Escondido eNews May 31, 2021
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Escondido News



    • Wednesday 6/2 and Thursday 6/3 are both minimum days. Dismissal is at 1:25pm.
  • YEARBOOKS ARE SOLD OUT. You can buy directly from the vendor for $60 a piece (a 3x markup) HERE
    • 5th GRADE PROMOTION - June 2nd at 9am. We will be sending out the livestream link for 5th grade family members who cannot attend Promotion on Tuesday, June 1st - so be on the lookout for that communication.
    • 5th GRADE PROMOTION PICNIC/El picnic de la Promoción de Quinto Grado! - You Must RSVP HERE by TODAY MAY 31 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. If your child is attending the picnic, they will receive their 5th grade t-shirt and beach mat at the picnic.
    • Complete the Escondido Student Pick-Up Form by TODAY - MAY 31 at 4pm if you plan to pick up your child early from school on the day of the promotion.
    • Provide transportation to and from the picnic.


  • 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:
    • 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 



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


**NEW**PTA Council Congratulates the Gunn and Paly High Schools Graduating Class of 2021. 

This is a time to celebrate all your achievements, prepare for a future, and embrace a world filled with possibilities. This is a remarkable milestone, and we wish you the best in your next adventure.

For all of our rising students, we salute you. We know that this school year has been challenging, and we hope that you can take a moment today to savor all of your hard work and accomplishments. Bravo!

**NEW**PTAC - Gabrielle Conway Memorial Scholarship - FINAL UPDATE

Thank you to those of you who have generously contributed to the Gabrielle Conway Memorial Scholarship. Gabrielle Conway was a long time PTA volunteer (Walter Hays, Jordan/Green, PTSA/PTAC), parent, mother, friend, and colleague. We are pleased to announce at least two female PAUSD graduates heading to MIT will be applying for this distinguished scholarship. If you would still like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please do so now. Thank you for helping to advance our women going into STEM, engineering, and the sciences.

Make your check payable to: “PAUSD” and in the Memo: Gabrielle Conway Memorial Scholarship

Mail check to: PAUSD Business Office, Attn: Roxana Valdez, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306

**NEW**Grants for Teens - PAID Summer Projects with the County of Santa Clara

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Tobacco-Free Communities Program is pleased to share two new funding opportunities for teen vaping/tobacco prevention. There is a $5,000 grant (application due July 14)  Tobacco-Free Communities - Public Health - County of Santa Clara and the Youth Action Project grant $3,500 (application due June 14) If your student or someone you know is interested in a (PAID) summer project, this is it. PTA Council can assist in your submission. Contact Jade at For more details you can also email:


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.


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


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**YCS Summer of Service (SOS):

June 7 - July 30

Your Kids Have Fun While Making A Difference. Campers earn 20+ hours/week of community service! YCS offers weekly in-person camps at Ventura Community center for students 3-5 grade, 7-8 grade, 9-10 grade (3 small cohorts each). We use the service-learning model of investigation, planning, action, reflection, and demonstration, with a fun, creative journey and hands-on projects. All campers will community service hours. Reserve soon, space is limited due to strict COVID protocols; register online and see list of weekly camps and topics here. Camps run Jun 7 to Jul 30. Youth Community Service (YCS) is a local nonprofit. Please email Juan Aguirre with questions. Scholarships available.

**NEW**Palo Alto Summit on Women & Girls* on Saturday, June 12

9:30am –12noon via Zoom

The Summit serves as a starting point to inform, mobilize and energize the community towards greater opportunity and equity for women and girls.  The theme is Equity and Inclusion for Women and Girls – COVID and Beyond.  Keynote speaker is Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, Co-Founder - Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab and Lead Strategist - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Stanford Graduate School of Business. The Summit will feature Breakout Sessions on topics important to local woman and girls (high school age up). Registration  - Palo Alto Alto Summit on Women & Girls  Questions: * Women and girls - This refers to a gender expansive and inclusive definition

**NEW**Looking for Business or Digital Art Focused Camps? Check Out Paly Robotics Summer Camp

Jul 26 - Jul 30 and Aug 2 - Aug 6, 10A-3P at Palo Alto High School

Paly Robotics has award winning Business and Art teams that can teach your middle schooler about these exciting areas! Each week of Paly Robotics Summer Camp has Entrepreneurship & Website Design and Animation & Graphic Design sessions available, in addition to our more traditional robotics focused sessions, Robot Design & Hardware and Programming. For more information about all the sessions offered and to register, please visit If you have any further questions, please contact us at

**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. Visit the project website to register.  Engagement Summary – Tuesday, June 22 @ 6:30 PM  Learn more about the project and other ways to connect by visiting the project website at

**NEW**LEGO Summer Camps through the City of Palo Alto Enjoy Catalog

June through August Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto

Bring the world of Super Mario, Disney-Pixar, Animal Crossing, Pokemon, and Mandolorian’s Creed to life! Participants in these camps will learn about the real-world STEM concepts involved in games and movies. Summer camp registration is open to participants ages 5-10. Registration fee is $240 for residents, $276 for non-residents. Register online at Camp can be found under in-person summer camp tabs then “LEGOs.” For questions:

Student Foreign Exchange in Palo Alto

Delphine from Belgium, Ignacio from Argentina, and Rym from Tunisia are ready to come to the Bay Area, and need host families for this coming school year! Is your student interested in study abroad? Interested in hosting a foreign exchange student? AFS USA is a premier cultural exchange program approved by the US State Department. We are hoping to re-establish foreign exchange in Palo Alto by hosting several foreign exchange students during the school year 2021/22. Learn more at, or contact Jon Klein ( ), Palo Alto's AFS volunteer.

**NEW**Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders

EdSource is a co-sponsor of the Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders, a unique opportunity for California high school students to learn about our K-12 education system and how to be effective advocates for their schools. Please share this information with any students you think may be interested in joining other bright and dynamic young people from across California for this engaging, perspective-changing experience, This year's conference will take place online from June 21-23.

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.

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


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 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. 

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 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.