Walter Hays Weekly
February 14, 2021
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Monday, February 15:
        No School - President's Day

February Core Value:


We remember that there are always other opportunities, and we hold a hopeful spirit.
In This Issue
  • Happy Lunar New Year
  • Support Black Owned Businesses
  • Black History Month Speaker
  • Call for PTA Volunteers
  • Yearbook Portrait Day RSVP!
  • Buy Your Yearbook Today!
  • Mindfulness Corner - Talking About Racism
  • PAUSD’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
  • New Reads for February Core Value: Resilience
Walter Hays News
Happy Lunar New Year

February 12th marks the first day of the new Lunar Calendar and this year we are celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Ox. We wish everyone good health, peace and prosperity. May all your wishes come true in 2021!

恭喜发财, 心想事成! 꿈과 소망을 이루시길 빌어요! An khang thịnh vượng!
Support Black Owned Food and Drink Businesses

For families looking for ways to support Black owned businesses, Palo Alto compiled this list to help diners make their choices.
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. 
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!
Yearbook Portrait Day - RSVP!!

If you have not submitted an official student portrait for your child, please attend "Portrait Day" on Saturday, February 20th during the following time slots:

  • Hybrid - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Distance Learning - 3:45pm to 5:00pm

Please RSVP and submit your response by locating your class and cohort in the Portrait Submissions section on our website by February 18th.

Review the strict safety guidelines before arriving. There will be no exceptions.

This will be the LAST opportunity to get your child included in the 2020-2021 Yearbook. Don't MISS OUT!

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. It's going to be awesome!

Mindfulness Corner: Talking About Racism

February is Black History Month and provides us with a chance to check in: how does your family talk (or not talk) about racism?

Each family has its own perspective on racism, and perhaps even personal experiences or stories about racism. Children learn about differences at an early age, taking their cues from adults and the world around them. 

Having mindful and conscious talks with your children about accepting differences, recognizing and calling out rejection, and addressing worst case scenarios (i.e. violent behavior) will help your child as they step out into the world outside the home. Children will feel more capable and prepared as they develop relationships and interact with people outside the family. 

Here are some resources to try; we’d love to hear more about how you talk to your children about racism:

Susan Lewis, CASSY Therapist
Londy Reidy, Walter Hays School Psychologist
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
View the Facebook Live Event in Spanish on COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Community Forum, My Body, My Mind, My Wellness, My Community!
See the recording at @CountyofSanMateo Log into Facebook

Nuevo: Evento en Español transmitido en vivo en Facebook para abordar las inquietu
The event addressed community concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine and included tips to avoid health, labor and social inequities and the psycho-emotional effects of the pandemic. The Spanish-speaking conversation included: A Stanford University infectious diseases associate professor, A County Health equity officer, A Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County representative and Mental health specialists.  El evento abordó las preocupaciones de la comunidad sobre la vacuna COVID-19, con consejos para evitar las inequidades sociales, laborales y de salud y los efectos psicoemocionales de la pandemia. La conversación en español incluyó: un profesor asociado de enfermedades infecciosas de la Universidad de Stanford, un funcionario de equidad en salud del condado, un representante de la Sociedad de Ayuda Legal del Condado de San Mateo y especialistas en salud mental. @CountyofSanMateo Log into Facebook
Parenting in a Pandemic - Free Speaker Series from the PTA 6th District
Wed & Thur starting now 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:

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 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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