Escondido, District, and Community News -- November 13, 2017
Sun, Nov 12 3:54pm
Escondido Elementary


11/13 at 7:30 am  PTA Meeting in MP, all are welcome.

Check out Escondido PTA's website, click on logo and update your amazon account today:


11/20-24 Thanksgiving Holiday

11/27-12/1 Spanish Language Book Fair

12/4-8 Inclusive Schools Week

12/21 Minimum day before the Winter Break

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Do you shop Amazon all the time?  Then update your account and direct your Amazon to and send contributions to: 1036 Escondido Elementary PTA.  Please consider doing it today, before holiday shopping and Cyber Monday! 

Support ESCONDIDO ELEMENTARY PTA by signing up today.  

Remember, if you want Amazon to donate to 1036 Escondido Elementary PTA, you need to start EACH shopping session at the URL, and they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases.

Visit Your AmazonSmile Impact to see donation information and learn more about your charity.

AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. on mobile devices:  If you shop from your iPhone or iPad, you will need to do the following once on each device, cannot be accessed through the amazon mobile app:

  • Open Safari on your mobile device and type in the web address field at the top. AmazonSmile will open.
  • Touch the share button (looks like a box with an arrow) to the left of the website address. (on my phone this is at the bottom of screen)
  • Touch "Add to Home Screen."
  • Touch Add.

Remove the old Amazon app from your iPhone and iPad so that you will always shop at Amazon through AmazonSmile:

  • Hold your finger on the original Amazon app until it wiggles.
  • Touch the black ‘X’ to delete the app from your iPhone/iPad. You will see an alert that your Amazon data will be deleted. This will not delete your Amazon account, wish lists, or order history. It's simply the data the app saved on your device.
Check out Escondido PTA's website, click on logo and update your amazon account today:
Save the Dates for the Escondido Talent Show 2018!
Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 pm - Information Meeting in MP - highly recommended for first-time, as well as, veteran performers, parents and 5th grade MCs.  This year's theme will be revealed, along with lots of great information to help prepare for the show!
Dec 12 at Noon - Registration and Audition Sign-Up Link sent via Konstella 
Jan 9 - 10 - Auditions in MP at lunch and after-school, all must register and audition
Jan 16-19 - Rehearsals 
Jan 22-23 - Dress Rehearsals
Jan 24-25 - Talent Shows

Stay tuned to eNews and Konstella for more information, in the meantime check out FAQ.  Questions, contact Johanna Ehrlich or Christine Klenow





**NEW**Superintendent's Weekly Message from Friday Nov 3

We will re-post Karen Hendricks' Weekly communications here each week, in case you missed it on her previous Infinite Campus email to you. 

"My own note to you will be relatively brief today, as we have two substantial department updates that I hope you will find to be very informative…..

Continue reading at:


**NEW**CAC Holiday Tea & Welcome Reception (Free)

Fri Dec. 15, 8:30 – 10 AM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto


Parenting a child with special needs has unique challenges, so taking good care of yourself is important.  Join us for a healthy and tasty breakfast buffet, wellness-related raffle prizes and a presentation by Assistant Superintendent Lana Conaway.  She will speak about equity, access, wellness and safety for all students, especially those receiving Special Education services.  Ms. Conaway is one of PAUSD's new leaders and oversees Special Education, Counseling, Health and Wellness in her role as Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Initiatives and Operations.  Childcare will not be provided, but children are welcome.  Spanish language translation will be available.  Hosted by the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.  For questions contact




**NEW**Menlowe Ballet Presents: It's a Wonderful Nutcracker!

Dec 8-10 & 15-17, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center


Blended with the storyline of the classic film "It's a Wonderful Life", Menlowe Ballet’s production is set in the 1940's and boasts all the magical trimmings of a traditional Nutcracker.  This production stresses the importance of physical presence in the lives of those who mean something to us.  This season we also added a storyline illustrating how the power of connection and generosity can overcome greed and divisiveness.  This is a holiday production that you and your family will want to see! Information on show times and tickets are available at


**NEW**Dancers Repertory Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside


This is a delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences of all ages!  Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, the show includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys and a cast of over 80 children and adults, including three PAUSD students.  Tickets are $22 per person.  Information on show time and dates can be found at


Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Fall Concerts

Sun, Nov 19, 3PM, Palo Alto Arts Center


Join us for PACO's 52nd season opening concert on Nov. 4 followed by two more concerts this fall. From classical favorites to blues, orchestral and chamber, you'll be impressed with the wide-ranging repertoire performed by talented young musicians. All concerts are admission FREE and for the entire family to enjoy.  For more information about PACO, please visit or email


**NEW**Come watch ’Twas the Night Before Christmas!

Sun Dec 3 & 10, 1PM & 4PM; Sat Dec 9, 3PM, Woodside Performing Arts Center


Dancers Repertory Theatre presents ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, a delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences of all ages.  Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, the show includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys and a cast of over 80 children and adults.  For Tickets and more information please visit our website:  or visit our Facebook page at Dancers Repertory Theatre. 


Paly Theatre performs “Heaven Can Wait”

Dates & Times available at,  Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center


A romantic comedy and delightful fantasy rolled into one.  Joe Pendleton, an aspiring young boxer, is taken to heaven before his time and then forced to switch bodies in order to live out his destiny back on earth, where he finds true love.  You’re invited to laugh, sympathize, cheer, and celebrate as murder, ambition and greed meet their match in lighthearted and unexpected ways.  Tickets can be purchased at or at the door. $15 adults, $10 students/senior.


Cantabile Chorus Registration and Auditions (Grade K-9) 

Cantabile is a community-based children’s chorus serving the greater Silicon Valley area, striving to bring the highest quality musical education in a choral setting to young singers from ages 4 years to 18.  Singers in grades 3-9 should call 650-424-1410 immediately to arrange an audition, while singers in grades K-2 may register for a class beginning November 15.  To audition or to learn more about the chorus levels and the upcoming semester, contact  or 650.424.1410


Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest

Submission Deadline:  Fri, Dec 22 @ 12AM


The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2017-18 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest.  Play Palooza gives young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents.  Students can submit original work in three categories:  Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade).  Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children’s Theatre, and winning playwrights receive prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Submissions can be submitted electronically to


Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions

Fri, Nov 3, 10, and 17 by appointment, Palo Alto


Auditions for the January semester will be held at the choir's rehearsal location near downtown Palo Alto (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.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events. 

Email or visit


Shop for school holiday camps on ActivityHero to raise money for Palo Alto PTA


A reminder that PAUSD is off for Veterans Day and the full week of Thanksgiving this year. Our winter break is Dec 22 - Jan 7.  High schools also have Jan 8 off.  You can find holiday camps on ActivityHero and when you book online with this link, the PTA earns a % of your purchase.


Whole Foods (downtown Palo Alto) Nickels for Non-Profits

Oct 15 to Jan 15th


Each time you shop at the Whole Foods Market downtown PA between Oct 15 to Jan 15 and bring in your own bags, Whole Foods will donate 5 cents per bag to our Palo Alto PTA Council.  The PTAC will be able to use these funds for more programs and events for our PAUSD students, staff, and parents!



**NEW**Stanford University Research Study (Girls, 8-12)


Researchers at Stanford University are looking for girls ages 8-12 with learning and/or behavior challenges 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-rays/radiation).  Results of the evaluation are available to all participants and there is a $100 honorarium for participation.  For more information contact or 650-724-2951.


**NEW**Society of Bookworms

Wed, Nov 15, 4 - 5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.


Join us in a discussion of the award-winning Everything on a Waffle, by Polly Horvath.  A limited number of copies are available for pick-up at Children’s Library.  Registration Required. Grades 4-6 only.



Helping Your Child With Anxiety

Tue, Nov 14, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto 94301


 During this workshop, we will address strategies to help your child cope and manage his or her feelings and identify and discuss common anxiety triggers, such as school situations, social dynamics, sleep, and separation issues.  With Mimi Ezray, LCSW, MPH. $45.  Register here:


Change to Date of February JLS CONNECTIONS Meeting


Attention 5th grade parents who attended the JLS- PiE Rising Information Meeting on October 19th.  At that meeting, we informed you about our CONNECTIONS informational night.  There has been a date change.  The CONNECTIONS parent night will be held on Monday, February 5th at 7 PM in the cafétorium.