Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

PTA Meeting - Everyone Welcome! September 20th at 6:00 pm-Meet School Board Candidates!

Please consider coming to the next Grant PTA Association Meeting. You can vote on the issues before the group if you are a member (forms are in the office and it's $20 for one person and $35 for two) but even if you are not a member you can still come and learn about all the things happening at Grant. It's a great way to stay informed and get involved.

*Plus, all of the candidates running for Petaluma City School Board are invited and some are planning to come. It'll be a great chance to see what their goals are for our schools. See you at the meeting!

Safety First

We are very fortunate to have so many incredible volunteers at Grant. If we are lucky enough to have you volunteer on our campus during the school day, please be sure to check in at the front office on our iPad and fill out a name tag to wear. This name tag identifies you as a volunteer on campus and lets our staff and students know that you are a trusted adult at Grant.

Reporting your student absent? You Can Call or Email Us

If you need to call the school to report your student's absence, please call OR email our wonderful attendance clerk, Kim Shoemaker at: (707)259-9050 or

New Grant Gear!

New hats, shirts, and magnets hot off the press! Grant Wear will be sold at all upcoming school events in adult and child sizes. Whether you're looking for something to wear on spirit Wednesdays, need an awesome new hat to shield your eyes from the sun, or you're looking for a great way to show your shamrock pride as your drive around town, we've got you covered.

Do you love gardening and working with students?

Grant is looking for a dedicated volunteer to be our Garden Coordinator. This job includes taking groups of students into the garden, tending the garden and teaching simple lessons (we'll provide those!) Please contact Ms. Grey at if you are interested in this wonderful opportunity.

October 12th-Shamrock Jog-a-thon

It's time for Grant's ultra-fun Shamrock Jog-a-thon! This is one of the PTA's biggest fundraisers. Our goal this year is to raise an impressive 35K for Grant. That means we need your help! Watch for your packet to come home. This year, you can turn in money in the office as always or you can use our online platform. It's especially handy for relatives that live far away. No need to wait to get started. Here's how:

  • Go to
  • Click “Not Registered For This Year’s Event”
  • Enter your name and email address, then click “Submit”
  • Follow the instructions on-screen to register students
  • When you finish, the system emails pledge requests to family and friends and allows them to make secure credit card donations online. Then, you can track your pledge progress.

    Get your socks here...and your ice cream too! Order by 10/5

    Super Shamrock Sock Fundraiser. Show school spirit at the annual Jog-a-Thon and all year long on Wednesdays! Really nice quality Grant socks are $17 per pair. For years to come people will be asking, "Hey! Where'd ya get those cool socks?" Available for a limited time, so order fast!
    Bonus: For $20, your child will get socks and a three twins ice cream sandwich the day of the jogathon.
    Order form included in jogathon packet.

    "We Love the 90's" Sign Up Party on September 29th

    Join the PTA for a fabulous 90's themed party on Saturday, Sept 29th! $30 per person. All proceeds go to Grant Elementary School. Send a text to Michelle Page @ 916.207.6750 or more details and you'll receive the official invite!!

    Grant Shamrock Yearbook! Purchase Before 9/30/18 to Get 15% Off

    Those custom pages were so cute last year, we're doing it again! Order now and get 2 custom pages, plus the ability to add in photos throughout the year when you take them.

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    Registration Open For After School Enrichment - 9 Awesome Choices!

    General questions about After School enrichment: Maryann Pacheco

    Still Time to Join Girls on the Run!

    What a great first Girls on the Run practice! Want to join in the fun? There are still several spaces available! Sign up your 3rd-5th grade girl today. GOTR meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:15. Contact Coach Stacie with questions.

    Important Upcoming Dates

    At A Glance

    September 20 PTA Board & Association Meeting 6 pm

    October 3 Walk to School Day
    October 5 Talent Show Tryouts
    October 12 Talent Show Practice #1
    October 12 Jog-a-thon
    October 15 No School - Teacher In-Service Day
    October 19 Talent Show Practice #2
    October 26 Talent Show
    October 31 Grant Halloween Parade (10:40 am)

    Thank You's from the PTA:

    • Thank you to superstars Nicole Landry and Margaret Scott for organizing an awesome PTA BBQ
    • Thank to the Grant staff for helping our PTA board members serve at the BBQ and to Mr. Lal, our awesome and kind custodian for putting in some extra work helping with the clean up.
    • Many thanks to Janice Whitaker for the awesome Grant wear and to the Crysdale's for the shamrock logo!
    • Jessica Elsey and team - you are getting a good start on the jogathon! Thank you for all your hard work
    • Pari Gottlieb - you are a rockstar for always informing us with information on the marquee.
    • Thank you to Kelli Blackwell for the work on membership. It's very appreciated.
    • What a great author visit! Thank you Copperfield's & Alice Crysdale for organizing and author Greg Van Eekhout for coming to Grant.

    Grant PTA BBQ 2018 Wrap Up

    Thank you to everyone who came out for the BBQ. It was a great community building event! Here are some of our favorite photos from the evening...