Penngrove Press

August 2, 2018

A Parent's Perspective

When I sat down to write a little something about my thoughts on Penngrove I was immediately hit with the amount of pride and love I have for this school. The electric happiness that emanates from the staff, to the sweet, energetic, loving kids running... I mean walking ;) the halls. The generosity of the parents each year at our annual jogathon, to the wonderful moments and programs we are able to provide the kids throughout the year.

I can most easily describe this school as my family’s “happy place”. The kids feel safe and loved, and as a mom I know they are as such between the hours of 8 and 3. We, as parents, put many hours of thought into where our kids will go to elementary school. I am thankful everyday that I chose this magical place as my kids’ second home for 7 years of their childhood; and if you are new to Penngrove, I know you will too.

Thank you to all the parents for helping to make the magic and wonder at Penngrove, we appreciate you and can’t wait to spend another year working with you!

Jamie Norman, PTA President

What's Happening at Penngrove?

Week 3 of school and so much has happened! The library is open for business, Coach Keaney kicked off P.E., self-portraits are almost complete, Mr. Nettell has been visiting our classrooms, the Garden & Environmental Education program is underway, music classes have started, new friendships are being made, and all our teachers and students are working hard in their classrooms!
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Which Class is Winning the "Sweet" PTA Contest?! Joining the PTA is Sweet!

Our PTA membership drive is off to a great start. We already have over 120 members! Law/Sartori's class is currently in first place, Ciccotelli is in second, and Moreda and Weaver are tied for third. Remember, the class with the highest percentage of PTA members by Oct. 31 wins a class party!

PTA membership is just $10/adult and new this year, we are offering $5 student memberships. The student membership allows the student body to have a voice in what they would like to see on campus, especially since they work so hard to earn that money for our Jog-a-thon. There will be two student PTA meetings this school year run by Jamie Norman, PTA president, with an agenda specifically focused on what students think is important at the time. This is a great opportunity for the kids to be involved with the PTA! Please email Shannon Gilmore at if you have any questions!

Lifeskill's awarded on Wednesday, August 1. Lifeskill: Citizenship

Kaden Rafalo Jacqueline Lua Daniel Acosta Jacob Rantissi

Laney Schafer Max Arent Emma Maxwell Beau Dunaway

Robbie Huffman III Jonathan Moreda Loretta Mertens

Dylan Mainaris Cooper Lang Mason Beach Angelina Panfiglio

Lucia Ciccotelli Trinity Segura

Wanted: Noon Yard Duty Supervisors & Crossing Guards!

If you are interested in joining our supervision team and getting paid to play with kids and help them problem solve, please email Mrs. Fadeji. We also are ready to hire our next Penngrove Crossing Guard! Is it you?! Email Mrs. Fadeji ASAP!


In an effort to streamline communications this school year, the Penngrove Press is now the central location to find all school wide Panther information. The Penngrove Press newsletter will be emailed at least twice per month - you won't want to miss any of the publications!

In addition to a more frequent distribution, the newsletter will include PTA updates plus insight into the campus with articles by staff members and input from our students. Your child's teacher will continue to communicate as discussed at Back to School Night. Room Parents will no longer be responsible for forwarding PTA related messages.

To ensure you are receiving the latest news on campus, add the newsletter contact as a favorite in your email ( and check your spam folder.

Here is the 4-1-1 on where you can get the 4-1-1:

1- Penngrove Press sent via email and always available on the school website:

2- Remind: Text @penngrove to 81010 to receive to receive text messages from Mrs. Fadeji.

3- Social Media:


Instagram - NEW!


All school social media accounts are public so you do not need an account to view our posts. Our social media accounts will include reminders for events and school activities included in the Penngrove Press plus show pictures showing the fun that we have on campus.

Thank you for taking the time to read about your students' school environment. Being informed in the best way to be involved in their education!

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Message from your PTA

Get Involved - Thanks to everyone who signed up at Back 2 School Night!

Don’t forget-- We want volunteers who do what they can, when they can, and nothing more. These healthy boundaries leave room for more joy in our events and projects, and the kids will feel the love!

If you haven’t yet, please sign up here on the Google Sign up Sheet

This will get you informed about specific tasks so that you can decide how you want to help. If you would like to chair an event or don’t know where to begin, we’d love to hear from you!

Contact our Friends of Penngrove PTA President, Jamie Norman at or 707-495-6106

AWESOME TURNOUT at the First PTA Meeting of the school year! Thanks for coming!

Our next meeting is 9/10/18 at 8:45am in the library.

Fundraising -- Most of the fundraising events you hear about throughout the school year raise money to send every sixth grader to camp in the spring. Learn more about camp here.

The Jogathon is our biggest school-wide fundraiser of the year. This event raises money for School Improvements and Classroom Discretionary Funds. It continues to fund Enrichment Programs such as the Garden & Environmental Education Program, Family Fun Nights, and social-emotional learning with Mr. Nettell. Currently, some of these funds are being used to build an Epic Lego Wall and a Gaga Pit, which has nothing to do with the Lady, and everything to do with our kids having a safe and awesome play space!

This year's Jogathon is set for Friday, September 7th.

Sponsor the event t-shirts & promote your business for $500.

Pledge envelopes will go home soon so please stay tuned for more about the Jogathon!

Sync your calendar with the Penngrove Calendar!

Use this link:

Tip: Go to settings, accounts and passwords, add account, other, add subscribed calendar, copy in the URL. On the next page, let it all just default, don't enter username and password.

What’s on your mind?

Please email your questions, comments, ideas, short stories:
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Message from Outdoor Education, Class of 2019

Our next Dine and Donate is Wednesday, August 22 at Brewster's in Petaluma. Come on down and enjoy a beverage and a meal. This indoor/outdoor restaurant is kid and dog friendly. 15% of your bill will help send our current 6th graders to camp!

Thank you for continuing to support Outdoor Education!

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Reminder: Back to School BBQ/Movie Night is this Friday!

This year's Back to School BBQ/Movie Night starts at 6:30pm and is on campus here at Penngrove SCHOOL!

Bring the whole family! Hot dogs and popcorn will be provided at no charge and loads of sweet treats and drinks will be for sale to benefit Outdoor Ed, Class of 2019.

There will be prize drawings for all those who have submitted their PTA membership envelopes before the movie starts (8:15!), so be sure to enroll to win! Prizes include Jump Passes from Rebounderz, Gift certificate from Caprara’s Pizzeria, small toys, and more!

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From our Library ..

Library volunteers wanted! Not only do you get to work with our lovely librarian, Mrs. Lutz, but you get to help students research book titles, help them look for topics of interest, and check out books. If you are interested, please fill out this FORM.
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Girls on the Run signups

Girls on the Run starts August 28! Girls in 4-6th grades are welcome to join this fun program that will encourage more physical activity, make friends, and learn new lifeskills. Girls meet twice per week after school to train and the season ends with a 5K.

Registration deadline is August 17. Flyers will be going home in folders this week.

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Mileage Club Help Wanted

Mileage club starts soon (most likely on Thursdays)! We are in need of regular volunteers during lunch time recess to help tally the laps around the track for each child (approximately 1 hour of time). Help is needed for both lower and upper grades. This is a very easy and fun way to get to know the kids. Laps are tallied and written on a form and at the end of the year we honor those kids that ran. The goal is a half or full marathon. Please email Christie Brindmore at if you would like more information!

Wondering who is teaching what and if we have any new faces on our staff? Check out our Team Penn slideshow!