Paly campus in designated outdoor areas. We will be following all PAUSD COVID guidelines in place at the time of camp. For more information and to register, please visit palyrobotics.com/summercamp/. If you have any further questions, please contact us at summercamp@palyrobotics.com.

**NEW**Paly Science Camp

June 28-July 2 or July 5-July 9

Registration for Paly Science Camp is NOW OPEN for middle schoolers in grades 6-9! The camp will be held online via Zoom and include a variety of STEM activities that students can follow along at home. Session 1 will be 6/28-7/2 and Session 2 will be 7/5-7/9. Camp is held from 1-4pm everyday. Material will be identical for both sessions so there is no need to sign up for both! Each session is $280 per student and registration/payment information can be found at Paly Science Camp. Please email palysciencecamp@gmail.comif you have any questions!

Stanford Basketball Camp

June 14-17 (Monday-Thursday)

The Stanford Men's Basketball staff is excited to introduce its inaugural skills academy, open to all rising 3rd through 7th graders!

Session 1: 9-11:30am

Session 2: 1-3:30pp

This format allows us to meet the capacity requirements we face due to COVID-19 protocols while still providing each camper with high level, focused, and fun instruction.

For registration and additional information, please click HERE.

**UPDATED** Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience

Thursdays, May 20 and 27, 6:30pm-8pm

A three-part series of panel discussions on Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience, that will feature a diverse group of AAPI leaders and community members from across the country. The panel discussions aim to provide a foundation for understanding our diverse AAPI community, discussing its culture and history, origins of prejudice and violence, and notions of identity within the AAPI community. All panel discussions are virtual, free and open to the public. Sponsored by SCC Superintendent Joe Simitian and AACI (Asian Americans for Community Involvement). Register HERE

 

City of Palo Alto Youth Services Budget Cuts--Complete the Palo Alto Budget Survey to Make Your Voice Heard

The City of Palo Alto released its proposed 2022 budget, which includes cuts to many services that our students may use, such as crossing guard services, libraries, sports and recreation programming/classes, Children's Theater, the Teen Center, and Art Center programming and classes. There are numerous other proposed cuts that will affect services for all residents. Take the City of Palo Alto Budget Survey to give your feedback.

**NEW**Green Tip! Simple Ways to Save Water
As we head into drought conditions, here are some tips to conserve water: Cut your shower time down to 5 minutes. Replace lawns with drought tolerant plants. Turn on the sprinklers after sundown. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth. Fix your leaks. Only full loads in machines for laundry and dishes. More here: https://www.kron4.com/news/california/tips-to-reduce-your-water-use-during-the-california-drought/

**UPDATED** Families Welcome at Bike to Wherever Days on 5/21 or 5/22!

Stop by an Energizer Station on Friday, 5/21, from 3:30-6:30pm to be rewarded for bicycling! Look for a canopy on the plaza at California Ave & Park Boulevard or downtown at University & Bryant, near local restaurants and shops in Uplift Local open air venues. Alternatively, on Saturday 5/22, from 2-5pm, find rewards by Mitchell Park Library or Rinconada Library. Pledge to ride here: https://bikesiliconvalley.org/btwd/ Get more info, maps to low-stress Palo Alto bike routes, and safe biking tips: Walk Bike Palo Alto – Promoting Active Transportation in Palo Alto  

**NEW**iSing Choir Auditioning Girls Entering Grades 1-5

iSing is an internationally award-winning choir based in Palo Alto serving more than 300 girls in 1-12 grade. If your daughter loves to sing, iSing is the perfect place for her to discover and develop her passion for music. Curriculum for young singers includes play, dance, instruments, musicianship, and of course, lots of signing! Opportunities for our older singers include performances with world-class artists, international travel, singing new music, and recording albums. We are now auditioning girls entering grades 1-5 for our 2021-22 season. To sign up for an audition, visit us at www.isingsv.com.

**NEW**Girl Scouts Informational Meetings

Curious about Girl Scouts? Want to learn more about the Girl Scout program and how to get involved? Join us at one of our Monday night, 7pm, Open Houses: https://bit.ly/3g7qXkb 

 **NEW**Try Out Girl Scouts   

Girls entering Kindergarten and First Grade this fall are invited to our Girl Scouts Daisy Meet-Ups! Meetings are on Thursdays at 4pm throughout May. Sign up at https://bit.ly/3rXTxaG.

Girls older than Kindergarten and/or those who cannot make those meetings are invited on Sunday, 5/23 at 4pm or Wednesday, 6/9 at 6pm. Sign up at norcal.gs/explore-gs.

**UPDATED** Learn about South Palo Alto Bike Path Plans

The City of Palo Alto is undertaking an effort to improve bicycling along East Meadow Drive, Fabian Way, and the Waverley Bike Path in South Palo Alto. These corridors serve as key walk-and-roll routes for students traveling to multiple schools and connect the community to the new Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Project at Adobe Creek, as well as other Palo Alto communities.

Join us for a series of upcoming virtual events to share your input and learn more about potential bikeway enhancements under consideration. To register. org/Bikeways.

  • Virtual Route Tour 1 –Saturday, May 22 @ 11:00am
  • Virtual Route Tour 2 – Thursday, May 27 @ 6:30pm
  • Engagement Summary – Tuesday, June 22 @ 6:30pm

Re-Entry for Our Youth: Supporting Our Kids’ Transition Back to ‘Normal’

CLICK HERE to listen to podcast

As more and more people are vaccinated and COVID restrictions ease, the time has come for us to figure out how to re-enter the world. According to a report from the American Psychological Association (APA), about half of Americans are feeling anxious about re-entry after sheltering in place for so long. In this podcast episode, we sat down with licensed clinical psychologist and CHC’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Ramsey Khasho, to talk about how to ease our way back into the world and support our kids in that process.

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Welcomes Boys Who Love to Sing

Online auditions scheduled conveniently. SingFest mini-camp on two dates: 10am on Saturday, June 5 and August 28, 2021

GRAMMY award-winning Ragazzi Boys Chorus seeks boys aged 7-10 who love to sing. Curriculum focuses on music theory, vocal technique, artistry, musicianship, and performance skills. With our innovative Ragazzi Virtual Studio online format, we make music throughout the year. Age 5-7, are invited to join our Music and Movement class, beginning in September. 6-12th graders who have past choral experience may apply for an audition with the faculty of our advanced groups. Register for SingFest HERE 

Click HERE for inquiries or to schedule an audition, visit .  Learn more about Ragazzi, and register to view upcoming performances, at Ragazzi Boys Chorus | One of the Bay Area's premier arts organizations.

Positive Parenting During COVID by Stanford Medicine

Friday, May 21 and Pre-recorded Videos

Stanford Medicine presents an online series of recordings:

CLICK HERE to view the recordings or register for upcoming webinars 

Summer Openings at PACCC for Elementary Students

Check out PACCC Summer Programs Openings at:

Bessie Bolton, Barron Park, Duveneck, El Carmelo, Escondido, Hoover, Palo Verde, Walter Hays.

Each site will have stable cohorts; children will not commingle with other cohorts. Children will have ample outdoor time each day and daily enrichment opportunities! Sign up for an open spot by filling out the Enrollment Application form and paying the fee, which covers processing costs. After completing the enrollment application and paying the fee, our Directors will be in touch! If you sign up for a center with no openings, you will be placed on the waitlist. Questions can be emailed to info@paccc.org. PACCC Programs are vigilant in maintaining safety protocols, including maintaining stable cohorts and physical distancing as much as possible. 77 percent of our school-age educators within our agency have been vaccinated.