Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- March 11, 2018
Sun, Mar 11 8:06pm
Escondido Elementary




3/12 -- No school (local holiday)

3/15 -- Coffee w/the Principal

3/15 -- Escondido Shops at Linden Tree

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

3/22 & 3/23 -- Science Fair

3/28 -- Bridges in Mathematics Game Night



Mr. Merritt' Parent News: Please find linked here the Parent News 


Escondido’s Family Spaghetti Night Dinner!

WHAT: DON’T COOK DINNER! Bring the entire family
and COME TO SPAGHETTI NIGHT! Let the 4th and 5th
graders serve you!!

WHEN: March 16, 530pm-730pm
(2 seatings 5:30-6:15 and 6:30-7:15)

WHERE: Escondido MP Room

HOW: purchase tickets before or after-school starting
on Wednesday, March 14. $12 adults $6 kids

WHY: It’s super fun, proceeds benefit 4th and 5th
grade overnight trips.

** Dinner will include: Spaghetti, Cesar salad, garlic bread and dessert. There
will be vegetarian and gluten free options. Take-out meals are also available.

Questions? Contact Trina Whiteley or Jaime
Come Shop and Support Escondido on Thursday, March 15th!

The Linden Tree bookstore in Los Altos is hosting a book shopping
event for Escondido!

• Come shop at Linden Tree Bookstore in Los Altos on
Thursday, March 15 at 6:00pm- 8:00pm

• Bring this flyer or grab one at the store when you shop and Escondido Elementary can
receive 10% of your purchase.

This event will help raise funds for 4th and 5th grade overnight field trips.

Support a local small business and our students at Escondido at
the same time!


Hello Parents

Science Fair project boards and guidebooks have been distributed to classrooms.  If your child has not received one please contact me ( ) or Beto ( ).


We’d like to encourage students to incorporate art into their project board displays -- photos, drawings, colorful borders/letters/designs, etc.! Be creative and have fun! Science and art go hand in hand!


Finally, we need volunteers to help out with Family Science Night on Thursday, March 22. In particular, we need people to help set up classrooms after school, serve as room monitors in the evening (1 hour slots), and clean up at 8:30. Parents, siblings, relatives, and friends are all welcome to lend a hand. Please sign up at this link:


Please contact either of us with any questions.


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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

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.


**NEW**Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast 
Thursday, April 26th, 8 a.m. 


Each year, the Palo Alto CAC honors the bus drivers who play a vital role in transporting students to and from school.  The event will be on April 26th, 2018 at 8:00 a.m., when we will serve breakfast to the bus drivers at their office. If you want to show your support for the dedication and kindness demonstrated daily by your child's bus driver, please send a thank-you note with your message to CacBusDriverAppreciation@gm  If you would like to donate a breakfast item or gift card/money, please let us know as well.  Please send your messages by Sunday, April 22nd. Sponsored by


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 -






**NEW**Racing Hearts Family Wellness Festival

Sun Mar 18, 2-4pm, Kings Plaza (City Hall) in Downtown Palo Alto. 


Join the City of Palo Alto, the Fire, Police, and Emergency Services, along with Racing Hearts at Kings Plaza (in front of City Hall) in downtown Palo Alto. Enjoy live DJ, face painting, photo booth, balloons for the kids, fire truck and police car tours - and CPR/AED training for everyone! Food available from Whole Foods, KIND, and more!


**NEW**Inclusion and Abilities Awareness 2.0

Wed Mar 21, 9 - 11 am, Los Altos School District Board Room, 201 Covington Rd, Los Altos


What does inclusion really mean, and how will it affect your child’s classroom and learning experience? How does inclusion benefit students with special needs, severe disabilities, and the entire student population? Are there situations when inclusion is not appropriate? What do Ability Awareness simulations teach well, and how can they be improved? We will talk about more about the future direction of ability awareness and neurodiversity inclusion with panelists, including staff from the Santa Clara County.  Visit for more information. A variety of fun activities are planned.

More info: or


**NEW**Parent Chat

Tue. Mar. 13, 7 - 8:30pm, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC. 

**NEW**Let's Talk

Mon. Mar. 12, 10am - 12pm, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality. Organized by SELPA 1 CAC


El Camino Youth Symphony Annual Benefit Concert: A Celebration of American Composers

Sat, Apr 7, 7:30 PM, Flint Center, De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino


Joining the Symphony for Rhapsody in Blue is Bay Area native and award-winning pianist Taylor Eigsti.   Program: Rhapsody in BlueSymphonic Dances” from West Side Story, and Lincoln Portrait narrated by Maestro Michael Morgan, Conductor of the Oakland Symphony. ECYS will also debut a commissioned work by composer and SF Symphony violinist Mark Volkert!


**NEW**2018 Palo Alto Middle School Math Summer Program

Terman Middle School; 6/11-15 (Session 1) or 6/18-22 (Session 2); 1-4pm


Run by the Palo Alto and Gunn high school math clubs, the Palo Alto Middle School Math Camp aims to foster incoming 6th through 9th grader students’ passion for mathematics through individually paced training and one-on-one teaching.  Students will learn problem-solving techniques geared towards the MathCounts and AMC 8 competition series. MS Math Camp will be suitable for any student who enjoys math and will be fun for students of all grades and math levels. We suggest a donation of $300-350 for new students or $250 for returning students, siblings, PAUSD Middle School Summer School students, and/or those also attending Paly Science Camp (  All income from the camp goes towards supporting the Palo Alto High School and Gunn High School math clubs for the following year, in order to allow high school students to attend math competitions.  If you are interested in registering, please fill out the following form:  Contact for any questions.


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


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  


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:


Paly Theatre Presents the World Premiere of "Venture"

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.


Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School 

March 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


**NEW**Palo Alto Art Center Summer Counselor-in-Training Application Now Available


The Counselor in Training applications for the summer of 2018 are now available. Summer Camp Counselors in Training (CIT) are volunteers (12-17 years old) who assist professional art instructors in the day-to-day running of the Children’s Fine Art summer camps. CITs offer support through classroom management, encouraging campers, prepping art supplies and more. The Lead Counselor in Training (LCIT) program builds on experience as an Art Center CIT and provides opportunities for volunteers to help lead the CIT training, enjoy mentorship from college Children’s Fine Art (CFA) interns, manage camper recreation, and take responsibility as the LCIT for one week of camps. Applications must be returned to the Palo Alto Art Center via mail or in person drop off. Only complete applications will be considered. Spots fill up fast, get your application in as soon as possible! Summer 2018 Counselor in Training Application & Information: Summer 2018 Lead Counselor in Training Application & Information:


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.