Escondido eNews September 29, 2019
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Escondido News



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

10/7 -- Extended Kinder Days begin

10/11 -- NO SCHOOL, Staff Development

10/14 -- PTA Meeting, 7:45 am, MPR

10/23 -- Unity Day

10/24-- Picture Retakes

10/26 -- Spooky Hop, 5-7 pm, MPR

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



Escondido's Walk and Roll to School week begins tomorrow, Monday, September 30  and running throughout the week! During Walk and Roll to School week, and every week, we encourage students to walk, bike, scoot, skateboard, carpool, or take the bus to school. If you must drive solo in a car, students can participate by parking a few blocks from school and walking the rest of the way in.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, click here.


  • We will be starting out the week's festivities TOMORROWMonday, September 30 with a breakfast in front of the MP room from 7:45-8:10am. ** If you have a fun bike or other non-motorized mode of transport that you’d like to park in front of the MP room on Monday morning during the breakfast, we would love you to do so. 
  • On Monday morning, a group of families will also be biking together to Escondido in a "bike pool."  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 the bike tune up station at the front bike racks. 
  • On Wednesday-Friday, meet up on the path at the intersection of Peter Coutts Road and Stanford Ave at 7:50am to "bike pool" the rest of the way to school. 

The goal of the week is to reduce the number of students arriving solo by car, thus easing congestion around school and lessening greenhouse gas emissions. Active commutes, carpooling, taking public transit, or riding the school bus can also enhance community and are fun!  Questions about Walk and Roll to School Week, Kara Baker ( You can also consult this map (EnglishSpanish) which illustrates safe routes to Escondido.


Principal Coffee -- join us on Wed just before the afternoon pickup,  1 pm on Wednesday, Oct 2.


Parade of Nations 8:30 am & International Fair 5-7 pm - Friday, October 4

Free events for all to enjoy!  Visit 36 countries in one evening!  Country booths with games, food samples, and prizes,  Entertainment on the Library Stage. 

Food trucks will be on campus during the Fair, 5-7 pm, bring money if you wish to buy from food trucks.   VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, click here to help with set up on Thur and or Friday.


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**Take Action! Stanford General Use Permit (GUP); County Supervisors voting soon.

Your voice needed now - we’re in the home stretch! Message the county and Stanford to “fully mitigate” the impacts of the new Stanford GUP on our schools, so the GUP does not detrimentally impact the high quality of our PAUSD education. iPhone users: Tap twice on your phones in the Click My Cause app (free in the app store, select Palo Alto PTA Council); Android users: if you have not yet done so, sign our online petition


**NEW**PTAC - Stanford General Use Permit - Visiting Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Cindy Chavez, Dave Cortese, Susan Ellenberg, Joe Simitian, and Mike Wasserman. Join us. PTAC will soon be visiting with our elected officials to advocate for our schools and our children. If you are interested in joining us, your schedule permitting, please email us at:


**NEW**PTAC Welcomes our Two New Volunteers:

PTAC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Erwin Morton as the PTA Council’s Vice President of Advocacy. PTAC is also pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Hamilton Hitchings as the PTA Council’s newly established Safety & e-Prep Committee Chair.


**NEW**PTAC Approves 2019-2020 Budget at General Association Meeting (9/25/19)

At its regular general association meeting, the membership approved the 2019-2020 PTAC Annual Budget. Please click here to see more. Notably, the budget includes the approved unit assessment increase. 


**NEW**PTAC Invites All Parents To Join PTAC Anti-Vaping Committee

Tues Oct 1, 6:30 pm (by phone).

Interested in joining our PTAC Anti-Vaping Committee? Our next Committee Meeting (by phone) is 10/1. Send us an email for the dial-in info. See the Anti-Vaping Parent Ed Presentation here. Also see the County of Santa Clara Tobacco-Free data. Tobacco-Free Communities - Public Health Department - County of Santa Clara or Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE)


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


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.


**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


**NEW**Nixon’s 5th grade Goodwill Donation Drive

Sat October 19 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


**NEW**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.


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