Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- January 11, 2018
Sat, Jan 13 6:18pm
Escondido Elementary



Happy New Year and here is the first eNews for 2018



1/15 --- Martin Luther King Jr. Day [NO SCHOOL]

1/16-19 -- Talent Show Rehearsal

1/19 --  Kinder Min. Day for teacher training

1/22-23 -- Talent Show Dress Rehearsal

1/24-25 -- Talent Show



Link to Mr. Merritt's last Parent News 



Science Fair / Family Science Night It’s not too early to begin thinking about the Science Fair! The deadline for entries is January 29. Here is a website with valuable information: 

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PAUSD Superintendent Survey


The school district is interested in your input as they seek to hire a new Superintendent.  This survey is designed to gather your perceptions of the school district and the importance of various characteristics found in effective superintendents.  The information will be used to determine the desired characteristics of the next Superintendent.  The survey closes on January 16th.  The survey is conducted by a search firm, which ensures that your individual responses are kept anonymous and confidential. index.php/735768 

Search timeline:  https://www.pausd. org/explore-pausd/news/2017- superintendent-search-timeline


**NEW**Special Education Workshop: The ABCs of the IEP

Tues, January 30th, 10:00am–12:00 noon, Sobrato Center, 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City


Do you have questions about your child’s IEP?  Would you like to know how to advocate for your child’s special education rights?  Ms. Karis Daggs, an attorney with OCRA (Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy) will be our speaker.   Hosted by Opening Doors PTA, the Palo Alto CAC for Special Education and PTAC. Cantonese and Mandarin translation available.  Register at

For questions or to carpool, contact


**NEW**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.




**NEW**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.


**NEW**Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions

Thurs, Jan 18 and Fri, Jan 19 by appointment, 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.  SVB provides a personalized approach to teaching singing, music theory, and sight-reading, while providing flexible scheduling for busy families.  In addition to their own winter and spring concerts, SVB performs for local events including appearances with Stanford University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra, West Bay Opera, Schola Cantorum of Mountain View, and singing the national anthem at sporting events. 

Email or visit


Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School  

Sat & Sun, 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**"Rock" Your World with Chemistry

Sun, Jan 21, 12-1PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Join us if you are interested in nature and general chemistry.  Meet new friends and learn new things.  Grades 5-8.



*NEW**Teen Maker Tuesday

Tues, Jan 16, 4:30-5:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

An interactive program for teens featuring different Maker related projects.  Registration Required. Registration opens 3 weeks in advance. Grades 6-12 only.



Unleash the creativity in your student by signing up for one of our Teen & Tween Art Classes. We have several classes with openings for students ages 11-18. Online Registration is open for classes focusing on Jewelry Making, Ceramics, Drawing, Photography, Mixed Media Painting and Watercolor.  Visit

Questions? Please visit our website or contact Rebecca Passarello ( or 650-617-3509).