Walter Hays Weekly
September 20, 2020
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]
Monday, September 21:
        Parent Ed Webinar - Postponed!
        New Date TBD

Monday, September 21:
        Principal Mary's Livestream Broadcast
        Begins at 8:35 a.m.
        Zoom Link to Follow      

Thursday, September 24:
        Principal Mary's Virtual Coffee
        Begins at 9:00 a.m.
        Zoom access here. Submit questions here.

Saturday, September 26:
        OCF Donation Deadline
In This Issue
  • PiE Pledge
  • Donate to Support Walter Hays - Donation Extended!
  • Vote Yes on Measure O
  • Fundraiser Committee - Volunteers Needed
  • September Core Value
Walter Hays News
PiE Needs Your Support
We still need your participation! Your contribution will support over 250 staff positions in wellness/support, the arts, and STEM at all PAUSD schools, whether distance-learning or in-person. We can’t do it without you! Every dollar makes a difference. Donate or pledge today.
Support the Walter Hays Community

Thank you to all the families who have participated in our School Fund drive. We are extending the deadline by one more week. Please contribute to our School Fund if you have not already done so here!
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 info. visit the website or email
The Fundraising Committee is Looking for Volunteers

Do you like to organize or host parties? Do you see yourself supporting your child’s school and want to make new friendships in your community? Then come join the Walter Hays Fundraising Team, as either a committee member or a volunteer! This year due to COVID-19 we will be organizing VIRTUAL only fundraising events. We have found vendors to partner with and are looking for parent volunteers to help organize the following:
  • Virtual Barre/Pilates Class
  • Virtual Kid’s Ballet Class 
  • Virtual Wine Tasting Party
  • Virtual Family Baking or Cooking Class
  • Restaurant Kick-Back Programs
If you have any additional ideas, have questions, or are ready to help out your community, please email Kelly Chang (VP of Fundraising) at
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.
PTA Council (PTAC) News
Thurs. Sept 24 7pm - 8:30 pm. School Board forum on Secondary Education - middle & high schools. Live stream:
Use this google form to collect questions in advance. Moderated by students from the Paly and Gunn Speech and Debate Clubs. Questions: 
Thurs. Oct. 8, 6:30pm - 8:30 pm. School Board Forum co-hosted with the League of Women Voters.  Zoom link for the League-sponsored candidate forum. It’s posted on our Candidate Forum web page or  School Board Forum link 
Sat. Oct 17 3pm - 5pm. School Board Candidate Forum on Educational Equity & Access: the Achievement Gap and Special Education 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

For the simultaneous Spanish translation please dial the following number on your phone:
SPANISH Translation
Dial +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968
Meeting ID: 476 084 2554
Passcode: 3491343698
For the simultaneous Mandarin translation please dial the following number on your phone:
MANDARIN Translation
Dial +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968
Meeting ID: 853 7806 4352
Passcode: 577529
Community News
[NEW] Control and Connections Screens and Teens: Staying Connected - $30
Tue, Sep 15th 1 - 2PM - Online workshop
Learn tips and strategies to ensure that teens use technology responsibly and safely. We will discuss how to manage the allure of social networks, online gaming, and other forms of digital media and utilize it as a way of connecting with peers. Cost is $30. Donations are appreciated but not required.
Register here. Any Questions? Email: Tiffany at
[NEW] Staying Connected to Grandchildren While Physically Apart - FREE
Wed Sep 16, 2 - 3.30PM - Online workshop
We will share tips for keeping their interest with fun activities, even at a distance. Whether across town or across the country, grandparents are frustrated by not being able to spend as much time with our grandchildren as we would like. Join our discussion to learn creative ways to use today’s tools to connect with grandchildren of all ages virtually. 
Cost is FREE. Donations are appreciated but not required.
Register here. Any Questions? Email: Tiffany at
[NEW] Navigating Boyhood: How to Raise Resilient & Cooperative Sons - $45
Mon, Sep 21, 7.30 - 9PM - Online workshop
Boy behavior can be challenging, especially while we are all spending more time at home. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to meet your son's basic internal needs so that cooperation, confidence, and connection come easily in every area of his life. today’s tools to connect with grandchildren of all ages virtually. 
Cost is $45. Donations are appreciated but not required.
Register here. Any Questions? Email: Tiffany at
[NEW] Raising a Highly Sensitive Child - $30
Tue Sep 22, 1 - 2PM - Online workshop
Highly sensitive children can be challenging to guide and keeping children motivated during the pandemic can be equally challenging. Learn techniques to support your child’s intense reactions to their environment and strategies for teaching them coping skills. Cost is $30. Donations are appreciated but not required.
Register here. Any Questions? Email: Tiffany at
[NEW] Control and Connections: Stop Yelling and Start Having Fun - $30
Thu Sep 24,1 - 2PM - Online workshop
We will help you transform your family dynamic during the pandemic and beyond. Understand your child’s behavior from a neuroscience standpoint and foster a deeper connection. Cost is $30 Donations are appreciated but not required.
Register here. Any Questions? Email: Tiffany at
Little Jammerz Free Online Glee Club Class
Saturday September 26, 2020 at 2pm
Elementary School students (Grades K- 5) that love to sing and perform will learn pop songs with cool dance moves. We focus on pitch, breathing, and performing techniques.
The class will be taught live online using Zoom. Registration Deadline is Thursday September 24, 2020. Please register early at Little Jammerz as spaces are limited.
PockeTurtle: Intro to Computer Science Class for K-2 kids!
Starts Week of Monday, October 5th, $299 for 10 sessions
Hatch Learning, a Stanford-based education institute, is offering a 10-week computer science problem-solving course for K-2 students using the innovative PockeTurtle curriculum. Designed by Stanford Artificial Intelligence professor David Zhu, PockeTurtle is implemented at thousands of schools in China, Korea, and Palo Alto.

Taught by student-teachers from elite universities, the PockeTurtle Level I remote class uses a game-based web-app in which students embark on an interactive adventure with a cartoon turtle, “teaching” it to overcome obstacles by programming solutions to stimulating problems. Classes fill quickly! Register on our website.
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 next 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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