Penngrove Press

September 4th, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Fadeji...

Wow! What a day we had at Penngrove! The Cardboard Challenge was AMAZING! Creativity, teamwork, flexibility, and pride were on the faces of our #pennpanthers. I am so proud of their commitment to taking risks, being brave, and learning from failure. Lessons for us all!

A special thanks to:

  • Mrs. Olufs, our STEM Coach, for creating such meaningful learning experiences
  • Pacific Sanitation for providing a dumpster and covering the cost of recycling
  • The MANY family members who showed up to support our students (especially on the same week of Jog-a-thon!)
  • All who donated materials, cardboard, and supplies!
  • Team Penn for your flexibility, participation, and encouragement

The excitement is building for Jog-a-thon!!!!!! As a reminder, if this feels like a LOT of hype....IT IS! And it's all worth it for the amazing opportunities we are able to provide for our students thanks to the generosity of this community. Instead of having a multitude of small fundraisers throughout the year, we are strategic about planning one HUGE event to support our mission and vision. Thank you so much to all who are working so hard to make this day SUCH a blast for our students and community. We guarantee a fun day for all!

Fall break is only 12 school days away! The last day of school is Friday, Sept. 20th. Students resume class on Tuesday, October 15th.

Looking forward to finishing this week strong with a ton of fun and lots of celebration! Thanks again to each of you for making Penngrove such a special place.



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JOG-A-THON is THIS FRIDAY, September 6th!

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It's not too late to volunteer at Jog-a-Thon!

If you are able to help, please sign up for as many volunteer slots as you would like. Thank you! Volunteer related questions? Email Jackie Fletcher at

What to expect throughout the day:

8:10 am: Teachers will be opening their classrooms at 8:10 to allow students time to change into their t-shirts before school starts. Parents, please check in with your teachers to see if they need help during this time!

First Things First: collecting all Jog-a-thon pledge packets. Please remember to place your child’s pledge packet in their backpacks for collection first thing in the morning.

Second: Distribute student swag bags (including a water bottle, t-shirt and fun surprises) to each student in their classroom. All items will be labeled with the student’s first and last name.

8:30 am: Capture a school wide photo on the amphitheatre stairs!

The schedule for the day is below. We will not have snack recess but we will have our normal lunch times: TK/K 11:45- 12:30 and grades 1-6 from 12:30-1:15.

We are also having a dance party from 1st to 6th grades on the blacktop at 2:35. TK/K is welcome to stay after school and join in on the fun!


We encourage parents to cheer students on while running/jogging/walking the track. Hold up signs made from home, blow bubbles, shake pom-poms...anything to keep up the motivation! The cheering section is anywhere in the grass around the track.

As a reminder, during Jog-a-thon, the track is for Penngrove Panthers and staff only. Siblings and parents must be off the track at all times.

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Online donations must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 5th and include the student name(s) in the notes to be counted towards individual donations received.

Please encourage your student to collect as many pledges as possible! In addition to cash and check donations, we offer online options through PayPal and the PenngrovePTA website.

Students are encouraged to ask friends, relatives, and local businesses to chip in what they can to help our school. Students can even create an online fundraising page to make it easy for friends and family from near and far to contribute!

In case you missed it -- All the Info and Sign ups are in One Place!

When will we find out?

We will announce the total funds raised from the Jog-a-thon on Monday, September 9th after Penngrove in Motion.

Once again, thank you all for you time supporting your student and our school community! Go Penngrove Panthers!

Do you have Questions about Jog-A-thon?

Please contact Jamie Norman or Melissa Morelli in person or via email with any questions.

Thursday, Sept. 19th ~ Take the night off, you deserve it...

...and let us do the cooking for you! The class of 2020 wants lighten your work load by offering a delicious Tri-Tip dinner with a twist. Enjoy a freshly bbq’d Tri-Tip along with bread and salad. You’ll find our pesto pasta to be a delightful twist to our annual bbq dinner. Feed your family, save your self some time, and help support the class of 2020! Order online at or return order form to the office.


When uploading, please make sure to upload photos to the appropriate album It makes it very difficult if there are duplicate photos in different albums & we will only look in the specific albums for photos. Photos uploaded to the wrong albums will not be used.

When uploading photos for the class collage pages, please make sure that all kids in the photo are in that specific class. If they're not, feel free to upload the photo to around campus or another album.

To upload "class photos" please double click on "class photos", then double click on the grade level you'd like to upload to, then double click on the specific teacher.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Thank you so much for contributing to the school yearbook, we appreciate the help! We would also love parents to volunteer to take pictures at any PTA/ school event. If you volunteer to take pictures at events, we do not expect you to get everything, but any little bit helps. We are also looking for a classroom photographer for every class. It's super easy and can be done while you volunteer. Just take a couple of photos each week and by the end of the year, we have plenty of photos for a class collage. Please contact Samantha Mertens or Jackie Fletcher if you are interested in this. Samantha will hold a meeting with anyone willing to do this for their child's classroom. Thank you again!

Link to Google Drive to upload photos-

Link to sign up as class photographer-

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This years theme is "LOOK WITHIN"


Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 students are encouraged to submit original works of art in one or more of the following categories: • Dance Choreography • Film Production • Literature • Musical Composition • Photography • Visual Arts

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Art Docent Program - Volunteer Opportunity!

Petaluma City School’s unique Art Docent Program has been providing quality art education to 7 elementary schools for over 18 years. Funded by the generosity of Petaluma homeowners through Parcel Tax Measure D since 2000, this volunteer based program integrates State Standards and Curriculum with art lessons to introduce students to the world of art and how it fits into their world both in the classroom and outside of the classroom.

Interested in volunteering?

No previous art experience is necessary. All supplies and training are provided with a step-by-step script with tips to teach a lesson. All you need is a love of children and the desire to bring art into the classroom!

Our program brings the "A (ART!)" in STEAM to the classroom with lessons that integrate Science, Technology, and Mathematics, with Art.

Contact info:
Alyse Breece
Coordinator-Art Docent Program
707-778-4958 or

Looking for a Job? Petaluma City Schools is hiring!

Petaluma City Schools is currently hiring! Careers around the District are available in transportation, maintenance, grounds, custodial, food service, as well as classroom instructional assistants. Hiring managers will be in attendance and we offer a competitive salary, health and welfare benefits, and a post-employment retirement. Come join us in serving the students of Petaluma City Schools!

Monday, September 9th

4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Family Resource Center at McDowell School

421 S. McDowell Blvd.

Petaluma, CA 94954

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