Panda Pulse

November 10, 2017

This Week at a Glance

  • Teacher of the Year
  • Spirit Night
  • Magnet Information Session - 5th grade parents
  • November PTA meeting
  • Students Against Hunger Food Drive
  • Mix It Up Day
  • Books & Beyond - K & 1st grade parents
  • Chinese Lantern Festival
  • WCPSS calendar updates

Dates to Remember!

Tuesday, November 14:

-Magnet School Info Session for 5th grade parents at 6 pm

-General Body PTA meeting at 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 15:

-Workout Wednesday featuring Yoga in the gym, 8:50 am

-Mix It Up Day
Thursday, November 16: Spirit Night at McAlister's and Pei Wei. Pick your family's favorite!

2017-18 Teacher of the Year: Ms. O'Neal

Congratulations to Penny Road Elementary School's 2017-18 Teacher of the Year: Ms. DeJuana O'Neal! This year is DeJuana O'Neal's twelfth year teaching. She received her Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Masters of Reading Education, K-12 from Fayetteville State University. Miss O'Neal has been a second grade teacher at our school for four years. This year, she co-teaches math alongside all of the second grade homeroom teachers, and her primary goal is to do all she can to ensure the students enter third grade with a strong mathematical foundation and a love for the content area. Every day in Miss O'Neal's room is filled with collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and student ownership as they are exposed to the standards and use data to make decisions that promote growth and mastery of those standards. Help us in congratulating Ms. O'Neal the next time you see her at Penny Road!
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Rising 6th grade parents

Please join us at Penny Road on Tuesday, November 14 at 6 pm for a Magnet Information Session. Come hear from the WCPSS Magnet Coordinator why this may be a great option for your child, what your options are, and how to apply. (This is just prior to the 6:30 PTA Meeting). Please contact Sarah Fenik, School Counselor if you have any questions: sfenik@wcpss.net or (919) 387-2136 ext: 26202

November PTA Meeting

Our last General Body PTA meeting of 2017 is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 pm in the gym. Join us as we wrap-up the beginning of the school year and look ahead to 2018! We will be collecting food at this meeting, as part of the "Students Against Hunger" food drive. Feel free to bring your family's donations with you when you come! We are excited that you will also get to experience portions of our Veteran’s Day celebration. This special tribute is a time honored tradition at Penny Road and we look forward to sharing it with as many parents as we can!

Students Against Hunger!

Penny Road is partnering with Urban Ministries of Wake County for this year’s “Students Against Hunger” food drive, November 14-17.


  • The food drive will occur every day, Tuesday morning - Friday morning.
  • Deliver your food to the front lobby, 8:45 am – 9:15 am.

  • BONUS drop-off time available at the 11/14 PTA meeting!
  • The class in each grade that brings in the most items will win “THE GOLDEN CAN” trophy and a classroom reward. They will also have their picture taken for the PRE Website and Yearbook!
  • All donations are welcomed! However, only up to 25 items per day will be counted for the contest.


For more information and a list of most needed items, check out the flyer below!

Mix It Up Day

This year Mix it Up at Lunch will be on Wednesday, November 15 for all 1st-5th graders!!


For anyone new to PRE, this is a day we stand up to social bullying by having students sit with someone they do not know and have a "get to know you" conversation. Miss. Sarah, the school counselor, will be there for all lunch periods.


All students (K-5) and Staff should wear BLUE on this day, as a show of solidarity towards standing up to bullying and being a kind person.

Books and Beyond!

Thank you all for encouraging and supporting your young readers! Please congratulate all of your readers for reading and submitting their tracking sheets for October.

The Kindergarten classes submitted 168 sheets= 2,520 books.
The 1st grade classes submitted 123 sheets= 1,845 books.
For a grand total of 4,365 books!

The October class winners are: Mrs. Beddingfield (Kindergarten) & Mrs. Castaneda (1st) - Congratulations to these classes!


Prizes for the winning classes are awarded monthly. You can find more information and sheets at: www.pennyroadpta.com; under the PTA info tab.

Keep reading and submitting your sheets Kindergarten and 1st grade students!

Save the Date! Chinese Lantern Festival

Spirit Night at the Chinese Lantern Festival! Enjoy an evening at Koka Booth Amphitheatre with your family on Tuesday, November 28, 6 pm - 10 pm. $1 from every ticket sale that evening will go to Penny Road Elementary. Support the school and have a great family night out! Please bring the attached flyer for a reduced admission price. Check out specific information about the festival: http://boothamphitheatre.com/nc-chinese-lantern-festival-cary/


Questions? Please contact Sarah Walden smwalden18@gmail.com or Sara Concini sara.concini@gmail.com

WCPSS Announcements!

We wanted to take a moment to remind you of some slight calendar changes for the current school year that the WCPSS Board of Education made last spring. These changes were announced and the calendars were amended at the time, but we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the following:

  • Tuesday, November 21, is now an early-release day. This allows professional development time for our teachers. Students will be released 2.5 hours early on that day.
  • Friday, May 25, 2018 – previously an early-release day – will now be a full day of school.

Please make a note of these changes on your calendar.