Walter Hays Weekly
October 25, 2020
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]
Monday, October 26:
        Principal Mary's Livestream Broadcast
        Begins at 8:35 a.m.
        Zoom Link to Follow

Tuesday, October 27:
        First Parent Education Webinar
        Begins at 7:00 p.m.
        Zoom Link to Follow

Wednesday, October 28:
        Celebrate Unity Day
In This Issue
  • Walter Hays Fall Virtual Event
  • Celebrate Unity Day
  • Health Screening for Hybrid Students
  • PAUSD School Commute Survey
  • STEM Teaches Problem Solving - PiE
  • News from our CASSY Counselor
Walter Hays News
Walter Hays Fall Virtual Event

In the spirit of Fall, the PTA Walter Hays Community Building and Events teams are inviting you to get your creative juices flowing and join us by participating in these two fun events: 

 1. Fall poetry event - Calling all young poets! Write a fall themed poem about the delights of this season. Bonus: draw a picture to accompany your poem. Please remember to include your name and grade to your submission. These can be uploaded here and are due by October 30th.

 2. “My dressed up Pumpkin goes trick or treating” contest event - Young artists are encouraged to decorate/carve a pumpkin. Use any materials you have at home. Carve it, paint it, attach items to it, be as creative as you want! Please remember to include your name and grade in your submission. 
Our group of VIP judges will vote for their top choice in these 3 categories: 

  • Scariest pumpkin
  • Most creative pumpkin
  • Cutest pumpkin
Grades will be divided as follows for voting. Kinder/1st, 2nd/3rd, and 4th/5th. Your picture can be uploaded here and is due by October 30th.  

We encourage every student to participate and look forward to seeing all the amazing and creative poems and pumpkins! All the digital submissions will be uploaded through Google and viewable for everyone’s delight. Check out these photo galleries: Fall Poetry or “My Dressed Up Pumpkin Goes Trick or Treating” Contest. Questions? Please email
PTA Walter Hays Community Building and Events team
Celebrate Unity Day

Please join together to celebrate Unity Day by wearing orange on Wednesday. The focus of this day is to celebrate inclusion and the unique qualities we all possess. What are some ways that you and your family can be inclusive?
Health Screening for Hybrid Students

All children returning to class in the hybrid model are required to have a health screen completed every day through ParentSquare before coming to school to check for symptoms of Covid-19. Parents must complete this screen on behalf of child(ren). The screening tool can be accessed at the top left of the Walter Hays webpage under "Health Screener." Further video instructions, shared from Chris Hurtt from the Duveneck PTA, can be found here.

This survey is about how students in the Palo Alto Unified School District travel to school. The information you provide will help the City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Unified School District create a safer and healthier community to support socially distanced active school commutes. Please take a moment to complete the survey.
STEM Teaches Problem Solving

STEM education teaches problem-solving, teamwork, experimentation, and fosters creativity. Students learn to cultivate curiosity and apply scientific thinking to real-world problems. PiE funds STEM programs at all elementary schools, and supports stem electives at the middle and high schools. Every dollar makes a difference. Donate, pledge, or learn more about PiE.
News from our CASSY (school-based counseling service) Counselor:

Parenting and Supporting Youth During COVID-19
There are two upcoming dates for evening webinars on this topic. Please click on this link to take you to an attached flyer with more details and registration information.
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, a parcel tax renewal measure that has been placed on the November 2020 ballot to ensure our schools continue receiving critical funding.
November Election: Your Vote Matters!

Got your ballot? You can vote now, by mail or at a 24-Hour Ballot Drop Off Location. Drop boxes go directly to the Registrar of Voters, avoiding any mail delays. Deadline: Tuesday, November 3rd at 8 p.m. Don't delay! But please inform yourself before voting -- the ballot is long, and some of the cards are two-sided. California State PTA Supports Prop 15 and Prop 16. Thank you for voting!
Get your FLU SHOTS NOW before they run out

With two serious respiratory viruses circulating this year it's especially important to protect ourselves and our families as much as we can. Flu shots are now available, but may be in short supply this year because of the current pandemic and higher demand for flu vaccines this year, so speak to your family physician or pharmacist about getting your seasonal flu shot now. CDC message on the Flu Vaccine.
Safe Routes to School - Walk and Roll to School 2020

No matter your learning environment, families, neighborhoods, and schools are invited to participate in Walk to School celebrations this year. During the ensuing weeks as more grades open, consider these 20 ideas to help encourage your school to celebrate walking to School in 2020.
Literacy and the Science of Reading
Wednesday, October 28th, 5:00 - 6:30pm

Ever wondered how kids learn to read, write and spell? Want to better support your child during distance learning? If you are the parent or teacher of an elementary or middle school student who struggles to read or write, whether they are dyslexic or not, please join us for a session with two Stanford professors to hear: How does the reading brain work from a neuroscience perspective, and how do we apply what neuroscience has discovered to develop strong readers & writers? Organized by the Palo Alto CAC and PTA Council. 

Join Webinar here.
Meeting ID: 898 6386 4534 
Passcode: 330632
Dial by your phone +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) 
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