Panda Pulse

August 6, 2020

Welcome Back Pandas!

Dear Penny Road Students, Staff and Parents,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2020 - 2021 school year. While I am very excited to serve all of you in my third year as your principal, I realize that this year will greet you with uncertainty, questions and in some cases concerns. I would like to reassure you that the Penny Road staff and I are diligently preparing for the year that lies ahead of us and we are looking forward to engaging with our students once again.

This year’s school theme is, “Game On, Panda Strong.” The phrase, “Game On,” generally means to accept a challenge, to get ready, and to do your best. This is what we aim to do. The teachers and staff at Penny Road Elementary School are committed to ensuring that our students receive high levels of excellence as we aim to bring to them the best education possible. To do this, we will continue to focus on our School Improvement Plan (SIP) which states,Penny Road Elementary School will foster a culture that is inclusive, engaging, and relevant for all students to continuously improve towards their full potential while building relationships with students, staff, parents, and the community." We are also seek to:

  • Partner with our school community to engage our learners and meet the needs of all students.

  • Equip students with the social, emotional, and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the real world.

  • Allow students choice and voice with their learning.

  • Welcome all students by engaging in conversations that disrupt stereotypes, biases, and prejudice.

The phrase “Panda Strong,” simply embodies the strength that lies within each of

us. We are strong, we are resilient and we ALWAYS rise to any occasion.

Whether your student is enrolled virtually or in the blended model, we are one

school, with one goal, which is to provide our students with the best education

Possible, because we are PANDA STRONG.

In closing, I am looking forward to another amazing school year in service to our

students, parents, and community. Please see all of the updates listed below. I will keep

you abreast of any upcoming updates that are released.


Mrs. Hoke, Principal

2020 - 2021 Class Assignments

Teachers will email parents within the next few days to share class assignments. Please note, that we are still waiting on information from the District that is needed before we release our final rosters. The email will also include information about our Virtual Meet the Teacher event and a parent survey. The survey is completely optional however, it will provide our staff with general information about your child.

Meet the Teacher Dates

We are getting closer and closer to the opening of the new school year, so here are a few updates for you. Please take note of the Meet the Teacher events. Meet the Teacher will be held virtually and teachers will share the meeting link with you prior to the meeting. Morning and evening sessions have been scheduled for your convenience and you only need to attend one.

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Virtual PRE Parent Academy

To help transition into this school year and to provide parents with a deeper understanding, we have planned a series of learning opportunities for our parents. The PRE Parent Academy is a series of workshops and courses to help develop knowledge, skills, and networks for leading and learning more about your child's education. Space will be limited, however, several sessions will be offered over a three week time period. Mark your calendar for August 20th, 27th and September 3rd at 6:00 pm. Session names and descriptions will soon be shared.

Student Material Distribution Dates

Please mark your calendar for the following dates and times to pick up student materials. Your child will need these materials and we will not be able to mail them. We ask that you make every effort possible to pick up your child's supplies on the assigned date below.

  • August 19th -- Students with last name starting with A-G pick up materials (11:00-12:30)

  • August 20th -- Students with last name starting with H-P pick up materials (11:00-12:30)

  • August 21st -- Students with last name starting with Q-Z pick up materials (11:00-12:30)

  • Any families that do not pick up materials will be given a make up time (Date TBD)

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