Penngrove Press

August 15, 2018

What's Happening at Penngrove?

We had a successful Back to School BBQ, thank you to the PTA for organizing!


Our much anticipated painted rock river was laid out by our lovely 6th graders, come and check it out!

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REMINDER: Adults should never use student bathrooms while on campus!!!!

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Can we play on playgrounds after school?

Great question! Glad you asked! Our playgrounds are closed from 2:45pm until 3:15pm to allow everyone to get home safely. Also, before school, the kindergarten playground is reserved for kindergarten students only. Thank you!
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Jog-a-thon is coming on Friday, September 7th!!!! YESSSSSS!!!!!

Our Jog-a-thon relies on coordination from staff, teachers and volunteers to make the busy day run smooth! This year we are dividing volunteer shifts into 30 minute slots allowing everyone time to cheer on their students. We recommend for you to volunteer before and after your student is on the track. Grade level track times are listed in the Station 3 column on the chart in the linked document.

Although the sign-up sheet is long, it will help us stay organized and allow students to feel supported during the event. Our goal is to have 10 volunteers from each grade level! SIGN-UP LINK IS HERE! However you are able to help, we THANK YOU!

We encourage parents to cheer students on while walking/jogging the track. Hold up handmade signs, blow bubbles, shake pom-poms, spray water...anything to keep up the motivation! The cheering section is anywhere in the grass around the track and we will have chairs set-up in the shade for spectators.

Here is the link to donate online via PayPal. Please share this link with friends and family far and wide!

If you're considering being a Jog-a-thon sponsor, click here to read the benefits of sponsorships!

Message from your PTA

PTA Membership Drive - If you haven't joined the PTA yet, please sign up!

Membership envelopes are available in the office. Everyone can join! The class with the highest percentage of PTA members by October 31st will win a party of their choice!

Membership is $10 per adult.

New this year-- Student membership is $5/student. Students will be invited to join in Student PTA Meetings this year where they will have a chance to give us their input!

Involve Yourself! - Thanks to all the parents and grandparents and others who are helping however they can! This is one of the reasons why Penngrove is such a special place for our kids.

If you haven’t already, please sign up here to be informed about how you can help!

The next PTA Association meeting is on Monday, September 10th at 8:45 am in the library. Hope to see you there!

The First Ever Back to School BBQ & MOVIE NIGHT was a huge success!

(How do we know? The spontaneous dance party gave it away.)

Thanks to everyone who was there! Special thanks to the amazing folks who made it all possible:


Roy’s Chicago Dogs

Mark Calkins

Costco Rohnert Park

Penngrove market

Safeway, Sonoma Mtn Pkwy

Manzana Products

Kids Bouncing Fun

Oliver’s Market

Raley’s Petaluma

Trader Joe’s

Target petaluma


Caprara’s Pizzeria


Village Children’s Boutique

Raley’s RP

Full Circle Bakery

Emily Lynch


Dave Gilmore

Juliet Acosta

Tammy Walker

Liz & Josh Erickson

Ashley Cacs

Meghan Walton

Veronica Goulet

Kelsey Noble

Gael Grove

Drew Grove

Jason Jones

What’s on your mind?

Please email your questions, comments, ideas, sonnets:

PE and Penngrove in Motion Update from Coach K

PE is off to a great start this year! During week one our younger students walked, skipped and danced their way through activities designed to show them how we do PE while the older students completed a team challenge/what do you remember ‘quiz.’ We talked about trying our hardest even when the day’s activity isn’t our favorite and how we can apply the golden rule to PE. This month our life skill is respect and I anticipate many conversations about how to respect teammates, equipment and our shared learning spaces. The kids have done an awesome job working through the heat and remembering to wear comfy clothes and shoes.

Penngrove in Motion (PIM) also started off with a bang— and some fun beats! PIM is part of our PE time each week so the kids are expected to get their heart rates up even if they don’t like to dance; walking or jogging in place is always an acceptable substitute. With that said, dancing is an excellent way to fire up your brain activity while improving your balance, core strength and cardiovascular fitness, and we strongly encourage parents not to stand and watch but to get out there and shake a leg with the students. The kids love it and no doubt you’ll produce a few endorphins before heading out.

Supporting the Penngrove Library

Dear Families of Penngrove School,

Once again, we would like to invite you to purchase a Junior Library Guild subscription for our library in honor of your child(ren). A bookplate will go inside each book with your students name and date. Your child(ren) will be the first to check out these special books. Please click this link for more info:[]=elementary

We will send home a half sheet next week for you to fill out which category you would like for your family's choice. For each added category this year the library will get 12 free books from Junior Library Guild.

Thank you for your consideration and your support of our school library. We are changing the lives of our children for the best one book at a time!!

From Mrs. Lutz in the Library

Mrs. Lutz would like students to have as many library books as they need. Because of our limited time during class visits, they will be checking out 1 or 2 books at that time. Please stop by any time (schedule is posted on the door) to check out more books with your kids. The Library is closed on Mondays. Thanks!!

Lawrence Hall of Science Assembly

We were thrilled to bring the Lawrence Hall of Science back this year to Penngrove on 8/3! This year's festival, "Build, Engineer, Invent!" challenged our students to design their own stomp rockets, use robots to create one-of-a-kind artwork, and engineer their own marble roller coasters, to name just a few of the stations. This experience also provides a safe space for students to take engineering risks and figure out how to improve their designs.

Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who made this day a success, we couldn't do this without you! School assemblies are funded through the Penngrove Jog-a-thon through the PTA, thank you FOPPTA!

This month's Lifeskill: Respect!

Awarded on Wednesday, August 8th.

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Message from Outdoor Education, Class of 2019

We hosted a fundraiser yesterday (Wednesday, August 15) from 4-8pm at Rebounderz in Rohnert Park. Thank you to all of you who came down and jumped for 4 hours!

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!

Support Penngrove with the Amazon Smiles Program

Do you shop at Amazon? If so, be sure to shop through the Amazon Smiles program. It takes less than 5 minutes to get started Once you are set-up and shop through the Amazon Smiles website Penngrove Elementary receives quarterly donation disbursements.

How to Get Set-Up for Amazon Smiles:

  1. Go to:
  2. Sign in or create an Amazon account
  3. Type "3925 Friends Of Penngrove Elem Pta" into the Pick Your Own Charitable Contribution search bar
  4. Press Search
  5. Press Confirm once the Penngrove PTA information is displayed
  6. Click Yes to confirm that you will use the Amazon Smiles website to support the school
  7. Press Confirm
  8. Start shopping!

Last school year we received $161.68 dollars from Amazon Smiles and our goal is to earn $300 this year. When we reach that goal, Amazon Smiles will be able to pay for one field trip bus. One of the programs supported through PTA, is to provide one field trip bus per classroom per year. This saves parents from driving, allows us to schedule more trips and provides a fun experience for our students.

As always, thank you for supporting our school!

An update from Penn STEM!

Welcome to another year full of hands-on projects and activities in our Penn STEM program! In case you don’t know me, I’m Adrienne Olufs and I’m the STEM Coach for our school. I get to go into every classroom and work with every student! Our projects and activities range from grade level specific to school-wide. We focus work on fostering a growth mindset, flexible thinking, and the engineering design process in a project-based learning environment.

We started our work in grades 2-6 with a mini-challenge where students were asked to engineer and create a self-propelled “vehicle” using a given set of materials. We discussed challenges and failure points with suggestions for improvement for next time.

Our first project is a school-wide cardboard challenge, inspired by Caine’s Arcade. This is our third year with this project and students are very excited! In each class, students have started their design process by brainstorming the characteristics of what they consider a great arcade game. They are now working on a detailed sketch (or blueprint) of what their game will look like. Future design plans include sourcing supplies, writing instructions, and much more!

We’re asking students to bring their own box and materials needed to build their arcade game. We will have duct tape on hand and stations where students can get help from adults with any cutting that they need done. In a few weeks, we’ll send home the official list of supplies that your student needs to create their specific arcade game but please talk with your child about their ideas to start gathering supplies ahead of time if you can. Sometimes finding the right materials can be inspirational!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Our community build and play day is Friday September 21st. You’ll soon find an official invitation to this school-wide event in your child’s Wednesday folder. We’ll also send the volunteer sign-up link in the next Penngrove Press. If you have a sheetrock knife, power tool, or something that YOU can bring to use at our “cutting station”, we encourage you to sign up!

Look for more info about this day as we get closer. In the meantime, talk with your child about supplies that you can gather for their arcade game and sign up if you can help out. Thank you!

Click here for the Caine’s Arcade video

Penngrove Art Enrichment

Every year we kick off our art program with self portraits! Every class has completed theirs so look for them soon to be hung all around our multi-purpose room (where assemblies are). Each grade level is taught a different portrait lesson as follows:

Kinders: Pencil sketch & crayon

1st Grade: Pencil sketch & colored pencils with watercolor background

2nd Grade: Pencil sketch & colored pencils

3rd Grade: Pencil sketch & watercolors

4th Grade: Romero Britto inspired, pencil sketch & markers

5th Grade: Modigliani inspired, oil pastels

6th Grade: Manga inspired, pencil sketch & colored pencils or markers

Some of the other projects we have been busy with:

Dot projects (stay tuned for our Dot Day art show in September)

Kinder Lines & rainbow colors (marker & paint)

1st Grade Ice cream cones (crayon & watercolor)

2nd Grade Picasso (oil pastel)

3rd Grade Ted Harrison landscapes (acrylic paint)

4th Grade Toucans (oil pastel)

5th Grade Blue Dog (tempera paint)

6th Grade Mandalas (pencil & sharpie)

If you are interested in helping with your student's art lesson, please email their teacher or, we love art helpers!

Update from the Garden and Environmental Education Program

Our G.E.E. program is up and running and lots of things are happening! Click the link below for all the info!

Girls wanted for: Girls on the Run!

We need more girls to make our Girls on the Run team! 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 on Tuesdays and Fridays, 3-4:30pm to train and the season ends with a 5K.

Registration deadline is August 17. Sign up with the flyer that was sent out last week or you can email

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