Panther Press

January 24, 2021

The Pershing Elementary Newsletter

Principal Message

Good Evening Pershing Families,

Progress Notices

As we enter the last week of January, Progress Notices will be posted through the San Juan Portal for parent and student viewing by tomorrow evening, Monday, January 25th. Please remember that any student with a grade of a 1 or a 2 (Below or Approaching Standards) will receive a Progress Notice. During Distance Learning, I am finding we have many more Progress Notices than is typical. We have six more weeks before the end of the trimester, which provides a solid amount of time to focus in on key areas where more attention may be needed, or to ask for assistance from your child's teacher. If you have questions about your child's Progress Notice, please contact your child's teacher.

Student Routines and Structure: The Keys to Success!

One common thread that I have heard, both as an educational leader and as a parent myself, is that students need that sense of routine and structure each day to be more successful in their school work. Please encourage your child to treat each school day as much as possible like a normal school day by expecting the following:

1. Wake-up early enough to have breakfast before classes begin online.

2. Dress for success! Encourage your child to wear typical and comfortable clothes as if they were going to school in person.

3. Have your child ready to learn with his or her device (Chromebook) and materials at a table, kitchen counter or desk (not in bed!).

4. Encourage your child to have his or her camera on as much as they can to show the teacher their understanding. Although having cameras on is not a requirement, teachers can only respond to student understanding if they have communication (messages in chat about the lesson, or verbal and/or visual responses).

When we do have the opportunity to return to in-person learning, having followed these daily recommendations will also make the transition back to school in-person so much smoother. If you need other supports or suggestions, please visit:

iReady Assessments

Many classes continue their iReady assessments this week through the first week of February 12th. Students will be assigned and asked by their teacher to complete the iReady Reading and Math Diagnostic Assessments. Teachers use these assessments to determine student's instructional growth and current need. Teachers have asked me to emphasize to parents to please not help your child on the questions on these assessments. When parents help on the questions, it invalidates the results.

What can I do to help?

To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to:

  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessment.

  • Try their best on each question and try not to rush.

  • Work for 20 minutes and take a break.

  • Take your time

  • Try not to worry about questions they do not know—remind them that it is expected they will get only about half of the questions correct.

  • Use paper and pencil to show work for math questions.

If you have questions about the iReady Diagnostic, please reach out to your child's teacher.

If you have other questions, please call us at 916-979-8076 or email me at


Mrs. Kendra Shelton

Principal, Pershing

Mark Your Calendars

Below are important events:

  • January 25: Progress Reports post online on the Portal (possibly by evening)
  • February 3: Student Materials Pick-Up, 7a.m. - 5:30p.m.
  • February 8: English Learner Advisory Committee Meeting on Zoom, 6p.m. - 7p.m.
  • February 10: PTO Meeting on Zoom, 6p.m. - 7:30p.m.
  • February 15 - 19: NO SCHOOL
  • February 22: School Resumes
  • February 23: School Site Council on Zoom, 7:15a.m.
  • February 29: Deadline for all Yearbook photo submissions. Please upload pictures for the yearbook here:

Don't forget - Buy a Yearbook!

Yearbooks are still available on sale for only $25 each and available ONLY online this year. Visit soon! Be sure to enter the code correctly:

Pershing's school code is: 13201221

Help us by submitting your child's picture for 2 to 3 of the following fun theme pages!

Fill out this form and upload your child's picture here:

  1. Fundraiser Nights (Baskin Robbins, Chipotle, etc.) This weekend Jan. 10
  2. 1st Day of School (holding grade level signs/by front doors) & School Spirit Days
  3. Fall/Halloween
  4. Holiday/Christmas
  5. Quarantine Puppies/Pet Fashion
  6. Covid Fashion-Fun Masks
  7. Cooking/Artsy photos
  8. Hobbies/Interests/Chores
  9. Outdoor Fun
  10. Virtual Leaning at home
  11. Doing Art/Music/PE

Go to this Google Form to upload your child's picture today!

Please only submit 2 to 3 per child total. All pictures must be uploaded soon in order to have them in the yearbook.

Is your child in the yearbook?

Don't delay! Submit pictures of your Pershing students for specific themed pages of the yearbook by filling out this form! Click this button to learn more!

Parent Leadership Academy

The Family and Community Engagement Department will be hosting a virtual session of the Parent Leadership Academy starting February 3rd, 2021.

Parent Leadership Academy is a 6-week parent education series that empowers families to gain a greater understanding of our educational system, current district initiatives, and parent leadership opportunities. Classes will be hosted every Wednesday from 6-7:30pm via Zoom in multiple languages. The Zoom log-in information will be posted on 30 minutes prior to the start of the meetings.

We encourage all parents who are interested in leadership roles to apply. Applications can be found online in all languages at If a family cannot complete the application, we will have time during the first meeting to assist them.

Completed applications can be returned via email to

Buy a Pershing Panther Paw Mask!

Masks are available for purchase on

Each mask is black with either metallic gold or metallic green Panther Paw and one set of clips so the mask size can be adjusted

  • Cotton material-cotton provides a comfortable protective layer.
  • Pocket for filter.
  • Washable and reusable.

After purchase, masks are available to pick-up in the school office.
Connect w/ Pershing Parents! Become a PTO member today!

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

Is your child reading enough? Check out a library book!

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, designed to provide our community with the latest information about school options and resources related to COVID-19. Here you can also 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.