Escondido eNews September 13, 2020
Sun, Sep 13 6:23pm

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Escondido News

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*NEW THIS YEAR*** SHARE YOUR SPIRIT WEEK PHOTOS ON KONSTELLA!

You can share photos with your class for spirit week if you go to Konstella --> More --> Albums.  Each classroom has a Spirit Week album!

Please upload photos of your child in their spirit gear to these albums to share with your class!  It works directly from your phone!

IMPORTANT DATES AND REMINDERS

  • ROOM PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Many classrooms still need a room parent volunteer! Room parents help teachers communicate with parents, organize class events, and organize teacher appreciation. Interested parents please contact the teacher directly to volunteer. 

List of rooms still needing volunteer room parents: 

Scott Room 1 Kindergarten
Vazquez Ares Room 6 Kindergarten
Moore Room 3 First Grade
Pineda Room 9 First Grade
Rodriguez Abeyta Room 4 First Grade
Feldmeier Room 10 Second Grade
Boyarsky Room 13 Third Grade
Kuruma+Martin Room 18 Third Grade
Brubaker Room 23 Fourth Grade
Veach Room 22 Fourth Grade
Garcia Room 20 Fifth Grade
Chen Room 16 Full distance learning (all grades)
  • PARENT POKER EVENING (Virtual) - Friday, September 18th, 5-6:30pm. Sign up to play in the 1st ever Parent poker evening! [signups are in Konstella] Meet other Escondido parents while playing a friendly game of online poker.
  • PTA ICE CREAM CHALLENGE (Donate) - through Sept 18th. PTA funds “stuff”, like books (physical books for teachers to lend out and digital book subscriptions), events, and coordinates with Escondido staff to enrich the Escondido experience. We are 33 percent of the way to our goal. Any donation is appreciated! Donate at https://2020escondido-pta.cheddarup.com
  • YOGA & MINDFULNESS WITH SHEILA - Monday mornings at 8am. Open to all Escondido students - Zoom: https://pausd.zoom.us/j/92280179262
  • PRINCIPAL COFFEE - Thursday, September 17th at 4:30pm, zoom TBA
  • PTA MEETING (Virtual) - Monday, September 21st at 7pm
    Join Zoom Meeting - PTA Meeting
    Meeting ID: 885 0703 6358

    Passcode: PTARocks
  • SITE COUNCIL MEETING - Monday, Sept 28
  • FAMILY MATH NIGHT (Rescheduled) Thursday, October 8, 5-7pm, Virtual Games (and maybe some take home physical games)! Mark your calendar - more details are coming soon. We need volunteers to help plan and execute this fun night for all - VOLUNTEER HERE!
  • EXTENDED KINDER DAY BEGINS - Monday, October 12

Where is the BACK TO SCHOOL PACKET?

Go to the Escondido PTA Website:

https://escondido.paloaltopta.org/back-to-school-bts-quick-links-draft/ 

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District News

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PTA/PTA Council News

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**NEW**CANDIDATE FORUMS

Thu, Sep 24, 7:00-8:30 PM - School Board Forum on Secondary Education – middle & high schools. Live stream: https://youtu.be/qoHDNY4FG7Y. Use this google form to submit questions in advance.

Thu, Oct 8, 6:30-8:30 PM - School Board Forum Co-hosted with the League of Women Voters. Register for the League-sponsored candidate forum on our Candidate Forum web page.

Sat, Oct 17, 3:00-5:00 PM - School Board Candidate Forum on Educational Equity & Access: the Achievement Gap and Special Education 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). For questions, contact paloaltocac@gmail.com or council@paloaltopta.org.

CENSUS FOR ALL FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS

2020 is an important year for all Californians. It’s the once-per-decade time that every person in America is counted in the U.S. Census. The census asks questions that provide a snapshot of our community, state and the nation. The census affects Federal funding, and much more.  Learn more!  You have the power to shape the future for the children of California. If you haven't yet been counted, please do it right away and please tell your friends, family, and neighbors. Questions? advocacy@paloaltopta.org

ELECTION ALERT FOR PARENTS (and everyone else too)

Voting begins when ballots arrive.

Election day is Tue Nov 3.

Please pay attention to your ENTIRE ballot. Don’t miss:

  • PAUSD Parcel Tax (Vote for Measure “O”)
  • School Board & City Council Elections
  • 11 Propositions.  [State PTA positions]

Register and Vote. Questions?  advocacy@paloaltopta.org  or council@paloaltopta.org

PTA SUPPORTS MEASURE O

PTA Council Executive Board supports Yes On O! Our Palo Alto schools are among the best in the state and nation, thanks to dedicated teachers, high-quality academics, and rich and varied programs to support and enrich our children’s growth.  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. If we don’t renew our local parcel tax, our budget would be cut and our teachers, staff and programs could face devastating losses.  Vote YES on Measure O, a parcel tax renewal measure that has been placed on the November 2020 ballot to ensure our schools continue receiving this critical funding. For more information please visit the website or email info@SupportPaloAltoSchools.org

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**RAGAZZI BOYS CHORUS WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

Virtual “SingFest” free mini-camp for boys ages 7-10, Sat, Sept 19, 10-11am

Grammy award-winning Ragazzi Boys Chorus seeks boys aged 7-10 who love to sing. Curriculum focuses on music theory, vocal technique, artistry, musicianship, and performance skills. Our fall semester begins with online instruction featuring the latest programs and technologies. Younger students, aged 5-7, are invited to join our Music and Movement class, beginning in September.  To register for “SingFest” and receive the event link, visit https://ragazzi.org/join-us/virtualsingfest/ For inquiries or to schedule a convenient online audition, visit https://ragazzi.org/join-us/book-audition/

FIRE RELIEF RESOURCES  

PAEA and CSEA Educators affected by the Fires

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by these fires.  Please help the Palo Alto Educators Association (PAEA) help our beloved colleagues: teachers, counselors, support staff, custodians, and administrators.  We appreciate any help you can provide.  Thank you.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/paea-and-csea-educators-affected-by-the-fires

Magical Bridge Resources for Fire Relief 

We have compiled a list of local and national nonprofits and organizations helping those displaced from the fires. This list includes animal shelters caring for thousands of pets, and first responders who are risking their lives to combat these flames. 

**NEW**JUNIOR MUSEUM SCIENCE OUTDOORS

Sept 8th - Dec 17th

The Palo Alto Junior Museum is offering outdoor fall science programming for 1st-5th graders beginning early September after school in our beautiful local open spaces. Activity sites include Baylands Preserve, Arastradero Preserve, and Foothills Park meeting Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons for 2 hours.  In this Junior Museum Science Outdoors program, your child will learn about the unique plants, animals, and the ecology of a special place, while enjoying the beauty and adventure that local wild spaces have to offer. Registration is open now. Minimal enrollment must be met to run the programs. Social distancing, masks, and other health and safety protocols will be maintained. To learn more, or to register, please visit: https://bit.ly/3fOU5IT.   www.cityofpaloalto.org/jmz   Tel: 650-329-2111

Gamble Gardens Presents: MACRAME PLANT HANGER -- ONLINE

Sat, Sept.19, 10-11am, Zoom Registration Here   $40/student

Supplement your child's school art curriculum.  Remember when you did macrame?  It's making a comeback!  Learn to design, knot and create a macrame plant hanger for your pandemic garden.  Choose a free 4" potted succulent from Gamble Garden's "Plant Shop" to put into your completed macrame hanger.  This live one-hour Zoom class is taught by Lexi Bakkar, an artist based in Sonoma, California.  All supplies provided and can either be picked up at Gamble Garden or mailed directly to your home (for an additional $10 fee).  Recommended for ages 10-18 years (parents can join if child needs assistance).  Fun for the entire family!