Escondido eNews November 10, 2019
Sun, Nov 10 11:11pm


Escondido News


11/11 -- No School, Veteran’s Day

11/11, 18, 25 -- Dine at Tacolicious 

11/14-15 -- PiE Rally Days 

11/18 -- PTA Meeting, 7 pm in Library

11/19 & 20 -- Vision Testing, volunteers needed

11/20 -- Bake Sale Fundraiser For Kids in Foster Care, 2-4 pm

11/21 -- Stanford Men's Basketball - Escondido Night!

11/25-29 -- No School, Thanksgiving Break



Lost & Found at Escondido -- Wondering where your child’s favorite sweater is?  Can’t find their hat or water bottle?  Check the Lost and Found Rack near the MPR.  There are a lot of lost items looking for their owners.  This week is the last chance to claim your lost stuff.  All items not picked up by Friday, Nov 15, will be donated.



Tacolicious MONDAYS in NOVEMBER benefit Escondido Elementary -- Mondays: 11/11, 11/18, 11/25   November is Escondido Elementary’s beneficiary month for the Tacolicious School Project which means Escondido gets 7.5% of proceeds from Tacolicious, Escondido and Nixon are partnered for the month of November.


Los LUNES de NOVIEMBRE Tacolicious beneficia a Escondido Lunes 11, 18, 25 de Noviembre

Noviembre es el mes en el cual Tacolicious School Project beneficia a Escondido Elementary. Esto significa que Escondido recibe el 7,5% de nuestros ingresos del restaurante asociado. Escondido y Nixon se han asociado para el mes de noviembre.

Here is how:

●  DINE-IN or TAKE-OUT food all-day and support Escondido. (Doordash, Grubhub, and other third-party deliveries do not qualify.)

●  MONDAY CATERING - Bring the School Project to you! Support your school by having a taco bar delivered to your next meeting or event on one of your Mondays. To qualify for delivery, orders must total $500 or more. Email to book your delivery.

●  MONDAY PARTIES - Host a large group in any of our private dining rooms! You must book ahead through and mention that the party is to support the TSP.

Questions: contact our Escondido PTA volunteer Emily Wang, 




PiE Rally Days: The Challenge Grant Returns!

If you have been waiting for the right moment to complete your PiE donation for the year, the time has come! Generous donors have offered up a special Rally Days challenge grant, and will match donations up to $254,000 through November 18. Please support our students by donating to PiE today. If you have already given or pledged, thank you so much. If not, now is a great time to make your impact. Donate today!



Bake Sale Fundraiser For Kids in Foster Care!

When: Wednesday, 11/20/2019 from 2-4 pm.

Where: In front of the main office

The fundraiser for Kids in Foster Care is an important way to engage and connect Escondido kids with their community while supporting the development of healthy self-esteem through service to others.  The event takes place near the holidays, which can be a particularly difficult time for kids in the Foster Care system.  All proceeds are donated to the Mattress Firm Foster Kids Program, which helps provide local children with clothing, shoes, backpacks, school supplies, and toys."




Escondido Night at Maples Pavillion -- Come join your friends, family, and teachers on Thursday, Nov 21 at 7 pm, to see your Stanford Men’s Basketball team!  As a special treat, your favorite PE teacher Mr. D will be the game’s honorary captain and will be sitting on the bench helping coach the team to a victory!  Tickets are only $11 which includes tickets to the game, Stanford SWAG (poms, buttons, etc…) and lots of time on the jumbotron **Drop off checks made out to Mindy Haase in front office by Wed, Nov 20th or Paypal (this is a fundraiser for 5th Grade Graduation events). Tickets will be distributed near Will-Call on game day!  Click here for more information.



YEARBOOK PHOTOS NEEDED---Do you have some favorite photos from this school year? The 2019-2020 Yearbook Team needs them! We have set up folders to collect photos from each grade and event. CLICK HERE to find the email addresses to send in your photos. You will receive a confirmation email from if the photo was uploaded successfully.  THANK YOU for helping make this year’s yearbook the best ever!  





Safe School Zone--- ATTENTION PARENTS:  When dropping-off or picking-up at the NEW & Improved traffic loop:

1.  Please have your student exit and enter the car from the right side

When the student exits or enters the vehicle from the right-sided it avoids having them walk around the vehicle and in between lined-up cars, both are safety risks. 

2.  Allow your student to exit or enter on their own, without the driver getting out of the car. 

When drivers get out at the drop-off/pick-up loop it slows down the process for everyone.   

3.  Use the crosswalk at the front of the zone by the stop sign.  



New volunteer tasks listed!  The

PTA has several volunteer opportunities, click here to see the available positions.  Many of the roles are behind the scenes; however, they make a huge impact on our students and parents. Questions:  Amy McCarter or Julia Murphy-Chutorian.


 See Escondido Student Perform in The Nutcracker! Enjoy the Bay Area's most Family-Friendly Nutcracker performance at the historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City on Friday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Ballet America's show has it all: professional dancers alongside 100 local performers including Escondido's very own Sofia Graney. Tickets are available at See you at the Nutcracker!



PTA/PTA Council News


**NEW** Superintendent's Newsletter and PAUSD News


**NEW**PTAC - Advocacy - Protect Teens and Children - NO VAPING  

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Nov 5. passed its resolution to ban sale and distribution of e-Cig including mint and menthol. 

Palo Alto PTA Council has submitted its first draft of the 2020 CA PTA Convention Resolution.  Thank you to the Committee’s diligent efforts. The final PTA Resolution is due to CAPTA Jan 2, 2020.  Questions and comments —please contact Erwin Morton at 

**NEW**PTAC - Stanford GUP Concluded  

Stanford has withdrawn its application for a general use permit (GUP).  Thank you for staying informed throughout the Stanford GUP advocacy and for doing your part in protecting the quality of PAUSD education for all our students.  We applaud all 17 PTAs/PTSAs Advocacy work and tremendous efforts in making elementary and secondary students' voices heard by speaking at the RALLY and PUBLIC HEARING.  Please see Article One, Two.

PTAC Dyslexia Resolution
Palo Alto Council of PTAs has endorsed California State PTA (CAPTA) Dyslexia resolution: Addressing the Educational Implications in Public Schools (2016) affirming that the dyslexia resolution certifying the commitment to supporting educators and families in addressing the needs of students with dyslexia. See here. Our sincere thanks to our Education committee, our Parliamentarian and our Special Education committee for presenting this resolution. The timeliness of this endorsement comes as the PAUSD Board reviews the dyslexia update for Palo Alto Schools at the Tue Nov 19th, 2019, board meeting. 


PTAC - Honorary Service Awards April 23, 2020. Please save-the-date. 



Community News


Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest  

Submission Deadline:  Friday Dec 20, 2019 12 am

The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2019-20 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest, giving young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase talents.  Students can submit original work in three categories:  Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade). Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children’s Theatre, and winning playwrights receive prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Submissions can be submitted electronically to


Santa Clara Valley Water 101 Academy 

Applications online. The Water 101 Academy is a program for community members who want to gain an understanding of local water issues, existing opportunities and challenges in the water industry, and current or future projects going on in their local communities.  The program begins February 2020 at Valley Water headquarters and includes six mandatory evening sessions (dinner will be provided), which will include an Saturday field tour of various Valley Water facilities.  Questions about the program or application or nomination process? or call us at 408-630-2333.


PALY Theatre presents John Cariani’s Almost, Maine.  

Nov. 15, 16 at 7:30P, Nov. 14 at 4:00P. Paly Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Rd.

Welcome to Almost, Maine, where hearts and knees are bruised and broken, then healed and mended.  Come and enjoy this midwinter dream of love and laughter illuminated by the magical Northern Lights.  You will walk away with a smile on your face and joy in your heart.  Directed by Kathleen Woods.  Tickets are $10 Student/Senior, $15 Adults.   Reserved seating available online.  Box office opens one hour prior to curtain. 


Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) 2019-20 Season Fall Concerts   

Sun, Nov 17, 3P, Palo Alto Art Center

Join PACO's 54th season opening concert on Nov. 9 followed by two more performances this fall.  We'll celebrate the international language of music featuring classical repertoire from around the world.  Admission FREE and for the entire family to enjoy . More information or email 


A CHRISTMAS STORY Musical, Presented by Palo Alto Players  

Fri Nov 8 - Sun Nov 24, show times vary; Lucie Stern Community Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd.

Kinder through adult; no children under age three admitted to the theatre

Palo Alto Players presents  A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL.  Young Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® BB gun (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”).  Warm up for your holiday season with this inspired stage musical adaptation of the perennial film classic. $27-$57 Tickets or 650-329-0891


Palo Alto High School Cheer and Dance Teams Fundraiser-Gizdich Ranch Pies! 

This holiday season, the Paly Dance & Cheer teams are selling farm-fresh pies from Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. The Apple, Two Berry, and/or Pumpkin pies are $20 each, or 3 for $55.  Pickup in person outside of the Tower Building at Paly on Monday, December 9th from 3-7pm, or we can deliver for an extra $5. Pies arrive frozen and baking instructions are included Pie Order Form  Deadline Friday, November 15th  Please contact for more information