Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

Week of September 2, 2019

A Message from Principal Grey

Dear Grant Community,

Thank you all for supporting our effort to optimize our traffic safety at the front of our school every day. We appreciate your awareness and commitment to student safety.

It has recently been brought to our attention that there is also unsafe driving and parking taking place behind the school. We have received several complaints from our neighbors on Sunnyslope Road behind our school. Due to U-turns in the middle of their street, their cars are being accidentally knicked, and they have also reported being unable to leave their homes due to blocked driveways. Other concerns include parked cars in front of fire hydrants, cars being parked perpendicular to the curb and cars being parked far away from the curb. Our neighbors were kind enough to reach out to us first before notifying the safety officers at the Petaluma Police Department.

Please be mindful and respectful of our neighbors and refrain from illegal parking and unsafe U-turns behind the school.

Thank you so much,

Ms. Grey

Back to School Night, Grades 2-6, 9/4

What's going on at school? Find out the general plan. Hear from Principal Grey and your child's teacher about what will be happening in classes, with class policies and rules on campus this year. It's a great chance to get questions answered too.


  • 6:15 pm-7:15 pm 2nd & 3rd grade with teachers in their classrooms
  • 7:15 pm-7:30 pm All grades 2nd-6th in the Multi with Principal Grey
  • 7:30-8:30 pm 4th-6th grade with teachers in their classrooms

Be a Room Parent or PTA Liason -Sign Up at Back To School Night

Both positions are key to making sure teachers feel supported and are great ways to kick start your involvement at Grant!

*Room parents work with their child's teacher to organize parties. They put together teacher gifts and sometimes help teachers get items donated for projects.

*PTA Liasons help spread word about PTA events and get messages out to other parents in their child's class.

To inquire: email Cassie at and talk to your child's teacher at Back to School Night.

Grant Gear at Back to School Night, 9/4

Ms. Shantina and Ms. Kim will be selling Grant Gear outside the Multi at Back to School Night. Come pick up a few shirts for spirit Wednesday's this year! Cash, credit and check payments will be accepted. Go Shamrocks!

After School Enrichment Classes Filling Up Fast!

Enrollment is now open and After School Enrichment classes are already filling up.

  • Girls United Soccer is FULL; will accept wait-list students only.
  • Jewelry Making & Legos Engineering are close to capacity with only a few more openings.
  • Golf was full & accepting wait list only, but another instructor was added, so you can still sign up.
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Sign Up to Volunteer at Book Fair, 9/9-13

Sign up HERE.

The Fall Book Fair is on the way! Mrs. Crysdale is sure to have some wonderful offerings for sale the week of September 9th. The Book Fair will stay open late to accommodate customers on September 13th, the same night as the PTA BBQ and Ice Cream Social. Come check it out!

Back to School BBQ & Ice Cream Social, 9/13

It's a big night at Grant with the PTA BBQ, the Ice Cream Social and the last night of the Book Fair. Come enjoy dinner, compliments of the Grant PTA. This night is about building our community, making connections and making Grant a place of friendship.

*We need your help scooping ice cream, refilling topping bowls, keeping the lines moving and keeping things tidy. Here's the Sign-Up Genius and thank you for your support!

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Grant TIDE Committee's First Meeting, 9/18 in Library

Please join us for our first meeting on Wednesday, September 18th from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm in the Grant Library. We will come together as a school community and discuss ideas on our school's approach to inclusivity, equity, and diversity. TIDE (Team for Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity) groups are forming at each site to open up a dialogue about how we can ensure that each of our students, families and staff members feels welcome, acknowledged and safe on our campuses.

Here is a bit more information about TIDE from the committee's district-wide leadership:

After hearing stories of racism and bias from high school students in our hometown of Petaluma, a group of community members started a group called Team for Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity (TIDE). TIDE is a community-led group exploring how to make our schools more safe, inclusive, and welcoming for all of our diverse TK-12 students, families, teachers, and administrators. It is a goal that all schools in Petaluma -- from preschool to high school -- have a TIDE chapter of their own. The citywide TIDE group is made up of representatives from each school and serves as a place of inspiration and collaboration for each school.

Picture Days, 9/19 & 9/20

This year Grant is going to use a wonderful new school picture company called Mugsy Clicks. This Marin based company will be taking photos of our Grant students on 9/19 and 9/20 and your child's teacher will let you know which one is your picture day. There are some great tips on the website that might help you prepare.

We are so excited about many components of Mugsyclicks, and one thing we are looking forward to the most is the fact you will be able to view several different portraits of your student online after your photo days and choose the ones you like best. You will then be able to order packages of photos right off of their website. More information will be sent home closer to our picture days.

Grant's Got Talent is Back! Auditions 10/4

Dust off your dancing shoes, shore up your cartwheel skills, break out that box of magic comes Grant's Got Talent. It's time to start getting your act ready for auditions. We welcome performers from all grades and duets with a parent or non Grant sibling are accepted. Each student can be in no more than 2 acts, one group/ one solo. Please come to auditions and at least one practice and before you audition, make sure you can be there for the big show!

Schedule is as follows:

Auditions 10/4 - multi after school from 2:35-4:30

Practice #1 10/ 11- multi after school from 2:35-4:30

Practice #2 10/18 - multi after school from 2:35-4:30

Big Show 10/25 - multi 6-8pm

Grant Garden Thrives

Whitney Barrilleaux, one of the chairs of the Grant Garden Committee, is pictured opening the gate for a group of 1st graders to pick some tomatoes and cucumbers. She'll often open the gate once or twice a week after school. If you see her, any one is welcome to come in and pick a few fruits or veggies.

Next School Year's Calendar

Wondering when to plan family vacations and schedule your student's doctor appointments next year? Here is the link to the 2019-2020 Petaluma City Schools calendar!

In the Thank You Column:

  • Big thanks to Alice Crysdale for hosting a PTA Board Meeting.
  • Thank you to Ms. Dezendorf for joining the PTA Board.
  • Many thanks to our Grant teachers for the tremendous effort to prepare for Back to School Night. We know it's going to be awesome!
  • Thank you to Pari Gottlieb for keeping the Marquis Signs looking great.
  • Thank you to Kim Laidaw, Whitney Barrilleaux and the whole Grant Garden Committee for keeping things green and for sharing!

At A Glance


September 4- Back to School Night Grades 2-6

September 9-13- Book Fair

September 13- Grant PTA BBQ, 5:30-7pm

September 18 - TIDE Team Meeting

September 19- Picture Day

September 20- Picture Day