Shamrock News

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.


Ms. Grey

A short story on - kindness must see

Donation Driver Needed!

We are looking for one or more volunteers to help us take our collected canned foods to a local barrel in Petaluma to be collected by the Redwood Empire Food Bank. If you would like to volunteer to do this, please call us in the front office at (707) 778-4742 or email Shantina at

Thank you!

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!

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Dine & Donate at Red Boy Pizza on now! 12/17-12/19

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Grant Winter Music Concerts, 12/19

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New Handicap Parking Spot Outside of Grant

Please watch for the new handicap parking spot right in front of Grant. Please be sure not to park in this spot and save the space for those who really need it. Thank you!

Choose Grant on Amazon Smile

Still have some last minute shopping to take care of? Perhaps you plan to take advantage of New Year's deals? Giving to Grant has never been so easy.

*Go to 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!

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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.

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

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Please see some of the flyers for these classes below:

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Grant Performing Arts Auditions, 1/17

Mary Poppins! Auditions will he held after winter break after school on January 17th for kids in 3rd-6th grade (1st and 2nd don’t need to audition.) We hope you''ll join the Shamrock Cast! It's going to be Supercalafragalistic Expialidocious!

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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
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Community Events

  • 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

  • Petaluma Regional Library December events: Once Upon a Gingerbread House (ages 5 and up, 12/21 @ 10:30-12:00

  • From free tutoring help to tamale making classes, check out the great events at the Library:

  • Girls United is launching the 1st ever all girls outdoor Spring Soccer League in Petaluma! Starting March 2020. Four spots left! Register at .

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:

  • 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