Community Dinner Posters

Many students have been helping at lunchtime to create posters for our upcoming Community Dinner on Friday, December 6. Here are a few posters; each is a collaboration between a number of students.

If you haven’t signed up yet to attend, please do! We’d love to see you! Invitation here.

Main dishes will be provided, but we invite you to bring something to share (optional!). Sign up on UpToUs here (members) or here (guest login).


We had a wonderful turnout to yesterday’s Part Two session on our Emotional Intelligence Parent Education Series.  Thank you to all of those who attended and supported this event. We hope you found it useful. If you were not able to come please find a copy of the presentation here.

For those who are interested in learning more about Emotional Intelligence and how to support your child, please visit

If you have any feedback or suggestions for future Parent Education workshops, please email Kevin Carlson ( or Andrea Levesque (

Parent Ed Night on Emotional Intelligence (Part 1)

On October 8th, the Walter Hays and Addison PTAs co-sponsored a parent education night on Emotional Intelligence. This was the first of a two part series, with the second talk coming on October 22nd.

Below are copies of the presentation materials from the first talk (in translation as well):
Part 1 Outline and Book List

This series aims to provide parents with important information about the role emotions play in the integration of the brain and body.
We know that when our children experience big feelings, it can be challenging for us. We often ignore, silence or punish our children during their emotional moments.

The speaker, Jaclyn Long, is a Certified Parent Educator, graduated from Princeton University, and holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She serves as Founder and Director of Mind Body Moms as well as Mindful Child & Family Therapy.

2019 PTA Presidents’ Welcome

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Walter Hays Elementary!

Did you know all students are provided with all classroom supplies they need throughout the year? This couldn’t happen without being 100% funded by parent donations via the One Check Form. Donations into this fund also support our science program’s Junior Museum visits, our social thinking classroom program, our stage productions, and more.

The One Check Form is the main fundraiser for our school. This year, we have moved to a completely electronic one check form. This helps to decrease the number of volunteers hours needed to process paper forms, reduces data entry errors and is more environmentally friendly. Please do participate in this important fundraiser in whatever amount is appropriate for your family. We would like to stress that participation is more important than amount.

Please pay directly via our Walter Hays Online Store here. For those who would prefer to (or need to) pay by other means, please reach out to treasurer Radhika Vullikanti at

We also have some fantastic new logo wear options this year. Purchasing logo wear is another way to support our school (all profits come straight back to Walter Hays) and it is also a great way to show your school pride! Logo wear will be available for purchase on the online store.

Parents! Tickets still remain for the Yacht Rock Party, which has been moved to September 14th.  Kick off the 2019 school year dancing the night away with your fellow Hays parents. Tickets for this event are available on the online store here.

Further school year information will be shared in the WH E-news on Sunday evenings, class flyers and UpToUS. We also look forward to seeing everyone at the Back-To-School Nights coming up on August 19th (kinder) and 20th (1st-5th grades).

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments now or throughout the year. We look forward to meeting you all!


Andrea Levesque and Kevin Carlson 

Walter Hays PTA Co-Presidents