Escondido eNews September 6, 2020
Sun, Sep 6 10:54pm

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Escondido News

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IMPORTANT DATES AND REMINDERS

  • 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 25 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
  • ESCONDIDO WEAR POP-UP SHOP UNTIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th  -https://escondido-wear.cheddarup.com
  • FALL SPIRIT WEEK (Virtual) - Monday, September 14th-Friday, September 18th.  Mark your calendar - more details are coming soon. We need volunteers to come up with fun Spirit Week Ideas! VOLUNTEER HERE
  • PARENT POKER EVENING (Virtual) - Friday, September 18th from 5-7pm. Mark your calendars for the first ever Parent poker evening!  Meet other Escondido parents while playing a friendly game of online poker.  We need volunteers to help plan this fun event! VOLUNTEER HERE!
  • PTA MEETING (Virtual) - Monday, September 21st at 7pm
    Join Zoom Meeting - PTA Meeting
    Meeting ID: 885 0703 6358

    Passcode: PTARocks
  • FAMILY MATH NIGHT - Tuesday, September 22, 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!

STAY CONNECTED - On Konstella!

Don't Forget to Join Your Child's Classroom on Konstella: To stay in the loop on classroom events, volunteer, and access the class directory. Click on your profile -> your children, then select classroom, and SAVE

Where is the BACK TO SCHOOL PACKET?

Go to the Escondido PTA Website:

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

 

**NEW**DONT DELAY - LAST DAYS OF PiE CHALLENGE GRANT

Join our community in supporting PiE today! Your donations make a difference in the education and wellbeing of all of our students. PiE funds go to every PAUSD school and help principals to staff programs in wellness and counseling,  the arts, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Learn how PiE dollars support your child's school: https://papie.org/schools-of-pausd/

Gifts and pledges made by Sept 8 will be matched by a $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant. Donate today at  http://papie.org/donate/.

Donate today to double your impact!

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District News

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LCP (Learning Continuity Plan) Virtual Community Meeting

Thurs, Sept 10, 5pm

Dr. Judy Argumedo, Director of Academic Supports, will hold the second LCP (Learning Continuity Plan) Virtual Community Meeting on Thursday, September 10th at 5:00 pm.  The meeting agenda includes: Information on LCP, Stakeholder Questions, and Feedback.

La Senora Judy Argumedo llevara a cabo la segunda reunion comunitaria el nieces, 10 de septiembre, 5:00-6:30pm. La agenda es - informacion sobre el plan de LCP -preguntas 

All Stakeholders Invited:  Join Zoom Meeting LCP Community Meeting

Meeting ID: 955 6228 9480

PAUSD-學術支持總監Judy Argumedo博士將於9月10日(星期四)下午5:00舉行第二次LCP(學習連續性計劃)虛擬社區會議。會議議程包括:有關LCP的信息,利益相關方的問題,反饋

加入Zoom Meeting

LCP社區會議

會議ID:955 6228 9480

 

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PTA/PTA Council News

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**NEW**CANDIDATE FORUMS

School Board Forum co-hosted with the League of Women Voters

Thurs, Oct. 8,  6:30-8:30pm

Zoom link to be provided. Candidate Forum web page or  School Board Forum link 

School Board Candidate Forum on Educational Equity & Access: the Achievement Gap and Special Education

Sat, Oct 17, 3-5pm

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)

Every registered voter will receive a ballot in the mail in early Oct. Voting begins when ballots arrive.  Election day  is Tue Nov 3.  Please pay attention to your ENTIRE ballot!  Don’t miss:

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

Watch your eNews for info about Candidate Forums, etc.  Register, Inform Yourself, and Vote!!!  Vote early!  Questions?  Erwin Morton, advocacy@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**LET'S GO EV! ELECTRIC VEHICLE WORKSHOP

Wednesday, Sept 9, 10:30am (online event): RSVP

Want to love the planet AND your car? This workshop will cover the many benefits of EV ownership that make EVs more fun to drive, better for the environment, and cheaper to own than gas-powered cars. Topics to be covered include: charging basics, government rebates, leasing versus buying, available makes and models, and what's in store for the future.

**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!