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March 29, 2019

Important Dates to Remember

Hawaiian Spirit Day Friday, April 5th

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

Spring Concert Thursday, April 11th @ 7:00pm

NO SCHOOL-Spring Break Monday, April 15th - Monday, 22nd

Classes Resume Tuesday, April 23rd


  • The Positivity Project - Weekly Character Trait
  • Message from the 5th Grade Tea Chair
  • 5th Grade Tea Photos
  • Nominating Committee
  • FREE Documentary Screening - You're Invited!
  • Jellybeans Spirit
  • Volunteers Spotlight

This Week: HUMOR

You like to laugh and bring smiles to other people. Humor is a sense of playfulness and lightness. It is a way of looking at and describing the world that brings laughter to people. A person with the strength of humor is skilled at seeing the funny side of things, bringing smiles and laughter to others, and identifying and communicating the absurdities in life. People with this strength don’t specifically need to be joke tellers, although many are. Individuals with this strength are often referred to as funny, witty, hilarious, amusing, or playful.

A Message From the 5th Grade Tea Chair

I am so grateful to every parent who kindly volunteered to help with last Friday's 5th Grade Tea! Thank you all for giving so generously of your time and for making this year’s Tea a very special and memorable event for our 5th graders.

I would like to say a special thank you to the Tea committee members (Volunteer Coordinator: Jennifer Greco, Greeter Coordinator: Lea Ann Baker, Room Coordinators: Amy Gresko & Alice Tate, Music Coordinator: Laurie Cockman, Tea Coordinator: Colleen Trevaskiss, Sandwich Coordinator: Patricia Moore, Dessert Coordinator: Abby Slee, Photography Coordinator: Rosemarie Brady, Food-Allergy Coordinator: Linda Derricks, and Decorations Coordinator: Tammy Pittman). Without your presence and assistance in the days leading up to the event, this long-standing tradition would not have happened. Your support and great ideas were a tremendous help.

Also, thank you to the 5th grade teachers for being so patient with me and for your continued guidance throughout the planning process. Lastly, thank you to the special guests for attending the Tea and making the afternoon such a wonderful occasion for the students. I love this Penny Road Elementary tradition, and I am so honored to have had the opportunity to chair this great event.

With Much Appreciation,

Denise Rose

5th Grade Tea chair

Fifth Grade Tea Photos

The Fifth Grade Tea Committee has set up a photo share site on Shutterfly for our families to enjoy. If you'd like to share the images you captured or download memories from the special day, please visit

Nominating Committee

Wow! 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 or extended board, please reach out to us.

Official PRE Executive Board positions:


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



Keep in mind there are MANY PTA roles and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. We welcome all interested parties! There are many different positions and committees available to suit different interests, talents, and time commitments. For more info, contact our Nominating Committee via email: Kimberly Sporrer at or Tish Hitchcock at or Desiree Bolibaugh

We look forward to hearing from you!

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


Please join Farmington Woods Elementary School PTA for a free community screening of "Resilience, the Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope", a one-hour film and discussion. This film is for ADULT audiences only.

When: April 24th at 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Farmington Woods Elementary School, 1413 Hampton Valley Rd., Cary

Childcare: Provided for children ages 5-12 years. If you need childcare, please email:

About: The event is hosted by NC Public Schools First and Farmington Woods PTA. The movie follows children who experience ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and provides insight into how these stresses affect their minds and bodies -- and it outlines strategies communities and schools can take to positively impact these children's lives.

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!

Corporate Sponsorship is an important component of our PTA’s fundraising efforts. Our goal is to raise $5000 in sponsorships for the coming school year. This job is ideal for 1 or 2 volunteers who will be responsible for soliciting the financial support of local businesses, as well as, larger companies who may offer financial support to schools. Most of this work is done from home or the office and involves phone calls, emails and follow up. We have existing paperwork to help get the volunteers started. The PTA president and the Vice President of Fundraising are also available to work closely with these volunteers for advice and input.

    • 1-2 volunteers working as a team.
    • Time commitment: The time commitment is probably 30 hours over the course of the year, but of course it depends on how the process goes. The goal is to have most of the sponsorships completed shortly after the start of the school year. Throughout the year, there is some follow up required.