Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

Week of January 28, 2019

Principal's Message:

Metacognition And Why It Matters

When we think about our students learning at school, we often focus on the content being learned. While the "what" of their learning is very important, facilitating metacognition encourages our students to consider "how" they are learning. Reflecting on their process helps students to identify learning strategies that work well for them and think critically about their own comprehension. At Grant, we ask our students questions to help them reflect on their learning in class. The short clip below outlines some great questions to ask your students as you support their metacognition at home!

PTA Membership Drive - Give Your Teacher a the Gift of Time

The Grant Teacher-PTA membership contest drive is underway and so far we have a three-way tie! The teacher with the most PTA memberships will win the prize of having Principal, Amanda Grey teach the class while the teacher gets to have a nice 30-minute break. Becoming a PTA Member is a win-win as well! Not only are you supporting our wonderful school, but there are PTA perks for you including major discounts to Legoland, the California Academy of Sciences, Baskin Robbins and more! Grab a membership form in the office, sign up and see which teacher will win! The winner will be announced in April.

Grant Adopt a Book Starts Now! 1/28-2/23

Help make the Grant Library a wonderful place for our kids. Adopt-a-Book by either purchasing a book via Amazon:

Grant School Library Petaluma Link on Amazon:

You can also send in a check for Mrs. Crysdale to purchase a book for the library. Thank you for helping ensure the Grant Library stays interesting and current for our young readers.

Last Call! Nothing Says Happy Valentine's Day Like See's Candy!

Valentine's Day 6th grade See's Candy Fundraiser! All orders are due in by February 1st. Candy will be delivered on Wednesday, Feb.13th - just in time for Valentine's Day! Order forms were sent home. Questions? Email Katie at

Grant Wish Board, 2/4-2/8

By this time in the school year, classroom supplies are running low. You can help replenish! In the coming days, Grant staff will write their wishes on a Shamrock. You'll see them posted on a Wish Board near the office. If you want to help, take a shamrock, fulfill the wish and drop the item in the Grant office. Thank you for making wishes come true!

Grant Gala Auction Help Needed!

The 24th Annual Spring Auction Fundraiser is coming up April 6th. We are working hard to make sure Grant thrives and we'd love to have your volunteer support. Check out the sign-ups here:

If you're able to donate to the cause, we would appreciate it so much. Here's a letter from our auction team:

Dear Friends of Grant Elementary School,

We are proud to be celebrating our 58th year of Excellence in Education.

On April 6th, 2019, the Grant PTA will be holding our 24th annual auction and dinner fundraiser, our largest event of the year! Despite the fiscal challenges schools are facing, the PTA is committed to providing our students with the tools they need to succeed. Their involvement benefits every student by giving them access to new science equipment, library books, classroom supplies, art, music, field trips, athletics and much more.

We are reaching out to our community for support, and asking for a donation of an item, gift certificate, or an experience for our silent or live auction. Your tax-deductible donation will help us sustain quality educational programs and activities for our students. Please return the enclosed form with your donation to the school office by April 1st, 2019, or contact one of Auction Volunteers listed below to arrange pickup. You will be acknowledged in auction communications that reach over 250 families, and we welcome your promotional material to display at the event.

We recognize you are frequently called upon to donate and thank you in advance for your consideration. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Grant PTA Auction Volunteers

Ashley Salazar, Rosalie Thompson & Jennifer Eaton,,

(707) 280-0618, (707) 241-5002, (707) 889-3296

Grant Lucky Ladies Sweetheart Ball, 2/23

Invitations have been sent and space is limited. If you'd like your child to participate with the grown-up of their choice, please return your RSVP to the office. If you didn't get an invite, email Julie at All are welcome!

*We need your help! Please check this link to see how you can pitch in. It's a perfect opportunity for parents that work during the day to get involved:

Westside Choral Festival, 1/30 7pm

The 2nd Annual Westside Choral Festival will be held at the Petaluma Junior High School Gym. Please arrive to be seated by 6:45 pm as the event starts at 7:00 pm.

Indoor Recess Volunteers Wanted!

Would your 1st, 2nd or 3rd grader benefit from the option of an indoor recess space to play board games, create with Makerspace materials or read a book? One of our wonderful Grant parents is spearheading this project and is looking for parents to help supervise this space during lunch. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up using this link.
Questions? Email Ms. Grey at

Year Book Cover Design Contest!

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Important Upcoming Dates

In the Thank You Column:

  • Many thanks to Michelle Pagano (from Cinnabar,) Donnie Frank, Lisa Johnson and Maryann Pacheco for helping with Performing Arts auditions.
  • Big thank you to Ms. Shantina, Mrs.Reed, Mrs.Casey and Principal Grey for a wonderful Kindergarten Preview Night!
  • Big thank you to Hayley Boles for putting the Grant PTA Movie Night together! So much fun!
  • Thank you to the Petaluma Valley Rotary Club and Parents in Mrs.Ihrig's class for the keyboard donations! They now a whole class set!

At A Glance

January 28-Feb. 23 Adopt a Book
January 30 Chorus Festival

February 4-8 6th Grade Camp
February 7-8 4th Grade Coloma/Gold Rush
February 6 West Side Choral Festival (5th Grade)
February 11 Lincoln's Holiday - NO SCHOOL
February 18 Washington's Holiday - NO SCHOOL
February 23 Lucky Ladies Sweetheart Ball at the Hotel Petaluma Ballroom
February 25-Mar. 1 Read Across America