Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- April 22, 2018
Sun, Apr 22 8:15am
Escondido Elementary



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

4/27 -- Escondido Spring Fling 




Escondido Elementary School invites you to our


When: Friday, April 27

Where: Escondido Elementary School

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Who: 2nd-5th Grade Drop Off

K-1st Grade Parents must attend


Ticket Price $10.00 Includes: Pizza, Veggies , Drink , and Ice Cream Sandwich

Tickets will be sold before and after school Wednesday 4/25-4/27

This is a beach party so come dressed in your favorite beach attire.

There will also be: Music Dancing Games and more…

All proceeds benefit 5th grade graduation



NEW! 2018-2019 Jaguar Journey

Attention, all incoming 6th Grade Greene (Jordan) Parents! Greene's New Student Orientation, an amazing 2-day program for 6th-grade students and parents, begins on August 14. Parent volunteers and Greene Staff make this happen!

We plan to recruit all positions before summer break begins. Please sign up for your preferred activities and shifts (feel free to sign up for multiple shifts!). Jaguar Journey is not just a great way for the kids to get to know the school, but also a great way for parents to meet fellow parents, teachers and kids. As your child transition from elementary school to middle school, this is your best opportunity to get to know more about the new school and meet your child’s classmates.

- OPEN for Volunteer Sign-Ups -

Scavenger Hunt: Students will explore Greene's campus and get to know front office staff. Parent volunteers will roam Greene's campus and supervise small groups. Scavenger Hunt volunteer signup link:

Locker Olympics: Students will practice opening combination locks and will receive their locker assignment. Parent volunteers will assist small groups of students and/or one on one as 6th graders practice using a lock before locating and tackling their own personal locker. Locker Olympics volunteer signup link:

Say Cheese: Students will take their school photo and create a time capsule paper chain with their advisory. Parent volunteers will supervise and assist while students get their photos taken and ID cards made. Say Cheese volunteer signup link:

Roving Parent: Roving parent will support the Jaguar Journey lead teacher Brooke Tassa. Have comfortable shoes on as you may be sent anywhere on campus to help out. Roving parent volunteer signup link:

Parent Advisory: Each parent volunteer will chaperone a group of students to different stations. D1 (8/14) Parent advisory volunteer signup link:

D2 (8/15) Parent advisory volunteer signup link:

Parent Orientation: Kindly mark your calendar for the volunteer training on Monday, August 13 from 10 to 11am. 

Questions: Feel free to contact Yumei Xiong ( or Olivia Chen ( or email




Girl Scout Troops are forming now!  Informational session Monday April 30.
What: 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. 
Who:  Parents.  Girls are welcome but not required!  
Where: Girl Scout House  (In Rinconada Park near the Junior Museum) 1120 Hopkins Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
When: Monday, April 30th  7:00- 8:00 PM 
Hope to see you there! If you are unable to attend but would like more information, please contact or to get connected to an Escondido troop leader, contact Christina Cragholm (


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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.


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

**NEW**Click My Cause

Speak up now for PAUSD students! Take action with a fast click of a button. Your voice needed to advance 3 critical CA education bills:

  • Increase funding for K-12 education (AB 2808). CA schools are funded far below national average (cost-of-living adjusted)
  • Pupil suicide prevention and training (AB 2639, Asm Berman)
  •  Invest in Pre-K education (AB 1754). Every dollar invested in early education saves CA many, many more dollars later 
  • Download the Click My Cause iPhone app (with download instructions) at download/ Select “Palo Alto PTA Council” to send your alerts. Look for repeated alerts through September 30, 2018   Click “Ok” to allow notifications. You must do this to receive your mobile alerts



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**Concussion Training and Virtual Reality Filming -- World-Renowned Expert Panel to Share Latest Insights on Concussions

Sat, Apr 28, 7:15 AM (doors open; event starts at 7:30), Sequoia High School Football Field

TeachAids in partnership with Stanford University is creating the world’s first VR-based education product for sports related head injury prevention to keep our kids safe.   Be part of the dynamic LIVE crowd as the “extras” in this filming as we help over 10,000 schools provide youth with engaging concussion training. There will be a discussion with Stanford’s leading experts on CTE and Concussion education - learn about leading causes of concussion.  Free food is provided (Pizza, Donuts and Hot Chocolate). Limited space available so please RSVP at  Note, each adult will need to RSVP on a separate form.  

Supporters of this initiative include: Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Stanford Taube Concussion Collaborative, Brain Trauma Foundation, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, and world-renowned Olympic coaches and athletes.


**NEW**9th International Children’s Festival

Sat, Apr 21, 10 AM – 6 PM, Discovery Meadow Park (180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110

The festival will expose attendees to many cultures through a myriad of folk dances, cultural booths, authentic food and other fun and engaging activities.  Cultural Booths: Afghanistan, Aztec, India, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Pakistan, Salvador, Turkey, Vietnam and 25+ folk dances.  Robotics shows by Future Engineers Camp and LEGO Robotics. Entrance is FREE with preregistration:  More info at


**NEW**Learn About Tutoring East Palo Alto Students Next School Year

April 26 10 -11am at a Palo Alto volunteer’s home

All Students Matter sends volunteers to East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park Kindergarten to 5th grade classrooms to tutor where they are needed most. Volunteers commit to an hour each week during the school year. Join us for coffee and to learn more on April 26 in Palo Alto or April 25 in Atherton. Sign up on our website event page or contact Jeanette Kennedy at to receive details.


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

Wed 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


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:


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.


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


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:


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.


Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Auditions for New Members

Sun, Apr 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. 


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.


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:


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


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


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


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 winter. 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!


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


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:


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.