Walter Hays Weekly
May 23, 2021
Upcoming Calendar [Full School Calendar]

Tuesday, May 25th
Last Day to Purchase Yearbook (details below)

Friday, May 28th
Last Day to Donate Staff Gifts (details below)
Last Day for 5th Grade Raffle (details below)

Monday, May 31st
Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, June 3rd
Last Day of School
May Core Value:


We agreeably work together to solve problems and unite to create a supportive environment for everyone.
In This Issue
  • A Message from Ms. Ford
  • 5th Grade Raffle
  • Join the Walter Hays PTA
  • Join Site Council
  • Staff End of Year Gifts
  • Read-a-Thon Fundraiser for India COVID-19 Relief
  • Yearbook Distribution
  • Yearbook Committee Volunteers
  • Healthy Body & Healthy Mind
  • May Core Values Reading: Cooperation
Walter Hays News
A Message from Ms. Ford

Please keep those library books coming in! We still have 101 books that need to be returned, so be sure to get those books back to school as soon as you can. Mrs. Ford sent out reminders again last week, to remind families about loaned items. Library books can be returned to the bin by the office door on school days, or students can return them to Mrs. Ford during their library class if they are coming to school. Thank you for your help in returning our library books! If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Ford at
5th Grade Raffle

If you don’t know already, some 5th graders from Room 26 have started a raffle. The money raised will be split, 75% will go to Pets in Need (an animal shelter) and 25% to the school. The raffle has already started, so if you would like your kid to win a gift basket, you can already get your tickets.

To get a ticket, just bring an envelope with the money. Tickets cost $2 (you can buy as many as you would like), and put your info on it (room, name and last name, and grade), and just drop it off at the front office. If your kid wins, they can go to the front office and pick up their goody baskets.

The goody baskets will include books, word searches, puzzles, and legos.
Buy your tickets soon, as the raffle is ending Friday, May 28th.

Araina, Saina, Aileen, Adeline, Yukina, Eloise, Carys, and Liselle
Room 26 - 5th Graders 
Join the Walter Hays PTA Team!

Planning for next year has already begun and we need help with a few key roles. With loosening restrictions, we are hopeful that we may be able to host school events. Interested in being on an event committee? Please let us know!

Are you tech savvy? We need a webmaster (this only takes about 10 hours over the whole school year!)

Have a passion for fundraising? We have an opening on the exec board, and we also need a PiE rep!

Great with numbers and finance? We are looking for a co-treasurer as well.

Please email for more information!
Join the Walter Hays Site Council

We are looking for two parents to participate in the school Site Council. Here is some information about the role. Please email Laurie Phillips if you have any questions or are interested at

The Walter Hays Site Council is responsible for establishing school goals, and allocating School Improvement Program (SIP) funds received annually from the state for prioritized school improvements. In addition, the Site Council conducts a parent survey every other year and develops the Safe School Plan and the School Accountability Report Card. The Site Council is composed of an equal number of parents and staff members serving two-year terms. In addition, the principal and a PTA parent liaison serve on the council. Parent representatives are elected for a two-year term in the spring, and staff representatives are selected by the Walter Hays staff. The Site Council meets once a month, typically on the third Tuesday from 3:00 – 4:45 p.m. Meetings are open to all parents and staff members. Meeting minutes are available in the Walter Hays office.
Staff End of the Year Gifts!

Classrooms should be hearing from Room Parents this week to organize a final end of the year gift for your classroom teacher and aide(s). For non-classroom staff members, we are taking a collection to be distributed amongst our hardworking staff. If you would like to contribute any amount, please paypal to by May 28th. If you would like your donation to go to a specific staff member, please be sure to make note.
Second Grade Distance Learning Read-a-thon for COVID Relief in India

To put May's core value of cooperation into action, the 2nd grade distance learning students have decided to log the pages they read from May 14th until May 27th to raise money to support the people suffering from COVID in India.

They came up with this idea after the grandfather of two children in the class passed away from COVID last week. Total pages read by the class will be shared with the Walter Hays community on Tuesday, June 1st, so that people can make their donations.

Donations will be made directly to Give India.
Click this link to make your Pledge.

Thank you for the support!
Yearbook Distribution

Yearbooks will be distributed during the week of May 24-June 2nd.

Distance Learning:
Self-Serve Pickup will be outside of the Front Office from May 27-June 3rd (school days only). Yearbooks will be arranged in alphabetical order by Student's Last Name in their respective class box.

In-person Learning:
Students will be receiving their yearbooks from their teachers sometime between the date range stated.

If you have a child in 5th Grade who has not purchased a yearbook, please contact to verify availability and payment method. The last day to purchase will be Tuesday, May 25th.
Looking for Yearbook Committee Volunteers!

The 2020-2021 Yearbook Committee is actively looking for volunteers who would like to participate in creating the 2021-2022 Yearbook. Have a particular knack for any of the following?

  • Photography
  • Communications
  • Planning
  • Design

Please reach out to for more information! Worried that there might not be a role to utilize your skills? Don't worry, all we need are willing hearts and hands.
Mental Health Month Continues: Healthy Body and Healthy Mind
Moving our body, keeping it nourished, and well rested are important to our mental health. The American Psychological Association writes, “On average young people who exercise more have lower levels depression, stress and psychological distress with higher levels of positive self-image, life satisfaction, and psychological well-being.”

Exercise may protect children’s mental health over time…”. Exercise has, also been linked to increase in attention, academic performance, and executive functioning skills.
The American Heart Association has 25 fun ways for you to move your body at home. How Many Can You Do? Move Your Body
Building a Toolbox of Calm Thoughts can help us to manage our big feelings. Our thoughts and feelings do not control us. Learning to change the channel on tough thoughts by using our Toolbox of Calm Thoughts and finding positive thoughts can even become one of your super powers! Here are some questions and ideas that can help you build your Toolbox:
  • Name a place you are always happy
  • What is an activity you do that brings you joy?
  • Name 1-2 people who make you feel calm and happy. What are they like?
  • Look around you, find and name 3 things that are green; look around you, find and name 2 things that are blue; look around you, find and name 1 thing that is purple
Hope you will enjoy moving your body and building your Toolbox of Calm Thoughts this week!
Wishing you moments of peace and unexpected joy.
With Gratitude,
Londy Reidy, School Psychologist & Susan Lewis, CASSY Therapist
American Psychological Association
National Association of School Psychologist
I would like to thank my colleague, Andrea Saxerud (school psychologist at Fairmeadow Elementary), for providing the content and links regarding the importance of exercise and mental health.
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
PTA Council News
PTAC Gabrielle Conway Memorial - Thank You!

Last Sunday (5/16), over 80 people gathered to honor Gabrielle Conway, a long time and dedicated community and PTA volunteer (Walter Hays PTA, Jordan/Greene PTA, PALY PTSA/ PTA Council). Thank you for attending the zoom or live event held at Lucie Stern Courtyard. An honorary plaque will be placed on the new PTSA picnic bench at PALY. In lieu of flowers, please consider financially support the Gabrielle Conway Memorial Scholarship. This award encourages women going into STEM, engineering, and the sciences. Any female graduate of our school district (PAUSD) are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Please contact your school‘s college counselor. Question? Email Jade at Make your check payable to: “PAUSD” 
Mail check to:
PAUSD Business Office
Attn: Roxana Valdez
Memo: Gabrielle Conway Memorial Scholarship
Community Conversation on Advancing Youth Wellbeing, Resiliency, and Suicide Prevention Through and Past the Pandemic Era with Project Safety Net
Wed, May 26, 2021 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

How can we build a resilient community with and for our youth? As we all continue to live in the COVID-19 environment, we are reflecting on the impacts of the past year and simultaneously trying to figure out next steps. Project Safety Net invites you to continue the community conversations at PSN’s Community Forum hosting a panel representing youth, adults, school, and mental health professional perspectives. They will offer insight into their own experiences, lessons, and hopes of the pandemic era to support the youth in our communities and strengthen the safety net. CLICK HERE to register.
Mental Health Awareness Month (May 1-31)
The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month. Please consider checking out the following resources:
Santa Clara County: Behavioral Health Services
RECORDING OF PTA Health & Wellness Webinar 
May 19th Webinar: What Children and Youth Need to Heal and Thrive in a Post-Pandemic World - If you missed May 19th’s Webinar, CLICK HERE to listen to the webinar with Professor Rebecca London. Winners of the book raffle “Rethinking Recess: Creating Safe and Inclusive Playtime for All Children in School” may pick up their copy from PAUSD District Office (25 Churchill Ave) Monday to Friday from 8A-4P at the front reception. 
Health & Wellness Suggested Pre-Recorded Webinar: 
Back to School: What Elementary Schools Need to Consider in Re-Opening their Doors” with Dr. Rebecca London. CLICK HERE to listen

Health & Wellness

COVID Information for Spanish Speakers
Please click on the following links for Free COVID vaccines CLICK HERE
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
COVID Vaccines for 12 years old & up are now available - sign up NOW!!

Great news! PAUSD will be having COVID Vaccination appointments for our students 12 years old and older needing a 1st dose. All the clinics will be located at the Peery Family Center at Palo Alto High School. We will have 1st dose clinics on May 16th and May 23rd. 2nd dose appointments will be 3 weeks later. Those eligible and interested may sign up through the links below:

For consent forms and map of PALY click the following link:
Estimada comunidad de PAUSD, ¡Una gran noticia! Tendremos citas de vacunación COVID para nuestros estudiantes de 12 años en adelante que necesiten una primera dosis. Esta clínica estará ubicada en el Perry Family Center en Palo Alto High School (mapa adjunto). Tendremos clínicas de 1ra dosis el 16 y 23 de Mayo. Las citas para la segunda dosis serán 3 semanas después.
Los elegibles e interesadospueden registrarse a través de los enlaces a continuación:
亲爱的PAUSD 家庭,您们好!
在此告知您⼀个好消息!我们将为本学区需要第⼀剂COVID 疫苗的12 岁及以上的学⽣
开放接种预约,疫苗接种地点位于 Palo Alto ⾼中的Perry Family Center (附地图)。第⼀剂接种⽇期是5 ⽉16 ⽇及5 ⽉23 ⽇,第⼆剂约诊为3 周后。
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