Shamrock News

A Weekly Look at Grant Elementary School & the Grant PTA

Week of January 6, 2020

We are Back in Session Tomorrow, January 7th!

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A Message From Principal Grey

Dear Grant Community,

Welcome back and happy new year to you all! I hope you had a truly wonderful winter break with your friends and family and a great start to 2020. We are looking forward to seeing our students tomorrow and starting out this year with enthusiasm for learning and growth. While I am not an avid new years resolution writer, I do value the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective in January and bring a new outlook to the months that lay ahead. As we head into this new decade, I have some goals for our school and community.

  • Creating a kind, inclusive and welcoming environment for all students and families. Through our teaching, school events, staff discussions, assemblies, and work as a parent community, I would like to spark dialogue and take actions that make Grant a friendly and welcoming environment for all.
  • Meeting the needs of our students academically, socially and emotionally. Each student at Grant contributes their individuality to our campus and requires individualized support. We aim to provide each child with the attention and education they need to thrive well beyond their years at Grant.
  • Producing less waste on our campus. Grant disposes of tons of food and nonrecyclable waste every day-particularly during lunchtime. We have found that many of our students throw away a large portion of their lunches every day. Our goal is to encourage them to take home the food they do not want to eat and to bring reusable containers in their lunches as opposed to single-use plastics. We are also working hard to improve our compost and recycle sorting process.

Thank you for your support in making Grant the best school it can be!

Happy New Year,

Ms. Grey

From the Grant PTA

Happy 2020 to you all! During this new year, please know that the Grant PTA is working to make our school a wonderful place for all of our children to grow and learn. We have many events coming up - from the school play to the school gala auction to movie night - and we welcome volunteers. We'd love to extend the hand of friendship and inclusion to all our families and our hope is that you all feel welcome and involved at Grant.

Haven't joined the Grant PTA?

School Volunteer Paperwork

If you are volunteering in classrooms or plan to in the future, please be sure to fill out our volunteer paperwork. This process ensures a secure and safe environment for all of our students and is extremely important. You can pick up the paperwork in our front office or use this link and print it out at home.

Our school district also requires a current TB test result. These test results last up to 4 years. If you have any questions at all about this process, please come by the office to speak with Kim Shoemaker or email her at

After School Enrichment - Winter Session Registration Open New classes: Science, Legos, Lacrosse & Cake Decorating!

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Kindergarten Registration Now Open!

It's already time to start registering new students for the 2020-2021 school year! Registration opened on December 2nd and priority registration ends on February 28, 2020.

Please visit to begin your application process.

* There are two school tours scheduled in January. If you or someone you know would like to go on a tour at Grant, please call the front office at (707) 778-4742 to schedule one.

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New Year, New Handicap Parking Spot

Please watch for the new handicapped parking spot right in front of Grant. Please be sure not to park in this spot and save the space for those who really need it. Thank you!

Grant Performing Arts Auditions, 1/17

Mary Poppins! Auditions will he held after winter break after school on January 17th for kids in 3rd-6th grade (1st and 2nd don’t need to audition.) We hope you''ll join the Shamrock Cast! It's going to be Supercalafragalistic Expialidocious!

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Community Events

School Year Calendar

Wondering when to plan family vacations and schedule your student's doctor appointments?Here is the link to the 2019-2020 Petaluma City Schools calendar!

In the Thank You Column:

  • Many thanks to Red Boy Pizza for the 3-day Dine & Donate event. We really appreciate your generosity!

  • Shining stars among us: Elisa King and Stefani Fontana, thank you for your kind and lovely work with Grant Cares and working to make sure all Grant families have what they need.

At A Glance


January 7- Students return from Winter break

January 17 - Auditions for Mary Poppins - After School in the Multi

January 20 - MLK day (NO SCHOOL)

January 24 - PTA Family Movie Night

January 27-31- Wish Board

January 27- Feb 22 - Adopt a Book


February 10- Lincoln’s Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

February 12- Chorus Festival at 7pm at Petaluma Junior High Gym.

February 17- Washington’s holiday (NO SCHOOL)

February 20- PTA Board Meeting and Association

February 22- The Grant Community Dance

February 24-28- Read Across America

February 24-28-Conference week (WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE)