Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- April 29, 2018
Sun, Apr 29 12:23pm
Escondido Elementary



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

4/30 -- Earthquake Drill

5/4 -- International Parade

5/4 -- 5:30 pm International Fun Fair

5/7 -- Site Council

5/7-11  -- Teacher /Staff Appreciation Week

5/9 -- Assembly

5/10 -- Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

5/21 -- PTA Meeting




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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.

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.

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**Los Altos Hills Pathways Run/Walk

Sat, May 5, 9 AM, Byrne Open Space Preserve Los Altos Hills

Come out for the 17th Annual Los Altos Hills Pathways Run/Walk, and make Los Altos Hills Pathways your home run!  This year's event will enjoy a special Cinco de Mayo theme so wear your favorite festive running attire.  Free sombreros for interested participants will available at packet pickup and race day while supplies last.  This fun annual event begins at the Westwind Community Barn, runs through the Byrne Preserve and extends into the Los Altos Hills Pathways system.  The run features a hilly and challenging 5K and 10K Pathways Run/Walk and a 1-Mile Fun Run.  Special comfy Home Run race shirts will be provided a long with finisher medals to those who register.  To register, volunteer or for more race information contact Sarah Robustelli 650-947-2518, or visit the event website at

**NEW**Magical Strings West Spring Concert 2018

Sun, Apr 29, 3:30 - 5 PM, Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Rd, Atherton

Reserve your tickets at Free Admission.  Magical Strings West, a group of talented young violinsts from age 3 to 18, once again will present a wonderful program this year, with music by Bach, Vivaldi, Bartok, Telemann, Brahms, Veracini and more.

**NEW**Tangos De Concierto: Tango Music for the Concert Hall

Sun, May 6, 7 PM, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage, Mountain View,

Virtuosic Argentinian pianist, Pablo Estigarribia to tango his way into your hearts! An alluring night of musical passion and classical elegance.  The skillful blend of tango colors with classical virtuosity and jazz flavor hits the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts stage with Maestro Pablo Estigarribia from Buenos Aires.  Come and delight in his award winning piano solos, Tangos De Conciertos, and the debut of exclusive works with local guest artists. The program highlights Pablo’s original tango music with brief narratives.

$35 Adults/Seniors, $26 Students (21 & Under), $19 Children (12 & Under).  Ticket price includes $3 Facility Use Fee. Other fees, depending on method of purchase, may apply

**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**Paly Theatre Annual One Acts Showcase May 3-5

Thu-Sat May 3 – 5, 7.30PM, Performing Arts Center, Palo Alto High School

Paly Theatre is hosting their annual One Act One Acts which are a student produced and directed performance of a variety of short shows.  Some of these shows were written by students, and all of them are directed by students.  These shows are unique and it’s not every day you get to see work that’s created almost entirely by high-school students - don’t miss out!  Tickets will be sold at the door -- $5 for students; $10 for adults; cash only. More details available at

**NEW**Parent Chat: Support for Parents of Teens with Mental Health Challenges

Tue. May 8 & Tue. June 12, 7 - 8:30pm, Los Altos Library,  13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Are you concerned about the emotional well-being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC. 

**NEW**Let's Talk: Parent Spec Ed Support Group

Mon. May 14, 10am -12pm, 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


**NEW**Palo Alto Chinese School is Accepting New Enrollment for 2018-2019,

Palo Alto Chinese School has been serving the community in Chinese language instructions for 55 years, and is accepting new enrollment.  School year starts on 8/17/2018. Class meets every Friday 7-9 PM at JLS Middle School. There are two tracks. The Mandarin track is offered from Preschool to Grade 12, for students from heritage families.  The Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) track is offered from intro, beginning, intermedia to advanced level for students with various exposer to Chinese language.  Please join us for a school open house and classroom visit on 4/27 and 5/4.  For more info, check  http://www. or email contact@

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 17 as World Music Day.  World Music Day is a free music festival that takes place in cities around the world every year around 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, etc.  All performances are FREE and open to the public.  This is a fun and unique family event not to be missed.  Book the date now and tell your friends.  The organizers are also looking for musicians and event volunteers from our community, including students from our schools. 

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.

For more info: or

Volunteer please visit;

Please invite all your Facebook friends to go to Palo Alto World Music Day 2018 10th Anniversary

For more info on Make Music Day

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:


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. 

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

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


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 

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


Only for Briones, Barron Park, Nixon, Ohlone and Hoover  - editors pl. note.

**NEW**Dear 5th Grade Families who will be at Terman/Fletcher next year!

You are cordially invited to come to the Terman/Fletcher Spring Ice Cream Social on Wed May 9th, 7PM! Come see the school, meet new parents, talk to the PTA and principal about all the great things going on in our middle school.   Please RSVP here by May 7th

PLEASE RSVP so we know how much ice cream to order. The jazz Band will perform, attend the last PTA Meeting of the year, other activities. PLUS by popular demand! It's the Buy Terman: SpiritWear Sale too!  Limited quantity of items, while they last so get your Terman Gear NOW! Order online at


Incoming 6th Grade Families to Terman/Fletcher! Welcome!!

Please Help with One Thing at Terman/Ellen Fletcher Next Year.  We need you!  We are lucky to have such a strong community of volunteers at this school.  Volunteers help ensure that our children feel safe, happy and welcome, and that our staff feels appreciated.  There are many traditions that our school looks forward to celebrating: the school dances, the School carnival, the science fair, etc. If you wish to keep these events in the 18/19 year, please get involved. You may help with a single event or co-chair with a friend.  We also welcome new ideas.  

You can join at or contact Audrey G for more information (audreygold@gmail. com).      We also have PTA board positions open:  Co- VPs of School Activities and looking for a co-VP of Community Activities.

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**High School Internships Information Meeting

Monday, April 30 from 5:30-6:45pm at Mitchell Park Community Center "El Palo Alto" Room. 

Learn about Get Involved high school internships at our Spring Showcase.  Get Involved was developed by former Paly career advisor Christina Owen with students and parents to help teens pursue their interests and earn meaningful community service hours.  Interns promote the causes and missions of local nonprofit organizations with Design Thinking, informational interviews, electronic portfolios, and the "soft skills" required for college and career readiness.  Interns can also earn the President's Award for Volunteer Service. Current Get Involved interns will share their projects, program director will answer questions about our program. Anyone interested in Get Involved internships, please come to the Showcase and share appetizers with us!  Students with free and reduced lunch receive 100% tuition waivers to attend the program. For more information, email:


**NEW**Special Editions of Design_Code_Build @CHM

Sat, May 12 & Sun, June 10, 10 AM – 4 PM, Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View

These special events welcome middle school students (grades 6 through 8) and their parent/guardian to take part in an intergenerational exploration of computer programming concepts.  Families will work hands-on with Raspberry Pi technology, write detailed instruction sets to “program” each other through a life-size maze, and learn about the relevance and impact of computer history.  There is a $15 registration fee per student; contact Cate Robbins ( for financial assistance or to sign up a group.  Learn more and register here: