Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- February 4, 2018
Sun, Feb 4 6:21pm
Escondido Elementary

ESCONDIDO NEWS

 

2/16 - Staff Professional Development- NO SCHOOL

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

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

 

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Escondido’s PTA Black History Committee presents two performances by Oriki Theater on Thursday February 15 at 1 and 1:30pm.


Oriki Theater is a non profit performing arts company that provides opportunities for our communities to have a shared experience of the real Africa through a unique combination of dance, drama, music, poetry, chants, folk stories and the drum. Founded in 1995, Oriki Theater has over fifty public engagements yearly. From outreach programs in schools to season productions, the theater provides various ways for participants to experience Africa, it’s people and their way of life.


Oriki’s performances introduce young children to music and dance in a fun environment. Participants experience the freedom of vocal sounds and body percussion. Our call and response chants, songs and dances help children with motor development. Social skills are also enhanced as participants learn to work and play cooperatively, listen to others while in groups and follow simple verbal directions.


Please Join us at the following upcoming Black History Month Events
February 9th: “10 Days In Black History That Changed Our Nation” Activity Book (In front of the main office)
February 23rd: Black History 101 Scavenger Hunt (In front of main office)

BHM Display at Escondido Library
Each year, Teacher Librarian Nina displays a collection of books for students to enjoy during Black History Month

Black History Month Poster Gallery
Escondido families are invited to take a tour of the MP Room to read about notable African-Americans and important events in American history.

Volunteers Needed!
We would love to have parent helpers during lunchtime activities. Read stories, help out with the art activity, etc.
If interested, please contact Kristin Chandler at kristin.chandler@gmail.com.
 

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Hi Parents & Teachers. Thanks for your support for the Science Fair. We've had over 168 registrants, which is great but a little less that the 175 of last year. As a result we're extending the deadline to February 7th. If you think you child has an inkling of interest please sign them up.

We'd like to know how many students need project boards so we can place our discounted group order next week.

 

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 (http://escondido.pausd.org/pta-website/science-fair-family-science-night-2018). Also, students may get support at our Ask a Scientist sessions every Tuesday at lunch recess. 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: https://goo.gl/forms/slq5ZPA5LykDM6mt1.

 

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 (verdere.philpot@gmail.com ) or Humberto Bracho (betobracho@berkeley.edu)

 
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Penny Power 2018 Esperanza Juvenil Link to video: https://youtu.be/FSRuX2VmAN8 The PTA is thrilled to announce this year’s Escondido Penny Power campaign will collect money for Esperanza Juvenil, Guatemala nominated by The Littlefield Family (Fabiana Littlefield, Rm 3) Starting Thursday Feb. 1st Escondido students can bring their pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar bills to their classroom collection jars. We hope you will all join us in supporting Esperanza Juvenil! Funds will be collecting through the month of February! Esperanza Juvenil provides housing and schooling from elementary school through college for highly motivated children from impoverished and often broken homes. Graduates of the program stay involved to help give back to the younger students striving for academic and life success. More details available on their website: http://esperanzajuvenil.org/ Here is a list of what certain dollar amounts can purchase: $15- school supplies and daily healthy snacks for a month for one child $65- daily meals for one child for a month (breakfast, snacks, lunch, and dinner) $125- school supplies, daily meals, and medical care for one child for a month. $300- education 50 hours a week, daily meals, school supplies, medical care, and recreational activities. Penny Power is an annual Escondido program that teaches our children empathy for less fortunate children and empowerment by collectively pooling their loose change. Each year Escondido’s Penny Power alternates its support between an international program and a local charity. Thank you! Penny Power Team Mora Oommen mora_o@hotmail.com Kara Baker, kara.e.baker@gmail.com Maria Sanchez-Bordona, msbordona@gmail.com _______
El PTA está encantado de anunciar que la campaña de Escondido de Penny Power de este año recaudará dinero para Esperanza Juvenil en Guatemala, nominado por la familia Littlefield (Fabiana Littlefield, en el salón 3). A partir del jueves 1 de febrero, los estudiantes de Escondido pueden traer sus monedas de centavo, de cinco centavos, de diez centavos, monedas de veinticinco centavos y billetes de un dólar a los frascos de sus clases. ¡Esperamos que se unan a nosotros para apoyar a Esperanza Juvenil! ¡Los fondos se recaudarán durante todo el mes de febrero! Esperanza Juvenil ofrece alojamiento y educación desde la escuela primaria hasta la universidad para niños altamente motivados de hogares empobrecidos y, con frecuencia, destruidos. Los graduados del programa permanecen involucrados para ayudar a los estudiantes más jóvenes que luchan por el éxito académico y en la vida. Encontrarán más detalles en su página web: http://esperanzajuvenil.org/ Aquí tiene una lista de lo que ciertas cantidades de dinero pueden comprar: $ 15- útiles escolares y meriendas saludables diarias para un niño por mes $ 65- comida diaria para un niño por mes (desayuno, meriendas, almuerzo y cena) $ 125- útiles escolares, comidas diarias y atención médica para un niño por mes $ 300- 50 horas de educación a la semana, comidas diarias, útiles escolares, atención médica y actividades recreativas. Penny Power es un programa anual de Escondido que enseña a nuestros niños empatía hacia los niños menos afortunados y la fuerza de agrupar todos juntos su cambio. Penny Power alterna su apoyo cada año entre un programa internacional y una organización benéfica local. ¡Muchas gracias! El equipo Penny Power Mora Oommen mora_o@hotmail.com; Kara Baker <kara.e.baker@gmail.com> Maria Sanchez-Bordona
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Check out Escondido PTA's website, click on smile.amazon logo and update your Amazon account today:  http://escondido.paloaltopta.org/

 

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DISTRICT NEWS

 

**NEW** Superintendent's Weekly Message from Friday Jan 26

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

"In the interest of full disclosure, I should preface this by admitting that I...".  Visit https://www.pausd.org/explore-pausd/news/superintendents-weekly-message-%E2%80%93-january-26-2018 to read the rest of Friday Jan 26gh message from Karen Hendricks.

 

2018 Annual Sweetheart Awards - Call for Nominations

 

Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, administrator, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, coach, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something (however large or small) for your special needs child with an IEP or 504?  Honor that person by nominating him or her for a CAC Sweetheart Award.  Submit nominations using this online form before Thursday, February 15th (early submissions welcome): http://tinyurl.com/ cac2018sweethearts

The Awards Ceremony will be on Wednesday, February 28th from 6-8pm at Nixon Elementary School. For more information or questions contact sweethearts. award@gmail.com or go to www.cacpaloalto.org. Co-sponsored by Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.

 

Nominate Great People for Awards (Due March 1)

Call for Nominations for HSA  2018

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 https://ptac.paloaltopta.org/honorary-service-awards/.

Deadline for Nominations is March 1, 2018.

 

The Smart Talk:  Internet Safety

Tue Feb 6, 6 PM., Gunderson High School, 622 Gaundabert Lane, San Jose

(6pm refreshments, 6:30pm program)

 

What you hope your kids (elementary, middle, and high) are doing online isn't always what they're actually doing.  Join us to learn how you can use The Smart Talk to get on the same page with your kids and establish an open conversation about digital safety.  For more info: http://capta6.org/docs/180206SaferInternetFlyer.pdf

FREE.  Sponsors include National PTA, State PTA, and Sixth District PTA.

RSVPs (appreciated but not required): wendyghose@yahoo.com

 

How Does Sugar Affect Your Health and What You Can Do About It

Wed, Feb 7, 6:30-8:30pm, SDC Room, District Office, 25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto

 

Join us for an educational night on sugar.  Learn how sugar came to be ubiquitous in everything we eat, and became a number one health issue due to its harmful effects on the human body.  As parents, you will also get some great tips on how to combat sugar in your household and diet, and reintroduce great nutrition to your kids.  Patricia Caldera, Ph.D will be presenting on behalf of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation and Dr Lustig education program dedicated to changing our views of processed food with the purpose of ending food related illnesses and promote good health.  We encourage parents to bring their children.

 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

 

2018 Annual Sweetheart Awards - Call for Nominations

 

Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, administrator, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, coach, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something (however large or small) for your special needs child with an IEP or 504?  Honor that person by nominating him or her for a CAC Sweetheart Award.  Submit nominations using this online form before Thursday, February 15th (early submissions welcome): http://tinyurl.com/ cac2018sweethearts

The Awards Ceremony will be on Wednesday, February 28th from 6-8pm at Nixon Elementary School. For more information or questions contact sweethearts. award@gmail.com or go to www.cacpaloalto.org. Co-sponsored by Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.

 

Nominate Great People for Awards (Due March 1)

Call for Nominations for HSA  2018

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 https://ptac.paloaltopta.org/honorary-service-awards/.

Deadline for Nominations is March 1, 2018.

 

The Smart Talk:  Internet Safety

Tue Feb 6, 6 PM., Gunderson High School, 622 Gaundabert Lane, San Jose

(6pm refreshments, 6:30pm program)

 

What you hope your kids (elementary, middle, and high) are doing online isn't always what they're actually doing.  Join us to learn how you can use The Smart Talk to get on the same page with your kids and establish an open conversation about digital safety.  For more info: http://capta6.org/docs/180206SaferInternetFlyer.pdf

FREE.  Sponsors include National PTA, State PTA, and Sixth District PTA.

RSVPs (appreciated but not required): wendyghose@yahoo.com

 

How Does Sugar Affect Your Health and What You Can Do About It

Wed, Feb 7, 6:30-8:30pm, SDC Room, District Office, 25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto

 

Join us for an educational night on sugar.  Learn how sugar came to be ubiquitous in everything we eat, and became a number one health issue due to its harmful effects on the human body.  As parents, you will also get some great tips on how to combat sugar in your household and diet, and reintroduce great nutrition to your kids.  Patricia Caldera, Ph.D will be presenting on behalf of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation and Dr Lustig education program dedicated to changing our views of processed food with the purpose of ending food related illnesses and promote good health.  We encourage parents to bring their children.

 

Join Little Vikes Cheer & Dance Team at Paly Basketball Game
Feb 12, 13, 14 3:34-5:15pm and Fri, Feb 16, 5:30-7:15pm (approx), Palo Alto High School


Join the Paly Spirit Squad for three afternoon workshops and the Paly basketball game on Feb 16.  Kids will cheer and perform with the Squad at halftime. Ages 3-14. $100 for workshops + game (25% discount before Feb 2).  Your fee is tax deductible and helps the team pay for uniforms, training and other essentials. https://www.activityhero.com/go/palycheer

 

**NEW**Better Communication with Your Teen, DBT w/Michael Fitzgerald

Wed. Feb. 7, 7-9 PM, Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Avenue, Los Altos

 

Michael Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services at El Camino Hospital will discuss the benefits of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy).  Learn why DBT is so effective and how parents can use the concept to have better communication with their teens.  “Sometimes parents are unaware of how their teens are reacting to their verbal and nonverbal cues…at times teens don’t feel validated by their families...teens crave acceptance…parents can learn to avoid phrases that reinforce negative self images...both parents and teens can learn how to communicate more positively.”  DBT combines cognitive behavioral techniques for emotion regulation with concepts of mindful awareness, distress tolerance and acceptance. A SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event http://www.selpa1cac.org/.

 

**NEW**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. 

 

**NEW**AI for Girls

Sundays, Feb 11, 18, 25, 10:30AM-12:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd

 

This workshop aims to teach middle and high school girls Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning techniques. Participants should be very familiar with Python. Please bring your laptops. Grades 8-12 only. Please register here https://paloalto.bibliocommons.com/events/5a652546a420d83500e1e359 for this event.



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: paly.io/campmac.