Walter Hays Weekly
November 15, 2020
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Monday, November 16:
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In This Issue
  • Walter Hays Giving Tree
  • Young Art Online Class Fundraiser
  • Book Fair at Books Inc.
  • Mental Health & Learning Webinar
  • Mindful Moments of Self-Care
  • PiE Challenge Grant!
Walter Hays News
Walter Hays Giving Tree
November 10th thru December 10th

As we enter this holiday season, we are asking for our Walter Hays community to come together and help participate in our holiday giving tree in partnership with the Ecumenical Hunger Program. This past year has seen many families already struggling, being blindsided by COVID-19, threatening not only their health but also their livelihood. Your generosity can make all the difference and become a safety-net for a neighbor-in-need this holiday season. If you are in a position to help, we would greatly appreciate your donation.

Please reference the gift, toiletry and gift card wish lists provided here while shopping for your donation.

In order to maintain social distance when donating, please follow the guidelines when participating:

  • All items should be brand new, in original packaging 
  • No gift wrap needed 
  • Hybrid (in-person) students - bring items by sending them with your student to school in a bag, they can add them to the classroom box. 
  • Distance learning students - you may bring them to the front office and place it in the box labeled “Ecumenical Hunger Program.”

We thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness! 
Questions? Please email Lucia Ugarte & Monica Brown, PTA Events at:
Join Us for Young Art Online Classes

The holidays are now here and we invite you to join us for a 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.
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!
Webinar/Live Q&A - Mental Health & Learning: Living in Uncertain Times
Dec 1st or Dec 7th, 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.
Mindful Moments & Self-Care

Self-Care and cultivating gratitude are important strategies and skills to learn, to practice, and to share with our families. The two activities below are suggestions for you to try. The Flower & Candle Breathing technique is one that many of our Walter Hays students know. Focused breathing helps us to slow down our body, release stress, and bring our attention back to the moment.

The Thankful Tree activity is a simple, yet fun, way for your family to explore and express the many things that you are grateful for today. Research suggests that expressing gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression; and, ultimately, reminds us of what is truly important. 

Wishing you moments of peace and unexpected joy!
Londy Reidy & Susan Lewis
Flower and Candle Breathing
This is a wonderful strategy to use when children/parents need to stop, breathe, and relax. The activity helps to re-center attention by using imagery to find focus in the moment.


  1. Hold the left hand in a fist. Ask the child to imagine it is a flower. 
  2. Hold the right hand in a fist. Ask the child to imagine it is a candle. 
  3. Inhale, pretending to sniff the flower.
  4. Exhale, pretending to blow out the candle. 
Breathe deeply to really smell the flower. Then exhale completely to really really blow the candle out. 
Thankful Tree 
Celebrate the beauty of fall by creating a festive centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table! Your child will love to help draw, cut out, and color the paper leaves. This family activity will give them a chance to see just how much they have to be grateful for. 
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.
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
The K-12 Opportunity Gap & Its Effect on Equal Access to Higher Education
Thursday, December 3rd, 12 - 1:30 pm. Zoom Webinar

Presented by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto with Cosponsorship by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs - Guest Speakers: Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Genevieve (“Genzie”) Bonadies Torres, Counsel for the Educational Opportunities Project. A high-quality education is among the most potent drivers of opportunity and economic mobility, particularly for historically marginalized students of color and low-income students. Unfortunately, our educational system is too often deepening the racial and socioeconomic divides that persist across California and our country. In this webinar, the Lawyers’ Committee’s Educational Opportunities Project will provide an overview of the current racial inequities characterizing the K-12 system and their impact on access to higher education and social mobility. The webinar will then highlight important efforts that are underway in California and across the country to dismantle existing barriers and to ensure education remains a ladder to opportunity for all. Register here.
PTAC Wishes Everyone a Safe & Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

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
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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