Winter Break is here!

Thank you Petaluma Education Foundation!

We are so grateful to PEF for awarding Grant School with a Major Impact Grant this year.  We are replacing our computer lab with a DELL lab leased for three years and replacing our server and backup systems.  Thank you PEF for partnering with us and helping support students around Petaluma!

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run, a national running program for girls in third through fifth grades, will be starting its spring season at Grant in early February. Led by Coaches Sarah and Stacie. This spring season we will be offering Girls on the Run teams for Monday/Wednesday, as well as Tuesday/Thursday. The girls will complete a non-competitive 5K run/walk event at the end of the twelve-week program. No running experience is necessary! Registration forms will be distributed in mid-January. Visit for more information.

Mentor Me Petaluma by Abby 

Abby interviewed Nanciann Ryan, a noon-duty supervisor at Grant and a coordinator for Mentor Me Petaluma.

Q: What is Mentor Me Petaluma?

A: It’s an organization that helps kids.

Q: Are you one of the mentors?

A: Yes.

Q: How did Mentor Me Petaluma get started?

A: By another school with kids that needed help.

Q: Why would a kid need a mentor?

A: Sometimes they need help.

Q: What is it like being a mentor?

A: It’s very rewarding for the mentor and mentee.

Thank you for helping the community and thank you for answering these questions.

Winter Blanket and Coat Drive by Hana

Blankets & Coats

Blankets & Coats

Grant Elementary School and GLT hosted a blanket drive.  We donated used jackets, beanies, socks and blankets.  Items were brought to the office.  Mrs. RC and her family will distribute them in San Francisco on Christmas Day.

No Bikes on the Track Please by Sabrina

We are having a little trouble rembering that the Grant Elementary track is VERY special to our community and was VERY expenive to install. Please don’t ride any of your skateboards, bikes or scooters on the track. Running is a good thing to do on our track.  We need our track to stay in good condition so it is not dangerous for others to run on.

5th Grade Field Trips by Sam & Chase

5th graders went on a field to the De Young Museum in San Francisco.  The fifth grade students had snack and played games with one another.  In the museum, we learned how to spot details in pictures and got to see special paintings. We also got to go on a 9th floor.  A lot of 5th graders were scared from the height on the 8th floor.  We got to act out painting.  On the 1st floor we looked at the gallery.  Our next field trip is Snoopys Home Ice–we are so excited and can’t wait.

Holiday Gift Shoppe by Sarah & Olivia

The Holiday Gift Shoppe was a lot of good and a lot of fun.  The kids went around to see what was there and pick out gifts for their family.  There were little mint holders, cute, fuzzy socks for mom, screwdrivers and flashlights for dads, a bank for a little brother and a really nice necklace for your mom (and lots more).  We would like Mrs. Shoemaker and her mom for putting this event together.

4th Grade Recorders by Rose & Rachelle

Recorders in 4th Grade

Recorders in 4th Grade

In January both 4th grade classes are going to start to play recorders with their music teachers.  The kids are looking forward to playing recorders because of reading music!  The kids are going to get their recorders after Winter Break!   Some kids are buying their recorders and some kids are going to use ones that the music teachers have. The 4th graders can’t wait to play their recorders.

JYD by Nazmieh & Imogene

Our 6th grade classes have decided that we need more supervision on our playgrounds during recess, so we decided to make it happen. We created J.Y.D. That stands for junior yard duty. Every day we switch people (if you want to be a J.Y.D). We wear bright neon green vests. We walk around, help solve problems, and be refs for big games such as kickball. It is so fun and we are happy to be good role models for smaller kids.

3 for 3 Project by Will and Meghan

3 for 3--Platypus

3 for 3–Platypus

Good job 4th for doing your 3 for 3 projects.  3 for 3 is like a game show the 4th graders (D-2 & D3) are doing with very cool posters!  You have to read a nonfiction book about an animal or thing. I think 3 for 3 project are very cool.  The 4th graders did an awesome job! We did ours on Turkey Vultures and Sharks. It was a fun project.

Winter Music Concert by Alex

On Tuesday, the 5th and 6th grade did the winter music share. The chorus went first. They sang “Vampire Buddies”, “Crocodile Rock”, “The Holly and the Ivy”, and “Winter Walk”. Then the bands went. The beginning and intermediate band went first. The
bands have trumpets, trombones, flutes and clarinets. They played “Hot Cross Buns”, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, “Jingle Bells”, “Split Descison”, a duet, and “Listen to our Sections.” Then, the advanced band played “Feliz Navidad” and a few others. Then, for
the grand finale, both bands played “Jingle Bells” together. There were a lot of parents who attended and 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade watched the concert also. I thought it was a lot of fun (I’m in the beginning band).

Grant School and Student Safety by Mrs. Haugen

In light of recent events, I would like our community to know that student safety is a top priority at Grant School.  We practice drills throughout the year, debrief them with staff and make adjustments as needed.  Our students’ behavior is exemplary during drills, knowing  they are an integral part of our safety plans. Visitors sign in at the office and wear a bright yellow visitor badge to be easily identified by all.  Adults on campus are comfortable directing new visitors straight to the office.    I have no doubt that in the event of an actual emergency, Grant’s staff will stay calm, think logically, follow protocol and remain flexible.  If you have questions, please email ( or call the office (707-778-4742) to make an appointment.  I also appreciate the parents that came to see me on Monday during our three impromptu meetings.  We were able to share ideas, discuss strategies and acknowledge the procedures already in place.

Kindergarten Registration & Transitional Kinder

Kinder registration begins January 14th for Petaluma City Schools.  Students need to turn 5 years old by October 1st to be eligible for kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year.  Transitional Kindergarten is offered at McKinley Elementary for students that do not meet the cut-off date.  We have information in the office about Transitional Kindergarten.

Crosswalks and Traffic by Mrs. Haugen1306263993-pedestrian-crossing

I implore all of us to slow down at pick up and drop off, not just the speed of vehicles but all our actions around students, cars, pedestrians and the street.  All of us should cross at the crosswalk ALWAYS.  A student was recently hit while crossing in front of an elementary school here in town; she was not in the crosswalk.  We can avoid incidents like this.  Slow down, park legally, be aware of your surroundings and stay safe.  This is necessary at the back of school also–park lawfully, watch for pedestrians and stay safe.  We can all do our part to keep our students and families safe while coming to and leaving from Grant School.

Upcoming Dates:

  • School Site Council: Tuesday, January 8th at 3:15 in C1
  • Coffee & Conversation with the Principal: Friday, January 18th from 8-9am in the library
  • No School: Monday, January 21st is MLK Jr. Day

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