Escondido eNews October 20, 2019
Sun, Oct 20 8:25pm


Escondido News



10/22 -- G.U.P. Rally at City Hall 5:15 pm

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

11/3 -- Yearbook 101 Meeting, location tba

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

11/14-15 -- PiE Rally Days 

11/20 -- Annual Foster Kids Bake Sale Fundraiser



G.U.P. Rally at City Hall 5:15 pm - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS


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 online now (click here to go to CheddarUp) and outside the Office on Thurs and Friday, Oct 24 & 25th, 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.  


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.


Yearbook 101 - Training and Planning Session on Sunday, November 3 at 4 pm, location TBA.  Volunteers learn how to create the Escondido Yearbook using the software, assign pages to create, and receive deadlines.  This will be the only in-person meeting.  The rest of the project is done on your time when it is convenient for you.  If you are interested in attending and joining the team, click here.


Title: The Annual Foster Kids Bake Sale Fundraiser

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

Where: In front of the Office

Hosted by: Fourth Grade Students

Benefits:  Mattress Firm Foster Kids Program, which helps provide local foster children with clothing, shoes, backpacks, school supplies, and toys.


10/22 -- G.U.P. Rally at City Hall 5:15 pm

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


G.U.P. Rally at City Hall 5:15 pm


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). 

Tickets sold online now (click here to go to CheddarUp) 

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**Palo Alto’s 7th Annual Unity Day! WEAR ORANGE to show your support!

Wed, Oct 23, all PAUSD schools

When We Stand Together, No One Stands Alone.  PAUSD will celebrate Unity Day 2019 to show that our community is united against bullying, and promotes kindness towards all students.  Each school will participate in its own way, so find out what your school is doing.  Also, join in sending a message that we are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion by wearing Orange on Wed, October 23!  More info: National PTA’s resolution against bullying, PAUSD’s Bullying Prevention page and CAC’s Unity Day page.


**NEW**Special Olympics School Partnership Soccer Tournament

Fri Oct 25, 9:30A-11:30A Greene Middle School, Palo Alto

Over 150 students from PAUSD and the surrounding area will participate in the Special Olympics School Partnership Soccer Tournament.  Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 am and games will take place until 11:30 and end with a Closing Ceremony.  Students of all ages will be competing against their peers from other school sites in a fun day of soccer.  Come out and cheer on all the students participating.   For questions, contact Christine Baker, PTA Special Education / Inclusion Rep at Greene and PTA Council VP Special Education:


**NEW**PTAC - Annual Staff Appreciation Nov 6th Volunteers Needed

Please join us in thanking our staff for all their hard work and behinds the scenes details that make our school district run smoothly for the benefit of all children.  Student Guest Speaker, Ben Gordon, PALY Senior will be present.  We need 3 adult and 3 student volunteers to coordinate their awesome event. Email:


**NEW**PTAC - Anti-Vaping Resolution - DRAFT 1: Due Nov 1.

Palo Alto PTA Council is bringing a state wide CAPTA resolution to advocate for no vaping, no flavored products, and no juuling.  Join us for our next Committee meeting teleconference.  If you are interested to join our advocacy efforts or the telephone call, please email Erwin Morton at or


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


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: 


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.  We welcome you to learn more about us: Questions? Email: Christine Baker:



Community News


**NEW**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.


**NEW**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 


**NEW**Her Creations: Handmade Arts & Crafts Fair

Nov 1, 3- 7P and Nov 2, 11A-7P 2490 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Simple Step is having a fun and family-friendly event for all ages to meet talented female artists from a wide range of works, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, culinary arts, and more.  There will be art activities, balloons, and face painting for kids as well. 


**NEW**PAUSD Middle School Theatre presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Fri Nov 1 7P Sat Nov 2 2p & 7p Sun Nov 3 2p JLS 480 E Meadow Dr

PAUSD middle school drama departments join forces to present you a fun wacky musical adventure, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, featuring an original story live on stage.  Tickets are $5 children (8th grade & younger) and $10 adults, available for purchase at the door


**NEW**YCS Presents “Strengthening Families”

Sat Nov 2 10A – 1P, Greene Middle School multi-purpose room 750 N California Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94303

Youth Community Service is proud to present “Strengthening Families,” a workshop presented by Search Institute and designed to help create connections in schools, programs, and families through developmental relationships. Parenting adults and community members who work with youth are encouraged to attend this workshop. Please go to our website to RVSP. Questions? please email


YCS presenta "Fortalecimiento de las familias"

Sábado 2 de noviembre 10A - 1P, multi-purpose room Greene Middle School 750 N California Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94303

Youth Community Service se enorgullece en presentar "Fortalecimiento de las familias", un taller presentado por Search Institute y diseñado para ayudar a crear conexiones en escuelas, programas y familias de relaciones de desarrollo. Se alienta a los padres adultos y miembros de la comunidad que trabajan con jóvenes a asistir a este taller, que también contará con un discurso de apertura especial. Visite nuestro sitio web para RVSP. Si tiene alguna pregunta específica, envíe un correo electrónico a


 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 


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.


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


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.