Escondido eNews September 22, 2019
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Escondido News


9/23 -- Math Night, 5-7 pm, MPR

9/26 -- Geography club for 4th and 5th graders starts

9/30--10/4 -- Walk-n-Roll Week

10/2 -- Principal Coffee at 1 pm

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



Math Night - 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. 



9/26 -- Geography Club for 4th and 5th graders at lunch (Maestra Tara's class, Salón 24) Lunch Time Geography Club for 4th & 5th Graders First Meeting: Wednesday, October 10th Time: Noon to 1 pm Location: Salón 24 (Maestra Tara's class) Please let your 4th and 5th graders know that the first Geography Club meeting will be held on Thursday, September 26th during lunch and recess. All 4th and 5th graders are welcome to bring their lunch and join us. We will be exploring the world with fun activities and treats!






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:  



PALY Cheer & Dance Clinic is THIS WEEK -- Perform at PALY Football Game on 9/27!

Clinic on Mon, Sept 23 & Wed, Sept 25, 4-5:30 pm

Performance at Paly Football Game on Friday, Sept 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

To register: and click on Little Vikes Football Night

Or check out their page on ActivityHero!  




Curious how you can get involved?  Don't know where to start?  Contact Amy McCarter, Chair of Volunteering and find out how you can make the most of your time and share your talents as a volunteer.



PTA/PTA Council News



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

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


**NEW**PTAC - Stanford General Use Permit (GUP) - Getting to the Finish Line

Tues Oct 22 6P Palo Alto City Hall 250 Hamilton Ave

Please mark your calendars Tuesday, 10/22 for the final public hearing in Palo Alto on the 2019 Stanford GUP.  Final decision will be made.  We hope Stanford will come through with their promise to our schools and kids for FULL MITIGATION.  All 17 PAUSD school PTAs and all PAUSD Board of Ed Members plan to attend this meeting.  Let your voice be heard. Palo Alto City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.) For more:


**NEW**Oppose Cuts to School Meals for Low-income students

Oppose proposed federal cuts to school meals for our low-income students. 10% of PAUSD students, and 2 million students statewide, qualify for free and reduced cost meals. iPhone users: oppose these cuts with just two taps on your phone (Tap 1 - “act now”, Tap 2 - “send message”) in the free Click My Cause app (select Palo Alto PTA Council). Android users: email the U.S. Dept of Agriculture at; this MUST be your email subject line: "FNS-2018-0037: Revision of Categorical Eligibility in SNAP.” Deadline to oppose these cuts is September 23, 2019


**NEW**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


**NEW**The Vaping Phenomenon: What it is, what is happening, and how to protect your kids: Parent Ed by your PTAs

Wed, Sept 25 at 7pm, JLS Cafetorium

Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, Stanford Professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, will present key data and facts on the Vaping Epidemic and educate parents on what we can do about it.  Learn about e-cigarettes and the effects of nicotine on the adolescent brain; a child’s/teen’s vulnerability to addiction; adverse health effects of using new pod-based devices like JUUL; and why young people are vaping.  Please click Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit to self/educate and talk with your kids.  Student Resource Officer Bradley Young will be available to answer questions.


ANGST the Movie: Parent Ed by your PTAs

Wed Oct 16 6:45-8:15P in the Fletcher Middle School Gym 

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


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

Sat, Oct 5th, 9A - 12P, JLS Middle School Room 730 , 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, Habitación 730 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




Sat Sept. 21, 6-8P Mitchell Park Community Center 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Palo Alto Adult School joins other local organizations in sponsoring the final Welcome Week activity - an international potluck dinner.  Everyone in Palo Alto is welcome - families, friends, and neighbors!  All you have to do to participate is bring a covered dish to share representing your culture!  Enjoy an evening of food and storytelling related to your culture.  It will be a great chance to try fabulous dishes and meet some new neighbors! RSVP (optional): 


**NEW**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.


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:


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


**NEW**Paly School Dance and Cheer Teams Clinic 

Sept. 23, 25, and 27, 4-5:30PM at Palo Alto High School

For students ages 3-13 to learn cheer and dance routines and then perform with cheer and dance teams at football games. Click here for more info and to register