Panther Press

March 1, 2021

The Pershing Elementary Newsletter

Principal Message

Good Evening Pershing Families,

First, thank you to all of our families, parents and guardians, for how hard you are each working to support our students in their distance learning. If I could treat you each to your own favorite dessert, I would! We all deserve a reward for the hard work we have put in getting through these challenges. In addition to continuing to support students and staff in distance learning, our Pershing team is actively working out the nitty-gritty details of the transition to hybrid learning. Preparing for this transition is a new creative adventure - and a sweet one with a reward at the end! Seeing students in person will be so incredibly rewarding!

While we do not yet have a date, we want everything ready for students and staff to be successful when we transition. When this change occurs, it will impact all of us, even if your child is continuing with learning at home through cohort C. I will send updates more frequently so everything is as clear as possible when the time comes to transition. As soon as information is made available to me about specific dates, I will be certain to share it with everyone.

COVID & Hybrid Transition Updates

Every week, the District provides an update here:

This week is Read Across America week and with it we have fun themes for students each day, concluding with "Wear your favorite clothes and read your favorite books"! (See more below.) If your child is in need of additional reading material, please help out and send Mrs. Williams a request for book topics! She will contact you and coordinate a pick-up for books. Just fill out this google form: Pershing Library Form

Thank you, again, as we continue through the challenges of distance learning. The amount of grace and support many of you have provided with a kind word of support to teachers and to staff has made a difference.

Be sure you scroll all the way down to the bottom of this week's Panther Press for more local information from OV Parks and Rec. If you have questions, needs, or suggestions, please reach out. Call 916-979-8076 or email me at Please remember to be safe, continue to practice all those great safety protocols, and be kind to one another.


Mrs. Kendra Shelton

Principal, Pershing

Mark Your Calendars

Below are important events:

  • March 3: Student Materials Pick-Up 7a.m. - 5:30p.m.
  • March 8: No School
  • March 9 - 12: Parent-Teacher Conferences (End of 2nd Trimester)
  • March 11: PTO 6p.m. on Zoom
  • March 16: School Site Council on Zoom at 7:15a.m.
  • March 29 - April 2: Spring Break (No School)
  • April 7: Student Materials Pick-Up for Distance Learning (time frames to be determined)
  • April 12 - 16: College and Career Week

Don't forget - Buy a Yearbook!

Yearbooks are still available on sale for only $25 each and available ONLY online this year. Visit soon! Deadline is March 31st! Be sure to enter the code correctly:

Pershing's school code is: 13201221

Help us by submitting your child's picture for 2 to 3 of the following fun theme pages!

Fill out this form and upload your child's picture here:

Go to this Google Form to upload your child's picture today!

Please only submit 2 to 3 per child total. All pictures must be uploaded soon in order to have them in the yearbook.

Is your child in the yearbook?

Don't delay! Submit pictures of your Pershing students for specific themed pages of the yearbook by filling out this form! Click this button to learn more!

Is your child reading enough? Check out a library book!

Click this button to be redirected to learn how to check-out library books from Pershing for your child!

Buy a Pershing Panther Paw Mask!

Masks are available for purchase on

Each mask is black with either metallic gold or metallic green Panther Paw and one set of clips so the mask size can be adjusted

  • Cotton material-cotton provides a comfortable protective layer.
  • Pocket for filter.
  • Washable and reusable.

After purchase, masks are available to pick-up in the school office.
Connect w/ Pershing Parents! Become a PTO member today!

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

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Need Support for Distance Learning?

For questions specific to the district, visit, designed to provide our community with the latest information about school options and resources related to COVID-19. Here you can also 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.