Walter Hays Weekly
March 14, 2021
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]

Monday, March 15th
Local Holiday - No School

St. Patrick's Spirit Day
Wednesday, March 17th - Cohort A and FDL
Thursday, March 18th - Cohort B

Thursday, March 25th
Author Visit for 3rd-5th graders

Tuesday, March 30th
Parent Education Fireside Chat: Diversity and Inclusion
Zoom Link to Follow
March Core Value:


We accept and support others and acknowledge their feelings.
In This Issue
  • St.Patrick's School Spirit Day
  • Virtual Author Visit: Jennifer Nielsen
  • PTA Parent Education Fireside Chat: Diversity & Inclusion
  • Yearbooks for Purchase!
  • Mindfulness Corner: Screentime
  • Yearbook Giveaway Winners!
  • PiE Survey
  • Get Involved with Walter Hays
  • March Core Value Reads: Empathy
Walter Hays News
St. Patrick's Day School Spirit Day

Who: Everyone 🙂 
How: Wear green or shamrock-themed attire 
  • Cohort A and FDL on Wednesday March 17
  • Cohort B on Thursday March 18
Why: Because it's fun!
Virtual Author Visit with Jennifer Nielsen
3rd – 5th Graders
Thursday, March 25th, 2021 at 8:30am

New York Times Bestselling author, Jennifer Nielsen, will virtually visit Walter Hays and talk with our 3rd – 5th graders on March 25th, 2021. She was born and raised in northern Utah, where she still lives today with her family, a dog that won’t play fetch, and a cat that hallucinates. She is the author of The Ascendance series, beginning with THE FALSE PRINCE, the TRAITOR’S GAME series, the historical novels, RESISTANCE, A NIGHT DIVIDED and WORDS ON FIRE, and several other titles. She loves chocolate, old books, and lazy days in the mountains.
PTA Parent Education Fireside Chat:
Diversity and Inclusion
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:00pm -8:00pm
As a capstone to our Black Heritage Month activities, we invite you to join us for a timely and informative parent education event on some of the pressing issues in our society: race, equity, bias, discrimination, diversity, and inclusion.  
About the Event
We will kick off the webinar with a 25-minute pre-recorded fireside chat between our guest speaker Maxine Williams, Chief Diversity Officer at Facebook, and our moderator Yolanda Conaway, PAUSD Superintendent on Equity and Student Affairs. Their conversation will be focused on the top 5 race, diversity, and inclusion questions that were pre-selected. After the video, Yolanda Conaway, will lead the discussion and live Q&A.
About Maxine Williams
Maxine Williams is the Chief Diversity Officer at Facebook. Her mandate spans people, product and policy spheres reporting directly to the COO and serving as a member of Facebook’s most senior executive leadership body under the CEO. Maxine’s team works towards increasing the cognitive diversity—different ways of thinking based on different backgrounds, experiences and information—of all Facebook teams and integrating diverse perspectives into policy and product development. 
Prior to joining Facebook, Maxine served as the Director of Diversity for a global law firm. She has worked as an attorney in criminal, civil and industrial courts in her native Trinidad and Tobago, and in the United Kingdom at the Privy Council. Maxine has also worked with multiple international organizations on development and human rights issues and has had a career as a broadcast journalist, actress and on-air presenter. Maxine is an independent director on the board of the publicly traded Massy Group of Companies. She graduated from Yale University before receiving her law degree with first class honors from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
Yearbooks Available for Purchase at $26

The 2020-2021 “Virtually Together” Yearbook is coming together! Thank you to all who have submitted your child's Official Class Portraits. The yearbook will be filled with memorable moments throughout the school year. Not all schools get a yearbook this year!

Mindfulness Corner: Screen Time

Parents and caregivers have a lot of questions lately about screen time. 
How much screen time is too much, and is it ok to allow for more screen time during a pandemic when we spend a lot more time at home? 

We have collected some of these questions, and answers from our CASSY therapists in our CASSY Care Kit, which is attached to this newsletter. If you would like more information regarding questions like this, here’s how to subscribe to the quarterly CASSY newsletter. 

Susan Lewis, CASSY therapist, and Londy Reidy, Walter Hays school psychologist
Amazon Gift Card - Yearbook Random Drawing Winners!

Thank you to all the Walter Hays Families that participated in our Amazon Gift Card $20 Random Giveaway! We received some wonderful photos from 30+ families that will be included in the 2020-2021 “Virtually Together” Yearbook.

The two winners were *DRUMROLL*:
  • Yuan Liang - Parent to Isabelle Yan
  • Hada Jimenez - Parent to Pedro Jimenez

Have more photos to share? Last call and final deadline for CANDID photo submissions is Friday, March 19th at NOON!

Please locate your classroom and cohort under “PARENT SUBMISSION FOLDERS” within the “CLASS PHOTO SUBMISSIONS” section. Upload your photo into the appropriate folder grouped by topics and email to notify the yearbook team of your submission.

Thank you for all your support!
Walter Hays Yearbook Team
The PiE Survey Is Here

Each spring, we ask for your feedback to guide our decision-making for the next year. This year's survey is now available - please check your email inbox. It only takes a couple of minutes. We want to hear from you!
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!
March Core Value: Empathy

We accept and support others and acknowledge their feelings.

Read with your kids about March’s Core Value: Empathy

We would like to invite parents to read books with their child(ren) about March’s Core Value, EMPATHY. The Palo Alto library and Walter Hays library carry these books and we hope you will check them out. Here are five of these titles:
  1. You, Me and Empathy By Jayneen Sanders
  2. The English Roses By Madonna
  3. The Name Jar By Yangsook Choi
  4. Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Peña
  5. The Other Side By Jacqueline Woodson

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

A parenting support series offered by Palo Alto Unified School District Wellness & Support Services and AACI
Beginning March 2nd

Register Here. Parenting can be very challenging during the pandemic for a lot of parents. Please join us for a free, 1.5-hour webinar every week starting from 3/2/2020 for ten weeks. You do not have to attend every single session but pick the topics that you are interested in. The workshop series will cover a wide range of parenting topics, addressing important questions such as internet overuse, build and connect with teens, teen’s mental health, cross-cultural conflicts, de-escalate children’s emotions. By the end of the series, you will be equipped with better understanding, presence, calmness, and the skills needed to be able to communicate with your children. Hope to see you in one of the sessions!
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:

Well-Balanced Student 
Thu March 18 7:00 PM
2021-2022 PTA Council Seeks Volunteers

The Palo Alto PTA Council Nominating Committee is currently looking for community members who have a passion for improving the educational experience of all students. We encourage all parents/guardians with interest to apply. Experience with PTA, Site Council, or with a Community Advocacy group is a plus. Let’s talk about how you can participate on a committee for the PTA Council or step into a leadership role for the 2021-22 school year. Training and support will be provided. Help us build diverse, equitable, and inclusive PTAs in Palo Alto. Contact the Nominating Committee at:
2e Self Advocacy Panel—Help Your Student Understand Their Brain, and Help Their Teachers Understand It, Too! (For parents of K-12 students)
Mon Mar 29, 7-8:30pm Zoom info sent the day before the event

Panel Featuring: Dr. Keri Berquist, Psychologist, Nancy Kong, Educational Therapist,Toni Ratzburg, Clinical Director, MFT, RSVP here.
Twice-exceptional, or 2e, students have exceptional talents and experience learning challenges such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, and more.Knowing how your brain learns is touted as one of the most important skills 2e students should develop. Explore the prerequisites to self-advocacy, discover how to help students understand what their brain needs to succeed at school, learn specific developmentally-appropriate techniques to try with your 2e learners, and gain skills to help you and your child communicate with educators about your child’s needs. Sponsored by Palo Alto CAC (CAC Palo Alto), Palo Alto Council of PTAs, and REEL.
Building Resilient Educators, Students, & Families
Thursday, Mar 18th, 3:00 - 4:30 PM

This webinar series, hosted by Wellness Together School Mental Health and the California Department of Education, equips educators, parents, and guardians to promote mental wellness for students at home and in the classroom. Join us to hear from leading voices in the student mental wellness movement, with presenters from across the country increasing mental health awareness, advocacy, and access to mental health services for our students. Presenter is Karin Gornick, Award-Winning Filmmaker (Angst; A Trusted Space: Redirecting Grief to Growth; Screenagers). and Lori Woodley, MS, PPS, All it Takes. 
CLICK HERE to register for the webinar.
Your Turn: "How to Be an Adult” for Educators and Parents
Thursday, Mar 25th, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Series hosted by Wellness Together School Mental Health and the California Department of Education, equips educators, parents, and guardians to promote mental wellness for students at home and in the classroom. Presenters from across the country including Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times Bestselling Author and Former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University addresses increasing mental health awareness, advocacy, and access to mental health services for our students. CLICK HERE to register for the webinar.
PTAC Environmental Action Committee

Green Tip: Get to Know Your School Green Team!
Most school sites have committed parents, staff and students who work to keep the district 'green.' Do you have questions about sustainability in PAUSD? Want to know more about school gardens? Are you inspired to help with Earth Day activities? Email Joslyn Leve at and include your school name(s). Climate heroes, assemble!
Community News
PACCC DL and Enrichment Programs for Students

Openings at: Walter Hays Kids’ Club
Each site will have stable “social pods” of up to 14 children and 2 supervising adults; children will not commingle with other pods. Kids’ Club capacities vary based on location and facilities; however, most centers will be able to serve 2 pods, and some will be able to serve 3 pods. 
Join the waitlist and our Directors will be in touch! Sign up for an open spot by filling out the waitlist form and paying the fee, which covers processing costs. If you sign up for a center with no open spots, you will be placed on the waitlist. Questions can be emailed to
More community news here...
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