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 6, 2020

Dear Escondido Families,

The PAUSD is partnering with Asian Americans for Community Involvement to offer a four-week series to support families, “Creating Calm at Home During Covid-19. This pilot webinar series will cover:

  • Week 1: Improving the parent-child connection in close quarters
  • Week 2: Working through generational differences in communication
  • Week 3: Helping children manage their emotions while managing your own
  • Week 4: Developing children’s coping and self-efficacy skills

Parents and guardians are invited to register to join the webinars live or access the recordings after.

English on Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 6:30-8:00 pm

Mandarin on Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 6:30-8:00 pm


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


Principal Coffee This Friday

Topics: Last 18 Days of School Plans Under Construction

Friday, May 8th

Your Coffee Table, 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM

Special Guest: Dr. Don Austin, Superintendent

You are all invited to attend the virtual Principal coffee meeting. We look forward to seeing you there! Please sign up to attend by clicking here. We welcome your questions. Please add a question prior to the coffee when you sign up.

Backstage with the Superintendent

Starring One of Our Own Escondido Students

If you missed "Backstage with the Superintendent" on Monday night, you can see it on Youtube. It was a really fun night. One of our first-grade students, Emily F., was interviewed by Dr. Austin. In my humble opinion, she stole the show. Go "Big Emily"!

Backstage with the Superintendent - May 4, 2020
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School Shout Outs!

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Birthdays for the Week of May 1st to May 9th

Ella J., Gabriel D., Sophia G., Samuel C., Jolene Z., Jiayi W., Santiago M., Isabella M., Joshua B., Andrea M., Lorin P., Boaz G., Sofia V., Sebastian Q., David Z.

DreamBox Math - Check it Out!

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.

In order for students to reach their weekly lesson goals, we recommend setting up multiple sessions of DreamBox throughout the week and having students complete at least one or two lessons every time they log in. Encourage students to develop the following habits:

  • Be okay with mistakes. As long as students complete lessons, DreamBox will be able to assess their comprehension and adapt.
  • Work independently. Helping a student through a lesson can progress them beyond their current abilities and lead to frustration.
  • Only use the virtual manipulatives. DreamBox lessons are designed for students to think through problems without the use of pencil and paper.
  • Use the help/hint button when needed.
  • Use headphones with the volume on.
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LEGO Builders Extraordinaire Weekly Showcase

Meet Our New Family Member

This is our new kitten. He is a stray. His eyes are still blue-grey and has lots of tiny teeth coming in. He weighs just over a pound. He had his first vet check-up today and is in great health. Meowed all the way to the vet. My ears are still ringing!

The kids are submitting names suggestions this week through Schoology. My family will select a few names from the list and ask all of the students to vote for their favorite names next week.

I hope that sharing these small personal moments helps our students connect during our time apart.

Name the Kitten

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.

Information From Previous Newsletters

Community Resources

For PAUSD families in need of emergency financial assistance, there is support available:

If you have a student in the Palo Alto Unified School District and are in need of emergency financial assistance, contact RISE at or 650.444.1236 to request a gift card to support your needs. These funds are made possible by generous donations to the Palo Alto Community Fund and the support of LifeMoves, RISE, and community members.

Food Distribution - No Questions Asked

This “No Questions Asked” opportunity for families to receive free groceries. See the flier attached below.

LEGO Builders Extraordinaire

A Weekly Showcase

Students share their LEGO building expertise and fun!

  • Up to three student entries each week in the school newsletter

  • Students should include a title and short description of their build

  • Send a picture of the build to Dr. Marcela at

  • Entries due each week on Tuesday by 12:00PM