Walter Hays Weekly
November 8, 2020
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]
Monday, November 9:
        Principal Mary's Livestream Broadcast
        Begins at 8:35 a.m.
        Zoom Link to Follow

Tuesday, November 10:
        Dine & Donate with Gott's

Wednesday, November 11:
        Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL

December 7th - 13th:
        Walter Hays “Book Fair” at Books Inc!
In This Issue
  • Gott's Fundraiser
  • Book Fair at Books Inc.
  • PiE Challenge Grant!
  • Young Art Online Class Fundraiser
  • Library News from Mrs. Ford
Walter Hays News
Fall Fundraiser: Dine & Donate at Gott's on November 10th  

Order dinner at Gott's at Town & Country and 20% of all sales between 4PM and 7:30PM will go to Walter Hays!

There's something for everyone: burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, tacos, and more! There are a few ways to order: pickup, delivery, or outdoor dining. If you opt for pickup or delivery, you can do so right from their website.

Help us spread the word and tell your family and friends by sharing this flyer.

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jenine Young at 
Save the Date! Dec 7-13th Walter Hays “Book Fair” at Books Inc. in Palo Alto!

Starting to think about holiday shopping? Check a lot off your list the week of Dec 7-13th at Books Inc. in Palo Alto. Every purchase our community makes there during that week (in store or online) will earn our library 10% back in cash! Help us spread the word and tell your family and friends by sharing this flyer!
Challenge Grant: A Second Chance to Double Your Impact!

Generous donors have offered a second and final challenge grant this year, and will match donations up to $210,000 through November 16th. Every donation at any level will be doubled!
Support our students by donating to PiE. If you have already given or pledged, thank you so much. Every dollar makes a difference. Donate or pledge today, and double your impact.
Join Us for Young Art Online Classes

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 after school. So grab your classmates and sign up together! 

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!
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
MEASURE O - A Victory for Palo Alto Schools

THANK YOU to all PTA volunteers, parents, students, neighbors, and friends. You did it! You helped to pass this parcel tax **Measure O** by historical numbers in support for our schools, teachers, staff, bus drivers, and students. During an especially difficult year, Palo Alto came together for our public schools and all families. We are in your debt for your generosity and priority. Thank you! 
Rethinking Adulthood: A Neurodiverse Trajectory
Thursday, Nov 12th, 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:
Literacy and the Science of Reading
Wednesday, October 28th

Thank you for joining us on October 28th for the webinar during Dyslexia Awareness Month. If you were unable to attend here is the Youtube link of the recording featuring Dr. Jason D. Yeatman and Dr. Rebecca Silverman of Stanford University. Event sponsored by: Palo Alto Council of PTAs (PTAC) and Palo Alto CAC for Special Education. 
Get your FLU SHOTS NOW before they run out of Flu vaccine.

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

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.
Community News
Webinar/Live Q&A - Mental Health & Learning: Living in Uncertain Times
Tuesday, December 1st or Tuesday, December 8th, 6:30-8:00 PM

Still stressed about "back to school?" Worried how your kids are handling the stress and anxiety of adjusting to the ever-changing "new normal?" Join us on December 1 or December 8 at an interactive session for PAUSD elementary school parents and staff where you can listen to experts from Children’s Health Council and get your questions answered. Click here for more information or to register today.
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