Escondido eNews September 8, 2019
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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



PTA's Ice Cream Challenge provides the STUFF that makes Escondido excellent!  Deadline extended to September 18!  Help us reach our goals, both participation and funding, and help us to continue to provide all of the events, programs, services, grants, and much more that the students, teachers, and families love.  It is easier than ever to give, click here and go to our CheddarUp online donation site Or complete the attached form and submit payment to box in Office.  Another way to give, look in your Red Folder next week, 9/13, and use our special pink envelopes.  Give What You Can.  Every donation earns a scoop for the classroom cones.


Here's the SCOOP on Ice Cream Challenge Participation---

As of 9/7, 48% of Escondido families have contributed to the fundraiser.  This is the PTA's one and only fundraising campaign, it supports our budget for this school year.  We are 87% of the way to our funding goal.  Keep the SCOOPS coming, deadline extended to 9/18.  Thank you for your support!



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. 




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:







**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**PTAC Anti-Vaping Committee Forming: Sept 11 Vaping Lecture Kick Off.

Top priority for PTAC is the resolution we will be bringing to State CA PTA.

The Anti-Vaping Committee is forming and all members are asked to attend the Sept 11 (noon) talk by Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher at Stanford - click for more details. A quick committee meeting follows the talk for all interested members of the community who intend to join the PTA Council Anti-Vaping Committee. Please help us stem this epidemic, educate parents, and advocate for research based information to keep our middle and high students healthy. We need you.


**NEW**Workshop on IEP/504 Basics

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, compli cations, 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 /504 básico 

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**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


**NEW**Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions

Fri, Sept 6, and Sat, Sept 7 by appointment, Palo Alto

Auditions for the Fall held at the choir's rehearsal location 600 Homer Ave.  Open to 2nd-5th grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels. SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families.  Email or visit


**NEW**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


**NEW**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:


**NEW**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!


Girl Scout Troop 601 Inviting New Members!

Thu 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


Kids Under Pressure & What We Can Do About It: Challenge Success Parent Ed(1st run 8/28)

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


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


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**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


DreamCatchers is looking for adult volunteers! 

We are a local non-profit serving low-income students at all 3 PAUSD middle schools and we rely on a volunteer corps of tutors made up of primarily Gunn and Paly high school students.  We need someone to help with Salesforce data entry for 4-6 hours per week.  In addition, we need someone to make weekly Costco runs and prep snack for our middle school students and high school/college tutors (2-3 hours/week).  Interested? Please contact


Paly Glass Sale

Sept 13 and 14, PAC, Palo Alto High School,

This year marks our program’s 20 year anniversary.  Please join us on September 13th and 14th in the courtyard next to the Performing Arts Center.  We’ll have over 1000 pieces of hand blown glass on display and for sale.  All proceeds benefit Paly’s Fiery Arts program. 


After School Art Classes at Pacific Art League

668 Ramona St, Palo Alto 

PAL has been serving Palo Alto for 98 years, providing the community with top level art instructors and classes for all ages and levels.  This fall we have fine art classes for youth ages 5 - 18 with classes such as: Art Works Studio, Drawing & More, Intro to Comics & Zine, Teen Painting and more!  No experience necessary, just a love for creativity.  For more information or to register please visit our website: Email Linda at with any questions.


PAUSD is looking for a piano accompanist:

10 hours per week, during the school day. Hours are flexible. Pay: $32.52 per hour. If interested, please contact


“Go EV” to Fight Climate Change

Sun, Sep 8, 3P-5P, Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd, Los Altos Hills

Driving an electric vehicle is one of the single biggest actions any individual can take to fight climate change. On September 8, come learn about the benefits of EVs, charging basics, government rebates, the latest makes and models, and what’s in store for the future. Several owners will display their EVs and answer questions about "living the EV lifestyle" prior to the presentation. All adults and high school students who want to love the planet AND their car are welcome to attend. RSVP now to reserve your spot. Questions? Contact