Walter Hays Weekly
April 18, 2021
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]

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

Monday, April 19th
Hybrid Students in Grades 4-5 Return 5 Days Per Week

Monday, April 19th
Earth Day Event Hosted by Fairmeadow

Thursday, April 22nd
Virtual Visit from the Stanford Women's Rugby Team

Monday, April 26th
Hybrid Students in Grade 2 Return 5 Days Per Week

May 3rd-7th
Staff Appreciation Week

April Core Value:


We include others in activities and games with a welcoming spirit.
In This Issue
  • Join Walter Hays PTA 2021-2022 Executive Board
  • Walter Hays Move-a-Thon
  • Earth Day
  • Library Help Needed - Mrs. Ford
  • Staff Appreciation Week - Donations Needed!
  • Mindfulness Corner: Fostering Happiness and Self-Esteem
  • April Core Value Reads for Inclusion
  • April Core Value Reads: Inclusion
Walter Hays News
Join the Walter Hays PTA Exec Board for 2021-2022!

Come and join our great team and make a difference at our school. The students love it when their parents are involved! We have many board positions available and we are also looking for a webmaster. Please reach out to our Parliamentarian, Daniel Moore at for details.

Please also check out the PTA board positions and responsibilities for more information.
Walter Hays Move-a-thon
April 18th – April 24th, 2021

Walter Hays students are motivated to raise money for the Ecumenical Hunger Program! During this past year, many families and individuals have been hit hard by the global pandemic. Walter Hays would like to help by giving to the Ecumenical Hunger Program, which is an independent, non-profit organization located in East Palo Alto that supports local families and individuals who are experiencing economic and personal hardship, as they regain stability and independence. EHP provides food, clothing, household essentials, support, and advocacy.

Students will share about the donation: “The week-long Move-a-thon, April 18th - April 24th, is where I will move as much as possible; run, walk, bike, swim, hopscotch, jump rope, play basketball and more. Donating is simple, and any pledge amount is appreciated! If you can help, please click on the link below, and choose ‘donate now’, find my name in the participant drop down, and enter your donation info. It only takes a few minutes to help make a difference. Thank you in advance for your donation and for supporting this cause. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, (student/family name).”
Here is the link to get your participation started:
Earth Day

1. On Monday, April 19th, Fairmeadow School is hosting a talk by Tim Guinee, actor and climate activist. He’s a trained Climate Reality Leader who works closely with Al Gore. We are incredibly lucky to have this opportunity to join and hear him present! To participate in the free session, individuals just need to register and sign up here. Before the event, you will receive an email with the details on how to join the webinar.

Recommended for families and 3rd graders and above.
When: April 19th at 6pm PT (Talk + QA)

2. Why not support a local business and treat yourself and the whole family to an ice cream at Rick’s Ice Cream store. Have your child color this poster and bring it along to Rick’s Ice Cream during the month of April, to learn about how one small simple change can help our environment - see poster for details.
Library Help

Mrs. Ford would love some help transporting discarded library books from school to FOPAL (Friends of the Palo Alto Libraries) in Cubberley (near Middlefield x San Antonio Rd). She’s making room for many wonderful new titles! If you are available to help next Thursday (4/22) from 4pm-5pm, please contact Mrs. Ford at You’d meet at school at 4:00pm to load book boxes into your car and deliver them to FOPAL at 4:30pm. Thank you!
Staff Appreciation Week
May 3rd through May 7th

Our Staff Appreciation Week is back! Let’s shower our amazing and hard working staff with flowers and yummy treats. We have various days that need items, so please review the following sign ups and see how you can help. We greatly appreciate all your help. Thank you!

Questions? Contact Lucia Ugarte at

Flower Donations
Member secure sign-up: Follow this link
Guest sign-up (no login required): Follow this link

Food Donations - April 30 (Staff appreciation lunch)
Member secure sign-up: Follow this link
Guest sign-up (no login required): Follow this link

Food Donations - May 4 (Rise and Shine Breakfast)
Member secure sign-up: Follow this link
Guest sign-up (no login required): Follow this link

Food Donations - May 6 (Staff Snack Bar)
Member secure sign-up: Follow this link
Guest sign-up (no login required): Follow this link
Mindfulness Corner: Fostering Happiness and Self-Esteem
Our feelings of happiness and sense of self-esteem are close partners in our social development and emotional health. Here are some strategies to consider for helping you and your family to foster happiness and self-esteem.
Focus on Strengths Rather Than Weaknesses
As adults, we have a large vocabulary for describing weaknesses and problems, and often find ourselves telling our children what they should stop doing. Shifting the focus to what we and our children do well creates the atmosphere for encouraging our children to purposefully cultivate their strengths.
Foster Gratitude
Our happiness can be enhanced by increasing our attention to what we have in life, as opposed to what is missing or going wrong. Keeping a gratitude journal or during a family time have everyone share what they were grateful for during the day encourages a mental shift for what is good and positive in our lives.
Encourage Kindness
Performing and reflecting on kindness increases positive feelings about life and strengthens social connections. As a family, plan when and how to perform five acts of kindness on a specific day. Later, share and reflect how this made you feel. Hearing adults express and identify their emotions encourages, models, and gives permission for children to express their feelings and emotions .
Facilitate Hope
Hopeful thinking involves setting goals, identifying how to meet the goals,
and staying motivated while pursuing those goals. Hopeful thinking generates positive feelings about one’s future life, and enhances happiness, confidence, and resilience to stress.
Wishing You Moments of Peace and Unexpected Joy!
Londy Reidy (School Psychologist) and Susan Lewis (CASSY Therapist)
April’s Core Value: Inclusion

We include others in activities and games with a welcoming spirit.

Read with Your Kids about April’s Core Value: Inclusion

We would like to invite parents to read books with their child(ren) about April’s Core Value, INCLUSION. 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. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  2. Be a Friend by Salina Yoon
  3. The Friend Ship by Kat Yeh
  4. Oliver’s Game by Matt Tavares
  5. Be Kind by Pat Ziethow Miller

The Core Values Committee, headed by Lise Latour ( and Zeehan Selha (, invite 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
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.
PTA Council News
 Green Tip: Earth Week Activities at PAUSD!

Celebrate the Earth throughout the district. Click here to get started! Free bike repair clinic on April 24th for Fletcher and Gunn students, sign up here. A talk by climate activist Tim Guinee on April 19th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM, open to all PAUSD students 3rd grade and up, sign up 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, May 15th Day 3: Building Future Leaders, 9:00am – 12:45pm 
Parent Event - Building Skills for College and Life: Why Service Matters
Thursday, April 29th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

How does service-learning build & reinforce skills essential for success in college and the workforce? What are some impactful ways to earn community service hours that go beyond the checkbox? Answers to these questions and more will be discussed by our panelists repressing college admissions, local businesses, and more. The panel will be moderated by a former PAUSD college student and is open to all in the community. Questions? Email This panel is hosted by Youth Community Service (YCS), DreamCatchers, and PTA Council.
Community News
Summer Openings at PACCC for Elementary Students

Check out PACCC Summer Programs Openings at: 
Each site will have stable cohorts; children will not commingle with other cohorts. Children will have ample outdoor time each day and daily enrichment opportunities! Sign up for an open spot by filling out the Enrollment Application form and paying the fee, which covers processing costs. After completing the enrollment application and paying the fee, our Directors will be in touch! If you sign up for a center with no openings, you will be placed on the waitlist. Questions can be emailed to PACCC Programs are vigilant in maintaining safety protocols, including maintaining stable cohorts and physical distancing as much as possible. 77% of our school-age educators within our agency have been vaccinated.
Camp Galileo for Pre-K – Rising 8th Graders
Galileo's award-winning camps engage kids in the perfect mix of hands-on learning and unforgettable fun, thoughtfully redesigned for 2021. Small groups and safety protocols keep every Galilean safe. Engaging art, science and outdoor challenges deliver the innovation-igniting experiences kids love. Flexible enrollment policies make planning stress free. It all comes together for a joyful summer.
Limited enrollment—sign up now! Save $525 per week before May 3rd! When you book for 3 weeks you’ll save $175, that’s $25 per week, plus $50 savings for weeks two and three. 50+ locations in the Bay Area (INCLUDING WALTER HAYS), SoCal, Chicagoland and Denver. Optional extended care. Learn more at
*2021REWARDS14. Your school rewards campaign will run from starting today through 5/31. Galileo is thrilled to announce their School Rewards program. Galileo will donate $25 to your school PTA for every family that enrolls at Camp Galileo. Plus, families will get $25 off camp. At Camp Galileo, pre-K – 8th graders tackle hands-on art and science challenges that ignite their inner innovator and boost their creative confidence—all in COVID-safe cohorts that spend 75% of the day outdoors (and 100% of it having unforgettable fun).

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