Escondido eNews May 17, 2020
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Escondido News



5/18 -- PTA Meeting, change of time to 7:30 pm, Zoom
5/21 --  Escondido Swag Group order closes
Virtual Science Fair - slides are due to classroom teacher


General PTA MEETING - Monday, May 18, 7:30 PM on Zoom
All are welcome, join the meeting and hear what's happening now and what the PTA is planning for next year, and much more.
NOMINATIONS to PTA Executive Board 2020-21 -- Elections will be held Monday, May 18.  



Please complete the Enrollment 2020-21 Survey: 

The responses from the survey help teachers create balanced classrooms and the information is used by the administration to determine staffing, the number of teachers, and aides. If you have already completed it, thank you.  If you have not, then please do it now. 




  • Order now and pay online!!!  A group order is open now until May 21!
  • All of the orders will be sent directly to your home from Custom Ink. 

1.  Order Adult Escondido wear HERE

2.  Order Youth Escondido wear HERE


¡ROPA de Escondido a la venta!

  • ¡¡¡Hagan su pedido ahora y paguen online!!! El plazo para pedidos en grupo permanecerá abierto hasta el 10 de Mayo.
  • Todos los pedidos se enviarán directamente a sus casas.
  1. Para pedidos de Ropa de Escondido para Adultos, hagan click aquí: Ropa de Escondido para Adultos
  1. Para pedidos de Ropa Roja de Escondido  para Niños, hagan click aquí: Camisetas y Suéteres Rojos para Niños
A new and very super SPECIAL EVENT, coordinated by our amazing Science Fair Team:

The Stanford Astronomical Society is happy to present a "virtual stargazing" session for Escondido Elementary families this Friday, May 22, at 5 pm - on ZOOM - REGISTER HERE  The Zoom link will be sent 15 minutes prior to the event.

For more information about the event, click here.


La Sociedad Astronómica de Stanford dará presentaciones cortas de 5 a 8 minutos sobre estos temas y otros más, y contestará a tus preguntas sobre astronomía y el firmamento el viernes 22 de mayo a las 5pm.   

Inscribirse Aquí


VIRTUAL SCIENCE FAIR 2020 - slides are due MAY 22
Virtual Science Fair Folder added to Schoology! 
Check it out:  Instructions, Resources, and Templates are now accessible from Schoology.  This small change will make a big difference in how easily accessible the information is for your student. Siblings are welcome to work together on one project and share it with each of their classrooms. Questions contact or



Click here to order your yearbook! Yearbooks cost $35, while supplies last!

Not sure if you already ordered one?  Check this Google spreadsheet for the list of who ordered yearbooks earlier this year with CheddarUp.

Yearbook scholarships are available for families in need. Please email Christian Munoz, or call him at 650-272-0415.


Safe Routes to School Supports Earth Day Striders and Riders

  • Palo Alto Safe Routes to School is offering new virtual and online bike and pedestrian safety educational resources and activities, including free 1:1 virtual consultations to families. If you have ever wondered, where are bicyclists supposed to ride on the road, what are some tips for physically distancing while walking or biking during Shelter in Place, or what kind of bike or accessories can improve your walking/biking experience, set up an appointment here.
  • The City of Palo Alto encourages those families who have increased their walk and bike trips to continue doing so by taking the Safe Routes to School Roll Model Pledge. This pledge includes two simple goals: making greener choices in school transportation and sharing the road safely with others by following the Safe Routes to School tips. 
Dr. Marcela's Newsletters
5/6:  Newsletter:
4/29:  Newsletter:
4/27:  SPECIAL VIDEO Greetings from Teachers to Students
4/22:  Check out Principal Greeting to Students:
4/22:  Newsletter to Parents:



Welcome! Here you will find a collection of supports and services for a variety of needs including food, financial support, and legal aid by county of residence.

This page is updated regularly, so if something is not completed and you have questions, please reach out through the contact page. In addition, some information may have changed due to COVID-19, so we appreciate your patience.

If you would like to suggest a resource: CLICK HERE!
If you have general questions, comments, or requests: CLICK HERE!



Aquí encontrará una colección de apoyos y servicios para una variedad de necesidades, como alimentos, apoyo financiero, y asistencia legal por condado.

Esta página se actualiza regularmente. Si falta información y tiene preguntas, comuníquese a través de la página de contacto. Alguna información puede haber cambiado debido al COVID-19 (Coronavirus) y apreciamos su paciencia.

Si desea sugerir un recurso: HAGA CLIC AQUI!
Si tiene preguntas, comentarios o solicitudes generales: HAGA CLIC AQUI! 
Si necesita ayuda con el lenguaje o el transporte, hable con:

Christian Muñoz – – 650-272-041


Summer Art Classes in Spanish — AleVisualArts
Classes begin in June.  See attachment for the schedule.
Contact Alejandra Hermandinger: email or call (650) 799-2464. 

Two options 

  1. Virtual art classes in Spanish — Clases virtuales de arte en español 
  2. In-person art camps in Spanish (Monday through Friday, 9am to 2pm. Only 3 kids per camp.)


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




PTA/PTA Council News


**NEW** Come give City Council your thoughts on Vape-Shop Ordinance

Mon May 18,  7:15pm, on Zoom:   Meeting ID: 362 027 238

Agenda (see item 6) and more info:

Palo Alto City Council will vote Monday on a proposed ordinance to further regulate Vape Shops, in an effort to prevent sales to minors.  Unlike some other similar local ordinances, this proposal allows for 'adults-only' shops.  PTA Council is advocating for closing this loophole.  Do you have concerns, stories, or personal experiences with teen vaping?  Come share them with City Council!  Your voice matters!!  (Can't come, but want to comment? You can send public comments to  Questions: Erwin Morton,


**NEW** Please Take Action: Ask Congress to support Schools during the Pandemic

Unless Congress acts, schools are about to experience major budget cuts triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Your action will help prevent layoffs, larger class sizes and the reduction or elimination of important programs and services for our students. Please join with education leaders around the country in asking for $200 billion to support education funding, including special education, distance learning, Title 1 for low-income students and other programs, including:

  • Learning Policy Institute: “A 15 percent reduction in state education funding could lead to the loss of more than 300,000 teaching positions.”
  • Ed100: "During Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s say a loud 'thank you' in a way that really matters: by supporting education funding in this time of crisis.”
  • National Education Leaders, including PTA: “As Congress negotiates a fourth emergency supplemental in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative any package include significant, robust and flexible funding for our nation’s public schools."
  • Council of Great City Schools:"...Support an additional federal allocation of $175 billion in Educational Stabilization Funds distributed to the local level through the Title I formula. We also urge Congress to provide an additional $13 billion for IDEA, $12 billion in additional Title I program funding, $2.0 billion for E-Rate, and emergency infrastructure funds that include public schools.”

Please click HERE to send a message to your U.S. senators and representatives, and help ensure that robust education funding is included in the next COVID-19 relief package. Our children deserve it!


Mental Health & Wellness Resources while Sheltering In Place:

CDC: Children's Mental Health during COVID-19: Stress & Coping

CDC: Children's Mental Health

CDC: Stress and Coping During Pandemic

CDC: Taking Care of Your Emotional Health

Mayo Clinic: Covid-19 and Your Mental Health

American Medical Association: Managing Mental Health During COVID-19


PAUSD Webinar Series: “Creating Calm at Home During Covid-19"

English on Wed, May 20 & 27,  6:30-8:00 pm

Mandarin on Thu, May 21, & 28,  6:30-8:00 pm

Topics that will be covered are:

Week 1:  Improving the parent-child connection in close quarters

Week 2:  Working through generational differences in communication

Week 3:  Helping children manage their emotions while managing one's own

Week 4:  Developing children’s coping and self-efficacy skills

Parents and guardians are invited to register to join the webinars live or access the recordings after. 

To Register visit: eventbrite or 註冊訪問: Eventbrite


Information on Vaping/ Smoking and COVID-19 Risks:

Vaping Prevention: Information for students, educators, and parents

Cannabis Awareness & Prevention


Health & Wellness Webinar Series Recordings

Listen to March webinar series on the PTA Council Website:

1) The Coronavirus & Understanding the Science of Physical Distancing and How This Impacts Our Families

2) Stress Management in the Age of COVID-19

3) Family Closening in a Time of Social Distancing



The City of Palo Alto is asking all residents - including parents, teachers, and school families - to speak up now. Your input will alter the priorities as budget cuts are coming soon. Take a moment to take the survey. 

Join the Budget Conversations 

Join the conversation by sharing your service area priorities through an online survey here and learn more about the City’s budget at On May 4, the City Council adopted a set of budget assumptions to help inform how staff will prepare the revised Fiscal Year 2020-2021 operating and capital budgets for Council consideration and community input. The City Council selected scenario estimates with a preliminary loss of $39 million in major tax revenues during the next fiscal year.




May 20 11AM

Due to the County’s Shelter-in-Place order in effect, our Annual Election at this Special General Association Meeting, will proceed on MAY 20th. Notice is hereby given that it will be a virtual meeting by Zoom. The Zoom dial in info will be sent to all PTA member schools Presidents and EVPs and PTAC Executive Board/Committee Chairs. See slate here. If you wish to attend, please send an email to to receive the Zoom login.



May 27 11AM

Due to the County’s Shelter-in-Place order in effect, our final General Association Meeting, previously scheduled, will remain on calendar. We will proceed on the same date: Wednesday, May 27th, except it will be a virtual meeting by Zoom. The Zoom dial in info will be sent to all PTA member schools Presidents and EVPs. If you wish to attend, please send an email to to receive the Zoom login.


For Families in our District: There is a new Family Outreach Number to Call for Assistance

English Family Outreach Toll Free Number

1833-3HELPPA or 1833-343-5772: The Palo Alto PTA and a group of community leaders have released a toll free Family Outreach phone line so families attending Palo Alto Schools can get information about where to get food assistance, school lunch, financial help, and school information.  Parents can also leave a message with their contact information and specify their needs so volunteers can help connect them to local resources. 1833-3HELPPA or 1833-343-7772


Spanish Línea Directa y Gratis para Familias 

1833-3HELPPA or 1833-343-5772: El PTA de Palo Alto  y un grupo de líderes comunitarios han lanzado una línea telefónica gratuita para que las familias que asisten a las escuelas de Palo Alto puedan obtener información sobre dónde obtener asistencia alimentaria, almuerzo escolar, ayuda financiera e información escolar. Los padres también pueden dejar un mensaje con su información y especificar sus necesidades para que voluntarios puedan ayudarlos a conectarse con recursos locales.1833-3HELPPA or 1833-343-5772


Helpful Resources for Well-Being During SIP

Suggested links for mental and physical wellbeing during times of Sheltering In Place:


Backstage with the Superintendent

Watch the first Backstage with the Superintendent Webinar


PAUSD Zoom Guidelines: STUDENT PAUSD Zoom Guidelines & Norms 03/25/20


Community News


**NEW**Special Needs Families Support Group- FREE

Tue, 3pm-4pm - Online workshop

FREE Parents of children and teens who have special needs are currently immersed in crisis-schooling at home, facing daunting challenges different from parents with neuro-typical kids. This 4-session Special Needs Support Group provides an opportunity to connect, share experiences and challenges, swap ideas, and receive expert guidance and support for navigating these challenging times. 

Cost is FREE. Donations are appreciated but not required.

Register here: Any Questions? Email Tiffany at


**NEW**Sensory Processing Support Group- FREE

Thu 11:30am-12:30pm - Online workshop

FREE The Sensory Processing Parent Support Group is for parents of children with sensory processing challenges. Parents will have an opportunity to meet with others to share experiences, swap ideas, and receive support.    Cost is FREE. Donations are appreciated but not required.

Register here: Any Questions? Email Tiffany at


**NEW**Parenting Support Chats – FREE

Fri 1:30pm-2:30pm - Online workshop

FREE Friday Parenting Support Chats: During these uncertain times, we understand that you may be struggling to balance work commitments with caring for children at home. Whether you need help with daily routines, positive discipline, sibling rivalry, or ways to play and interact with your children, we can help you develop concrete strategies to manage these new challenges and help you feel more effective as a parent.

Cost is FREE. Donations are appreciated but not required.

Register here: Any Questions? Email Tiffany at  


Service While Sheltering: A Resource for Families

Youth Community Service (YCS) has a list of ways to do service while sheltering at home! These service activities can engage the whole family in projects for your community! Some ideas include: Make a t-shirt reusable bag, thank you cards for essential employees, or make someone a friendship bracelet. Click here for manymore ideas! If you do something on this list, we’d love to hear from you! Email: