Happy Halloween! Be Safe!
Fri, Oct 30 11:55am

Share photos of your Halloween Costumes, Pumpkin carving, Dia De Las Muertes Creations and baking creations in your classroom albums on Konstella!


A few Escondido reminders:


  •  Our Book Fair with Linden Tree Books continues through Saturday, October 31st! See Teacher-Librarian Nina’s favorites online ONLINE Or Shop in-Person at Linden Tree Books,  265 State Street, Los Altos, CA

 Wear your mask!

Open Tuesday-Friday, 12pm-4pm & Saturday 11am-3pm

10% of all sales go back to Escondido.

Thank you for supporting your school and your local independent bookstore!


  • Gunn High School Halloween Trunk or Treat Drive-Thru & Parade Saturday, October 31st 4-8pm Gunn High School Parking Lot, 780 Arastradero Road

 PAUSD families are cordially invited to a Trunk or Treat Drive-Thru & Parade on October 31st from 4-8 PM. Your family is invited to drive through the Gunn High School parking lot, see decorated cars, and receive no-touch treat bags (while supplies last). Dress up in costume and decorate your car too if you'd like! This event is hosted for you by the YCS-Interact Club (Youth Community Service), Gunn Student Council, and Gunn PTSA. 

This is a FREE event but Eventbrite registration is requested.  Please click here to register and for more information. 

County and district health guidelines will be strictly enforced for the safety of our volunteers and guests. (No pedestrians, bicycles or exiting from cars.) We hope you can join us! For questions contact president@gunnpta.org, execvp@gunnpta.org or vpcommunityprograms@gunnpta.org



COVID SAFETY TIPS from your PTA President and Santa Clara County Health

Dear Escondido:

All the hybrid students received Dr. Marcela’s COVID exposure notice Friday and the appropriate close contacts were also notified.  Because our children are back at school - how we live our life on a daily basis and the personal risks we take - affects all of us.   We are also going to know how everyone is doing - which is information we didn't have before. 

Let's be sensitive to our classmates and neighbors and hope everyone gets through their illness safely.  We can do our part by social distancing, wearing masks, limiting our exposure groups and getting tested when requested or symptoms show up.  We are in this together!

 During Halloween and our upcoming holiday breaks - please do your best to follow the county’s mandate rules - wear a mask & social distance.  I hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween and we look forward to seeing your photos on Konstella.

- Julia Murphy-Chutorian, PTA President Escondido 2020-2021


 FROM SANTA CLARA COUNTY (en español abajo):

Local health officials highly recommend community members participate in lower risk activities to celebrate Halloween and Día de Los Muertos this year:

LOWER RISK: Stay home, keep it small

  • Celebrating Halloween traditions like carving pumpkins or a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in your home. 
  • Visiting an outdoor pumpkin patch, while wearing a mask and maintaining distance from others.
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at least 6 feet apart while wearing masks, with a very small group of neighbors or friends. Fewer people with more distance is safer.
  • Having a virtual costume contest.
  • Dressing up your house, apartment, living space, yard or car with Halloween decoration or decorating homes with images and objects to honor deceased loved ones.
  • Preparing traditional family recipes with members of your household.
  • Playing music in your home that your deceased loved ones enjoyed.
  • Making and decorating masks or making an altar for the deceased.
  • Participating in vehicle-based gatherings that comply with state and local guidance like drive-in movies and drive-through attractions, or car/bike parades where participants do not leave their vehicles. 
    • Avoid driving in areas where there are many pedestrians.
    • Spectators should watch from their homes or yards and not gather with people they do not live with.

MODERATE RISK: If you must

  • Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to physically distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard)
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the bags.
    • Ensure everyone is wearing an appropriate face covering and maintaining a physical distance from others.
    • Everyone participating should bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently AND wash their hands immediately after coming home.
    • Candy shouldn’t be eaten while outside the home because that would require both removing the face mask and touching wrappers.
  • Having a very small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade or movie night where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart and are wearing masks. Fewer people with more distance is safer.
  • Enjoying themed outdoor dining that complies with state and local guidance or takeout.

HIGHER RISK: Please avoid

  • Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door-to-door. Although this activity is outdoors, it is higher risk because it brings multiple people from different households together.
  • Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19. Doing so can bring COVID-19 into the area and threaten the residents’ lives.

If trick-or-treating is occurring in your neighborhood and you are at home and do not want to be disturbed, you may want to post a sign or turn off your porch light.

VERY HIGH RISK or not permitted by State and Local Orders

  • Attending a crowded party held indoors or outdoors. Large gatherings, even if they are outdoors, are high risk for spreading COVID-19 and are associated with many cases throughout the Bay Area.
  • Sharing, eating, drinking, speaking loudly or singing amongst others outside of your household.
  • Haunted houses or indoor mazes.
  • Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots.

To further protect yourself and your loved ones, be sure to monitor yourself during the 14 days after these holidays and pay particular attention from days 3 - 7 after the holidays when you are most likely to develop symptoms. If you don’t feel well or you learn someone you had close contact with tested positive, get tested immediately and stay home until your appointment and while you wait for your results. To learn more about symptoms and testing, visit sccfreetest.org.


EN ESPANOL - Los oficiales de salud locales urgen a los miembros de la comunidad a participar en actividades de menor riesgo para celebrar Halloween y el Día de los Muertos este año:

MENOR RIESGO: Quédese en casa, celebre a escala pequeña

  • Celebrar tradiciones de Halloween tales como tallar calabazas o“ trick-or-treat ” a estilo búsqueda del tesoro con dulces con sus familiares, en casa.
  • Visitar un huerto de calabazas al aire libre, mientras usa una máscara y mantiene a distancia de los demás.
  • Tallar o decorar calabazas en el exterior, al menos a 6 pies de distancia mientras usa máscara, con un grupo muy pequeño de vecinos o amigos. Cuantas menos personas y más distancia, más seguro será.
  • Hacer un concurso de disfraces virtual.
  • Vestir su casa, apartamento, espacio vital, patio o coche con decoración de Halloween o decore casas con imágenes y objetos para honrar a sus seres queridos fallecidos.
  • Preparar recetas familiares tradicionales con miembros de su hogar.
  • Escuchar en casa música de la que les gustaba a sus seres queridos fallecidos.
  • Confeccionar y decorar cubrebocaso poner un altar para los difuntos.
  • Participar en reuniones de vehículos que cumplan las pautas estatales y locales, como películas y atracciones de autoservicio, o desfiles de autos/bicicletas donde los participantes no salgan de sus vehículos.
  • Evite manejar en áreas donde haya muchos peatones.
  • Los espectadores deben mirar desde sus casas o patios y no reunirse con personas con las que no viven.

RIESGO MODERADO: Solo si es imprescindible

  • Participar en salidas de “ trick-or-treat ”de una sola dirección en las que se pongan bolsas de golosinas envueltas individualmente para que las familias las recojan mientras mantienen la distancia física (por ejemplo a la entrada del garaje o al borde del patio)
  • Lávese las manos con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos antes y después de preparar las bolsas.
  • Asegúrese de que todos usen un cubrebocas adecuado y mantengan la distancia física con los demás.
  • Todos los participantes deben traer desinfectante para manos y usarlo con frecuencia Y lavarse las manos inmediatamente después de llegar a casa.
  • Los caramelos no deben comerse fuera de casa porque eso requeriría quitarse el cubrebocasy tocar los envoltorios.
  • Organizar un desfile de disfraces al aire libre o una velada de cine al aire libre con un grupo muy pequeño donde las personas estén a más de 6 pies de distancia y usen cubrebocas. Cuantas menos personas y más distancia, más seguro será.
  • Disfrutar de una cena temática al aire libre que cumpla las directrices estatales y locales, o comprar la comida para llevar.


  • Participar en una salida tradicional de “ trick-or-treat ” donde se den golosinas a los niños que van de puerta en puerta. Aunque esta actividad es al aire libre, es de mayor riesgo porque reúne a varias personas de diferentes hogares.
  • Viajar a un festival de otoño rural que no sea en su comunidad si vive en un área con propagación comunitaria de COVID-19. Hacerlo puede traer COVID-19 a su área y amenazar la vida de los residentes.

Si en su vecindario hacen “ trick-or-treat ” y y no quiere que lo molesten en casa, puede poner un letrero o apagar la luz del porche.


MUY ALTO RIESGO o no permitido por las órdenes estatales y locales

  • Asistir a una fiesta llena de gentedentro de un local o al aire libre. Las reuniones grandes, incluso si son al aire libre, tienen un alto riesgo de propagar COVID-19 y están asociadas con muchos casos en todo el Área de la Bahía.
  • Compartir, comer, beber, hablar en voz alta o cantar con otras personas con las que no vive.
  • Casas embrujadas o laberintos interiores.
  • Repartir golosinas desde la cajuela deautomóviles alineados en grandes estacionamientos.

Para protegerse aún más a usted y a sus seres queridos, asegúrese de monitorearse durante los 14 días posteriores a estas fiestas y preste atención especial a los días 3 a 7 después de los días feriados, cuando es más probable que desarrolle síntomas. Si no se siente bien o se entera de que alguien con quien tuvo contacto cercano dio positivo, hágase la prueba inmediatamente y quédese en casa hasta su cita y mientras espera los resultados. Para obtener más información sobre los síntomas y las pruebas, visite sccfreetest.org .​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​