Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

Week of January 28, 2020

A Message From Principal Grey

Dear Grant Community,

One of Grant's most important values is learning through community-based partnerships and service-learning. Many of our classes are engaged in projects that connect the curriculum to a real cause or need in the world around them. Currently, two of our classes are engaged in a project that connects them to a class of students in Mexico through the study of local birds.

Mrs.Cratty and Mrs. Jimenez’s are participating in a program called, Amigos Alados. This program is in an international classroom exchange and migratory bird conservation project. By inviting school classes from both the summer and winter habitat areas to form partnerships, students are encouraged to protect birds on both sides of the border.

This project incorporates lessons on geography, Spanish, English, research, writing, and biology. Our school’s partnership with this organization has led to many exciting classroom visitors including Alison Quoyeser, who brought in bird specimens for the students to examine and taught them more about the physical characteristics that allow the birds to survive in their environment. The pen pal relationships between our second graders and the second graders in Tapalpa, Mexico allow students to exchange letters that focus on their own environment as well as the natural environment of the birds that migrate from California to Mexico each year.

To further enhance their unit on birds, we have connected with a project called, Soundscapes to Landscapes to support local bird species in Petaluma. We plan to place small audio recorders in designated outdoor areas that will pick up the bird calls of local birds that frequent the Grant campus. The recorders will be on over a three-day weekend in the spring and collected afterward. This data will inform their research and involve the students in a community-wide project to support local wildlife.

We are so proud of the meaningful teaching and learning that is taking place through the involvement in these programs and look forward to more opportunities to connect with causes locally and beyond!

Revised and Final Calendar for the 2020-2021 School Year

The district and school board have approved a new calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. You can check out the calendar portion of the PCS website and/or look at the attached version below.
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Attention Parents and Guardians:

Please be aware that school is in session until 2:35 pm for many of our students. Once younger students are released, please be sure to supervise them to ensure that they are not disrupting other students who are still in class.

Many students are knocking on the windows of classrooms that are still in session, students are yelling and climbing on planters in the amphitheater and running in the hallways. Please be considerate of all students and staff by encouraging your students to follow the same rules that are in place during school hours on campus. Thank you!

Intent to Return for the 2020-21 School Year!

It is already time to begin preparing for the 2020-2021 school year! By providing the information requested for each of your children, you are assisting us so that we may plan appropriately for the next school year. We will have a paper version of this form available in the office as well. Thank you for your support and participation!

Intent to return form for the 2020-2021 School Year

Valentine's Day

If an effort to create both a healthy and celebratory culture on campus, we are encouraging families to limit the amount of candy and treats that they attach to their students' valentine cards. We recognize that candy is considered a big part of the tradition and appreciate your consideration for moderation. We encourage valentines and messages of friendship, kindness, appreciation. Each teacher will be contacting families with details about valentine's celebrations in their classrooms.

CHORAL FESTIVAL! Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Petaluma Junior High

Petaluma City Schools Elementary Music Department


Wednesday, February 12, 2020,

7:00 PM (arrive 6:30pm)

Petaluma Junior High School

*in the multi-purpose room

700 Bantam Way

Dear Parents of Chorus Students,

Our third annual Petaluma City Schools Chorus Festival is quickly approaching. You and your child in chorus will not want to miss it! Your child will get to sing with many other choir students. Plus you and your child will get to hear both the Petaluma Jr. HIgh and the Petaluma High choirs perform. All the students, grades 4-12 will end the program with a Grand Finale.

  • Students should be in their seats by 6:30 PM. The concert runs approximately one hour.

Performing Arts: Forms & Sign-Ups

Mary Poppins is coming to Grant. There is still time for 1st & 2nd grade students to sign up! All performers and crew members must have the form filled out as it's considered a permission slip and we need the emergency contact information. You can also pay online! Here are the links to get it all done:

Info on rehearsals and option to print forms:

Online Registration Form:

Find the option to pay online here:

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Cash for Koalas: Final Week!

When Ms. Baumann's 3rd grade class started raising money to help animals threatened in the Australian Wildfires, the question many people asked was, "How can we help?" Let's band together as a school and support these animal loving 3rd graders. Students can bring in spare change or dollars to participate. They're encouraged to earn money by doing chores and helping out around the house. Together we can show WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue and Educational Services) that Grant Shamrocks have a big heart.
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Grant Wish Board - through 1/31

Outside the Grant office, you'll see the Grant Wish Board. Teachers and Grant Staffers are hoping our kind community might fulfill some of these wishes. Please stop by and take a look! If there's anything you think you can make come true, grab that Shamrock and return it taped to the item. Thank you so much for pitching in!

See's Candy Fundraiser

DEADLINE is Wednesday, January 29th to turn in your See's Candies Valentines Order. Please drop it off in the basket in office or turn it into your teacher. All orders will be delivered on Friday, February 7th, just in time to give a special treat to your family and friends! Thank you for supporting this PTA Fundraiser.

Grant Gala Auction Tickets go on sale Monday, February 3rd

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Grant Gala Auction - Help Needed

*If you can help procure live auction items for Grant's biggest fundraiser of the year, please contact Jenny Reich at

*Auction organizers are looking for donations of bottles of wine. if you rifle through your cellar (said in jest) and find a bottle or two of something you are willing to part with, please bring that fine wine to the office and we'll make good use of it!

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

PTA Board Elections for next year are coming up in March. If you're interested in taking on a role, please contact Lisa Johnson at or you can come to the meeting on February 20th and announce your candidacy. We'll gather in the library at 6pm. The meeting should be over by 8:30-ish.

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:

  • Thank you to everyone who came out to the TIDE meeting
  • Big Thanks to Hayley Boles for organizing another awesome Grant Movie Night. You've chaired this event for so many years, we don't know what we'll do without you next year. Thank you for all you have given Grant.
  • Many thanks to Anna Barrera for making all the treats to sell at the 6th Grade Bake sale during movie night. You rock!
  • Thank you to Grant evening janitor Francisco who pitched in to clean up a very messy multi! We appreciate your extra work.
  • Big thank you to Amber Wong, PTA President of Valley Vista, for all her great ideas for our first family dance! Much appreciated.
  • Many thanks to everyone working on filling all our Grant Wishes on the Wish Board! It will be up all week.

At A Glance


January 27-31- Wish Board

January 27- Feb 22 - Adopt a Book


February 10- Lincoln’s Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

February 12- Chorus Festival 7pm, 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)


March 2- Dr. Seuss Birthday Party

March 7- Grant Auction

March 16-20- Spring Break

March 26- PTA Board and Association Meeting (Elections)