Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- May 4 , 2018
Fri, May 4 1:44am
Escondido Elementary



5/5 -- May Fete Parade: Downtown Palo Alto @ 9:30am

5/7 -- Site Council

5/7-11  -- Teacher /Staff Appreciation Week

5/9 -- Assembly

5/10 -- Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

5/21 -- PTA Meeting

5/21-25 -- Spirit Week 

5/28 -- Memorial Day -– No school

5/30 -- Track and Field day

5/29 -- Fifth Grade promotion 10am

6/1 -- Last Day Fair



Important May dates for Escondido - see Konstella annoncement



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NEW! 2018-2019 Jaguar Journey

Attention, all incoming 6th Grade Greene (Jordan) Parents! Greene's New Student Orientation, an amazing 2-day program for 6th-grade students and parents, begins on August 14. Parent volunteers and Greene Staff make this happen!

We plan to recruit all positions before summer break begins. Please sign up for your preferred activities and shifts (feel free to sign up for multiple shifts!). Jaguar Journey is not just a great way for the kids to get to know the school, but also a great way for parents to meet fellow parents, teachers and kids. As your child transition from elementary school to middle school, this is your best opportunity to get to know more about the new school and meet your child’s classmates.

- OPEN for Volunteer Sign-Ups -

Scavenger Hunt: Students will explore Greene's campus and get to know front office staff. Parent volunteers will roam Greene's campus and supervise small groups. Scavenger Hunt volunteer signup link:

Locker Olympics: Students will practice opening combination locks and will receive their locker assignment. Parent volunteers will assist small groups of students and/or one on one as 6th graders practice using a lock before locating and tackling their own personal locker. Locker Olympics volunteer signup link:

Say Cheese: Students will take their school photo and create a time capsule paper chain with their advisory. Parent volunteers will supervise and assist while students get their photos taken and ID cards made. Say Cheese volunteer signup link:

Roving Parent: Roving parent will support the Jaguar Journey lead teacher Brooke Tassa. Have comfortable shoes on as you may be sent anywhere on campus to help out. Roving parent volunteer signup link:

Parent Advisory: Each parent volunteer will chaperone a group of students to different stations. D1 (8/14) Parent advisory volunteer signup link:

D2 (8/15) Parent advisory volunteer signup link:

Parent Orientation: Kindly mark your calendar for the volunteer training on Monday, August 13 from 10 to 11am. 

Questions: Feel free to contact Yumei Xiong ( or Olivia Chen ( or email






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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.


Click My Cause

Speak up now for PAUSD students! Take action with a fast click of a button. Your voice needed to advance 3 critical CA education bills:

  • Increase funding for K-12 education (AB 2808). CA schools are funded far below national average (cost-of-living adjusted)
  • Pupil suicide prevention and training (AB 2639, Asm Berman)
  •  Invest in Pre-K education (AB 1754). Every dollar invested in early education saves CA many, many more dollars later 
  • Download the Click My Cause iPhone app (with download instructions) at download/ Select “Palo Alto PTA Council” to send your alerts. Look for repeated alerts through September 30, 2018   Click “Ok” to allow notifications. You must do this to receive your mobile alerts




Enjoy a day at LEGOLAND on us!  PTA Family Field Trip: Visit LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium for only $55 per adult or child.  That’s half off the regular price! Must be reserved and pre-paid by phone. Call (760) 438-5346 and have your school name ready (minimum purchase 6 tickets).

PTA Kids Go Free (Online):  Visit  to purchase one full paid adult admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium and receive one free child admission.  Enter discount code 15031.

PTA Kids Go Free (Flier):  Visit to print your own flier and bring it to a LEGOLAND California ticket booth to receive one free child with one full paid adult admission to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium.

Summer Camps Held at PAUSD Sites

Looking for a summer camp in your neighborhood or at one of our Palo Alto Unified school sites?   Now you can find it at the PTAC website at

Camp providers listed on this page host activities/summer camps at PAUSD Schools, and pay rental fees to our district. These rental fees help to defray the cost of running our schools while providing local opportunities for our kids. PTA Council does not endorse one camp over another.   This service is offered to give parents an easy way to find out what is being offered and where.   Please contact the PTAC Webmaster to recommend updates to this information.  There is no charge to providers to be listed.





**NEW**Youth Mental Health First Aid

Thu, May 17 & May 24, 9 AM – 1 PM, Mitchell Park Community Center


Learn important skills for promoting youth mental health and well-being!  In partnership with Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services, Project Safety Net invites you to a training in Youth Mental Health First Aid.  Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.  This training requires attendance on both days.  RSVP at


**NEW**Project Safety Net Community Forum: Policy and Advocacy (Goal 4)

Wed, May 23, 3:30 - 5:30 PM, Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room


You're invited to a special community forum meeting, as Project Safety Net will be focusing on Goal 4: Policy and Advocacy, as outlined in Project Safety Net’s Three-Year Road Map:  RSVP at  There will be a a discussion with advocates and community leaders regarding the current local, state, and federal landscape of youth well-being and suicide prevention policy.  Presenters will outline best practices for weighing in with policy makers, and share future opportunities for supporting youth mental health and suicide prevention initiatives. 


**NEW** Family Yoga every Saturday 10:30am at Blossom

Saturdays 10:30-11:30am, Blossom Birth, 505 Barron Ave, Palo Alto, CA (New location after May 28th)


Family Yoga at Blossom is perfect for moms, dads or grandparents and their toddlers or preschool kids.  Enjoy vitalizing yoga, playful meditation and singing as a sweet way to connect with your child. Have two or more?  Bring them all, children join for free. Make this a joyful weekend family routine or drop-in whenever you need some vitalizing movement.


**NEW**Downtown Palo Alto Farmer’s Market Opening


The Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market opens for 2018 on Saturday, May 12.  The Market is a great place to get fresh local fruits, veggies, flowers, meats, cheeses, breads and more!  Come hang out and listen to live music, while getting delicious brunch and coffee.  The Market is located on Gilman St. between Hamilton and Forest.  Open every Saturday from 8am to noon. Market is open rain or shine through mid-December.  More at


**NEW**Ragazzi Boys Chorus Spring Recital

Saturday, June 9 at 5:00 PM, First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto


Not sure about auditioning? Hear our youngest singers!  The boys of Ragazzi Boys Chorus, from small to medium, sing in their end-of-the-year Spring Recital. Many levels of the chorus are showcased, at levels from beginners through boys preparing for summer touring. The choristers are at their finest at this recital. Experience the artistry of our young singers; we're delighted to share their beautiful choral accomplishments.  Sung by Primary Groups, Ragazzi Premiere and Avanti.  Buy tickets at


**NEW**Ragazzi Sings Bing! | 30th Anniversary Concert

Sunday, June 10 at 2:30 PM, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University


Presented by Stanford Live, our entire program is on display in Bing Concert Hall.  Augmented by our Alumni Chorus and our Alumni ensemble, Ragazzi Continuo, this concert will explore a stunning range of vocalism.  All the boys, from small to tall, will perform at their peak of the season.  Alums of all Ragazzi generations come together to recreate – with the very same Director – the unparalleled experience they shared growing up as Ragazzi choristers.  This concert has been 30 years in the making, and features old favorites, new works and countless rewards. Buy tickets at


**NEW**Silicon Valley Boychoir Auditions

Fri May 11 by appointment, Palo Alto


Auditions for the Fall 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


**NEW**Community Service Opportunity: Volunteer on National River Cleanup Day

Sat May 19, 9AM – 12PM. Baylands (Matadero or Adobe Creek)


The City of Palo Alto is hosting two Cleanup sites (Matadero: site 17 and Adobe: site 18) to clean up litter in the Baylands.  Please go to to sign up and be sure to bring your waivers.  Three hours of community service will be available.


Los Altos Hills Pathways Run/Walk

Sat, May 5, 9 AM, Byrne Open Space Preserve Los Altos Hills


Come out for the 17th Annual Los Altos Hills Pathways Run/Walk, and make Los Altos Hills Pathways your home run!  This year's event will enjoy a special Cinco de Mayo theme so wear your favorite festive running attire.  Free sombreros for interested participants will available at packet pickup and race day while supplies last.  This fun annual event begins at the Westwind Community Barn, runs through the Byrne Preserve and extends into the Los Altos Hills Pathways system.  The run features a hilly and challenging 5K and 10K Pathways Run/Walk and a 1-Mile Fun Run.  Special comfy Home Run race shirts will be provided a long with finisher medals to those who register.  To register, volunteer or for more race information contact Sarah Robustelli 650-947-2518, or visit the event website at


Tangos De Concierto: Tango Music for the Concert Hall

Sun, May 6, 7 PM, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage, Mountain View,


Virtuosic Argentinian pianist, Pablo Estigarribia to tango his way into your hearts! An alluring night of musical passion and classical elegance.  The skillful blend of tango colors with classical virtuosity and jazz flavor hits the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts stage with Maestro Pablo Estigarribia from Buenos Aires.  Come and delight in his award winning piano solos, Tangos De Conciertos, and the debut of exclusive works with local guest artists. The program highlights Pablo’s original tango music with brief narratives.

$35 Adults/Seniors, $26 Students (21 & Under), $19 Children (12 & Under).  Ticket price includes $3 Facility Use Fee. Other fees, depending on method of purchase, may apply


Parent Chat: Support for Parents of Teens with Mental Health Challenges

Tue. May 8 & Tue. June 12, 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. 


Let's Talk: Parent Spec Ed Support Group

Mon. May 14, 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


Palo Alto Chinese School is Accepting New Enrollment for 2018-2019,


Palo Alto Chinese School has been serving the community in Chinese language instructions for 55 years, and is accepting new enrollment.  School year starts on 8/17/2018. Class meets every Friday 7-9 PM at JLS Middle School. There are two tracks. The Mandarin track is offered from Preschool to Grade 12, for students from heritage families.  The Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) track is offered from intro, beginning, intermedia to advanced level for students with various exposer to Chinese language.  Please join us for a school open house and classroom visit on 4/27 and 5/4.  For more info, check  http://www. or email contact@


Volunteers Needed!


Host families needed for exchange students in the Bay Area. Currently, FLAG, a U.S.-based nonprofit international exchange organization with more than a 25 year history, is seeking host families in the Bay Area.  Please contact Janine at 408-505-2353 for more information or visit:


Palo Alto World Music Day 2018 10th Anniversary Save the Date, Musicians and Volunteers Wanted    

Sun, Jun 17, 3-7:30 PM, University Avenue from Webster-High St.(closed to traffic and open for pedestrians)


The City of Palo Alto has declared Sunday June 17 as World Music Day.  World Music Day is a free music festival that takes place in cities around the world every year around the Summer Solstice.  Now for the tenth year in Palo Alto, 50 professional and amateur musical groups will perform a wide variety of musical genres: jazz, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral, etc.  All performances are FREE and open to the public.  This is a fun and unique family event not to be missed.  Book the date now and tell your friends.  The organizers are also looking for musicians and event volunteers from our community, including students from our schools. 

World Music Day is presented by the Stanford Federal Credit Union and organized by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation.  Event sponsors include: The City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, Live SV, and News for Chinese.

For more info: or

Volunteer please visit;

Please invite all your Facebook friends to go to Palo Alto World Music Day 2018 10th Anniversary

For more info on Make Music Day




In order to better gage the experiences and needs of the LBGTQ+ community, the Human Relations Commission(HRC)  of the City of Palo Alto has created a survey.   Friends, family members and allies are also welcome to complete the survey.  The HRC wants to learn what it can do to better support the LGBTQ+  community in Palo Alto and establish priorities for future projects and initiatives.

The survey is located at urvey 

The deadline to respond is June 1, 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact Minka van der Zwaag, Human Services Manager at minka.vanderzwaag@cityofpaloal or 650-463-4953.


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:


Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School 

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


Only for Briones, Barron Park, Nixon, Ohlone and Hoover  - editors pl. note.

**NEW**Dear 5th Grade Families who will be at Terman/Fletcher next year!

You are cordially invited to come to the Terman/Fletcher Spring Ice Cream Social on Wed May 9th, 7PM! Come see the school, meet new parents, talk to the PTA and principal about all the great things going on in our middle school.   Please RSVP here by May 7th

PLEASE RSVP so we know how much ice cream to order. The jazz Band will perform, attend the last PTA Meeting of the year, other activities. PLUS by popular demand! It's the Buy Terman: SpiritWear Sale too!  Limited quantity of items, while they last so get your Terman Gear NOW! Order online at


Incoming 6th Grade Families to Terman/Fletcher! Welcome!!

Please Help with One Thing at Terman/Ellen Fletcher Next Year.  We need you!  We are lucky to have such a strong community of volunteers at this school.  Volunteers help ensure that our children feel safe, happy and welcome, and that our staff feels appreciated.  There are many traditions that our school looks forward to celebrating: the school dances, the School carnival, the science fair, etc. If you wish to keep these events in the 18/19 year, please get involved. You may help with a single event or co-chair with a friend.  We also welcome new ideas.  

You can join at or contact Audrey G for more information (audreygold@gmail. com).      We also have PTA board positions open:  Co- VPs of School Activities and looking for a co-VP of Community Activities.


**NEW**Wheel Kids: Middle School Bike Skills Class


Fifth grade parents!  Did you know that almost 50% of Palo Alto middle school students bike to school? Our bicycle-friendly community, flat terrain and near-perfect climate are just a few reasons Palo Alto offers wonderful riding opportunities to cyclists of all ages and abilities.  To ensure students acquire the bike handling skills needed to safely navigate the roadways, Wheel Kids Bicycle Club, Inc. has teamed up with the City of Palo Alto’s Safe Routes to School Program to offer a Middle School Bike Skills Class. More info at

Questions? Email


**NEW**Love to Sing? Ragazzi Boys Chorus Auditions for 7-10 year olds

By appointment through June; 178 Clinton St, Redwood City


Ragazzi Boys Chorus, a ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ and ‘best non-profit’, has just the right amount of structure and fun! Schedule your 7-10 year old boy for a short group audition.  He’ll sing with one of our teachers and have a blast; no prior experience or preparation needed to try out. We’re in Redwood City, plus a new San Mateo rehearsal location. Ragazzi’s sings the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, plus locally and around the world.  Boys develop lasting friendships and independence at camp and on tour. Appointments and more info: Watch: More: