Escondido eNews May 5, 2019
Sun, May 5 7:24pm
Escondido Elementary



Key Dates

5/6-10 -- Staff & Teacher Appreciation Week

5/28 -- 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9am

5/29 -- Track & Field Day, 8:30-11:30 am

5/31 -- Last Day Fair 11 am & Early Dismissal 1:30 pm






We will honor and celebrate our amazing Escondido teachers and staff with something special happening everyday! 

There will be CLASSROOM  and SCHOOL-WIDE activities daily.  

Details about the daily CLASSROOM activities will be sent out very soon via Konstella and Red Folders.  The students get very excited for these special CLASSROOM activities.  Room Parents will also communicate with classrooms.


Sign-up for SCHOOL-WIDE events:





If you have already pre-ordered a yearbook using the 1-check form in the beginning of the school year, you are all set. (If you forgot if you ordered, please reference this google spreadsheet.)

Here are the instructions for ordering a yearbook online: (Note: payment uses PayPal.)

  1. go to www.betteryearbook.comand click on PLACE ORDER menu at the top
  2. select Stanford, CA for city and Escondido from the dropdown list
    3. enter "friends" as the password (no quotes)
    4. follow the instructions on the page

If you would prefer to order a yearbook by check, please make the check out to Escondido PTA for $40 and write "Yearbook" and your child's name and room number in the memo part of your check.





To join, visit enter the (new) code ESCONDIDO, and place an order!  Good Eggs will donate 5% back to the PTA on every order.  Good Eggs sells organic, local produce, meat and fish, baked goods, easy dinner kits, and more delivered same-day. No subscription required. Free delivery when you spend $60. Questions?  Contact 



PTA and PTAC News


**NEW** EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent's Weekly Board Update

Read Dr. Don Austin's Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday


UPDATED Youth Art Show at the Palo Alto Art Center 

April 27-May 19

The extensive imagination and talent of PAUSD art students will be on display for the public at the Palo Alto Art Center later this week.  Exhibit includes work from students in grades K-12. PiE funds art programs in PAUSD. Instructors have selected work that demonstrates accomplishment and innovation in the classroom.


Mandarin Parent Workshops - Inter-cultural Dialogue

Thu 6:30 - 8:30P ongoing thru May 16 Greene Middle School Library

Wellness & Support Services Dept. and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) are offering a ten-week parenting workshop series, “Inter-Cultural Dialogue,” in Mandarin. An AACI Therapist facilitates the research-based workshops designed to help families navigate the generational and cultural differences in their families.

  • May 2 – Parenting skills in practice
  • May 9 – Parents managing their stress and emotions
  • May 16 – Revision, celebration, and completion

Spaces are still available. For more information or to save your place, please RSVP on Eventbrite.


**NEW**Didn't get enough Tacolicious earlier in the year?

632 Emerson St., Palo Alto, CA 94301 See restaurant website

Monday Nights in MAY benefit Greene MS and PTAC

PTAC (which includes all the schools, so please go eat...) gets a percentage of cash totals, along with Greene MS, from customers who eat out on Monday nights at Tacolicious Palo Alto.  Help support our schools and local businesses -- it's now so easy to get a quick Monday meal (eat in or take out). Thank you to Audrey Gold and Kory Cogdill and the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce (Iris Chen) for putting this together. 


**NEW**PTAC - Stanford General Use Permit - UPDATE

The PTA Council would like to thank all PAUSD school PTAs, PTSAs, PTA volunteers, friends, neighbors, and community organizations for coming together to rally around this very important school issue.  We believe dialogue and continuing efforts for creative solutions will be benefit all for years to come. Thank yo u! At the April 16 Special PAUSD Board Meeting, there was a discussion and presentation by PAUSD and Stanford on an Agreement reached by Stanford University and PAUSD.  You may watch the April 16 Board Meeting here:  If you any comments or questions, please feel free to connect with us at


**NEW**2019 PTAC Honorary Service Awards - Congratulations & THANK YOU!!

Over 120 guests celebrated in our annual appreciation of PTA volunteers for all the amazing work they do at all 17 schools.  We welcomed PAUSD Superintendent Dr. Don Austin, and Board Trustees, Melissa Baten Caswell, Dr. Jennifer DiBrienza, and Todd Collins as well as many Principals.  Thank you to Tacolicious, and United States House of Representative, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s representative, Chrystal Yu, who presented Congressional certificates of appreciation to all PTA awardees.  Special thanks to the Palo Alto Art Center Staff, Suzanne, Selene, and Amy for a great event.  YOUTH ART exhibit is ongoing. Please stop by and see for yourself. For the list of the 2019 PTA Honorary Service Award Recipients, please visit


**NEW**Tap Twice on your iPhones for Student Mental Health Services

Your voice is needed now!  The California legislature is NOW voting on a bill (AB 8) to increase school services student mental health.  We can advance this bill with two taps on our iPhones, via PTAC mobile alerts in the Click My Cause app  (Tap 1: open alert; Tap 2: message Sacramento).  If the app is not yet on your iPhone, download the Click My Cause app, select “Palo Alto PTA Council”, tap “allow” notifications, and tap on your red “act now” buttons in the app.  Android users: voice your support for AB 8 to Asm. Berman, Sen. Hill and the CA Assembly Appropriations Committee (


PTA Council Invites You to the 97th Annual May Fete Parade & 125th Palo Alto Birthday Celebrations

Sat May 4, 10AM (Parade start time) Downtown Palo Alto

Each year our students and staff, as well as neighbors, are invited to participate in the City of Palo Alto 2019 May Fete Parade.  This is our small, hometown parade right here in the heart of Silicon Valley. Many PAUSD students participate in the parade by way of the bands, amazing music programs, club projects that funded by PiE and PTA.  Downtown University Avenue is closed that day and the nearby streets and parking lots are transformed with schools' kids, floats, marching bands, electric model cars, etc. NEW this year is the celebration of the 125th Birthday of City of Palo Alto.  Happy Birthday! Don’t miss it.  Carpool and bike.


Summer Camps Info Now Available on PTAC Website  

Looking for a summer camp in your neighborhood or at one of our Palo Alto Unified school sites? Now you can find it at the PTAC website at Camp providers listed on this page host activities/summer camps at PAUSD Schools, and pay rental fees to our district. These rental fees help to defray the cost of running our schools while providing local opportunities for our kids. PTA Council does not endorse one camp over another. This service is offered to give parents an easy way to find out what is being offered and where. Please contact the PTAC Webmaster to recommend updates to this information. There is no charge to providers to be listed.



Community News




**NEW**Palo Alto Farmers’ Market Opens 

Sat May 11 8A-12P Gilman St between Forest and Hamilton, Palo Alto

The downtown Farmer’s market is moving to year-round schedule.  Responding to customer and vendor feedback the market will now be open all year to provide locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers, along with other locally produced foods such as fresh eggs, fish, olive oil, crepes, breads, and more.  Opening Day, May 11, will include award-winning chocolates by Charlotte Truffles, olive oil from Grumpy Goats Farm, produce from organic farms like Full Belly and Coke, as well as live music.


**NEW**Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Spring Concerts

Come spend your Friday evening at the Dinkenspiel Auditorium in Stanford for Senior PACO's finale concert featuring an exciting collaboration with jazz violin.  And don't miss the virtuosity of this year's Concerto Competition winners in performance on June 1st at the Cubberley Theatre, or any of our season ending concerts May through June. Admission FREE and for the entire family to enjoy.

Fri, May 17, 7:30PM, Stanford Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Senior PACO Orchestra

Sun, May 19,  3PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Preparatory Orchestra

Sat, Jun 1, 7:30PM, Cubberley Theatre, Sinfonia Orchestra

Sun, Jun 2, 12PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Superstrings Orchestra

Sun, Jun 2, 4PM, Palo Alto Art Center, Debut Orchestra


**NEW**City of Palo Alto Summer Camp Fair

Sat, May 18 11A–4P at the Mitchell Park Community Center

Summer is just around the corner. Are you still looking for fun activities for your child?  Not to worry, it is not too late.  Come check out all the open camp options (for kids 3 -17) offered by the City of Palo Alto at our annual Summer Camp Fair.  Not only can you meet the instructors and ask questions about the different camps but you can also register on the spot. The free event will also have fun activities: face painting, jumpy house and food trucks. 


Palo Alto World Music Day Musicians and Volunteers Wanted

Sun. June 16, 3-7:30P, University Avenue (closed to traffic).  

The City of Palo Alto has declared Sunday June 16 as World Music Day.  Now for the eleventh year professional and amateur musical groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral and more.  Free and open to the public. Interested in also performing?  Info: or  Sign up to Volunteer!!  Sponsored by: Stanford Federal Credit Union, Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, Live SV, and News for Chinese.


Early Bird Auditions for Silicon Valley Boychoir

Fri, May 10, and 17 by appointment, Palo Alto

Auditions for next fall's 10th Anniversary season!  The choir rehearses in downtown Palo Alto (600 Homer Ave).  Open to rising 2nd-5th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events. 

Email or visit


Peninsula Hike for Hope

Sun May 19th Check-in: 8:30A Hike Begins: 9:30A Hike Ends: 3P Huddart Park, Woodside

Join AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) for the 1st ever Peninsula Hike for Hope event.  Suicide prevention starts with everyday people like you.  Money raised goes to critical research, education programs, advocacy, and support for those affected by suicide.  Join us to help create a culture that’s smart about mental health. The hike will be a relatively easy 2-3 mile loop at Huddart Park in Woodside.  Parking is 6$ per vehicle. Please see visit our website to learn more about registration/donations.  Any Questions?  Email Jaclyn Petty at


FREE Project Cornerstone 6-Week Parenting Workshop "Take It Personally"

Wed May, 8, 15, 22,  5:30-6P dinner, Workshop 6-7:30P Colorado Park Apartments

You do not need to be a parent/resident from the Colorado Park Apartments.  Open to all parents & caregivers at no cost.  Each week a facilitator will lead sharing, discussion, and teaching tools you can use now to strengthen your family connections.  You'll leave with new ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships.  Workshop paid for by PAH (Palo Alto Housing).  Questions? Contact Ziem Neubert at  Sign Up today:


**NEW**Paly Cheer & Dance Little Vikes Summer Camp

June 10-14: K-8th grade Full Day 9A-3P w/lunch included.  We also have half day Pre K sessions available from 9A-12P

Cheer Focus- Campers will be taught cheerleading motions and technique, cheer jumps, stunts, gymnastics, sideline cheers, dance technique and a dance routine. There will also be games and crafts.  This is a great way to learn more about the sport of cheerleading while having a ton of fun with our amazing team. No experience necessary.

Dance Focus- Campers will be taught dance progressions, turns, leaps, jumps and kicks, several dance routines in various styles from hip-hop to contemporary.  Let our Nationally ranked dance team show you how to move and groove! Some dance experience is recommended.  Register at Questions: Contact Alanna Williamson at


Family Talk Adolescence Workshop: Learn, Talk, and Grow Together

May 8, 6:30 – 8P Greene Middle School – Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

To learn more and to register, go to: PAUSD and Health Connected invite you to Family Talk: Puberty Workshop.  Recommended for 7-8 graders.  Presenters will guide families through discussions about brain development, strong emotions, values, sexting, sexuality, sexual behavior, and consent.  Both events are FREE, but limited to 60 families each Spanish and Mandarin translation. Childcare is available for school-age children between 5-13 years old not participating. For questions call PAUSD Health Services at (650) 833-4240.


Time for a Date Night! The Night of the Robots - Gunn Robotics

Fri May 10 5:30-8:30P Gunn Robotics Lab, Room L-5780 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306

The award-winning Gunn Robotics Team (GRT) is proud to collaborate with BrainVyne - LEGO® & Money Camps + Birthday Parties, to offer a fun-tastic evening for your pre-school to middle school children.  Kids will build BrainVyne’s highly rated LEGO® Zoom creation and will then have a chance to tour GRT’s robotics lab and play with GRT's award winning robots, from National Competitions.  Have a delightful date night while your kids enjoy pizza between building and playing with robots. A portion of the proceeds from this event will help GRT buy robotics components and supplies.  Reserve a spot now!