Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant School & the Grant PTA

Week of November 14th

Note from Ms. Saranya

Dear Grant Families,

Happy week before Fall Break! Today was Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day. Thank you to all of you who walked to school today even in the rain. Please see photos below and on instagram. :)

I have a few quick reminders for families. Gift shoppe money and envelopes are due to your child's teacher this Thursday, 11/16. This is also a reminder to order your original works art by 11/17. Scroll down for more information. This Friday is also our Principal's Chat. There is no specific topic this time, feel free to stop by the library, grab a cup of coffee and discuss what is on top of your mind and heart. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Parent-teacher conference week is this week and I hope they are off to a great start. These conferences provide a valuable opportunity for us to discuss your child's progress, share insights, and work together to support their educational journey.

We encourage all parents and guardians to attend these conferences to gain a deeper understanding of your child's academic and social development. The insights gained from these meetings can be incredibly valuable in helping your child succeed.

In addition to the Parent-Teacher Conferences, we want to inform you that Report Cards will be distributed on Friday, November 17th. If you attend the Parent-Teacher Conference, your child's report card will include a note in the comments section: "Conferenced with Parent/Caregiver." In cases where a parent is unable to attend the conference, we will record comments on the report card to provide you with the information.

We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your child's progress. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

As always, thank you for your continued support and for reading the Shamrock News. :)


Ms. Saranya


See upcoming events:

Week of 11/13: Conference Week Schedule (Wednesday Dismissal Time ALL week)

Week of 11/20: No School (Fall Break!)

Original Works Art is Back!

The Original Works Program is back at Grant! The program is designed to celebrate your child’s creativity, support the Grant PTA, and offer personal gifts featuring your child’s very own artwork.

Your child created an original piece of art in their classroom and now you can have that artwork reproduced on a variety of keepsake products.

Follow the directions below to view your child's art and place an order. Please order by November 17th to guarantee that your items will arrive in time for the holidays. We hope you will take advantage of this special program. Thank you for supporting our fundraiser!

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Kendall Montiel

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Girls on the Run Bake Sale

Bake Sale Hosted by GOTR on 11/16 after school. Please come by to support their community project for the unsheltered.

HELP - Our Lost and Found Is Out of Control!

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Jog-A-Thon Update

CONGRATULATIONS GRANT SHAMROCKS!! We not only met our fundraising goal this year but exceeded it. The funds are still coming in but we raised over $50k so far!! We more than earned our school wide dance party, stay tuned for details coming soon!

Also, Congratulations to the following classes who met their jog a thon fundraising goals and earned a movie party:

  • Baumann
  • Casey
  • Mellon
  • Wilson

We are still accepting donations through November 16th so there is still time to get your class that movie party and raise more money for our school!

    PTA Holiday Gift Shoppe

    The PTA Holiday Gift Shoppe is coming to Grant Thursday November 30th through Wednesday December 6th. This is a wonderful way for students to join in the holiday fun by purchasing small gifts for their family and friends. We transform the multi into an amazing Holiday Store where the kids are able to select their own gifts for their loved ones. Each child will be able to visit with their class and we will keep the shoppe open on the last day after school. Participation is optional.

    Last week, your child got 6 gift tags plus an envelope for money noting the specific date your child’s classroom will be visiting the Gift Shoppe. If you need more gift tags, please stop by the office.

    Please speak to your student(s) about who to buy gifts for and how much your family would like to spend. From there, please send in your child’s sheet of gift tags, filled out with the people that they will be shopping for in the “to” part, and their name in the “from” part, along with the money you want them to spend by Thursday November 16th.

    Gift prices will range from $1 - $5 per item with plenty of $1 gift options. Each child will come home on their shopping day with their purchases in a bag, all wrapped and labeled and ready for gift giving!

    Volunteer Opportunities: It's time to sign up to volunteer at our Annual Holiday Shoppe! Help students shop and choose presents for friends and family. It's really important that all volunteers stay for their entire shift. Please only sign up if you are available for the entire time. Thank you!

    Please Stacey Galgano at for questions or any scholarship assistance needs

    Got brown paper bags?

    Have extra brown grocery bags hanging around? We are collecting them for the Holiday Gift Shop and for teachers to use to send home all your students amazing work! Please drop them off in the office.

    Little League Forms

    In an effort to streamline the little league enrollment form process, all forms turned in during the week will be signed Thursday afternoon and available for pickup on Fridays. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

    Adopt a Book

    Introducing the new Adopt-a-Book Program to sustain the Grant School Library. Parents and

    friends of the library buy a book to donate. Formerly, Adopt-a-Book was one month. To

    celebrate literacy, continue building our school library, and allow for more flexibility, this

    program is now the duration of the school year.

    Purchase a book to honor your child’s birthday; to celebrate milestones in reading; or simply


    How to donate:

    Go to Mrs. Crysdale’s wish list on Amazon, purchase one of the books, and have the book

    shipped directly to Grant, or, you can buy it locally and bring it in!

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    Volunteer Opportunities

    Monday crossing Guard needed from 7:50-8:10am.

    Looking for Volunteers to Chair the Following Committees – taking on an event may seem

    overwhelming, but it is very rewarding – and the PTA will support you so you are not in it alone!

    “Movie Night (1/26/24)

    Grant’s Got Talent” Show (2/2/24)

    Staff Appreciation Week (May 6-10 th )

    If you are interested and/or for more detailed job descriptions, please contact the PTA Volunteer


    Safe Routes to School

    Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

    Grant Shamrocks' enthusiasm shined through and kept the rain away for a successful Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day 2023. This event was supported by Grant's Team for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (TIDE) and Grant's Safe Routes to School (SRTS). It was extra special to recognize and greet several of our new Grant families that had just participated in the Grant Heritage Night, also hosted by TIDE. Grant TIDE is a small yet very dedicated group of Grant's staff, parents, principal and students. Grant's TIDE would like to extend an open invitation to any Grant community member who would like to join or just visit a meeting (on Zoom, 7 pm, first Thursday of the month). TIDE is committed to fostering an inclusive community experience at Grant through educational opportunities and open dialogue. Diversity is an asset that strengthens and enriches our learning community. Check out more of the Petaluma City Schools Mission Statement and goals

    Be sure to watch this short video about how the Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day got started; it's a great example of how young people can inspire positive change.

    Safe Routes to School Monthly Challenges

    SRTS November Challenge

    Be Safe Be Seen BINGO SRTS is the SRTS November Challenge that has some fun, interactive activities for teaching even our youngest students about Ruby Bridges, diversity and inclusion. Students can also learn about bike safety as we enter shorter, colder days this winter. Students should complete the challenge and submit it to for a chance to win a $25 gift card for a local Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) business.

    SRTS October Challenge

    We have an October Challenge winner! Henry Adams, a 3rd grader in Ms. Andersen's class, has won the October SRTS monthly challenge. Henry completed the October challenge by tracking his daily means of transportation to school for the whole month of October, with lots of days biking to school. Henry will be receiving an award of a $25 gift card for ice cream. Way to go Henry!

    Bingo Night

    Join us for DISCO BINGO at Grant Family Bingo night on Thursday December 7th from 5-7pm in the multi. Dress up and dance! Costumes are encouraged (think bellbottoms, jumpsuits, platform shoes, sequins, and glitter…anything fun!).

    This is a free event hosted by the Grant School PTA. Food will be available for purchase to support the 6th grade. Volunteers are needed, please sign up here:

    Sonoma County Robotics Challenge - Volunteers Wanted

    The Sonoma County Office of Education is proud to sponsor the Sonoma County Robotics Challenge. Now in its 21st year, this dynamic project engages students in Grades 4 through 8. School teams work on challenges: designing, building, and programming using Lego robots. Students apply concepts from math, science, and engineering in their work.

    Activities span the months of December through April.

    December/January are spent building capacity among teachers and volunteers who will work with students at local schools. If you would like to find out more about volunteering for this position so we can bring these resources for our students, please contact me so I can provide you with more info and connect you with the City of Petaluma District Office.


    In early February, challenge events for this upcoming year’s competition are announced. Challenges are designed for beginner through advanced student competitors.

    School teams meet from February through April, to develop challenge responses.

    The culminating experience is the Sonoma County Robotics Challenge, where teams come together and compete matching robots and ideas. The tentative date for the 2024 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge is Saturday, May 4, 2024.

    To find out more about:

    Here is a link for a description of what our lesson plans are for the LEGO Robotics curriculum:

    Dine & Donate

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    TB Assessment Dates

    Petaluma City Schools Conference Room

    3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    November 15, 2023

    December 13, 2023

    January 17, 2024

    February 14, 2024

    March 13, 2024

    April 17, 2024

    May 15, 2024

    * All dates are subject to change *

    PTA Calendar

    Stay in the know by syncing our PTA calendar to your phone! Click here to learn how!
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    PTA Comments, Questions or Concerns?

    We are listening! Do you have Feedback or Suggestions? All ideas and feedback welcome: here. (If you'd like follow-up or dialogue, please be sure to identify the best way to get in touch with you!)

    Grant Gratitude

    The Gratitude Brigade is back!

    We're continuing the Shamrock tradition of providing our amazing teachers and staff with lunch or snacks every other Wednesday. Want to show our staff how much we appreciate them by bringing them yummy nourishment? Click the link to sign up!

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    Thank Yous

    Thank you to Aqus Cafe and Jenn Emis for planning an awesome Dine and Donate to benefit Grant! We appreciate you!

    Thank you to Melissa Poole and TIDE for putting on the Ruby Bridge’s walk to school day. What a great way to honor Ruby Bridges and educate our students about the impact she made on history. Thanks to everyone that participated!

    Dates At a Glance

    • Conference Week - November 13-17
    • Girls on the Run Bake Sale - November 16th
    • Principal's Chat - November 17th
    • Holiday Gift Shoppe - November 30th - December 6th
    • Dine and Donate - Chipotle December 3rd
    • Bingo Night - December 7th

    Community Happenings

    This week is national United Against Hate Week.

    The City of Petaluma proudly announces it’s participation in the national United Against Hate Week from November 12th - 18th. Our unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion , and belonging (DEIB) is the cornerstone of our city’s ethos – a stance vigorously advocated for by our dedicated DEIB staff-led team. In a concerted effort to foster solidarity and prompt community action against hate, we will be distributing posters and displaying a banner over Kentucky street.”

    Grant’s TIDE team will be posting posters around campus! As our school’s resource for DEIB, you can learn more about TIDE through Grant’s TIDE summary presentation, on our PTA page or at TIDE Petaluma.

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