Panda Pulse

February 2, 2018

This Week at a Glance

  • Odyssey of the Mind support needed
  • Poe Center Terrific Teeth
  • PTA Meeting Special Guest Speaker
  • Penny Road Pacers
  • Flu Season Reminder
  • Journey Pictures
  • Snow Make-up days
  • McDonald's Spirit Night
  • Golf & Tennis Classes

Dates to Remember!

Tuesday, February 6: Read to Achieve 3rd Grade Parent Presentation, 5-6 pm

Wednesday, February 7: Yoga returns with Ms. Holly!
Thursday, February 8:

-Penny Road Open House for prospective families, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

-2nd grade Wax Museum, 6:30-7:45 pm

Friday, February 9: Early Release at 1:15 pm

Tuesday, February 20:

-School Store
-PTA Meeting

Free Weights needed for Odyssey of the Mind student team!

Our Wood Wonders (balsa) team needs MORE free weights to test the structures they are building. We are looking to BORROW or for DONATIONS of free weights that are disc-style and that have a center opening that can easily clear a pipe that has a 2-inch diameter. (Photo included for examples of the kind of weights needed.) We would love to have these weights soon, as our team is needing to test structures each weekend between now and the Regional Tournament on March 3rd!

If you can help, PLEASE contact Jessica Vollmer at or Amanda Rhodes at

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Mrs. Martin wants to invite each of you to the Poe Center for Health Education for their Terrific Teeth program on February 3. Check out the link for more information and details!

3rd-5th graders-PRE Pacers wants you!

Penny Road Pacers is back. All 3rd - 5th graders are invited to join Ms. Martin for this weekly training event. Do you love walking or jogging? Have you ever thought of participating in a 5k race? Then this club is for you! This is a six week training clinic to learn about pacing, cross-training, stretching and healthy eating leading up to the Cary Road race on April 14. No previous jogging experience required! Sign up by February 16 with Ms. Martin!

Upcoming PTA meeting features special guest!

Please plan to join us in the Creative Commons on Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 pm for our quarterly PTA meeting followed by a special presentation by Dr. Kristen Wynns of Wynns Family Psychology. Dr. Wynns is a therapy, testing and custody specialist for children, adolescents and families. She is the author of the book “The No Wimpy Parenting Handbook”. Dr. Wynns will be presenting on this topic following our PTA meeting. More information about Dr. Wynns can be found on their website

Flu Season

We have been able to remain really healthy through this flu season and we want to make sure we keep on this track. Please make sure you keep your child home when they are sick. Remember that children should be fever free for 24 hours before they can come back to school. It is so important to all of us to keep our children safe and healthy.

Journey Pictures are In

Strawbridge Studios is offering Penny Road families Journey Pictures. If your child has been at Penny Road, for 3+ years, you will receive this compilation of all of their fall school pictures. If your child has not had 3 fall pictures taken while at Penny Road, you will receive a special set of Valentine’s Day photos in your Journey packet.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these sheets, please keep the ones you would like and return the rest of the packet with your payment. Please do not cut any of the photo sheets! If you do not wish to purchase any of the Journey photos, please return the entire envelope to your child’s classroom teacher. These pictures may have already come home or will be coming home soon, so keep an eye out for these adorable keepsakes!

The deadline to purchase pictures and return the envelopes is Thursday, February 15.

Snow Make-up Days

To help with your family planning and general organization, here is a listing of the snow make-up days for Penny Road.

As a weather make-up day for:

January 5 - School will be in session Monday, February 19.

January 17 - School will be in session Thursday, March 29.

January 18 - School will be in session Monday, June 11.
January 19 - NO make-up day is required.

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