Walter Hays Weekly
May 30, 2021
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Sunday, May 30th
Last eNews for the 2021 School Year

Monday, May 31st
Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, June 3rd
School Finishes @ 1:40PM
May Core Value:


We agreeably work together to solve problems and unite to create a supportive environment for everyone.
In This Issue
  • Library News from Mrs. Ford
  • Lost and Found Items
  • Join the Walter Hays PTA
  • Join Site Council
  • Read-a-Thon Fundraiser for India COVID-19 Relief Results
  • Yearbook Distribution
  • Yearbook Committee Volunteers
  • Mindfulness Corner
  • Core Values: Cooperation Reading Material
Walter Hays News
Library News from Mrs. Ford 
It’s not too late! Keep those books coming in!  We still have 51 books outstanding. Please return all library books to the bin in front of the office or your child can give them to their teacher.  
Keep reading ALL SUMMER LONG!  Your child will be able to access books this summer in two ways: 
  1. The Palo Alto City Library (PACL)--they’re open now for browsing and checkout! They have lists of lots of book recommendations by age and genre. Click this link to view. You can also sign up for their summer reading program and find out more information here. For a list more specific to rising 6th graders, click this link.
  2. The PAUSD elementary digital library - “Mackinvia” - of over 1500 Ebooks and audiobooks! Click here to learn more about our digital library and how to access it.  
Even though students didn’t get to come to the library this year, we did lots of reading and sharing books together. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching them in person and on Zoom! Wishing you all a fantastic summer full of wonderful experiences and lots of reading! 
A Message from Gina at the Front Office

Do you have a lost and found item? Please come and check before summer break starts. It’s at the entrance to school.
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.
Second Grade Distance Learning Read-a-thon for COVID Relief in India

Second Grade Distance Learning Read-a-thon for COVID Relief in India Results.

The 2nd grade distance learning students read a combined total of 13,712 pages in two weeks to raise money to support people suffering from COVID in India. The children are very proud of their cooperative effort! If you made a pledge, you should make your donation directly to Give India. The children greatly appreciate your support.
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

Have a graduating 5th Grader next year? We need your help to:
  • Survey 5th graders to select their yearbook theme.
  • Communicate with 5th grade parents to receive photos for their graduate section.

If any of these areas are of interest, please reach out to! Worried that there might not be a role to utilize your skills? Don't worry, all we need are willing hearts and hands.
Walter Hays Weekly: Mindfulness Corner
Summer is a time for rest and recreation. We typically look forward to summer as a time when we can make our own schedules and plans to follow…or not. The changes are our choices and under our control. This has been a school year of unprecedented changes, uncertainty, and loss. As our summer unfolds, changes due to COVID are continuing to happen on a daily basis; these changes may continue to trigger our feelings of anxiety, restlessness, and fear.
Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist writes, “Our brains don’t like change because they don’t like uncertainty.” Here are a few strategies to help you and your family begin to heal from fears and uncertainties:
Boundaries are personal choices and about what you need to do to keep your family safe
Communicate with your family and with others what you are comfortable doing and what you are not comfortable doing.
Breathe and calm your brain. Our minds and bodies are not meant to be in heightened states of stress and anxiety for long periods of time. Here are a few ideas:
2. Glitter Jar   
Eat well, stay hydrated, move your body, and rest your body.

Susan and I have been honored to be contributing to the “Walter Hays Weekly” this year. We hope that you have found some support and/or helpful information. We would like to continue to contribute next year and would be interested in hearing from you about what was helpful or what you would like to hear more about. Thank you.

Wishing You Moments of Peace and Unexpected Joy,
Londy Reidy (School Psychologist) and Susan Lewis (CASSY Therapist)
Brewer, Judson. Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind.
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
PTA Council Congratulates the Gunn and Paly High Schools Graduating Class of 2021

This is a time to celebrate all your achievements, prepare for a future, and embrace a world filled with possibilities. This is a remarkable milestone, and we wish you the best in your next adventure.

For all of our rising students, we salute you. We know that this school year has been challenging, and we hope that you can take a moment today to savor all of your hard work and accomplishments. Bravo!
PTAC - Gabrielle Conway Memorial Scholarship - FINAL UPDATE

Thank you to those of you who have generously contributed to the Gabrielle Conway Memorial Scholarship. Gabrielle Conway was a long time PTA volunteer (Walter Hays, Jordan/Green, PTSA/PTAC), parent, mother, friend, and colleague. We are pleased to announce at least two female PAUSD graduates heading to MIT will be applying for this distinguished scholarship. If you would still like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please do so now. Thank you for helping to advance our women going into STEM, engineering, and the sciences. 

Make your check payable to:
“PAUSD” and in the Memo: Gabrielle Conway Memorial Scholarship

Mail check to:
PAUSD Business Office
Attn: Roxana Valdez
Grants for Teens - PAID Summer Projects with the County of Santa Clara

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Tobacco-Free Communities Program is pleased to share two new funding opportunities for teen vaping/tobacco prevention. There is a $5,000 grant (application due July 14) Tobacco-Free Communities - Public Health - County of Santa Clara and the Youth Action Project grant $3,500 (application due June 14) If your student or someone you know is interested in a (PAID) summer project, this is it. PTA Council can assist in your submission.

For more details you can also email:
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
Learn about South Palo Alto Bike Path plans

The City of Palo Alto is undertaking an effort to improve bicycling along East Meadow Drive, Fabian Way, and the Waverley Bike Path in South Palo Alto. These corridors serve as key walk-and-roll routes for students traveling to multiple schools and connect the community to the new Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Project at Adobe Creek, as well as other Palo Alto communities. Join us for a series of upcoming virtual events to share your input and learn more about potential bikeway enhancements under consideration. Visit the project website to register. Engagement Summary – Tuesday, June 22 @ 6:30 PM. Learn more about the project and other ways to connect by visiting the project website at
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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