Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- January 22, 2018
Sun, Jan 21 12:31pm
Escondido Elementary



Happy New Year and here is the first eNews for 2018




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

1/29 -- Science Fair Registration Deadline



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: 

Hopefully you found the Escondido 2018 Science Fair flier in your student's Friday Folder this weekend.  All students are invited to participate! The Science Fair will be held March 22 - 23, and Family Science Night is March 22.


You can also find a version of the flier here. Please read it for more information, including how to register and how to help out.


You can use the following link to go straight to the online registration Please register by Monday, January 30, so we know how many project boards to order. (You don't need to know what the project will be in order to register.)


And you can click here to find online guidebooks (in English and Spanish) at Escondido's website.


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 and 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 ( ).


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**NEW**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:

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

RSVPs (appreciated but not required):


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


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**Stanford University & City of Palo Alto Comp Growth


There is a significant project from Stanford University that will be coming upon PAUSD that may require your attention -- Stanford University’s growth and expansion proposal and its impact within our city and school district.  Stanford plans to add more academic and support facilities, housing units, childcare center and facilities to its camp, adding approx. 9,000 people to our area.  Your comments regarding the significant environmental effects of this project and the adequacy of the Draft EIR are welcome.  The public review period for this Draft EIR ends on Feb 2, 2018


**NEW**Auditions for iSing's 2018–19 season


iSing, a local nonprofit girl choir will be holding auditions for new singers on January 20; and we'll be scheduling additional audition days for new singers in the coming months.  We are particularly interested in hearing girls who will be entering 1st–4th grade in Fall 2018.  We are also happy to hear girls in 5th grade and above, who can sight-read music and who are devoted to singing.  Please let your friends know!  Feel free to forward this link audition page on the iSing website on to any friends who may be interested: iSing Auditions    For more information visit or contact


**NEW**Parents Place Summer Camp Fair  – Preschool/Elementary- High School Families

Sun, Jan. 28, 10 AM - 12:30 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto


It’s already time to start planning a great summer for your kids!  The Parents Place Summer Camp Fair is a unique opportunity to engage with more than 20 summer camps, located on the Peninsula and beyond.  This event connects you with multiple regional and independent summer camps, including sleepaway camps and special needs camps, in one convenient location. Make a personal connection with camp staff, explore the variety of flexible options, and discover how to maximize your child’s summer camp experience. Fee $5 per family.

Summer Camp Panel Discussion before the Fair is from 9:00am - 10:00am.  Moderated by Parents Place Director Karen Friedland-Brown, camp directors will discuss "Solving the Summer Camp Dilemma: How to schedule your child's summer and find the best fit for your family." Fee $15 (includes admission to fair). Register:


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 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**That Makes Me So Angry! Child Anger 

Tue, Jan 23, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave Palo


Children get angry in a split second, often leaving parents in total bewilderment and turmoil.  We will explore anger, ways to help children regain control of themselves, triggers that precipitate the anger, and typical responses to the anger.  With Jenny Ward, MFA.  Fee: $45  Register:


**NEW**Discipline 101: Power of the Positive 

Wed, Jan 24,  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM,  Parents Place,  200 Channing Ave Palo Alto


During this workshop, you will learn how to use positive discipline to teach your children inner control, nurture their strengths, motivate them to cooperate, and build their self-esteem.  With Cynthia Klein, BA.   Fee: $45 Register:


"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.