Walter Hays Weekly
February 21, 2021
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]
February 22-26:
        Dreamshapers Virtual Presentation

Wednesday, February 24 - 6:30pm
        Black History Celebration Bedtime Stories Night

Wednesday, February 24
        Dine & Donate with Coconuts

Friday, February 26 - 6:30pm
        Black History Celebration Family Fun Night
February Core Value:


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: 
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:
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.  
Newsletter 2:
Newsletter 3: COMING SOON!
Black History Month Fundraiser: Dine & Donate at Coconuts on February 24th

Since you can't go on an island holiday these days, why not bring the islands to you! Order dinner at Coconuts Caribbean in Palo Alto and 15% of all sales will go to Walter Hays! 

You can give yourself a break from making dinner AND you can support a Black-owned business during Black History month too. There's something for everyone at this Caribbean-style restaurant: jerk everything (chicken, pork, salmon, shrimp), BBQ, plantains, rice & beans, and more. Help us spread the word and share the flyer with your family and friends! 

All you need to do is:
Place your order (pickup or outdoor dining ONLY) 
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 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!

Mindfulness Corner: The Inner Critic

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.

Here are some resources that may be helpful: 

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. 
Escuche la traducción en español en vivo
Ahora ofrecemos traducción en vivo y en Español, que estára disponible para todos los que se conecten en Zoom Live.
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
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:

Next workshops:

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

Tackling Technology 
Wed March 10 6:00 PM

Well-Balanced Student 
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.

Questions? Please contact Jade Chao at
Community News
Join the Academic Chess Team

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.

Contact Us for More Information:
SF @ (888)44-CHESS /
SJ @ (415)305-3316 /

SIGN UP TODAY - The fee of $140 includes 10 weeks
Sign Up for Ruby Bridges Walk 'n' Roll Month

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 up for 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.

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