Panther Press

November 8, 2020

The Pershing Elementary Newsletter

Principal Message

Good Evening Pershing Families,

The 1st International Friendship Week, November 9-15, at Pershing

Please share with your children this flyer for International Friendship Week: (It is also posted below the video.) The video below was created by a student who helped to begin International Friendship Week two years ago. This year will be Pershing's first year celebrating friendship together in this way. In a time when we are separated for our safety, our connections with each other are even more important. Pragna also mentions "Super Friends" and how they are friends with everyone and towards everything, and are always inclusive. For ideas to support building friendships, consider visiting:

The Return to In-Person Learning SURVEY is still open for those parents who have not completed it, yet. Please complete it today! Thank you to the families of our 368 students who have already responded to the survey sent out by San Juan Unified School District the Friday before last. If you have still not completed the survey, please go to the website listed below or call our school office tomorrow for support. Please be sure to visit the website for further information and complete the survey indicating your preferred selection for your student(s) for each model the District is considering.

This very important parent survey can be found here:

To find your Student's District ID Number, please sign into the SJUSD Parent Portal or call our school office:

Reminder: No School Wednesday or Friday

We have no school this Wednesday, November 11th, Veteran's Day, and no school on Friday, November 13th, as it is a Teacher Work Day. The end of the first trimester of school is this Thursday, November 12th.

Parent-Teacher Conferences November 16-20

Please be sure to read all communications from your child's teacher to sign-up for your Zoom Parent-Teacher Conference, which will be held the week of November 16-20. For some classes, there may be slight changes to the schedule to allow for teachers to have enough time to meet with each family. PE, art and music classes will still occur at their scheduled times, so please be aware.

PTO Fundraisers

PTO has a Family Dinner Night on November 12th at Noodles & Company on Sunrise Blvd. from 4p.m. - 8p.m.! Also, the PTO will be selling various pies for $21 each. Orders are due November 12th and pies will be available for pick-up at Pecan Park on Thursday, November 19th from 1 - 7p.m. Order online today at

PTO Meeting and Zoom Link

The Pershing PTO will meet tomorrow, Monday, November 9th at 6p.m. on Zoom.

To join the Zoom Meeting, you must first have a Zoom account, which is free with any email.
Meeting ID: 817 0524 7389
Passcode: ROAR

For more upcoming events and important dates, please see the calendar list below. If you have questions, please call us at 916-979-8076 or email me at


Mrs. Kendra Shelton

Principal, Pershing

International Friendship Week 2020 Introduction Video

Mark Your Calendars

Below are important events:

  • November 9 - 15: International Friendship Week
  • November 9: Pershing PTO Meeting 6p.m. on Zoom:
  • November 11: Veterans Day - No School
  • November 12: Noodles & Co. PTO Family Dinner Night 4-8p.m. (on Sunrise Blvd) Mention Pershing when you order! If ordering online, use the code GIVING25 at checkout. Cannot be used for delivery.
  • November 12: 8p.m. Last day to order a pie through the PTO!
  • November 12: Last Day of the 1st Trimester
  • November 13: No School (Teacher Work-Day)
  • November 16 - 20: Parent-Teacher Conferences Week
  • November 17: School Site Council - 7:15a.m. on Zoom
  • November 19: Pie Pick-Up at Pecan Park from 1p.m. - 7p.m.
  • December 1: English Learner Advisory Committee 6p.m. on Zoom
  • December 2: Student Material Pick-Up (TK - 6th grades)
  • December 31: Last day to buy a Pershing Yearbook for only $20! Online sales only this year!
  • January 5: Hybrid/In-Person Learning Scheduled to Begin (more information to come)

For more dates, visit or the SJUSD School Year Calendar, go to:

Become a Pershing PTO Member Today!

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

Please help us fill up our 2020-2021 School Yearbook!

Parents: Submit pictures of your Pershing students for specific themed pages of the yearbook by filling out this form! Click this button to learn more!

Buy a Yearbook Soon!

Yearbooks are on sale! Yearbooks are $20 each (base price), available online ONLY this year, and will increase to $25 each after 12/31. Visit soon! Pershing's school code is: 13201221

Check-out Library Books from Pershing

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 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.