A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA
Week of October 22, 2019
A Message From Principal Grey
Dear Grant Community,
Students today carry a lot on their shoulders. Meeting academic and social expectations and simply growing up and developing a sense of self and belonging can be challenging.
These challenges can affect their ability to focus attention, regulate difficult emotions, build inner resilience, and form healthy, strong friendships with their peers. In response, we teach effective ways to help calm our students’ anxious nervous systems while providing them with supportive relationships, nurturing experiences, and positive learning environments.
One strategy that we are beginning to use to support our students is mindfulness. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment with openness and curiosity. It has a variety of research-backed impacts, including reduction in stress, more successful learning outcomes, emotional regulation, and focus. One of our wonderful school counselors, Karly Mertz will soon offer guided mindfulness sessions in our classrooms and two of our classes are piloting a mindful movement program for six weeks with local instructor, Ozlem Ozdener. When students come to school each day, we are thrilled to be able to support them in every way possible.
Here is a short video showing the benefits of mindfulness in a classroom:
Grant's Got Talent Show, 10/25 6-8:30pm
Here comes the big show! Singers, gymnasts, pianists, dancers, magicians...we've got em' all! Come see our Grant Shamrocks take the stage and shine. It's always magical to see what happens at the Shamrock Theater. Plus, enjoy a baked treat at intermission as we raise money for Performing Arts and other PTA sponsored programs at Grant. If you're interested in helping - check out the Sign Up Genius . https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0444A5AB2DA2FE3-talent1
Grant Halloween Parade, 10/31
Copperfield's Shop & Schools, 11/1-3
International Day, 11/8 Grant
Grant's first ever International Day will take place on Friday, November 8th at 5:30 p.m. We are gathering to celebrate and learn about each other's heritage. We hope you will consider either setting up a booth, bringing a dish to share in our cultural potluck or both! Please take a look at these sign up pages:
Emergency Kits for Each Student
Original Art Work
New Sessions of Chess & Golf
October Early Bird Yearbook Discount
Grant Cares, Donation Drive Underway
The Grant Cares team is collecting gift cards in the office to help some of our Grant families that may find the upcoming holidays a financial struggle. To help ease the burden, they've placed a heart shaped box in the office for gift card donations. If you are in the position to help, they're looking for gift cards to Target, Chevron, Old Navy or Trader Joe's in small increments, like $20 to $25, so that they can spread your gifts out to different families. Thank you for your support.
and then join!
Grant Spirit Wear Now Online!
Ordering your Grant Spirit Wear has never been easier! We are officially online! Go to:
1. Click on the Spirit Wear button
2 Select your items and pay
3. Head to the office where you'll find your order packaged with your name on it.
Teal Pumpkins for Halloween
Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. For details check out the website: tealpumpkinproject.org
School Year Calendar
In the Thank You Column:
- Enormous thanks to Jessica Elsey for organizing the Grant Jogathon. We are so grateful to you for all the effort you put in to make it awesome!
- Thank you to all of our Grant families for fundraising and donating to Grant. It's so appreciated.
- Thank you to Amanda Grey, Sadie Goosieff, Elliott Connery, Kate Pooley, Kimberley Murillo, Alyna Christiansen and Alisha Basich for all the help getting ready for the Talent Show at practices.
At A Glance
October 22 - Lagunitas 6th Grade Fundraiser - 5:30 pm
October 25 - Talent Show - 6 pm multi
October 31 - Halloween Parade at 12:40 pm
November 8 - International Day 5:30-7:30 pm
November 11 - Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL
November 13- TIDE Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm
November 12-22 - Conference Weeks - Early Release
November 14 - PTA Meeting
November 25-20 - Fall Break - NO SCHOOL