March 8th, 2023
"When we talk about empathy and compassion, we have to be able to hear someone’s story and believe them even when their story does not reflect our experience of the world or our lived experience. And we have to believe them even when believing them is painful and holds us accountable in some way for hurt."
PCS is doing a lot of equity work and examining our personal and systemic biases and beliefs and it is hard work! But, it is vital to the success of our community. We must operate with empathy and compassion in order to connect on a human level.
We used to say, "Put yourself in their shoes," but that is not enough. We must trust that their experiences are real for them and support their needs therein. This is a big portion of the work we are doing with PBIS when giving students a chance to share their perspective and needs about an incident. One of the big questions we ask in this work is: "What is the need behind the behavior?" which goes right along with "What is their truth?" I often have to remind myself this with my own children when they are behaving in a less-than-desirable way. Most of the time, my kids just need some mommy-love and a hug. Me, too. ❤️
Just sharing my thoughts and some Brene inspiration with you today. 😊
Stay awkward, brave and kind!
Penngrove Traffic study link
Question of the week from Principal Harp
Each week, I will be sending out a question with which you will be given the opportunity to engage in a new conversation with your child. We all know how hard it is to draw out responses other than, "nothing" or "fine" when we ask "What did you do today?" or "How was school?" Be sure to use open ended follow-up questions and statements such as "Tell me more about that!" or "What did you think of that?" Please ask your student(s) the question below, share their response with us and make our day! You can submit more than one response! (No need to put names or identifying words.)
Did you know that when a student wins a PAW award for their class for the week, they get to come to the office and chose their prize? Ask your student what kinds of prizes we have, AND ask them what prizes they'd like to see that we don't have! Enter suggestions here!
Some examples of current prizes:
Bring 2 friends to have lunch with Mrs. Harp
In N Out burger
Sit in the teachers chair for a day
Yard duty for the day
Productive Mindfulness Workshop - Tomorrow Night!
LAST CALL!! THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE TO YOU
The workshop will take place on Zoom, Thursday, March 9, at 7:00 pm PDT.
The Workshop will be recorded.
- You will need to register for the workshop. Click here to register.
- After you have successfully completed registration, look for a follow-up email with:
- the Zoom link
- Your Workshop Handout
- And, a link to an animated video of a self-help acupressure flow which we will review together
This workshop is part of the Productive Mindfulness School Program, created by Deborah Myers, founder of Deborah Myers Wellness.
The program covers how you can make a difference with your physical, mental, and emotional states of being. And it works for people of ages. There is no cost to you—it is a gift from the PTA!
You will learn how to use self-help acupressure to relieve stress and make life easier for everyone in your life!
There are three parts to the Productive Mindfulness Program:
- First, the teachers attended a workshop on Wednesday, February 15th.
- Second, your students attended a school assembly on March 1st.
- And the third part is for anyone who wants to take part in the workshop on March 9th.
On March 9th, you will discover how to empower your children to succeed.
The Productive Mindfulness Program Helps:
- Introduce mindfulness to improve health & sleep.
- Improve performance on exams, sports, & music.
- Balance emotions for happier interactions.
The Productive Mindfulness School Program offers practical self-help tools that can be used anytime. In less than 10 minutes a day, students can create a more positive, successful school experience.
In this workshop, you will learn a 9-step self-help acupressure flow.
And you will get energy tips that can make a difference in your well-being on all levels!
And, this is easy, fun, and it is effective too.
The workshop will be recorded and made available to registrants.
MAR10 - It's a me- Mario Day! FRIDAY 03/10/23
Celebrate MAR10 day by representing all things Mario Brothers. Mario & Luigi, Yoshi, Shy Guy, Lakitu- its a day to be silly and appreciate that we don't have to fear Bowser swooping in to steal Princess Peach.
Get creative- dress as your favorite character, or wear your favorite Mario shirt- we can't wait!
*please leave all fireflowers & turtle shells at home
International π Day!
Celebrate all things Pi π
Math, pie, infinite numbers.... This one is open to interpretation
7th Annual Penngrove Elementary Lego Contest!
Lego Contest Entry Form
Name ___________________________________ Teacher & Grade _________________________________________ You can build any lego sculpture. The ideas are endless: a house, a car, a boat, an animal, a dance party, a Star Wars ship....anything you want. Keep your sculpture to 150 total lego pie...
Last Call for Lost & Found!
On Thursday 3/9 in the morning all unclaimed items will be collected and readied for donation. Please come and collect your items before tomorrow morning!
Safety Backpacks & Basement Clean-Up Volunteer Days- Spring Break!
Join members of the Penngrove PTA, Principal Harp & other community members on March 29th, 30th & 31st from 9am-12pm for some spring cleaning. The basement is where so much of the magic of Penngrove Elementary gets stored, and it is time for some reorganizing & cleaning.
Click the image above to RSVP!
Any time you can donate, from 1 hour, or all three hours every day- every bit helps!
Please contact Adrien McGoon with any questions- firstname.lastname@example.org
It was recently mentioned that PTA members would like to have
easy access to the Association Meeting Minutes.
Historically, meeting minutes have always been available to current members, upon request.
The minutes are helpful when you are unable to attend the meetings in person,
but would still like to be current on all things Friends of Penngrove PTA.
Going forward, we will be implementing this idea for all current Penngrove PTA members.
You will now be able to access past meeting minutes on our PTA Website.
Please keep in mind- in order to view these documents you will need to be a current PTA member AND logged into the website, as they are for members only.
If you have any trouble logging in, or cannot remember the email associated with your account, please reach out to Sara Caudill, PTA Communications, at email@example.com for assistance.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact any current Executive Board Member
Parent "Emotional Resiliency" Workshop & Connection Circle
Petaluma School District has partnered with the Society for Social Health & Well-Being to offer a monthly series of Social-Emotional Health Workshops and Parent Discussion Groups to provide more support, opportunities to grow & connect as parents (with each other) and foster a greater sense of community.
Each month we will have a theme to be discussed and professionally facilitated discussion and support on areas such as:
- Managing the Screen & Digital Well-being or
- Fostering Health Social Connections for Kids (and us parents)
- New Communication Tools to engage your kids in ways they want to connect
- Addressing Mental and Emotional Health Challenges Head on
RSVP Now for our March Connection Circle!
This is a wonderful way for you as a parent to become more emotionally equipped to support your children (and yourselves), feel supported by other PCS parents, and begin to grow a community of parents you can connect with for years to come!
Where: Kenilworth Junior High (800 Riesling Rd., Petaluma)
When: Monday, March 20, 2023 6:00 - 7:30 PM.
RANCHO JIU JITSU
WHAT CAN JIU JITSU DO FOR YOU?
We are here to answer that question. Our gym is open to all skill levels, from those with just a curiosity to those who want to refine their game. At Rancho Jiu Jitsu, we believe that mastering the fundamentals is the key to mastering the art.
Rivertown Hoops Team Registration
Inspired by other successful 3 on 3 tournaments in the northwest, the Petaluma People Services Center (PPSC) decided to create the premier 3 on 3 basketball tournament in Northern California. Identifying the need for people to be active, often in smaller urban areas, the idea of hosting an outdoor 3 on 3 basketball tournament was cultivated. The tournament will act as a fundraising
mechanism to rehabilitate local basketball courts and encourage people of all ages to participate in the greatest sport ever created.
The inaugural tournament will be held Saturday, March 18,2023 at Petaluma Junior High School. We are expecting at least 88 teams this year. All non-profits who participate in the tournament, by supplying volunteers, will receive a portion of the profits.
NOTHIN' BUT NET 38th Annual BASKETBALL CAMP Summer 2023
This is our 38th year of Nothin' But Net. Co-Directors are Coach Doug Johnson, former Petaluma Girls Varsity Coach and Coach Eric Hoppes, former Petaluma Boys Varsity Coach. Many players on local high school teams have attended Nothin’ But Net. We are committed to small group instruction, with groups of 8-10 campers to allow maximum instruction. Local coaches and players will assist at camp. For Information call: Coach Hoppes at 766-9963 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See flyer or check out the website for full details.
🐾 Meals are free for all students 🐾
Breakfast & Lunch Menus - March
Penngrove Elementary - Home of the #PennPanthers
Location: 365 Adobe Road, Penngrove, CA, USA
Phone: (707) 778-4755