Walter Hays Weekly
March 28, 2021
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]

Tuesday, March 30th
Parent Education Fireside Chat: Diversity and Inclusion

Wednesday, March 31st
Dine and Donate at Gotts to Support 5th Graders

Thursday, April 1st
Principal's Coffee
Topic: Return to 5 day instruction for hybrid groups

Friday, April 2nd
Minimum day - School Ends at 1:30pm

April 5th-9th
Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

April 18th-24th
Walter Hays Move-a-thon

March Core Value:


We accept and support others and acknowledge their feelings.
In This Issue
  • Nominations: Walter Hays PTA Board 2021-2022
  • Parent Ed Fireside Chat: Diversity & Inclusion - CANCELLED
  • Gott's Roadside: Dine & Donate for 5th Graders
  • Upcoming Principals Coffee
  • Yearbooks for Purchase!
  • Walter Hays Move-a-Thon
  • Mindfulness Corner: Everyday Mindfulness
  • Yearbook Donations Needed!
  • March Core Value Reads: Empathy
Walter Hays News
Nominations: Walter Hays PTA Board 2021-2022

We are pleased to announce the nominees for next year's PTA board:
Lucia Ugarte

VP of Communications:
Joyce Liang
Co-VP of Communications: OPEN

Appointment-Parliamentarian: Daniel Moore

VP of Events:
Michael Minar
Co-VP of Events:
Monica Tan

VP of Health and Safety:
David Fisch
Co- VP of Health and Safety: OPEN

VP of Fundraising:
Co-VP of Fundraising:
VP of Community Building: OPEN
Co- VP of Community Building: OPEN

VP of Core Values:
Laurie Phillips
Co-VP of Core Values:

VP of Parent Ed (Programs): OPEN
Co-VP of Parent Ed:

Many thanks to our 2021 Nominating Committee: Adit Pal, Zeena Benjamin and Daniel Moore.
Next step: ELECTIONS! Walter Hays PTA members are eligible to vote in the election of our nominees. Watch for details about our General Meeting on Thursday, May 6th. 
We do have openings for our Board positions. Please reach out to our Parliamentarian, Daniel Moore at if you would like to join us. The 2021-2022 Board, after Elections, will be able to vote to fill their own open positions. It is imperative that we fill our treasurer position, as without that role filled, we cannot keep our charitable status.
Please also check out the PTA board positions and responsibilities for more information.
March 30th - Parent Education Fireside Chat: Diversity and Inclusion - CANCELLED

Unfortunately our parent Ed evening has been cancelled. We hope to be able to offer this important event at another time. A huge thank you to Zeehan Selha for the tremendous amount of work she put into organizing this event.
Walter Hays Dine & Donate Fundraiser to Support 5th Graders @ Gott's Roadside

Hungry for a good cause? Need a midweek break from cooking? Come and enjoy a delicious meal at Gott's in Town & Country and dine for a good cause: our 5th graders!! Funds will help support our 5th graders' activities & promotion!
Whether you dine in, take out, order delivery* or purchase a gift card** (good at ANY Gott's), Gott's will donate 10% of sales ALL DAY (11am-8pm)!
So come hungry, enjoy Gott's & support our 5th graders!!
When: Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 11am-8pm
Gott's Roadside (Town & Country)
*delivery via www., NOT through delivery service e.g. DoorDash, UberEats, etc.
**gift cards can be purchased at
If you have any questions, please contact Esther Yoo at
Upcoming Principal’s Coffee
Thursday April 1st from 5:00-6:00pm

Principal Mary will hold a virtual coffee Thursday evening to talk about the recently announced plan for all elementary hybrid classes to return to full time, five days per week instruction in April. Anyone who has questions should please submit them to: by Wednesday morning, 3/31. Principal Mary will address the submitted questions at the coffee.

We hope to see you there!
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!

Walter Hays Move-a-thon
April 18th – April 24th, 2021

What: Let’s move and raise money for the Ecumenical Hunger Program* thru a physically-distanced event, and you choose when. You can run, walk, bike, swim, hopscotch, jump rope, play basketball, and more, as long as you are moving and being active. Count the minutes moved towards your pledge. Aim to move for 30-60 minutes a day. Get parents, friends, grandparents, neighbors to donate to your goal.  

Where: Anywhere!

When: During the week of April 18th- April 24th, count your minutes moved each day.

Who: You log your pledge goal and minutes moved on “walkstarter”. Parents, friends, grandparents, neighbors can donate on the website.

Prizes will be awarded to the most money raised by a student, greatest class participation, and greatest grade participation.

How: Participate by visiting, click on “My Walkstarter”, click “login” to create an account, click tab to “sign up”, create your account. Once your account is created you can add participants. If you add a student, you will be asked once the participant is added for their room number and grade.  

For more information visit: *Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP)
EHP’s mission is to provide compassionate, dignified and practical assistance to families and individuals experiencing economic and personal hardship. They offer material help, support services, and advocacy for our neighbors in need, in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.
EHP serves working families, seniors, people with limited incomes and those who have both emergency and on-going needs in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and surrounding communities.
Mindfulness Corner: Everyday Mindfulness

Mindfulness is “being in connection with the direct experience of the present moment, the here and now” to help us find “moments of clarity where we’re in touch with...what really matters” according to Elisha Goldstein, PhD, co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living.

Mindfulness research continues with children, but early results point to benefits, both physical and psychological.

Why not try more mindfulness at home with your kids? 
Here are some ideas:

  • Take a mindfulness walk around the neighborhood. Ask the children to stop and notice anything about their surroundings - a pretty flower, the shape of a cloud overhead, an unusual bird, an insect crossing the sidewalk. Have them use their five senses.
  • Have a “slow” meal. Have each person look at, smell, and taste their food slowly; describe something they notice about it with one of their five senses. 
  • Turn on some peaceful music and spread out a blanket or yoga mats on the floor. Try the savasana or corpse pose (yoga) for a few minutes. Suggest a “quiet” contest if children are having a hard time settling down, with a small reward for maintaining some stillness.  

We’d love to hear more about your experiences! Here are more resources:

Susan Lewis, CASSY Therapist
Londy Reidy, Walter Hays School Psychologist
Yearbook Donations Needed!

Every year, the Yearbook Team sets aside scholarship yearbooks for students who may not have the means to afford one. We believe all students should go home with a yearbook in hand at the end of the year. This year, we are looking for generous parents to donate a total of twelve more scholarship yearbooks!

To make your donation, Please select "Yes, Donate one yearbook" next to the question "Donate a yearbook to the yearbook scholarship from this purchase?"

Please contact if you have any questions!

Thank you for all your support!
Walter Hays Yearbook 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

COVID Testing
Beginning next week, the Palo Alto Unified School District, in partnership with Predicine, Inc., will offer COVID testing for students and staff. The following testing strategy will be utilized: 
  1. Any student, teacher, and staff with symptoms identified through the health screening protocols
  2. Any student, teacher, and staff who have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the school or workplace
  3. All students, faculty, and staff with possible exposure in the context of outbreak settings
  4. Surveillance testing 2x/Month (25% of secondary students attending in-person) for individuals who are asymptomatic. Note: Surveillance testing detects the presence of COVID-19 even in individuals who may be asymptomatic.
  5. PAEA Unit Member Testing 2x/month
  6. Testing for indoor sports athletes, coaches, and support staff 2-3x week until we reach the Yellow Tier.
  7. IMPORTANT: Participating in COVID testing through PAUSD/Predicine, Inc. requires participants to consent to being tested. Signing the consent form and participating in the testing program is your consent to share results of your COVID test with the District Nurse and/or the Director of Human Resources . A copy of the consent form is included for review. A printed copy will be available at your school upon request.

COVID Testing Training and Q & A:
In order to provide high quality and equitable training/resources across the diverse demographics we serve, 3 back-to-back virtual training sessions will be conducted by Predicine, in different languages. Parents may join the session conducted in their preferred language. Topics will include how to register, test requisition forms, barcode placement, nasal swab collection, packaging, and test results.
Monday March 29 5:30PM - 6PM: English Presentation/QA. 
6PM - 6:30PM: Mandarin Presentation/QA.
6:30PM - 7:00PM: Spanish Presentation/QA.
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PTA Council News
National PTA Statement on Violence Against Asian Americans

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (March 19, 2021)—The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Leslie Boggs:
“National PTA condemns the shootings this week in Atlanta and other recent violence against Asian Americans. Our association stands firmly against racism in all forms and denounces all racial violence in our country. The acts of hate have a profound effect on the communities impacted, and our nation must do better. “It is urgent that we understand, value and embrace the uniqueness of all individuals, appreciating that each contributes a diversity of views, experiences, cultural heritage/traditions, skills/abilities, values and preferences which enriches and strengthens our nation. It is critical that we rise to correct the inequities and injustices that permeate the United States.“National PTA and our constituent associations remain committed to improving diversity, equity and inclusion throughout school communities nationwide and ensuring the safety, well-being and future of every child. Our association also remains committed to disrupting the systems that propagate institutional racism. Every child deserves to have every opportunity to reach their full potential, and every person deserves to enjoy the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans. “We can eliminate racism and social injustices and build a better nation for our children’s future when we unite as a community, regardless of race, culture, skin color or language. The events this week were another reminder that this is more important than ever.”

About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit
PTAC Supports Asian Americans

The Palo Alto PTA Council joins other councils and units across the country in solidarity and support of Asian Americans and denounces all racial violence in our country. We will continue to work with our community partners to build a safe and supportive environment for all students, families and staff by improving diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our school communities. Please review the National PTA Statement on Violence Against Asian Americans More Resources here.
3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit – 2021 Series

PAUSD is excited to bring the community together for learning by hosting the 3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit! This year's theme "Unity Through Learning" aims to do just that; bring the community together during these trying times with three days of engaged learning opportunities. This is a fully virtual event. On the morning of the event, links will go live for the Keynote Speaker and all Breakout Presentations, RSVP to ensure you get the communications. Visit for more information and sign-up to attend!
Saturday, April 17th Day 2: Equity for Academic Success Saturday, 9:00am – 12:45pm 
Saturday, May 15th Day 3: Building Future Leaders, 9:00am – 12:45pm 
Health & Wellness

Spanish language forum: “COVID-19 Vaccine: My Wellness, My Community!”
Learn more about important vaccine topics.
Pre-recorded in Spanish.  El Foro Comunitario: Vacuna COVID-19
2e Self Advocacy Panel—Help Your Student Understand Their Brain, and Help Their Teachers Understand It, Too! (For parents of K-12 students)
Monday, Mar 29, 7-8:30pm Zoom info sent the day before the event

Panel Featuring:
RSVP here
Explore the prerequisites to self-advocacy, help students understand what their brain needs to succeed at school, learn and gain skills to help you and your child communicate with educators about your child’s needs. Sponsored by Palo Alto CAC (, Palo Alto Council of PTAs ( and REEL (
PAUSD Wellness & Support Services and Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)

Parenting Series - Creating Calm at Home during COVID-19
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) The workshop series will cover a wide range of parenting topics, addressing important questions such as internet overuse, build 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!
Green Tip! Spring Break Travel

The spring brings many religious and cultural celebrations...and an increase in single-use items. Replace plastic decorations and gifts with reusable or biodegradable items, and hit up your Buy Nothing group. Buy fair trade treats and organic eggs and meat. For every occasion, there is a way to respect the Earth. Passover Holi Easter.
Community News
Troop 57 and 4057 Virtual Open House
March 30th at 7:00pm

Please join our virtual open house on Tuesday, March 30th at 7:00pm to learn about local BSA troops Troop 57 (boys) and Troop 4057 (girls).
Zoom link CLICK HERE  
Meeting ID: 992 5193 7134
Passcode: 574057
Checkout our websiteYouth can join Scouts BSA if they have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old, OR have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, OR are age 11 but have not reached age 18.

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