Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

Week of April 1, 2019


The Grant PTA Auction is coming up this weekend and I want to thank each and every one of you for helping to make Grant the most wonderful school. In my first year as Principal, I have been honored to join such an amazing community. Our teachers are excelling at giving students high-level reading and math skills. Our Social Studies lessons and a variety of opportunities for experiential learning through field trips are outstanding. As I look to see how we can do better and how we can give our students the best tools possible for their future, I have focused on science, integrated technology, and collaborative learning. Now that we have a dedicated STEAM and Maker's Lab in the making, we need a Science Coordinator to have it operate at its full potential. This person will teach throughout during class time and will provide a safe place to create and explore science at lunch recess. Kids will be able to use robotics tools and science equipment as well our new Maker's Space cart for art and engineering. But, we cannot make this happen without you.

That is why this year's Fund-a-Need is so critical. Bringing more engineering, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking to our students is something we can all support. I, along with the Grant PTA, am asking you to help us fund the role of a Science Coordinator for Grant Elementary School. The more money we raise, the longer we can keep this new program rolling!

There will be a great opportunity to donate to this fund-a-need at the auction or if you can't make it, please consider donating HERE.

Thank you for your generosity and support,

Ms. Grey

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Vote for Grant!

Grant is a top nominee for Best Public School in Petaluma! ☘️❤️ Please consider showing some Shamrock love and voting for Grant (business category) & share with friends & family so they can vote too. Thank you! Here's the right link:

PCS Five Minute Film Fest, Films Due 4/5

Be a part of Petaluma City Schools' 3rd Annual Five Minute Film Festival! This year's theme is "Imagine." Submissions for the Film Festival are due no later than 11:59 PM on April 5th. Tickets will be available after April 5th. The event will be held 4/20 from 3-5pm and it's free but tickets are required due to limited seating in the auditorium. For details:

Grant Performing Arts, 4/19 & 4/20

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“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.” ― Lewis Carroll , Alice in Wonderland

Join the cast and crew of Alice in Wonderland for quite an adventure. Shining Shamrocks take the stage Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th.

Food Services at School

Did you know that with the click of a button you can check the menu or the pricing of the breakfast and lunches served through the Petaluma City School District? Find updated menus on the Petaluma City Schools website.

Click here to check it out!

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Registration Open for Spring After School Enrichment Classes

Its time to lock in your spot. Registration is open for the final classes of this school year:

MONDAYS - Chess for Kids, K-6th, begins 4/22 - enroll online

TUESDAYS - Girls United Soccer Academy, Girls in grades 1-3, starts April 16th, register online at

TUESDAYS - Move Over Mozart/Piano lessons continue; you can join at any time! Enroll online or contact

WEDNESDAYS - Pop Star Choir, 3rd-6th (rumor has it they may also take 2nd graders!) continues. You can join at any time at: and sign-up under Grant Elementary School . For questions contact

WEDNESDAYS - Spanish class continues on Wednesdays, though enrollment is closed at this time. Check back in August to get signed up for the 2019-2020 school year!

THURSDAYS - Jedi Engineering with Legos begins 4/25, K-1, Enroll at or contact Justin at for questions.

THURSDAYS - Martial Arts new session begins 3/28, K-6th, Register online at:

FRIDAY - TGA Golf starts 3/29, K-6th. Sign up today at; for questions, contact

FRIDAY - Jewelry with Julia starts 4/26, K-6th. To enroll, email/call Julia or 707-364-1406

Pictures for the Yearbook

We'd love to share any of the great photos you've taken at Grant events this year in the Yearbook! From field trips to Talent Show shots, we know you've got a few good ones tucked away. The uploading process is easy and very much appreciated! See how to submit your pictures below:

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Summer Camps are Coming!

Can you believe it's already time to think about signing up for Summer Camps? For a great list, check out the Petaluma Peeps Facebook Page or access the whole list here:

Ice Cream Social Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Grant Ice Cream Social. Here are some great pictures from the event:

In the Thank You Column:

  • Many thanks to Pinky's Pizza for the dine & donate event. Thank you to all our Grant families who participated!

  • Thank you to Julie Klinge, Janelle Wilson and Michelle Wilson for organizing the Ice Cream Social! Big thanks also go out to all the volunteers who made it happen:

    Cindy Torliatt, Kimberley Murillo, Jennifer Hu, Kristen Riccomini, Scott Newman, Stacey Vogel, Pari Gottlieb, Christine Adams, Jessica and Rhett Sutherland, Katie Collins & Jessica Shank, Grant janitors Mr.Lal and Francisco for helping set up and clean up and all the teachers who came out to serve!

At A Glance


April 6- Grant Gala Auction - Havana Nights

April 19-20- Performing Arts Performances, Alice in Wonderland

April 18-PTA Board & Association Meeting

April 20- PCS 5 Minute Film Festival 3-5pm

April 24- Westside Band Festival at PHS

April 27- Butter & Egg Day


May 3- Volunteer Breakfast (7:55-8:30)

May 6-10- Staff Appreciation Week

May 14- Westside relays

May 21- Spring Concert in Grant's Multi (6:30 pm Band, 7:30 pm Chorus)

May 23- Open House and Art Show

May 20-24- Spring Book Fair

May 24- 6th-grade Celebration (1 pm)

May 27- Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)

May 30- Field Day

May 31- Last day of school- NOON RELEASE