Walter Hays Weekly
January 3, 2021
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]
Thursday, January 7:
       First Day Back to School

Thursday, January 7:
        General PTA Board Meeting
        All Welcome
        Zoom Link to Follow

January Core Value:


We put forward our best effort and work, especially when we are challenged.
In This Issue
  • A "Thank You" Message From Ruta
  • San Mateo County Office of Education
  • 2020-2021 Yearbook Portraits Due
  • Black History Month
  • Book Fair Thank you
  • Needed! PTA Nominating Committee
  • January Core Value: Perseverance
  • Walter Hays Logo Wear - Final Sale
  • Children's Health Council Updates
Walter Hays News
A "Thank You" Message From Ruta

Dear Walter Hays Community,

I want to thank you so much for the generous retirement gift, kind words on Kudoboard and my goodbye car parade. All of these brought tears to my eyes.

Walter Hays was my second home for 22 years and I can’t believe I won’t be there to take care of the staff & students when school resumes on January 7th. I will especially miss the funny things your kids do and say. One of my favorite reasons for a child’s tardiness, "Sister was problematic." What 7 year old thinks of that? And kids forever mixing Gina and me up. It usually goes like this, “Hi Ruta, I mean Gina, I mean Ruta…. Which one are you?” I hope to come back to sub in the office in the fall just so I can get my fill of kid-isms.

If you happen to see me around town, I hope you will stop to say "HI." I may not remember your name, but will always remember you, your child, our exchanges. 
Wishing you all good health and laughter always.

Ruta Henard
Retired Walter Hays Secretary
The San Mateo County Office of Education 3rd Annual Art Institute

Join us for a virtual event on February 3, 2021 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm featuring: Arts & Creativity, Arts Integration, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, SEL Distance Learning. Invitation to Follow.
2020-2021 Yearbook Portraits & More!

PORTRAITS! Unlike year’s past we will not be hiring an external vendor to take portrait photos for each student due to strict COVID-19 safety protocol. As such, you should be receiving an email from your Room Parent (if you haven’t already) providing a portrait submission form. Please fill out the form as soon as you can. All portrait submission forms are due by January 29th in order to make it into the final yearbook.

Yearbooks are $25 with an extended deadline to order until January 31, 2020, at which point prices will increase! Yearbooks will be made available on a first come first serve basis. Get ahead of it, don’t procrastinate!

If you have any questions, please email:
Black History Month

Black History Month will take place in February. We are looking for volunteers to help organize events. If you are interested, please contact Andrea at
Book Fair - Thank you!

The total spent online and in-store during our December Book Fair at Books Inc was $3420.32, earning our school $342.30. Thank you to everyone who was able to participate. A huge thank you to Cindy DiTiberio, Amy Darling, Lise Latour and Andrea Levesque for organizing this event.
Needed: Nominating Committee

Are you looking for opportunities to get more involved with the school? Hoping to meet more Walter Hays parents? The nominating committee is a great opportunity for both! The Nominating Committee is a time limited commitment (you are done in April!) The role of the committee is to recruit new members for next year's PTA executive board. Please reach out to Andrea at if you are interested.
Read with Your Kids about January’s Core Value: Perseverance

We would like to invite parents to read books with their child(ren) about January’s Core Value, PERSEVERANCE. The Palo Alto library and Walter Hays library carry these books and we hope you will check them out. Here are five of the titles:

      1. Brave Irene By William Steig
      2. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
      3. The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting
      4. Girl Wonder by Deborah Hopkinson
      5. Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

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.  
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.
Children's Health Council

CHC'S Community Connections provides education sessions, events, conferences and a robust online resource library.

Children's Health Council
Phone: 650.326.5530 | Espanol: 650.688.3650 | Toll Free: 866.242.6789

Parent Support Groups
Anxiety Parent Support Group - Tues, January 5 at 12:00 pm - Register
ADHD Parent Support Group - Wed, January 13 at 11:00 am - Register
Learning Differences Parent Support Group - Fri, January 15 at 11:30 am - Register

Connect with other parents, share resources and get support at one of our free online parent support group meetings. Questions? Email Michele White

Reading Resources
A Kids' Guide To Coping With The Pandemic: Comic and Printable Zine - Learn more
How to Find Joy (Amidst the Mayhem) - How to Stay Balanced - Learn more
Shop & Benefit Walter Hays
PTA Council News
PTAC ePrep committee

Are you interested in joining the Emergency Preparedness Committee? Contact for more information.
Help Local Families Financially Impacted by COVID-19

The Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) is supporting the urgent need in our nearby community, including PAUSD families. The most recent shelter-in-place order will bring additional financial needs to many families. PACF is working with school district staff to identify and support families of students attending PAUSD schools who are struggling to meet basic life needs. As PACF’s fund grows, so will the support to the community. Please donate if you are able to support this local effort.
Health and Wellness: Santa Clara County Announces Expanded Testing Options and Self-Administered Testing - Free COVID-19 Testing Sites
Free COVID-19 testing in Palo Alto has been extended through February 2021. Santa Clara County will continue providing twice-per-month free testing by appointment only. Starting January 8, the community testing site will move to the El Palo Alto Room of the Mitchell Park Community Center. Testing appointments will be available 7 days in advance of the testing dates. Go here for more information and to sign up for an appointment starting 7 days in advance of the testing date.

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.
Community News
PALY Robotics

Paly Robotics is hosting a storytime with a picture book about robots that they wrote and illustrated this spring. The session will be on Monday, Jan 4 from 2:00PM - 2:30PM over Zoom. Team members will be reading the storybook, presenting about robotics and youth opportunities to get involved in STEAM. Both sessions cover the same information and are intended for ages 4-8 but all elementary grades are welcome. Sign up at Contact with any questions.
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