Escondido eNews November 10, 2020
Tue, Nov 10 12:26am


Escondido News



  • Tuesday November 10 - PAUSD regular board meeting, Open Session: 6:30-10:30 p.m., Via Video Conference/Internet: Via Telephone: Dial 669-900-6833, enter Webinar ID: 938 6201 2695, then press #.
  • VETERANS DAY - Wednesday, November 11 - NO SCHOOL 
  • PTA MEETING - Monday, November 16, 7pm


  • ROOM PARENT VOLUNTEERS - Due to re-grouping of classes with distance and hybrid learning, we have a few rooms without room parents. Contact Rachel at if you are interested in becoming a room parent for your class. Room parents help with communications between teachers and parents, and organizing events. 
    • 1st Grade Rm 8 - Full Distance Learning - Tamar DeFrancesco and Jessica Pineda
    • 2nd Grade Rm 18 - Full Distance Learning - Kimiko Kuruma and Tiffany Martin
    • 3rd Grade Rm 10 - Hybrid - Tara Feldmeier
  • RECESS & LUNCH SUPERVISION NEEDED!!!! - Our teachers need help supervising kids during breaks so that they can regroup, organize, and take bathroom breaks. Please volunteer if you can, to help your class here! Kinder & 1st SIGN UP   2nd & 3rd SIGN UP


  • DAILY HEALTH CHECK-IN BEFORE SCHOOL  - The district launched ParentSquare as the new return to campus student health screener tool. This screener MUST be completed every day before the student can come onto the campus. Parents will access the screener by logging into their Rapid ID page.

The Parent Square smartphone app is now working for student check-in. Download the app on your phone, click “submit daily health screening”, fill out the form, and make sure you see a confirmation.

  • LIMIT PARTICIPATION IN OTHER PROGRAMS For the health of the Escondido community/staff/families, and at the direction of the County of Santa Clara, children in the hybrid program may participate in only one other program at a time and may not move from one program to another more than once every three weeks. This is to limit exposure between groups.
    • Children/youth cannot attend more than one childcare program, after-school program, or other child/youth activity within the same three-week period.
    • For children/youth enrolled in K-12 school, this means they can attend school and one additional before- or after-school program or activity.


  • Share your Halloween Costume Photos in your classroom on Konstella!

**NEW**PiE CHALLENGE GRANT: A Second Chance to Double Your Impact!

Generous donors have offered a second and final challenge grant this year, and will match donations up to $210,000 through November 16. Every donation at any level will be doubled!

Support our students by donating to PiE. If you have already given or pledged, thank you so much. Every dollar makes a difference.

Donate or pledge today, and double your impact



District News



PTA/PTA Council News


MEASURE  O  - A Victory for Palo Alto Schools

Palo Alto PTAs on Parcel Tax: Measure O

THANK YOU to all PTA volunteers, parents, students, neighbors, and friends. You did it! You helped to pass this parcel tax **Measure O** by historical numbers in support for our schools, teachers, staff, bus drivers, and students. During an especially difficult year, Palo Alto came together for our public schools and all families. We are in your debt for your generosity and priority. Thank you! 

Rethinking Adulthood: A Neurodiverse Trajectory

Thursday, November 12, 7-8:30pm

ZOOM info sent the day before the event; please RSVP at

What does it mean to be an adult? How is the transition to adulthood addressed in neurodiverse populations? Neurodivergent educator Amy Faigin will explore the social and emotional elements of this transition and how we can better support our students and children through this process. REEL, the Palo Alto CAC and PTA Council are proud to co-host this event for parents and educators. Questions:

Get Your FLU SHOTS NOW Before They Run Out of Flu Vaccine

With two serious respiratory viruses circulating this year it's especially important to protect ourselves and our families as much as we can.  Flu shots are now available, but may be in short supply this year because of the current pandemic and higher demand for flu vaccines this year, so speak to your family physician or pharmacist about getting your seasonal flu shot now. CDC message on the Flu Vaccine

Safe Routes to School

Walk and Roll to School 2020

No matter your learning environment, families, neighborhoods, and schools are invited to participate in Walk to School celebrations this year. During the ensuing weeks as more grades open, consider these 20 ideas to help encourage your school to celebrate Walking to School in 2020 

SAFE USE OF TECHNOLOGY - Children and Distance Learning

Navigate the challenges of increased and unavoidable digital usage during distance learning: Click Here to learn a few, easy-to-use tips to safeguard children’s health by maintaining safe use of technology at home. Fact sheet, references and research from best practices from children’s digital study environments: American Academy of Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic, Harvard health study, Environmental Health Trust, Parents for Safe Technology, Children’s Screen time Action Network, Commonsense Media, Apple and Microsoft Support.  For questions email:


Community News


**NEW**Green Tip! Keep It Warm Inside:

Wear a sweater! Jokes aside, setting your thermostat to 68 (or less) can help minimize the amount of heating. Put out rugs, then check if your doors or windows have any leaks - simple weatherstripping or a door snake can keep out drafts.

**NEW**Help Our Students Reach Their Full Potential

This has been a challenging school year for all of us. Imagine all of those challenges alongside the stress of financial insecurity while trying to maintain focus on your student’s education. DreamCatchers provides Fletcher, Greene and JLS middle school students living in East Palo Alto and Palo Alto with a community of support that keeps students engaged in school to reach their full potential.  At the same time, it provides Gunn and Paly students with meaningful leadership and mentorship opportunities.  Learn more about how you can help by donating or volunteering.

**NEW**Webinar/Live Q&A - Mental Health & Learning: Living in Uncertain Times

Tuesday, December 1 or Tuesday, December 8, 6:30-8:00pm

Still stressed about "back to school?" Worried how your kids are handling the stress and anxiety of adjusting to the ever-changing "new normal?" Join us on December 1 or December 8 at an interactive session for PAUSD elementary school parents and staff where you can listen to experts from Children’s Health Council and get your questions answered. Click here for more information or to register today.

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

Submission Deadline:  Friday, December 18, 12am

The Children’s Theatre is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest. Play Palooza gives young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase their 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