Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

Week of August 26, 2019

*Reminder: Labor Day is 9/2 - No School

A Message from Principal Grey

Dearest Grant Community,

Thank you for your incredible effort to have your students arrive on time each day to school this year! We have already noticed a large decrease in tardies and we know how much effort it takes to get to school on time each and every day. We appreciate you for making it happen!

Go Shamrocks!

Back to School Night, Grades 2-6, 9/4

Please Join us at Grant to hear from Principal Grey and your child's teacher about the year ahead.


  • 6:15 pm-7:15 pm 2nd & 3rd grade with teachers in their classrooms
  • 7:15 pm-7:30 pm All grades 2nd-6th in the Multi with Principal Grey
  • 7:30-8:30 pm 4th-6th grade with teachers in their classrooms

Road Safety

Safety Reminder:

Please remember that U-turns on Grant Avenue are unsafe during school hours. We have had several occasions where we have worried about student safety due to U-turns.

Please also be careful to come to a full stop before driving through the crosswalk and make sure that there are no students present before proceeding. We have noticed that parents often accidentally roll through the crosswalk as they watch their child walk into school. Thank you for being aware and doing your part to keep Grant safe!

After School Enrichment Classes Starting in September

Enrollment is now open and classes are already filling up for our After School Enrichment programs.

After School classes generally cannot start until 5-10 minutes after the final release. Reminder: parents are responsible for their children once released from school. If your child is in Kinder or a lower grade, please let the teacher and after school instructor know your plan once kids are released from school. You may want to deliver a snack and stay with your child until their class starts, bring them back to school at the designated time, or sign up for a "drop‐in" day at the YMCA Onsite After Care. It is the parents' responsibility to sign up for After Care and to also notify the YMCA about the child's ASE schedule.

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Book Fair, 9/9-9/13

The Fall Book Fair is on the way! Mrs. Crysdale is sure to have some wonderful offerings for sale the week of September 9th. The Book Fair will stay open late to accommodate customers on September 13th, the same night as the PTA BBQ and Ice Cream Social. Come check it out!

Back to School BBQ & Ice Cream Social, 9/13

It's a big night at Grant with the PTA BBQ, the Ice Cream Social and the last night of the Book Fair. Come enjoy dinner, compliments of the Grant PTA. This night is about building our community, making connections and making Grant a place of friendship.
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Ice Cream Social Volunteers Needed, 9/13

We need your help scooping ice cream, refilling topping bowls, keeping the flow of the lines moving and keeping things tidy to avoid having a big mess at the end. Please check our this Sign-Up Genius to see if you can pitch in.

Picture Days, 9/19 & 9/20

This year Grant is going to use a wonderful new school picture company called Mugsy Clicks. This Marin based company will be taking photos of our Grant students on 9/19 and 9/20 and your child's teacher will let you know which one is your picture day. There are some great tips on the website that might help you prepare.

We are so excited about many components of Mugsyclicks, and one thing we are looking forward to the most is the fact you will be able to view several different portraits of your student online after your photo days and choose the ones you like best. You will then be able to order packages of photos right off of their website. More information will be sent home closer to our picture days.

Grant PTA Online

Have you created your Grant PTA Account yet? It's a great way to connect with PTA and for families who join, you can get online access to the school directory - a lifesaver when planning birthday parties and playdates. Please check it out:
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Be a Room Parent or PTA Liason

Both positions are key to making sure teachers feel supported and are great ways to kick start your involvement at Grant!

*Room parents work with their child's teacher to organize parties. They put together teacher gifts and sometimes help teachers get items donated for projects.

*PTA Liasons help spread word about PTA events and get messages out to other parents in their child's class.

To sign up, email Cassie at and talk to your child's teacher at Back to School Night.

Girls On the Run is Back!

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Next School Year's Calendar

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

In the Thank You Column:

  • Many thanks to Cassie Propst and Rosalie Thompson for organizing the volunteer job forms and hosting the welcome coffee on the first day of school. Your work is so appreciated.
  • Thank you to Principal Grey, PTA President Lisa Johnson and Grant Kinder & 1st grade teachers for a great back to school night. Your extra efforts are so appreciated.
  • Big Thanks to all our Grant families who have donated toy kitchen items to our Kindergarten classes.
  • Many thanks to Grant custodians Mr. Lal and Francisco, who took on extra tasks during back to school events in August. Thank you for going above and beyond in setting out tables and helping volunteers clean up.

At A Glance


September 2- Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

September 4- Back to School Night Grades 2-6

September 9-13- Book Fair

September 13- Grant PTA BBQ, 5:30-7pm

September 19- Picture Day

September 20- Picture Day