Black History Celebration

February 24, 2021

Hello Ohlone Families!

There is a lot happening! Ohlone is BUSY :).

Our teachers have been engaging students with read-alouds about impactful Black Americans and movements through our history. Students are learning about perspective (e.g. Who is telling this story?) and celebrating the great accomplishments from Black Americans in the areas of science, art, literature, math, dance, and politics.

Thanks to our amazing PTA, there are two fabulous events scheduled this week as part of our Black History Celebration. Of special note, we have Patrice McLaurin reading her inspiring book tonight at 6:30pm, Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? On Friday, we have a Black History Family Fun Night. We are sure to bring the house down with a professional DJ at the turntable! Also, check out the newsletters below to learn about Black Americans and impactful Black History moments. This info will come in handy for the games and fun on Friday :).

This Saturday, we have STEM Fair! Thank you to Jay and the STEM Fair volunteers for their heavy lifting on getting this event into orbit. What an amazing way to celebrate science, technology, engineering, and math! It's another virtual STEM year, and nothing is going to get in the way of kids expressing their love of the techie arts!

Saturday is also Farm Work Day for 2/3. What better way to start your morning? Elke, Iris, the kids, chickens, and bees - they are all waiting for you! Sign-up using the link and get those overalls on! Everyone is welcome :). Masks and physical distancing protocols are required. Just you, not the animals.

Finally, the Sweetheart Awards is also scheduled on Saturday. Educators and students who have made a positive difference in the lives of students with special needs will be honored. Find out who is being celebrated this year below!

A big thank you goes out to our PTA President, Elbra Mammone and the PTA for their collaborative effort with El Carmelo to bring these fabulous Black History Celebration events to our community. I hope you and your children can tune in tonight for the bedtime story and again on Friday for the fun!


Ohlone Principal

Important Dates Ahead

2/24 - Ohlone Student Council Meeting - 3:00-3:45pm

2/24 - Ohlone Times Newspaper Meeting - 3:45-4:15pm

2/24 - Black History Bedtime Story - 6:30-7:30pm

2/25 - Photo Day for Cohort B and FDL

2/25 - Elementary Choice Programs Lottery

2/26 - Black History Family Fun Night - 6:30-7:30pm

2/27 - Farm Work Day - 9:00am-12:00pm

2/27 - Sweetheart Awards - 10:00am-12:00pm

2/27 - STEM Fair - 1:00-4:00pm

3/3 - Principal's Tea - Equity & Antiracism with Assistant Superintendent Lana Conaway - 4:00-5:00pm

3/5 - PTA General Meeting - 2:45-3:45pm

3/9 - PAUSD Board Meeting - 6:30pm

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Black History Bedtime Stories - Tonight!

Hosted by PAUSD Elementary School PTAs

Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?

Written by Patrice McLaurin, Illustrated by Dian Wang

Wednesday, February 24th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event

We are delighted to host children’s author Patrice McLaurin for a district-wide virtual author visit. Patrice will read from her wonderful picture book Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? At the end of the presentation there will be a 12-book giveaway, with a signed book going to a student participant from each of the 12 PAUSD elementary schools.


About the book Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?

Patrice McLaurin’s picture book Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? is a unique journey into the often forgotten contributions of the African-American inventors that have greatly enriched America’s landscape. It chronicles the day of a little boy, demonstrating with each page how the genius of African-American minds is utilized on a daily basis. The book comes complete with brief biographies about each inventor as well as fun activities to promote and encourage reading comprehension.

About the author, in her own words:

“I’m a mother, a wife, a sister, an aunt, a daughter, a cousin, a niece, a friend, a poet, an image activist (thank you Michaela Angela Davis), a teacher (by calling, not by trade) and an advocate for children. That’s it, no bells and whistles. I’m just a woman, who loves our babies and works continuously to foster their excellence.”

Black History Celebration Newsletters

Each newsletter highlights at least five Black Leaders, two Black History moments, and four Black History learning opportunities for our elementary PTA students and families. During our 2/26 Family Fun Night, some of the concepts our Bingo and Kahoot games will cover will be based on our Newsletter content.

Newsletter 1:

Newsletter 2:

Newsletter 3:

Black History Family Fun Night - Friday, 2/26 at 6:30pm

Join us for a high-energy, district-wide, professionally led celebratory online event where our elementary students will keep the learning and fun going beyond the Black History Celebration Newsletters and Bedtime Story Night with Black History-focused Bingo, Kahoot, and more with prizes! Check out this welcome video (also below) from our Event Emcee DJ Will Gill (NFL Super Bowl, The Voice, The Kelly Clarkson Show, and recently ranked as the best virtual DJ by the Wall Street Journal) and make song requests here. All PAUSD Elementary School families are welcome to join us on Friday, February 26th, from 6:30 - 7:30pm. You don’t want to miss this!

Want to participate in Bingo during our Family Fun Night? Please pick up a Bingo Card (one card per student please) on the bench on the front porch of 3138 Flowers Lane in Palo Alto after 10AM on Wed, 2/24. Limited to 500 participants district-wide.

Questions, Comments, or Clarifications? Email

Emcee DJ Will Gill

Prep Rally Video - PAUSD Elementary PTAs Black History Celebration Family Fun Night
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STEM Fair is Finally Here! Join us this Saturday, 2/27!

Ohlone Elementary's 2021 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Fair is this Saturday, February 27th from 1-4pm.

It's going to be a great community event. Over 35 projects will be presented on Zoom (link). It will be like Ohlone is having its very own STEM show on Zoom. Questions about STEM Fair? Email the organizer.
OHLONE Elementary STEM Fair 2021 Promo Video Number 1

Farm Work Day - Saturday, 2/27, 9-12

All the 2/3 classrooms will be volunteering this Saturday, including FDL and Hybrid. This means parents from these classes are asked to volunteer to help for 1 hour during this time frame. All parents K-5 are welcome to attend, as always.

Please sign up on UpToUs even if you are a “maybe” as there is some chance we will need to cancel due to inclement weather If we don’t have your email sign up, we can’t let you know.

Questions? Email Kathy Howe, Farm Co-Chair @

Sweetheart Awards

The Sweetheart Awards started 16 years ago, as a means for PAUSD parents who have students with special needs to recognize, honor and show their sincere gratitude to people in the community who have made a positive difference in their child's life. The event has grown over the years, but the purpose remains the same. Parents and students simply saying "THANKS" to the people who have helped them.

This year we celebrate a 5th grade student in Room 30 and the following Ohlone educators:

Kathleen Flynn - Education Specialist

Cynthia Ehrhorn - Speech-Language Pathologist

Sereena Ojakian - Instructional Aide

Lisa Carrell - 4/5 Teacher

Congratulations, amazing humans!

Principal's Tea - March 3rd, 4:00-5:00pm

Brilliant Assistant Superintendent, Lana Conaway will join us for this month's long awaited Principal's Tea. We will be discussing equity and Ohlone and district efforts toward building an antiracist education for our students and community. If you have not had a chance to join the 21-Day Equity Challenge, you can access the incredible resources on the website here.

The Principal's Tea will be virtual of course and you will have to bring your own hot water and leaves. I will send the link next week!

Parent Education

Changing the World: How Families Can Do Anti-Bias Work at Home - February 26, 1:00pm

Building Empathy and Compassion in our Children During the Pandemic -March 5, 1:00pm

Mindful Family, Joyful Home - March 10, 2021

Creating Calm at Home During Covid-19 - March 22, 6:30-8:30pm

PAUSD’s Wellness & Support Services Department in partnership with AACI

2020-21 PAUSD Wednesday Cohort Schedule

Cohort A is Pink; Cohort B is Blue

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