A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA
Week of December 16, 2019
NOTE: Noon Release on Friday!
A Message From Principal Grey
Dear Grant Community,
I am wishing you all and wonderful winter break with your families! As we close out 2019 and welcome 2020, I would like to thank each and every one of you for being a part of our Grant community. Your children bring enthusiasm, curiosity, and spirit to school every day and we know it is your love and support as their families that make them such a delight to teach.
I recently shared a short movie clip at a BEST assembly with our students and teachers to highlight the values of empathy, compassion, and generosity. I have included it below and hope that will set the tone for a wonderful holiday season for your families filled with love, sharing and kindness.
Donation Driver Needed!
From the Grant PTA
We hope you all have a wonderful winter break and find yourself cozy and happy with your families. As we celebrate the holidays and the New Year, we recognize that together, we are making Grant an amazing place for our children. We are so thankful for all the time our Grant families spend volunteering and for all the donations to fund programs that support our Shamrocks. We look forward to more success in 2020!
Haven't joined the Grant PTA? https://grantpta.membershiptoolkit.com/home
Dine & Donate at Red Boy Pizza on now! 12/17-12/19
Grant Winter Music Concerts, 12/19
Choose Grant on Amazon Smile
*Go to smile.amazon.com and select Grant Elementary PTA in Petaluma. You can make the selection within your existing Amazon account as well. Amazon will give 0.5% to Grant. Since mid November, Grant-Amazon shoppers have amassed nearly 2k for the school! Let's keep it going!
Grant Cares, Donation Drive Underway
With the holidays upon us, our Grant Community Cares Team is mindful of some of our own Grant families that could use some holiday cheer and assistance. We will be collecting items for some specific Grant families and their specific needs. This is a great way for our children to actively participate in the season of giving. Our “Giving Tree” will be set-up this week in the office. Please consider donating by taking an ornament with an item needed. Return the item with the ornament attached in the basket in the office by December 18th. Thank you for helping us bring holiday joy to our own Shamrock families in need!
Last Chance - Lost & Found To Be Donated
Winter Break is coming fast. Everything in the Grant Lost and Found will be donated on Friday. You never know if your child's nicest jacket (the one they say is in their closet) actually ended up in there! So, please take a look at the racks and bins at drop off or pick up. It's all right outside the multi. Thank you!
Kindergarten Registration Now Open!
Please visit https://www.petalumacityschools.org/enroll to begin your application process.
If you or someone you know would like to go on a school tour at Grant, please call the front office at (707) 778-4742 to schedule one.
After School Enrichment Classes Starting in January
After School Enrichment classes after winter break include:
Tuesday - Boys lacrosse
Wednesday - Spanish to continue
Wednesday - Martial Arts
Thursday - Mad Science - NASA themed
Friday - Piano to continue
Friday - Jewelry making
Friday - Art
Calendar with registration info
Please see some of the flyers for these classes below:
Holiday Shoppe Wrap Up
Getting our Grant Holiday Shoppe off the ground is quite a production, but so worth it to see the kids happy! Organizers Maryann Pacheco & Jessica Lewis put together some eye opening stats!
- 3,275 gifts wrapped between September and November
- 2,865 gifts were purchased by our students
- 350 students shopped for their family and friends
- 20 hours of shopping time (class visits, before and after school, and lunch)
- 26 parent volunteers signed up and worked shifts to help students with their shopping
- 10 hours to set up and then break down the shoppe
Grant's 2nd grade Brownie Troop #10052 is working with One Warm Coat on a coat drive! They're collecting new and gently used coats (no stains or rips) for men, women, and children to be distributed in our community. All coats should be placed in the collection bin in front of the office between Dec. 5th and Dec 20th. For questions, contact Melissa firstname.lastname@example.org
From free tutoring help to tamale making classes, check out the great events at the Library: https://sonomalibrary.org/locations/petaluma-regional-library
Girls United is launching the 1st ever all girls outdoor Spring Soccer League in Petaluma! Starting March 2020. Four spots left! Register at . girlsunitedsoccer.com/SPRINGLEAGUE
School Year Calendar
In the Thank You Column:
The Holiday Shoppe was amazing again this year. It's quite an undertaking and we are so grateful to Maryann Pacheco, who lead the charge for the second year and Jessica Lewis, who stepped in to co-chair this event and did an amazing job. We can't say thank you to both of these Grant ladies enough.
A big Shamrock thank you to all the Holiday Shoppe volunteers: Isabel Melara, Kelly Garzelli, Anna Barrera, Marina Madick, Alexis Giromini, Elisa King, Rosalie Thompson, Katherine McCue, Alice Archer, Cheryl Johnson, Kodi O'Dwyer, Melina Long, Maira Emen, Kimberley Murillo, Elliott Connery, Diana O'Neill, Michael O'Neill, Patricia O'Neill, Lisa Johnson, Jill Brians, Tamara Zubic, Susan Philbin, and Katie Andrews. Special thanks to Anna Barrera, Alexis Giromini, and Marina Madick who answered our call for extra help.
Shamrock love goes to Alisha Basich, who jumped in to handle consolidating Holiday Sees Candies orders, then sorted and delivered to classes so everyone would have them in time for the holidays.
Big Thanks to Incavo Wine Lounge for wonderful dine & donate. We really appreciate you being a wonderful part of our community.
Thank you to Kelly Garzelli for organizing all the awesome After School classes for our kids!
There are some people who do their jobs with a smile, like Mr. Lal. Many thanks for bringing joy and being a calming presence on our campus
Many thanks to Shantina & Kim in the office for always going above & beyond.
Big thanks to Anna Barrera for single handedly planning, creating and executing an amazing holiday luncheon for our Grant teachers. We love you Anna!
At A Glance
December 17-19 - Dine & Donate at Red Boy Pizza
December 19 - Chorus & Band Daytime Assemblies-Band: 10:45 am and Chorus 1:55 pm
December 20 - Noon Release
December 23 - January 6 - Winter Break
January 7- Students return from Winter break
January 20- MLK day (NO SCHOOL)
January 24 - PTA Family Movie Night
January 27-31- Wish Board
January 27- Feb 22 - Adopt a Book kick off