Escondido eNews November 3, 2019
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Escondido News


11/1-15 -- PiE Donation Days

11/4, 11, 18, 25 -- Escondido Days at Tacolicious

11/11 -- No School, Veteran's Day

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

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



Tacolicious MONDAYS in NOVEMBER benefit Escondido Elementary -- Mondays: 11/4, 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 4, 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!




Safe School Zone--- 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.  Please be prepared to 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.  



Bake Sale Fundraiser For Kids in Foster Care!

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

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 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."




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.




PTA/PTA Council News


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



We had a tremendous turn out at the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing on the Stanford GUP.  Thank you to the PTA Presidents, our PTAs/PTSAs, PAUSD Board of Education, Dr. Don Austin, PTA volunteers, PTAC Executive Board Members, PAEA, CSEA, SCoPE, PiE, and the SC County Board of Supervisors. Advocacy has an impact and benefits our students.  Please see here for updated info on GUP.  Call to action: before the Nov. 5 vote on the GUP, voice your support for our students to the county: (1) sign our petition, or (2) tap twice on your iPhone  - an “act now” button waits for you in the free Click My Cause app (select Palo Alto PTA Council, allow notifications).


**NEW**Palo Alto PTA Council: 2020 Convention Resolution on VAPING 

We are working with PAUSD, City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission, Santa Clara County Public Health Department to advocate for local legislation to protect all children.  If you are a PTA member and would like to work on local ordinances, please contact PTAC VP Advocacy - Erwin Morton or PTAC VP Health & Wellness - Eileen Kim   Please see an important press releases from the Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Lung Injury  Audio Version


PTAC - Annual Staff Appreciation Breakfast 

Wed Nov 6 District Office 25 Churchill Ave 

PLEASE DROP OFF BETWEEN 7:30-8:30 AM in the back Board Room we will have the side door open

PTAC is giving thanks and hosting a breakfast for 2019 Staff Appreciation.   All Staff are invited to a light BREAKFAST on Nov 6 (Wed).  Our district staff is amazing and does so much behind-the-scenes supporting our students and schools.  If you can also bring a dish, please sign up here and clearly label ingredients Food Donation Sign Up


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



Community News


**NEW**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!


**NEW**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


Award-Winning Gunn Concert Choir, Treble Choir & Chamber Singers

Sun, Nov 3, 7 PM, Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street

The Award Winning Gunn Concert Choir, Treble Choir and Chamber Singers, led by William Liberatore and Angelina Fitzhugh, will perform a wide variety of choral literature including Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Jazz, Gospel, and music from countries around the world including South America and Macedonia.  Tickets available at the door $7 Adults, $5 Children. Or in advance from any Gunn Choir member.


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. 8, 9, 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 

Sat, Nov 9, 7:30P, Cubberley Theatre  (with harp soloist Meredith Clark)

Sun, Nov 10, 3P, Cubberley Theatre

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

Dine Out at Gott’s - Nov 4th, 2019

Catch dinner before or after the 7pm Slow Parenting lecture at Paly.  On Monday, November 4th from 5-9pm Gott’s Roadhouse will donate 10% of your bill to the Gunn Foundation which funds need-based scholarships for students.  Grab some friends and head to Gott’s at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto for great, locally sourced California road-house classics. If you pre-order your dinner online, please mention the Gunn Foundation.


Slow Parenting: Raising Children in a Fast World 

Nov 4, 7- 8:30P Paly Haymarket Theatre 

Tickets at  Parent education event jointly hosted by Paly and Gunn PTSAs.  Hear Speaker Carl Honore talk about the powerful drive to reinvent childhood for the 21st century, touching on themes ranging from technology and extracurricular activities to education, safety and consumerism.  Carl Honoré is the global guru of the fast-growing “Slow Movement” from London. This award- winning author, broadcaster and TED speaker travels the world teaching individuals and organizations that the best way to power forward in today’s hyper-competitive, hurry-hurry world is often the radical act of willful deceleration. 


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