Walter Hays Weekly
November 29, 2020
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]
Monday, November 30:
        Principal Mary's Livestream Broadcast
        Begins at 8:35 a.m.
        Zoom Link to Follow

December 7-13:
        Walter Hays Bookfair at Books Inc

Monday, December 7:
        PJ Day
        Cohort A & distance learning students

Thursday, December 10:
        PJ Day
        Cohort B
In This Issue
  • PJ DAY - Snack & Story Time
  • Walter Hays Giving Tree
  • Thank You From Walter Hays Staff!
  • Mental Health & Learning Webinar
  • Mindful Moments of Self-Care
Walter Hays News
KICK OFF BOOK FAIR WEEK WITH PJ DAY: Snack and Story-time With Principal Mary and Ms. Ford

While we wish we could all be crowded together in the MP room, browsing books, and eating pizza, we still hope you will participate in the Walter Hays Book fair the week of December 7-13. We are kicking things off with pajama day and a story-time with Principal Mary and Ms. Ford in the evening.

Monday, December 7, wear your PJs to school or during distance learning. For Cohort B, your PJ day is Thursday, December 10.

On Monday December 7, stay in your jammies, grab a cup of hot cocoa and a cookie, and enjoy some cozy time with the Hays community in the evening as Principal Mary and Ms. Ford, our librarian, read select books to the students.

Parents, take the chance while your kids are distracted to browse the Books Inc. website and purchase holiday gifts and something for yourself (we all need some self-care and a good escape these days). Teacher wishlists to come as well. Make sure to use coupon code WALTERHAYS2020 and 10% of your entire purchase will go to the Walter Hays library fund. 

  • 6:30-7 - Storytime for K-2nd graders with Principal Mary
  • 7-7:30 - Storytime for 3-5th graders with Jennifer Ford

The livestream link will follow. We hope to "see" you there!

And remember, anytime from December 7-13, shop online or go to the Books Inc. store at Town and Country and use the coupon code or mention Walter Hays fundraiser at the checkout and 10% of all purchases (excluding gift cards) will come back to us all week.
Walter Hays Giving Tree
November 10th through December 10th

Dear Walter Hays Families,

As we return from Thanksgiving break, we hope you will consider a donation from the wish lists for our neighbors-in-need through the Ecumenical Hunger Program. Many families struggling during this difficult time are desperately in need. Your generosity can make all the difference and become a safety-net for them 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. 

Please follow these guidelines when participating:
  • All items should be brand new, in original packaging 
  • No gift wrap needed 
  • Items may be brought to school and placed in the the classroom box OR brought to the front office and placed in the bin labeled “Ecumenical Hunger Program”

We thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness!
Questions? Please email Lucia Ugarte & Monica Brown, PTA Events at:
Thank you from the Walter Hays staff to the Hays Community & PTA

Thank you to our wonderful PTA and Events Team for providing a delicious Mendocino Farms lunch for our staff. There were many treats, as well as wonderfully rich sandwiches. Thank you terrific PTA volunteers, we are so grateful for your partnership and support of our entire staff!
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 activity 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.

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. 
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.
Reminder to Schedule in Your Flu Shot

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.
Community News
Green Tip! Keep it Warm Inside Pt. 2:
Install thick double curtains to retain heat at night, and let in sun during the day. Put a foam sleeve on your water heater's hot water pipe for insulation - and set your water heater knob to 120F, or the low setting (keeps kids from getting scalded too). 
The Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto
For 64 years, the Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto has continued to serve those in our community who struggle financially. During the holiday season, funds contributed last year by many generous donors were distributed in small checks to over 636 low-income families. Overall, we helped 2500 individuals. All recipients are referred by local agencies who serve these families with children, single adults and seniors with limited funds! Please visit our website and help us make a difference and spread holiday cheer! The Christmas Bureau is a non-profit [501(c)(3)], non-sectarian, all volunteer organization. If you have already contributed to our 2020 Campaign, THANK YOU!

[NEW] Ragazzi Boys Chorus Welcomes New Members
Free online SingFest mini-camp Saturday, January 9 10 AM; individual online auditions scheduled conveniently
GRAMMY award-winning Ragazzi Boys Chorus seeks boys aged 7-10 who love to sing. Curriculum focuses on music theory, vocal technique, artistry, musicianship, and performance skills. Our current remote learning features advanced technologies and online learning platforms that enable effective vocal and theory instruction. Boys beginning this Spring will be prepared when we resume in-person classes and performances. To register for SingFest held January 9, visit For inquiries or to schedule an audition, visit
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