Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

Week of January 21, 2019

A new Gate at Grant!

We are thrilled to announce that a new gate has been installed between Mrs. Casey's class and the staff parking lot. We are very grateful to our district for supporting our effort to create a safe and welcoming campus for all of our wonderful students!

Kindergarten Preview Night TONIGHT! 1/23

Join us on Wednesday, January 23rd at 6 pm for our Grant Kindergarten Preview Night! This is an opportunity for prospective or incoming Grant families to meet our Kindergarten teachers and get your questions answered. This event is designed for parents, as childcare will not be provided. We will meet in the Library.
*In addition, Grant tours are scheduled for 1/29, 1/30 & 2/5. Call (707) 778-4742 to book your spot.

Reminder: Safety First - Especially During Drop-offs & Pick-ups

Due to some unsafe maneuvers at morning drop-off, we'd like to issue a reminder. Please don't make U-turns in the middle of Grant Avenue. Some kids have almost been hit. Give our volunteer crossing guards some love and help us make their jobs easier. Please be safe, slow down, leave yourself extra time and remember that we are all in this together.

Grant Cares Helping Federal Employees

As the partial government shutdown continues, the Grant Cares team wants to make sure that Grant families who work for the Coast Guard or other Federal agencies have what they need to make it through.

Please contact Stefani if assistance would help your family through this time or if you can help by donating or offering services.

Does your AERIES info need updating?

AERIES is now open for editing all year long. Consider emergency contacts or a changed phone number. Log in and update your student's information as needed.

Grant Gala Auction Help Needed!

The 24th Annual Spring Auction Fundraiser is coming up April 6th. We are working hard to make sure Grant thrives and we'd love to have your volunteer support. Check out the sign-ups here:

If you're able to donate to the cause, we would appreciate it so much. Here's a letter from our auction team:

Dear Friends of Grant Elementary School,

We are proud to be celebrating our 58th year of Excellence in Education.

On April 6th, 2019, the Grant PTA will be holding our 24th annual auction and dinner fundraiser, our largest event of the year! Despite the fiscal challenges schools are facing, the PTA is committed to providing our students with the tools they need to succeed. Their involvement benefits every student by giving them access to new science equipment, library books, classroom supplies, art, music, field trips, athletics and much more.

We are reaching out to our community for support, and asking for a donation of an item, gift certificate, or an experience for our silent or live auction. Your tax-deductible donation will help us sustain quality educational programs and activities for our students. Please return the enclosed form with your donation to the school office by April 1st, 2019, or contact one of Auction Volunteers listed below to arrange pickup. You will be acknowledged in auction communications that reach over 250 families, and we welcome your promotional material to display at the event.

We recognize you are frequently called upon to donate and thank you in advance for your consideration. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Grant PTA Auction Volunteers

Ashley Salazar, Rosalie Thompson & Jennifer Eaton,,

(707) 280-0618, (707) 241-5002, (707) 889-3296

Nothing Says Happy Valentine's Day Like See's Candy!

Valentine's Day 6th grade See's Candy Fundraiser! All orders are due in by February 1st. Candy will be delivered on Wednesday, Feb.13th - just in time for Valentine's Day! Order forms were sent home. Questions? Email Katie at

Grant Performing Arts - Production of Alice in Wonderland Currently Underway!

If your child is in the play (grades 1-6) and you have not yet filled out the online form, or if your child missed auditions (only grades 3-6 need audition) please fill out the online form:
and contact Director Donnie if you would like to participate:

First rehearsal after school- FRIDAY 1/25 - Full Cast
Introductions, Rules, Stage Directions, Story Line, Pass out Scripts, group read, Homework, Opening Song
4:15 pm Mandatory Parent Meeting
Pick up at 4:30pm

Grant Family Movie Night, 1/25

Coming to the Shamrock Theater: Incredibles 2!! This awesome Grant PTA sponsored event will be held Friday, January 25th. The doors to the multi open at 6 pm so you can stake out your spot. The movie starts at 6:30 pm. Free admission, fresh hot popcorn, and bottled water. Pizza and baked goods will be offered for sale. Please bring your sleeping bags/blankets and low profile chairs. This is not a drop off event and adults must accompany children.

Grant Lucky Ladies Sweetheart Ball, 2/23

We are so excited to announce that this year's dance will be held in the Hotel Petaluma Ballroom! Fancy! Save the date! Details and invitations will be coming soon!

Westside Choral Festival, 1/30 7pm

The 2nd Annual Westside Choral Festival will be held at the Petaluma Junior High School Gym. Please arrive to be seated by 6:45 pm as the event starts at 7:00 pm.

Indoor Recess Volunteers Wanted!

Would your 1st, 2nd or 3rd grader benefit from the option of an indoor recess space to play board games, create with Makerspace materials or read a book? One of our wonderful Grant parents is spearheading this project and is looking for parents to help supervise this space during lunch. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up using this link.
Questions? Email Ms. Grey at

Grant Year Books Now On Sale!

Ring in the New Year with the Yearbook Cover Art Contest! The winner(s) will be chosen by teachers and staff

and their artwork will be used for the COVER and back cover of 2018-19 Grant Elementary Yearbook!

THEME: What makes Grant Elementary great to you!

-Create an art piece on a 8.5x11” standard size paper

-Your name and grade must be on the back

-pencils, pens, markers, paints, crayons can be used

-Hand drawn, photography or graphics can be used

Due Date: February 14, 2019, Valentine’s Day

Hand in your submission anytime at the front desk at the office

Yearbook art contest folder

*To Purchase and customize your Grant yearbook

Important Upcoming Dates

In the Thank You Column:

  • Thank you to Angela Ryan with the Petaluma Museum for welcoming Grant families!
  • Thank you to Lal for including students in picking up trash after lunch! You make us proud to be Grant shamrocks!
  • Many thanks to Michelle Pagano (from Cinnabar,) Donnie Frank, Lisa Johnson and Maryann Pacheco for helping with Performing Arts auditions.

At A Glance

January 23, Kindergarten Preview Night 6pm
January 25 PTA Family Movie Night, 6pm
January 28-Feb. 3 Adopt a Book
January 30 Chorus Festival

February 4-8 6th Grade Camp
February 7-8 4th Grade Coloma/Gold Rush
February 6 West Side Choral Festival (5th Grade)
February 11 Lincoln's Holiday - NO SCHOOL
February 18 Washington's Holiday - NO SCHOOL
February 23 Lucky Ladies Sweetheart Ball at the Hotel Petaluma Ballroom
February 25-Mar. 1 Read Across America