Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- March 4, 2018
Sun, Mar 4 9:50pm
Escondido Elementary



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

3/7 -- SPECIAL EVENT “Helping Our Children Navigate Race” presented by Milton Reynolds

3/9 -- Early Kinder dismissal 12 pm

3/12 -- No school (local holiday)

3/15 -- Coffee w/the Principal

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

3/22-3/23 -- Science Fair



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


The Books Inc Book Fair is coming to Escondido March 5 - 9 and we need volunteers! Can you help us make it a success? Please sign up on konstella. Thank you!

Science Fair projects will be displayed on campus Thursday-Friday, March 22 -23, and Family Science Night is the evening of Thursday, March 22. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Philpot ( ) or Humberto Bracho (


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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

Gunn & Jordan, Feb 12 - Mar 9; JLS, Mar 13 - Apr 13,

Mon-Fri 8AM-4PM, Closed Sat-SunMain 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.


2018 Palo Alto Chinese New Year Fair

Sun, Mar 4, 2-5 pm, Mitchell Park Community Center (3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto)


The Palo Alto Chinese Community cordially invite you and your family to celebrate 2018 Chinese New Year which features performances of Chinese folk music, instruments, and dances by students from the Palo Alto Unified School District and showcases Chinese art, cultural exhibitions, lion dancing, game booths, delicious foods and many more!  The event is free and food will be sold for fund-raising to support the Palo Alto schools.  This festive event is organized by the Palo Alto Chinese Parents Community in collaboration with the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, Mitchell Park Library, and Palo Alto Family YMCA.  Parking is limited, so please walk, bike, or share a ride. Questions? Email Hannah Lu at


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**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


Friday Fun @ MP

Fri, Mar 2, 4-5:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Drop in for Legos, board games, and crafts. All ages are welcome!


Family Film Festival @ MP

Sat, Mar 10, 4-6PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Enjoy a movie with your family at the library. See library website for movie title. All ages are welcome!

Festival of Colors

Sun, Mar 11, 1-3PM, Mitchell Park, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Ready to get a little messy with colored powder? Spring season is almost here, and we are going to have fun with colors! Register to participate in the colored powder activity, henna tattoo, arts & crafts, and enjoy music with other teens. Families of all ages welcome. Please register for this event 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:

Help Kids in Grades K-5 with Reading, Writing, Math Next Year – You Could Change a Life

Have you enjoyed helping in your child's classroom?  Consider volunteering in a classroom in eastern Menlo Park or East Palo Alto where your help is especially needed.  You’ll have a real impact tutoring kids in grades K-5 where about 90% are low income and over 80% are performing below grade level in reading and math.  Work once a week in the same classroom for about an hour with students eager to see you.  All Students Matter provides training and coordinates everything.  Sign up now to start in September.  For more details or to sign up, visit or contact Keri Tully at

Paly Theatre Presents the World Premiere of "Venture"

Fri & Sat, Mar 9-10; 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.

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.

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Winter Concerts

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

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


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 

March 3-4, 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

VR Experience

Tue, Mar 6, 4-6PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd

Join us for a virtual reality experience! Bring your friends. Grades 5-12 only. Please register for this event.

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. 


Adulting 101: Self-Defense @RI

Sat, Mar 10, 11AM-12PM, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd.

Presented by Palo Alto City Library, IMPACT Bay Area will teach self-defense techniques in the Matedero Room. Registration Required. Ages 14-21 only.

Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2018 

Sessions: Robot Design & Hardware, Programming, Entrepreneurship & Website Design, Animation & Graphic Design

July 23 – 27; July 30 - August 3

This year, Paly Robotics will be offering two different weeks of our annual summer camp for incoming middle school students (incoming 6th - 9th).  We hope to spark interest and start future high school students on a path in science, technology, engineering, art or mathematics (STEAM).  Our registration will be open on Saturday, Feb 3, at 10AM.  Campers will be able to sign up for one of four sessions per week.  This camp will be hosted at Palo Alto High School.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at .  For further details, go to 

**NEW**March Madness of Books

Month of March, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd

The Teen Library Advisory Board have come up with 16 book titles all competing to be 2018's Book Champion!  Play along and fill out a bracket to see which YA book wins it all for a chance to win prizes!

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:


Design your own copper pendant at the Palo Alto Art Center! Students will learn how to use a jeweler’s saw to pierce out a pendant shape of their own design.  Students will then use decorative metal stamps to add texture, punch holes and add wire wrapped beaded embellishment to their pendant, creating a unique necklace that reflects their own personal style.

Register at for our 1-day workshop taught by artist Breeta Toma, March 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m., ages 11-18.  Questions? Please contact Rebecca Passarello,