Escondido News

Friends Around the World

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.

Welcome Ms. Silvia Vázquez, Secretary

Help us welcome Ms. Silvia Vázquez as our new school secretary. We are thrilled to have Ms. Silvia join the Escondido school community! Ms. Silvia was born and raised in East Palo Alto and received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Latin American Studies from MIT. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family. She values education at every level and looks forward to opportunities that allow her to be more involved in creating a unique and inclusive learning environment.

Unity Week Celebration at Escondido

Yesterday, Escondido staff and students wore orange to show we are together against bullying and UNITED for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Thank you to our PTA Unity Day chairs and volunteers for helping us put on a great celebration yesterday.

Escondido Buddy Bench

The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Let's spread the message of inclusion and kindness! This week Escondido launched its Buddy Bench information campaign. Please follow the links for more information about how students will utilize the Buddy Bench at school.


Guidelines English


English Video Link: https://youtu.be/Eofz6xf1IOY

Annual Halloween Parade - Escondido blacktop, 8:30- 9:15a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Keep it Fun - Not Scary!

No Scary Costumes at School on Halloween

Students are not allowed to wear scary, gory or bloody costumes (Scream, zombie, monster, etc.) and neither are fake weapons allowed at school (leave the sword and lightsaber at home, etc.) For those who are new to us, this school has a long-standing tradition of not allowing scary costumes to avoid traumatizing the younger students.


Children come to school with costumes on already. Children should change out of their costumes at the end of parade with a change of clothes as necessary.

Your PiE Dollars at Work - Meet our Science Specialist!

Hi! I’m Mary Jo Ricci, your very own Escondido Science Specialist.


I feel such gratitude to be supported by PiE at a school that has always appreciated science education and embraces the opportunity to amplify it with the addition of a science specialist on staff. Along with their classroom teachers, I teach one of the three science units our students do each year, K-5.


This is my 11th year at Escondido, but I started as an Escondido parent (who now has a Senior at Gunn!) When I’m not in Room L1, you just might find me chatting sports with my colleagues at recess!


One of the greatest aspects of my job is that I see every student at some point during the year and I get to work with every classroom teacher.

Curious? Check us out @EscondidoSci on Twitter.

Medications Policy

Should your child need to take any medication (including prescription and non-prescription) at school, the parent must bring the medication in the original container to the Main Office. The parent or guardian must provide a completed “Physician/Parent Authorization to Dispense Medication” form before any medication can be administered. These forms are available on the PAUSD website. A new form needs to be filled out every year. The school does not provide any medications of any kind, including aspirin. Medications must be kept in the office. No medications of any kind, including inhalers, may be kept in the classroom, the student’s backpack or lunch box, without doctor’s written directions that the student must carry their medication. They will be kept in a locked cupboard in the office and dispensed as prescribed.