PTA Update --- Resources, Dates, and much more
Mon, Mar 30 9:05pm

Hello Escondido Families and Students:

 

I hope this message finds you healthy and safe at home.  For my family, we have found comfort in baking and relaxation in watching a movie nightly.  Our dog Blueberry remains confused about why we are not leaving after breakfast, but she is thrilled with the attention.

 

On behalf of the PTA, I want to share some valuable resources, dates, and information below.  The Escondido PTA Executive Board has been working behind the scenes, from the safety of their homes, the last few weeks.  We have communicated multiple times with Dr. Marcela, the District, and PTAC (PTA Council of all PTAs in PAUSD) during this unprecedented school closure.  

 

Escondido PTA Executive Board has been working with our amazing Escondido teachers to find new ways to support home learning for the students.  Stay tuned---we can’t wait to share details once they are finalized. We understand that this is a challenging time and we hope to provide support to families.  We are all in this together and together we will make a difference.  

 

Next PTA meeting will be via Zoom on Monday, April 20 at 7 pm

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/445200595?pwd=M2t4YU5iSTBzZlROQTRYbmN6MCswdz09

Meeting ID: 445 200 595 Password: 099934  

 

Finally, we have made a conscious effort to minimize traffic via Konstella since March 12, in an effort to focus attention on the important messages from the District and Principal.   And of course, teachers have communicated via email, Zoom, and Schoology---thank you, teachers! After Spring Break, PTA will resume with eNews on Sunday, April 12. In the meantime, if you have questions or a suggestion regarding PTA, feel free to contact me at  PTAEscondido@gmail.com

 

Thank you,

Christine Klenow, President

 

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Week of March 30 - April 3, 2020

 

NO SCHOOL --- Scheduled to resume on Monday, May 4th.  

The campus is CLOSED. Off-Limits---the basketball courts, on the school fields, and on the play structures. None of it is permitted. Not "after" school hours. Not on the weekends. Not during Spring Break.  If it's school property - it's closed. The administration has now hired a private security firm to patrol campuses. Please keep your kids at home, shelter-in-place.

 

RESOURCES --- Ways to Help or Get Help

 

  • A group of PAUSD affiliated volunteers created a relief effort in partnership with LifeMoves that will provide gift cards to struggling PAUSD families to help with basic needs in the short term. For more info, email laurenwilliams7@gmail.com.
  • Do you or your family need help? Email Christian Munoz, Escondido’s Family Engagement Specialist.  

 

  • Community Resources provided by RISE - check it often, it’s being updated by volunteers

 

 

* Escondido’s Family Engagement Specialist, Christian Munoz, and the Escondido Office staff have been coordinating with families who may need support with access to the internet during Phase 3. If your home does not have internet access, please contact Christian Muñoz at chmunoz@pausd.org. In addition, a computer/laptop device will be needed to complete school work during Phase III. If your child needs a device, please contact, chmunoz@pausd.org

* Christian is an excellent resource to our Escondido families who may need extra help, especially at this trying time. He coordinates and manages to provide supplies and much more confidentially for our community.

 

RECENT COMMUNICATIONS 

Dr. Marcela, Escondido Principal:

3/25/2020 at 7 pm

3/25/2020 at 1:41 pm

3/20/2020 at 9:22 pm

 

Dr. Austin, PAUSD Superintendent: 

3/27/2020 at  1:33 pm - Phase 3

3/25/2020 at 1:36 pm 

3/20/2020 at 2:22 pm

 

Elementary Flexible Learning Options 

 

Updated Zoom Guidelines and Norms for students, teachers, and counselors.

 

Meal Sites Any child or family with children 18 and under may pick up meals for the children during Covid-19 school closures at the following locations. 

 

LIBRARY

Escondido’s Library Webpage and Ms.Nina’s Library Twitter Feed - Check it out!

Nina is posting resources for the kids (scroll down to the bottom of the page), in particular related to reading. Nina's Twitter Feed (@EscondidoLibra1), also found on the library webpage, is posting author/illustrator readings, talks, drawings, etc. for the students.  If you have a Twitter account you can follow Nina there. Or, you can just access the information by visiting the Library Homepage.

 

RECESS (virtual)

Run for Fun Virtual Programs are now FREE!

Register online and you will receive codes for ALL classes the day-of each class! From there, you can literally show up to ANY CLASS THAT FITS YOUR SCHEDULE!  (Donations are accepted, Run for Fun is a small, for-profit business. Any donations will not be tax-deductible.)

Virtual Run for Fun INFORMATION

 

REGISTER for FREE Run for Fun Virtual Recess

Many of the Escondido students know Coach Dave and his team.  This year Run for Fun has coordinated and lead noon recess games for K-2, three times a week.  The collaboration was encouraged by Dr. Marcela and staff and sponsored by the PTA.  

 

FAMILY-TIME

We're going on a BEAR HUNT...

Many of us are taking walks around the neighborhood, especially little ones are getting some of their wiggles out and soaking up the sun. Inspired by the Michael Rose children's book, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" a neighborhood in the UK began putting up teddy bears in their windows to give children something fun to look for while walking around. Now through the magic of social media, this fun adventure has reached Palo Alto. Please join in as you'd like. For our not-so-little ones, a Bear Hunt after a few hours of staring at the screen may be a good idea too.


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PTAC NEWS


*NEW** Relief Fund Benefiting PAUSD Families Financially Impacted by COVID-19

Many in our school and local community have asked how to help PAUSD families who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 shelter in place order. The Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund specifically aimed at supporting urgent need in our nearby community, with a specific focus on PAUSD families. PACF launched the fund with a $100,000 investment, of which a sizable portion was designated to help meet basic life needs for families of students attending PAUSD schools.  As PACF's fund grows, so will the support to the PAUSD community. Please donate using this link if you are able to support this effort.  For more information about Palo Alto Community Fund or the COVID-19 Relief Fund contact Cammie Vail, Executive director at PACF, cammievail@paloaltocommfund.org or 650-690-0370.

 

PTAC COVID-19 RESPONSE: COMMUNITY IN ACTION: WE NEED YOU!

Volunteer and/or Donate to Help Your Neighbors and Community

The city of Palo Alto's Emergency Service Volunteers program is recruiting Block Preparedness Coordinators to help with the COVID-19 response. If you can volunteer to help your neighbors, go here http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/emergencyvolunteers  You can also volunteer for or donate to local organizations providing help to those most in need within your community you can visit: Community Support Services

 

*NEW** At Home Resources for Students with Exceptional Needs, IEPs, 504s

For families with students with learning challenges and other disabilities, the CAC has put together a list of resources, which is being updated regularly. Please check it for tips, advice, webinars and other information that may help you and your family in these coming weeks.   https://cacpaloalto.org/

 

UPDATED Health & Wellness Webinar Series: Family Closening in a Time of Social Distancing

Thurs April 2 7:00P

The Palo Alto PTA Council Health & Wellness Committee invites you to hear our expert panelist: Jeanie Chang, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, offers her insights on how we can engage in 'family closening' during this time of social distancing of a pandemic situation. This time of navigating the unknown understandably leaves parents stressed, worried and even scared. Click on the link to join the Zoom webinar:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/14O6jLe-F14wLELkcNTpuXEg_lxKZ33Zo3xbcs0bGVHQ/edit?usp=sharing

This webinar is limited to 100 participants. If you are unable to join us live, you may listen at a later date as it will be recorded and posted online onPalo Alto Council Website. (link:https://ptac.paloaltopta.org/)

 

Recorded Past Webinar: Stress Management in the Age of COVID-19

Please CLICK on the following link:

https://ptac.paloaltopta.org/webinar-stress-management-in-the-age-of-covid-19/

 

Recorded Past Webinar: Understanding the Science of Physical Distancing 

Please CLICK on the following link:https://ptac.paloaltopta.org/video-the-coronavirus-understanding-the-science-of-physical-distancing-and-how-it-impacts-our-families/