Panda Pulse

September 13th, 2019

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

  • Tuesday September 17th 6:00 pm-6:30 pm Room Parent Meeting
  • Tuesday September 17th 6:30 pm General PTA Meeting
  • Friday September 27th-Sunday September 29th Spirit Weekend Buffaloe Lanes Cary
  • Monday September 30th No School
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Penny Road ES Advocacy Chair Update

Reminder: 2019 is an Election Year!


Local elections have tremendous impact on our day-to-day lives. Yet in 2017 — our most recent odd-year municipal election — only 15% of Wake County registered voters came out to the polls. In 2015, a dismal 12% of folks in Raleigh/Cary voted in the municipal election.


City of Raleigh and Town of Cary Municipal Elections

Early Voting: September 17 — October 4th


Early Voting is available at seven locations in Wake County. For a summary of locations and hours, click HERE.


Election Day: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 {Vote at your designated polling location.}


Municipal Elections for Apex, Holly Springs, and other nearby towns.

Early Voting: October 16 — November 1


Closest early voting location is Apex Community Center. For a list of hours, click HERE.


Election Day: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 {Vote at your designated polling location.}


If you are new to Wake County OR have moved since the last election, click HERE to print and mail a new voter registration form.

Corporate Sponsorships


Each year the Penny Road PTA offers opportunities to promote businesses and services to our school community. The dollars raised by your corporate sponsorship commitment allows us to:

  • Purchase new technology programs
  • Upgrade existing technology and equipment
  • Enhance learning environments
  • Maintain and improve facilities
  • Support essential programming and educational experiences

If you own a local business and are interested in learning more about our Corporate Sponsorships, please contact kerry.lipitz@gmail.com.

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Hospitality Committee

Hello Panda Parents!

We hope the transition back into school mode is going smoothly for our returning Panda's and exciting and fun for our new Panda friends! The classrooms look warm and cheery and the hallways are already filled with artwork and flare...it is easy to see our teachers and staff love what they do!

How can we show these amazing teachers and faculty that we appreciate what they do??!

Cue the Hospitality Committee.

This committee is dedicated to serving the school and our wonderful staff. Whether it be monthly breakfasts and luncheons, organizing staff appreciation week, stocking the lounge or preparing for various staff events...we got it covered!

With 65 staff members your support is of great importance. We can't do it without you! Please consider helping our school by signing up to contribute to these wonderful events. Make sure to download the Konstella app, it is a very useful tool to stay connected with our school community. Please watch for sign-ups and announcements from the Hospitality Committee.

Your first chance to help will be the initial staff lounge sign-up which will be posted later this week. This provides coffee, snacks, paper products and other essentials to these much deserving teachers! It can be as easy as an Amazon order or a monetary contribution. A detailed list will be provided in each sign-up.

This year we are introducing monthly breakfast events. This month we are providing bagels, cream cheese and fruit. You can purchase the items and drop them off the morning of staff breakfast. You can also make a monetary contribution and we will purchase the items on your behalf.

We will be organizing themed staff luncheons. These events are always greatly appreciated by the staff and teachers. The first luncheon will be held on October 16th. Please watch for the sign-up in early October.

If you are interested in staying connected and helping the Hospitality Committee, please reach out! We would love any and all help. It is a fun way to get involved, support our school and show appreciation to our amazing teachers and staff.

Please email or message us through Konstella.

Laura Taylor- laurataylorrn@gmail.com

Edie Marino- emarino777@gmail.com

Lynsey Birne- lyharrin1@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support! The staff, teachers and Hospitality Committee appreciate you! Wishing everyone a great school year!

It is always a good day to thank a teacher!

Hospitality Committee

Beth, Lynsey, Laura and Edie

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INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

Wednesday, October 2nd 2019

Students everywhere will be walking to school today! There are plenty of great reasons to walk to school – less traffic, safer streets, cleaner air, and it’s a healthy and fun way to start the day! If you live close enough to school, consider walking from home, but for those who live a bit further, we will meet at two locations to walk a shorter distance as a group. Here are the details:

Location #1: Cambridge Pool Parking Lot (0.5 miles west of Penny Road Elementary, the first subdivision on your right). Meet us at the Cambridge Pool (you can even park at the school and walk there). We will be walking by Danbury and Kensington.

Location #2: Glenridge Pool Parking Lot (Corner of Autumngate Drive and Kildaire Farm Road); we will cross Kildaire Farm Road and enter Windsor Oaks neighborhood. We will exit there, onto Penny Road, opposite Magnolia Woods. Neighborhoods close by Glenridge include, Stanton Place, Wrenn Meadow, Grey Hawk, Windsor Oaks.

We will meet at these locations at 8:20am and the group walk will commence at 8:30am! Anyone is welcome. For safety reasons all students ­MUST be accompanied by an adult.


SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT: Make a poster to hold as we walk! Include creative designs and what you think is great about walking to school.

Join your child's classroom on KONSTELLA!

Make sure you log-in to Konstella and join your student's new classroom so you don't miss specific grade level communication! Sign up and explore! You'll be glad you did!


From a computer: Log in. Click your name in the top left corner. Click "Your Children" to add/modify your children's classrooms.

From the Mobile App: Click the Settings icon in the top left corner. Click "Your Children".

Birthday Celebrations at School

Does your child have a birthday coming up? This is just a reminder that per state policy, only store bought food items with ingredients listed may be served in the classrooms. Homemade cupcakes, cookies, etc may not be served.



Penny Road, in compliance with Wake County Public School System's Health and Wellness policy, participates in the USDA's Smart Snacks in schools program. Food that is brought in for celebrations, whether it is a birthday or a class party, should primarily contain fruits, whole grains, protein and/ or dairy as the first ingredients.


Not sure what to do for your child's birthday? Healthy snacks, pencils, books for the classroom, playground equipment, and board games are great ideas! Donate a book donate to the library in your child's name (click here for more info) As always, please check with your child's teacher prior to sending anything in!

Join the PTA!

One of the easiest ways for you to support our school is to become a member of the PTA. When you join our PTA, you become a member of the North Carolina PTA. NC PTA leaders work tirelessly to advocate for our public schools! By supporting our school and the PTA, you support these advocacy efforts!


To pay your membership dues online, click HERE. (You will be directed to the MemberHub website used for NC PTA membership.)


To pay by cash or check, please download and print this form and send your payment into school. Checks are made payable to the Penny Road PTA.


If you join the Penny Road PTA AND attend our September 25th General PTA meeting, we will enter your child's name into a drawing to win a Dance Party with Penny the Panda for their class!