Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

Week of February 25, 2019

Reminder: This is Conference Week! Early Pick Up times: Kinder 11:40 & Grades 1-6 12:45

A Message from the Principal:

The time of year has come when students, families, and teachers begin to think about class placements for the following school year. I'd like to take the opportunity to share with you a little bit about the process that the staff uses to create balanced, successful classes:

In the Spring, grade level teams gather together to create classes for the following year. For example, the first-grade team will meet to create second-grade classes for the following year. This is a very thorough and thoughtful process. Teachers must create a balance of gender, academic needs/abilities, social dynamics, behaviors, parent volunteers, and IEPs. Once the balanced classes have been created, a teacher is assigned to the class. Students are NOT placed based on who the teacher is.

If you would like to give your current teacher more information on the learning environment that you feel best suits your child for the following year, please fill out a Student Information Form in the office. These will be available beginning on Friday, March 1. Requests for specific teachers will not be honored.

Thank you!

Crazy Hair & Hat Day Tomorrow, 2/27!

This Wednesday, February 27th is Crazy Hair/Hat Day at Grant! We can't wait to see your silliest caps, mohawks, color, curls, spikes, and swirls!

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash, 2/28

We sure hope you can make it to the school wide celebration of Dr. Seuss Birthday on Thursday, February 28th in the multi from 5:30-7:30 p.m.! There will be carnival games, lots of prizes and food galore. Celebrate reading and have a great time. We think the good doctor would approve.


Mrs. Crysdale and Ms Beavers need your help on February 28th. Please check out the sign up genius to see if you might be able to participate!

Lucky Strike Bowling, Sunday 3/3

Coming this Sunday, March 3rd from 2-4pm...Grant Lucky Strike Bowling. Please return your RSVP forms by Friday with payment ($35 per couple/$10 per additional child.) If you didn't get a form, they can be found in the office, here in the newsletter to the left or you can email Kim at We'll have treats from Anna B's Kitchen, pizza, contests with prizes and lots of bowling fun.

Intent to Return Form, We'll take them even if they're late :-)

Will your child be attending Grant again next year? Yay! If you have not already done so, please fill out this form as soon as possible and return it to the front office. This data is very helpful as our staff looks at student numbers for next year to plan ahead and build all the classes. Thank you!

Auction Tickets On Sale Now!

This is Grant's biggest fundraiser of the year. It helps the PTA fund classroom items, assist with field trip costs, put on the school play, family BBQ and so much more! So, book your babysitters early, put on your Florals, Fruits, or Fedoras, and join us for an exciting night of Cuban Culture, food, and dancing at our 24th Annual Spring Auction Fundraiser! Tickets are on sale now! You can buy them HERE!

In addition, we also still need volunteers to help set up and take down the event. We know that you are all busy, so the hours are flexible and we are grateful for any help! If you are interested please email or sign up at this link:

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What Did your Grant PTA Fund this month?

When you donate at the Grant Gala Auction, Jogathon or other Grant PTA fundraiser, you really help make Grant better. Here is your money in action! This month, the Grant PTA approved the purchase of:

  • New balls and hula-hoops and general playground equipment for all students to check out and use at recess.
  • 2k for keyboards to be used by 4th-6th-grade students for a variety of things, including classwork and testing.
  • Expenditures for the community building dance & bowling events
  • Expenditures for the school play

PTA Association Meeting, 3/14 6pm

Please come to the next Grant PTA Meeting on March 14th at 6pm in the Library. We'd love to include you in the conversation! Interested in being on the board? Please contact Lisa at

Grant Cares Gift Card Drive

Show your Shamrock Pride and help support our Grant Cares team by donating a gas, Trader Joe’s, Safeway, or Target gift card. Our Grant Cares team works year round assisting Grant families during catastrophic situations or financial hardships. We’d love to have more to give! If you feel inclined, please donate a gift card (please mark the amount) in our Grant Cares box in the office during the month of March! If you'd like to donate before then, we are open to all donations. Thank you so much for your love and support of the community!

Year Book Cover Design Contest! Due THIS FRIDAY 3/1

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Tea Collection Schools Days Fundraiser!

Get excited for our first ever Tea Collection Schools Days fundraiser coming the week of March 4th (next week!). We will share a Grant school promotion code to save 15% off their site and they will in turn donate back 15% of our total purchases that week! It’s a win-win! Start building your shopping cart now! Have you seen their clothes? Ethically sourced, fair trade, adorable styles, cozy and cotton! Flyers with our code will go home in Friday folders this Friday 3/1. We will also post on our PTA Facebook page. Any questions, contact Elisa King:

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Lucky Ladies Sweetheart Ball Wrap Up

Many thanks to all of the Grant families who came out for the ball. Here are some photos of the event. There is so much joy pouring out of all the pictures! Our thanks to Amanda Chambers for the candid shots. Posed photos will be distributed in the coming weeks, but for all the candid photos, check this link:

Important Upcoming Dates

In the Thank You Column:

  • Many thanks to Cassie Propst, Julie Klinge and Maryann Pacheco for putting on the dance. It was a wonderful and well attended event. Nicely done ladies
  • Thank you to all our dance volunteers: Carrie Smetana, Mia Robertson, Gayatri Podesta, Sasha Grimes, Angela Parsons, Amanda Chambers, Jackie Magliari, Gretajean Lind, Heather Casarotti, Julie Westney, Alyssa Pacheco and Angela Crockett. Plus the Propst & Klinge families. We couldn't have done it without you!
  • Many thanks to our hero Christian Johnson for running home to get his working chocolate fountain! You made so many kids happy.
  • Thank you to Jenny Reich for all the hard work on the auction so far and to Isabel Melara for taking on classroom basket duties.
  • Mrs. O'Niell - many thanks for bringing ideas to the PTA meeting regarding needed equipment for our Grant students.

At A Glance


February 25- Mar.1 Conference Week-Early Dismissal (Grades 1-6 at 12:45 and Kinder at 11:40)
February 25- Mar. 1 Read Across America

February 28- Dr. Seuss Birthday Party in the Multi - All are welcome! See RSVP link above.


March 1- Yearbook Cover Designs Due

March 3- Lucky Strikes Bowling 2-4pm

March 4-11 Fundraise with School Days

March 7- Final day to turn in invoices for March PTA Reimbursement

March 14- PTA Board Meeting and Association Meeting (elections)

March 18-22- Spring Break

March 28- Ice cream Social