Wednesday Update

Escondido: Friends Around the World

Escondido Vision Statement

Our school empowers its students to achieve their personal-best academically, socially and emotionally in order to make a positive impact on the world.

Principal Message

May 13, 2020

Dear Escondido Families,

The PAUSD staff has been spending time considering a variety of options for reopening school in the Fall. This week, Dr. Austin has proposed three scenarios. The first is that we re-open with no restrictions which is not likely based on everything he has read from health officials. The second most likely situation which is we reopen with distance regulations requiring a blended model with both live and online learning. The third scenario is that we reopen virtually through all online instruction which is the least desirable option. Dr. Austin will continue to take direction from State and County officials but it is hard to know now what will be the parameters for reopening in August.

Despite the uncertainty, we have started planning for all three scenarios. This past week, teachers from across the District were invited to a K/1, 2 /3 and 4/5 open forum to discuss how these options would best serve each cluster of students. At Escondido, teachers in the Spanish Immersion strand and I will be working together to ensure that we examine how to address our language immersion model within the different scenarios. On Monday, May 18th, our Superintendent will be hosting a webinar at 5:30 PM for parents to contribute their thoughts and ideas regarding reopening. Finally, Principals and other Managers are planning to work on smaller task forces to discuss the logistics of each model. I can assure you that there is a lot of thought and planning across PAUSD as we prepare for Fall 2020.

At Escondido, we are planning for the return of student work and personal items. Our plans are currently under review for approval and as soon as everything is in place we will let families know the exact date and how student materials will be disbursed. At this time I can share that there will be a schedule in place for a staggered curbside pick up during the week of June 1st.

In the meantime, our teachers and staff are all continuously working hard to provide instruction and support to students throughout Phase III. Teachers are in the process of creating new classes for the fall so if you haven’t answered let the school know if you are returning in the Fall please do so as soon as possible. If you have replied please do not submit another response. Teachers are also preparing for the end of year Progress Reports. Students will receive a Progress Report on June 5th, indicating how your child did during Phase III. This does include your child’s participation and completed work during Phase III. There will be some standards and parts of the Report where N/A (not applicable) will be indicated, as the Report will only reflect standards taught and assigned during Phase III. If you have any questions about the assignments or online learning websites, please contact your child’s teacher.

If you missed the principal coffee last week take a look at the recorded session below. Thanks again to all who attended and contributed to our conversation by submitting questions. Our next coffee is scheduled for Friday, May 22nd. We look forward to seeing you there! Please sign up to attend by clicking here. We welcome your questions so please add a question prior to the coffee when you sign up. A ZOOM link to join the coffee is sent out early Friday morning just prior to the start of our coffee.

Next Monday, May 18th from 3:15-4:45 PM, there will be a School Site Council (SSC) Meeting via Zoom. This committee will continue the work we did prior to the school closure and Shelter in Place, which is reviewing and finalizing our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) document. If you would like to join as a member of the community, please sign up here.

I wish you health, patience, and happiness. Please let me know if I can help you in any way.


Marcela S. Simoes de Carvalho, Ed.D., NBCT


Newsletter Copy of Principal Coffee 5 8 2020

Backstage with the Superintendent

ThoughtExchange - School Reopening Webinar

On Monday, May 18th, our Superintendent will be hosting a webinar at 5:30 PM for parents to contribute their thoughts and ideas regarding reopening.

Site Council Position Opening

Might you be interested in the teaching and learning aspect of Escondido? Looking for a way to get involved on campus? Join the Site Council! This is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know teachers and other parents while gaining a deeper understanding of how our school works.

Next year, we will have three open Site Council parent positions. This representative would join our other parent reps, three teachers, a classified staff member, and myself on the School Site Council Board. The Site Council plans for school goals and provides input on some procedures and operations at the site. We typically meet once a month on a weekday afternoon from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. If you are interested in filling one of these positions, please email me to express interest. If we have more than three parents interested, we will hold an online election in the next couple of weeks.

School Shout Outs!

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Birthdays for the Week of May 10th to May 17th

Jack J., Max V., Eleanor W., Tyler B., Quetzali T., Chloe M., Taevien H., William S.

DreamBox Math - Check it Out!

Spanish Immersion: Did you know that DreamBox Math offers 100% of their lessons in Spanish? When math is taught effectively, all students learn important vocabulary and language skills. For Spanish Immersion students, equitable math education is a pathway to help them grow into successful bilingual students.

Take a look at how much students are progressing with their math skills. Each week the school will highlight classes with the most number of students using DreamBox and meeting the usage recommendations. We are looking forward to seeing more classes meet the goal over the next few weeks.

Recommended Usage for Students

We recommend that students complete 5 or more lessons per week with DreamBox Learning.

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LEGO Builders Extraordinaire Weekly Showcase

Share Your Fun Moments

Escondido kids and families keep bringing a big smile to my face!

Please send me photos of your children reading, playing, exercising, and being creative during the school closure. With your permission, I will share them with our community.

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