Escondido eNews October 18, 2020
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Escondido News



  • Monday, October 19th - 2nd and 3rd GRADE CLASS NOTIFICATIONS - you will receive the name of your child's new teacher and Cohort by 5:00 PM
  • Monday, October 19th - 4th and 5th GRADE SURVEYS DISTRIBUTED - responses are due Monday, October 26th.
  • Monday, October 26th - 2nd and 3rd GRADE FIRST DAY BACK- for hybrid students
  • Monday, November 9th - 4th and 5th GRADE FIRST DAY BACK- for hybrid students

PRINCIPAL COFFEES FOR HYBRID FAMILIES to discuss back to campus procedures for 2nd and 3rd grade. To better address the specific return to campus procedures for our second group of returning families, attendance for this coffee is limited to 2nd & 3rd-grade Hybrid program families.

  • Thursday, October 22, 4:30 to 5:30pm - Principal Coffee, 2nd & 3rd Grade Neighborhood Hybrid Program
  • Friday, October 23, 8:30 to 9:30am (Corrected Time) - Principal Coffee, SI 2nd & 3rd Grade Hybrid Program

Families are encouraged to submit their questions in advance of the coffee. The office will send a link to submit your questions and the ZOOM information directly to 2nd and 3rd grade families.


Daily schedules for Full Distance Learning - link here

Daily schedules for Hybrid Model - link here


  • YOGA & MINDFULNESS WITH SHEILA - Monday mornings at 8am. Open to all Escondido students - Zoom:
  • PTA MEETING - Monday, October 19, at 7pm, Zoom:
  • FAMILY MATH NIGHT - Thursday, October 22, 5-7pm, Sign Up Here For Take Home Projects! Must sign up by 5pm, Tuesday, October 20 to receive your project materials in your Escondido class distribution. Virtual Games and take home projects. VOLUNTEER HERE!
  • PTA PARENT COFFEE - Friday, October 23, at 9am - Join the PTA President for an informal coffee chat. Here to answer questions, problem solve room parenting, coach konstella sign ups. Zoom: Meeting ID: 874 7752 0126 Passcode: PTAHelps
  • SPIRIT WEEK - OCTOBER 26-30 - Our student representatives are coming up with the themes for Spirit Week in October, but there will definitely be a chance to show off your new Escondido Wear at school or in your zoom!
  • ESCONDIDO FALL BOOK FAIR - October 26-30, What better way than to get ready for fall and winter - buy books from Linden Tree and support Escondido PTA!  
  • NEW PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT - October 29, 7-8pm, “What Families Can Learn from Teachers (and What they can’t)” with Todd Wanermanm MA, sponsored by Escondido PTA and Site Councils.  SIGN UP HERE TO ATTEND


  • RECESS & LUNCH SUPERVISION NEEDED!!!! - With the return to school we are short on recess help so the teachers can have a lunch/bathroom break.  Please volunteer to help your class here! Kinder & 1st SIGN UP   2nd & 3rd SIGN UP
  • COMMUNICATIONS AND CLASS VOLUNTEERS - Due to re-grouping of classes with distance and hybrid learning, the PTA will be reorganizing Konstella over the next several weeks to enable communications to each group, and re-aligning our room parent volunteers with their kids’ new classes. We’ll be communicating with you over the upcoming weeks to let you know of new ways to connect with your fellow parents, and we welcome any new room parent volunteers - contact Rachel at if you are interested in becoming a room parent for your class.


ESCONDIDO PTA is endorsing VOTE YES on Measure O!!! Measure O renews the existing parcel tax to support PAUSD schools. This parcel tax is CRITICAL as it provides over $15M of annual funding for Palo Alto schools. And, our schools need the certainty of this funding now more than ever as their budgets have been severely impacted because of COVID. Only 25% of Palo Alto residents have kids in schools, so visibility and your advocacy can help. If you are willing to put up a yard sign supporting Measure O, send an email with your address to  and we’ll deliver and place the sign. For more information please visit:  
Check that you are Registered to Vote! One quick action you can take RIGHT NOW is to make sure you are actually registered to vote. We have found that people THINK they are registered to vote but aren't. Grab your driver's license and head over to When you're done, sign up for BallotTrax to make sure your vote was received and counted! Thank you for your civic engagement!

**NEW**Partners in Education (PiE): Music Is Developmental

Music education promotes focus and persistence. Research shows that learning and practicing music increases brain function and emotional development, as well as language and reasoning. PiE funds music and dance education at the elementary schools, and supports music electives at the middle and high schools. Every dollar makes a difference. Donate, pledge, or learn more about PiE today.



PTA/PTA Council News



Call to Action, Donate online, endorse, advocate!  Volunteers needed to place lawn signs in your school neighborhood. Be a volunteer to help get the word out to voters. Lawn Sign and precinct walkers (to get out flyers to each home/business) are needed. Please reach out to fellow parent volunteers: Randolph Tsien at or Laura Stark at or

The PTA Council supports Yes On O!  For almost 20 years, our local parcel tax has generated over $15 million in locally-controlled funding to keep our schools strong. This essential local funding is set to expire. Vote YES on Measure O, the parcel tax renewal measure that has been placed on the November 2020 ballot to ensure our schools continue receiving critical funding.

**NEW** 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

**NEW** 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 


November Election: Your Vote Matters!

Got your ballot?  You can vote now, by mail or at a 24-Hour Ballot Drop Off Location.  Drop boxes go directly to the Registrar of Voters, avoiding any mail delays.  Deadline:  Tue Nov 3, 8 p.m.  Don't delay!  But please inform yourself before voting -- the ballot is long, and some of the cards are two-sided. California State PTA Supports Prop 15 and Prop 16.  Thank you for voting!

**NEW**National UNITY DAY   

Wednesday, October 21

Be the message of hope and support. Visibly show that our society believes no child should ever experience bullying and show that we are together against bullying, and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. WEAR AND SHARE ORANGE.

**NEW** Literacy and the Science of Reading

Wednesday, October 28, 5:00-6:30pm

Ever wondered how kids learn to read, write and spell? Want to better support your child during distance learning? If you are the parent or teacher of an elementary or middle school student who struggles to read or write, whether they are dyslexic or not, please join us for a session with two Stanford professors to hear: How does the reading brain work from a neuroscience perspective, and how do we apply what neuroscience has discovered to develop strong readers & writers? Organized by the Palo Alto CAC and PTA Council.  Join Webinar here:

Meeting ID: 898 6386 4534   Passcode: 330632 or Dial by your phone +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)  More info at 

Workshop on Special Education Rights during COVID-19 Distance Learning

Saturday, Oct 24, 10:00am-12:00pm 

Join Zoom here: Special Ed Rights Workshop

Meeting ID: 979 2531 8745 Passcode: 003019

FREE. This workshop covers the basics of special education in the IEP process including some solutions and suggestions during COVID-19 Distance Learning. There will be a discussion about IEP goals, accommodations and parental rights, and a Q & A session during this workshop. Organized by Palo Alto CAC (, presented by a Senior Advocate, Vanessa Ochoa of Disability Right California, and co-sponsored by PTAC.

Taller sobre Derechos de Education Especial durante COVID-19 y Educacion a Distancia Sábado, Oct 24, 10:00am-12:00pm información: IEP Workshop

星期六, 10月 24日, 10:00am-12:00pm 信息: IEP Workshop

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**Once Upon A Midnight Dreary Streaming Cabaret

Friday, October 23 through Saturday, October 31  Six streaming performances

Palo Alto Players' Halloween-themed ONCE UPON A MIDNIGHT DREARY is what happens when some ghoulishly talented actors and dancers set their spooky side free! Join us for a cabaret of songs, dances and scenes from Broadway hits and beyond - perfect for the homebound spooky season! This family-friendly show is hosted live with special surprise guests, or viewable on demand up to 24 hours after the live stream. Get streaming tickets for $20 or a 3-series virtual subscription to this show plus the rest of the Homebound Cabaret series for $50. Appropriate for all ages.

**NEW**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

**NEW**Become a Girl Scout!

Are you interested in joining or learning more about Girl Scouts? Palo Alto Girl Scouts is setting up meetings and signing up girls now. Please fill out this Interest Form so we can contact you about the upcoming information meetings and/or link you to troops: If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Melanie at Visit for more information.

CHC Webinar - Coping with Constant Change & Uncertainty

Tuesday, Oct 20, 6:30-8:30pm

In this time of constant change, it's important to develop some coping strategies so that you can stay resilient during these anxiety-filled times. Attend this webinar to learn some valuable strategies that you can use as you cope with the constant change and anxiety in your life right now. Presented by Patrice Crisostomo, PhD, Clinical Program Manager and Licensed Psychologist at CHC and Cara DiClemente, MA, Doctoral Psychology Intern at CHC. Webinar - Coping with Constant Change & Uncertainty - CHC

Join Palo Alto's First Scouts BSA Girls Troop

Great opportunity for girls aged 11-17 to join Palo Alto’s Troop 4057, which started in February 2018 as one of the first girl-only troops within Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts).  Our scouting program consists of outdoor activities and meetings under the following four aims: Leadership Development, Citizenship Training, Character Development and Personal Fitness. We typically meet every Wednesday during the school year.  We are now open for new registrations for both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.  If interested, please email David Kim at  For more information, please visit, and

**NEW**Join Girls BSA Troop 4014

Troop 4014, a female troop in the Scouts BSA program, is always open to new members.  While not meeting in person, we have fun weekly Zoom meetings at 7:30pm on Tuesdays. Come join us for virtual Scouting and exciting games. All girls at any school in 6th grade or higher are welcome to join. For more information, send email to or visit us at

**NEW**Youth Community Service - Make a Difference – SERVICE + VOTE

Thursday, October 22 through Sunday, October 25

All Ages Welcome!  Join Youth Community Service for our annual service day Make a Difference: Your Voice is Your Voice. This year our reimagined event will include a number of innovative, nonpartisan, virtual and socially distant service events to participate in. With this being an election year you will see both media event opportunities as well as our standard service projects opportunities that correspond to issues that are on the ballot this year. YCS remains committed to the impact, fun and creativity that is a part of our annual Make a Difference Day. This year at the end of our event we will come together for a celebration with games and prizes. Let’s make a difference together!! For more information, current schedule and to register, visit our website

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Virtual Halloween Scare Faire

Sunday, Oct 25, 1-3:30pm, Online 

Join Transition Palo Alto for a Halloween-themed Share Faire - an afternoon of short, bite-sized classes. You can: Learn Laughing Yoga, Learn a new kitchen skill from a Chef, Get a tour of a real local farm, Participate in a Holiday Storytelling Circle, Learn how you can help rebuild forests after the fires, and more demos.  Come in a costume and celebrate together in the spirit of Halloween play! Learn something new, share your stories, and join the community. RSVP by emailing All ages welcome.


Registration open now for submission - Display is on Friday, Oct 30, on both University Ave and California Ave, 5:30–8pm

Come forth and show off your best carved jack-o-lantern at our first ever, Jack-O-Jaunt! Jack-o-lanterns will be judged on three categories: the scariest, most creative, and cutest  jack-o'-lanterns. Each winner will receive a $50 gift card to a Palo Alto restaurant of their choice. All carved jack-o-lanterns will be displayed on Friday evening October 30th downtown (University or California Ave) for folks to stroll by and enjoy the creativity of our community.  Registration is open to all and is free but space is limited. To get more information or to sign up your jack-o-lantern for this fun event, please visit:  Please note that this will be a safe, physically distanced event.   

Flu Vaccine and Pandemic

Because of the pandemic this year, it's more important than ever to consider getting the flu vaccine for your children and family members.  For more information on the influenza vaccine CLICK HERE.

Pumpkin Decorating with Gamble Gardens
Saturday, Oct 24, 10-11am, via Zoom
No trick-or-treating this year has your kids in a Halloween slump?  Do something fun.  Learn to decorate a pumpkin using the beautiful Indian art of mehndi.  This live Zoom class is taught by Priti Aggarwal, an acclaimed mehndi artist.  Design an unbelievable Halloween pumpkin using custom-made henna paste free from chemicals or dyes. No carving required.  $40/student.  Recommended ages 8-18, but fun for the entire family. All supplies (pumpkin and henna) provided and must be picked up at Gamble Garden in Palo Alto.

Register Today:

Palo Alto High School Dance Team Fundraiser-Gizdich Ranch Pies

Order through Sunday, October 18. Pick-up: Wednesday, November 11, 3;30-6:30pm

The Paly Dance Team is selling farm-fresh, ready-to-bake holiday pies from Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. The Apple, Very Berry, and/or Pumpkin pies are $20 each, or 3 for $55. They will be available for contactless drive-through pickup in front of the Peery Athletic Center (enter on Churchill) on Wednesday, November 11th, from 3:30-6:30pm, or can be delivered (Palo Alto deliveries only) for an extra $5. Supplies are limited so order early through the ASB Webstore at Paly Pies! Deadline is Sunday, October 18th. For more information visit Thank you for your support. 

Educational Assessment and Dyslexia

Monday, October 19, 6:30-8 pm, via Zoom

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Join this presentation on the topic of Educational Assessment by Ashley Koedel, Director of Educational Services at Morrissey Compton Education Center. Organized by the North Peninsula Dyslexia Support Group, a part of the statewide nonprofit Decoding Dyslexia CA. Free and open to the public. RSVP to and the Zoom link will be emailed to you before the meeting.