Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- January 29, 2018
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Escondido Elementary




1/29 -- Science Fair Registration Deadline



Escondido Celebrates Black History Month
February 2018

Please join us in the MP Room for a special musical performance by Stanford’s only Hip-Hop, R&B, Motown and Soul Acapella Group, Everyday People on Thursday, February 1st from 8:30-9:00 am for 3-5 and again from 9:00-9:30 am for grades K-2.  

Friday Lunchtime Activities
February 2nd: Embracing black history through storytelling (Reading Garden)
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



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 ( ).

Penny Power 2018 Esperanza Juvenil Link to video: 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: 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 Kara Baker, Maria Sanchez-Bordona, _______ 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: 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; Kara Baker <> Maria Sanchez-Bordona

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**NEW**Superintendent's Weekly Message from Friday Jan 19


We will re-post Karen Hendricks' Weekly communications here each week, in case you missed it on her previous Infinite Campus email to you. "I hope that your family has gotten back in the swing of......Visit to read the rest of Friday Jan 19th'


**NEW**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): cac2018sweethearts

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


**NEW**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

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:

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**Clear The Clutter and Get Organized

Thurs Feb 1 6:30-8:30pm Parents Place Palo Alto 200 Channing Ave Palo Alto CA 94301


Are you tired of the piles and chaos caused by too much clutter in your home?  When you have good organization systems, your home and family life is simpler, calmer, and less stressful.  Professional organizer Lori Krolik of “More Time for You” will teach the six steps to tackle any organizing project and other strategies for creating an organized life - parents of all ages are welcome.  Details and Registration at Fee $45


**NEW** 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.


**NEW**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, Jan 28, 3PM, Cubberley Theatre  (James Jaffe, conductor) Preparatory Orchestra

Sun, Feb 4,  12PM, Cubberley Theatre (Natasha Makhijani, conductor) Superstrings Orchestra

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

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


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



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

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.


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: