March 1st, 2023
This has been quite the week! But, we've made it half way and things are looking up; there's even sun forecasted for today! Plus, we have a great assembly for the students this morning about mindfulness practices and how to use our tools to stay calm and present.
I appreciate all of your kindness and understanding this week while we navigate a new, and potentially scary, situation for Penngrove. We are taking away some learnings from this experience, which will help us plan for the future, keeping safety as our number one priority.
Read Across America Day is tomorrow, and students can wear pajamas! PTA is providing some delicious pancakes (small treat, not a meal), and teachers have the day planned out with fun literacy activities for the day!
Stay awkward, brave and kind!
Penngrove Traffic study link
School appropriate language
Please have a discussion with your student about school appropriate language. We have been having an increase of not only swearing, but unkind name calling during recess activities. Students are getting upset when they are "out" in a game, or a call is made which they don't like and using hurtful language. The language can often elevate an issue into a physical situation, leading to someone getting hurt. We emphasize that we are all out here to learn and have fun, and our language should reflect that.
LOST & FOUND
This is your reminder to come on up and check out the Lost & Found. It is overflowing with some amazing clothing & lunch boxes. Unclaimed items will be donated on or after 03/09/2023!
Productive Mindfulness Workshop- How to Let go of Stress and Anxiety to Optimize Learning
An Interactive, Self-Help Acupressure Workshop
The workshop will take place on Zoom, Thursday, March 9, at 7:00 pm PDT.
The Workshop will be recorded.
- You will need to register for the workshop. Click here to register.
- After you have successfully completed registration, look for a follow-up email with:
- the Zoom link
- Your Workshop Handout
- And, a link to an animated video of a self-help acupressure flow which we will review together
This workshop is part of the Productive Mindfulness School Program, created by Deborah Myers, founder of Deborah Myers Wellness.
The program covers how you can make a difference with your physical, mental, and emotional states of being. And it works for people of ages. There is no cost to you—it is a gift from the PTA!
You will learn how to use self-help acupressure to relieve stress and make life easier for everyone in your life!
There are three parts to the Productive Mindfulness Program:
- First, the teachers attended a workshop on Wednesday, February 15th.
- Second, your students are going to be attending a school assembly on March 1st.
- And the third part is for anyone who wants to take part in the workshop on March 9th.
On March 9th, you will discover how to empower your children to succeed.
The Productive Mindfulness Program Helps:
- Introduce mindfulness to improve health & sleep.
- Improve performance on exams, sports, & music.
- Balance emotions for happier interactions.
The Productive Mindfulness School Program offers practical self-help tools that can be used anytime. In less than 10 minutes a day, students can create a more positive, successful school experience.
In this workshop, you will learn a 9-step self-help acupressure flow.
And you will get energy tips that can make a difference in your well-being on all levels!
And, this is easy, fun, and it is effective too.
The workshop will be recorded and made available to registrants.
I’m thrilled to be offering this opportunity to you! And I hope you will join me!
Call for Classified Subs!
Over the past few weeks, our site has experienced an increase in staffing absences due to the rise in illnesses within our community. As you can imagine, when staff members are unexpectedly absent, we need to move members of our team around to ensure the most critical needs on campus are met. We are hoping to find some parents, family members, and community members to bridge the gap with our staffing shortages.
How can you help?
We are in need of classified substitutes particularly in the following positions:
- Crossing guard (M-F, 7:50-8:20 on Old Adobe Rd by the Redwood Grove)
Instructional assistants (working with students in a classroom setting, with students 1:1, in TK classrooms, special education etc.)
Office support (clerical, answering phones, attendance, secretarial duties)
Yard supervisors (facilitating play with students during lunch and recess, ensuring student safety, providing a nurturing play environment) Beginning after Spring Break- we are in need of a yard staff from 11:30-1:30!
If you are willing to substitute in any of the positions mentioned above, please email Ursula Perez Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ursula and our Human Resources team will provide you with fingerprinting instructions and the district will even cover the cost of fingerprinting! After your fingerprints are clear, Ursula will work with you to complete your paperwork which takes about 20 minutes. Finally, you’ll become a fan favorite at school when you swoop in to save the day the next time someone calls in sick or needs to be absent.
Hello, Penngrove Families! We are over halfway through the school year... which also means it's time to plan for next year!
Please click here to access the Intent to Return form. With enrollment open and the next school year right around the corner, we are starting to think about placements for next year. Whether you plan to return to Penngrove or not, we're asking for you to complete this form no later than Wednesday, 2/15.
Please reach out to Mrs. Marcy at email@example.com or (707) 778-4755 if you have any questions.
Question of the week from Principal Harp
Each week, I will be sending out a question with which you will be given the opportunity to engage in a new conversation with your child. We all know how hard it is to draw out responses other than, "nothing" or "fine" when we ask "What did you do today?" or "How was school?" Be sure to use open ended follow-up questions and statements such as "Tell me more about that!" or "What did you think of that?" Please ask your student(s) the question below, share their response with us and make our day! You can submit more than one response! (No need to put names or identifying words.)
Congrats to Amy Cathcart for winning
the Idle Free January $50 gift card to a local business of her choice!
Check out the image below for info on this month's contest.
Click the graphic above to view the Library Wish List
PETALUMA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION INTRODUCES NEW ⭐ BITE-SIZED LEARNING SERIES
Join Us for the First of Our New Quarterly Lunch Hour Lessons Exploring
Topics Related to Education & Resources For Today’s Families
PETALUMA, CA, February 13, 2023 – Each quarter, in collaboration with guest presenters, the
Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF) will host the free Bite-Sized Learning Series
discussing current trends and resources related to Education.
PEF kicks off this new quarterly lunch hour learning lessons program on March 10, 2023, at 12:00
p.m. Our first Bite-Sized Learning topic is “The Cost of College & Saving for Your Child’s
Education,” presented by Craig Walker, a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Petaluma. Walker
is also a PEF board member and Chair of the PEF Planned Giving Committee. The one-hour
presentation is free to attend in person or via Zoom. A light lunch will be provided to registered
guests attending the presentation in person. This inaugural lunch hour lesson will take place at
1425 North McDowell Blvd., Petaluma.
The Cost of College & Saving for Your Child’s Education program will cover questions to consider as you establish a college savings plan, strategies to help you reach your goal, and features and benefits of various education savings plans. You can register for the program here or contact PEF at 707.778.4632 for more information.
About the Petaluma Educational Foundation:
The Petaluma Educational Foundation’s vision is to create impactful educational opportunities for
all students in our community. Our mission funds programs that promote critical thinking, creativity,
student well-being, and lifelong learning. The Foundation raises funds from individuals and
business partnerships. Launched in 1982, PEF has awarded $ 8,657,520 to schools and students
through the annual PEF Impact Grant and PEF Scholarship programs. PEF is designated by the
Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization. Our tax
ID# is 94-2847212.
Parent "Emotional Resiliency" Workshop & Connection Circle
Petaluma School District has partnered with the Society for Social Health & Well-Being to offer a monthly series of Social-Emotional Health Workshops and Parent Discussion Groups to provide more support, opportunities to grow & connect as parents (with each other) and foster a greater sense of community.
Each month we will have a theme to be discussed and professionally facilitated discussion and support on areas such as:
- Managing the Screen & Digital Well-being or
- Fostering Health Social Connections for Kids (and us parents)
- New Communication Tools to engage your kids in ways they want to connect
- Addressing Mental and Emotional Health Challenges Head on
RSVP Now for our March Connection Circle!
This is a wonderful way for you as a parent to become more emotionally equipped to support your children (and yourselves), feel supported by other PCS parents, and begin to grow a community of parents you can connect with for years to come!
Where: Kenilworth Junior High (800 Riesling Rd., Petaluma)
When: Monday, March 20, 2023 6:00 - 7:30 PM.
RANCHO JIU JITSU
WHAT CAN JIU JITSU DO FOR YOU?
We are here to answer that question. Our gym is open to all skill levels, from those with just a curiosity to those who want to refine their game. At Rancho Jiu Jitsu, we believe that mastering the fundamentals is the key to mastering the art.
State of Arts Education
The Sonoma County Arts Education Alliance (AEA) will present its annual State of Arts Education on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 beginning at 4:30 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.
Deadline to register is Friday, March 3.
This free, in-person event is a celebration and recognition of vibrant, engaging arts education programs and progress in Sonoma County. Join the AEA to recognize the impact of arts education in the lives of students with inspirational performances, presentations, and exhibits of high quality, culturally relevant, engaging arts education. Learn about the latest funding and sustainability resources. See creative examples, strategies, and collaborations of arts education programming. Network with arts advocates from across Sonoma County and beyond to support equity and access to arts education for all students!
“Attending the State of the Arts Education Symposium inspired me to unite our community around a common strategic arts plan, affording our students more opportunities to express themselves and learn through the arts.” Petaluma City Schools Superintendent, Matthew Harris
March is Arts Education Month! Celebrate with us!
Event from 4:30-5:45. Reception following.
Perfomers and Presenters will include:
Register for this event HERE
Questions? contact firstname.lastname@example.org
PAC Youth Art Show
Please use this link and fill out the form.
Art submission is due March 1
Show runs from: March 23-April 29
Looking forward to seeing all the amazing youth art!
Petaluma Arts Center
La presentación de arte vence el 1 de marzo.
El espectáculo va desde: 23 de marzo al 29 de abril
¡Espero ver todo el increíble arte juvenil!
Centro de Artes Petaluma
Comité de Educación
Rivertown Hoops Team Registration
Inspired by other successful 3 on 3 tournaments in the northwest, the Petaluma People Services Center (PPSC) decided to create the premier 3 on 3 basketball tournament in Northern California. Identifying the need for people to be active, often in smaller urban areas, the idea of hosting an outdoor 3 on 3 basketball tournament was cultivated. The tournament will act as a fundraising
mechanism to rehabilitate local basketball courts and encourage people of all ages to participate in the greatest sport ever created.
The inaugural tournament will be held Saturday, March 18,2023 at Petaluma Junior High School. We are expecting at least 88 teams this year. All non-profits who participate in the tournament, by supplying volunteers, will receive a portion of the profits.
NOTHIN' BUT NET 38th Annual BASKETBALL CAMP Summer 2023
This is our 38th year of Nothin' But Net. Co-Directors are Coach Doug Johnson, former Petaluma Girls Varsity Coach and Coach Eric Hoppes, former Petaluma Boys Varsity Coach. Many players on local high school teams have attended Nothin’ But Net. We are committed to small group instruction, with groups of 8-10 campers to allow maximum instruction. Local coaches and players will assist at camp. For Information call: Coach Hoppes at 766-9963 or email: email@example.com
See flyer or check out the website for full details.
🐾 Meals are free for all students 🐾
Breakfast & Lunch Menus - March
Penngrove Elementary - Home of the #PennPanthers
Location: 365 Adobe Road, Penngrove, CA, USA
Phone: (707) 778-4755