Panda Pulse

August 27, 2017 - Back to School!

This Week at a Glance

  • School Lunch
  • Tissues & Tea
  • Konstella
  • PTA Membership
  • Fall Vendor/Craft Fair
  • Spirit Wear
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Chess Club
  • Rent the Rock
  • Consumer Rewards
  • NC State Fair Tickets

Things to Remember this week!

  • Friday, September 1: Spirit Day - Wear your Crazy Hat
  • Monday, August 28 - Friday, September 1: Volunteers needed at carpool and the bus lot

Free and Reduced Price Lunch

Eating breakfast and lunch is very important for a child to be able to concentrate and stay engaged during the school day. Wake County offers a Free/Reduced Meal program. Learn more about it here:

Apply for meal benefits online from the privacy of your home (or anywhere with an internet connection).
Apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals Online.
Aplicacion Online Gratis / Reducida : Espanol.

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It's time to join the appropriate Konstella classroom for your child. Konstella is a wonderful and easy-to-use, one-stop shop for school-wide, room-wide, and committee-wide activities and announcements. Serving as our digital school directory, Konstella connects parents and it keeps you in the know about what is happening at Penny Road Elementary. Sign up and explore! You'll be glad you did!

PTA Membership

What is the PTA? Why join? The number one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. But here are just a few more advantages:

  • Get Connected.
  • Discover Great Resources.
  • Speak Up. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.
  • Be a Role Model. By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.

Become a PTA member and join more than 5 million other people who share your interest in issues affecting children. Everyone—parents, educators, students and other citizens active in their schools and communities—is invited to join our PTA.

Joining is easy! You can join on-line or at the school!

WCPSS Volunteer Registration

Planning to volunteer in the school this year? WCPSS requires all volunteers to complete an online registration and pass a criminal background check prior to volunteering. Computers are available for registration in the Creative Commons (media center). Have a question? Please contact Laurie Cockman at

Can you help!?

Will you help a Penny Road Panda have a great kick-off to their school year? Do you remember dropping your child off in the carpool line and thinking "How will they know where to go?"

For the first two weeks of school, we are in need of volunteers in the carpool line and the bus loop each morning from 8:45 to 9:15. You will help Kindergarten students (as well as any other new students) get to their classrooms safely and confidently. You won't regret seeing the smile on their faces when you help them safely reach their classroom (Younger siblings are more than welcome!)

Will you help an unsure Kindergartner? The second week of school, we need parents to help out during Kindergarten lunch (10:30 to 11:00). During this time, you will do things like help our littlest Pandas open things in their lunch boxes, navigate the lunch line, pack up when they are finished or find the bathroom. (Lunchtime is also the time when they might get a bit sad/homesick, so if you have a Kindergarten student we ask you not to volunteer in this way (to avoid any hiccups with your own child's transition).

If you would like to help us with either of these things, please sign up!

Fall Family Event!

The PTA is busy planning our first big family event of the year! Mark your calendars for Penny's Wild West Round Up on Saturday, October 21st from 4-7pm. Join us for lots of food, games & activities, and a vendor/craft fair!
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Spirit Wear!

Still need your Penny Road Spirit shirt?!

3 easy ways to order:
1. Spirit Wear can be ordered through the School Store. (Please be sure to include the teacher's name in the "note to seller" box so we know where to deliver.)
2. Return the order form that will be in the next Friday Flyer.
3. We will also be selling spiritwear at our first school store on Tuesday, September 19.

There are multiple spirit days planned throughout the year, so be sure to get your shirts!

Chess Club is back!

Students in Grades 1-5, do you want to learn how to play Chess? Do you already know how to play and are looking to improve and have some fun playing? Join our school’s Chess Club! The club will meet Friday mornings beginning October 13th. A sign up sheet will come home in your child's Friday Folder or click here. Checks may be made out to Penny Road PTA. Questions about the club may be directed to our parent volunteers Mandy and Daniel at

Spirit Rock

The Penny Road Elementary Spirit Rock is a great way to send a message for all to see! Congratulate your favorite student on an accomplishment, wish a student a Happy Birthday, show appreciation to your favorite teacher or staff member, celebrate a team win or let everyone know how much you love our school! The rock is available for weekly rental to families and staff of PRE for their use and enjoyment. Reserve the Spirit Rock for only $30.00 per week! All proceeds will go directly back to PRE through our PTA.

Sign-ups slots are already available for the entire 2017-18 school year!

Consumer Rewards

Do you shop at Harris Teeter or on Amazon? Why not let Penny Road benefit from the money you are already spending?! Visit our Consumer Rewards page and see all the different ways you can link your cards to support the amazing programming that happens at Penny Road. Contact the PTA at with any questions.

Get Your NC State Fair Tickets!

The NC State Fair will give Penny Road $2 for every adult ticket and $1 for every child ticket purchased online by Thursday, October 12th.

To show your Panda Pride, use the link to select the number of adult and child tickets you want to purchase and hit add tickets. Then, type in 530 in the box under membership and click submit.

Hope to see you there!