Panther Press

December 8, 2020

The Pershing Elementary Newsletter

Principal Message

Good Afternoon Pershing Families,

I hope this message finds your families doing well and staying healthy. I have a few important updates to share. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to our school office at 916-979-8076.

Wednesday Instruction - It's back on! As was shared by San Juan Unified School District in the message sent to families on Thursday, December 3rd, the return to in-person learning has been delayed until Sacramento County health data improves. District staff will continue to closely monitor all metrics and post an update to the district website at each Thursday afternoon. Therefore, this Wednesday (12/9) and next Wednesday (12/16) will return to regularly scheduled distance learning instructional days with standard schedules shared by classroom and specialist teachers.

COVID Symptoms, Exposures and Positive Tests: Although we do not have in-person instruction, we are tracking and reporting any COVID -19 related symptoms, exposures and positive test results of students and staff to the District. San Juan Unified School District is assisting families with needed resources, and information on health practices for isolation and quarantining. Accurate data could make important resources available to our District and school. The data is collected and reflected on the District COVID Dashboard, updated twice weekly, which you can view here: COVID Dashboard. We are monitoring this information at our site, as well, and ask that each Pershing community member (student, family members and staff) self-monitor first prior to deciding to come to the school for any school-related needs. Please call us for assistance if you are unable to come to the school for needed materials and are unable due to COVID symptoms, exposure or positive test results. We also ask that you report to us any symptoms, exposures or positive tests as it relates to your student so that our data is as accurate as possible.

For information regarding San Juan Unified School District's Path to Return In Person, please visit: .

For a copy of San Juan Unified School District's Campus Safe Re-opening Procedures and Guidance, please visit: San Juan COVID Guidance

Attendance: Please remember that each day a student does at least one of the following, he or she receives positive attendance credit:

1. Attends Zoom meetings for class

2. Completes any work in Google Classroom (or See Saw)

3. Completes other school work and parent communicates that to the teacher

4. Has technology disruption and contacts the teacher and/or school staff/office

Even if your child misses a live meeting with the teacher, he or she can earn attendance credit by completing even one assignment that day. Please communicate with your child's teacher regarding missed instructional time the same day and any assignments completed to ensure attendance credit. Thank you for all of your efforts!

Yearbook: Yes, we will have a yearbook this year! They are still $20 each until the end of this month, then the cost increases to $25. Yes, we will work with families to ensure every student has their picture in the yearbook and we have creative ideas to help make that happen. If you are interested in assisting us this year with the yearbook creation, we can use your help! Each class would benefit from one lead parent to help with the yearbook pages for their class. Please email me at if you are interested in helping! Otherwise, order your yearbook today and help capture memories of learning together during these unique and memorable times!

To buy your yearbook now, visit

Pershing's school code is: 13201221

For more upcoming events and important dates, please see the calendar list below. If you have questions, please call us at 916-979-8076 or email me at


Mrs. Kendra Shelton

Principal, Pershing

Mark Your Calendars

Below are important events:

  • December 8: Pershing PTO Gear Sales Continue Online!
  • December 9: PTO Meeting on Zoom 6p.m. - 7:30p.m.

    Meeting ID: 868 9573 4465

    Passcode: PTO
  • December 11-13: PTO Family Dinner Nights at Old Spaghetti Factory (Fundraiser only available when you order online at Use code: PERSHING)
  • December 15: School Site Council at 7:15a.m. on Zoom
  • December 15: English Learner Advisory Committee 4-5p.m. on Zoom (new date)
  • December 21 - January 4: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
  • December 31: Last day to buy a Pershing Yearbook for only $20! Online sales only this year!
  • January 5: School resumes through Distance Learning

For more dates, visit or the SJUSD School Year Calendar, go to:

Click this button and become a Pershing PTO Member!

Memberships are only $10 per Family this year! Join today!

Please help us fill up our 2020-2021 School Yearbook!

Parents: Submit pictures of your Pershing students for specific themed pages of the yearbook by filling out this form! Click this button to learn more!

Buy a Yearbook Soon!

Yearbooks are on sale! Yearbooks are $20 each (base price), available online ONLY this year, and will increase to $25 each after 12/31. Visit soon! Pershing's school code is: 13201221

Check-out Library Books from Pershing

Click this button to be redirected to learn how to check-out library books from Pershing for your child!

Need Support for Distance Learning?

For questions specific to the district, visit San Juan's microsite ( designed to provide our community with the latest information about Fall 2020. Here you can find the latest district updates, details about the instructional options available to families, special education services during distance learning, as well as community resources available to support families.

For questions specific to Pershing, please contact our school office at 916-979-8076 or reach out to Principal Kendra Shelton or school secretary Elizabeth Danforth.