Escondido, District, and Community eNews -- November 27, 2017
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Escondido Elementary



11/27-12/1 -- Spanish Language Book Fair

12/4-8 -- Inclusive Schools Week

12/21 -- Minimum day before the Winter Break



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Spanish Immersion Book Fair at Escondido – Nov.27th - Dec 1st- the week after Thanksgiving break.

Spanish Immersion Book Fair at Escondido – Nov.27th - Dec 1st- the week after Thanksgiving break.

Our Escondido librarian, Nina Bailey, has hand-picked a wonderful selection of books from our Spanish book provider, Lectorum. We will have many new titles across all genres - fiction, science, biographies, history and more – including many award-winning books originally written in Spanish and popular books translated to Spanish.  This is a great opportunity to buy books for the year for your kids and their classrooms and as Holiday presents! All books will be discounted 10% off list price, and a percentage of all sales will be donated to our Escondido library.

The SI Book Fair will be open in the Escondido MP room during the following hours:

·       Monday (Nov. 27th): 8:00 – 8:45 and 2:00 – 3:15 pm

·       Tuesday (Nov. 28th): 7:45 – 8:45 am and 2:15 – 3:15 pm

·       Wednesday (Nov 29th): 7:45 – 8:45 am and 1:15 – 2:00 pm

·       Thursday (Nov. 30th): 7:45 – 8:45 am and 2:15 – 3:15 pm

·       Friday (Dec. 1st): 7:45 – 9:00 am and 2:15 – 3:00 pm

We are also looking for several parent volunteers. This is a fun and easy way to give back to the Escondido community, so please look for the signup sheet in Konstella. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at 

Thank you,

Escondido SI Book Fair chairs



Save the Dates for the Escondido Talent Show 2018!
Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 pm - Information Meeting in MP - highly recommended for first-time, as well as, veteran performers, parents and 5th grade MCs.  This year's theme will be revealed, along with lots of great information to help prepare for the show!
Dec 12 at Noon - Registration and Audition Sign-Up Link sent via Konstella 
Jan 9 - 10 - Auditions in MP at lunch and after-school, all must register and audition
Jan 16-19 - Rehearsals 
Jan 22-23 - Dress Rehearsals
Jan 24-25 - Talent Shows

Stay tuned to eNews and Konstella for more information, in the meantime check out FAQ.  Questions, contact Johanna Ehrlich or Christine Klenow 



**NEW**CAC Holiday Tea &  Welcome Reception (Free)

Fri Dec. 15, 8:30 - 10 AM, Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto


Parenting a child with special needs has unique challenges, so taking good care of yourself is important. Join us for a healthy and tasty breakfast buffet, wellness treats and a presentation by Assistant Superintendent Lana Conaway.  She will speak about equity, access, wellness and safety for all students, especially those receiving Special Education services.  Ms. Conaway is one of PAUSD's new leaders and oversees Special Education, Counseling, Health and Wellness in her role as Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Initiatives and Operations.  Childcare will not be provided, but children are welcome.  Spanish language translation will be available.  Hosted by the Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs.  For questions contact  RSVP's requested (but not required) at 





Ramon Moreno School of Ballet Presents the Nutcracker  - Dec. 9th and 10th


Carrington Hall in Redwood City at 2:30/6:30pm on Dec 9th or at 5:00pm on 10th for an amazing performance.

Presenting Ramon Moreno School of Ballet long awaited full-length Nutcracker.  Internationally recognized Artistic Director, Ramon Moreno, has created this exciting and unique version of the classic Nutcracker which we are so proud to bring to the stage.  

Come join us for an afternoon or evening of magic with our talented dancers performing the new and wonderful story of Clara and the Nutcracker.  One will be mesmerized by our award-winning dancers whom have participated and placed at California Classics and Youth America Grand Prix. Interpretation & choreography by renown ballet dancer, Ramon Moreno, formally principal dancer at San Jose Ballet.

Tickets available via Brown Paper Tickets.



Thu, Nov 30, 7:30PM Mitchell Park Library Palo 


 Under 18 FREE / Seniors $10 / Others $15.  Program: J.S. Bach. Art of the Fugue I-IV for string quartet Dave Brubeck. Chaconne for string quartet Oswaldo Golijov. Mariel for cello and marimba Andy Akiho. Deciduous for violin and steelpan Michael Torke. Mojave for string quartet and marimba Artists: Kristin Lee, Violin Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, Violin Dimitri Murrath, Viola Michelle Djokic, Cello Ian Rosenbaum, Percussion For more info:


**NEW**El Camino Youth Symphony New Member Auditions


Calling all French horn, saxophone, bassoon, cello, and percussion players:  The El Camino Youth Symphony is inviting young, motivated musicians with at least one year of private lessons to audition for our preparatory orchestras.  ECYS offers after-school music programs for all levels of ability, from our Chamber Players Orchestra, for students just beginning their musical journey, to the Senior Symphony, where players challenge themselves with professional-level repertoire.  Auditions will be held in December and early January.  The program runs through the spring, and groups meet weekly for rehearsal at Terman Middle School.  Contact to learn about setting up an audition.  Visit for more information.


Menlowe Ballet Presents: It's a Wonderful Nutcracker!

Dec 8-10 & 15-17, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center


Blended with the storyline of the classic film "It's a Wonderful Life", Menlowe Ballet’s production is set in the 1940's and boasts all the magical trimmings of a traditional Nutcracker.  This production stresses the importance of physical presence in the lives of those who mean something to us.  This season we also added a storyline illustrating how the power of connection and generosity can overcome greed and divisiveness.  This is a holiday production that you and your family will want to see! Information on show times and tickets are available at


Dancers Repertory Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside


This is a delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences of all ages!  Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, the show includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys and a cast of over 80 children and adults, including three PAUSD students.  Tickets are $22 per person.  Information on show times and dates can be found at


**NEW**Family Movie Afternoon

Sat, Dec 9, 4-6PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.


Join us for a family movie afternoon the 2nd Saturday of each month.  Please see website to register and for movie title.


Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Fall Concerts

Sun, Nov 19, 3PM, Palo Alto Arts Center


Join us for PACO's 52nd season opening concert on Nov. 4 followed by two more concerts this fall. From classical favorites to blues, orchestral and chamber, you'll be impressed with the wide-ranging repertoire performed by talented young musicians. All concerts are admission FREE and for the entire family to enjoy.  For more information about PACO, please visit or email


Come watch ’Twas the Night Before Christmas!

Sun Dec 3 & 10, 1PM & 4PM; Sat Dec 9, 3PM, Woodside Performing Arts Center


Dancers Repertory Theatre presents ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, a delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences of all ages.  Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, the show includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys and a cast of over 80 children and adults.  For Tickets and more information please visit our website:  or visit our Facebook page at Dancers Repertory Theatre. 


**NEW** Know a Child Who Loves to Sing? Cantabile Youth Singers Invites You to Come Sing With Us!

Registration and auditions for grades K-9 happening now.  Registration for our Winter/Spring 2018 semester opens Nov 15, 2017.


Cantabile is a community-based children’s chorus serving the greater Silicon Valley area, striving to bring the highest quality musical education in a choral setting to young singers from ages 4 years to 18.  With our carefully planned and innovative curriculum, we build a foundation in choral musicianship, music literacy, and appreciation, while also fostering a caring and supportive family-atmosphere for friendships to grow for our singers.  We offer a number of after-school rehearsal options, each featuring a wide range of musical activities, including singing, movement, improvisation, instrumental activities, and musicianship.  Singers in grades 3-9 should call today to arrange an audition, while singers in grades K-2 may register for a class beginning November 15.  Come sing with us, as we embark upon our exciting 2018 spring semester!

To audition, or to learn more about our chorus levels and our upcoming semester, please contact us:  650. 424.1410Classes are conveniently located in Los Altos.  Visit


Play Palooza – The Children’s Theatre Ten Minute Playwriting Contest

Submission Deadline:  Fri, Dec 22 @ 12AM


The Children’s Theatre is pleased announce the 2017-18 Play Palooza Ten Minute Playwriting contest.  Play Palooza gives young writers an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents.  Students can submit original work in three categories:  Elementary School (3rd-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grade), and High School (9th-12th grade).  Winning plays receive a staged reading at the Children’s Theatre, and winning playwrights receive prizes donated by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.  Submissions can be submitted electronically to


Shop for school holiday camps on ActivityHero to raise money for Palo Alto PTA


A reminder that PAUSD is off for Veterans Day and the full week of Thanksgiving this year. Our winter break is Dec 22 - Jan 7.  High schools also have Jan 8 off.  You can find holiday camps on ActivityHero and when you book online with this link, the PTA earns a % of your purchase.


Whole Foods (downtown Palo Alto) Nickels for Non-Profits

Oct 15 to Jan 15th


Each time you shop at the Whole Foods Market downtown PA between Oct 15 to Jan 15 and bring in your own bags, Whole Foods will donate 5 cents per bag to our Palo Alto PTA Council.  The PTAC will be able to use these funds for more programs and events for our PAUSD students, staff, and parents!


Stanford University Research Study (Girls, 8-12)


Researchers at Stanford University are looking for girls ages 8-12 with learning and/or behavior challenges to participate in a study exploring brain development in relation to behavior, cognition, and mood in girls.  Participation involves a comprehensive cognitive and behavioral evaluation and MRI/NIRS scan (safe, non-invasive, no x-rays/radiation).  Results of the evaluation are available to all participants and there is a $100 honorarium for participation.  For more information contact or 650-724-2951.


**NEW**Society of Bookworms @CH

Wed, Dec 20, 4 - 5PM, Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.


Join us in a discussion of the Louis Sachar’s thrilling adventure, Fuzzy Mud.  A limited number of copies are available for pick-up at Children’s Library. Registration Required. Grades 4-6 only.


**NEW**Ragazzi Boys Chorus Free SingFest Minicamp

Registration Open; Saturday, January 20, 2018, 9:30am - 1pm, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City


Let your 7-10 year old boy test-drive this ‘best choir of the Peninsula’ for himself at a free half-day minicamp where he’ll learn some songs and have a blast.  Low-key, no-obligation auditions are integrated into the morning; no previous singing experience needed.  Boys offered Ragazzi membership start rehearsing in January, 2018.  Beginning groups start slow, then grow, meeting once a week for choral singing and theory instruction.  Ragazzi’s opportunities include singing the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, Opera roles, collaborations with Stanford’s choruses and the San Francisco Symphony—and even world-wide touring.  SingFest is free, and spots will go fast at  Can’t make it to SingFest but want to audition?  Go to


**NEW**Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ Music and Movement classes open

Register Now; Mondays, 3:15 & 4:15 sessions, Jan. 29 – May. 21, 178 Clinton St, Redwood City


Ragazzi Boys Chorus’ engaging class for active young boys is now open.  It’s a great option for boys not quite old enough for Ragazzi’s main program.  This class is tailored for boys ages 5-7 with little or no previous musical experience.  A child-developmental approach fosters boys’ creativity and curiosity. Students explore rhythm games, channel their energy through music learning and learn concepts they can apply in any musical setting. $330 for 15 weeks; sibling discounts.  Register & more info at  Contact, 650-342-8785.


Change to Date of February JLS CONNECTIONS Meeting


Attention 5th grade parents who attended the JLS- PiE Rising Information Meeting on October 19th.  At that meeting, we informed you about our CONNECTIONS informational night.  There has been a date change.  The CONNECTIONS parent night will be held on Monday, February 5th at 7 PM in the cafétorium.


**NEW**STEAM Lab Sunday @MP: LED Holiday Cards

Sun, Dec 17, 2:30-3:30PM, Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd.


Create holidays cards using LED lights. We will supply all the crafts! Registration opens 3 weeks in advance. Grades K-5 only. Please register on our new event site: