Panther Press

Friday, September 4, 2020

The Pershing Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Principal Message

Good Evening Pershing Families!

Thank you to all of you for hanging in there with us every day through various challenges! Your children are showing up and working hard! We know it has been a very difficult time and are thankful for your partnership. Please, if you continue to have any challenges with technology, please call our office at 916-979-8076 or email me at

When attempting to navigate these Technology tools for learning, if your child is not able to access the tools because of technical problems or internet connectivity issues, email your child's teacher and your child will be marked present. Please also reach out to our office by calling 916-979-8076 to get assistance.

Teachers are also tracking "engagement" in learning, as well. Students who attend their daily Zoom meetings, who participate and interact in Zoom, who complete Google Classroom and See Saw assignments, and other agreed upon work from the teacher, are marked as "engaged" in distance learning.

Progress Reports will be available through the Parent Portal the week of October 6th for 1st grade through 6th grades.

Mental Health Resources: Our main goal is to help students connect, continue to learn and make progress, while supporting their social-emotional well-being. If your child needs additional support for his or her mental health, staff and families may access a new referral resource through SJUSD called Solace.

For more information, visit:

Reminder: No School on Monday, September 7th on Labor Day. School resumes on Tuesday, September 8th.

Student Materials Pick-Up: Grades 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and the 4th/5th combo all have materials that need to be picked-up. Materials will be available in the MPR on Tuesday, September 8th from 7:30a.m. - 5:30p.m. (No material pick-up for TK, K, 4th RL, 5th or 6th grades.) See suggested pick-up schedule below, but be aware families may pick-up at any time between those hours.

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:

  • September 7: Labor Day (No School)
  • September 8: Student Materials Pick-Up for Grades 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th/5th combo (no material pick-up for TK, K, 4th RL, 5th or 6th grades) (see schedule below)
  • September 14: PTO Meeting, 6p.m. - 7:30p.m. on Zoom
  • October 5: Non-Instructional Day (No School)
  • October 6 - 9: Progress Reports sent home for 1st - 6th grades
  • October 12: PTO Meeting, 6p.m. - 7:30p.m. on Zoom
  • November 11: Veterans Day (No School)
  • November 16 - 20: Parent-Teacher Conferences Week
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Lunch Service Begins Tuesday, September 8th - ALL MEALS FREE TO STUDENTS

Pershing will begin serving lunch for students for students on school days from 11a.m. - noon.

Student meals are available to pick-up from 7a.m. - 8:30a.m. (breakfast and lunch)

and 11a.m. - noon (lunch only for those who could not come at the morning hour).

Starting Tuesday, September 8th, all meals will be free to all students.

EVERYONE: Please help us by completing the "Meal App" form online today!

For the most detailed information, visit:

School Funding

Every student who is under a certain income, learning English, or in foster care generates 20% more funding. In districts where at least 55% of students are high-need, they receive even more funding. The dollars generated by high-need students are spent to increase or improve services for low-income students, English learners and foster youth.

To complete the app for your family, click this hyperlink below:

View the Pershing PTO Newsletter here!

View the Pershing PTO Newsletter by clicking this button or the image below:

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.

Orangevale Parks Day Camp (NOT an SJUSD Program)

Grades: 1st-3rd & 4th-6th

As the in-person school year transitions to a distance learning platform, OVparks has transitioned, as well. Introducing our new OVparks Day Camp! This is a recreation-based program that will provide children a safe place to interact with peers, enjoy age-appropriate activities, and time for distance learning. Staff will assist children with adhering to their daily class schedule, computer support, as well as themed recreational activities throughout the day. WiFi access will be available. This program will operate in limited numbers with strict health and safety guidelines. Space is very limited.

Location: Orangevale Community Center Parks, 6930 Hazel Ave.

Instructor: OVparks Staff

For more information, visit:

Grades: 1st-3rd & 4th-6th

Session 3: 9/14-9/25 Dinos & Dragons!

Session 4: 9/28 – 10/9 Disney Adventures

Session 5: 10/12– 10/23 Buggin’ Out

Session 6: 10/26 – 11/6 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


Full Day 7:30am-5:30pm $462/$467

Half Day AM 7:30am-12:30pm $232/237

Half Day PM 12:30-5:30pm $232/237

*Orangevale Parks Day Camps, and any related activities, are not sponsored or associated with San Juan Unified School District.