Tomorrow, October 12th, our school will reopen for in-person learning for parents who have chosen this learning model for their children. Since March 16th, our school has been closed for on-campus learning. We are so excited and thankful that we are able to offer an in-person learning model in addition to our VLA and Homeschool Learning Models!

For those returning to campus tomorrow, you will find all of the important information that has been sent to you in Connect Ed messages regarding reopening for in-person learning on our school's website (https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Schools/ES/WGES/Home)

under "School Reopening for In-Person Learning on Oct. 12." The documents you will find are: WGES Reopening Plan for Learning Health and Safety, AM Student Schedule, PM Student Schedule, Map of In person Learning Classrooms, WGES Reopening Details for Parents, Health & Safety Guidelines from WG Health Technician, PUSD Reopening Information, and Transitioning Back-to-Campus.

Important Reminder: The "Parent/Guardian Health & Safety Agreement" is attached. If you have not already turned in this agreement, please print, sign, and turn it in tomorrow when you bring your children to school.

Please note that we have three arrival screening stations. One is by the preschool gate (located on the side of the school with the ramp), another is at the large playground gate, and the third one is in the car drop off area. Only students riding in cars can be screened at the car drop off area. If you are walking your child to school, please use the preschool or large playground gate screening stations and avoid walking through the car drop off area.

For safety reasons, please use the crosswalks when crossing streets and in our school's parking lot.

We are so excited to welcome your children tomorrow back on campus! We know there will be some "bumps in the road," and we will work to make improvement changes quickly! Thank you so much for your support, your patience, and your grace as we work together to offer in-person learning at our school! We are GRIZZLY STRONG!!!


In our ongoing work to ensure we are providing a safe and positive school culture and learning experience for ALL of our students and their families, we wanted to let you know that we are hosting a series of "Community Conversations on Racial Equity." These conversations are organized by feeder pattern, elementary through high school, to ensure we are addressing any issues and concerns systemically as a team, partnering with parents, staff, students, and community members in our surrounding neighborhoods. Students and families attending Del Norte High School, Oak Valley Middle School, Design39Campus, Del Sur Elementary School, Stone Ranch Elementary School, Monterey Ridge Elementary School, and Willow Grove Elementary School are invited to attend.

The first of these conversations is scheduled for next Tuesday, October 13 via Zoom, from 6pm to 7:30pm. Our goal at this first meeting is to listen to our diverse community and learn from your experiences, so we can strengthen our efforts to improve racial equity in accordance with our recent PUSD Board Resolution Against Racism.

Please RSVP here: bit.ly/ccre-dnhs. You must RSVP in order to receive the Zoom link to attend, which will be sent out next Monday.

We look forward to you joining us in this important work!


Fall Harvest Drive By Parade

CALLING ALL GRIZZLIES!! Please join us over the rainbow for our first ever Fall Harvest Drive By Parade, on October 29th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. PTA invites you to follow the yellow brick road as you drive through the land of OZ. Drive through the land that is over the rainbow and see some exciting characters along the way. We will have a spider toss game at the wicked witch area and Dorothy and friends will be passing out Candy goodie bags. Our Grizzlies and their families will be able to enjoy this all from the comfort of their own car. If you would like to dress up or decorate your car, you are more than welcome to. We ask all grizzly families to please stay in your car while they enjoy the land over the rainbow.

Committee Chairs and Volunteers Needed!!

Please consider signing up to help us on picture day and for the fall harvest drive by parade, volunteers are needed. you are interested in becoming a committee chair or volunteering this year, please join our new Volunteers Shutterfly page at https://willowgroveelementarypta.shutterfly.com to see all the opportunities. If you have any questions please contact our VP of Volunteers Chasmine Grismer at wgvpvolunteers@gmail.com.


Picture day is rapidly approaching on Monday, October 26th and Tuesday, October 27th. Below is a breakdown of questions/concerns.

Check in Tables:

Check in tables will be located outside of the MPR. VLA/homeschool students and Volunteers check in table will be located outside by the front office. On campus will be by the amphitheater entrance.

VLA Students:

VLA students have time slots they will be able to sign up for on the sign up genius. Click on the link, look for your teachers name to sign up. Monday is slotted for AM sessions and Tuesday is slotted for PM sessions. We WILL NOT take walk ups. You will need to sign up in order to get your picture taken. Once you are signed up, come on the day and time you have selected. You will be coming to the front office to have your student screened. Once screened your student will be escorted to their assigned camera. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054EAAA92AABFC1-picture

On Campus Students:

Classes that are on campus will come together as a class on their assigned time slot. Each class is assigned a camera that the class will be shown upon arrival. Once the class gets to the MPR, you will check into the camera section with your volunteer. Your volunteer will escort you into the MPR to your camera.

Homeschool Students:

Homeschool students are included in picture day. They will have a time slot they can sign up for on the sign up genius link. We WILL NOT take walk ups. You will need to sign up in order to get your picture taken. Once you are signed up, come on the day and time you have selected. You will be coming to the front office to have your student screened. Once screened your student will be escorted to their assigned camera. Click on the link to sign up. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054EAAA92AABFC1-picture

Mask Protocol:

Everyone MUST wear a mask. Your student’s mask can not be removed until the student is sitting down in the seat to take their picture. Once the student is sitting, the student will be able to remove their mask and take their picture. If you do not not feel comfortable with your student taking their mask off, the student is more than welcome to take the picture with the mask on. If this is the case the student will need to come with a note stating so, so the volunteers and photographer know.

Social Distancing:

We will be practicing social distancing while waiting in line for the pictures. There will be markers for the students to stand on to maintain this. Our volunteers will also be there to help remind the students.

Volunteer/Lifetouch/Cleaning Protocol:

ALL volunteers will be screened before entering the campus. Lifetouch photographers are pre-screened at their place of work before coming to campus and will be screened again before coming onto our campus. We will have the doors opened for air flow and ALL seats will be cleaned/sanitized after every use.

Volunteer Pictures:

Volunteers will have time slots to sign up for on both days. This year it is important to sign up so that way we can control traffic. All volunteers will need to get their picture taken for their badges. Click the link to sign up. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054EAAA92AABFC1-picture

Make up Picture Day:

Make up picture day will be 11/5/2020


Last chance to order Grizzly Gear this year!! Need a Grizzly Strong Shirt or how about a grizzly hat for spirit days? Or do you need our winter grizzly gear for the cold months to come? Well, you are in luck! Our Grizzly Store is still open. Our store will close for the year on October 23rd so make sure you don’t miss out and place your order today. Go to www.willowgrovepta.org. All orders that are placed from October 5th-October 23rd will be delivered on November 13th.

If you placed a Grizzly Order by October 2nd, your orders will be available on October 23rd. An email will be sent to you for pick up details.


This Halloween we challenge all grizzlies to create the spookiest, funniest, most original and best family group costumes. Submit your photos to wggrizzliesyearbook@gmail.com by November 1st for consideration in the 2020-2021 Grizzly yearbook. Winners will receive prominent placement in the yearbook. If you are feeling extra festive, send us a picture of your pumpkin carvings too. Trick or Treat!

Book Talk

Our first virtual book talk will be on October 13th. A link will be sent out for your teacher to share with the class. We will also post it on our website that day for the families to watch.

Is your student interested in being our featured grizzly on a Morning Book Talk show with Mrs. Huff? Then, they will need to complete a form for a chance to be a featured Grizzly during our Book Talk session. Students will be selected by a lottery system and notified prior to their scheduled Book Talk so they have time to read and write a review and provide their opinion about the approved book of their choice. It is now easier than ever to sign up for book talk, go to our website, www.willowgrovepta.org and click on the book talk tab.

Once selected you will get an email for your Grizzly with the questions and also information on how to record and send in the video. You will be able to select if you would like your Grizzly featured on Grizzly TV (Audio and visual) or Grizzly Radio (Audio only). We will be hosting a book talk once a month, below is the schedule for the book talk. Look at the attachment for form.

Below you will see the Month, Grade, Due date to PTA, and Date Presenting for each Book Talk.


5th grade

Due: Tuesday, 10/27/2020

Present: November 10th


3rd grade

Due: Tuesday, 11/17/2020

Present: December 8th


2nd grade

Due: Tuesday, 12/15/2020

Present: January 12th


4th grade

Due: Tuesday, 1/19/2021

Present: February 9th


1st grade

Due: Tuesday, 2/16/2021

Present: March 9th



Due: Tuesday, 3/23/2021

Present: April 6th


Opened to All Grades

Due: Tuesday, 4/20/2021

Present: May 11th


Opened to All Grades

Due: Tuesday, 5/18/2021

Present: June 8th

Please consider becoming a PTA Member and help us build our rainbow!

Individual memberships are only $20 each.

Joining is now easier than ever: Go to www.willowgrovepta.org and click memberships to get started.

Why join the PTA when our kids are learning from home?

The purpose of the PTA is to create a community and connect children and families together. More than ever, this connection is vital to the emotional and mental health of our kids.

How can we connect kids when they aren't in school?

With your membership and donations, the PTA is ready to help our kids connect with each other through a variety of online and interactive virtual experiences including science, art, Grizzlies Got Talent and a Fall Harvest Drive-by Parade. Over the summer, the district repaved the playground blacktop. We will use your membership and donations towards repainting the blacktop, supporting teachers, replacing playground equipment (i.e. soccer nets) and making sure it's ready when the doors of Willow Grove open again. Membership is open to everyone! Each person in the family can become a PTA member—parents, grandparents, educators, students and friends. Becoming a member doesn’t require you to volunteer, though we always welcome your time and talent!

Don't forget to ask your employer to match your donation. See if your company is on the corporate matching list. If you see them on the list, contact your HR or Corporate Giving department and let them know you would like them to match! We are only as strong as we are united.



The Willow Grove Educational Foundation is raising critical funds to continue our school's dedicated science program, ART, P.E. instruction -- and much, much more! Your tax-deductible gift of $375 per enrolled child helps make this all happen! You can donate and learn more at www.willowgrovefoundation.org. Thank you for your generous support!


The Back to School Auction was a huge success! Thank you to all those bidders out there. The Willow Grove Educational Foundation appreciates the support. Winning bidders may pick up their auction items on Thursday, October 15 at the Willow Grove Office from the hours of 11am -2 pm. If you are unable to pick up your items during this time, please email Cecilia Marzullo at rottietriever@yahoo.com.

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Willow Grove Elementary School, Home of the Grizzlies, is a TK-5 elementary school located in San Diego, CA, and is part of Poway Unified School District.