Shamrock News

A Weekly Newsletter From Grant School & the Grant PTA

Week of February 9, 2021


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Message for Grant Families-2/9/21

Intent to Return Form for the 2021-2022 School Year

Please take a moment to fill out this google form. This information is extremely valuable as we begin to plan for school next year. Thank you!

Sixth Grade Student Spotlights of the Week!

Jane Schroeder

What is your favorite memory that you have from your time at Grant school?

My favorite memory from my years at Grant School was our 5th grade trip to Angel Island. I really had fun on the hikes and learning about making butter! It was also really cool to do the night watch because we got to drink hot cocoa and play games.

What is something that you enjoy doing outside of school?

Outside of school, I love to play soccer and roller skate! I also love animals and enjoy walking my dogs and cuddling with my cats.

Aiden Jones

What is your favorite memory that you has from your time at Grant school?

Going to Golden Gate Park on a field trip in 5th grade.

What is something that you enjoy doing outside of school?

Playing golf and baseball, playing guitar, and playing with my new puppy, Buddy. I love going on vacation with my family too.

BEST Ticket Students Grades K-3rd

  • Josie Fendler for working extremely hard at completing all of her work on time. She is always ready with a smile on her face!
  • Stella Smith for always ready to volunteer. Her beautiful reading voice relaxes and soothes us all. Stella is an amazing writer whose stories we all love to read!
  • Jesse Stone for being a hard worker who never gives up when assignments are difficult, go Jesse!
  • Bodie Denison for improving his effort on his digital work! Woohoo!
  • Ethan Wallace for demonstrating responsibility and respect during Zoom meetings!
  • Bodhi Poole-Schram for working diligently to complete all of his work on time and for always being at school on time ready to learn!
  • Gabriella Melara for being a very eager, enthusiastic learner! She is always ready to participate and is a frequent contributor in break out room discussions. Gabriella is very helpful to others who might need a hand!
  • Harrison Fina for always follows directions and has thoughtful ideas when called on. Thank you Harrison!
  • Camryn Garzelli for her patience and positive attitude when there are tech challenges in class. She is always there to work hard with a smile on her face!
  • Madison Kinard for sharing her ideas in class and being respectful when needing to change zoom meetings!
  • Luke Costello for his enthusiastic participation and dedication to learning!
  • Anna Danyluk for doing an awesome job following directions on her opinion writing!

Valentine's Day at Grant! 2/12

Come by the front of Grant School this Friday between 11:30 am-1:30 pm and 2:30 pm-3:30 pm to pick up a Valentine's Day treat from Ms. Grey!

Please note that there will not be valentine distribution from 1:30 pm-2:30 pm on Friday.

Can't make it during that time? No worries! Come by any time next week and pick up your valentine. :-)

Celebrating Black History Month

Join in for some family fun with the Celebrating Family Scavenger Hunt put on by Petaluma Blacks for Community Development! Fill in the store name or street address of the location of each family portrait that fits the clues below. Your answers, email address, and name will be used to enter you in a chance to a $20 Shop Petaluma gift card.

Link to Scavenger Hunt and Map

Adopt-a- Book 1/18-2/19

February 14th is International Book Giving Day! Adopt-a-Book is the perfect way for your family to give back to the Grant school library. Help your child choose a book from our curated list found here: Grant Library Wishes. Your child's name will be added to a bookplate and placed in the donated book. Thank you for helping grow our library and as always, Happy Reading!

Grant 2021 Online Auction!

Our 2021 Grant PTA Auction is going online! We are keeping it simple and fun this year! We will be auctioning off 7 amazing themed baskets! But we need your help! Below you will find your grade level theme and some ideas of things families can donate.

*Donations for the baskets will be taken in the Grant Office until Feb 19th.

*The baskets will be auctioned off the first week of March.

If you have any questions, please contact

Megan ( or Tracy (

  • K: Sports - balls, baseball bats, baseball mitts, soccer cones, soccer nets, flags, water bottles, wrist bands, jump ropes, gift cards to sporting goods store, sport team clothing, hats, sport themed books,
  • 1: Lego - different Lego sets, containers for Legos, gift cards to Lego stores, books about Legos, books about building, building plates.
  • 2nd: Crafts - Markers, Pens colored pencils, crayons, craft paints, construction paper, paint brushes, stamping kit, jewelry kits, small wooden model kits, loom bracelet kits, poster board, gift card to craft store.
  • 3rd: Movie - Boxes of candy, popcorn, popcorn bowls, DVD's, blanket,
  • 4th: Games - Board games, gift cards to video game stores, dice, timers, Rubic's cube, word puzzles books, Sudoku books, puzzles
  • 5th: Baking - muffin tins, measuring cups, wooden spoons, wisk, measuring spoons, apron, chefs hat, oven mitts, baking ingredients, sprinkles, decorating tools, rolling pin
  • 6th: Outdoor adventures- fire starters, hammock, roasting sticks, sunscreen, hand warmers, flash light, headlamp, batteries, whistle, vinyl tablecloth, picnic blanket, hot chocolate packets, deck of cards, harmonica, s’mores kits, BBQ sauce, grill lamp, grilling tools, lighter, charcoal chimney, oven mitt, corn on the cob holders, outdoor plates, napkins, utensils, utensil holders, mosquito repellent, bug-proof nets for food

TIDE Meeting 2/22 @ 6pm

TIDE Meeting: Monday, 2/22 @ 6 pm

Join us for our ongoing discussion on how to embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity at Grant. We hope to plan activities for International Women's Day in March. Join us!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 653 354 1238

Passcode: 5375

Photo Make Up Days Coming in March

Did your student miss Picture Day this year? This Spring you can go to 1 of 3 campuses to get your student's photo taken.

  • Grant School on Tuesday, March 9th from 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
  • Mckinley on Thursday, March 4th, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
  • Penngrove on Wednesday, March 10th from 3:00-4:00 pm

Sign up sheets will be sent out in February.

Registration for 2021-2022 Now Open

It's that time already! If you know of a family searching for a great school, please point them toward Grant. Principal Grey is happy to speak to families wondering what Grant has to offer. Interested families can reach out by calling (707) 778-4742 or email Amanda Grey

Any interested family can also join a virtual tour and Q&A with Ms. Grey on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, February 10th @ 6 pm (Meet our Kindergarten teachers!)
  • Thursday, February 11th @ 3 pm
  • Tuesday, February 23rd @ 3 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 653 354 1238

Passcode: 5375

Paper Bags?

We'll take 'em'! We are looking to restock on paper bags for student material distribution. Donations can be brought to the Grant office. Thank you so much!

Rusty Hinges Ranch, Order by 2/27

Harvest & provision bundles from a wonderful local ranch, with 20% going back to Grant? Yes, please!
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Yes! There will be a 2020-2021 Year book!

Despite most of us doing Distance Learning this year, nothing will tell the story of this memorable year quite like a Grant Yearbook. Years from now, you will tell the grandkids, "One year, your dad/mom had to do school from home! I have the yearbook to prove it!" Ahhh, memories. We have a lot to showcase and be proud of this year. Whether in person or from home, the teachers and kids have been working really hard. Let's celebrate this historic year (and perhaps the end of being apart) by recording the history together.

If you have photos, even if they are via zoom, you can upload them to today

You can pre-order your yearbook now. Each yearbook comes with 2 free customizable pages and the option to add more. To order, go to

and enter the Grant Code: 1015022997383930

Here are some things to look forward to in the Yearbook:
A cover art contest: The theme this year: Distance Learning

6th Grade dedication

Letters from the teachers, staff and Principal

School Highlights and Year in Review

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Grant Gratitude Brigade Help Wanted

Grant families are needed to join the Gratitude Brigade. There are some open slots approaching! There are 30 Grant staff members to appreciate. We know it's a lot. Some of our past brigade treats have been put together by families working together. GB treats can be dropped off at the office front desk after 8am on Wednesdays. Please check out the sign up genius and consider getting involved if you can. Thank you for helping to keep the love rolling!

It's Never Too Late to Start Eating Clean & Healthy

Celebrate good health and the chance to give back with Farm Fresh to You!
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Helpful Links for Grant Families

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Petaluma's Little Free Anti-Racist Library

One of our wonderful Grant parents, Beth Green, has committed to helping build a kinder, more equitable world, starting with our community. She has teamed up with Rise Up Against Racism to raise the funds needed to build a Free Little Antiracist Library in Petaluma. She loves Petaluma and believes we can benefit greatly from access to a library filled with books that encourage antiracist learning and bring our community together to actively dismantle racism.

Please join us in spreading the word about this project. All donations of any size will help reach the goal. Here's the link to the project page.

Petaluma People Services Center Special Delivery Project 2021

Create handmade Valentines for seniors in the Petaluma People Services Senior Services Program. Last year, the agency received over 5,000 valentines and was able to deliver valentines to all the seniors in throughout the county.

To help spread the love, please make your own cards and include a nice message and send or drop them off at Petaluma People Services by Monday, February 8, 2021.

Mail to or drop off: PPSC, 1500 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma, CA 94954, Attn: Saint Valentine


  • No glitter! This creates food safety issues.
  • Please avoid dark backgrounds and religious symbols.
  • Please write clearly in large print and avoid using the abbreviation “V-day” please say, “Valentine’s day”.
  • You should not give out your address or suggest that the recipients write back to you. Initiating an ongoing correspondence is not appropriate.
  • Please make sure that the cards are appropriate for the intended audience. That is to say, pretend it’s your sweet grandma, not your snarky teenage brother.

At a Glance


Feb. 10 - Kindergarten Information Night

Feb. 12 - Valentine Pick up in office 12:30-3:30

Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL (President's Day)

Feb. 19 - Adopt a Book ends

Feb. 27 - Rusty Hinges orders due

In the Thank You Column:

  • Big thanks to Michelle Wilson and Rosalie Thompson for setting up some great shop & donates and making sure to get the word out.
  • Thank you so much to Maryann Pacheco and her amazing children for making every Grant student a valentine surprise! Your generosity and commitment to Grant's students are so appreciated!
  • Thank you to Mrs. Crysdale for the fun storytime zooms!
  • Valentine's Day at school is always so sweet. To all our teachers trying to make it special despite everything, we appreciate you!