Walter Hays Weekly
September 7, 2020
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]
Tuesday, September 8:
        First Day Back in School
        Classes begin at 8:30 a.m.

In This Issue
Dear Walter Hays Families,

September is now upon us and autumn is just around the corner! Just a few short weeks ago we all embarked on this distance learning journey not knowing what to expect. Hopefully by now, our children have adapted to this new norm of instruction alongside the amazing support of family, teachers, and staff! We appreciate and thank you for the amount of patience that you've all so graciously extended during this time.

There are a few key initiatives that we'd like to highlight this week that are critical to the success of our students and teachers this school year.

First, Todd Collins (President of the PAUSD Executive Board) came to speak at our recent PTA Board Meeting last Thursday evening. He shared about Measure "O" (a November election ballot measure) and the dire situation the district will face if it does not pass with a 66.7% approval vote to renew. Specifically, this means a $15 million funding cut to the PAUSD budget. If our district loses these funds, they will be required to perform drastic cutbacks that will impact teaching staff across PAUSD and this includes our very own Walter Hays. We also learned that only 25% of Palo Alto's current population is enrolled in PAUSD, which means we need to actively share this information with as many Palo Alto residents as possible to garner their support. We hope you'll join us in advocating Measure "O" to our greater community. Some ways we can all help drive awareness are to post on your respective social media channels and local groups, and to reach out to your neighbors and friends! Please feel free to use the snippet provided in the news section with the subject "Vote Yes on Measure O."

Lastly, we are still taking donations through the "One Check Form." These donations are key to providing key in-home resources your children need to have a well-rounded learning experience. We hope you will consider donating if you haven't already done so.

Thank you for your continued support!

In this issue of the eNews, we will cover:

  • Donate to Support Walter Hays
  • Vote Yes on Measure O
  • PTA Vacancies & Volunteering Opportunities
  • September Core Value Book Recommendations
  • Overdue Library Books

Walter Hays News
Support the Walter Hays Community

Our hope is that every Walter Hays family will participate in this important initiative to raise money for our school. The funds raised through this effort cover the full cost of school and art supplies, Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo classes, new paper books, an expanded e-book library, staff development, and more. These funds create a richer learning experience for every student and these resources are needed more than ever as we try to re-create the in-person learning experience at home. Any amount is welcome, large or small, every dollar counts. A big thank you to families who have already donated. We made a big jump to 23% since last week. Can we get to 100%? Please donate today!
Vote Yes on Measure O

Our Palo Alto schools are among the best in the state and nation, thanks to dedicated teachers, high-quality academics, and rich and varied programs to support and enrich our children’s growth. For almost 20 years, our local parcel tax has generated over $15 million in locally-controlled funding to keep our schools strong.

This essential local funding is set to expire. If we don’t renew our local parcel tax, our budget would be cut and our teachers, staff and programs could face devastating losses that will impact every school in the District. Vote YES on Measure O, a parcel tax renewal measure that has been placed on the November 2020 ballot to ensure our schools continue receiving this critical funding. The PTA Council Executive Board supports Yes On O! For more information please visit the website or email
PTA Vacancies & Volunteering Opportunities

The Walter Hays PTA continues to have vacant roles as well as opportunities to volunteer. Want to work with a friend? Join together and share a role! We are still looking for:

  • Parliamentarian
  • VP of Parent Education
  • VP of Volunteer Services

We are also actively seeking for parents who can volunteer to help:

  • Plan (virtual) events for our school community
  • Audit our books
  • Audit Committee Members
  • [NEW!] Tech Officer to manage and maintain our growing technology stack

If any of these positions interest you, you'd like more information, or you would like to use your skills in a capacity not listed, please contact us at We want to hear from you!
September Core Value:


We are accountable for our behavior, we honor our promises,
and we care for our earth.
Read with Your Kids about Responsibility

The Core Values Committee would like to invite parents to read books with their child(ren) about September’s Core Value, RESPONSIBILITY. The Palo Alto city libraries and Epic! have books on this theme. Your child(ren) can check them out or read them at any time. Here are five of the titles:

  • The Berenstain Bears New Pup
  • Don't Spill the Milk by Stephen Davies
  • Down the Road by Alice Schertle
  • Yasmin the Teacher by Saadia Faruqi
  • Standing in for Lincoln Green by David Mackintosh

The Core Values Committee, headed by Lise Latour (lisewhpta@gmail.comand Zeehan Selha (zrastam@hotmail.cominvite the Walter Hays parents and community to ask questions about the Committee. We welcome all ideas and suggestions.
Overdue Library Books

Many school library books are still missing and need to be returned back to school. Currently, there are 93 books missing, and the replacement cost is over $1300. We've made good progress since last week by returning half of the missing books. If you find any, please take them to the school office where there is a box waiting outside the door for them.
PTA Council (PTAC) News
Complete the Census 2020

CENSUS For All Families and Community Stakeholders
2020 is an important year for all Californians. It's the once-per-decade time that every person in America is counted in the U.S. Census. The census asks questions that provide a snapshot of our community, state and the nation. The census affects Federal funding, and much more. [Learn more!] You have the power to shape the future for the children of California. If you haven't yet been counted, please do it right away. Questions?
Candidate Forums co-hosted with LWV

Through both print and online resources, League of Women Voters of Palo Alto equip millions of voters with essential information about the election process in each state, including polling place hours and locations, ballot information, early or absentee voting rules, voter registration deadlines. Candidate forums are one of the only opportunities voters have, to listen to candidates offer more than just a brief sound bite. The LWV is non-partisan. Please join in to learn about the issues and candidates pertaining to PAUSD.

School Board Forum Co-hosted with the League of Women Voters
Thursday, October 8th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
To learn more, visit the Candidate Forum web page or to register for the webinar visit School Board Forum. A zoom link will follow.

School Board Candidate Forum on Educational Equity & Access: The Achievement Gap and Special Education
Saturday, October 17th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
The event is jointly sponsored by PTA Council (PTAC), Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC), the Latino Parent Network (LPN), and Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS). For questions, contact or
PiE Challenge Grant

Join our community in supporting PiE today! Your donations make a difference in the education and well-being of all of our students. PiE funds go to every PAUSD school and help principals to staff programs in wellness and counseling, the arts, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Learn how PiE dollars support your child's school.
Donate or pledge now to double your impact. Gifts and pledges made by Sept 8th will be matched by a $500,000 Back-To-School Challenge Grant. Donate today!
PAUSD Community Meeting with Dr. Judy Argumedo, Dir. of Academic Supports
Thursday, September 10th at 5:00 pm

Dr. Judy Argumedo will hold the second LCP (Learning Continuity Plan) Virtual Community Meeting. The meeting agenda includes information on the LCP, stakeholder questions and time for feedback.

La Senora Judy Argumedo llevara a cabo la segunda reunion comunitaria el nieces, 10 de septiembre, 5:00-6:30pm. La agenda es - informacion sobre el plan de LCP - preguntas. 

All Stakeholders Invited: Join Zoom Meeting at LCP Community Meeting
Meeting ID: 955 6228 9480
PAUSD - 學術支持總監Judy Argumedo博士將於9月10日(星期四)下午5:00舉行第二次LCP(學習連續性計劃)虛擬社區會議。會議議程包括:有關LCP的信息,利益相關方的問題,反饋。
加入Zoom Meeting
會議ID:955 6228 9480
Community News
[NEW] Palo Alto Junior Museum Science Outdoors
September 8th - December 17th, registration has begun
PAJM is offering outdoor fall science programming for 1st - 5th graders beginning early September after school in our beautiful local open spaces. Activity sites include the Baylands Preserve, Arastradero Preserve, and Foothills Park meeting Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons for two hours. In this program, your child will learn about the unique plants, animals, and the ecology of a special place, while enjoying the beauty and adventure that local wild spaces have to offer. Minimal enrollment must be met to run the programs. Social distancing, masks, and other health and safety protocols will be maintained. Learn more or register at the City of Palo Alto Catalog or call 650-329-2111.

[NEW] Let's Go EV! Electric Vehicle Workshop
Wednesday, Sept 9th @ 10:30 am (online event) RSVP
Want to love the planet AND your car? This workshop will cover the many benefits of EV ownership that make EVs more fun to drive, better for the environment, and cheaper to own than gas-powered cars. Topics to be covered include, charging basics, government rebates, leasing versus buying, available makes and models, and what's in store for the future.

[NEW] Ragazzi Boys Chorus Welcomes New Members
Saturday, September 19th from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
GRAMMY award-winning Ragazzi Boys Chorus seeks boys aged 7-10 who love to sing to join our virtual "SingFest" free mini-camp. Curriculum focuses on music theory, vocal technique, artistry, musicianship, and performance skills. Our fall semester begins with online instruction featuring the latest programs and technologies. Younger students, aged 5-7, are invited to join our Music and Movement class, beginning in September. Register for “SingFest” and receive the event link at Ragazzi Boys Chorus website or if there are any inquiries and/or you'd like to schedule a quick audition visit our bookings link.
[NEW] JFCS All Together Now Event
Thursday, September 10th 4:00-5:30PM Virtual Event
A community conversation with Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States and author of Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, and Dr. Anita Friedman, JFCS Executive Director. This virtual event will present inspirational insights into how we can nurture our children, our parents, our community, and ourselves during these uncertain times. For more information, visit JFCS, call 415-449-1264 or email,

A.T.O.M. Science Club - After School Online Program
Monday, September 14th from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
A.T.O.M. Science Club provides STEM education with a solid foundation in the principles of science. Kids as young as five years old can begin to appreciate the amazing interconnections between chemistry (atoms), physics (energy), biology (life study), and astronomy (the universe) through age appropriate hands-on experiments, discussions, presentations and now virtual field trips that our programs offer. Kids of all ages will acquire valuable critical thinking skills as well as a lifelong love of learning. This program starts the week of September 14th from 3:30-4:30PM at Walter Hays with four different programs on four different days:

Tuesday - A.T.O.M. Science Years 1 and 2 (Chemistry & Physics), Grades 2-4
Wednesday - Biochemistry: A Journey Through the Wonders of Life, Grades 3-6
Thursday - Human Evolution: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology, Grades 4 & Up
Friday - Joining the Mission to Mars, Grades 3 & Up

For more information please visit Atom Science Club and/or register.
WizAcademy - Fun, Live, Online Learning 
From the team at Wizbots, comes WizAcademy, our fun and live online learning destination. Kids ages 8-14 love working with our passionate, live instructors and our unique approach to teaching that incorporates design thinking and hands-on, collaborative learning. Our engaging and fun online courses, coding, photography, drawing, financial literacy, virtual travel, public speaking, physics, writing are meticulously designed to hone talents, develop strengths, build confidence and learn new skills. We are offering two 5-week courses during the fall. The first course runs from 9/14-10/16 and the second course runs from 10/19-12/2. The 90-minute classes meet once a week, M-F, with options offered throughout the day to fit your schedule. Learn more on our site at WizAcademy.
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