Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

Week of February 4, 2019

Principal's Message:

Outdoor Education and Field Trips at Grant

This week our sixth graders and fourth graders are going on their overnight field trips! The sixth graders take a five-day trip to Westminister Woods where the great outdoors will be their classroom for the week. The students work with naturalists on site to explore environmental science, experience team building challenges through a ropes course and develop new friendships with sixth graders from McKinley School. On this trip, Next Generation Science Standards are learned through inquiry, observation, adventure, and discovery. Students have the opportunity to bond and connect in small group sizes that maximize the learning experience and encourage reflection and growth. We can't wait to hear about their adventures!

Later in the week, our fourth-grade classes will travel to the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School for their first annual Gold Rush overnight! Coloma, California is where gold was first discovered in 1848. This program is designed especially for fourth-graders and integrates California Content and Common Core Standards. The goal of this experience is to celebrate the culture, music, and folklore of the California Gold Rush while using lessons of the past to awaken students' interest and sense of responsibility for the environment.

We are very proud of the experiential learning opportunities we provide for our students through many different field trips and recognize the value of taking our students to explore the world through hands-on learning experiences.

Many more pictures to come upon their return!

Grant Wish Board, 2/4-2/8

By this time in the school year, classroom supplies are running low. You can help replenish! In the coming days, Grant staff will write their wishes on a Shamrock. You'll see them posted on a Wish Board near the office. If you want to help, take a shamrock, fulfill the wish and drop the item in the Grant office. Thank you for making wishes come true!

PTA Membership Drive - Give Your Teacher a the Gift of Time

The Grant Teacher-PTA membership contest drive is underway. The teacher with the most PTA memberships will win the prize of having Principal, Amanda Grey teach the class while the teacher gets to have a nice 30-minute break. Becoming a PTA Member is a win-win! Not only are you supporting our wonderful school, but there are PTA perks for you including major discounts to Legoland, the California Academy of Sciences, Baskin Robbins and more! Grab a membership form in the office, sign up and see which teacher will be victorious!

Grant Adopt a Book Starts Now! 1/28-2/23

Help make the Grant Library a wonderful place for our kids. Adopt-a-Book by either purchasing a book via Amazon:

Grant School Library Petaluma Link on Amazon:

You can also send in a check for Mrs. Crysdale to purchase a book for the library. Thank you for helping ensure the Grant Library stays interesting and current for our young readers.

Grant Sweetheart Ball, 2/23 Come One, Come All!

All are welcome at the 2nd annual dance! Invitations have been sent and space is limited. If you'd like your child to participate with the grown-up of their choice, please return your RSVP to the office. If you didn't get an invite, email Julie at Again, all are welcome, regardless of gender.

*We need your help! Please check this link to see how you can pitch in. It's a perfect opportunity for parents that work during the day to get involved:

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash

The Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash is back! Mrs. Crysdale and Ms Beavers need your help on March 1st. Please check out the sign up genius to see if you might be able to participate!

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

Lost & Found, Plus Wet Clothes on Playground

Over the weekend, tons of sweatshirts and jackets, sopping wet from the rain, were found strewn about the playground. Thanks to Grant Mom Rosalie Thompson for hanging them all up on the bar to dry out. It's a good reminder to check the Lost & Found area to see if any of your missing items are waiting for you.
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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

Year Book Cover Design Contest!

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Important Upcoming Dates

In the Thank You Column:

  • Many thanks to Hayley Boles and all the volunteers who helped make Grant Movie night a success
  • Thank you to Janelle Wilson and Rosalie Thompson for all the work on the Wish Board
  • Rosalie Thompson, thank your for hanging up all the wet clothes this weekend!
  • Big thanks to Donnie Frank for a great start to Performing Arts!

At A Glance

February 4-8 6th Grade Camp

February 4-8 Grant Wish Board Underway
February 7-8 4th Grade Coloma/Gold Rush
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