Escondido eNews May 2, 2021
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Escondido News



  • ORDER A YEARBOOK! - ONLY 37 LEFT! DON’T DELAY - 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!
  • MAY 3-7 - TEACHER AND STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK. Thank you all for your contributions to our staff fundraising pool! We have enough for the custom gift and extra gifts and will distribute those at the end of the year.  From our PTA budget, your PTA Board is putting together the following for the entire teaching staff this week:
    • Monday: Snack Shop in the Teacher’s Patio
    • Tuesday: Tacolicious Lunch
    • Wednesday: Snack Shop in the Teacher’s Patio
    • Thursday: Tender Green’s Lunch
    • Friday: Friday Treats in the Teacher’s Patio
  • REMINDER CLASSROOM TEACHER APPRECIATION. Your room parent has sent you daily themes for your teacher that will look something like this:
    • Monday: Doors were decorated on Sunday evening (2-5pm) (FDL: photos in schoology)
    • Tuesday: Paper or real flowers to the classroom (FDL: photos/pictures of flowers for the teachers)
    • Wednesday: Special Treats - prepackaged only (FDL: room parents sending special treats with class funds likely)
    • Thursday: Personal Cards and small gifts from families (FDL: e-cards or letters or maybe a kudoboard)
    • Friday: Class gifts coordinated with the room parent funds
  • TEACHER & STAFF FRIDAY TREATS - Attention Parents!!  We are counting down to the end of the year with some special morning snacks for teachers and staff on campus for the last Fridays. 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:
    • PTA Executive Team - May 7
    • 3rd Grade - May 14
    • 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.


  • 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 and use the google doc to sign up HERE.
  • 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!
  • ESCONDIDO PTA Executive Board 2021-2022: At the last PTA meeting we voted in our executive board for the 2021-2022 academic school year:
    • President: Julia Murphy-Chutorian (current president, and remaining year in term)
    • Co-Treasurers: Berdine Yuan and Chris Torres
    • Secretary: Lakeshia Marshall
    • VP of Communications: MaLisa Moore
    • Co-VPs of Fundraising: Mindy Haase/Mary Jo Pruitt
    • VP of Volunteers/Events: Jill Paldi
    • VP of Parent Education: Verdere Chris Philpot
  • 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 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.


District News


**NEW**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.

**NEW**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.


PTA/PTA Council News


Memorial for an Outstanding PTAC Volunteer

Our dear friend and colleague Gabrielle Conway passed away on March 31 after a long battle with cancer. Gabriellecontributed so much to our family of PTAs, and her loss is immeasurable. She served as a parent volunteer at Walter Hays, Jordan/Greene, Paly, and on the PTA Council as VP of Communications for many years. She was a recipient of a PTAC Honorary Service Award for her tireless work on revamping and streamlining the communications piece for all 17 PTAs. Gabrielle led many committees and training sessions, and offered support and advice to many other parent volunteers. She was a leader and team player, and professional and friendly every step of the way. She was a constant advocate for our students, and she will be genuinely missed. A memorial event (May 15 or May 16) is in the planning process, as is The Gabrielle Conway Memorial Scholarship. More details on these two components will be forthcoming.

3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit – 2021 Series

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

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. See for more information and sign-up to attend!

**NEW**Green Tip: Pilot Reusable Foodware at Tootsie’s

Tootsie’s at the Stanford Barn in Palo Alto is testing out a reusable foodware program called ‘Serve it Safe’ for 4 weeks began on April 20, 2021. Learn more at Tootsie’s at the Stanford Barn and How it works:

  • Your meal comes in a reusable container.
  • When you’re finished, drop off your empty container in a foodware collection bin at or near the restaurant. Scrape out any food residue into the green compost bin.
  • No need for a membership, app, deposit, or codes.
  • The used containers will be picked up daily for cleaning, sanitization and delivery back to the restaurant.

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

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  


Community News


**NEW*Bike to Wherever Day

Friday, May 21

Bike Everywhere Day. Join Us for Bike Month and Bike to Wherever Day! Have fun and win prizes! Sign up HERE

**NEW**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. Register and get more info at

  • Introductory Webinar – Thursday, May 13 @ 6:30 PM
  • Virtual Route Tour 1 – Saturday, May 22 @ 11:00 AM
  • Virtual Route Tour 2 – Thursday, May 27 @ 6:30 PM
  • Engagement Summary – Tuesday, June 22 @ 6:30 PM

**NEW*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.

Palo Alto May Fete 2021

Spring in Palo Alto usually means the May Fete Parade. Only truly unprecedented times have canceled the May Fete Parade, including World War II and now the Covid-19 pandemic.This year’s theme is What a Wonderful World. Decorate your home, porch, door, car and/or windows. We also can’t forget our furry friends, so please take photos of your pets in costume or doing their best trick for our category, Pets on Parade. Register at the link below and have decorations up by Saturday May 1st for a weeklong celebration and community building. For more information and to register please visit

**NEW**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 PACCC Programs are vigilant in maintaining safety protocols, including maintaining stable cohorts and physical distancing as much as possible. 77% of our school-age educators within our agency have been vaccinated.  

iSing Silicon Valley

Now auditioning girls entering grades 1–5 for our 2021–22 season! iSing is an internationally award-winning choir based in Palo Alto serving more than 300 girls in 1st-12th grades. If you love to sing, iSing is the perfect place for you to discover and develop your passion for music! Our critically acclaimed program provides girls with an exemplary music education in a creative, supportive, and fun environment. We are dedicated to our mission: Champion Girls as Artists. Inspire Self-Discovery. Transform Lives. To sign up for an audition, visit us at We look forward to singing with you soon! See our AMAZING girls in ACTION!