Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

Week of December 2, 2019

A Message From Principal Grey

Dear Grant Community,

Happy December! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones. We are excited to be back at school to close out 2019 with positivity, enthusiasm, and kindness!

As we head into the holiday season, our students are getting very excited about all that this time of year brings: holiday traditions, time off of school, and of course, presents! In the next few weeks, we want to encourage our students to also think about spreading the loving and giving holiday spirit to others.

One fun way we plan to do this is by presenting them with a Random Acts of Kindness countdown calendar at tomorrow's BEST assembly. We hope that it gets them thinking about all of the many ways we can celebrate this season and the importance of spreading kindness and generosity to others.

With Love,

Ms. Grey

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Kindergarten Preview Night is Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4th at 6:00 pm in the Library. If you know a family searching for a great school, please forward the info!

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Kindergarten Registration Now Open!

Believe it or not, it is already time to start registering new students for the 2020-2021 school year! Registration opened on December 2nd and priority registration ends on February 28, 2020.

Please visit to begin your application process.

If you or someone you know would like to go on a school tour at Grant, please call the front office at (707) 778-4742 to schedule one.

Dine & Donate: December 8th at Round Table!

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Grant Yearbook Pose

Make your Yearbook Pose Choice by 12/13/2019

To Make Your Yearbook Selection:

1) Login/Create account.

2) Choose your favorite image from this year’s portraits. Your student’s image will be shown as this one if you don’t make an alternative selection:

3) Click on the small blue “Yearbook Indicator” circle to select your favorite image.

Need an access code for this year’s portrait gallery? Click Here!

(Mugsy reps will email back to you within 24 hours, M-F)

*if your child had a reshoot you are responsible for letting the yearbook advisor know your image selection from the two galleries.

While you are at it login to and order your yearbook today.

Go to:

Enter passcode: 1015022997383930



Enter 2U4FREE at checkout
(with minimum purchase of $25)

Emergency Kits Needed ASAP

If we learned anything in October, it's that we need to be prepared. Let's get moving on your child's emergency kit. Please put some food items that will hold up for a while (granola bars, beef jerky, apple sauce packets etc...along with a note to your child) in a zip lock back labeled with your child's name. Teachers are collecting these kits to keep in a designated spot in class - just in case. If you need the PTA to make a kit for your child, please reach out to Kelly

Grant Cares, Donation Drive Underway

As the holidays approach, our Grant Community Cares Team is mindful of some of our own Grant families that could use some holiday cheer and assistance. We will be collecting items for some specific Grant families and their specific needs. This is a great way for our children to actively participate in the season of giving. Our “Giving Tree” will be set-up this week in the office. Please consider donating by taking an ornament with an item needed. Return the item with the ornament attached in the basket in the office by December 18th. Thank you for helping us bring holiday joy to our own Shamrock families in need!

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Holiday Shoppe 12/10 –12/13

It’s almost time for the fabulous Grant Holiday Gift Shoppe! This year the Shoppe will be open Tuesday, December 10th through Friday, December 13th. It's a wonderful way for students to join in the holiday cheer by purchasing gifts for family and friends. Be sure to check your Friday folders for a shopping list, gift labels and a cash envelope.

*There are still 20 volunteer spots open! We can't make the Holiday Shoppe a reality without your help. Please check the volunteer sign-up link:

or contact Jessica Lewis at

This year's Grant Play will be...

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Mary Poppins! Auditions will he held after winter break after school on January 17th for kids in 3rd-6th grade (1st and 2nd don’t need to audition.) . We hope you''ll join the Shamrock Cast! It's going to be Supercalafragalistic Expialidocious!

What Has Your PTA Done This Week?

This new newsletter feature is intended to provide information about where the Grant PTA is putting its resources. Our hope is that you will see how much your donations matter and how much they support our students!

  • The PTA approved $250 dollars for a Learning Adventures Assembly.
  • The PTA approved additional funding to reimburse teachers for classroom supplies, field trip scholarships and office supplies.
  • The PTA approved funding for the Science Coordinator & the Garden Club.
  • PTA organizers are working to put together a wonderful Grant Holiday Shoppe.

To join the Grant PTA click here:

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Community Events

  • Grant's 2nd grade Brownie Troop #10052 is working with One Warm Coat on a coat drive!They're collecting new and gently used coats (no stains or rips) for men, women, and children to be distributed in our community. All coats should be placed in the collection bin in front of the office between Dec. 5th and Dec 20th. For questions, contact Melissa

  • Petaluma Regional Library Resources: * Homework help: free homework assistance for grades K-12 at the Petaluma Regional Library (every Tuesday 3:30-5:30 pm). * Free access with Petaluma Regional Library card (homework, essay or cv review)

  • Girls United is launching the 1st ever all girls outdoor Spring Soccer League in Petaluma! Starting March 2020. Four spots left! Register at .

School Year 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:

  • Many thanks to Maryann Pacheco for organizing the See's Candy and Original Works fundraisers! You rock!

  • Thank you to Maryann Pacheco and Jessica Lewis for all of their hard work getting ready for Holiday Shoppe! Thank you for doing this for our kids!

  • Big Thank you to Kelly Garzelli for organizing the collection of Emergency Kits. It's so important to get this together and your work is so appreciated.

  • Shamrock love going out to Grant Cares team Elisa King and Stefani Fontana for helping take care of our community. Your kindness inspires us all.

At A Glance


December 4 - Kindergarten Preview Night 6-7 pm

December 8 - Dine & Donate at Round Table

December 9 - Kindergarten Tours Begin

December 10 - 13 - Grant Holiday Shoppe

December 19 - Chorus & Band Daytime Assemblies (Times TBA)

December 20 - Noon Release

December 23 - January 6 - Winter Break


January 7- Student return from Winter break

January 16- PTA Board Meeting

January 20- MLK day (NO SCHOOL)

January 24 - PTA Family Movie Night

January 27-31- Wish Board

January 27- Feb 22 - Adopt a book kick off