Escondido, District, and Community News -- November 6, 2017
Sun, Nov 5 11:30am
Escondido Elementary



11/10 --- Veterans’ Day (observed)

11/20-24 --- Thanksgiving Holiday

11/27-12/1 ---Spanish Language Book Fair

12/4-8 --- Inclusive Schools Week





**NEW**Superintendent's Weekly Message from Friday Oct 27

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

"Happy Friday to all! As another very busy week is winding down, I had the good fortune of judging Paly’s Homecoming competitions this afternoon...Continue reading at:



**NEW**Gunn Choir Fall Concert

Sun, Nov 5, 7pm, First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St. Palo Alto


Join the award-winning Gunn Choirs, under the direction of William Liberatore, for a festive evening of song featuring the Treble Choir, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers.  The diverse repertoire includes selections from South Africa, Brazil, Canada, Ukraine and India, as well as American folk songs and spirituals.  Tickets are $7 ($5 for students in high school or younger) and are available from choir members or at the door.


**NEW**Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Fall Concerts


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.

Sat, Nov 4, 7:30PM, Cubberley Theatre (with special guest stars Ragazzi Boys Chorus)

Sun, Nov 5, 3PM, Cubberley Theatre

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

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 Performance 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.


Basketball Coaches Needed


The City of Palo Alto is looking for basketball coaches for the 7th and 8th grade season.  Practices are Monday-Thursday, with Friday’s being optional.  Practices run for 90 minutes and can fall between the hours of 3:15-7:30pm.  Games for B teams are all played in Palo Alto at our 3 middle schools, while the A teams play games from Palo Alto to Half Moon Bay.  Pay is negotiable depending on experience, and volunteers are strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated.  The City of Palo Alto is looking for coaches who can commit to their practice and game schedule, and who are dedicated to advancing these athletes skills on and off the court.  If you are, or know anybody who would be interested, please email Patrick.Rode@ to begin the hiring process. 

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**Healthy Brain Development—The Parent's Role

Tue, Nov 7, 6:30 - 8:30PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto


 In this workshop parents will learn the basics of brain development and why early experiences are so important.  We will discuss the crucial role parents play in building their child’s brain as well as fun, easy activities to do at home.  With Kelly Abrams, Parent Educator.  Fee: $45.  Register here:



**NEW**Parenting Children through Separation and Divorce—2 Sessions (Preschool/Elementary School)

Tue, Nov 7 & 14, 7 - 9 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave, Palo Alto


Acquire information and effective skills on how to manage the challenging process of separation/divorce while keeping your child's best interest in mind.  Open to individual parents only, please. NO co-parents in attendance.  A certificate of completion can be provided.  With Diana Blank, LCSW.  $90 for 2 sessions. Register here:


**NEW**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:


**NEW**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.

Learn How to Exercise the Power of Your Voice (2/3 Grade Girls) 

Wed, Nov 8, 15, 29, & Dec 6; 6 - 7:30 PM, Duveneck Elementary campus


Registration is now open for “2/3: Nine Tools for True Friendship,” a workshop for pairs of one adult plus their 2nd or 3rd grade girl.  In the workshops, adult and girl pairs will learn about identifying healthy relationships, finding their voices, and communicating more effectively.  Girls also develop resilient responses to conflict, drama, challenges, and mistakes.  The series costs $220 per girl/adult pair.  Register online at Password: duveneck23 Scholarships are available. Visit for more details