Walter Hays Weekly
October 11, 2020
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]
Monday, October 12:
        Principal Mary's Livestream Broadcast
        Begins at 8:35 a.m.
        Zoom Link to Follow

Monday, October 12:
        First Day of Hybrid In-Person School
        Kindergarten Schedule
        1st Grade Schedule
In This Issue
  • 1st Day of Hybrid In-Person School for Grades K-1
  • Mendocino Farms Order in Event - 10/12
  • Fall Fundraiser with DIDDAMS - 10/14 thru 10/21
  • Weekly Newsletter Translation
  • Spectra Art Through PiE
  • PTA Vacancies and Volunteer Opportunities
Walter Hays News
First Day of Hybrid In-Person School on 10/12

Kindergarteners and first graders begin the next phase of school--either beginning their hybrid schedules or continuing with Distance Learning starting Monday, October 12th. Please look out for information from your child’s teacher regarding new schedules and procedures.

Please review the Walter Hays specific safety protocol for school reopening through the following links:
Fall Fundraiser! October 12th Order In Event with Mendocino Farms

Fall is as busy as ever and we want to invite everyone to put their pots and pans down, relax a bit, and order in with us! We are partnering with Mendocino Farms who has generously offered to give 20% of all proceeds back to Walter Hays. The menu has a large variety of yummy sandwiches, soups, salads, etc so there is something for everyone in your family! 

In order to help us work toward our fundraising goals, all you have to do is order between the hours of 11am to 9pm by going to and entering the coupon code WALTERHAYS1012 at checkout. 
Help us spread the word and tell your family and friends! 

See the flyer for more details …

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kelly Chang at
Fall Fundraiser! October 14 - 21: Shop to Donate Event with DIDDAMS

Who would've thought that shopping for Halloween decorations or a costume could benefit Walter Hays...but it can! We are partnering with DIDDAMS (Mountain View location) who has generously offered to give 20% of all proceeds back to Walter Hays. DIDDAMS carries a huge selection of decorations, costumes, toys, balloons, and party supplies.

All you have to do is shop at the DIDDAMS Mountain View (1952 W. El Camino Real) between Wednesday, October 14 through Wednesday, October 21. At the checkout, tell the cashier that you are with Walter Hays and 20% of the sale will go toward the school.

Help us spread the word and tell your family and friends (see flyer)!

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jenine Young at
Weekly Newsletter Translation

We are looking for ways to actively ensure that our community is as inclusive of all of our families as possible. To that end, we have included a translation button on our PTA website so that parents can more easily access information in the language of their choice. Weekly e-news will be posted on the website as well so that all are able to stay up to date.

Estamos buscando las maneras para asegurarnos activamente de que nuestra comunidad sea lo más inclusiva posible para todas las familias. Para ese fin, hemos incluido un botón de traducción en nuestra página en el sitio de la red, de esa forma los padres pueden tener acceso a la información con más facilidad en el idioma de su elección. Las noticias electrónicas semanales serán colocadas en el sitio de la red también para que todos estemos actualizados.

Art Is Multi-dimensional

Engaging with art develops a growth mindset, enhances confidence, and improves memory and concentration. PiE funds Spectra Arts for all elementary schools, and supports art electives at the middle and high schools. Every dollar makes a difference. Donate, pledge, or learn more about PiE.
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

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!
October Core Value:


We make positive and responsible choices
 that come from within ourselves.
Read with Your Kids about October's Core Value: Integrity

The Core Values Committee would like to invite parents to read books with their child(ren) about October’s Core Value, INTEGRITY. The Palo Alto library and Walter Hays library both have books on this theme. Your child(ren) can check them out at any time. Here are five of the titles: 

      1. A Childs Garden: A story of Hope by Michael Foreman
      2. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
      3. The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool
      4. The Boy who Cried Wolf by Aesop
      5. A Bike like Sergios by Maribeth Boelts

The Core Values Committee, headed by Lise Latour ( and Zeehan Selha (, invite all members of the Walter Hays community to ask questions about the committee. We welcome all ideas and suggestions you may have about our Core Values Program.  
PTA Council News
Vote Yes on Measure O  

Call to Action, Donate online, endorse, advocate! Volunteers needed to place lawn signs in your school neighborhood. Be a volunteer to help get the word out to voters. Lawn Sign and precinct walkers (to get out flyers to each home/business) are needed. Please reach out to fellow parent volunteers: Randolph Tsien at or Laura Stark at or
The PTA Council supports Yes On O! 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. Vote YES on Measure O, the parcel tax renewal measure that has been placed on the November 2020 ballot to ensure our schools continue receiving critical funding. 
Census Deadline Extended to October 31st

A judge has ordered the Census Bureau to continue counting people for a few more weeks, so if you and your family haven't yet been counted, please fill out the simple form right away, at And please remind others! It's important, and it's safe and secure for everyone. Questions:
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month 
Do you have a reluctant or struggling reader or writer? 1 in 5 children have learning differences, and only a subset may be identified. Strong reading ability changes lives. What is Dyslexia?

For more information, contact us at or
Elementary School Board Candidate Forum
Wednesday Oct.14th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Join us and learn about the candidates for PAUSD school board. Now is your chance to have your questions about PAUSD governance answered by every candidate. Submit your questions here.

Join the webinar here with Passcode: 764564
iPhone one-tap US: +16699006833,,89742868223# or +13462487799,,89742868223# 
Questions/Information contact:
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).

Join the webinar here with Passcode: 510864
Or iPhone one-tap US: +16699006833,,85142925155#,,,,,,0#,,510864# or +14086380968,,85142925155#,,,,,,0#,,510864# 
Or Dial by Telephone: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968 

[NEW] Workshop on Special Education Rights during COVID-19 Distance Learning
Saturday, Oct. 24th, 10 AM - 12 PM, Free Online Workshop
This workshop covers the basics of special education in the IEP process including some solutions and suggestions during COVID-19 Distance Learning. There will be a discussion about IEP goals, accommodations and parental rights, and a Q & A session during this workshop. Organized by Palo Alto CAC, presented by a Senior Advocate, Vanessa Ochoa of Disability Right California, and co-sponsored by PTAC.

Taller sobre Derechos de Education Especial durante COVID-19 y Educacion a Distancia Sábado, Oct 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm información: IEP Workshop
星期六, 10月 24日, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 信息: IEP Workshop

Join Zoom here: Special Ed Rights Workshop
Meeting ID: 979 2531 8745 Passcode: 003019

PTAC School Board Candidate Forums 
Community News
Flu Vaccine and Pandemic
Because of the pandemic this year, it's more important than ever to consider getting the flu vaccine for your children and family members. For more information on the influenza vaccine CLICK HERE.

[NEW] Join Palo Alto's First Scouts BSA Girls Troop
Great opportunity for girls aged 11-17 to join Palo Alto’s Troop 4057, which started in February 2018 as one of the first girl-only troops within Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts). Our scouting program consists of outdoor activities and meetings under the following four aims: Leadership Development, Citizenship Training, Character Development and Personal Fitness. We typically meet every Wednesday during the school year. We are now open for new registrations for both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. If interested, please email David Kim at For more information, please visit, and

Educational Assessment and Dyslexia
Monday, October 19th from 6:30-8 pm on Zoom
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.
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