Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- December 3, 2017
Sun, Dec 3 5:21pm
Escondido Elementary



12/5 -- Talent Show Information Meeting (see below for more details)

12/4-8 -- Inclusive Schools Week

12/6 -- Bake Sale to benefit Foster Kids 

12/21 -- Minimum day before the Winter Break



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Save the Dates for the Escondido Talent Show 2018!
Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 pm - Information Meeting in MP - highly recommended for first-time, as well as, veteran performers, parents and 5th grade MCs.  This year's theme will be revealed, along with lots of great information to help prepare for the show!
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 



**NEW**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


**NEW**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.


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




Ramon Moreno School of Ballet Presents the Nutcracker  - Dec. 9th and 10th

Carrington Hall in Redwood City at 2:30/6:30pm on Dec 9th or at 5:00pm on 10th for an amazing performance.

Presenting Ramon Moreno School of Ballet long awaited full-length Nutcracker.  Internationally recognized Artistic Director, Ramon Moreno, has created this exciting and unique version of the classic Nutcracker which we are so proud to bring to the stage.  
Come join us for an afternoon or evening of magic with our talented dancers performing the new and wonderful story of Clara and the Nutcracker.  One will be mesmerized by our award-winning dancers whom have participated and placed at California Classics and Youth America Grand Prix. Interpretation & choreography by renown ballet dancer, Ramon Moreno, formally principal dancer at San Jose Ballet.

Tickets available via Brown Paper Tickets.





**NEW**Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions

Fri, Dec 8 by appointment, 600 Homer Av., 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.  Email or visit for more information.


**NEW**Paly Athletics Christmas Tree Sale

Fri, Dec 1, 4 – 9 PM, Palo Alto High School Parking Lot

Purchases support Paly athletes.


**NEW**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.


**NEW**Palo Alto High School Winter Glass Sale

Fri, Dec. 1, 3 - 6 pm; Sat, Dec 2, 11 AM - 4P, Tower Building, Palo Alto High School 

It's time to celebrate the coming of winter with shopping at our December Winter Glass Sale.  This sale has glass reindeer, snow people, ornaments, pomegranates, bowls, glasses and more.  Great gift items that support the Fiery Arts Program at Palo Alto High School.  All the items are hand made by the students and teachers.  Palo Alto High School is one of a few high schools in the country that has a glass blowing program.  Proceeds from the sale support the cost to operate the program.  Contact:


**NEW**Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School  

Sat & Sun, Dec. 2-3, 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**Annual BayLUG Holiday LEGO Show 

Fri, Sat & Sun, Dec 8 - Jan 14, 11am-3:30pm Museum of American Heritage 351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto. Closed on December 24th for Christmas Eve.

The Museum of American Heritage is hosting the annual holiday LEGO show.  Featuring festive holiday scenes in a miniature city.  This colorful event is for LEGO lovers of all ages.  $3 per person cash only at the door.  No strollers, food or drink permitted in inside the exhibit.

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 3 & 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


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.