Escondido eNews October 13, 2019
Sun, Oct 13 10:11pm


Escondido News



10/14 -- PTA Meeting, 7:45 am, MPR

10/23 -- Unity Day - Show your support and wear orange

10/24-- Picture Retakes

10/25 -- Spooky Hop, 5-7 pm, MPR

10/28 -- SITE Meeting, 3:15, Teachers' Lounge

10/31 -- Halloween Parade, 8:30 am

11/1 -- Principal Coffee, 8:10 am

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

11/14-15 -- PiE Rally Days 


FINAL HOURS TO ENTER---Tell us your thoughts about your experience at the International Fair & Parade.  Complete this survey by 10/13  at 11 pm to be entered into a drawing to win a prize.  Click here for Google form/survey.


Unity Day is Wednesday, October 23 -- Everyone is encouraged to wear orange to show support of National Bullying Prevention Month.  "When we stand together no one stands alone."  Students will have in-class activities and at noon recess students are encouraged to help create an extra special banner.  


Spooky Hop Dance---Friday, October 25, 5-7 pm, MPR. 

Tickets sold the week of event before and after school, $10/person--includes entry, pizza, fruit, veggie, treat, and glow-stick.  Additional sweets and drinks sold for $1 each.  Proceeds from Spooky Hop Dance benefit 5th Grade promotion activities and Mt. Hermon.  Escondido Wear Orders can be picked up near the MPR.

Costumes are encouraged, not required.  Please follow the school rules for costumes: 

Fun - Not Scary---Students are not allowed to wear scary, gory or bloody costumes (Scream, zombie, monster, etc.) and neither are fake weapons allowed at school (leave the sword and lightsaber at home, etc.) For those who are new to us, this school has a long-standing tradition of not allowing scary costumes to avoid traumatizing the younger students.  

**Attention 5th Grade Families:  Click here to volunteer, your time and donations to Spooky Hop Dance will make this event a success for all!  



  Halloween Parade---Thursday, October 31 at 8:30 am, on blacktop in front of Office. 

  • All the classrooms will march in the Parade.  Families are encouraged to attend, you are welcome to dress-up too!
  • Coffee will be available to families in front of the MPR, 8-8:30 am.
  • Escondido Wear Orders can be picked up near the MPR.
  • Please follow the school rules for costumes: Students are not allowed to wear scary, gory or bloody costumes (Scream, zombie, monster, etc.) and neither are fake weapons allowed at school (leave the sword and lightsaber at home, etc.) For those who are new to us, this school has a long-standing tradition of not allowing scary costumes to avoid traumatizing the younger students.  


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.



10/14 -- Reunión de la PTA, 7:45 am, MPR (salón de usos múltiples)

10/23 -- Día de la Unidad - Muestren su apoyo y vistan de naranja

10/24-- Repetición de las fotografías escolares

10/25 -- Spooky Hop, 5-7 pm, MPR

10/31 -- Desfile de Halloween, 8:30 am

11/4, 11, 18, 25 -- Días de Escondido en Tacolicious


ÚLTIMAS HORAS PARA PARTICIPAR---Cuéntennos lo que piensan sobre su experiencia en el Desfile y la Feria Internacional.  Respondan a esta encuesta antes del 10/13  a las 11 pm para participar en un sorteo y ganar un premio. Hagan clic aquí para acceder al formulario/encuesta de Google.


El Día de la Unidad es el miércoles 23 de octubre -- Animamos a todos a vestirse de naranja para mostrar su apoyo al Mes Nacional de Prevención del Acoso Escolar. "Cuando nos mantenemos unidos, nadie se queda solo."  Los estudiantes realizarán actividades especiales dentro de sus clases y se les animará a ayudar a crear una pancarta extra especial durante el recreo del mediodía.  


Spooky Hop Dance (Baile Espeluznante)---Viernes 25 de octubre, 5-7 pm, MPR (salón de usos múltiples). 

Las entradas se venderán durante la semana del evento, justo antes y después de las clases, $10/persona--incluyen entrada, pizza, fruta, verduras, un pequeño regalo y un palo que brilla en la oscuridad.  Otras golosinas/dulces y bebidas se venderán a $1 cada una. Los beneficios de la Spooky Hop Dance se destinarán a las actividades de graduación de Quinto Grado y Mt. Hermon. Los Pedidos de Ropa de Escondido se podrán recoger cerca del MPR.

Animamos a llevar disfraces, aunque no son obligatorios. Por favor, sigan las normas de la escuela relativas a los disfraces: 

Divertidos - Que no asusten---No se permite que los estudiantes lleven disfraces que den miedo o que sean sangrientos (Scream, zombis, monstruos, etc.) y tampoco están permitidas las armas falsas en la escuela (dejen el machete y la espada láser en casa, etc.) Para los que sean nuevos en Escondido, esta escuela tiene una larga tradición de no permitir disfraces que den miedo para evitar traumatizar a los alumnos más pequeños.  

**Atención Familias de Quinto Grado: Hagan clic aquí para hacer de voluntarios; ¡su tiempo y donaciones al Spooky Hop Dance harán que este evento sea un éxito para todos!  


 Desfile de Halloween---Jueves 31 de octubre a las 8:30 am, en la zona asfaltada frente a la Oficina. 

  • Todos los salones marcharán en el Desfile. Animamos a las familias a asistir, ¡y también a disfrazarse!
  • Habrá café para las familias frente al MPR (salón de usos múltiples), 8-8:30 am.
  • Los Pedidos de Ropa de Escondido podrán recogerse cerca del MPR.
  • Por favor, sigan las normas de la escuela relativas a los disfraces: no se permite que los estudiantes lleven disfraces que den miedo o que sean sangrientos (Scream, zombis, monstruos, etc.) y tampoco están permitidas las armas falsas en la escuela (dejen el machete y la espada láser en casa, etc.) Para los que sean nuevos en Escondido, esta escuela tiene una larga tradición de no permitir disfraces que den miedo para evitar traumatizar a los alumnos más pequeños. 


PTA/PTA Council News



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


**NEW**Take Action on the Stanford General Use Permit (GUP) -  County voting this Fall

Your voice needed now - we’re in the home stretch! Message the county and Stanford to “fully mitigate” the impacts of the new Stanford GUP on our schools, so the GUP does not detrimentally impact the high quality of our PAUSD education. iPhone users: Tap twice on your phones in the Click My Cause app (allow notifications, select Palo Alto PTA Council); Android users: if you have not yet done so, sign our online petition More info


**NEW**PTAC - Stanford General Use Permit (GUP) - Getting to the Finish Line

Tues Oct 22 6P Palo Alto City Hall 250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto

Please mark your calendars Tuesday, 10/22 for the final public hearing in Palo Alto on the 2019 Stanford GUP.  Final decision will be made.  We hope Stanford will come through with their promise to our schools and kids for FULL MITIGATION.  All 17 PAUSD school PTAs and all PAUSD Board of Ed Members plan to attend this meeting.  Let your voice be heard.  Palo Alto City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.) For more info: 


**NEW**PTA Emergency Preparedness (ePrep) Chair

Help make your child’s school campus safer by volunteering as your school's PTA Emergency Preparedness (ePrep) Chair.  If you are interested contact one of your school’s PTA officers and also reach out to the Hamilton Hitchings, PTAC ePrep Chair, at who can tell you more, mentor you and add you as a representative for your school to the PTAC ePrep Committee.     


**NEW**PTAC - Special Education Committee

The Special Education Committee of the PTA Council work collaboratively with PAUSD and Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education.  Unity Day is Wednesday, October 23 at all schools, as part of October Bullying Prevention Month  We welcome you to learn more about us  Questions? Email: Christine Baker


**UPDATED** NEW LOCATION Parent Ed Night at Fletcher: ANGST the Movie

Wed Oct 16 6:45-8:15P in the Cafe (all PAUSD parents and students are invited)

The Fletcher PTA will be screening "Angst," a film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it.  The filmmakers’ goal is to raise awareness around anxiety.  Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it.  The film includes discussions with mental health experts, as well as help, resources and tools.



Community News


**NEW** PAPD is ticketing! Your child MUST wear a helmet and STOP at stop signs 

Those who receive citations must attend a weekday traffic class with a parent or pay $200+ fees.  PAPD is actively issuing citations to students who are not wearing helmets for biking, skateboarding, scootering, skating.  This month, there were 60 students who received citations either for helmet violations, being on the wrong side of the road, or not stopping at stop signs.  Be sure your student follows the rules of the road and protects their brain with a helmet!  See this link for proper helmet fitting: Getting the Fit Just Right 


**NEW**Scare Faire and Costume Swap

Sun Oct 20, 1-3P , Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto

Old costumes lurking? Send them to the Costume Swap. Bring your adult and child costumes in good condition (as well as Halloween decorations). you can swap for other costumes. The Scare Faire is a traditional Transition Palo Alto Share Faire with some Halloween twists. Learn a skill, find something in need of a home. For more information


**NEW**Parent Symposium Free! -- *six* great workshops (pick two) 

Sat Oct 19, 8:30-12:30, County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Dr. San Jose
- Early Childhood Education & School Readiness;

- Internet & Social Media Safety;

- Hot Topics in CA State Education;

- Emergency Prep:  How Schools are Prepared to Protect Your Child;

- Vaping, E-Cigarettes, & Drugs;

- Mental & Emotional Wellness:  Gaming Anxiety & Depression.

FREE.  Spanish translation available.  (Sorry, childcare already full.)  Bring some friends and share the info!   Details & registration, click here.  Presented by Sixth District PTA & Santa Clara County Office of Education.


**NEW**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


**NEW**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.



Sat, Oct 12,  7:30P  Paly High - Performing Arts Center

Palo Alto Adult School is proud to host the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra's concert in the Paly PAC. Led by David Ramadanoff - Music Director and Conductor.  Concert program will include the following: Chabrier "Fete Polonaise", Arutunian "Concerto for Trumpet", R. Schumann "Symphony No. 1 in Bb major Spring".  Everyone in Palo Alto is welcome - tickets available for advance purchase online. Students under 18 are free. 


Facilitating Social Skills Using Mobile Technology

Sat Nov 2, 10:30A - 12P Redwood Shores Public Library, 399 Marine Pkwy, Redwood City

In this workshop, we will cover social skill building frameworks, review of relevant research on facilitating socials using mobile technology, and demonstrate appropriate apps to use.  Presented by two speech therapists passionate about early intervention, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), social skills training, and family education and coaching.  Co-sponsored by Fenixia Foundation Opening Doors PTA , and the Palo Alto CAC.  Free. REGISTER HERE


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. 


YCS Make a Difference Day

Sat Oct 26 9:00A–1:30P, DLA Piper Law Firm 2000 University Ave. East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Join YCS for our Make a Difference Day event, our annual day of service where community members of all ages do service together side by side.  Bring the whole family along as we make a difference in our community.  Light breakfast and bag lunch provided.  Volunteers will meet at DLA Piper before going to off-site locations.  Please visit our website to sign up. If you have any specific questions, please email


Movie "Wonder" in the Park Event for National Bullying Prevention Month

Sat Oct19 6:30P Mitchell Park Bowl (Rain Plan: Mitchell Park Community Center Adobe Room)

All grades welcome - we highly encourage all to attend! The City of Palo Alto’s Human Relations Commission and Recreation Services present “Wonder: A Palo Alto Anti-Bullying Movie in the Park Event for National Bullying Prevention Month.  Community partners include: ACS, CAC, CASSY, Connect Safely, LGBTQ Youth Space, Magical Bridge, My Digital Tat2, Outlet, Teen Advisory Board, Youth Council, Project Safety Net, Rock, the Palo Alto Y & Project Cornerstone, YCS, and others.  The purpose of this event is to demonstrate that together, we are a Palo Alto community united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. #ChooseKindness.


Nixon’s 5th grade Goodwill Donation Drive

Sat Oct19, 9A-3P at Nixon Elementary School, 1711 Stanford Avenue

Nixon’s 5th grade class has teamed up with Goodwill to raise funds for 5th grade promotion events. Goodwill accepts gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, small household items, toys, games, puzzles, books, movies, music, E waste, and small electronics at their drives. All items should be under 50 pounds. You get to give items a “second life” and keep them out of landfills - it’s a win-win! So, clean out your basements, organize your garages, and straighten your closets. Any Questions? Email Sue C. at


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

The best part of the holidays is sharing amazing meals and desserts with friends & family.   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.  They will be available for pickup in person outside of the Tower Building at Paly on Monday, December 9th from 3-7pm, or we are happy to deliver them to you that day for an extra $5.  Pies arrive frozen and baking instructions are included, so order several and enjoy them throughout the season! 

Download and print order form:  Pie Order Form

Deadline to order is Friday, November 15th, so please put your orders in early.  Thank you in advance for your support to help pay for our team expenses-we really appreciate it!  Please contact for more information.