Walter Hays Weekly
January 31, 2021
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]
Monday, February 1:
        Livestream with Principal Mary
        Link to Follow

Tuesday, February 9:
        Spirit Day for Cohort A

Friday, February 12:
        Spirit Day for Cohort B and FDL
February Core Value:


We remember that there are always other opportunities, and we hold a hopeful spirit.
In This Issue
  • Upcoming Spirit Days
  • Needed: Nominating Committee
  • Black History Month Speaker
  • Last Day to Buy Yearbook at $25
  • Last Day to Submit Student Portrait for Yearbook
  • Acts of Kindness Challenge
  • PAUSD’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
  • PiE Announcement
  • Last Day to Submit Holiday Recipe
  • New Reads for February Core Value: Resilience
Walter Hays News
Spirit Days
Walter Hays will celebrate Valentine's Day/Week with 2 Spirit Days.
Everyone is invited to wear the colors that celebrate this day, such as red, pink, purple and white. 
The schedule for Spirit Days will be:
  • Tuesday Feb. 9 - Cohort A 
  • Friday Feb. 12 - Cohort B and FDL classes
Needed: Nominating Committee

Our PTA is desperately searching for parents to serve on our nominating committee. If we cannot form a PTA for next year, programing at our school will look much different - our kids will miss out!

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 parliamentarian Daniel Moore at if you are interested.
Black History Month Speaker

We are excited to announce that we have a speaker for Black History Month, Maxine Williams. She is the Global Chief Diversity Officer at Facebook. This is a speaking engagement for parents on race, diversity, prejudice, and bias, which are top issues of our time. We hope to have our whole community come to the table to hear what she has to say. Further details will be shared in upcoming communications. 
Last Day to Buy a Yearbook at $25

Today is the last day to purchase a yearbook at $25. Prices will increase as of February 1, 2021.

The yearbook theme for 2020-2021 is “Virtually Together” and will encapsulate the unique journey of our students that include memorable milestones captured throughout their school year whether they were in Distance Learning or Hybrid.

Last Day to Submit a Yearbook Portrait for Students

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. Therefore, all portrait submissions need to be submitted online for each student. All portrait submission forms are due by January 31st by 11:59PM in order to make it into the final yearbook.

Please submit your student's photo through our website and reference the provided Photo Submission Guidelines. The submissions will be evaluated by the Yearbook Team by February 7th. If photos do not adhere to submission guidelines, they will need to be retaken and re-submitted. To check the status of your submission, please request for access here.

It would be wonderful to include every Walter Hays student in this memorable yearbook!
If you have any questions, please email:

That calming, beautiful ripple of concentric circles spiraling out when you drop a pebble into the water is how I picture the impact of acts of kindness.
Did you know that doing something kind for someone has a positive impact on you? It is true. Being kind promotes good feelings among people, it increases our sense of being connected; and, feeling connected is more important than ever during these times. This sense of being connected can lead to improved or deepening relationships that can lead to a healthier and happier you.
How does this happen? When you do something kind for another person, it actually releases our feel-good hormones that can help to make us feel more energized, happier, lighter, and less burdened. Showing kindness encourages Gratitude by shining a perspective light on the abundance in our life.
Who has been kind to you lately? Who have you been kind to? Finding ways to be kind can be fun and creative, and it doesn’t have to cost anything. Here are some suggestions:

  • Call a relative (grandparent, cousin, aunt, or uncle)you haven’t spoken to for awhile
  • Send a card in the mail to someone you miss.
  • Write a kind note or draw a picture with sidewalk chalk outside
  • Leave some treats or a small gift on a neighbor’s doorstep
  • Find clothes, books, or games that you no longer need and donate them to charity
Here is a challenge: February 17, 2021 is RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY. Can you find a way to show kindness 17 times between today and February 17th? Please share with me all that you were able to do.
With Gratitude and Loving Kindness,
Londy Reidy, School Psychologist (
Susan Lewis, CASSY Therapist
PAUSD’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

We are excited to bring this event to our community! The Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge is a powerful opportunity for shared learning and growth that invites educators, students, families, and the community at large to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community.

Sign up here for the 21-day self-guided learning journey. Registration launched on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – January 18, 2021, and the challenge officially begins on Monday, February 1. Topics include racial identity, intersectionality, race and health, legal system inequity, allyship, and more. 

Beginning Monday, February 1, 2021, participants will engage with articles, videos, podcasts, etc. related to that day’s topic. Choose at least one resource to explore, and feel free to journal about your thoughts or chat about what you learned on the PAUSD discussion board. 

I hope you consider joining us and many members of the PAUSD community for the Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge. Our goal is to reach 1,000+ participants for the challenge, and it would be wonderful if we had a strong representative group from Walter Hays! Please feel free to let others know about this meaningful learning opportunity by forwarding this message to them.
A Little Time = Great Results!

Become a PiE volunteer and help make a big difference. Next year, coming back from COVID, we'll want to build an even greater connection on campus. Join our team! It's fun and you get to meet new people. Grab a friend and volunteer together!
Interested? Email!
Last Day to Submit a Holiday Recipe
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:
February Core Value: Resilience

We remember that there are always other opportunities, and we hold a hopeful spirit.

Read with Your Kids about February’s Core Value: Resilience
We would like to invite parents to read books with their child(ren) about February’s Core Value, RESILIENCE. 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. Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate
      2. Otis by Loren Long
      3. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
      4. Flight School by Lita Judge
      5. Ben’s Trumpet by Rachel Isadora

The Core Values Committee, headed by Lise Latour ( and Zeehan Selha ( invites 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
PAUSD and the City of Palo Alto Launch a 21-Day Equity Challenge

For 21 days during Black History Month, Palo Alto students, parents, staff and the community at large are encouraged to do one action each day beginning on February 1. The #PAEquityChallenge will provide online daily activities (brief readings, videos, etc.) that can be done in 15 minutes or less. Each daily topic will provide an opportunity to deepen our connections and further our understanding of power, privilege, oppression, and equity AND BELONGING. Please sign up and encourage others to do so as well!
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
Free online webinars for parenting in a pandemic, organized by 6th District PTA.

Please CLICK HERE to register for any of the talks below:
ESPAÑOL - Estrés y El Bienestar de nuestra Salud MentalR
Miércoles, 3 de febrero de 2021, 7pm

Improving Family Life While Working at Home
Thursday, February 11, 2021, 7pm

Parenting During the Pandemic: First, Adjust Your Own N95 Mask! Creating Happiness for You and Your Family
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7pm

Supporting Children in our Changing World
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 7pm
2021 Annual CAC Sweetheart Awards - Call for Nominations

Is there a bus driver, friend, teacher, administrator, neighbor, aide, crossing guard, coach, fellow student, therapist, physician, volunteer or relative that has done something for your special needs child with an IEP or 504? Honor that person by nominating him or her for a CAC Sweetheart Award. Submit Nomination Form before 2/19. The Awards Ceremony will be on Saturday, February 27, from 10am to noon on Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to nominators and nominees directly to retain privacy. For info or questions contact or go to
Palo Alto PTA Council Invites You to Policy Setting Sessions on Teen Vaping & Youth Health
Feb 4th, 23rd, and 25th

The Palo Alto PTA Council successfully championed a 2020 CAPTA Resolution on Vaping: Resolution A. The Santa Clara County Health Department is holding policy setting sessions specific to PTA advocacy. If you have elementary and middle school aged children, please consider attending one of these sessions. Register Here: PTA Advocacy Sessions. These sessions are for those in leadership positions interested in advocacy at their school (Health & Wellness Representatives, VP Advocacy, VP Community Outreach). Press Release: PTA Announces Support for Measures That Prohibit E-Cigarette. Questions? Please contact Jade Chao at
Health & Wellness
Family Resources here: Health Wellness Updates /Resources
Community News
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