Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

Week of March 25, 2019


Each year at the PTA Auction, money is raised to fund a need at our school that supports the learning and success of our students. This year we hope to raise enough money to bring a Science Coordinator to our campus!

In the last two years, Grant Elementary School has been fortunate enough to receive grants from the Petaluma Education Foundation to support the purchases of robotics and a Makerspace on our campus. These materials provide students with the opportunity to explore concepts including engineering, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. We are asking you to help us fund the role of a Science Coordinator for Grant Elementary School. This individual would support teachers in the implementation of weekly robotics and engineering activities related to grade level content standards. With the assistance of a Science Coordinator, Grant students would have access to more opportunities for hands-on, learning in small groups. For an optimal program, we would like to have the Science Coordinator on campus 4 days a week supporting the regular science curriculum as well as lunchtime programs for our students. Innovative programs such as this inspire students to be life-long learners and engage powerfully in the world.

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:

Grant Auction 4/6! Tickets On Sale Now!

We are getting so close to our Havana Nights Auction Gala! Be a part of Grant's biggest fundraiser of the year! It supports our teachers and kids in so many ways! The money raised helps fund our school programs such as athletics, art, science, music, field trips, school supplies and much more! Tickets are on sale now online HERE!

Volunteers are still desperately needed! Please take a look at the Sign Up Genius below to see if you might be able to pitch in. Thank you so much for considering it:

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VIP Parking Spot Raffle

A few tickets are still available for the coveted parking spot. Find them for sale before and after school today and tomorrow. Questions: contact Rosalie at

Vote for Grant!

Grant is a contender 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!

Food Services at School

Are you curious about the menu or pricing of the breakfast and lunches served through the district at Grant? Updated menus are available on the Petaluma City Schools website.

Click here to check it out!

Pinky's Dine & Donate, 3/28

Before you head to the Grant Ice Cream Social, come have dinner at Pinky's. 15% of your purchase goes back to Grant. Who wants pizza and ice cream? Dine in or pick up, no flyer needed, just tell them you're part of the Grant Dine & Donate!

Ice Cream Social, 3/28

Grant teachers will be serving up ice-cream sundaes the evening of March 28th. This community building event is a great way to visit and connect with other Grant families. We hope you can make it, but really, who turns down free ice cream?
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Spring Outdoor Garden Enrichment Class

Join Grant parents and teachers for after-school gardening, art, science, and more! The class will be held every Wednesday, after school, for 1.5 hours (12:45 to 2:15). Snacks and plenty of fun will be provided. Class sessions run from March 27th to May 15th (8 sessions) in the Grant Garden. Sign up in the office--space is limited. Donations of $125 will go toward a guest garden educator next year.

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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

Grant Cares Gift Card Drive

Show your Shamrock Pride and help support our Grant Cares team by donating a gas, Trader Joe’s, Safeway, or Target gift card. Our Grant Cares team works year round assisting Grant families during catastrophic situations or financial hardships. We’d love to have more to give! If you feel inclined, please donate a gift card (please mark the amount) in our Grant Cares box in the office during the month of March! If you'd like to donate before then, we are open to all donations. Thank you so much for your love and support of the community!

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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Grant Performing Arts Presents:

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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 at ___ and Saturday, April 20th a ___.

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:

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:

Important Upcoming Dates

In the Thank You Column:

  • Many thanks to Janice Whitaker for leading the way on Grant wear T-shirt sales this year. We love the hats and magnets you brought into the fold. Great job Janice!

  • Big thank you to everyone who bought the parking spot VIP raffle tickets. Thank you for supporting Grant and may the parking fairy be looking your way during the raffle!

  • Thank you to Maryann Pacheco for the amazing job coordinating After School Enrichment classes this year.

  • Michelle Wilson, thank you for lining up some great dine & donate events this year!

At A Glance


March 28- Ice cream Social 6:30

March 28- Dine & Donate at Pinky's Pizza


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