Walter Hays Weekly
January 17, 2021
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]
Monday, January 18:
        MLK Jr. Holiday - No School
January Core Value:


We put forward our best effort and work, especially when we are challenged.
In This Issue
  • Mindfulness Corner: How to Talk to Children about Violence
  • Reminder: Yearbook Portrait Submission & Order
  • Black History Month
  • Holiday Recipe Sharing - Deadline January 31st!
  • Nominating Committee Needed
Walter Hays News
Mindfulness Corner: How to Talk to Children about Violence

January has so far been an eventful time for our students, including witnessing violent acts or fears of violence in and around our government. Even if your child does not watch the news with you, they may encounter news at school or through social media. 

Our advice is to be proactive and discuss it with your kids, in an age appropriate manner with some goals in mind. Kids need to hear they are safe with you from the violence. They also need to feel seen and heard. Thank them when they share their feelings and concerns with you and give them your full attention.

Our CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth) Team has put together an attached flyer for you as a resource when talking to your child about violence. We hope you find it helpful. You can find additional resources on our website: Please don't hesitate to reach out to your CASSY school therapist for support or any questions you might have.

Susan Lewis
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #120145 (CASSY)
Supervised by Eva Martinez, LCSW #79428
Don't Delay, Buy Your Yearbook Today!

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 until sold out!
Reminder: Yearbook Portrait Submissions

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 possible. All portrait submission forms are due by January 29th in order to make it into the final yearbook.

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
Holiday Recipe Sharing - Deadline 1/31!
Let's stay connected by sharing one family recipe you cherish and treasure. Prepare it, write it down, take pictures and upload it. Make sure to include a photo of you and your little one’s beautiful smiles as a welcome bonus – a rare commodity in the world of masks! Have fun preparing it with your child and gain the culinary inspiration from our diverse Walter Hays community!
Our recipe sharing event has been extended to Sunday, January 31, 2021
Please upload your recipe here. 
View gallery of recipes here.
Walter Hays Community Building Team,
Tatjana Azarova and Pranita Garg
For any questions, please contact:
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.  
Shop & Benefit Walter Hays
PTA Council News
Parenting in a Pandemic - Free Speaker Series from the PTA 6th District
Wed & Thur starting January 21 and running through March 2021

Register Today for the FREE Virtual Webinars. The goal is to support our community with free Parent Education Resources to help them cope and continue to thrive even in these uncertain times. Topics include Navigating School During Uncertain Times, Optimizing Family and Emotional Health in the Time of COVID-19, Improving Family Life While Working at Home, Parenting During the Pandemic: First, Adjust Your Own N95 Mask! Creating Happiness for You and Your Family and Well-Balanced Student, among many more interesting topics. Please click here to see the full range of what is offered.
State's regional stay at home order extended

In a statement issued by the California Department of Public Health, the State has extended its Regional Stay at Home Order, which was originally set to expire on January 8, due to the region’s ICU bed capacity remaining below 15%. All current restrictions will remain in place until the Bay Area’s four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%. The state will assess the region’s ICU projections in the coming days and announce a formal decision on whether Bay Area meets criteria to exit the order.

Mandatory Quarantine after Long-Distance Travel into Santa Clara County

All persons traveling into Santa Clara County, whether by air, car, train, or any other means, directly or indirectly from a point of origin greater than 150 miles from the County's borders must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. 
More Family Resources here: Health Wellness Updates /Resources
Community News
Positive Parenting: Young Children Adapting to COVID

PiE and CASSY are pleased to present an evening about strength and resilience in young children. Learn how adaptable your children are and how they have been coping through the pandemic. Find out how resourceful and resilient YOU are! Gain new skills to encourage them to be more flexible in this ever-changing environment. For parents of children from preschool to 1st grade.
Presenters are Lisa Miller, Program Manager, and Eva Martinez, Clinical and Site Supervisor, from CASSY.
Thursday, January 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting ID: 984 3395 8329
Passcode: CASSY
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - "Together We Rise"
Mon, Jan 18th, 11A-1P on ZOOM

Join Youth Community Service (YCS), the City of Palo Alto and community partners in a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Let's build an even stronger community as we all learn and grow from these difficult times. Join us for a Youth Panel - hosted by Palo Alto High School BSU members discussing systemic racism. We will also hear from our community partners and participate in Service Learning Projects to support our local communities.

For more details and to register for zoom link visit.
Questions? Email Jennifer Lee Thuresson:
Palo Alto Players Presents: THE LAST FIVE YEARS

Palo Alto Players continues its 90th season with the award-winning off-Broadway musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS. Starring real-life married couple Chris and Marah Sotelo, this intimate and alluring musical by modern theatre icon Jason Robert Brown chronicles the five year relationship of a young couple whose path takes them in different directions – in more ways than one. THE LAST FIVE YEARS will be filmed live on stage and available as an on-demand video stream, from January 29 through February 14, 2021. Streaming tickets, starting at $25 per household, are on sale now at or by phone at 650.329.0891.

Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes (no intermission)
Age Recommendation: Age 16 and up
Green Tip: Flat as a (card)board

Have a build-up of cardboard boxes? Check first to see if your neighbors want them. If not, please remove all packing material, flatten the cardboard, and place it in your BLUE recycle cart. Excess cardboard can be placed in a tied bundle next to your blue cart, but GreenWaste wants to limit the need for drivers to hand-collect material at this time.
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.
Looking for previous community listings?
We generally post events for only one week, and then move any ongoing listings to the PTA website.

Have an announcement?
Send your announcement before Thursday to Note that we can't include attachments.

If you have an announcement that is not specifically for Walter Hays (district wide news or community events), please send it to Check PAUSD submission guidelines here.

Need help with UpToUs?