We remember that there are always other opportunities, and we hold a hopeful spirit.
In This Issue
PTA Hosts Black History Month
Walter Hays & El Carmelo - Black History Month Celebrations
Dine & Donate - Coconuts on February 24th
Black History Month Speaker - Maxine Williams
Join the PTA
Buy Your Yearbook Today
Mindfulness Corner - The Inner Critic
Drawing Across the Color Lines with Kids
New Reads for February Core Value: Resilience
Walter Hays News
Walter Hays PTA Hosts Black History Month Celebrations
The Walter Hays PTA is pleased to bring you a line up of exciting, informative events in celebration of Black History Month!
Coming up this week - Feb 22nd through 26th
The Walter Hays PTA is happy to present the Dreamshapers program, “African and African American Tales” presented by Michael D. McCarty. Michael’s tales from Africa, and of African-Americans, depict the challenges and triumphs of black people throughout the history of the Americas to entertain and educate his audiences. Your child’s teacher will present this performance to their classes sometime in the upcoming week.
Walter Hays & El Carmelo PTA Co-Host Black History Celebrations
Bedtime Stories Night with picture-book author Patrice McLaurin!
Event includes a signed book giveaway!
We are delighted to host children’s author Patrice McLaurin for a district-wide virtual author visit on the evening of Wednesday, February 24th. Patrice will read from her wonderful picture book Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? At the end of the presentation there will be a 12-book giveaway, with a signed book going to a student participant from each of the 12 PAUSD elementary schools.
Patrice McLaurin’s presentation will take place on Wednesday, February 24th, from 6.30pm-7.30pm for all elementary school students in PAUSD. This is the Zoom webinar link for the event:https://pausd.zoom.us/j/91455422038
Signed copies of Patrice McLaurin’s books, Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?, Have You Thanked a KidVentor Today?, and I Am Because I Choose are available for purchase from Patrice’s website: https://www.patricemclaurin.com/shop/
Paperback books are available from her site for a special discounted rate of $10 with the coupon code IAMBIC. Shipping rates apply.
Black History Celebration Family Fun Night, 2/26 at 6:30PM
Join us for a high-energy, district-wide, professionally led celebratory online event where our elementary students will keep the learning and fun going beyond the Black History Celebration Newsletters and Bedtime Story Night with Black History-focused Bingo, Kahoot, Scavenger Hunt, and more with prizes! All PAUSD Elementary School families are welcome. You don’t want to miss this! Zoom details coming soon!
Black History Celebration Newsletters
Each newsletter highlights at least five Black Leaders, two Black History moments, and four Black History learning opportunities for our elementary PTA students and families. During our 2/26 Family Fun Night, some of the concepts our Bingo and Kahoot games will cover will be based on our Newsletter content.
Please print and present the attached flyer at time of payment.
NOTE: They will NOT be able to donate 15% if you order through delivery
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. It's going to be awesome!
YEARBOOKS ARE LIMITED THIS YEAR SO GET YOURS NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
Have you ever caught yourself thinking critical thoughts about yourself? Perhaps you made a mistake at work or noticed a few extra pounds on the scale and immediately heard an unpleasant voice in your head telling you just how awful you are.
That’s your inner critic (some even call it your inner bully). And your child probably has one too.
You can begin helping your child (and you!) by naming that voice. Get creative with it: The Mean One, Cranky, Mr. Know-it-All. Teach your child that when they hear this inner voice of shame, they can ask it to go outside and sit in a tree or take a long walk. Self-compassion may be a good antidote too. For instance, kids (and adults) can create an inner cheerleader or coach; call on the cheerleader or coach to say something positive or kind when the inner critic comes to visit.
Susan Lewis, CASSY therapist, and Londy Reidy, Walter Hays school psychologist
Drawing Across the Color Line with Kids
Tuesday, February 23rd, 8:30 pm to 9:45 pm ET
Video Premier & Conversation
Unlike our typical webinar, this one will start with a video premier. The video will feature three award-winning, children's author/illustrators - Grace Lin (A Big Mooncake for Little Star), Oge Mora (Saturday) and Yuyi Morales (Dreamers). These beloved children's book artists, all #OwnVoices creators, talk to each other about their own evolutions, from early childhood to today, in representing people who look like them. They draw each other, each across a color line, and have suggestions for how adults can support kids to use drawing as a tool for seeing and honoring others. After the video, the artists will join us to answer your questions. This webinar will last 75 minutes, rather than our usual 60.
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 (email@example.com) and Zeehan Selha (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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. Pleasesign upand encourage others to do so as well!https://tinyurl.com/PAEquityChallenge.
PTA Council News
PTA Parent Series: Parenting in a Pandemic
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:
First, Adjust Your Own N95 Mask! Creating Happiness for You and Your Family
Wednesday, February 24 7:00 PM
Supporting Children in our Changing World
Wed March 3 7:00 PM
Wed March 10 6:00 PM
Thu March 18 7:00 PM
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: eventbrite/ PTA Advocacy Sessions.
We are proud to present our virtual chess classes (via Zoom) where we will continue to foster patience, strategic planning and critical thinking skills. Our time will be spent on the principles of the opening, tactical elements of the middle game, and basic endgame situations. Although we are unable to see the enthusiastic faces of our students live, the plus is that we have enhanced our teachings through visual aids. Our lessons are fun, interactive and include digital versions of our exclusive workbooks.
More than 60 years ago, Ruby Bridges' mother courageously supported her six year old daughter in becoming the first Black student to walk to an all-white school. Sign upfor Ruby Bridges Walk 'n' Roll Month and learn about how supporting transportation equity can reduce those impacts of traffic congestion, transportation-related injury and chronic disease, air pollution exposure and access to jobs, health care and education that disproportionately affect people in historically under-represented communities.