Penngrove Press

February 5th, 2020

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Where Has Mrs. Fadeji Been?!

Dear Families,

In case you are wondering where I've been the past two and a half weeks, I've been stuck! Stuck in my office, having way too many difficult conversations with students about the choices they are making. Don't get my wrong, I've been able to celebrate quite a few amazing things as well, BUT it's not quite spring yet, so this trend has me a little worried. So many of our students are making great choices daily, but EVERY student could benefit from some brush ups! So can we as the adults, right?!

Would you be willing to join us in increasing your meaningful family conversations and giving reminders about kindness, respect, thoughtfulness, and inclusion? Here are some conversation starters thanks to a quick Google search. Have fun with these!

  • If you could design your own school, what would it look like?
  • What would be the most fun birthday celebration you could have?
  • If you could invite any person to dinner, who would you invite?
  • If you could take a trip anywhere, where would you go?
  • If you were a teacher, what would you teach? A certain class? A certain grade?
  • When you are an adult, how will you parent differently?
  • If you won $1000, what would you do with it?
  • If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?
  • Name three things you are grateful for.
  • What sound really bothers you?
  • What do you do when you’re feeling really angry?
  • Who is the funniest person you know? Why?
  • What do you do when you see someone being teased?
  • Describe yourself in five words.
  • If I could do one thing to be a better parent to you – what would it be?
  • What do you worry about the most? Why?
  • What do people like about you?
  • What is the best thing about our family?
  • Who is someone you admire right now? Why?
  • Have I ever not noticed when you were sad?
  • How do you react when your feelings are hurt? Does it help?
  • What do you like best about your friends?
  • What don’t you like about them?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • What scares you and why?
  • What’s your favorite family tradition?

With love,

Mrs. Fadeji

Global School Play Day Was SOOOOO Fun!

We were proud to participate in #GSPD2020 this year! This was Penngrove's 5th year participating in this grass roots effort to restore unstructured play to a generation of kids. Students from over 75 nations participated. Check out Global School Play Day's website for more info and be sure to check out all the great things our teachers tweeted about on Twitter today too! Our school's hashtag is #pennpanthers and our district hashtag is #petk12. Wahoo!
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Could you give one hour a week?

Hello Penngrove Panthers. We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. As we begin February and our days get longer it is time to think of our amazing students currently waiting to get a mentor. We have 8 Penngrove students currently waiting to meet their mentor. Several of them have been waiting for 2 years! If you have one hour a week or a relative, neighbor or friend with one hour a week please consider becoming a mentor and a friend to one of these students. Please contact Sarah Keiser 707-332-5969 skeiser@wrmm.orgwith questions or to become a mentor.

Lost & Found: An Opportunity for Responsibility!

Missing some clothes at your house?! It might be time for a responsibility reminder!
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Last week, our Chief Business Official, Chris Thomas, met with an architect and civil engineer regarding the possibility of redesigning our family parking lot to improve traffic flow. A site committee is in the process of being developed to meet in mid-March to review possible designs and provide input. While we are still a ways out on this one, the project is projected to be completed in September/October of 2020. Exciting steps ahead!

In the meantime, thank you for ensuring the staff lot remains a staff parking lot. There should not be any parking along the driveway up to the staff parking lot. The driveway is too narrow for cars to go in and out as well as to accommodate parking.

Other parking lot reminders as always:

  • Be kind and assume positive intent.
  • Turn right when leaving the family parking lot.
  • If you are entering the parking lot coming from Old Redwood Highway and making a left hand turn into the parking lot (across a double yellow), it is not safe or legal to hold up traffic on Adobe Road while "waiting for someone to let you in". Please use the Petaluma Hill Road/Adobe Road traffic flow to enter the parking lot when at all possible.
  • Use crosswalks at all times.

Penny McPanther Came to Play Today!

Thanks for kicking off the life skill of the month today, Penny! Kindness is one of our favs!

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February's Life Skill is: KINDNESS!

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These 2nd graders are finding evidence of kindness all around!

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Penny overheard this crew whispering on the playground about the potential of a NEW play structure coming in the 2020-21 school year! Shhhhhh....
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Last Call - Paper Box Tops

Unfortunately, the Paper Box tops program is coming to an end. Please round up any remaining paper box tops you may have and turn them into the office by February 21st. Thank you!


Every year Google runs their Doodle for Google contest open to students K-12. Goal is to design their iconic Google name on their search page. This year's theme is "I show kindness by ..." Winners are chosen from different grade categories (K-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12). Various prizes are awarded (finalists receive $5k and a paid trip to Google headquarters, grand prize is $30k scholarship and $50k for their school and of course the art will be on the Google search page!)

For details go to For past winners click HERE. I have a prepaid entry envelope if your student wants to send it with other Penngrove entries. Please bring in art on required entry form to the office attention Kris Thomason. Questions please email Entries are due by March 13th.

Sonoma County Teacher Of The Month

K-Hits 104.9 contest - Nominate a special public school or public charter school teacher in your life!

El condado de Sonoma está bendecido con algunos maestros excepcionales.


Very important!

The liability waiver you sign on Aeries will not cover upcoming PTA events. If you do not return a waiver for your child they will not be able to participate in PTA events.

You may not have seen this in the past. Our events have reached a new level of fun, including things like jumpies and obstacle courses. The waiver is being sent home with students and will allow your child to participate in these fun activities. We would never add anything that you haven’t already seen at birthday parties and local fun centers.

If you have specific concerns, please contact us:

Thank you!

Could your business sponsor the Penngrove talent show?

Promote your business with an ad in the program! We have space for 20 sponsorships, available on a first come first serve basis. Black and white business card sized ads are $100/each. Sponsorships allow for free admission to this event for all families.

Show your support here:

Contact with any questions. Thank you for your support!

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