A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA
Week of November 5, 2019
A Message From Principal Grey
Dear Grant Community,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 7:15 am Wednesday morning.
Dine & Donate at Mary's 11/6
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:
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:
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!
Look at all these nice jackets? Does anyone want them back?
How many jackets will you buy this year? Wonder where that cute one went? It's likely at Grant!
Stripes are probably here too :)
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.
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.
- Local Control Accountability Plan Orientation Meeting 11/5 at 6:30. To learn more: https://www.petalumacityschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2&DomainID=4#calendar1/20191105/event/43226
- Petaluma Regional Library Resources: * Homework help: free homework assistance for grades K-12 at the Petaluma Regional Library (every Tuesday at 3:30-5:30 pm). * Free Tutor.com access with your Petaluma Regional Library card (homework, essay or cv review)
- Petaluma Regional Library free November Events: Read to a Dog (Beginner readers, 11/5, 3:15-4:15pm), Coder dojo (ages 8 & up, 11/6, 4:30-6:00pm), Explore STEAM Kits: Take-Apart Technology (ages 5-12, 11/7, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm), Go BIG and PLAY On! (ages 6-12, 11/8, 3:30pm - 4:30pm).
- Girls United is launching the 1st ever all girls outdoor Spring Soccer League in Petaluma! Starting in March 2020. Registration now open @girlsunitedsoccer.com/SPRINGLEAGUE
- Little League Registration is opening: https://www.facebook.com/petalumanational/photos/a.455332231166977/2835649703135206/?type=3&theater&ifg=1
- Come See Cinnabar's Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring many of our Grant Shamrocks. Multiple dates in November: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35211/production/1013411
- Art Open House - Grant Mom Tamara Zubic is taking a big step and showcasing her art, Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 16 & 17, 10am-1pm. RSVP: email@example.com
and then join!
School Year 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 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