September is Coming to a Close

Thank You for a Great Ice Cream Social!

A huge thank you to all of the hard-working parents that helped with the ice cream social, Nancy Chadwick, Sarah Prokop, Annie Deveza, Karin and Dion Reif, Patty Stenberg, Leslie O’Neill and Jared Vollmer, plus our wonderful scoop-a-licious teachers that brought smiles to so many faces.  Also, a special thank you to Mrs. Haugen and Tracy Dugar who worked the front lines, the back lines and the side lines.  You guys rock!  Oh, and let’s not forget our three Petaluma companies that donated making this event such a huge success, while keeping our Grant school costs way down.  When you buy dairy, remember Clover Stornetta, when planning a party, remember Lace House Linen and when craving a sweet treat, remember Brain Freeze.  We live in an incredible community and the generosity of our parents, our teachers and these three businesses have blessed us all!

Thanks again from your ice cream social coordinator, Gina Tomrose

Label Everything–a tip from the Lost-and-Found Dept.

It is so important to label absolutely everything–lunch boxes, brown bag lunches, backpacks, sweatshirts… With 388 students on campus, the lost-and-found fills up quickly!  Grab a sharpie and start labeling!

Interviewing Mrs Garvey By Teddy

Q: Have you ever taught at another school if so where?  A: Yes, I taught at Miwok for 8 years.

Q:  How do you like Grant school so far?  A: I love Grant School.  I especialy like how nice theolder kids are toward the younger kids.

Q: Do you like working with younger kids?  A: I love coming to work everyday, and I love to taech kids how to read.

Q: How long have you been teaching for?  A: This is my nineth year.  Before teaching, I used to buy props and displays for Old Navy stores.

Q:  What are some of your hobbies?  A: Anything outdoors, like camping, hiking, and skiing.  I also keep up on current events.

Wanted: A dishwasher repair person 

Do you repair appliances?  Do you know someone who does?  Our staff kitchen here at Grant has a dishwasher that won’t stay shut during the wash cycle.  Current solution–a chair and the garbage can wedge it in place quite well.  Good grief!  If you know of help, please contact Mrs. Haugen in the office.

The Sixth Grade Area is Back! By Alyssa

The sixth graders have the sixth grade area again! The sixth graders love the sixth grade area. We earn the area by bringing our music things on Tuesdays. We also get it by having good behavior during music class. The sixth grade area is an area only for the sixth graders. Other little kids can walk through it, but they cannot sit in it. It is fun to eat at the tables and benches we can sit on instead of hard concrete ground. The sixth graders do not want to lose this privilege of eating in this area of ours. Please help us keep this area by keeping it clean and tidy.

The sixth graders also have to remember to keep it clean too. The sixth graders also have to bring our supplies for music class. Do not forget, sixth graders, that you have to have good behavior in music class if you want the sixth grade area. This privilege has been very fun. We would like to continue with it.

A Track & Field Update

As you’ve noticed, the fence has moved back to the field.  And even better, the blacktop is striped and open for business.  Yahoo!  For the next several weeks, district maintenance personal are reworking the sprinkler system, laying soil, installing sod, planting grass seed, and installing artificial turf (in the tricky spots).

Murals on the Ball Walls–Help Wanted!

Matt Crysdale, a parent on our campus, has generously offered to spearhead this amazing project.  He has designed four spectacular murals for the ball walls and is hoping to make it an all-school project.  Similar to the multi mural, Matt will trace the designs, and students will paint in a “paint-by numbers” approach.  Our goal is to have every student at Grant contribute to some part of the murals. 

How you can help–

We need parents to help sand, possibly repair and primer the walls.  Then we’ll need a group to help during the school day with the actual painting with students.  No experience or expertise needed.  Please email Mrs. Haugen if you are interested.  When enough folks are on board, we’ll hold a planning meeting and go from there.  And last, we’ll need clean plastic containers with secure lids for paint (think: peanut butter or  mayonaise–not too big).  You can bring those to the office.

Author Visit: Michael Grant By Zach

Student reading Michael Grant's book (photo by Abby)

September 16th an author came to grant school. His name was Michael Grant and he is the author of The Magnificent 12 and many other books. He told us about his books and about himself. The Magnificent 12 is about a kid Mack and how he finds out he’s one of the Magnificent 12, he must find the 11 others to stop an evil force that’s on its way. In the Magnificent 12 there are things called Golems and they look exactly like you, but not as smart. They are used for filling in for you when you must go but don’t want family members to know, Mack uses one in the book. Michael Grant had one and it was really funny. Michael Grant is a great author and I’m very happy he came to our school.

Caring School Community at Grant School

Caring School Community is a research-based elementary program from the Developmental Studies Center aimed at community building through a variety of lessons and activities.  Students at Grant School participate in Class Meetings, Buddies, Homeside Activities and Daily Check-in Meetings. We have a team of teachers who meet regularly to support our school’s committment to CSC: Mary Reynolds, Patti Kowta, Jean Groh and Kellean Casey. 

Through Class Meetings we give students a voice and encourage discourse among students toward common goals of community and caring.  Buddy activities from CSC build on our historic buddy program by weaving in communication and cooperation skills.  Homeside Activities help build a community of caring individuals in our classrooms by sharing with one another our individual experiences.  Daily Check-in Meetings help bring about solutions to immediate concerns and needs.  Ask your student about his/her latest class meeting.

Mary Reynolds Goes Google!

September 23-24 I attended the Google Geo Teachers Institute in Washington

Ms. Reynolds' favorite quote from the trip

DC. I received seventeen hours professional development on how to use Google Earth, Maps, Moon, Mars, Sky, and SketchUp in the classroom. The Institute took place at the National Geographic Society, and it was wonderful to be able to work at their facility. I met teachers from across the nation- Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, and Illinois, to name a few. I had time to learn all of the ins and outs of these free Google programs, as well as discuss practical classroom applications with Google Certified Teachers. I came back and told the 6th grade that we could spend the rest of our Thursdays in computer lab doing Google activities that relate directly to our curriculum. This was how much I learned! The possibilities with Google in any classroom are truly endless! This was a very inspiring trip! Our group was also given a behind the scenes tour of the Library of Congress- Maps and Geography Division, as well as a visit to the National Archives and the National Geographic Museum. It was a whirlwind trip- but so much was accomplished and learned. I am looking forward to showing teachers at Grant, as well as district wide, how to use Google in their classrooms.

Grant School Gardeners–Diggin in! by Julia Megna

Welcome to October!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by at the Ice Cream Social to join the ranks of volunteers who care about our school’s gardens and believe children benefit from outdoor science experiences. Garden club is happening, yet Setsuko Jolin and I are anticipating the help of new volunteers. Please let me know where you can lend support. The following is a list of ways you can help. Please contact me tolet me know what you’re up for 🙂

1)  Many teachers would love outside science support! Speak with your child’s teacher about supporting the garden near their room (if they have one), or bringing plant/earth science activities to the classrooms. I am happy to sit with you and look at my wonderful school garden binder which has activities for each grade, focussing on science standards.

2) Lunchtime Garden Club, grades K-6. Right now, we need Tuesday volunteers. (I spoke with a few of you about this and hope to hear from you.) Recently children weeded, cultivated, fertilized and planted a variety of vegetables and herbs in the raised beds near the multi; made and enjoyed mint teas from mint in the sensory garden.

3) If you are up for facilitating Garden Club on another day of the week, I am more than happy to lend suggestions for activities and help coordinate a group of volunteers. What day works for you?

4) Drop-in to Garden Club: 11:45-12:45 Tuesdays with Ms. Megna, 12:15-12:45 Wednesdays with Setsuko Jolin and (yet to have a leader) 11:45-12:45 Mon. Thurs. Fri.  The more adults, the more children can participate in lunchtime activities. We’ve had as many as 20 children at a time, excited to go on a bug hunt, shell beans, dig out bermuda grass.. you name it! A few activities can happen simultaneously.

5) Water vegetable garden 1-2 days a week (we can get you a hose key) You pick the time. Before or after school is fine.  Also, weeding the A-wing Sensory Garden, Mural Garden… in your time. (Kristi we spoke about that and I have the shed keys in my room, A-3)

6) I don’t know if we’ll have a school plant sale in the spring. We need a chairperson. The sale brings in money for the program. It’s a rewarding event to volunteer for. Karen London and family were so helpful with growing plants from seeds I had donated from The Seed Bank for the sale last year. Be sure to see the great article on Karen in this week’s Argus Courier.

GLT at the Garden

Upcoming garden club activities: Gather seeds from dried plants that are in the shed by the multi, sow winter crop seeds in cups of soil/label, work the soil of the garden next to  A-4, coordinate the delivery of compost and spread it there; plant fava beans or ???, harvest and prepare food from raised beds, weed and take “starts” from A-wing sensory garden, and plan the Mural Garden project.  If you have ideas to share, please do so!

Looking forward to hearing from you and bringing the joy of outdoor science and nature exploration to so many who normally don’t have the opportunity.

Ms. Julia Megna
(rm A-3, teaching Mondays, Tuesdays, and every other Wednesdays)

Book Reveiws by Lance & Jack

Your child will not read? Don’t worry, we got some books your kid will like. But before we tell you what they are, we are going to tell you some other things. I (Lance Sunshine) am a reader . I remember saying when I was 4,”I love to read,” while reading a book about this thick: [ ]. But now I’m reading different books so we have to have age groups. Now here are the books.

Magic Tree House (Ages 5-8)   These books are magic-filled. Two characters named Jack and Amy find a tree house and zoom to factual times and places every book. So your child can learn and have fun reading at the same time!

The Zack Files (Ages 5-8) Lots of wacky things happen to 10 year old Zack! His parents are divorced, and the weird things always happen with his dad. A fun read for imaginative beginners!

Harry Potter (Ages 8-11) This is personally my (Lance’s) favorite series. The shortest book may be 309 pgs. but it’s worth it. Filled with suspense, adventure, and a lot of magic, if your imagination is big enough, it’s almost real!

Any Rick Riordan Series (Ages 8-11)  This is the author of 3 different children’s series. With mythology as his specialty (in Lance’s opinion) he turns kids into heroes in Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythologies, one religion for each series. In fact, one of his books is almost out!

 The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel (Ages 8-11) Have you ever heard of Nicolas Flamel, the famous “alchemist”? Well this series is about that guy. When twins Josh and Sophie find out they are “the twins of legend”, they find themselves in a world of Elders (gods from different religions) and magic. They must save the world from the Dark Elders, while not separating, which, unfortunately, has happened. Catch up on the books (The Alchemist is the fist book) so you can be ready when the final book comes out next summer!

Elizabeth Singer Hunt Visits Grant School  By Lauren

On September 22nd book author Elizabeth Singer Hunt came to our school and talked about all of her books.  She said she was inspired to write her books because of the first Indiana Jones movie she saw when she was a kid.  She said it was her favorite movie.  She said she has been writing books for four years.

After she told us about her books and her childhood, I asked her what her favorite food was.  She said she really likes Thai food. 

I have read her first book, The Danger of the Deadly Dinosaurs.  She signed my book too. She said hope you like dinosaurs! I loved having her come to grant schoolI hope she can come again!

The Halloween Parade  By Charlotte  

This year we will be having a Halloween parade at school.  We will walk around the school and the neighborhood in our costumes.  Some classes might be having a Halloween celebration and have cookies too.  I love cookies!  Some costumes that my friends will be wearing are a guinnea pig, a witch, and a pirate.  I’m not sure what I am going to be.  I might be Red Riding Hood or a pirate.  This year’s halloween parade is going to be exciting and fun!

What Kids are Writing about at School by Aidan & Emri

We interviewed kids on what they wrote about for the district writing sample.  For instance, Lily P. wrote about Mt. Shasta, and Jarod W. wrote about his trip to Disneyland this summer.  As did many other kids, they wrote about places they saw during the summer.  Students had fun writing about things, places and fun things to do.

Girls on the Run is so much Fun! By Vivian & Channing

Girls on the run, an origination for girls is stating up again! The coaches are named Stacie and Michelle. We run, but we also do community service. Last week we handed out water at the Moo-Cow Race. You can either do a 5K or a half marathon. We handed out water at the half marathon; we saw our Couch Hilbert and Ms. Baumann! We also understand that everybody is unique in their own special way. Our last topic was on eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and getting enough exercise.  Girls on the run IS so much fun!

Upcoming Dates:

  • School Site Council meeting, Tuesday, 10/11 at 3:00 in room C1
  • School Board Meeting, Tuesday, 10/11 at District Office, 200 Douglas Street
  • Halloween Parade, Monday, 10/31 at 12:45 around the neighborhood–please be our audience along the parade route
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