Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School

Our First Full Week

Grant students successfully completed their first FULL week of the 2018-19 school year and are on to their second! As I walk around to each classroom I see students engaged in meaningful class discussions, collaborating with their classmates on group assignments and using their critical thinking skills to solve problems. We are so proud of all of the hard work and enthusiasm they have brought to the start of the school year!

Depth & Complexity Icons in Our Classrooms

The Depth and Complexity Icons are visual prompts designed to help students go beyond the surface level understanding of a concept and enhance their ability to think critically. These critical thinking tools help students dig deeper into a concept (depth) and understand that concept with greater complexity.
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iPad Student Care and Expectations

Your teacher may send home your student's iPad for an assignment this week if they have not already. This video has some tips on how to use your iPad appropriately and safely.

Art Docents

Are you interested in art? Do you like children? Combine the two in a wonderful volunteer opportunity. The Art Docent Program is looking for volunteer docents to teach art in the classrooms forTK- through Sixth Grades. Absolutely no art experience is necessary-only a love of art and the desire to bring art into children’s lives. Volunteer time is flexible and training time is minimal. Please contact Alyse Breece, Art Docent Coordinator at or phone (707) 778-4958.

TOOLBOX- Our Social Emotional Curriculum

TOOLBOX is a Kindergarten through a 6th-grade program that supports children in understanding and managing their own emotional, social, and academic success. The foundation of TOOLBOX is 12 human capacities that reside within all of us. Through its simple and profound metaphor of Tools, TOOLBOX brings forward a set of skills and practices that help students access their own inner resilience at any time, in any context. This is curriculum is used in the classroom, on the playground and will be highlighted in our Best Assemblies each week. This week will review the Breathing Tool, the Quiet/Safe Place Tool.

Check out the Toolbox website to learn more!

Upcoming Dates

September 3 Labor Day - Observed - No School
September 5 Back to School Night
September 13 & 14 School Pictures
September 14 Grant PTA BBQ
September 20 PTA Board & Association Meeting 6pm

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 (12:45 pm)