Panda Pulse

March 22, 2019

Important Dates to Remember

PTA 411 morning session Tuesday, March 26th from 9:15-9:45am

PTA 411 evening session Wednesday, March 27th from 6:00-6:30pm

NO SCHOOL-Teacher Workday Friday, March 29th

Hawaiian Spirit Day Friday, April 5th

Jellybeans Spirit Skate Saturday, April 6th 5:15-7:00pm

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

  • The Positivity Project - Weekly Character Trait
  • Nominating Committee
  • PTA 411
  • PTA Advocacy Update
  • Jellybeans Spirit Skate
  • Volunteer Spotlight
  • Yearbook Photo submission site

This Week: FAIRNESS

Fairness means that you believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect. Fairness is complex. That’s because it is the product of moral judgment – the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Moral reasoning has been explored and analyzed in two main traditions: the justice reasoning approach and the care reasoning approach.

Justice reasoning emphasizes the use of reason and logic. In justice reasoning, fairness is determined by objectively weighing what is right or wrong, as determined by a group, society, or universal ethical principles. Care reasoning, by contrast, emphasizes care and compassion. This approach uses concepts like empathy – and understanding and accounting for the needs, interests, and well-being of another person – when making moral decisions. Individuals with this quality are often referred to as respectful, just, principled, or moral.

Nominating Committee

It’s hard to believe that the 2018-2019 school year is almost over! The PRE PTA would once again like to thank all our families for such an amazing year! If you are interested in ways you can support our school community as a member of next year's PTA Executive Board, please join us at our PTA 411 on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week (details below)!


Official PRE Executive Board positions:

President

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

Treasurer

Secretary


Keep in mind there are MANY other PTA roles and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. We welcome all interested parties! We have many different positions and committees available to suit different interests, talents, and time commitments.

If you are unable to attend either date or for more information, please reach out to this year’s Nominating Committee via email: Kimberly Sporrer at kasporrer@gmail.com or Tish Hitchcock at tishhitchcock@gmail.com or Desiree Bolibaugh atdesireesb@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!


“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”~Elizabeth Andrew

PTA 411 - You're Invited!

PTA 411 sessions: Tuesday, March 26 from 9:15 am - 9:45 am or Wednesday March 27 from 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. This is an informal meet and greet where you'll have the opportunity to meet this year's PTA Executive Board members, ask questions, read about the roles and learn the ways you can become involved.

PTA Advocacy Update

The NC General Assembly is back in session and here are short blurbs about the most notable school-related bills that have been put forth. Citizens are encouraged to contact their NC General Assembly representatives to express support/opposition. To locate your NC representatives, click here.


Senate Bill 192 The School Security Act of 2019, would give teachers a 5 percent raise to become sworn police officers. The teachers could carry concealed weapons in their classrooms and would have arrest powers under the proposal.

House Bill 216 The School Self-Defense Act, would make it legal for teachers and staff members to carry concealed handguns on school grounds “to respond to acts of violence or imminent threats of violence.”

Senate Bill 28 would restore Master’s Pay for teachers with certain Master’s degrees. This bill requires that teachers who spend at least 70% of their work time teaching a subject related to their Master’s degree would receive a supplement to their current salary. The Master’s Pay supplement was previously removed in 2013.

School Spirit Skate!

Make plans to meet your friends at Jellybeans on April 6th for our private spirit skate fundraiser!! See details below:
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Volunteer Spotlight

Between now and the end of the school year, we will once again be highlighting some of the volunteer positions we know we will need help with next year. We are losing some amazing volunteers to 5th grade graduation at the end of this school year, but we are confident that we will find volunteers who are equally dedicated to fulfilling these roles!


Help us keep Penny Road's campus in tip top shape! We are in need of a family to volunteer their time as our Buildings and Grounds Coordinators. Responsibilities include changing out the planters seasonally, organizing a few campus wide clean-ups throughout the year, as well as, anything else that the committee feels needs to be done! The time commitment is under your control, and the work can be done when it is convenient for you and your family! If you are interested, please email Amy Toland (tolandfam@gmail.com).


We are still in need of a Panda Pulse Editor! The Panda Pulse is compiled each week using Smore.com, an easy-to-use website that allows subscribers to design their own online flyers. Working on a deadline determined by the school administration and the PTA Board, the editor builds the newsletter each week and forwards it to Principal Hoke, the PTA President, and PTA VP of Communications for final approval (typically on Thursdays). Once reviewed, the Pulse is sent out to the school community by our office staff. This position is a great opportunity for someone who wants to be engaged (have their finger on the "pulse" of what's going on), but doesn't always have the time to be at school. If you have any questions, or would be willing to serve in this role, we would love to hear from you! Contact Amy Toland (tolandfam@gmail.com) for more information!

We still need your photos for the yearbook!

We are more than halfway through the 2018-19 school year and we need your photos to make our yearbook special!! Please upload any photos you take throughout the school year! If you've attended parties, field trips, or other classroom events, please share with the yearbook editor! Photos can be uploaded to: https://www.dropbox.com/request/TkBiqSFutPtVq8wp30KF


Contact Mandy Patterson at apatterson5@wcpss.net with questions.