Walter Hays Weekly
May 9, 2021
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]

May 10th through May 14th
  • Mental Health Week
  • Spirit Week

Thursday, May 20th
5th Grade Fundraiser @ The Counter

Monday, May 31st
Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
May Core Value:


We agreeably work together to solve problems and unite to create a supportive environment for everyone.
In This Issue
  • Spirit Week
  • Last Chance to Order Yearbooks
  • 5th Grade Fundraiser - The Counter
  • Staff Appreciation Thank You
  • Library Returns - A Message from Ms. Ford
  • Mindfulness Corner: Mental Health Month
  • May Core Values Reading: Cooperation
Walter Hays News
Spirit Week!
Monday, May 10th through Friday, May 14th

Everyone can dress in the Color of the Day! Each day will be a different color. Brought to you by the Walter Hays Student Council.
Last Chance to Order Yearbooks!

Yearbooks have officially sold out! However, the Walter Hays Yearbook Team needs to know if there is a desire to order more. If you haven't purchased a yearbook and would like to, please complete your purchase by Monday, May 10th at NOON.

This is the absolute last chance we will be accepting orders. Yearbooks are on sale for $26 each!

Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of May with more details to follow.
Walter Hays Dine & Donate Fundraiser to Support 5th Graders @ The Counter on Thursday, May 20th

Hungry for a good cause? Need a midweek break from cooking? Enjoy a delicious meal at The Counter and dine for a good cause: our 5th graders! Last chance to support their promotion and send-off!!
Whether you dine in, or take out, The Counter will donate 15% of sales ALL DAY (11:30am-8pm)!

**You must provide a physical flyer (click link) to The Counter to ensure proceeds are provided to Walter Hays, so don’t forget your flyer!**

Come hungry, enjoy The Counter, and support our 5th graders!!

Thursday, May 20th, 2021, 11:30am-8pm
The Counter
(650) 321-3900
*NOT available through delivery service e.g. DoorDash, UberEats, etc.
If you have any questions, please contact Alexandra Olsen at
Staff Appreciation Week - Thank You!!!

A big thank you to all the parents who helped make this year's Staff Appreciation Week a huge success! Our staff was over the moon with a fun week filled with yummy eats and treats. 

I would like to extend an EXTRA BIG thank you to Tina Hua, Soo Jung Kim, Mallory Graffeo, Christine Roper, Monica Brown, and Laurie Phillips for your tremendous help throughout the week. I couldn’t have done it without you all. 

A very special thank you to Laurie Shea and Gina Filter for being such amazing multi-taskers and helper extraordinaires! Our school is so lucky to have you!

Lucia Ugarte
Events - Staff Appreciation Week Chair

P.S. The PTA thanks Lucia Ugarte for all of her work organizing this incredible week!
WANTED: All Library Books!

Please return ALL Walter Hays Library books by Friday, May 14th. You can leave the books in the bin next to the office door or your child can give them to the classroom teacher if they are coming to school in person. Mrs. Ford sent out reminders last week through email with a list of books that your child currently has on loan. After May 14, overdue notices will be sent out once more as a reminder. Please email Mrs. Ford with any questions: Thank you for your help in getting all books back to the library!
Mindfulness Corner: Mental Health Month

May is mental health month and May 10-14 is officially student mental health week. Here are some ideas to help you and your children make the most of it:
Meditation Monday
Coping Strategy: Practice mindfulness or practice in a guided meditation!
Treat Yourself Tuesday
Coping Strategy: Treat yourself to your favorite thing to do!
Write it Out Wednesday
Coping Strategy: Write in a journal, write poetry, write a letter, or write down your feelings and thoughts!
Thankful Thursday
Copying Strategy: Make a list of things you are thankful for!
Free to Be Me Friday
Coping Strategy: Make a list of all the things you love about yourself!
Wishing you moments of peace and unexpected joy!

With Gratitude,
Londy Reidy, School Psychologist & Susan Lewis, CASSY Therapist
May’s Core Value: Cooperation
We agreeably work together to solve problems and unite to create a supportive environment for everyone.
Read with your kids about May’s Core Value: Cooperation
We would like to invite parents to read books with their child(ren) about May’s core value, COOPERATION. The Palo Alto library and the Walter Hays library carry these books and we hope you will check them out. Here are five of the titles.
1. Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott (K)
2. Toot and Puddle: The New Friend by Holly Hobbie (1st)
3. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson (2nd)
4. How to Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson (3rd)
5. Rosie and Michael by Judith Viorst (4th)
6. The Bracelet by Yoshiko Uchida (5th)
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 the ideas and suggestions you may have about our Core Values Program.
Shop & Benefit Walter Hays

City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School
Students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 will have received a 30-45 minute bike and/or pedestrian safety virtual presentation taught by a Safe Routes to School instructor. Also offered are the Third Grade Socially Distanced Bike Rodeo Summer Series and the Wheelkids Middle School Bike Skills Classes. PAUSD promotes the physically distanced, active transportation options to support healthy, safe and efficient student transportation to and from school. 
  1. Palo Alto's Walk and Roll Suggested Route Maps support walking or biking to school.
  2. More educational resources available on the Safe Routes to School website.
3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit – 2021 Series Day 3: Building Future Leaders 
Saturday, May 15th, 11:05 AM

AAPI Racial Affinity Group Sharing Opportunity - We want to hear from YOU!

Gunn’s very own Diane Ichikawa (English/Yoga) along with Fletcher Middle School’s Kristen Lee (Teacher Librarian) and Cherish Larsen (7th grade Math) and Melenaite Tupou (PAUSD PI Family Engagement Specialist) are moderating the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Racial Affinity Group at the PAUSD - 3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit – 2021 Series: 
Come share your experiences, concerns, fears, celebrations!
PTA Council News
Memorial for Gabrielle Conway
Sunday, May 16th at 5:30 PM

You may make Donations to the “Gabrielle Conway Memorial Scholarship“ fund to:

PAUSD Business Office
Attn: Roxana
Our dear friend and colleague Gabrielle Conway passed away on March 31 after a long battle with cancer. Gabrielle contributed so much to our family of PTAs, and her loss is immeasurable. She served as a parent volunteer at Walter Hays, Jordan/Greene, Paly, and on the PTA Council as VP of Communications for many years. She was a recipient of a PTAC Honorary Service Award for her tireless work on revamping and streamlining the communications piece for all 17 PTAs. Gabrielle led many committees and training sessions, and offered support and advice to many other parent volunteers. She was a leader and team player, and professional and friendly every step of the way. She was a constant advocate for our students, and she will be genuinely missed.
Community News
City of Palo Alto Youth Services Budget Cuts--Complete the Palo Alto Budget Survey to Make Your Voice Heard

The City of Palo Alto released its proposed 2022 budget, which includes cuts to many services that our students may use, such as crossing guard services, libraries, sports and recreation programming/classes, Children's Theater, the Teen Center, and Art Center programming and classes. There are numerous other proposed cuts that will affect services for all residents. Take the City of Palo Alto Budget Survey to give your feedback.
More community news here...
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