Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

Week of November 5, 2019

A Message From Principal Grey

Dear Grant Community,

I would like to first take a moment to thank the first responders and their families for helping to keep our county and community safe. We love and appreciate you. Thank you also to the incredible volunteers in our community who worked in shelters, helped protect affected animals, housed someone affected by the fires/outages, or donated their time or supplies.


It feels so good to be back at school and see your students' smiling faces! We know that breaking the routine of school was challenging for many and we are easing back into things to make the transition as smooth as possible for all. On top of the challenge of breaking the routine, we know that the fires can be very triggering for many of our students given the last few years. One resource that I have found helpful in working with children after a traumatic event is Helping Kids Cope. I hope you find it useful, too.


In lieu of a Halloween parade this year, we will have a Halloween costume photo slide show at the morning assembly tomorrow! If you would like your student's photo in the slideshow, please send it to agrey@petk12.org by 7:15 am Wednesday morning.


Sincerely,

Ms. Grey

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Dine & Donate at Mary's 11/6

Let's meet at Mary's Pizza shack and celebrate our Grant Community and getting our kids back in school!
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International Day, 11/8 *RSVP Please

Grant's first-ever International Day is Friday, November 8th at 5:30 p.m. We'll gather to celebrate and learn about each other's heritage. We hope you'll consider bringing a dish to share in our cultural potluck! Please RSVP if you're coming! RSVP Here


Please take a look at our potluck signup page:

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/508044baaa723a57-international/31166174

Grant PTA Meeting, 11/14 at 6pm in the Library

Please come to the next Grant PTA Association meeting, Thursday, Nov. 14th at 6pm. We'll gather in the Grant Library to hear the Principal and Teacher's Report and we'll discuss matters of importance to our school. Childcare provided!


You don't have to be a member to come, but you do have to be a member to vote. You can join here:


https://grantpta.membershiptoolkit.com/home

Birthday Lunches

We are working to create the most inclusive and friendly lunch environment possible at Grant. If you would like to bring your child a special lunch on their birthday, please only bring food to your student. Birthday treats that can be shared with the whole class are encouraged. Thank you.

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences Start Next Week!

Please note that all students will have early dismissal from Tuesday, November 12 through Friday, November 22nd.


Kindergarten dismissal: 11:40 am

1st-6th-grade dismissal: 12:45 pm


If you haven't done so already: Sign up for your conference here!

Lost & Found Getting Bigger!

The Grant Lost & Found pile is becoming almost unmanageable. Does anyone want their nice jacket's back? Please come get them! All items in the Lost and Found are donated at Winter and Spring break.

Second Grant TIDE Meeting Next Week

Please join us for our second meeting on Wednesday, November 13th from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm in the Grant Library. We will come together as a school community and discuss ideas on our school's approach to inclusivity, equity, and diversity. TIDE (Team for Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity) groups are forming at each site to open up a dialogue about how we can ensure that each of our students, families and staff members feel welcome, acknowledged and safe on our campuses.


Here is a bit more information about TIDE from the committee's district-wide leadership:


After hearing stories of racism and bias from high school students in our hometown of Petaluma, a group of community members started a group called Team for Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity (TIDE). TIDE is a community-led group exploring how to make our schools more safe, inclusive, and welcoming for all of our diverse TK-12 students, families, teachers, and administrators. It is a goal that all schools in Petaluma -- from preschool to high school -- have a TIDE chapter of their own. The citywide TIDE group is made up of representatives from each school and serves as a place of inspiration and collaboration for each school.


Grant Cares, Donation Drive Underway

The Grant Cares team is collecting gift cards in the office to help some of our Grant families that may find the upcoming holidays a financial struggle. To help ease the burden, they've placed a heart shaped box in the office for gift card donations. If you are in the position to help, they're looking for gift cards to Target, Chevron, Old Navy or Trader Joe's in small increments, like $20 to $25, so that they can spread your gifts out to different families. Thank you for your support.

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Let's Get Crafty, 12/6

Join us to make holiday crafts as gifts for friends, family, or to keep for yourself! Visit three crafting stations while enjoying some snacks, treats, bubbly and holiday cheer with friends! Craft on!

Let’s Get Crafty is on December 6th, 7 - 10 pm.

*$65 per person, Space is limited. Sign-up binder in office.

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Community Events



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PTA Perks

Have you joined the Grant PTA yet? In addition to helping Grant fund classroom supplies, assemblies, field trips, performing arts programs, community building events like the recent bbq/ice cream social and the upcoming dance, organizing the Holiday Shoppe, After School classes, creating our yearbook, putting on the Art Show and so much more...you can get some great perks for your family, like discounted tickets to Legoland and super deals at Smart & Final. Check it out

https://capta.bmeurl.co/935B83C


and then join!


https://grantpta.membershiptoolkit.com/home

School Year 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:


  • A big Shamrock thank you to Lagunitas for hosting our Take the Night Off event, funding 6th Grade Outdoor Education and to everyone who helped organize and donate items for the event: Holly Reinhard, Alisha Basich, Chantel Smith, Anna Barrera, Kelly Reavis, Melinda Nicholas, Kristi Hudson, Kristy Dark, Sasha Wright, Stephanie Seufert, Haley Boles, Veny Lukmanto and student volunteers Ashlyn Byous and Savannah Flowers.

  • Many thanks to Rosalie Thompson and Pari Gottlieb who work to collect and display Lost & Found items at Grant. It's a big job and takes lots of time. We so appreciate you taking on the job.

  • Thank you to Maryann Pacheco for helping organize the Boon Fundraiser prizes for our participating students and thank you to teachers for passing them out!

  • Thank you to Ms. Shantina who asked Grant Trick or Treaters to stop by her house where she made them feel welcome. It was so nice for them to have that school connection on Halloween!



At A Glance


November

November 5 - LCAP Orientation Meeting/PCS Office 6:30pm

November 6 - Dine & Donate Mary's Pizza 4-8pm

November 8 - International Day 5:30-7:30 pm

November 11 - Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL

November 13- TIDE Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm

November 12-22 - Conference Weeks - Early Release

November 14 - PTA Meeting, 6pm Grant Library

November 25-20 - Fall Break - NO SCHOOL