Our counselor, Mrs. Macdougall, has put together a newsletter with excellent tips to support your child in their transition back to school. It also contains videos about going back to school, wearing a mask to school, what social distancing is, and calming your worries. This newsletter is attached. Be sure to check it out!!


Library book check outs from our library will be coming soon! For the safety of our students and staff, the library will not be open for students to come in and browse for books. Be sure to check out Mrs. Rhubottom's Library website on a weekly basis...maybe even a daily basis! You will love it!

Mrs. Rhubottom's Library


We are counting down the days until our school reopens for in-person learning on October 12th! Last Friday evening you received Connect Ed. messages regarding health and safety guidelines from Mrs. Charles, our Health Technician, WGES Reopening Plan, and a parent agreement for you to read, print, sign, and return to school. This parent agreement can be returned this week to a box that will be located in the school parking lot on the concrete bench by the crosswalk. There will also be some printed forms by the box in case you need one. I have attached this parent agreement handout for your convenience. This week you will also receive a one page handout that simplifies what you need to know for arrival, during school, and dismissal. Thank you so much for your support as we work together to offer in-person learning at our school!


Fall Harvest Drive By Party

CALLING ALL GRIZZLIES!! Please join us for our first ever Fall Harvest Drive By Party, on October 29th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. PTA will be throwing a drive by Fall Harvest Party, we will be passing out candy goodie bags and have a spider toss game. Our Grizzlies and their families will be able to enjoy this all from the comfort of their own car. You will also have an opportunity to take a social distance picture with Grizzly. If you would like to dress up or decorate your car, you are more than welcome to.


This Halloween we challenge all grizzlies to create the spookiest, funniest, most original and best family group costumes. Submit your photos to wggrizzliesyearbook@gmail.com by November 1st for consideration in the 2020-2021 Grizzly yearbook. Winners will receive prominent placement in the yearbook. If you are feeling extra festive, send us a picture of your pumpkin carvings too. Trick or Treat!

Committee Chairs and Volunteers Needed!!

If you are interested in becoming a committee chair or volunteering this year, please join our new Volunteers Shutterfly page at https://willowgroveelementarypta.shutterfly.com to see all the opportunities. If you have any questions please contact our VP of Volunteers Chasmine Grismer at wgvpvolunteers@gmail.com.

Picture Day

Picture day date has changed. We will be doing picture day now on Monday, October 26th and Tuesday, October 27th, with a make up day of November 5th. Volunteer pictures will be taken from 8:00am-9:00am, both Monday and Tuesday.

LAST Chance Grizzly Gear:

Last chance to order Grizzly Gear this year!! Need a Grizzly Strong Shirt or how about a grizzly hat for spirit days? Or do you need our winter grizzly gear for the cold months to come? Well, you are in luck! Our Grizzly Store is still open. Our store will close for the year on October 23rd so make sure you don’t miss out and place your order today. Go to www.willowgrovepta.org. All orders that are placed from October 5th-October 23rd will be delivered on November 13th.

If you placed a Grizzly Order by October 2nd, your orders will be available on October 23rd. An email will be sent to you for pick up details.

Book Talk

Our first virtual book talk will be on October 13th. A link will be sent out for your teacher to share with the class. We will also post it on our website that day for the families to watch.

Is your student interested in being our featured grizzly on a Morning Book Talk show with Mrs. Huff? Then, they will need to complete a form for a chance to be a featured Grizzly during our Book Talk session. Students will be selected by a lottery system and notified prior to their scheduled Book Talk so they have time to read and write a review and provide their opinion about the approved book of their choice. All forms need to be turned into Tristan Miller at tristanmiller5@gmail.com by the date provided below. (See the date chart below).

Once selected you will get an email for your Grizzly with the questions and also information on how to record and send in the video. You will be able to select if you would like your Grizzly featured on Grizzly TV (Audio and visual) or Grizzly Radio (Audio only). We will be hosting a book talk once a month, below is the schedule for the book talk. Look at the attachment for form.

Below you will see the Month, Grade, Due date to PTA, and Date Presenting for each Book Talk.


5th grade

Due: Tuesday, 10/27/2020

Present: November 10th


3rd grade

Due: Tuesday, 11/17/2020

Present: December 8th


2nd grade

Due: Tuesday, 12/15/2020

Present: January 12th


4th grade

Due: Tuesday, 1/19/2021

Present: February 9th


1st grade

Due: Tuesday, 2/16/2021

Present: March 9th



Due: Tuesday, 3/23/2021

Present: April 6th


Opened to All Grades

Due: Tuesday, 4/20/2021

Present: May 11th


Opened to All Grades

Due: Tuesday, 5/18/2021

Present: June 8th

Please consider becoming a PTA Member and help us build our rainbow!

Individual memberships are only $20 each.

Joining is now easier than ever: Go to www.willowgrovepta.org and click memberships to get started.

Why join the PTA when our kids are learning from home?

The purpose of the PTA is to create a community and connect children and families together. More than ever, this connection is vital to the emotional and mental health of our kids.

How can we connect kids when they aren't in school?

With your membership and donations, the PTA is ready to help our kids connect with each other through a variety of online and interactive virtual experiences including science, art, Grizzlies Got Talent and a Fall Harvest Drive-by Parade. Over the summer, the district repaved the playground blacktop. We will use your membership and donations towards repainting the blacktop, supporting teachers, replacing playground equipment (i.e. soccer nets) and making sure it's ready when the doors of Willow Grove open again. Membership is open to everyone! Each person in the family can become a PTA member—parents, grandparents, educators, students and friends. Becoming a member doesn’t require you to volunteer, though we always welcome your time and talent!

Don't forget to ask your employer to match your donation. See if your company is on the corporate matching list. If you see them on the list, contact your HR or Corporate Giving department and let them know you would like them to match! We are only as strong as we are united.



Willow Grove Educational Foundation is excited to announce its upcoming Back to School Auction, packed full of goodies for all.

Some exciting items we are featuring this year:

- Reserved Parking Spots

- HOT SPOT crafts with one of the K teachers & bring a friend (Ingle, Clements, Bayro, Tucker, Kitchen)

- Science experiment Zoom party w/ Mr. Wollitz

- Ice cream with Mrs. Taylor

- Lunch with Mrs. Abueg and a friend at Shake Shack followed by dessert at Salt n Straw

- Big LOViE luxury blanket bundle set

- Week-long Vacation Getaway

- Surfing Day Camp

- Golf Foursome at Fairmont Grand Del

- …...and much more!

Join the fun from home and win that coveted item or experience! Don’t miss out on the chance to help the Educational Foundation raise money that will benefit ALL students at Willow Grove!

Go ahead and mark your calendars now- the auction goes live on Sunday 10/4 at 5pm and it closes on Friday 10/9 at 8pm.

Click Here to preview this amazing inventory!


Did your Grizzlies login and use IXL or BrainPop during distance learning in the spring? Those EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS and others MUST GO ON now... We need to be #GrizzlyStrong during this fall's virtual learning that our Grizzlies are busy doing now. This school year looks different than in years past, but we need the digital educational programs NOW MORE THAN EVER ...You can support these efforts by donating $375 per enrolled child online today: www.willowgrovefoundation.org

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Willow Grove Elementary School, Home of the Grizzlies, is a TK-5 elementary school located in San Diego, CA, and is part of Poway Unified School District.