Panda Pulse

April 13, 2018

Important Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, April 17th PTA 411
  • Thursday, April 19th Spirit Event at City Barbeque (All Day)

This Week at a Glance

  • City Barbeque spirit event flyer
  • Volunteer Spotlight- Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator
  • SSA Nominating Dates
  • EOG testing dates
  • Penny Road PTA 411
  • Spring Carnival Announcements
  • Fruit and Veggie Challenge Results
  • Teacher requests for 2018-2019
  • Books and Beyond Celebration Save the Date
  • Yearbook Announcement
  • Order your school supplies

Please Note!

Starting Saturday, March 10 and through the end of the school year, please send any Panda Pulse submissions to Amy Toland at

City Barbeque Spirit Event

On Thursday, April 19th City Barbeque will be donating a portion of the proceeds from sales to Penny Road Elementary. This is an all day event so share it with your friends, colleagues and neighbors. All you have to do is show the picture below to the cashier or present the flyer! Thank you for supporting our school!
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Volunteer Spotlight

This week's spotlight: Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Students in grades 3 through 5 are placed on teams that are coached by parent volunteers. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to a local Wake County competition. This year, Penny Road had two teams continue on to compete at the state level. Last year, a Penny Road team even went on to compete at the world level. As a coordinator, you are responsible for initiating communication with families in the beginning of the year, soliciting parent volunteers, dispersing information and serving as the liaison between the program, the participants, parents and coaches. Our current chairperson is a 5th grade parent who is leaving Penny Road. If you would like to see this program continue and are willing to help coordinate this, please email Amy Toland at

Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) Nomination Window open April 13-26th

SSA is a program for students working approximately 1.5 to 2 years above their current grade level in math or reading. Students may be nominated for either MATH or READING, but NOT both subject areas. The nomination window is open from April 13th -26th at 4:00 PM. Any nominations received after 4:00 PM will NOT be accepted. Please contact Ms. Hamilton at for any questions about the program, testing or how to nominate your student. Use SSA for (Student Name) as the subject of the email.

Things to consider before nominating your student:

  • Is my student working 1.5 to 2 years above their grade level?
  • Will my student be okay with transitioning to a different classroom at a higher grade level for math or reading each day?
  • Would my student be okay with going to lunch/specials/recess with a different grade level if the schedule does not align school wide for math and reading times?

3rd-5th grade parents mark your calendars for EOG testing!

A message from Mrs. Grove...

End Of Grade (EOG) testing dates have changed from what was posted on the website previously. This is due to June 11th being removed as a makeup day. All EOGs must be completed in the last 10 days of school. The testing window now begins on May 25th because of that change. It is extremely important that students are present on the days that their EOGs will be administered. If you are able to volunteer to help on these testing days, log in to Konstella to see the sign up! Parents and volunteers play a vital part in making sure our EOGs are proctored and run smoothly.

Please e-mail Lisa Grove,, if you have any questions. Thank you so much!

May 25th- 3rd Grade Math

May 29th- 3rd Grade ELA and 5th Grade Math

May 30th- 4th Grade Math, 5th Grade ELA

May 31st- 4th Grade ELA, 5th Grade Science

June 4th- 3rd Grade RTA test for select 3rd grade students

Join us for a PTA 411!

Please join our 2018 Nominating Committee for a PTA 411 on Tuesday, April 17th at 9:30 am in the cafeteria to learn more about the various ways you can get involved. We have many different positions and committees available to suit different interests, talents, and time commitments. If you want to be involved, there is a spot for you!

We encourage anyone who might be interested in the following executive PTA board positions:


Vice President of Fundraising

Vice President of Volunteers

Vice President of Communications

Vice President of Education

Vice President of Programs

Vice President of Special Programs



to reach out to our Nominating Committee: Barb Wright (, Amber Olah ( or Beth Potts (

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Spring Carnival admissions, food sales, and raffle tickets go on sale this Friday April 13th! Forms will be sent home in student’s Friday folders. Please be sure to purchase raffle tickets now for special pricing and receive more chances to win one of our fabulous class raffle baskets! Want a chance to win some cash, purchase 50/50 raffle tickets! Families can preorder carnival food now to make for easy dinner plans the night of carnival! Send in your order forms by April 27th or go to the Penny Road PTA website to make online purchases! Preordered tickets and wristbands will be sent home in your child’s folder before the event date. Thank you for all your support and looking forward to seeing you all at carnival!

Jennifer Greco & Denise Rose- 2018 Spring Carnival Chairs

Silent Auction and raffle basket announcement

Our famous silent auction is going online! From May 1st-10th, our auction will be open to online bidding. On May 11th, we will transition to a live in-person auction the night of the event. Click the link below to take a look at some of the awesome items we have already secured for bidding. We are adding items daily, so be sure to check back often. If you have any questions or any items you might be able to contribute to our auction, please contact Lindsay Tremelling,

Our fabulous raffle baskets will be available for preview on the following days:

Wednesday, May 9th:12:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Thursday, May 10th: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Friday, May11th: 8:30 am to 11:30 am

Results of our Fruit and Veggie Challenge

A VERY BIG THANK YOU and WELL DONE to all of the families who participated in our March “Eat your fruits and veggies” challenge! We had wonderful participation and the kids seemed really engaged and excited about trying so many foods. We had some standout “tasters” and COMMENTS we would like to recognize from each grade and one outstanding teacher who tasted almost all the foods!! Please know we received so many great entries with so many different foods tasted that we wish we could give awards to everyone! Hopefully, you all had fun doing it!

Kale Me Crazy in Waverly Place has awarded a FREE SMOOTHIE to each of our winners.

Taste Buds Kitchen in Beaver Creek has awarded one lucky participant with a $25 gift certificate toward a cooking class.

We are pleased to announce our winners …

Teacher winner - Michelle Leroy

5th grade - Lizzy Chitester (Leroy)

4th grade - Ethan Craig (Roll)

3rd grade - Semaj Pedro (Wells)

2nd grade - Alex Gibb (Finez) * Grand Prize Winner!

1st grade - Sienna Craig (Deaton)

Kindergaten - Henry Lipitz (Beddingfield)

We would like to award Honorable Mentions to three great entries complete with drawings and/or writing pieces shown below...

Giana Greco

Avery White

Kylah Hitchcock

Classroom requests for the 2018-2019 school year

If your child has a specific need that should be considered for classroom placement for the coming school year, please write a letter to our new principal, Mrs. Hoke.

Include in the letter:

1. Your child’s name and grade level for the 2018-19 school year

2. Important considerations about your child to keep in mind when making class lists

3. Teacher qualities that would best meet your child’s need

*Requests will not be honored that list teacher names.

Please turn in all written requests to the office by May 4th. All requests should be sent to the office through the mail or hand delivered by an adult. Requests received after this date will not be considered.

Save the Date for our Books and Beyond celebration on Friday, May 18th

The Books and Beyond committee would like to thank all of the parents of our Kindergarten and 1st grade classes for encouraging your young readers to participate in this program this year. The program officially ends on April 30, 2018. Sheets will be collected through May 1, 2018. No additional sheets will be collected after to ensure the committee completes the work for yearend recognition. Please make sure your avid readers continue to submit their sheets.

Coming home this week you will receive an update of how many sheets have been submitted as of March 31, 2018.

Families may plan to attend our Books and Beyond Celebration on Friday, May 18th in the gym. Kindergarten students will be recognized beginning at 9:30 am and First grade students will be recognized at 10:00 am.

Yearbooks are Coming

Our parent volunteer photographers and our yearbook editor have been working tirelessly all year to assemble our fabulous Penny Road yearbook! Within a few weeks, your child will bring his or her yearbook home. The process to purchase the yearbook is exactly like the process to purchase school pictures. If you would like to keep your child's yearbook, simply return the payment to the school. If you choose not to keep the yearbook, return it to your child's classroom teacher!

Order your school supplies for the coming school year!

You may now order your school supplies for the coming school year and check something off of your summer "To Do" list. Simply click on the link below and follow the instructions. Your child's supplies will be waiting in their classrooms for them at our Back to School Open House or on their first day!