Escondido eNews May 23, 2021
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Escondido News



  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS: The PTA voted to allow each classroom to organize their own last week of school festivities and support them with $100 per class. The PTA will provide each child 2 Otter pops at the last day of school lunch (these will be distributed this week).
  • FDL DISTRIBUTIONS THIS WEEK! Distance Learning Classrooms - Don’t miss your classroom distributions this Thursday, May 27th!  Your child will receive their yearbook and Escondido wear (if you ordered them) and their last week of school Otter Pops and classroom celebrations (if not already distributed).
    • TEACHER & STAFF FRIDAY TREATS THIS FRIDAY, MAY 28!- 5th Grade theme is Treats Around the World. Bring in a prepackaged or restaurant prepared international snack/treat for Teachers between 8 -9:30am on Friday.  SIGN UP HERE!
    • 5th GRADE PROMOTION PICNIC/El picnic de la Promoción de Quinto Grado! - You Must RSVP HERE for your child to attend the Promotion Picnic. CONFIRMAR AQUI que su hijo asistirá al picnic.  The picnic is on June 2nd from 11am - 1pm at Peers Park.
  • 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.


  • REALLY IMPORTANT PTA BEHIND THE SCENES AND BOARD POSITIONS FOR 2021-2022: Before the year ends, we really need to fill the following positions so we can start the school year with all of our programs up and running:
    • KONSTELLA ADMINISTRATOR - Set up Konstella and help administer during the year. SIGN UP HERE
    • 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) SIGN UP HERE
    • REMAINING BOARD SEATS: We have some empty board positions and would love to see new parents get involved on campus. SIGN UP HERE



We have two Escondido Talent Show Alumni and one current Escondido student in the production! Los Altos Youth Theater has a livestream Les Miserables airing:

  • Today, Sunday May 23rd at 2pm
  • Friday, May 28th at 7pm
  • Saturday May 29 at 7pm
  • Sunday, May 30 at 2pm










District News



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.


PTA/PTA Council News



**UPDATED** PTAC Gabrielle Conway Memorial - Thank You!

Last Sunday (5/16), over 80 people gathered to honor Gabrielle Conway, a long time and dedicated community and PTA volunteer (Walter Hays PTA, Jordan/Greene PTA, PALY PTSA/ PTA Council). Thank you for attending the zoom or live event held at Lucie Stern Courtyard. An honorary plaque will be placed on the new PTSA picnic bench at PALY. In lieu of flowers, please consider financially support the Gabrielle Conway Memorial Scholarship. This award encourages women going into STEM, engineering, and the sciences. Any female graduate of our school district (PAUSD) are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Please contact your school‘s college counselor. Question? Email Jade at Make your check payable to: “PAUSD”

Mail check to: 

PAUSD Business Office, Attn: Roxana Valdez

25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Memo: Gabrielle Conway Memorial Scholarship

Community Conversation on Advancing Youth Wellbeing, Resiliency, and Suicide Prevention Through and Past the Pandemic Era with Project Safety Net

Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 4:00pm–5:30pm

How can we build a resilient community with and for our youth? As we all continue to live in the COVID-19 environment, we are reflecting on the impacts of the past year and simultaneously trying to figure out next steps. Project Safety Net invites you to continue the community conversations at PSN’s Community Forum hosting a panel representing youth, adults, school, and mental health professional perspectives. They will offer insight into their own experiences, lessons, and hopes of the pandemic era to support the youth in our communities and strengthen the safety net. CLICK HERE to register.

Mental Health Awareness Month (May 1-31)

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month. Please consider checking out the following resources:

NAMI: National Alliance of Mental Illness

CDC: CDC Mental Health

Santa Clara County: Behavioral Health Services

PAUSD: Mental Health Resources

City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School

Current 3rd Grade 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.  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.


**UPDATE** RECORDING OF PTA Health & Wellness Webinar

May 19th Webinar:  What Children and Youth Need to Heal and Thrive in a Post-Pandemic World - If you missed May 19th’s Webinar, CLICK HERE  to listen to the webinar with Professor Rebecca London.  Winners of the book raffle “Rethinking Recess: Creating Safe and Inclusive Playtime for All Children in School” may pick up their copy from PAUSD District Office (25 Churchill Ave) Monday to Friday from 8am-4pm at the front reception.

Health & Wellness Suggested Pre-Recorded Webinar:

Back to School: What Elementary Schools Need to Consider in Re-Opening their Doors” with Dr. Rebecca London. CLICK HERE to listen

**UPDATE** COVID Vaccines for 12 years old & up are now available - sign up NOW for Sunday May 23

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 May 23rd. 2nd dose appointments will be 3 weeks later. Those eligible and interested may sign up through the links below:

For consent forms and map of PALY click the following link:

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 Peery 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:

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。


Health and Wellness

Where to go for Free COVID Vaccines

Where to go for Free COVID-19 Testing

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  


Community News



**NEW**Pre-Recorded Webinar on Parenting Fatigue

You’re a parent living through a pandemic, social unrest, economic uncertainty, wildfires and more. Life is unsettling right now, to say the least. Do you feel drained, overwhelmed and absolutely tired right down to your core?  How can you keep your head above water? Listen to this pre-recorded Webinar hosted by the CHC. CLICK HERE to listen.

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

**Survey is still open for a limited time. ** 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

**NEW**Green Tip! Cut Down Paper Use (not trees)

Catalogs, magazines and unsolicited offers filling your mailbox? Call the senders to say you want to get off their lists and not share your info with third parties. Sign up for,, or a similar service to be removed from marketers' lists. Reduce your own consumption by using scrap paper and GOOS (Good On One Side) paper first. Fix your leaks. Only full loads in machines for laundry and dishes. More 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. Learn more about the project and register at

  • Virtual Route Tour 2 – Thursday, May 27 @ 6:30 PM
  • Engagement Summary – Tuesday, June 22 @ 6:30 PM

**NEW**2021 Palo Alto Middle School Math Camp for Rising 6th-9th Graders

2 sessions: 06/28-07/02 or 07/05-07/09, 1-4pm on Zoom

The Palo Alto Middle School Math Camp fosters incoming 6th through 9th grade students’ passion for mathematics. Our instructors include multiple participants of the MOP (Math Olympiad Program), several USA(J)MO qualifiers, and students involved in high-level research. Students will learn problem-solving techniques geared towards the MathCounts and AMC 8 competition series through individually paced, one-on-one teaching. If you are interested, please register using this form: Due to high demand, registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. For more information, please refer to the following flyer or contact with any questions.

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 If you have any further questions, please contact us at

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

Thursday, May 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 


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

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: 

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

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

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.


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 percent of our school-age educators within our agency have been vaccinated.