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

April 22, 2020

Dear Escondido Families,

First and foremost, I hope your family is well, staying safe and finding some enjoyment on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! It was so beautiful out today. I hope you got a chance to enjoy the sunshine a little bit.

We have finished our 8th day of Distant Learning in Phase III. I continue to hear from teachers how well students are navigating our new learning platform. I appreciate everyone doing their part to make sure that children are staying not only connected to learning, but each other as well by attending morning class ZOOM meetings or small group drop-in sessions. Sitting at a computer and working all day is exhausting, and then making sure your child can check in throughout the day adds yet another demand on those of you who are also working from home.

Every staff member at Escondido knows the heavy load everyone is carrying. So we have a special message - Just do your best. Please do not fret or worry if your child doesn't finish all the work assigned or if he or she has a meltdown and refuses to do anything. It's okay. We need to remember that this is all very confusing and scary for children, and we have to give them some time to adjust. At home, you will have good days and not so good days. Give your child and yourself permission to have a fresh start the next day. Try to keep things going the best you can and communicate with the school if you need support. We have a team that is ready to help!

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child(rens) teacher, to Mr. Christian Muñoz, our Student and Family Engagement Specialist at or myself at Now is the best time to take care of ourselves and each other. I am eagerly awaiting the time when we will be able to see each other in person again. Until then, be well and be happy!


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


Principal Coffee This Friday

Date: 4/24

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

Topics: Distance Learning at Escondido & Community Resources

Special Guests: Yolanda Conaway, Assistant Superintendent Equity and Student Affairs, and Miguel Fittoria, Coordinator, Student & Family Engagement

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.

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.

New Device Loan Dates Next Week

Our district IT department will be organizing another distribution of devices on April, Monday 27 & Wednesday 29 between 12 pm – 5 pm. They will also be available to exchange non-functional devices and to help troubleshoot technical issues. At this point, they will not be opening the request form to the public to limit duplicate requests from parents that couldn’t make prior distribution dates.

If you need a new or replacement device or IT support, please contact Davina Byrd at and she will help you sign up. Once you sign up you will receive the location of the device distribution.

LEGO Builders Extraordinaire Weekly Showcase

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

Share Your Fun Moments

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.