Escondido eNews September 15, 2019
Sun, Sep 15 9:06pm


Escondido News


9/16 -- Room Parent Training & PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm, SCRA

9/18 -- Deadline for Ice Cream Challenge

9/23 -- Math Night, 5-7 pm, MPR

9/30--10/4 -- Walk-n-Roll Week

10/4 -- Parade of Nations 8:30 am & International Fair 5-7 pm



Room Parent Training & PTA Meeting, tomorrow, Mon, Sept 16 at SCRA, 875 Bowdoin Ln, Stanford.  Join us at SCRA, next door to Escondido Elementary, for a PTA Mixer & Meeting.  The Mixer & Meeting is for parents/adults only, due to safety rules of the facility, we ask that only parents attend the meeting in the Community Room on the second level of the SCRA building. 


6:30pm  Social/Mixer

7-7:30 PTA Meeting

7:30-8:15  Room Parent Orientation 


FINAL DAYS of the PTA's ICE CREAM CHALLENGE!  Deadline is this Wednesday, September 18.  Give What you Can.  Every donation earns a scoop for classroom cones.  Many thanks to those who have contributed already.  It is truly appreciated. 

Donate online:


Here's the Scoop on the Ice Cream Challenge---

94% to our funding goal - Way to Go Escondido!

53% of families have participated - if you haven't donated yet, please look for the pink envelope in this week's Red Folder or go to:

Thank you!




Math Night - next Monday, September 23, in the MPR, 5-7 pm. 

Games + crafts + food = Family Fun! 

This event is a free and open to all of the Escondido community to enjoy, sponsored by PTA. 

Volunteers needed, sign-up here. 




CELEBRATE WALK and ROLL TO SCHOOL WEEK with the Escondido Elementary School Community from September 30th through October 4th. 

Everyone is encouraged to participate! Walk, bike, scoot, skateboard, take the bus, or carpool to school all week and enjoy interacting with friends and neighbors along the way, get some exercise, and reduce traffic and air pollution. If you need any suggestions coming up with a safe route, please contact Kara Baker ( or take a look at the map of suggested safe routes (EnglishSpanish). 

On Monday, September 30th, we'll be serving up a Walk and Roll breakfast and charting our modes of transportation in front of the MP Room. We will also have a "bike pool" riding to Escondido on Monday morning. Meet up with us at one of the following locations: 1) Stanford Ave. & Ash in Evergreen Park at 7:45am, or 2) Wellesley & Stanford Ave in EV at  7:50am. We'll then continue biking to Escondido together. On Wednesday, October 2nd from 7:45-8:10am, stop by our bike tune-up station by the front bike racks. 



Escondido's Incredible Parade of Nations & International Fair -  Friday, October 4th 

Parade of Nations 8:30-10 am

International Fair 5-7 pm

Host a Country Booth - Informations and Details:


Booth Sign-up:


Volunteer Sign-up:  






**NEW** EACH FRIDAY! Superintendent's Weekly Board Update

Read Dr. Don Austin's Weekly Board Update, published new each Friday


2019 Palo Alto Black & White Ball

Fri Oct 4, 7P-12A, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto 

Book your babysitter now and get tickets for the party-of-the-year.  Enjoy live music and dancing from Super Diamond, China Cats, DJ Celeste and more.  Plus food from 20+ local restaurants, wine-tasting and a Silent Disco.  Black tie optional.  Please visit our website 2019 Black & White Ball to buy tickets.  Use code: PAUSD10 to save $10.  The 2019 Black & White Ball is a celebration of City of Palo Alto's 125th Birthday, Palo Alto Weekly's 40th Anniversary, and PAUSD's 125th Anniversary.  All proceeds support the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation.  The event is open to everyone over the age of 21.  Any Questions?  Email: Kristen Podulka at


**NEW**PTA Council Open Positions - Join Us!

The PTA Council is currently seeking individuals in the community who have a passion for improving the educational experience of all students and who would like to learn more about becoming a member of the PTA Council Executive Board and Collaborative Committees. 

We have openings for the following positions:

VP Health and Wellness


Membership Chair

(SEL) Social Emotional Learning Committee Chair

Chinese Parent Representative

Arts Coordinator

Talk to us about stepping into a leadership role or how you can participate on a committee.   Contact us at:


**NEW**New "Parent Engagement Calendar"

A brand new "Parent Engagement Calendar" will be available soon to PAUSD parents!  It will list all the parent education events organized by the PTAs and PTSAs from different schools in our district.  The calendar will inform parents what event is happening at which PAUSD school during the school year.  This practice will maximize event attendance, save volunteer efforts and PTA or PTSA money that is donated by the parents.  The PTAC also wants to thank all the PTAs and PTSAs that organize parent education events in their school(s), and open up the events to the other schools.


**NEW**PTA Council Developing Convention Resolution on Vaping.

The PTA Council Board has established a committee to develop a Convention Resolution on Vaping.  The purpose is to give State PTA the authority and the tools it needs to advocate on the subject and to take positions on proposed legislation.  Interested in participating?  Want more info?  Contact Jade Chao,, or Erwin Morton,


**NEW**Workshop on IEP ( Individual Education Plan ) for Special Education & 504 Plan 

Sat, Oct 5th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, JLS Middle School Cafetorium, 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

FREE. This workshop covers the basics of the IEP/ 504 plan including some common problems, complications, solutions and suggestions.  There will be a discussion about common accommodations and parental rights, and a Q & A session during this workshop.  Organized by Palo Alto CAC (, presented by H.E.A.L. (Hospital Educational Advocacy Liaisons Program from Stanford Children’s Health), and co-sponsored by PTAC.  Please use this form to let us know if you are coming, especially if you would like childcare or Spanish translation.


Taller sobre IEP (Plan de Educación Individual) de Educación Especial & Plan 504 

Sábado, Oct 5, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Cafetería JLS Middle School, 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

GRATIS. Este taller cubre los conceptos básicos del plan IEP / 504, incluidos algunos problemas / complicaciones comunes y soluciones / sugerencias. Incluye adaptaciones comunes y derechos parentales. Habrá una sesión de preguntas y respuestas durante este taller. 

Organizado por CAC Palo Alto (, presentado por H.E.A.L. (Programa de Stanford Children’s Health), y co-patrocinado por PTAC. Por favor utilice este formulario para dejarnos saber si asistirá, especialmente si necesita ayuda con su hijo o un traductor al español.





Community News


**NEW**Participate in Stanford University’s Puberty and Neurodevelopment Study!

Researchers are looking for pre-teens ages 10-14 of all gender expressions to participate in a study exploring how hormones affect the development of different parts of the brain during puberty. Participation involves 3 visits across 5 years, a comprehensive physical, cognitive, and behavioral evaluations and brain imaging with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (safe, non-invasive, no x-rays/radiation). All participants will receive written reports from evaluations and up to $130 honorarium for each year of participation. For more information please visit our website: or contact / (650) 698-2115


**NEW**Classes Beginning at Mind Body and Body Moms

Mindful Moms Intro Class with Krassi Harwell will begin Tues Sep 24  12-1:30P  67 Encina Ave

We’ll practice yoga, meditate, and share about the joys and challenges of motherhood. FREE


Mindful Moms Group with Krassi Harwell begins on Tues Oct 1-Dec 10  12-1:30P  67 Encina Ave

We will navigate the rich and rewarding journey of raising kids into adults, practice yoga, meditate, and tap into the healing power of togetherness as we share stories, strength and support.


Women’s Wellness Intro Class: A Taste of the Season with Jalene Salus Fri Sep 20 10A-12P St. Mark’s, 600 Colorado Ave.

 We will prepare some seasonal fall food for you, and share meals to support your dear body – and your children’s bodies!


Women’s Wellness Group with Jalene Salus. FREE  Fri Sep 20-Nov 8 10A-12P  St. Mark’s, 600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA

We will show you how aligning your self-care with the rhythm of the season can guide you on your path of women’s wellness as she engages you in fulfilling dialogue with other thoughtful, wise women.

Registration for all these classes is required as space is limited! Scholarships available upon request. More Info:


**NEW**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.


**NEW** Parent Ed Night at Fletcher: ANGST the Movie

Wed Oct 16 6:45-8:45P in the Gym (all PAUSD parents are invited)

The Fletcher PTA w ill 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.


PALY Theatre presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Sept 26 at 4pm; Sept 27, 28 at 7pm; Sept 28, 29 at 2pm Paly High, 50 Embarcadero Rd.

Premiering in the NEW Palo Alto High School PAC Black Box Theatre, F-U-N at The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!  An eclectic group of six students vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, spelling their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing "ding" of the bell that signals a mistake.  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius coming soon!  Tickets are $10 Student/Senior, $15 Adults. Info and Tix at


League of Women Voters of Palo Alto’s Fall Kickoff Event

Thu, Sept 26, 7-8:30 P at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road, PaloAlto. .

"Goodbye Precincts, Hello Easy Voting: The Voter's Choice Act." Rachel H. Jung, from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Office, will explain the Voter's Choice Act (VCA), which goes into effect with the March 2020 primary.  Learn about the new options that VCA will give you for casting your ballot.  No child care provided.  Questions, contact Liz Jensen

*Free and open to all*  Please register here


Special Needs Resource Fair 

Sat, Oct 5, 10A–1P  1400 Parkmoor Ave # 100, San Jose, CA 95126

Connect with more than 60 organizations, companies, and providers that focus on the needs of school-age children with special needs!  The 2nd Annual Special Needs Resource Fair at Parents Helping Parents, presented by PHP and Special Needs Professionals of Silicon Valley, Free to attend! No need to register. More info at:


Stanford Girl BAND Study

Researchers at Stanford University are looking for GIRLS ages 6-14 with developmental disabilities/learning differences to participate in a study exploring brain development in relation to behavior, cognition, and mood in GIRLS! Participation involves a comprehensive cognitive and behavioral evaluation and MRI/NIRS scan (safe, non-invasive, no x-ray/radiation.) Evaluation results are available to all participants and there is a $100 honorarium for participation. For more information, please visit: Thank you for your considerations!


Kids Under Pressure & What We Can Do About It: Challenge Success Parent Ed

Fri Sept 27  7-8:30P Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford 

Join Challenge Success for an evening of education with best-selling author and psychologist Lisa Damour and Challenge Success Co-Founders Madeline Levine and Denise Pope to learn more about the value of healthy stress, the risks of unhealthy stress, and practical solutions for how families and schools can support kids to have balanced and fulfilling lives.  Students, parents, and educators are welcome to attend. Get info and purchase $10 tickets here


A Creative Workshop for Parents (with Childcare)

Palo Alto Art Center Sun, Sept 15 and 22, 1-4P  Sun, Oct 6 and 13, 1-4P

Mitchell Park Library Sat, Nov 2 and 9, 10:30A-1:30P

Join artist Jill Miller for a hands on workshop about parenting and art making.  All parents have a story about taking an object away from their child in order to protect them.  Participants bring in an object, share the story, and then remake the original in a safe material. For more details, contact:   Application deadline is Sept 13. Apply online:  This project is funded in part by the California Arts Council


**NEW**Bike Palo Alto

Sun Sept 29, 1-3 p.m., Fairmeadow Elementary, 500 East Meadow Dr.

This 10th annual, family-friendly event encourages people of all ages and abilities to bike more places more often, and kicks off PAUSD’s Walk & Roll to School Week.  Join us for helmet fitting, minor bike checkups, Safe Routes to School information, and more!  Then, choose one of three bike-friendly routes and explore with free treats and fun activities along the way!  Routes and treat stops are open until 4 p.m.  You can find all the details at


Grade K-5 Classroom Volunteers Needed – An Hour a Week Could Change a Student's Life 

Please join other parents volunteering in eastern Menlo Park or East Palo Alto schools.  You’ll help tutor kids in grades K-5.  Our volunteers go once a week to the same classroom for about an hour, building relationships with students throughout the school year.  We provide training, ongoing support and coordinates logistics.  Volunteering begins in mid-September.  To learn more or sign up, visit or contact Keri Tully at


**NEW**Ragazzi Boys Chorus: Exceptional Choral Opportunities for Boys 

Registration through Sept 23.  

Ragazzi now offers an entry-level class in Palo Alto. GRAMMY award-winning Ragazzi Boys Chorus seeks boys who love to sing.  Engaging classes develop boys into young men of character while learning music theory, vocal technique, artistry, musicianship, and performance skills.  Develop new friendships and travel the world.  For more information, and to schedule an audition, visit


Cantabile Youth Singers music classes and choir for kids PreK-Grade 7

Register/audition in September in Los Altos

Community youth chorus has openings now for grades Pre-K - 7.  Students experience:  the joy of singing with artistry and mastery;  fun, friends and community; comprehensive music program nurturing personal growth, creativity, leadership and health; world-class faculty; collaborations with professional artists.  Tuition varies by class/choir.  Visit for more information.  Singers in grades 5-7: email or call | 650.424.1410 today to arrange an audition.  Singers in grades K-4: register for a class now by visiting