Walter Hays Weekly
November 1, 2020
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]
Monday, November 2:
        Principal Mary's Livestream Broadcast
        Begins at 8:35 a.m.
        Zoom Link to Follow

Tuesday, November 3:
        Election Day

Wednesday, November 11:
        No School - Veteran's Day
In This Issue
  • In Memoriam - Natalya Filippova
  • Fall Virtual Event Pumpkin Contest Results
  • Fall Virtual Event Poetry Gallery
  • Young Art Online Class Fundraiser
  • Library News from Mrs. Ford
  • PiE Challenge Grant Returns!
  • Parent Ed Webinar: Navigating Distance Learning
  • News from our CASSY Counselor
Walter Hays News
In Memoriam
It is with saddened hearts that we announce the loss of a Hays parent, Natalya Filippova. Natalya was a loved, valued and respected member of our school community and she will be missed.
Fall Virtual Event Pumpkin Contest Results

Congratulations to our winners of the “My Dressed up Pumpkin…” contest!!
Our judges were very impressed with each entry. Thank you to everyone who participated. Winners will be contacted to receive their prize.
Kindergarten winners
  • Scariest pumpkin - Pedro Ramos
  • Most Creative pumpkin - Olivia Hua
  • Cutest pumpkin - Andrew Song-Liang
2nd/3rd grade winners
  • Scariest pumpkin - Sebastian Jung (3rd)
  • Most Creative pumpkin - Joanna Van Den Akker (2nd)
  • Cutest pumpkin - Rahul Bollini (3rd)
4th/5th grade winners
  • Scariest pumpkin - Siddhant Mopkar (5th)
  • Most Creative pumpkin - Iyla Lada (4th)
  • Cutest pumpkin - Jayden McGuinn (4th)
View the pumpkin contest gallery here.
Fall Virtual Event Poetry Gallery
To all the Fall Poetry participants, great job!!

A big congratulations to our Walter Hays poets:

Andrew Song-Liang, Eva Javed, Leo Javed, Rahul Bollini, Elle McComas, Livio Passariello, Sasha Kumar, Kenley Schmidt, Ariana Gupta, Carys Olsen, Eloise Braham, Adeline Graffeo, Jonathan Gu, Ameya Deshpande, Aileen Yang, Ruhi Bollini, Oscar Varodaya

View the poem gallery here.
Young Art Online Classes

Dear Families,

As the holidays are slowly approaching, we invite you to join us for two holiday themed art classes hosted by a professional Young Art Instructor! In this 45-60 minute class, young artists will work with the instructor to create a holiday themed “subject”. This is a great opportunity for kids to have a creative outlet afterschool. So grab your classmates and sign up together!
Wednesday, November 4th @3pm 
Subject: Turkey 
Cost: $10/class
Make your purchase through our webstore link above. When you sign up to purchase, please make sure to enter in your email address to receive the password to register through the event links found in the flyer.
Wednesday, November 18th @ 3pm
Subject: Reindeer
Cost: $10/class 

Make your purchase through our webstore link above. When you sign up to purchase, please make sure to enter in your email address to receive the password to register through the event links found in the flyer.
Library News from Mrs. Ford

Library book circulation is going well, and students are reading lots and lots! This month in library, we learned about Hispanic Heritage, Integrity, Unity Day, and Halloween. Library slides are posted each week on Schoology for most classes, and Seesaw for others. The slides include several additional read aloud videos for students, and are a collaboration of all PAUSD elementary librarians! There are sometimes also additional fun activities.
A quick reminder of the different ways to request library books! 
  • Sign on to OPALs through Rapid ID and request a book from the catalog. Click here to find out how.
  • Use the Google Form to request a book
  • Send an email directly to Mrs. Ford:
  • Send a message to Mrs. Ford through Schoology
  • Ask Mrs. Ford during library time
All requests should be made by Wednesday afternoon in order for books to be received by Friday of the same week. For students in Cohorts A and B, and AM/PM Kindergarteners, books will be delivered to classrooms on Friday. For students doing distance learning, parents will be emailed when the books are ready to be picked up – usually Friday mornings. Please reach out to Mrs. Ford with any questions. Thank you!
Campaign Countdown: The PiE Challenge Grant Returns!

If you have been waiting to complete your PiE donation for the year, the time has come. Generous donors have offered up a special Campaign Countdown challenge grant, and will match donations up to $210,000 through November 16. Support our students by donating to PiE. If you have already given or pledged, thank you so much. Every dollar makes a difference.
Parent Ed Webinar: Navigating Distance Learning

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Parent Ed Webinar on “Navigating Distance Learning.” For those unable to attend, but are interested, the recording can be viewed here.
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.
November Core Value:


We are leaders and speak up, even when it is unpopular.
Read with Your Kids about November's Core Value:

The Core Values Committee would like to invite parents to read books with their child(ren) about Novembers Core Value, INITIATIVE. The Palo Alto Library and Walter Hays Library both have books on this theme. Your child(ren) can check them out at any time.

  1. Alejandro’s Gift, by Richard E. Albert 
  2. The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown 
  3. Listen to the Wind, by Greg Mortenson 
  4. My Name is not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream by Jennifer Fosberry 
  5. Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

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  

The PTA Council and all 17 PTAs support 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!
NOT REGISTERED, no ballot, or ballot messed up? You can fix this when you vote in-person. DEADLINE: 8pm, Tue Nov 3. This close to Election Day, official ballot drop boxes are quicker and safer than mail. Drop boxes go directly to the Registrar of Voters, avoiding any mail delays. Vote in the county you live in! LOCATIONS & MORE: [Santa Clara County] [San Mateo County] 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.
Rethinking Adulthood: A Neurodiverse Trajectory
Thursday, November 12, 7-8:30pm

ZOOM info sent the day before the event; please RSVP here.
What does it mean to be an adult? How is the transition to adulthood addressed in neurodiverse populations? Neurodivergent educator Amy Faigin will explore the social and emotional elements of this transition and how we can better support our students and children through this process. REEL, the Palo Alto CAC and PTA Council are proud to co-host this event for parents and educators. Questions:
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.
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