A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA
Week of May 20, 2019
A Message from Principal Grey and Petaluma City Schools:
Dear Grant Community,
This year, the School District lost over $700,000 due to declining attendance throughout grades TK-12. These losses directly affect each school. We need your help in turning this trend around:
If you are taking a family vacation during the 2019-20 school year, please take it in April and/or May.
Rationale: Every day your child is absent, regardless of the reason, reduces the school budget between $50-$55 per absence, per day.
On April 1, our attendance reporting changes. Any missed days between April and May reduces the school budget by approximately $1 per student, per day. Yes... $1. Please help us avoid cutting programs by scheduling your vacations accordingly.
If you are going to be gone for 5 or more consecutive days, you are eligible to sign up for independent study. Each school has an independent study coordinator that can assist you. Only completed independent study packets receive full attendance credit.
Caution: Independent study is only available for absences of 5 days or more. All short-term absences, even excused absences, penalizes the school at a rate of $50-$55 per student, per day.
Our #1 reason for absences are for short-term vacations and days missed for appointments, not for student illness. The District gets funding for any portion of a day a student is in attendance.
We are asking all families to make attendance a priority for next year. Our programs depend on it! Thank you!
6th Grade Promotion Ceremony on Friday, May 24th at 1:00 pm
Spring Book Fair This Week 5/20-24
Stock up on some great selections for summer reading! Keep the kids interested in books and help them grow their reading skills over the break. Every book purchased helps raise money for Grant! You can also check out the online book fair and/or sign up to help Mrs. Crysdale (she needs you!) here: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/grantspringbookfair2019
Please Help Set up the Grant Art Show This Week! 5/20--5/24
The Art Show will be open in the multi the night of the Grant Open House 5/23, but it takes a lot of prep work to get all the children's art up on display! Can you help with set up and take down? Come for an hour or stay all day! We are thankful for any assistance! Set up starts 5/20 and Take Down is 5/24. There are many slots still open! Please take a look at see if you can pitch in!
Grant Open House Thursday, 5/23
Come see what your Shamrocks have been up to! Grant's Open House will be on May 23rd. The art show is from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm in the Multipurpose room and the classrooms will be open from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm.
*Pro-Tip: Check the Lost & Found while you're on campus to collect your items before school's out!
Would you like to be a Grant Volunteer next year?
In the Thank You Column
- Thank you so much to Stefanie Lavigna, Kristen Riccomini, Stacey Vogel and Gwen Husary for going above and beyond for Teacher Appreciation week!
- Thank you to Anna B (annabskitchen.com) for hosting her food & wine pairing sign up party.
- Big thank you to all our PTA members and volunteers for supporting Grant!
At A Glance
May 20-24- Spring Book Fair
May 21- Spring Concert in Grant's Multi (6:30: Band/7:30: Chorus)
May 23- Open House and Art Show
May 24- 6th-grade Celebration (1 pm)
May 27- Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)
May 30- Field Day
May 31- Last day of school- NOON RELEASE