Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- February 25, 2018
Sun, Feb 25 9:09am
Escondido Elementary



2/28 -- Student Yearbook design submissions due

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

3/7 -- SPECIAL EVENT “Helping Our Children Navigate Race” presented by Milton Reynolds

3/9 -- Early Kinder dismissal 12 pm

3/12 -- No school (local holiday)

3/15 -- Coffee w/the Principal

3/16 -- Spaghetti Night (fundraiser for 4th & 5th grade activities)

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!

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


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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.


PAUSD Secondary Art Exhibition

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.



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, lion dancing, 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 21st Annual Juana Run

Sat, Feb 24, First race starts at 8:30 AM, Pick up race bib by 8:15AM at Juana Briones School


8K, 5K, 1-mile, and Kids' races. Fast, flat courses through scenic Barron Park. The race benefits Gunn High School Sports Boosters, Juana Briones PTA, and West Valley Track Club.  Entry includes pancake breakfast and tech shirt.  Parking is at Gunn High School.  Details and registration at


**NEW**Project Safety Net (PSN) Community Meeting: Portraits of Mental Health & Wellbeing

Wed, Feb 28, 3:30 - 5:30 PM, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Rd


Presentation by Sarah E. Kremer, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist, and PhD Candidate.  Ms. Kremer will share information about her individual doctoral project involving a collaboration between Notre Dame de Namur University, Acknowledge Alliance, and Stanford University's Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing.  The title of her presentation is "Portraits of Mental Health & Wellbeing: Using Digital Photography to Reduce Mental Health Stigmatization."  The goal of the doctoral project is to create a model for successfully integrating a neurodevelopmental art therapy program into general mental health and wellness services for youth, building upon the benefits of sharing knowledge and ideas with other mental health professionals to mutually enrich the art therapy and adolescent mental health fields.  RSVP at


**NEW**City of Palo Alto Earth Day Event: Participate or Volunteer

The City of Palo Alto is seeking participants and event volunteers of ALL AGES for their upcoming Earth Day event.  The event will be held at the Baylands Athletic Center on April 14th, 2018.  The event kicks off with the Great Race for Saving Water, a 5K run/walk and kids 1K fun run to raise awareness about water resources, conservation and environmental health.  The fun continues with an Earth Day festival offering team awards, raffle prizes, live music, food trucks, electric vehicle ride & drive, guided bird walk, group bike ride, nature walks, zoo animals, arts & crafts, library book mobile, Smokey the Bear, community booths, environmental and public safety resources. Register at to volunteer, and register for the race.  Questions? Contact PAUSD Sustainability Program Manager Rebecca Navarro at


**NEW**Friday Fun @ MP

Fri, Mar 2, 4-5:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Drop in for Legos, board games, and crafts. All ages are welcome!


**NEW**Family Film Festival @ MP

Sat, Mar 10, 4-6PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Enjoy a movie with your family at the library. See library website for movie title. All ages are welcome!


**NEW**Festival of Colors

Sun, Mar 11, 1-3PM, Mitchell Park, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Ready to get a little messy with colored powder? Spring season is almost here, and we are going to have fun with colors! Register to participate in the colored powder activity, henna tattoo, arts & crafts, and enjoy music with other teens. Families of all ages welcome. Please register for this event.


**NEW**- Paly 5K Fun Run

Sat Mar 24, 8AM, PALY Viking Stadium, 50 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto


Paly Sports Boosters and the Paly Track & Field Team will be hosting the Paly 5K Fun Run & Walk.   Along with the 5k run (or walk), we’ll have a 2K Stroller Walk and Tot Trot, and sprint races for elementary school kids.  The Riekes Center will be hosting a challenge course for the kids.  There will be jugglers, ukulele players, balloon artists, and more!  In partnership with Paly’s Best Buddies program, all races are accessible.  Sign up at  


**NEW**Stanford Interactive Literacy Promotion Event

Sat Mar 10 1-3pm Stanford University IM Fields 641 Nelson Rd, Stanford, CA

“A, B, Trees,” a free, open event promoting literacy around the Bay area is welcoming all students growing in their reading skills. Run completely by Stanford Student-Athletes, there will be games, activities, reading stations and some food and drinks provided. English and Spanish speakers will be present to interact with the readers. Stanford Athletic events will also be taking place throughout the day and around the time of the event for additional activities on campus. Contact with questions.

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:


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:


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

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


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


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 

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


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.


**NEW**Teen Maker Tuesday - Duct Tape

Tues, Mar 20, 4:30-5:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Fun hands-on program featuring different Maker projects for teens. See the online library calendar for details. Registration required. Registration opens 3 weeks in advance. Grades 6-12 only. 


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**STEAM Lab Sunday @ CH

Sun, Mar 18, 1:00-2:00PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.

LED Origami Bugs - An interactive program featuring different S.T.E.A.M. related projects in the Tree Top Room. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math). Registration Required. Grades K-5 only.


**NEW**Free Emergency Prep Class for 3-5th Graders

Sat, Feb 24 from 1-2pm, Cubberly Room H-1


Do your kids know what to do if a disaster strikes? Come to this free “ Eprep class for kids". Your child will learn about emergency kits, make an emergency home plan, and complete interactive emergency fact sheets.  Parents can drop off their child or stay for the class.  This class is hosted and presented by high schooler Akhil Kumar, a FEMA Youth Council member.  Class size is limited -- please sign up at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Akhil Kumar at


KidPower: Keeping Kids Safe (5 - 10 years)

Sat, Mar 3, 10 AM - 12 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave


Learn how to discuss and practice important, age appropriate “People-Safety Skills” with your children. Help them follow “Stranger Safety” rules (not “Stranger Danger” rules which are least effective), use safety plans if lost, set clear boundaries, deal with other kids bullying behaviors, be and act aware and confident, and much more.  With Staff from KidPower.  Child must be a minimum of 5 years old to be eligible to participate in the Workshop.  FWW: $80 per child (with accompanying adult). Register here: h ttps://


Afternoon Adventure @MP (Palo Alto Library Event)

Wed, Feb 28, 3:30-4:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.


Puzzles - Come join us in solving and making puzzles - crossword, word search, sudoku, Rubik's cube (and other shapes), 3-d wooden puzzles, and jigsaw.  Registration Required.  Grades K-5 only.


Parents Night Out Hosted by Terman Middle School 8th grade Girl Scout Troop 61634

Sat, Feb 24, 6 – 10 PM, Lou Henry Hoover (Girl Scout) House, 1120 Hopkins Dr.


Parents get a date night and kids get a Pizza dinner, healthy snacks PLUS lots of fun games and activities planned by the Girl Scouts!  Troop Leaders will be in attendance for supervision. $20.00 for 1st child, $10.00 for each additional sibling (children must be at least 4 yrs. old and potty trained).  Please register at:

For more Information, please contact Darcy Huston, Troop Leader at


Big feelings, Little Bodies

Mon, Mar 5, 7:30-9 PM, Cubberley Community Center Theatre 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Kristene Geering, M.A., ED will speak on how parents can help their little ones manage their emotions.  Parents know that a secure and loving attachment is important. In this talk, parents will learn about the neurological significance of creating this attachment, along with the benefits of a mindfulness practice for children and parents alike.  This event is free and is sponsored by Friends of PreSchool Family.  For more information, visit: