Last Escondido, District, and Community eNews For the Year -- May 27 , 2018
Sun, May 27 8:47pm
Escondido Elementary




5/30 -- Track and Field day

5/29 -- Fifth Grade promotion at 9 am

6/1 -- Last Day Fair



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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 our Students! 

Homeless youth, foster youth, and all PAUSD youth need our voices to advance critical CA PTA approved legislation pending in Sacramento. It takes just seconds to advance these bills:

  • Increase K-12 school funding (AB 2808)
  • Help Foster Youth (AB 2043)
  • Help Homeless Youth (AB 1406)
  • Pupil Suicide Prevention and Training (AB 2639)
  • Investing in Pre-K (AB 1754)

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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**Adolescents with or without ADHD required for Stanford Brain & Exercise Study


Stanford University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) is conducting a study examining the effects of exercise upon brain function in adolescents with and without attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Volunteers aged between 12 and 17years old and able to participate in moderate to vigorous cycling exercise should qualify for this study. This study involves 3 sessions (lasting up to 3 hours each). Sessions are available May-September 2018. For more information, please contact the Brain Research, EXercise and FITness Lab at:

For general information about participant rights, contact the Institutional Review Board 1-866-680-2906


**NEW** Lecture and Live Community Screening of “The Chinese Exclusion Act” PBS Documentary.  Presented by Palo Alto Human Relations Commission and Asian Americans for Community Involvement

Tue, May 29, 7 - 10pm (Lecture 7 -  8pm; Live Screening 8 - 10pm), Channing House, 850 Webster Street, Palo Alto


What does a little known 1882 law have to do with American identity, democracy, and civil rights today? Through powerful and illuminating visuals, historical documents, testimonies and insights of leading scholars and experts, The Chinese Exclusion Act documentary explores the history of Chinese immigration to the United States and its significance to issues of globalization, immigration, labor and civil rights today. 

The live screening will be preceded by a lecture at 7:00pm by immigration attorney Marcine Seid, Esq. on “The Consequences and Implications of the Chinese Exclusion Act on American’s Immigration Policies from the 1880s to the Present”.  Open to all. 

Please RSVP at

For additional information: Steven Lee, Palo Alto Human Relations Commission at


Classroom Volunteers Needed Next Year -- Grades K-5 in East Palo Alto and Eastern Menlo Park


Sign up now to begin volunteering in September to work with students in grades K-5 where you can make a real difference in their lives.  You’ll go to the same classroom in East Palo Alto or eastern Menlo Park once a week, for about an hour, during the school year to help with reading or math.  You’ll have a real impact in a community where over 80% of students are performing below grade level. All Students Matter provides training and coordinates everything.  Read about us in this recent Palo Alto Weekly article  For more details or to sign up, visit or contact Keri Tully at


Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Spring Concerts


Enjoy a series of Spring concerts (May through June) featuring winners of this year's PACO Concerto Competition.  These talented young string players will perform music by Haydn, Bruch, Saint-Saens, Ravel and more. Don't miss the collection of works from Bach to Bernstein with violin soloist Robin Sharp in Senior PACO's last program of the season.  If you do, you'll have a second chance on June 15 before they bring this winning collection on tour of Spain and Portugal. All concerts are FREE and for the entire family to enjoy. For more information about PACO and concert details, please visit or email


Stanford Social Skills Study Recruitment


Stanford's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) is recruiting volunteers for a Social Skills study. We are looking for boys aged 8-18 diagnosed with a developmental or intellectual disability to take part in a research study investigating the effect of behavioral training methods on social skills. Participation includes a visit to Stanford for 3-4 days, cognitive testing, two optional MRI scans, and social skills training with a behaviorist.  For more information, please go to:   

Contacts: Ellen Wilkinson, MA or Tobi Britton, BA, BCaBA;; 650-736-0591 

Principle Investigator: Scott Hall, PhD, BCBA-D;; 650-498-4799


Parent Survey from Gunn's BEAM Program


BEAM (Business, Entrepreneurship and Mathematics) is a Gunn HS program that strives to create a true public-private partnership by providing high school students the opportunity to connect with local innovation communities while gaining real world professional experience.  We are working on a project with the City of Palo Alto to reduce the number of idling cars in Palo Alto in order to give back to the community. Idling cars have been an uprising problem with many negative effects on our environment. With more and more cars on the road, heavy traffic could lead even more people to waiting in their cars with their ignition on.  Idling also contributes to an increased amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Our group will be researching what impacts on the environment idling cars have in terms of car emissions and what ways of communication to the public is the best way to spread awareness of the problem.  Please take a moment to complete our survey; Idling Cars and Car Emissions Survey 9YjeLShb2  Thank you for your time.


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.


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

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

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. 


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.


**NEW**Youth Community Service Seeking Team Leaders


Youth Community Service is still accepting job applications for Summer of Service team leaders for training in early June.  Team leaders should have at least two years of college, and strong experience working with diverse youth groups. Also welcome to apply are adults who have stepped out of the workplace to raise families.  Candidates should bring a strong commitment to mentoring youth ages 11 to 15 as they learn leadership skills through hands-on service experiences in social and environmental issues. For more information, or to apply, go to: http://youthcommunityservice. org/about-us/careers/



Fiery Arts Glass Workshops at Palo Alto High School 

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


Gain Confidence with a Public Speaking Class (Palo Alto Dept of Recreation)

Sat; Jun 23 – Jul 28; 9 - 10:55 AM; Palo Alto Cubberley Community Center


Improve your speaking skills with Public Speaking:  Creative Interpretation for ages 9-11 or grades 4-6. Do fun activities, present regularly in front of the class, and gain confidence.  Receive training and tips on vocal variation, nonverbal communication, and more. Class Fee: $300. Material Fee: $25. Register with Palo Alto Recreation at  To learn more about the class, contact Communication Academy at 408-777-8876 or visit


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


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.


Open Your Home and Hearts to An Exchange Student.


Experience the authenticity of cultural exchange by hosting an AFS high school exchange student for a school year or sending your student abroad.  AFS places about 2,200 screened and vetted students around the U.S. annually and often places 30 of those right in the Bay Area. Both Gunn and Paly families have hosted students and sent their own students to study globally.  Middle school families make excellent host families. Language of a foreign language not required. Just an open mind and a desire to succeed. Learn more at  Study abroad is a great way for your student to learn a culture, language, and to mature.  Gap year programs also available.


**NEW**Kidpower Safety Workshop of Ages 5-8 and their Adults

Sun Jun 24, 9-9:50am, 3900 Ventura Ct. Palo Alto


Protect your child from harm and gain valuable tools for building better relationships.  We introduce skills that children can use every day to feel safer and more confident in dealing with people at home, on the playground, and out and about in the world.  Advance registration required,  $60 per child.  Scholarships available.  Register here:


**NEW**Kidpower Starting Strong Workshop for Ages 3-5 and their Adults

Sun Jun 24, 9-9:50am, 3900 Ventura Ct. Palo Alto


Using storytelling, puppets and role-plays, we introduce skills such as boundary-setting and help-seeking that young children can use every day to stay safe.  Advance registration required,  $30 per child. Scholarships available.  Register here:


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


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:


Ragazzi Boys Chorus Spring Recital

Sat, June 9, 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



Free On-Demand Webinar from PAMF: Tips for Transitioning Into College Life

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This webinar is focused on helping teens make healthy choices as they transition into college.  The presenters are a family physician and psychologist. Topics include transitioning to adult healthcare, living with a roommate, managing stress, sexual health and more.  Perfect for parents of graduating seniors to help start conversations around changing roles and responsibilities. Please contact Jen Hawkins with any questions:


Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market is looking for Student volunteers.


Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market is currently looking for a few committed High School students to help with the downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.  Earn those community service hours in the company of farmers, foodies, and awesome fruits and vegetables. Learn how a farmers’ market is run and help make it go! Minimum commitment is 2-3 hours, two Saturdays per month.  Shifts are 7-10:00am and 10:00-12:30pm.  Market opens May 12 2018. Please contact Jennifer Dell-Ernstrom ( to fill out application.


Father’s Day Design_Code_Build Events:

Sun Jun 10  9.30 – 4PM, Computer History Museum, Mountain View


This spring, we are hosting special Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Design_Code_Build events.  These special events invite parents/guardians to participate with their student(s), promoting intergeneration exploration of computing history and encouraging students and adults to learn with and from each other.  Through Design_Code_Build, we are excited to offer these opportunities to families throughout the many communities in and around the Bay Area.  Register at:

There is a $15 non-refundable registration fee, however we are able to offer financial assistance as needed. 

Contact Cate Robbins ( for financial assistance or to sign up a group.  Learn more and register here: