Walter Hays Weekly
September 27, 2020
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]
Monday, September 28:
        Principal Mary's Livestream Broadcast
        Begins at 8:35 a.m.
        Zoom Link to Follow 

Tuesday, September 29:
        Special Board Meeting
        PAUSD Reopening Plan
        Zoom link here. Begins at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 30:
        TK-1 Learning Model Decision
        Submission Deadline 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 1:
        General PTA Board Meeting
        Begins at 7:00 p.m.
        All Welcome to Attend
        Zoom Link to Follow
In This Issue
  • Walter Hays 10/12 Reopening Survey Results
  • Walter Hays Reopening Plan - Health & Safety Protocol
  • Distance Learning Survey
  • Library Update from Mrs. Ford
  • PiE Donations
  • Vote Yes on Measure O
Walter Hays News
Walter Hays 10/12 Reopening Survey Results

Thank you to all families who took part in our return to school survey. We received responses from 13 teachers and 86 families. Eight respondents were already registered in Full Distance Learning. This survey captures the opinions of approximately 49% of our student population. Please find the survey results here.

As indicated, this information has been forwarded to the school board for informational purposes. The school district is currently in negotiations with the Palo Alto Teachers Union concerning the back to school plan. Please see below for some excerpts from Superintendent Don Austin's recent letter concerning this process. The full update can be read here.

"We need to clarify the collective bargaining process to avoid unnecessary or misguided lobbying efforts. PAUSD and our teacher’s union (PAEA) has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the hybrid model. It was created after lengthy discussions and many revisions. PAEA represents all teachers and is the only body authorized to negotiate on behalf of teachers. The MOU is a short-term (this year) contract between the parties. The Board of Education, District administration, site administration, and teachers are bound by the agreement. MOUs protect all involved and clearly articulate expectations."

The letter continues on to state, "We are aware that some people are conducting their own surveys and facilitating group conversations to sway decisions. We would caution everyone that staffing (assigning teachers) will have legal constraints and regulations that will not necessarily align with lobbying efforts. Our hope is that families will make decisions that best reflect their personal conditions and allow others to do the same. Again, PAUSD can accommodate either model and we have no preference. We want families to feel comfortable with their own decisions."

The PTA would like to reiterate the importance of choosing which model is best for your family.
Walter Hays Reopening Plan: Health and Safety Protocol

Please review the Walter Hays specific safety protocol for school reopening through the following links:
PAUSD Distance Learning Survey

The second round of the check-in survey referenced in the Superintendent's September 25th email update, is available for parents and secondary students. The questions are the same as the first round released on August 28t. The questions and topics will likely vary in future surveys to drill deeper into specific areas for targeted feedback. The survey can be accessed HERE.
Library News
Books are being checked out from the library and Grades 3-5 are starting to check out our brand new Ebooks! Our collection is small, but we are hoping to gradually build it with more titles for younger grades as well.  
A few notes about checking out print books:
  • Different Options to Request a Book
  • Use the Walter Hays Catalog to request a book
  • Fill out the Google form
  • Use SeeSaw to request (for Ms. Hunt, Ms. Guiriba, and Ms. Arnout/Harrison’s classes) 
  • When the books are ready, you will receive an email notification from Mrs. Ford, Walter Hays’ Teacher Librarian
  • You will have the option to pick up the books at that time, or wait until your next class materials’ pick up day
  • All requests need to be completed by Wednesday (preferably before) in order for books to be picked up that same week.
Returning Library Books -- Please return library books to the bin outside of the office during school days, before 4:00pm, or Kindergarten students place them in your bags on the hooks outside of your classroom on Fridays.  
Please reach out to Mrs. Ford with any questions:
Supporting our Community, Together!

Donations at all levels help pay for important staff positions throughout the district. Did you know that over 250 teaching and staff positions are fully or partially funded by PiE? Your support matters. Donate, pledge, or learn more about PiE today.
Vote and Volunteer for Measure O

Volunteers needed to place lawn signs in our school neighborhood. Donate online, endorse, advocate to our PTA via social channels (FB, Next Door, WeChat, Line). Thank you to our school PTA for supporting this. Please direct questions to our PTA Presidents at Click here for more information. Palo Alto PTAs support Yes On O! For almost 20 years, local voter approved parcel taxes have generated over $15 million in locally-controlled funding to keep our schools strong. This measure needs 66.7 percent of voters to approve to pass, and every vote counts. GET A LAWN SIGN or HELP DISTRIBUTE LAWN SIGNS.
September Core Value:


We are accountable for our behavior, we honor our promises,
and we care for our earth.
PTA Council News
[NEW] Co-hosted with the League of Women Voters
Thursday Oct. 8th, 6:30pm - 8:30 pm
[NEW] Elementary School Board Candidate Forum
Wednesday Oct.14th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Questions contact: Link to Follow
[NEW] School Board Candidate Forum on Educational Equity & Access: the Achievement Gap and Special Education
Saturday Oct. 17th, 3pm - 5pm
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 Link to follow.
Community News
[NEW] Educational Assessment and Dyslexia
Monday, October 19th from 6:30-8 pm
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Join this presentation on the topic of Educational Assessment by Ashley Koedel, Director of Educational Services at Morrissey Compton Education Center. Organized by the North Peninsula Dyslexia Support Group, a part of the statewide nonprofit Decoding Dyslexia CA. Free and open to the public. RSVP to and the Zoom link will be emailed before the meeting.
[NEW] Community Wishing Trees
Sept 15th - Oct 31st in 8 different locations in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto
What could our world be like, if we only imagined it? This year, we see more clearly than ever the injustices and inequalities in our world. During these challenging times, the communities of East Palo Alto and Palo Alto have come together to set up “Wishing Trees” in both cities. Each tree has tags and materials for you to write down a wish for your community and tie it to the Wishing Tree. We invite you to come to these trees and use the materials provided to write the hopes and wishes that you have for your community on them. A map of the Wishing Tree locations and more information on the project can be found at We are inspired by your strength and positivity during this difficult time and would love to hear from you about what you wish for.
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