Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- April 15, 2018
Sun, Apr 15 7:56am
Escondido Elementary





4/9-5/4 -- CAASPP testing (Smarter Balanced) 3rd, 4th and 5th graders

4/16 -- PTA Meeting

4/16-20 -- Earth Week

4/19 -- Coffee with the Principal

4/20 -- Walk & Roll Breakfast

4/20 -- Escondido Movie Night




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**NEW** Read the current message from our Interim Superintendent


We will re-post Karen Hendricks' communications here each week, in case you missed it on her Friday Infinite Campus email to you.  Visit for the latest message from Karen Hendricks.


Proxima junta del Latino Parent Network, Ohlone Elementary School co-patrocinado por PAUSD y el concilio del PTA 

Martes, Abril 17, 6 - 7:30 PM, Ohlone Elementary School, 950 Amarillo Avenue


El Latino Parent Network se enfoca en incrementar el número de estudiantes hispanos que están completamente preparados para entrar a la universidad o carrera a la hora en la que se graduen.
Conozca al coordinador de equidad del distrito, Keith Wheeler, quien aboga por aumentar el acceso y el éxito de nuestros niños. La presentación y la discusión se llevarán a cabo en español con traducción en inglés disponible. Cuidado de niños y pizza.


Latino Parent Network meeting at Ohlone Elementary School co-sponsored by PAUSD and PTA Council

Tue, Apr 17,  6 - 7:30 PM, Ohlone Elementary School, 950 Amarillo Avenue


The Latino Parent Network aims to increase success for Hispanic students and ensure that 100% are college and career ready by the time they graduate. Meet the district’s Equity Coordinator, Keith Wheeler, who is advocating to increase access and success for our children. The presentation and discussion will be conducted in Spanish with English-translation available. Childcare and dinner provided.


Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast 
Thursday, April 26th, 8 a.m. 


Each year, the Palo Alto CAC honors the bus drivers who play a vital role in transporting students to and from school.  The event will be on April 26th, 2018 at 8:00 a.m., when we will serve breakfast to the bus drivers at their office. If you want to show your support for the dedication and kindness demonstrated daily by your child's bus driver, please send a thank-you note with your message to CacBusDriverAppreciation@gm  If you would like to donate a breakfast item or gift card/money, please let us know as well.  Please send your messages by Sunday, April 22nd. Sponsored by




Enjoy a day at LEGOLAND on us!  PTA Family Field Trip: Visit LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium for only $55 per adult or child.  That’s half off the regular price! Must be reserved and pre-paid by phone. Call (760) 438-5346 and have your school name ready (minimum purchase 6 tickets).

PTA Kids Go Free (Online):  Visit  to purchase one full paid adult admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium and receive one free child admission.  Enter discount code 15031.

PTA Kids Go Free (Flier):  Visit to print your own flier and bring it to a LEGOLAND California ticket booth to receive one free child with one full paid adult admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium.


Sun safety and skin health: Parent talk by PAMF Dermatologist Dr. Amy Adams

Tue, Apr 24, 6.30PM, Fairmeadow Elementary School, MP Room, 500 E. Meadow Dr. Palo Alto


Join PAMF Dermatologist and parent Dr. Amy Adams for a brief informative talk on sun safety.  With warm sunny days just around the corner, kids will be spending more time outside. This means more exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which increase the risk of skin cancer. It’s time to get prepared! Amy’s talk will cover: why kids’ skin needs protection from the sun, why sun protection isn't only for people with pale skin, how to get adequate vitamin D, how to choose a sunscreen for your family, how to recognize skin cancer.  Parents and caregivers, children and staff are all welcome. Please RSVP at

For any questions, please contact Belinda Ryan at

Summer Camps Held at PAUSD Sites

Looking for a summer camp in your neighborhood or at one of our Palo Alto Unified school sites?   Now you can find it at the PTAC website at

Camp providers listed on this page host activities/summer camps at PAUSD Schools, and pay rental fees to our district. These rental fees help to defray the cost of running our schools while providing local opportunities for our kids. PTA Council does not endorse one camp over another.   This service is offered to give parents an easy way to find out what is being offered and where.   Please contact the PTAC Webmaster to recommend updates to this information.  There is no charge to providers to be listed.




**NEW** Take It Personally: Project Cornerstone's Engaging Workshop for Parents and Caregivers

Wed 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9 (5 weeks), 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM,

Jordan Middle School - MP Room (4/11, 4/18, 4/25), library (5/2, 5/9)


A strong family is the best predictor of children's success.  Join us to discover tools for strengthening your relationship with your children in this 5-week workshop.  Each week we will discuss and practice ways to show caring, giving support, setting boundaries, and building strong relationships that help youth succeed in school and life!  You do not need to be a parent from Jordan, just an adult who cares about helping kids thrive.  Workshop paid for by PAUSD / Suggested donation for workbook & materials: $20.00

Sign Up today:

Questions? Contact Mary Crum at


**NEW**Volunteers Needed!

Host families needed for exchange students in the Bay Area. Currently, FLAG, a U.S.-based nonprofit international exchange organization with more than a 25 year history, is seeking host families in the Bay Area.  Please contact Janine at 408-505-2353 for more information or visit:


**NEW**Palo Alto World Music Day 2018 10th Anniversary Save the Date, Musicians and Volunteers Wanted    

Sun, Jun 17, 3-7:30 PM, University Avenue from Webster-High St.(closed to traffic and open for pedestrians)


The City of Palo Alto has declared Sunday June 17th as World Music Day!  World Music Day is a fun, free and unique music festival that takes place in cities around the world every year close to the Summer Solstice.  Now, for the tenth year in Palo Alto, 50 professional and amateur musical groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral, dances and more! All performances are FREE and open to the public.  

For more information please visit or e-mail   

To Volunteer please visit

World Music Day is presented by the Stanford Federal Credit Union and organized by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation. Event sponsors include: the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, Live SV, and News for Chinese.


**NEW**Project Safety Net (PSN) Community Meeting: Innovating Approaches to Youth Well-being

Wed, Apr 25, 3:30-5:30 PM, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Road


Please join PSN for an informative Partner-In-Action presentation by Mary Hofstedt, Community Engagement Director of Challenge Success.  Ms. Hofstedt's presentation is entitled: Why Challenge Success? Changing the Conversation to Support Student Well-being and Engagement. She will provide an overview of how Challenge Success works with schools, families, and communities to support change toward greater well-being.  Ms. Hofstedt will also share national research findings about student engagement and lack of balance.

As always, volunteer/service hours are available to students attending PSN meetings.  RSVP at


**NEW**Family Fun Day – FREE Preschool/Elementary Event @ Parents Place

Sun, Apr 29, 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave.


Celebrate families and young children at Parents Place Family Fun Day!  Bounce in our toddler fun zone, rock out to live music, sample a tasty treat, and play at one of the many children’s activity tables, sponsored by our community partners.  Meet parenting experts and pop into a 20-minute mini-workshops on everything from mindfulness to toileting tips, while your children enjoy our playroom.  FREE for kids of all ages (and their grown-ups too!).  Free Community Event! Register:


**NEW**Mindful Moms Yoga Class with Krassi Harwell

Tues Apr 10-Jun 12  12-1:30pm 67 Encina Ave, Palo Alto, CA


Join our community of wise and caring moms as we navigate the rich and rewarding journey of raising kids into adults.  We will practice yoga, meditate, and tap into the healing power of togetherness as we share stories, strength and support.  This ongoing group is for moms who have kids of all ages – particularly helpful for moms who have toddlers thru teens!  Registration is required for this group offered by Mind Body Moms, in partnership with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.


**NEW**FREE Women’s Wellness Workshop: A Taste of the Season with Jalene Salus

Fri Apr 13  10-11am Blossom Birth, 505 Barron Ave, Palo Alto, CA


In this FREE workshop, Jalene Salus will offer an introductory taste of Integrative Nutrition as she shows you some sweet and simple ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit.  Enjoy a little taste of some seasonal spring bites while you discuss foods to support your unique body – and your family – this spring. Jalene will show you how aligning your self-care with the rhythm of the season can guide you on your path of women’s wellness as she engages you in fulfilling dialogue with other thoughtful, wise women. Registration is required for this FREE workshop as space is limited!


Spring Women’s Wellness Group with Jalene Salus

Fri Apr 20-Jun 15  9:15-11:15am. Blossom Birth, 505 Barron Ave, Palo Alto, CA


In this nourishing group, Jalene Salus will share the wisdom of Integrative Nutrition as she introduces sweet and simple ways to nourish your mind, body and spirit.  Enjoy a little taste of organic, local, seasonal winter bites while you discuss foods to support your unique body – and your family’s health – this spring. Jalene will show you how aligning your self care with the rhythm of the season can guide you on your path of women’s wellness as she engages you in fulfilling dialogue with other thoughtful, wise women. Registration is required as space is limited!




In order to better gage the experiences and needs of the LBGTQ+ community, the Human Relations Commission(HRC)  of the City of Palo Alto has created a survey.   Friends, family members and allies are also welcome to complete the survey.  The HRC wants to learn what it can do to better support the LGBTQ+  community in Palo Alto and establish priorities for future projects and initiatives.

The survey is located at urvey 

The deadline to respond is June 1, 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact Minka van der Zwaag, Human Services Manager at minka.vanderzwaag@cityofpaloal or 650-463-4953.


**NEW**Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Auditions for New Members

Sun, Apr 15 & 29, Mitchell Park Community Center 


PACO invites young string musicians (elementary through high school age) to audition for the 2018-19 season.  For more information and to schedule an audition please visit  Email or call (650) 856-3848 for questions. 


**NEW**Palo Alto Friends Nursery School's Annual Fiesta Carnival Fundraiser and Silent Auction

Sat Apr 21  11am-2pm at Friend's Nursery School, 957 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto (between Louis & Greer)


Palo Alto Friends Nursery School's Annual Fiesta Carnival Fundraiser and Silent Auction is on Saturday, April 21st from 11am-2pm.  The Fiesta Carnival and Silent Auction will have games, crafts, face painting, food, balloon animals, music, silent auction, bake sale, prizes, and special interactive performances from the Palo Alto Children's Theatre.  Admission is free, but please bring money for the bake sale, silent auction, food, and games.  It is a fun-filled day for the whole family.  All proceeds go to our scholarship fund to help provide quality preschool for all children.


**NEW**iSing Silicon Valley "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Run!" (5k/2.5k)

Sat, Apr 21, 9 AM, Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025


Come join the fun at this 80's-themed run/walk benefiting singers from iSing Silicon Valley girls choir as they fundraise for their upcoming tour of Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria.  All proceeds directly benefit the girls in this award-winning choir!  There will be entertainment, prizes, and plenty of neon. Pre-event registration fees are: $10 for kids 12 and under, $15 for teens aged 13-17, and $20 for adults (adult registration price increases to $25 at the event).  Note: children 12 and under need to attend with a parent or adult; youth 13 to 17 need to run/walk with a buddy. Register or donate online here:


**NEW**Grace Lutheran Preschool Community BBQ and Silent Auction

Sun Apr 29 4-7pm at Grace Lutheran Church


Join us for an evening of old fashioned BBQ and fun with Zuc’s Frontyard BBQ, a jumpy house, face painting, and a silent auction with offerings for the whole family. Proceeds support the Grace Lutheran Preschool scholarship fund and Grace Lutheran Church Youth Group.

Purchase tickets in advance at $15 for adults/$10 for children under 10.

Questions? 650-493-8942


**NEW**I am an Artist and a Mom Exhibition

Sat, Apr 21, 2-6pm, Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto Room, Palo Alto


I am an Artist and a Mom Exhibition is a free event open to the public.  This exhibition aims to shine a light on our community of women and demonstrate their strong will and passion through artwork created by artist moms.  In this exhibition, 35 artist moms will present 83 pieces of beautiful artwork. Please feel free to bring your children and friends.

For further information or questions, please email


**NEW** Learn about Girl Scouts April 30

Mon, Apr 30, 7-8pm Girl Scout House (In Riconda Park near the Junior Museum) 1120 Hopkins Ave Palo Alto 94301


Come learn about Girl Scouts while having fun with games, songs, and activities.  Learn how troops are formed, how to register, and meet with other interested families.  Girls are welcome but not required.  If you are unable to attend but would like more information, please contact


**NEW**Take a spin in an electric vehicle for Earth Day!

Sat Apr 14, 10 – 1PM, 1900 Geng Rd., Palo Alto


Want to do something nice for the planet?  Take a demo ride in an electric vehicle for Earth Day, and discover why EVs not only fight climate change, but are also fun to drive!  Come to get your demo ride, ask questions, and view the many makes and models on display. Honor the earth and check out an EV for Earth Day – a win win!

One on One Aides Needed at School Sites

Mon-Fri, 4-6.5 hrs hours per day at a number of our schools


The PAUSD Special Ed Department has a critical need for Student Attendants (one on one Aides) to provide classroom support to students with learning and behavioral needs for the remainder of this school year.  If you have some extra time, and would be interested in working in the schools, apply on line at  You may also call Anne Le, PAUSD Classified HR, 650-329-3957 for more information.


Let's Talk

Mon. Apr 16, 7pm - 9pm, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos


A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Organized by SELPA 1 CAC


Taking Care of You: Mindfulness and Parenting with Challenges

Wed Apr 18, 7-9 pm, Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Road, Los Altos


With Dr. Linda Lotspeich, Child Psychiatrist and Clinical Professor. Parenting a child with disabilities can lead to difficult emotions and stress.  The practice of mindfulness, including meditation, can reduce stress, improve self-esteem and allow you to better manage these emotions.  Learn to move from coping to living a more meaningful life in the present moment, while still planning for the future.


Wildflower Yoga Women’s Circle at Blossom

Tue, Apr 17, 7:45-9:15pm, Blossom Birth, 505 Barron Ave, Palo Alto, CA


This 6 week series invites women of all ages to treat yourself to a unique offering of vitalizing yoga, inspiring meditation, self-love journaling followed by a sharing circle nourishing your soul and body with laughter, tea and divine treats.  By making the time to nourish yourself and cultivate your own wellbeing, you will plant joyful seeds of more self-care and regain more energy and inspiration to nourish your loved ones. Register now for this 6 week series as space is limited!

Help Students Who Need You Most - Learn about All Students Matter on April 25 or 26

Come learn about volunteering next school year, once a week in a K-5th grade classroom in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park where students face many challenges and are eager for your support to build academic and social/emotional skills. Hear about the impact you can have by joining us 10am on Wed, Apr 25 in Atherton or Thurs, Apr 26 in Palo Alto at the home of a current volunteer. Contact Jeanette Kennedy at to receive details. Learn more about us


Family Film Festival @ MP

Sat, Apr 14, 4-6PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Enjoy a movie with your family at the library. See library website for movie title. All ages are welcome!


Family Date Night – The Children of the World

Fri, April 20, 7:00-8:15PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.

Bring your imagination and help us create decorations for our May Fete Parade “float.”  All ages welcome! Please register for this event. Sponsored by The Friends of the Palo Alto Library.


El Camino Youth Symphony Orchestra Spring Auditions for New Members

 Feb/Mar/Apr Palo Alto


Palo Alto-based El Camino Youth Symphony (soon-to-be Golden State Youth Orchestra) invites musicians ages 6-18 to audition for the 2018-19 Season.  Led by an internationally renowned faculty, ECYS offers six orchestras/ensembles for students at all levels of musical ability. Members are challenged with professional-level repertoire, receive support from experienced coaches, and perform in concerts throughout the Bay Area.  There are openings for all instrumentalists, though the most in-demand instruments are: Percussion, Bassoon, All Brass, String Bass, Viola, and Saxophone.  Auditions are held in March/April for the season that begins in August/September. Apply online at Call ECYS at 650-665-9046 for more information.


Youth Community Service Seeking Program Coordinators for Youth Initiative


Youth Community Service (YCS) is a community-based nonprofit that engages our PAUSD students in meaningful service-based learning that builds leadership and life skills.  YCS has been funded by local government grants to launch a Youth Connectedness Initiative in Palo Alto. YCS is hiring two coordinators for this Initiative: a Parent Program Coordinator to help facilitate parent workshops and activities on youth connectedness; and a Youth Program Coordinator to work with YCS staff to help adolescents develop protective factors, such as positive perception of self, service to others, and caring developmental relationships with peers and adults.  YCS seeks candidates - either recent college grads, or professionals who have stepped away from the workplace to raise a family or run a household.  For more information and how to apply, visit:


Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School 

Apr 21-22; May 5-6, 19-20; June 2-3; and summer too. 9-3 pm at Palo Alto High School's Glass Studio, 50 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto


These 2 day workshops are open to the public, students and parents. You learn glass blowing technique in this hands-on 2-day weekend workshop.  Advanced Sign up is required. Class limit is 4. Teens and adults. $425 per person. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto High School Fiery Arts Boosters.

Contact: David Camner, founder of Paly Glass,, for more information & dates


Society of Bookworms – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Wed, Apr 18, 4 -5 PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.

Discuss a great book with your friends at the library! Grades 4-6. Sponsored by The Friends of the Palo Alto Library


Teen Wellness Group with Danielle Seybold, Associate MFT

Sat Apr 14 - May 12   3-5pm 4966 El Camino Real ste #115, Los Altos, CA


Teens will have the opportunity to explore a fulfilling mixture of mindfulness, community, and expressive arts activities.  Activities include gentle movement warm-ups, sensory-awareness mindfulness practices, creative arts and a dialogue about common sources of stress to help normalize the challenges teens face.  Teens will also learn practical, simple & straightforward techniques to increase resilience during challenging times.


Teenpower Safety and Self Defense Workshop

Sun, Apr 15, 1-6 PM, 3900 Ventura Court


Designed for teens ages 13-17, this workshop gives teens focused practice in using boundary-setting, conflict resolution, self-protection, and self-defense skill.  Includes physical skills with a padded instructor.  $140 per teen. Pre-registration required.  For more information, contact or call (800) 467-6997.

Palo Alto Youth Journalism Summer Camp

Mon July 30 to Fri Aug 3 in the Media Arts Center at Palo Alto High School


After three hugely successful summers, Paly's distinguished journalism program will be returning again this summer with its fourth year of Camp MAC (Media Arts Center) on July 30th - August 3th.  A new leadership team and with a plethora of journalism experience is in place and eager to educate new campers on a variety of journalistic skills including critical thinking, research, graphic design, and expository writing techniques.  Counselors are the fun and qualified students of Paly's seven publications. The camp is open to all rising 8th and 9th graders, all proceeds support Paly's journalism program for the following year. Registration and more information can be found at this website:

**NEW**Navigating Boyhood (Preschool/Elementary)

Tue Apr 17, 7 – 9PM, Parent’s Place, 200 Channing Av., Palo Alto


In this workshop, you’ll learn how to meet your son's basic internal needs so that cooperation, confidence and connection come easily in every area of his life.  You'll gain practical tools for discipline that will help him cooperate before, during and after any challenge. With Rachel Sklar, MSW. Fee: $45Register here:


**NEW**Raising a Highly Sensitive Child (Preschool/ Elementary)

Thu, Apr 26, 6:30-8:30 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave. Palo Alto


Highly sensitive children can be challenging to guide.  Learn techniques to support your child’s intense reactions to the environment and strategies for teaching coping skills.  With Lori Longo, MA. Fee: $45 Register here:


Kidpower Workshop for Kids ages 5-8 and their Caregivers

Sun Apr 15, 10:30am-12:30pm, Ventura Community Center, 3900 Ventura Court Palo Alto. 


Not sure how to talk to your kids about stranger safety, bullying, and other potentially scary subjects?  For over 25 years we have been empowering kids with an interactive, developmentally-appropriate curriculum to give your family the confidence and skills to communicate about safety.  Pre-registration required.  $60/child.  Visit or call (800) 467-6997 ext. 0# or email 


Kidpower Starting Strong Workshop for Kids ages 3-5 and their Caregivers

Sun Apr 15,  9.00 - 9:50am, Ventura Community Center 3900 Ventura Court in Palo Alto.


Good safety habits start early!  We teach skills and a common language you can use with your child to stay safe with other people.   Pre-registration required.  $30/child.  Visit or call (800) 467-6997 ext. 0# or email 


STEAM Lab Sunday @ MP: The 3 Little Pigs Challenge

Sun, Apr 15, 2:30-4:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd


An interactive program featuring different S.T.E.A.M. related projects. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math).  Grades K-5 only. Registration required.  Registration opens 3 weeks in advance. This month: Build a house strong enough so that the Big Bad Wolf can't blow it away!


Afternoon Adventure @ CH

Wed, Apr 25, 3:30 - 4:30PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.

Join us to create comic strip backgrounds and mini characters out of bread clips.  Grades K-5 only. Registration required.

Paly science and engineering summer camp

Palo Alto High School's Science Olympiad team is running our fifth annual Science and Engineering Summer Camp for middle schoolers this summer.  Members from our regional championship-winning Science Olympiad team will be running lab demonstrations and hands-on activities including crime scene analysis, dissections, engineering projects, and more!  We are offering two sessions this year both from July 9th to July 13th.  The morning session is from 9AM to 12PM and the afternoon session is from 1:30PM to 4:30PM each day at Palo Alto High School (50 Embarcadero Rd) and is for any rising 7th through 9th graders interested in learning more about science!  We will be taking up to 30 students per session. For more information on the camp and to register your child, visit our website  Questions or Concerns? Please email us at

We hope to hear from you soon!