Escondido, District, and Community News -- October 29, 2017
Sun, Oct 29 12:55pm
Escondido Elementary



10/31 --  Halloween Parade



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. 

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Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) Social Skills Study


CIBSR is recruiting for a Social Skills study and is looking for boys aged 8-18 with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on duration of social gaze. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist. For more information, please go to: 


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. 


Festival of Lights: A Diwali Celebration

Sun, Oct 29, 12-5PM, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd, Embarcadero Room


Come celebrate Diwali at the Palo Alto City Library! We'll have music, dancing, henna, crafts and lots more for the whole family to enjoy! Join us at the Rinconada Library on Sunday, October 29 as we celebrate the cultures of our community. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. This free event starts at 12PM and features a variety of performances and activities that reflect the celebration! 


Project Cornerstone - for parents and caregivers!

Mon Oct 30, 8.05 – 9.35AM,  Hoover Elementary School, Palo Alto


The Palo Alto Unified School District is offering a free series of parent meetings open to all parents and caregivers.  Join Project Cornerstone’s engaging workshop - Take It Personally, starting Monday, October 30th from 8:05 to 9:35 AM at Hoover Elementary School.  You do not need to be a parent from Hoover, just an adult who cares about all kids.


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**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