Walter Hays Weekly
December 6, 2020
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]
Monday, December 7:
        Principal Mary's Livestream Broadcast
        Begins at 8:35 a.m.
        Zoom Link to Follow

Thursday, December 10:
        Principal's Zoom Coffee
        10:30-11:30 a.m.
        Zoom Link Below

December 7-13:
        Walter Hays Book Fair at Books Inc

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

Thursday, December 10:
        PJ Day - Cohort B
In This Issue
  • A Message from Principal Mary
  • 2020-2021 Yearbook - On Sale Now!
  • Walter Hays Book Fair & PJ Day
  • Holiday Gifting: Group Appreciation Collection
  • Walter Hays Logo Wear Sale
  • Walter Hays Holiday Giving Tree
  • Mindfulness Corner - 15 Minutes a Day
  • Needed! PTA Nominating Committee
Walter Hays News
A message from Principal Mary
Learning Model: Hybrid and Full Distance Learning

I’ve had a few questions regarding whether there will be an opportunity to switch programs in January 2021 and dependent on space, families will have the opportunity to make a change request. I will be sure to share with families once I receive more information on the process. Additionally, I plan to hold a Principal’s Coffee via Zoom on Thursday, December 10, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. to share insights regarding our two programs and project goals for the year ahead:

Questions may be submitted to or asked at the zoom.
2020-2021 Yearbook - On Sale Now!

The 2020-2021 production of the Walter Hays yearbook continues on as part of a long held annual tradition despite being in the midst of a pandemic.

This yearbook will be documenting all the adjustments that our kids have persevered and conquered through, making it one that we can cherish for generations to come.

Yearbooks are now on sale for $25 until December 31, 2020, at which point prices will increase! Yearbooks will be made available on a first come first serve basis as we have a severely limited supply this year. Get ahead of it, don’t procrastinate!

If you have any questions, email:
A BIG “thank you” to all of our 5th graders who participated in choosing a yearbook theme and cover for the 2020-2021 school year.

This year’s theme is *drum roll* “Virtually Together!”
Walter Hays Book Fair - Dec 7-13 at Books Inc (In store or Online!)

Kick off Book Fair Week with PJ Day and 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 your FDL classes! 
For Cohort B, your PJ day is Thursday, December 10.

On the evening of Monday, Dec 7, wear 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 Mrs. Ford, our librarian, read select books to the students. 

  • 6:30-7:00 - Story-time for K-2nd graders with Principal Mary
  • 7:00-7:30 - Story-time for 3-5th graders with Mrs. Ford

Click this zoom link to attend and we hope to "see" you there.
Meeting ID: 944 1478 5239
Passcode: Books

Parents, take the chance while your kids are distracted to browse the Books Inc. website and purchase holiday gifts and a little something for yourself (we all need some self-care and a good escape these days)! Check out the teacher wishlists and make a purchase or two for your child's classroom. (Individual classrooms can be found on the bottom tabs. Please mark an X next to any titles you purchase).

Need a good recommendation? Check out Mrs. Ford’s suggestions!

Make sure to use coupon code WALTERHAYS2020 and 10% of your entire purchase will go to the Walter Hays library fund. 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.

Questions? Contact Amy Darling at
Holiday Gifting: Group Appreciation Collection for Staff / Resources Outside the Classroom 
By now you should have already received an email from
your room parent about how to contribute to a group gift for your child’s teacher and aide.

Let's not forget about all the other people who help make Walter Hays a special place! Crossing guards, Custodians, PE teachers, Office Personnel, Librarians, Resource Specialists, Attendants, Psychologists, Yard Duty personnel, and Parent Liaisons - where would we be without them?
Please consider donating a few dollars (any amount that you are comfortable with) to our Holiday Group Collection so that we can show holiday appreciation to these staff members/resources who are not covered by classroom collections. Donations can be made by December 11th by sending money via Paypal to (Because I am collecting for both classroom and staff funds, please indicate in the paypal comments where the funds should be allocated).
Our goal is to recognize everyone, however, we understand that in some cases there is someone in particular you want to recognize more. If so, please indicate that with an allocation note when you submit your donation. Gifts will be given as a group rather than with individual donor names.

For questions please contact Andrea at
Walter Hays Logo Wear - Final Weeks before Closing

Walter Hay logo wear builds community, school pride, and raises money for the school. This year the PTA created a one-stop Walter Hays logo wear site that ships all products directly to you, so there’s no waiting for distribution.  

If you have some last minute gift items to purchase, please consider purchasing from the logo wear store. Profit from the store goes to Walter Hays PTA.
Walter Hays Giving Tree

Last Day to Donate is December 10th!

Thank you for your support! We are still in need of several wish list items and would greatly appreciate your donation if you haven't already participated. All proceeds will go toward the Holiday Giving Tree for the Ecumenical Hunger Program. From gift cards, toys and general items, if you are in a position to help, we would greatly appreciate it. Your generosity can make all the difference and become a safety-net for a neighbor-in-need this holiday season.

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 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 BrownPTA Events at:
Mindfulness Corner: Fifteen Minutes a Day

Spending just 15 minutes a day with your child is a simple, but effective way to enrich your relationship and develop stronger bonds. Time together may even help ease a child’s behavioral challenges. 

How to Start:
Schedule a regular time to join your child in play when you can be together one-to-one (no siblings). Make sure it’s a time when you can both step away from phones, computers, or other distractions. Don’t engage when you are upset or tired or need to leave soon.

What to Do:
Relax and just watch. Let your child lead. Begin describing some things the child is doing. Give some positive feedback (“I like the way you have put those colors together”), smile, or laugh if appropriate, and do not criticize or give directions. If the child begins to misbehave, ignore this at first. If this continues or escalates, calmly and firmly tell your child that the time together is over and you will play later when the child behaves (this may be followed by a time out).

Sources include MATCH-ADTC: Modular approach to therapy for children with anxiety, depression, trauma, or conduct problems and this blog.

Thank you!
Susan Lewis (CASSY) and Londy Reidy
Needed: Nominating Committee

It’s hard to believe, but it is that time of year already when we need to look ahead to next year. We are looking for members to form a committee to find individuals for next year’s PTA board. Being on this committee is a great way to get involved and meet new people. If you are interested, please reach out to
December Core Value:


We honor others by treating them with kindness, courtesy, and fairness.
Read with Your Kids about December's Core Value: RESPECT

We would like to invite parents to read books with their child(ren) about December’s Core Value, RESPECT. The Palo Alto library and Walter Hays library both have books on this theme and we hope you will check them out. Here are five of the titles:

  1. Duck! Rabbit! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  2. Babushka’s Doll by Patricia Polacco
  3. Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller
  4. Art & Max by David Wiesner
  5. Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

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.
PTA Council News
Palo Alto CAC’s Annual Holiday Tea
Sat Dec 12, 3pm-4pm, via Zoom, Español | 中文

Parents and caregivers of students with IEPs, 504s, or other challenges, are warmly invited to the CAC’s 5th Annual Holiday Tea. A free scone and tea sachet will be available from Ada's Cafe on the morning of the event. The event will take place on Zoom. We will be joined by Florence de Bretagne, a local artist and muralist, who will lead our community through an art activity involving objects easily found around your home. Spanish and Chinese translation will be available to those who request via the RSVP form. Hosted by the Palo Alto CAC and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. We hope you can join us for this event and find community as well as some inspiration during our tea. Please RSVP here.
Health & Wellness Update

Stanford Pediatrics COVID-19 in Children Seminar Series
Weekly Thursday in December Noon - 1:00 PM via Zoom
Stanford Pediatrics welcomes the Stanford Children's community and general public to this weekly seminar series. This forum is explicitly devoted to the COVID-19 pandemic and is focused on its impact on the pediatric population and the surrounding community. 
December 10: COVID-19 Open Forum
January 7: COVID-19 and Neurology
Join the event via Zoom
You can also call in at: (650) 724-9799 | Zoom ID: 948 4693 8153 | Password: 802044
CLICK HERE for more information
Latest COVID-19 Updates for Santa Clara County

Mandatory Directive on Holiday Travel: The new Travel Directive by the Santa Clara County Department of Health contains information about how to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Directive on Travel will require people to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the County from travel of more than 150 miles. CLICK HERE or the above link for more information.
Literacy Update

The Los Angeles County Office Of Education - a webinar with renowned experts in the field of literacy education:
Community News
JOIN THE Academic Chess Team
A new session of chess starts this week (next week for Monday & Wednesday). To register, please go to (from homepage click ‘sign up now’ ‘San Jose’, then ‘SPECIAL EVENTS’ - you’ll then see the daily options). Our virtual class also includes an arena tournament where your child will represent his/her school.
Spanish Live Online Classes

Winter Session is Open: 20 Sessions Jan 12, 2021 - May 25, 2021 
What to Expect: Native Spanish speaking teachers, Small group classes, Conversational focused learning, 1/Week, 40 min, $320,Creative and active learning activities 

  • Pre K-1st Grade: Tuesday’s 2:30pm OR Wednesday’s 2:30pm 
  • 2nd-4th Grade: Wednesday’s 3:15pm OR Thursday’s 3:15pm  
  • 5th-6th Grade: Tuesday’s 3:15pm OR Thursday’s 3:15pm 
Register by Emailing:
Sign Up Before Spots Fill Up! After the first week of classes, cancellations will not be refunded. Call: 650-766-7740.
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