Escondido eNews September 2, 2019
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Escondido News



9/2 -- NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

9/6 -- Principal Coffee, Topic:  International trip for SI Program

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

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



Escondido PTA's Ice Cream Challenge, is the PTA's primary source of funding.  

NEW this Year---Complete PTA forms and Donate online.  CLICK HERE

Another option:  Complete the One-Time Contribution form, pdfs attached below, and submit to Office by this Friday 9/6.  

The PTA provides the "Cool-Stuff" like Classroom Supplies, Noon Sports & Art, Field Trips, Events & Assemblies, Programs & Services, and Teacher Grants and much more ---all the STUFF that makes Escondido excellent! Give what you can. 


Here's the Scoop on Ice Cream Challenge Participation---
Way to Go Escondido! 

Every contribution earns a scoop on the classroom Ice Cream Cone posters

Please help ensure that all the classroom field trips, teacher grants, classroom supplies, events, and services will continue at Escondido.  We need your support! 



Double Your PiE Donation - Now thru Sept 3

The PiE 2019-2020 fundraising campaign is happening now. Your support makes a huge difference to our school community. PiE funds go to every PAUSD school and help principals to staff programs that deliver a well-rounded education. PiE's funding provides enrichment and support in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the Arts, and Wellness and Support. PiE-funded staff make a positive impact on our kids every day.

Double your impact:  Between now and Sept 3, gifts and pledges will be matched by a $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant. Please donate today at



Volunteers needed for three upcoming school-wide events.  If you'd like to join the event team and assist with the planning, please contact the event chair listed below.  Additional sign-ups for the actual day-of-event will be posted soon.

9/23 -- Math Night, 5-7 pm, MPR - 

9/30--  Walk-n-Roll Week - 

10/4 -- International Fair, 5-7 pm - 



Smile.Amazon - Do you shop on Amazon or Prime?  Your account can easily be connected as a with a few clicks, Amazon donates to Escondido PTA and helps us reach our fundraising goals.  Click here and start donating and shopping today.



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**NEW** Reusables for PAUSD Food Services!

After Labor Day 2019, PAUSD Food Services will switch to reusable dishware and cutlery at elementary school sites. This is part of a multi-phase plan to move all sites to reusable food service items, and will keep PAUSD in alignment with the City of Palo Alto’s zero waste goals. Students will return their reusable food service items (metal sporks, plastic clamshells and baskets) to rolling carts with red bins located near the three sort stations at their campuses. PAUSD anticipates significant waste reduction as a result of this move. Questions? Contact


**NEW** Oppose Proposed School Meal Cuts: Tap twice on your iPhones

The federal government proposes to reduce family eligibility for free-and-reduced cost meals. This could impact 2 million children in CA qualifying for free and reduced school meals, including 10% of our PAUSD students and 111,000 children in Santa Clara County. Low-income children face enough challenges - hunger should not be one of them. To oppose these cuts: download (or update) the Click My Cause app in the app store; select "Palo Alto PTA Council", “allow” notifications. An “act now” button is waiting for you. Android users: email address and sample message is on the PTAC website. Deadline to speak up: Sept. 23, 2019




Community News


**NEW**Girl Scout Troop 601 Inviting New Members!

Thurs Sept. 12, 7:15 - 8:30P  Girl Scout House, 1120 Hopkins Ave., Palo Alto (very limited street parking so please carpool or bike )

Service Unit 601 is inviting local parents of girls in elementary - high school to learn about the amazing opportunities available with Girl Scouting and how you can help. Please RSVP at  If you cannot attend, please also fill out the RSVP form so we can contact you with more information.  If you have additional questions, email Darcy Huston at


**NEW**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


**NEW**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 

Sunday, September 29, 1-3pm, Fairmeadow Elementary, 500 East Meadow Drive

10th annual, family-friendly event encourages everyone to bike more places more often, and kicks off Walk & Roll to School Week. Choose one of three bike-friendly routes and explore. Enjoy free treats and activities along the way! Routes and treat stops are open until 4pm. Start at Fairmeadow and find helmet fitting, quick bike checkups, Safe Routes to School info, and more! All riders need a waiver, so if your student is riding without you, please print out, sign, and send one with him/her. Details at


**NEW**Volunteer Opportunity for Parents & Grandparents at Palo Alto Art Center!

September 2019 Palo Alto Art Center (1313 Newell Road)

Training will take place September 3, 6, and 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Docents help lead school tours for the Project Look program.Project Look serves k-5th graders and includes an interactive tour of our galleries and hands-on art activities. Please click here for more info and contact, Director of Volunteer Engagement, to sign up.


**NEW**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