Walter Hays Weekly
February 7, 2021
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]

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
  • Spirit Days - This Week!
  • Black History Month Speaker
  • Black History Month - Kid's Titles
  • Call for PTA Volunteers
  • Buy Your Yearbook Today!
  • Acts of Kindness - Self Care
  • PAUSD’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
  • New Reads for February Core Value: Resilience
Walter Hays News
Spirit Days - This Week!
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
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. 
Book Ideas for Black History Month
Smaller Readers (K-3)
The Other Side By Jacqueline Woodson 
Teammates By Peter Golenbock 
Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story By Ruby Bridges 
If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights By Gwendolyn Hooks 
Mae Among the Stars By Roda Ahmed 
Bigger Readers (3-5)
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad By Ellen Levine 
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans By Kadir Nelson 
Who Was Rosa Parks? By Yona Zeldis McDonough 
What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld 
The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Interested in Being More involved at School?

Our Nominating Committee is actively looking for parents who wish to serve on next year’s PTA Exec Board. Please reach out to Daniel Moore at if you are interested in joining the team!
Yearbooks Available for Purchase at $26

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 week we explored what it means to be KIND and all the positive outcomes kindness has for those who receive acts of kindness as well as those who are expressing acts of kindness.
This week let’s consider being kind to ourselves and what that might look like. A quote from Brene Brown has a wonderful quote: “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”
A Back to Basics conversation might include:
  • How am I, or can I, take care of my body?
  • Eat, hydrate, move, rest
  • How am I, or can I, take care of my heart?
  • Connect socially, call a friend, have a virtual meal with friend/family, read a bedtime story with your family
  • How am I, or can I, take care of my mind?
  • Mindful breathing (breathe in for count of 5; hold for count of 5; breathe out for a count of 5; rest for a count of 5; repeat 5 times)
  • Acknowledge all the good in our lives
  • Do something that makes you laugh
Give yourself the gift of loving kindness this week. As we practice loving kindness we have the opportunity, by example, to teach our children the importance and gift of self-care.
Wishing you moments of peace and unexpected joy!

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.
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
2021 Palo Alto Chinese New Year Zoom Fair (Virtual)
Sat Feb 13, 2.00 - 3:30 PM
Palo Alto Chinese Community is cordially inviting you and your family to celebrate 2021 Chinese New Year, the Year of the Ox. A great opportunity for you and your family to learn dumpling making, Taichi and win a lucky Red Envelope. If you are dumpling making pro, time to show your skill and enter dumpling competition. To check out more click here. Co-sponsored by the PTA Council.
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
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