Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- December 10, 2017
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Escondido Elementary



12/21 -- Minimum day before the Winter Break



Please find link to Mr. Merritt's last Parent News .



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Save the Dates for the Escondido Talent Show 2018!
Dec 12 at Noon - Registration and Audition Sign-Up Link sent via Konstella 
Jan 9 - 10 - Auditions in MP at lunch and after-school, all must register and audition
Jan 16-19 - Rehearsals 
Jan 22-23 - Dress Rehearsals
Jan 24-25 - Talent Shows

Stay tuned to eNews and Konstella for more information, in the meantime check out FAQ.  Questions, contact Johanna Ehrlich or Christine Klenow 

Escondido Night at Maples Pavilion

Come join your friends & family (and teachers!) on Friday, Dec 15th, 2017 to see your

Stanford Men’s Basketball team in action!

6:15p Pizza “tailgate” in Maples

7:00p Tip-off  Stanford vs Denver

Tickets are only $10 which includes dinner, tickets to the game and Stanford SWAG (poms,buttons, etc…)

**Drop off check made out to Mindy Haase in front office by Wed, Dec 13th or paypal (this is a fundraiser for 5th Grade graduation/class gift). Tickets will be distributed near Will Call on game night!


Wizbots is THE premier place for girls and boys to learn the art and science of robotics. Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and Java coding, our labs are a great way for kids to dabble in robotics programming and design for the first time or build on skills they have already developed. Exercising both creativity and problem-solving, students learn engineering, programming, math, and physics through our unique, gamified curriculum in a hands-on, collaborative way guided by experienced and caring mentors. Parents can experience all the fun too with student project videos posted online to see and share! We offer affordable after school sessions which begin on January 19 at Escondido. Visit to enroll.



**NEW**Superintendent's Weekly Message from Friday Dec 1

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

"To open with a quote from Dr. Suess, “How did it get so late so soon?” The days have certainly gotten shorter, and nightfall is finding us earlier each evening. …..”  Continue reading at:


PAUSD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)Second Advisor Group Meeting.

Th Dec 14, 5 – 7PM, District Office 25 Churchill Avenue  Palo Alto, CA Board Room (SDC)


The meeting will review district data and stakeholders will be able to give input and feedback.  PAUSD LCAP Website: Parent’s guide to LCAP Dashboard (district data): Spanish translation will be available


CAC Holiday Tea & Welcome Reception (Free)

Fri Dec. 15, 8:30 - 10 AM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto


Parenting a child with special needs has unique challenges, so taking good care of yourself is important. Join us for a healthy and tasty breakfast buffet, wellness treats and a presentation by Assistant Superintendent Lana Conaway.  She will speak about equity, access, wellness and safety for all students, especially those receiving Special Education services.  Ms. Conaway is one of PAUSD's new leaders and oversees Special Education, Counseling, Health and Wellness in her role as Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Initiatives and Operations.  Childcare will not be provided, but children are welcome.  Spanish language translation will be available.  Hosted by the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.  For questions contact  RSVP's requested (but not required) at



**NEW**Early Childhood Education: Why is it essential to our collective future? 

Mon, Dec 11, 11:30-1:00 PM, Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto Room, 3700 Middlefield Rd. 


The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto invites you to this year's Winter Luncheon, featuring Stanford Professor Deborah Stipek, a nationally acclaimed author and leader in Early Childhood Education.  Professor Stipek is the Judy Koch Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and the Faculty Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford.  Menu: Seasonal green salad with pears and walnuts, roasted root vegetable pot pie served with a cranberry-applesauce relish. Vegetarian (gluten-free upon request), $35.00.

RSVP on by 12/8 or send a check by Dec 8 payable to: LWVPA, 3921 E. Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto 94303.  Questions? E-mail:  Co-sponsored by PTAC, Congregation Beth Am, Avenidas, Strong Start, an initiative of the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Education Committee of the LWVs of Santa Clara County, AAUW of Palo Alto, and LWVs of Los Altos-Mountain View, San Jose-Santa Clara, and South San Mateo County 

2018 Palo Alto Chinese New Year Fair (Mar 4, 2018)


Poster Competition: The organizers of the above event are calling all PAUSD students for a Poster Competition to design a brochure cover for the 2018 PA CNY Fair.  Posters must be between 8.5” x 11” and 12” x 18” on unlined paper and any media (crayons, markers, paint, etc.) are accepted.  Include “2018 Palo Alto Chinese New Year Fair” and the theme "Year of Dog " on the poster, and write your name, grade, school and an email contact on the back.  Please submit entries to the front desk of Mitchell Park Library by Jan 12, 2018.  E-mail for more information.  Entries may be displayed at the Fair, which is organized by Palo Alto Chinese Parent Club, a non-profit organization that serves the Palo Alto community, and co-sponsored by PTA Council.




**NEW**9 Simple Tips for Biking In The Rain

As the days get shorter and colder fewer students are riding, leading to increased traffic congestion around schools. Check out these helpful safety tips and videos on riding safely all season long. "9 Simple Tips for Biking In The Rain".


Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra's Holiday Extravaganza with Anderson & Roe

Sat, Dec 16, 3PM Smithwick Theater12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills 

Pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe join forces with PACO for high-octane performances of Bach and their original Fantasy on Bizet's Carmen.  Program includes Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, featuring all five PACO orchestras and the Pacific Ballet Academy.  Tickets can be purchased at ($20 for back orchestra seats and $30 for front orchestra seats).  Group rates available for 10+ tickets.  For more information: or (650)856-3848.


Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School  

Sat & Sun, Jan 6-7, Feb to Jun 2018 9-3 pm at Palo Alto High School's Glass Studio

These 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


**NEW**Discover the Magic of the Annual BayLUG Holiday LEGO® Show

Dec. 8 – Jan 14, 11 AM – 3:45 PM, Frank Livermore Learning Center, 351 Homer Ave.

The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH) is welcoming back the LEGO® User Group’s (BayLUG) and Bay Area LEGO® Train Club’s (BayLTC) Annual Holiday LEGO® Show Pop-Up Exhibit.   BayLUG and BayTLC will be displaying a variety of creative holiday scenes.  Browse through the imaginative holiday creations, which include holiday trains, miniature cities and more.  The displays are different each year. General admission is $3 per person; cash only at the door.  BayLUG and MOAH members are free.  The museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2017. 


El Camino Youth Symphony New Member Auditions

Calling all French horn, saxophone, bassoon, cello, and percussion players:  The El Camino Youth Symphony is inviting young, motivated musicians with at least one year of private lessons to audition for our preparatory orchestras.  ECYS offers after-school music programs for all levels of ability, from our Chamber Players Orchestra, for students just beginning their musical journey, to the Senior Symphony, where players challenge themselves with professional-level repertoire.  Auditions will be held in December and early January.  The program runs through the spring, and groups meet weekly for rehearsal at Terman Middle School.  Contact to learn about setting up an audition.  Visit for more information.


Menlowe Ballet Presents: It's a Wonderful Nutcracker!

Dec 8-10 & 15-17, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center

Blended with the storyline of the classic film "It's a Wonderful Life", Menlowe Ballet’s production is set in the 1940's and boasts all the magical trimmings of a traditional Nutcracker.  This production stresses the importance of physical presence in the lives of those who mean something to us.  This season we also added a storyline illustrating how the power of connection and generosity can overcome greed and divisiveness.  This is a holiday production that you and your family will want to see! Information on show times and tickets are available at


Family Movie Afternoon

Sat, Dec 9, 4-6PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Join us for a family movie afternoon the 2nd Saturday of each month.  Please see website to register and for movie title.


Come watch ’Twas the Night Before Christmas!

Sun Dec 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. 


Know a Child Who Loves to Sing? Cantabile Youth Singers Invites You to Come Sing With Us! Registration and auditions for grades K-9 happening now.  Registration for our Winter/Spring 2018 semester opens Nov 15, 2017.


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.  With our carefully planned and innovative curriculum, we build a foundation in choral musicianship, music literacy, and appreciation, while also fostering a caring and supportive family-atmosphere for friendships to grow for our singers.  We offer a number of after-school rehearsal options, each featuring a wide range of musical activities, including singing, movement, improvisation, instrumental activities, and musicianship.  Singers in grades 3-9 should call today to arrange an audition, while singers in grades K-2 may register for a class beginning November 15.  Come sing with us, as we embark upon our exciting 2018 spring semester!

To audition, or to learn more about our chorus levels and our upcoming semester, please contact us:  650. 424.1410Classes are conveniently located in Los Altos.  Visit


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


Shop for school holiday camps on ActivityHero to raise money for Palo Alto PTA

A reminder that PAUSD is off for winter break from 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.


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!

Stanford University Research Study (Girls, 8-12)

Researchers at Stanford University are looking for girls ages 8-12 with learning and/or behavior challenges to participate in a study exploring brain development in relation to behavior, cognition, and mood in girls.  Participation involves a comprehensive cognitive and behavioral evaluation and MRI/NIRS scan (safe, non-invasive, no x-rays/radiation).  Results of the evaluation are available to all participants and there is a $100 honorarium for participation.  For more information contact or 650-724-2951.


Society of Bookworms @CH

Wed, Dec 20, 4:00-5:00PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.

Join us in a discussion of the Louis Sachar’s thrilling adventure, Fuzzy Mud.  A limited number of copies are available for pick-up at Children’s Library. Registration Required. Grades 4-6 only.

Special End of Year Teen Writing Club Meeting @ RI

Thurs, Dec 21, 4:00 -5:30PM, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd.

Open to new and existing members! Join us for a special end of year writing club project where we will be making creative keepsakes based on writing prompts and activities. Registration Required. Grades 6-12 only.


Teen Friday Movie @ RI

Fri, Dec 22, 4:00 -6:00PM, Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd.

Celebrate the start of winter break with a double screen showing at the library! Audience will vote on the movie the day of the event. Registration Required. Grades 6-12 only.