Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- February 18, 2018
Sun, Feb 18 1:36pm
Escondido Elementary



February -- Black History Month at Escondido

2/19 -- No School - Presidents Day Holiday

2/20 -- Middle School Choice Program Deadline

2/23 -- Spaghetti Night (7:00pm) - MP Room

3/5-3/9 -- Book Fair (English)

3/22-3/23 -- Science Fair



Mr. Merritt' Parent News: Please find linked here the Parent News 


The Books Inc Book Fair is coming to Escondido March 5 - 9 and we need volunteers! Can you help us make it a success? Please sign up on konstella. Thank you!

Hi Parents & Teachers.

Thanks for your support for the Science Fair. Our official drive for registration has ended, but it's not too late for your child to participate. The registration link will be active until Science Fair night, but you will need to order your own Poster Boards


Remember -- you do NOT need to know the title/topic of the project in order to register! Your student is welcome to do an experiment, research an area of interest, build something, or do another project to demonstrate/share information on a scientific topic. Guidebooks are available on Escondido's website (


Students may get support at our Ask a Scientist sessions every Tuesday at lunch recess. This week the topic will be optics. Participants will be treated to demos that address refraction (arrows reversing directions in a glass of water, or a pencil bending in water) and light ( i.e. playing with sunglasses)


Finally, there are books in the Escondido library on science project ideas, and there are loads of resources online.


Science Fair projects will be displayed on campus Thursday-Friday, March 22 -23, and Family Science Night is the evening of Thursday, March 22.


You can also use the following link to go straight to the online registration form:


More information about our annual Family Science Night is forthcoming!


If you are new to Escondido, click on this video to see highlights from the 2015 Science Fair/Family Science Night and get an idea of what the events are like.


If you have any questions, please contact Chris Philpot ( ) or Humberto Bracho (

Dear Escondido Students,

The 2018 yearbook needs a front and back cover. The theme this year is “Friends Around the Universe!”

Use your creativity and make a colorful drawing that reflects your unique perspective of this theme.

Designs are due in the office by Wednesday, FEBRUARY 28.

All drawings will be included in the yearbook!  Two drawings will be selected to be used for the front and back cover of the book.


-  The Yearbook Team

Submission Guidelines:

Please use a regular 8 ½” x 11” size white sheet of paper for your drawing
You can use crayons, paint, pastels, markers, color pencils, computer, etc.
Drawings must include the words  “Escondido School” and “2017-18” clearly and prominently
Write your full name and room number in pencil on the back of your design

Guía de presentación:

Utilizar papel tamaño 8 x 11”
El tema es “Amigos alrededor del universo”
Materiales artísticos a usar: crayones, pinturas, pasteles, marcadores, lápices de colores, etc.
Tu diseño debe incluir el nombre de la escuela y el año: Escondido School 2017-18
Por favor, no olvides escribir con lápiz tu nombre, apellido y número de clase en la parte posterior del diseño

Todos los diseños deben ser entregados a la oficina antes del miércoles 28 de Febrero, y todos serán incluidos en el libro annual. Se seleccionarán dos diseños para ambas cubiertas del libro. ¡Deja volar tu imaginación!


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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.


**NEW**PAUSD Secondary Art Exhibition

PALY & Terman, Jan 11 – Feb 9; Gunn & Jordan, Feb 12 - Mar 9; JLS, Mar 13 - Apr 13,

 Mon-Fri 8AM-4PM, Closed Sat-Sun, Main Hallway, 25 Churchill Avenue


This exhibition features artwork by PAUSD 6-12 Visual Art students in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, Graphic Design, sculpture, ceramics, and glass.

**NEW**Latino Parent Network junta copatrocinada por PAUSD y el PTA council

Miercoles, Febrero 21, 6 – 7:30 PM, Walter Hays Elementary School, 1525 Middlefield Rd.


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 a la Especialista en Participación Familiar de la escuela intermediaria del distrito, Ana Perez-Hood, y aprenda sobre el nuevo Plan de Equidad del distrito. Obtenga una mejor comprensión de los datos de rendimiento de los estudiantes latinos y cómo podemos abogar por ellos utilizando estos datos.

La presentación y la discusión se llevarán a cabo en español con traducción en inglés disponible. Cuidado de niños y cena.


Latino Parent Network meeting at Walter Hays co-sponsored by PAUSD and PTA Council

Wed, Feb 21, 6 - 7:30 PM, Walter Hays Elementary School, 1525 Middlefield Rd.


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 middle school Family Engagement Specialist Ana Perez-Hood and learn about the district’s new Equity Plan. Gain a better understanding of the Latino student performance data and how we can advocate for change using this data.  
The presentation and discussion will be conducted in Spanish with English-translation available. Childcare and dinner provided. 


Secondary School Lunch A la Carte Tasting Day

Thu, Feb 22, 2:30-5 PM, JLS Training Room (Room 730)


 The Student Nutrition Services Department, in conjunction with the PAUSD Wellness Council, have been requested to review and adjust the ala carte snack selections available for students to purchase at the secondary schools. The main emphasis of the review is to offer healthier alternatives. All secondary students, parents and interested community members are welcome. Student and parent input into the potential replacements is important.  Feedback and any additional suggestions will be collected via a short survey conducted at the event. There will be a Label Reading Activity available for students and chance to win prizes in a drawing. It is our plan to begin making changes effective the week students return from Spring Break. 


**NEW**2018 Palo Alto Chinese New Year Fair

Sun, Mar 4, 2-5 pm, Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto)


The Palo Alto Chinese Community cordially invite you and your family to celebrate 2018 Chinese New Year which features performances of Chinese folk music, instruments, and dances by students from the Palo Alto Unified School District and showcases Chinese art, cultural exhibitions, game booths, delicious foods and many more!  The event is free and food will be sold for fund-raising to support the Palo Alto schools.  This festive event is organized by the Palo Alto Chinese Parents Community in collaboration with the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, Mitchell Park Library, and Palo Alto Family YMCA.  Parking is limited, so please walk, bike, or share a ride. Questions? Email Hannah Lu at


We want YOU to be on the PTA Council Board


The PTA Council Nominating Committee is currently seeking both nominations and expressions of interest from individuals in the community who would like to learn more about becoming a member of the PTA Executive Board for the 2018/19 school year.  We are looking for community members who demonstrate strong leadership skills and have a passion for improving the educational experience of all students, preferably have experience on their school PTA or site council, and are interested in stepping into a leadership role at the district level.

PTA Council Officers and VPs: President, Executive Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, VP Advocacy, VP Communications, VP Community Outreach, VP Education, VP Health & Wellness, VP Parent Education, Auditor, VP Leadership Services. To find out more contact: PTA Council Nominating Committee Chair -


Nominate Great People for Awards (Due March 1)


Each year the Palo Alto Council of PTAs may bestow one of several California State PTA Honorary Service Awards to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service to children and youth in our community.  The individuals or organization nominated must make far-reaching, notable contributions.  The PTA Council HSA Committee selects persons or groups who have benefited children and youth on a district-wide or Palo Alto community level.

We also have a new award that debuted last year that honors exceptional PTA volunteers at the unit (school) level.   Each PTA may nomination one person.

If you know of someone or an organization that deserves to be honored at this level, please complete this form:   Nominations for HSA2018  Recipients will be announced at our Honorary Service Award Reception on Thursday, April 26th, 2018.  Visit here past recipients  Deadline for Nominations is March 1, 2018.






**NEW**The Minds of Boys and Girls Presentation by Michael Gurian

Wed, Feb 28, 6:30pm, Hillview Middle School PAC

In this inspirational, practical, and humorous presentation, renowned educator, family counselor, and bestselling author Michael Gurian focuses on helping boys and girls across the gender spectrum to succeed in school and life.  Because boys and girls experience their home and school life differently, Michael explores how the minds of boys and girls develop distinctly—and how parents, educators, therapists, and others can care for and support the needs of our children.  Based on more than thirty years of research and counseling practice, Michael traces how a child’s learning mind grows, how the genders learn and grow differently, how acculturation influences boys and girls, and how crucial school success has become to life success.  Michael will be available to sign books following the event and books will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments and beverages served.  Childcare available for potty-trained children.  For more information:

**NEW**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.

**NEW**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:

**NEW**Help Kids in Grades K-5 with Reading, Writing, Math Next Year – You Could Change a Life

Have you enjoyed helping in your child's classroom?  Consider volunteering in a classroom in eastern Menlo Park or East Palo Alto where your help is especially needed.  You’ll have a real impact tutoring kids in grades K-5 where about 90% are low income and over 80% are performing below grade level in reading and math.  Work once a week in the same classroom for about an hour with students eager to see you.  All Students Matter provides training and coordinates everything.  Sign up now to start in September.  For more details or to sign up, visit or contact Keri Tully at

Palo Alto Summer Camp Fair

Thu, March 1, 5:30 - 7:00 PM, Ohlone Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room, 950 Amarillo Ave.

Discover terrific summer camps (for grades K-12) all around Palo Alto, meet camp vendors in person, and get help planning a summer your entire family will love. Free to attend.  Free pizza for the first 100 attendees, plus activities for kids, giveaways, and camp discounts.  More info at: https://www.activityhero. com/go/paloaltofair

Paly Theatre Presents the World Premiere of "Venture"

Fri & Sat, Mar 9-10; Fri & Sat, Mar 16 & 17, 7:30 PM; Thu, Mar 15, 4 PM; Sun, Mar 18, 2 PM,  Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Rd.

Join the excitement at the world premiere of the musical Venture.  Gender politics, the challenges of love and ambition, a tech dynasty, how does a young woman in Silicon Valley figure it all out?  Venture is a modern love story that follows the path of one woman as she makes her way through the complex, cutthroat Silicon Valley tech culture while navigating her deepening relationship with her boyfriend.  Finding balance proves difficult.  Rivals seek to destroy her.  Mentors teeter on the brink of their own destruction.  Who can she trust?  How does a young visionary woman find her future?  What will she risk in order to change the world?  Tickets are $15.00 adults, $10.00 students/seniors.  Reserved seating at ckets/.  Box office opens one hour prior to curtain.

Stanford Food and Mood Study is Recruiting!

Eligible participants are between 9-17 years old, are experiencing low moods or irritability, have a body mass index greater than 85%, do not have braces or metal in their body

Participants receive $325 for completing the study.  Participants come in for clinical and cognitive evaluations, an MRI brain scan and a blood test 3 times over 2 years.

To learn more about the study and to see if your child is eligible, contact Lizzy at 650-721-4049 or You can also find out more about Stanford’s Pediatric Emotion and Resilience Lab (PEARL) at For general information about participation rights, contact 1-866-680-2906.

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Winter Concerts

Enjoy a series of winter concerts (January through March) featuring PACO's talented young musicians.  In addition to orchestral and chamber pieces by well known composers Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, you'll be enchanted by an array of works by Boccherini, Pleyel, and Dvorak to name a few.  All concerts are admission FREE and for the entire family to enjoy.  For more information about PACO, please visit or email

Sun, Feb 18, 3PM, Cubberley Theatre (Jory Fankuchen, conductor) Sinfonia Orchestra

Sun, Mar 4, 3PM, Cubberley Theatre (Michel Taddei, conductor) Debut Orchestra


Ongoing Stanford University Brain Study on Executive Function Skills


Looking for children ages 7 and up with a diagnosis of ADHD or with no diagnoses to participate in a study exploring changes in brain function in response to a novel neurofeedback training.  Participation involves 6 sessions of neurofeedback training and 2 sessions of behavioral assessments.  Contact Lindsay Chromik at or 650-724-2939 for more information or to enroll.  For general information regarding participant rights, contact 1- 866-680-2906.


Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School 

Sat & Sun.  Feb. 17-18; March 3-4, 17-18; April 7-8, 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

**NEW**VR Experience

Tue, Mar 6, 4-6PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd

Join us for a virtual reality experience! Bring your friends. Grades 5-12 only. Please register for this event.


Music Teacher’s Scholarship Concert

Feb 24, 4PM, Paly Performing Arts Center (PAC), Palo Alto High School


Tickets: $15.00 adult ($20.00 at door) / $5.00 student/senior.  For Presale tickets, send check and Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to Music Office, 25E Churchill Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 or call 650-3239-3944.  Proceeds from the Music Teachers’ Scholarship Concert will be used to award scholarships to PAUSD music students in grades 4 - 8.  Scholarship money may be used to attend summer music camps, workshops or lessons, or to purchase instruments and supplies.  Students who attend the concert will be given priority for their preferred audition time.  Auditions will be held on Feb 26th and should be of 4 minutes or less and should include two scales and an etude.  Students will only be allowed to audition on the instrument/voice they play in their school performing ensemble.  Fourth grade general music students may audition on recorder or voice.  No piano scholarships will be awarded.  Contestants are evaluated with other students of the same age and/or ability level.  See your music teacher or call the music office at 329-3944 for more information.


Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2018 

Sessions: Robot Design & Hardware, Programming, Entrepreneurship & Website Design, Animation & Graphic Design

July 23 – 27;  July 30 - August 3

This year, Paly Robotics will be offering two different weeks of our annual summer camp for incoming middle school students (incoming 6th - 9th).  We hope to spark interest and start future high school students on a path in science, technology, engineering, art or mathematics (STEAM).  Our registration will be open on Saturday, Feb 3, at 10AM.  Campers will be able to sign up for one of four sessions per week.  This camp will be hosted at Palo Alto High School.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at .  For further details, go to 

Blind Date w/ a Book

Month of February, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd

Go on a blind date with a book! If your blind date with a book doesn't work out, then check out a new one. No hurt feelings! Review your book date for a chance to win prizes. 

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**Screenagers Movie: Growing up in the Digital Age  (For JLS & Jordan eNews only)

Wed Feb 28 7-8:30p in the Terman GYM 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto

This film explores the impact of screens on kids and offers proven solutions that work. It dives deep into how tech impacts kids' development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world where parents must compete with video games, texting addiction, and social media.  This event is open to both parents and students.  You are welcome to bring a comfy chair (bean bag, camping): or there will be metal chairs/bleacher seats.  Also, if we need a volunteer to run the popcorn machine, thanks! 


RSVPs are not required, please come even at the last minute, but we'd like to know how many people to expect.  More info about the movie at https://www.