Penny Road Elementary School

Virtual Open House

Welcome from Principal Hoke

Kindergarten Welcome Video

Dear Parents & Guardians

Welcome to Penny Road Elementary School! We are so thrilled and delighted about welcoming our new little Penny Road Pandas to PRE. While many of you were able to attend our tours and Open House this winter, we realize that you may still have a few questions about kindergarten. This newsletter will answer some of the most frequently asked questions along with other helpful information. In this welcome newsletter, you will find the following documents:

  1. Welcome Video from Principal Hoke

  2. Virtual Orientation - featuring all PRE Kindergarten Teachers

  3. Virtual Tour of our beautiful and amazing school campus

  4. The link to our website for general information and updates

  5. Kindergarten enrollment information

We look forward to supporting your families as you transition to Kindergarten at Penny Road Elementary, where RELATIONSHIPS, INNOVATION, and DISCOVERY happen!

With Warm Regards,

Mrs. Hoke, Principal

All About Kindergarten Presentation

Click on the Virtual Open House link below.

Penny Road Elementary School Virtual Tour

Welcome to Penny Road

A Message from our Librarian

Hello, future Penny Road families! My name is Mrs. Platts and I am the school librarian at Penny Road Elementary. In addition to being the school librarian, I also teach technology to grades K-5. I spent twenty years as a classroom teacher and have been the librarian for the last six at Penny Road, where I’ve taught for eighteen years.

My main focus with kindergarten is to help all of our little pandas develop a lifelong love of reading...reading is the foundation for all learning. Students in kindergarten participate in real-aloud story times that introduce them to fiction/nonfiction, literary genres, parts of a book, authors, foundations of research and basic knowledge of library organization.

Kindergarten students learn basic computer skills such as logging in, mouse practice and keyboarding. Digital citizenship is taught so students will learn how to communicate and collaborate safely and responsibly when using technology... we are creating habits that can have a lifelong impact. Fun apps are used and basic coding skills are taught. Students get to apply their coding skills with our school robots, Dash and Dot. There is never a dull moment in the library!

Mrs. Platts,



Welcome New Penny Road Pandas! I am so excited to meet you and join you on your physical education journey in elementary school. My name is Christine Martin and I have been teaching at Penny Road since 2007. I have a passion for physical fitness and teaching children how to stay active and healthy. I am an avid runner and enjoy baking, cooking, reading, gardening and being a Buffalo Bills football, UNC basketball and football fan. Go Bills and Tarheels! I am mom to two incredible grown young men who reside far away in Boulder, CO. In Kindergarten Physical Education my focus is on teaching essential body management skills such as personal space, general space and moving in open space safely with others; helping students to develop into skillful movers. My curriculum integrates health-fitness concepts, teaches and promotes physical fitness as fun all while developing teamwork, sportsmanship, and cooperation. Kindergarten students will be introduced to motor skills such as skipping, galloping, jumping, running and hopping; manipulative skills, such as throwing and catching and balance skills. Physical Education is "education through the physical ''. My aim is to develop students' physical competence and knowledge of movement and safety, and their ability to use these skills to perform in a wide range of activities that are associated with the development of an active and healthy lifestyle.

Mrs. Martin,

Physical Education Teacher


Hi, my name is Mrs. Binnick, and I will be your Art Teacher at Penny Road Elementary School. I have been teaching for 18 years, and the past 12 of those have been in the art classroom. I have two kids of my own who attend Penny Road Elementary. When you are in art specials this year, you will be able to draw, paint, color, glue, cut, sculpt, and experiment with many art materials. You will get to learn about artists, talk about artwork, and even learn about art all from around the world. Art class is fun and you will learn so much! I am excited to meet you, and I am sure that you have so much creativity to share during art specials classes, I look forward to seeing what you will create.

Love, Mrs. Binnick,

Art Teacher


Welcome to the Music Room - a place of creativity and discovery! I am Yvonne Koch, the Music Specialist. I have been teaching for over 30 years, and the past eleven have been here at Penny Road. In Kindergarten, students have the opportunity to let their inner musician shine through singing, playing rhythm instruments and movement activities. Students learn basic music concepts such as beat, rhythm, pitch, and dynamics. Regularly exposing my students to classical music develops critical thinking skills and helps build a life-long appreciation of the performing arts. Imagination is at the heart of creativity and is encouraged through different musical games and play. Towards the end of the year, students have the thrill of performing for parents!

Mrs. Koch,

Music Teacher


My name is Jeanna Leauma and I am proud to be the school Counselor at Penny Road Elementary. For the last 14 years I have enjoyed being a Panda and treasure the relationships that have developed with students, staff and families within the PRE community. Next year will be my second year in this role and I am eager to continue developing a comprehensive school counseling program that includes regular lessons in the classroom, as well as small group and individual student support focused on education, prevention and intervention. Kindergarten is very special and important year for all students. This is the year that students begin to develop their identities as learners and citizens within the community. Some of the fun lessons I teach include Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head to explain the school counselor's role, hula hoops to learn about personal space and so much more. I look forward to meeting all of the new kindergartners in the fall of 2020.

Mrs. Leauma,

School Counselor

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration

If you have a rising Kindergartener you can now register online.

Need technical support? Contact PowerSchool Registration support online or at 866-434-6276.

Iniciar una solicitude en espanol para 2020-21

You MUST select the year 2020-2021 when filling out your application.

Your child must be 5 years old on or before 8/31/2020.

Please note that your application is not complete until all original required documents have been delivered to our campus and received by our Data Manager.

Once schools re-open, you will be asked to submit hard copies of all required documents at your child’s school. Prior to schools re-opening, some parents may be required to bring documents in person, using safe distancing guidelines. Families will be contacted to schedule an appointment should this be necessary.

International Students

Some families will be required to register through WCPSS' Center for International Enrollment or CIE. If you are referred to CIE, you'll be contacted initially by telephone. They will first ensure that you have the documents families need to enroll your child in school. When that is completed, a staff member will help you fill out all the forms you will need to register your child and provide you with general information regarding public schools as well as answer questions you may have.

Required documents to enroll your child

  • A certified copy of your child's birth certificate
  • Proof of your Wake County address (current water, gas, or electric bill in parent's name, newly signed lease, or offer to purchase agreement).
  • Photo ID of parent or guardian
  • Your child's immunization record (if available)
  • Academic records from previous schools (if available)
  • Any custody documents.

CIE staff will assist with the completion of the enrollment process and will communicate with base school staff once the family is ready to complete the additional enrollment steps at the school.