Escondido eNews October 6, 2019
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Escondido News



10/7 -- Extended Kinder Days begin, Kinders released at 2:20 pm

10/11 -- NO SCHOOL, Staff Development

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

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


The PTA has several volunteer opportunities, click here to see the available positions.  We are looking for people willing to help! Many of the roles are behind the scenes; however, they make a huge impact on our students and parents.  Please take a moment and consider a new volunteer opportunity.  If you have questions, contact Chair of Volunteers, Amy McCarter or EVP, Julia Murphy-Chutorian.


We want to hear from you!  Tell us your thoughts about your experience at the International Fair & Parade.  Complete this survey by 10/13 to be entered into a drawing to win front-row seats to 5th Grade Promotion, Movie Night, or an Escondido t-shirtClick here for Google form/survey.


Escondido Spirit Wear on sale now until 10/11.  T-shirts, sweatshirts and more;  we have partnered with Custom Ink, order online, items delivered to school as a group order, you will pick up items at Spooky Hop 10/25 or Halloween Parade 10/31.  Click here for all the details.


Room Parents --- Training & Checklists have been sent to all room parents that we have contact information for, at this time.  If you are a room parent but have not received the Training notes, contact Amy McCarter asap.  She will provide the Training & Checklists and add will add you to our Konstella Room Parent List.







PTA/PTA Council News


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


**NEW**PTA Council’s Top Priority: Vaping Prevention & CAPTA Anti-Vaping Resolution 

PTA Council and your PTA have mobilized to safeguard our kids from tobacco addiction and toxicity from vaping and juuling.  There is deceptive advertising on social media.  What you do now will affect a generation of kids getting hooked to tobacco products in e-Cigarettes and vapes.  PTAC will bring forth a statewide CA PTA Resolution.  If you missed our 9/25/19 all Middle School Parent Ed Event on Anti-Vaping, please visit us at:  NYT Article  CDC Online Resources Public  For Health Care Providers E-cigarette 101 For Parents For Teachers 


Deej:  Film Screening and Q&A with Producer & Star DJ

Thu, Oct 10, 6:30P, Haymarket Theater, Paly, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

All Palo Alto community members are invited to a free screening of the award-winning documentary Deej, which follows the journey of DJ Savarese, a gifted young writer and advocate for nonspeaking autistics. A 2017 graduate of Oberlin College, DJ will be on hand for Q&A. RSVP to attend and be transformed by this young man’s journey as well as his vision for inclusion of and equal access for all neurodiverse people. Brought to you by PAUSD, PAEA, PTAC, CAC, REEL, and the Magical Bridge Foundation. Learn more about the film at


**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



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. 


**NEW**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


**NEW**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. 


**NEW**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


**NEW**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


Volunteer with the City's Board and Commission

The City Clerk’s Office for the City of Palo Alto has just opened recruitment for the following volunteer Board and Commission vacancies: 1. Historic Resources Board – 3 positions with terms ending December 15, 2022 (2 mornings per month)2. Parks and Recreation Commission – 4 positions with terms ending December 15, 2022 (1 evening per month) 3. Planning and Transportation Commission – 1 position with a term ending December 15, 2023 (2 evenings per month)  The application  (click here) deadline is November 5, 2019 at 4:30P   More info here.  Or Call the Office of the City Clerk at (650) 329-2571.


GSYO Auditions for Youth Orchestra Musicians

Throughout September at Fletcher Middle School, 655 Arastradero Rd.,

Palo Alto-based Golden State Youth Orchestra invites young musicians to audition for the 2019-20 Season.  GSYO offers six orchestras/ensembles for students at all levels of musical ability.  There are openings at all levels for violin, viola, and double bass.  Limited spaces for cello, clarinet, trumpet, and French horn.  For a complete list of openings and to apply for an audition visit  Questions?  Call 650-665-9046 or email Lori B. 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.