Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

Week of January 13, 2020

Note: No School January 20th in observance of MLK Holiday

A Message From Principal Grey

Dear Grant Community,

The addition of our STEAM lab and our wonderful Science Coordinator, Mr. Max, have been a huge success on the Grant campus. Thanks to the Petaluma Education Foundation and PTA, we have been able to offer our students more access to hands-on learning with robotics, coding, and engineering than ever before.

Last week and this week our students utilized the makers' cart and built contraptions that act as "grabbers." Student teams strategized, built their grabbers then put them to the test. The first challenge was to grab blocks of different sizes, shapes, and weights and put them into a cup or egg carton. The second challenge determined which team could build the tallest tower using the grabbers. The final challenge was to build a tower as a whole class. Many combined efforts and grabber tools were used to expedite this exciting process.

Challenges like these allow students to practice problem-solving in a team, demonstrate grit and perseverance, access their skills as engineers and think creatively.

Be sure to ask your student about the neat projects and activities that they have been working on with their teachers and Mr. Max in the STEAM lab!

Go Shamrocks,

Ms. Grey

No Early Drop or Late Pick Up

Please be mindful of our school hours which are from 7:55 am to 2:35 pm. Please do not drop off students unattended before 7:55 am and please come and pick up your students at the end of the day if they are not attending after school enrichment or headed to the YMCA.

We are aware of the challenges of work schedules, but we do not have supervision available for students outside of school hours.

Performing Arts Auditions, 1/17

This Friday, auditions for Marry Poppins will take place after school in the multi. The play is open to performers from grades 1-6, but only performers in grades 3-6 need to come to auditions.

The kids will be divided into groups to showcase movement, dramatic reading and song. If you'd like to prepare a few bars of a song, you may be asked to sing it. Auditions are done in as much of a non pressure/stress-free environment as they can be. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you! Online payment option is coming soon!

Here is the link for the online Registration form:

After School Enrichment Classes Open - Time is of the Essence to Register!

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Author Visit: Kate Milford, 1/22

Our first author visit of 2020 is on Wednesday January 22nd at 9 AM. Grades 3 through 6 are invited to meet best selling author Kate Milford of the "Greenglass House" series. She is coming to introduce the next book in the series, "The Thief Knot". We are pleased that several classes from our sister school McNear will be joining us for this exciting event.

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TIDE Meeting, 1/22

Please join us for discussion and event planning at our next TIDE meeting on Wednesday, January 22nd at 6:00 pm in the library. By working together, we can make sure everyone feels included at Grant. Be part of the solution. Childcare provided. Looking forward to seeing you!

Grant Family Movie Night, 1/24

Grab your blanket or sleeping bag and come to Grant Movie Night as the multi is transformed into the Shamrock Theater once again. We'll get cozy on the multi floor as the lights dim and the popcorn flows! Please bring your own reusable water container to reduce plastic waste. Popcorn is free, but 6th Graders will be selling pizza to help raise money for 6th Grade Camp and there may be other baked goods for sale.

*This is not a drop off event. Your child will need to be supervised by an adult and we ask that kids stay in the multi and not roam the playground in the dark.

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See's Candies Valentines Fundraiser

Sweets for your sweethearts? Help support Grant PTA by ordering some special Valentine's Day candy. The fundraiser begins January 17th. Look for order forms in your student's backpack this Friday. All orders will be delivered to school on Friday, February 7th, just in time for Valentine's Day!

Make Sure You Get a Grant Yearbook

One of the best things about the Grant Yearbook is the ability to personalize it for your child. TreeRing offers 2 FREE custom pages where you can add your favorite pictures to be included inside the yearbook! It is so easy and fun to do. Give it a try and claim your copy of this year's Grant Yearbook while you still can!
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PTA Association Meeting, 2/20 at 6pm

Let's get together and talk about Grant! What's coming up, what can we do as parents and teachers to make sure Grant is full of opportunities and excellence for our kids. We'll gather in the library on Thursday, February 20th at 6pm. The meeting should be over by 8:30-ish. Put it on your calendar and we'll see you there!

From the Grant PTA

How is the money that you donate to the Grant PTA being spent? This month the PTA has:

*Authorized the expenditure of $922 to purchase the rights and licensing to legally perform Mary Poppins and to allow video recording of the play.

*Celebrated the refurbishing of the old computer lab to the Science Room - with PTA monies and PEF funding, it's wonderful to see the vision come to fruition!

Haven't joined the Grant PTA?

School Volunteer Paperwork

If you are volunteering in classrooms or plan to in the future, please be sure to fill out our volunteer paperwork. This process ensures a secure and safe environment for all of our students and is extremely important. You can pick up the paperwork in our front office or use this link and print it out at home.

Our school district also requires a current TB test result. These test results last up to 4 years. If you have any questions at all about this process, please come by the office to speak with Kim Shoemaker or email her at

Kindergarten Registration Now Open!

It's 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.

* There are two school tours scheduled in January. If you or someone you know would like to go on a tour at Grant, please call the front office at (707) 778-4742 to schedule one.

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Community Events

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School Year Calendar

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

In the Thank You Column:

  • Many thanks to Donnie Frank for organizing this week's Grant Performing Arts auditions

  • Continued gratitude to Pari Gottlieb for her work managing the marquis signs

  • Major thank you to Lisa Johnson for leading the Grant PTA to another year of success

  • Big thanks going out to Megan Cusimano and Alice Crysdale for keeping up with the monetary demands of the PTA. We know it's a huge job!

  • Thank you to Kelli Blackwell for managing PTA membership duties

At A Glance


January 17 - Auditions for Mary Poppins - After School in Multi

January 22- TIDE Meeting 6:00 pm

January 20 - MLK day (NO SCHOOL)

January 24 - PTA Family Movie Night

January 27-31- Wish Board

January 27- Feb 22 - Adopt a Book


February 10- Lincoln’s Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

February 12- Chorus Festival at 7pm at Petaluma Junior High Gym.

February 17- Washington’s holiday (NO SCHOOL)

February 20- PTA Board Meeting and Association

February 22- The Grant Community Dance

February 24-28- Read Across America

February 24-28-Conference week (WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE)