Escondido eNews October 25, 2020
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Escondido News



  • YOGA & MINDFULNESS WITH SHEILA - Monday mornings at 8am. Open to all Escondido students - Zoom:
  • 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 25-31 - Starting on Sunday, October 25th and through the end of day Saturday, October 31st, your purchases at Linden Tree Books will earn Escondido money. You can buyonline OR in-store!

    Online shopping: Visit At checkout, enter into the "Discount Code/School Name" box: Escondido

  • 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


  • Monday, October 26th - 2nd and 3rd GRADE FIRST DAY BACK - for hybrid students, 7:55-8:10am (first bell 8:05, second bell 8:10).
  • Monday, October 26th - 4th and 5th Grade CHOICES DUE - surveys regarding full distance learning or hybrid choice are due. Surveys were sent out on Monday, October 19th.
  • Monday, November 9th - 4th and 5th GRADE FIRST DAY BACK - for hybrid students, 7:55-8:10am (first bell 8:05, second bell 8:10).


  • Daily schedules for Full Distance Learning - link here
  • Daily schedules for Hybrid Model - link here


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Share your Halloween Costume Photos in your classroom on Konstella!
  • Gunn High School Halloween Trunk or Treat Drive-Thru & Parade - Saturday, October 31st 4-8pm at Gunn High School Parking Lot, 780 Arastradero Road
    PAUSD families are cordially invited to a Trunk or Treat Drive-Thru & Parade on October 31st from 4-8 PM. Your family is invited to drive through the Gunn High School parking lot, see decorated cars, and receive no-touch treat bags (while supplies last). Dress up in costume and decorate your car too if you'd like! This event is hosted for you by the YCS-Interact Club (Youth Community Service), Gunn Student Council, and Gunn PTSA. This is a FREE event but Eventbrite registration is requested.  Please click here to register and for more information.
    County and district health guidelines will be strictly enforced for the safety of our volunteers and guests. (No pedestrians, bicycles or exiting from cars.) We hope you can join us! For questions contact, or
  • Palo Alto Weekly Compiled Halloween Events -


CASSY: Parenting and Supporting Youth During Covid-19

CASSY is putting on a free webinars for parents struggling to support their kids during COVID and to help families as they transition to new schedules. We will be providing specific interventions to support parents. Flyer for webinar with links to register (download flyer

  • Monday 10/26/20 6-7:30 pm
    Alice Bui, LMFT #103013 Lisa Miller LMFT #48946
  • Friday 11/06/20 6-7:30 pm
    Laurel Vandiver, LMFT #121235 Lisa Miller LMFT #48946

If anyone needs help registering, contact Alice Bui at


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!


STEM education teaches problem-solving, teamwork, experimentation, and fosters creativity. Students learn to cultivate curiosity and apply scientific thinking to real-world problems. PiE funds STEM programs at all elementary schools, and supports stem electives at the middle and high schools. Every dollar makes a difference. Donate, pledge, or learn more about PiE.



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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.

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 


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!

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 

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


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.

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

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.

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

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


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.

Palo Alto High School Dance Team Fundraiser-Gizdich Ranch Pies

Pick-up: Wednesday, November 11, 3:30-6:30pm

Pies 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.