Escondido eNews October 4, 2020
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Escondido News

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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 croftr@gmail.com  and we’ll deliver and place the sign. For more information please visit:  http://www.supportpaloaltoschools.org/.  
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 https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov. When you're done, sign up for BallotTrax to make sure your vote was received and counted! Thank you for your civic engagement!

SCHOOL EVENTS IN OCTOBER

  • YOGA & MINDFULNESS WITH SHEILA - Monday mornings at 8am. Open to all Escondido students - Zoom: https://pausd.zoom.us/j/92280179262
  • FAMILY MATH NIGHT - Thursday, October 22, 5-7pm, Sign Up Here For Take Home Projects! Virtual Games and take home projects. VOLUNTEER HERE! 
  • SITE COUNCIL MEETING - Monday, October 5, 3:15-4:30pm
    Zoom: https://pausd.zoom.us/j/97813404400 Meeting ID: 978 1340 4400
  • PRINCIPAL COFFEE For K/1st HYBRID FAMILIES - Wednesday, October 7, at 4:30-5:30pm 
    Topic: K-1 Return to Campus Procedures.
    To better address the specific return to campus procedures for our first group of returning families, attendance for this coffee is limited to Kinder & First-grade families. K-1 families are encouraged to submit their questions in advance of the coffee.

IMPORTANT DATES AND REMINDERS

  • Monday, October 12 - 3 Reminders:
    • KINDER FULL DAY FOR DISTANCE LEARNERS BEGINS
      If your child continues to distance learn for the remainder of the year they will begin to follow the full-day 1st grade distance learning schedule on Monday, October 12th.  
    • FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR HYBRID: Kindergarten and 1st Grade
    • DECISIONS DUE FOR HYBRID/DL: 2nd and 3rd Grade Families

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR RETURN TO CAMPUS PREPARATION

  • CAMPUS GARDENS COMMITTEE - Clean up Escondido’s gardens on the weekends prior to coming to campus. VOLUNTEER HERE
  • PREPARE CAMPUS FOR RETURN -Volunteer during the weekend to update the campus marquee, decorate billboards and generally make the campus inviting for kids who are returning to campus! VOLUNTEER HERE
  • WALK & ROLL WEEK - With return to campus we need to communicate safe routes to school and encourage walking and biking.  VOLUNTEER HERE to help our Event Coordinator.
  • NOON ART/RECESS COMMITTEE - Help come up with fun solutions for recess when the kids return to campus. We will work with administration to see what is allowed and then do our best to implement fun alternative play areas for different cohorts.  Will be mainly planning and getting materials and not volunteering on campus. VOLUNTEER HERE

**NEW**Counseling is Foundational

From classroom aides, to CASSY counselors, to college and career guidance, PiE funds support counseling, support, and wellness for every age at every PAUSD school. Every dollar makes a difference. Donate, pledge, or learn more about PiE today.

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District News

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PTA/PTA Council News

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**NEW**October is Dyslexia Awareness Month 

Do you have a reluctant or struggling reader or writer? 1 in 5 children have learning differences, and only a subset may be identified. Strong reading ability changes lives.

Learn about structured literacy instruction - Join the Webinar: Beyond the Phonics Fights - Register for the Oct 15th webinar with Emily Hanford - For more information - Contact us educationvp@paloaltopta.org or amywdarling@gmail.com

**NEW**School Board Forum co-hosted with the League of Women Voters 

Thursday, Oct 8, 6:30-8:30pm 

Zoom link for the League-sponsored candidate forum. Candidate Forum web page or School Board Forum link 

**NEW**Elementary School Board Forum

Wednesday, Oct 14, 6:30-9:30pm

Join us and learn about the candidates for PAUSD school board.  Now is your chance to have your questions about PAUSD governance answered by every candidate. Submit your questions here.

Join the Webinar Here. 

Passcode: 764564  

iPhone one-tap : US: +16699006833,,89742868223#  or +13462487799,,89742868223# 

Need Translation: click here to tell us what language you would like 

Questions/Information contact: council@paloaltopta.org  

**NEW**School Board Candidate Forum on Educational Equity & Access: the Achievement Gap and Special Education

Saturday, Oct 17, 3:00-5:00pm

The event is jointly sponsored by PTA Council (PTAC), Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC), the Latino Parent Network (LPN), and Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS). 

Join the webinar Here.

Passcode: 510864

Or iPhone one-tap : 

+16699006833,,85142925155#,,,,,,0#,,510864# or +14086380968,,85142925155#,,,,,,0#,,510864# 

Or Dial by Telephone:

 +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968  Webinar ID: 851 4292 5155  Passcode: 510864 

For questions, contact paloaltocac@gmail.com or council@paloaltopta.org

**NEW**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.  Questions/ Info email: selearning@paloaltopta.org

VOTE AND VOLUNTEER FOR MEASURE O

GET A LAWN SIGN

HELP DISTRIBUTE LAWN SIGNS

PTA SUPPORTS MEASURE O

Volunteers needed to place lawn signs in our school neighborhood. Donate online, endorse, advocate to our PTA via social channels (FB, Next Door, WeChat, Line). Thank our school PTA for supporting this. Please direct questions to our PTA President. Click here for more info https://supportpaloaltoschools.org/  Palo Alto PTAs support Yes On O! For almost 20 years, local voter approved parcel taxes have generated over $15 million in locally-controlled funding to keep our schools strong. This measure needs 66.7 percent of voters to approve to pass, and every vote counts. Please show your support with a Lawn Sign.

PTA SUPPORTS PROPS 15 AND 16

As an advocacy organization, PTA often takes positions on legislation & ballot measures; it does not support or oppose candidates for office.  California State PTA supports Prop 15, which would provide billions of extra dollars for our schools & local government services.  State PTA also supports Prop 16, which would restore affirmative action in California.

Please register, inform yourself, and don't forget to vote! Election day is Tue Nov 3.  Vote early if you can!  Prop 15 & 16 info:  https://capta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/state-ballot-measures/

Questions?  Erwin Morton, advocacy@paloaltopta.org. 

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Community News

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**NEW**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.

**NEW**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:  https://www.gamblegarden.org/event/halloween-henna-2020-online

Anime Class offered by Gamble Gardens
Saturday, October 10 , 10 -11am

Learn to sketch “Izuku Midoriya” from the popular manga and anime series “My Hero Academia.”  Gamble Garden is hosting a drawing class taught by Marvel and DC Comics artist, Timothy Green II.  Learn basic drawing skills for anime and manga characters.  In his one-hour ZOOM class, you will learn how to draw a character from start to finish. You will need blank paper, pencil, eraser, colored pencils.  Ideal for ages 8 – 15, but open to all. Pay-What-You-Can per student:  $20, $30 or $40 Register Now: 

https://www.gamblegarden.org/event/anime-manga-izuku-midoriya-drawing-class/

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 https://www.palydance.com/fundraisers. 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 ddcanorthpeninsula@gmail.com and the Zoom link will be emailed to you before the meeting.