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May 4, 2018


On behalf of everyone at Penny Road Elementary, we would like to officially welcome our new administration! Mrs. Gia Hoke officially became the principal on Tuesday, May 1st. A few months back, Mrs. Patricia Williams joined us as our new assistant principal. We are excited to have them both with us and working as a team to support our staff and students!

Important Dates to Remember

  • Friday, May 4th Food Truck Friday - Join us for lunch!
  • Wednesday, May 9th Basket Raffle Preview - 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Thursday, May 10th Basket Raffle Preview - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

  • Friday, May 11th Basket Raffle Preview - 8:30 am to 11:30 am

  • Friday, May 11th Penny's Beach Blast 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 15th General PTA meeting at 9:30 am

This Week at a Glance

  • Spring Carnival Announcements: auction and basket preview info, volunteer all-call!
  • Teacher Appreciation Celebration May 4th-May 10th
  • Volunteer Spotlight- Veteran's Day Celebration Chairperson
  • General PTA meeting
  • Yearbooks are here!
  • Books and Beyond Celebration Save the Date
  • Chess Club announcement
  • WCPSS family survey
  • Order your school supplies


The 2018 Spring Carnival Silent Auction is open for online bidding through Thursday, May 10th at midnight! With over 130 items available, we are confident you'll find something you can't live without. Preview and bid on auction items HERE and please check back often. Late donations are still arriving and being added as they come in!!

Added bonus for auction participants: if you purchase a BUY NOW item before online bidding ends, your name will be entered into a drawing to win 50 raffle tickets for use on carnival night!!

Class Baskets and Collaborative Art Pieces will be on display in the Flex Lab next week. You simply have to see them in person! Raffle tickets will be available for sale during the preview.


Wednesday, May 9th:12:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Thursday, May 10th: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Friday, May 11th: 8:30 am to 11:30 am

Thank you for participating! Good luck!

Click here to volunteer for the spring carnival

We are in need of adults and students to make our night a success!

Donate to the Bake Sale and Cake Walk

Not a baker... store bought works!

Teacher Appreciation Celebration May 4th-May 10th

Our Hospitality Team has been hard at work planning our Teacher Appreciation celebration!

Here is what we have planned:

Friday, May 4th- Food Truck Friday with Bull City Street Food & Poblanos Tacos and More Thank you all for your tremendous support sponsoring our staff!

Monday, May 7th- Mocktail Monday Light refreshments and drinks provided by the Hospitality Team

Tuesday, May 8th- Tidy Up Tuesday Just in time for spring cleaning! Help your teacher restock classroom cleaning supplies and organizational items. Recommended items: Lysol wipes, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, dry erase markers, dry erase cleaner, dry erase board erasers, tissues, magic erasers, goo-gone

Wednesday, May 9th- Wish List Wednesday Students are asked to bring in one item to help restock depleted classroom materials. Most requested items include card stock paper, vibrant color paper, markers, crayons, Crayola supplies, small dry erase boards, gift cards (for colored ink), child size headphones, pencil sharpeners, folders. Gift cards to Stone’s Teacher Store, Staples, A.C. Moore and Amazon are also welcome!

Thursday, May 10th-Thank you Thursday Students are asked to draw a picture or write their teachers a note of thanks.

Volunteer Spotlight

Please note: We are still in need of an Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator, as well as, a Yearbook Editor. If you would like to see both of these programs continue at Penny Road please contact us.

This week's spotlight: Veteran's Day Celebration Chairperson

The Veteran's Day Celebration is a time honored tradition at Penny Road that everyone loves! In the past we have collected Halloween candy from the students to be donated to the USO. We have had the USO come and bring the Color Guard. We have had students read poems. The PRE chorus performs under the direction of Mrs. Koch, and we honor friends and family of Penny Road staff and students who have served through a slide show.

    • 1-2 volunteers

    • Time commitment: What you make of it.

If you would be willing to take over the yearbook project, please email Amy Toland at

Final PTA meeting at 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 15th

Please plan to attend our final General PTA meeting of the school year at 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 15th in the gym! We need all of the support we can get! The following items are on our agenda:
  • Voting in the following nominees to our Executive Board for the coming school year:

President- Amy Toland

Treasurer- Amber Olah

Secretary- Desiree Bolibaugh

Vice President of Special Programs- Beth Potts

Vice President of Fundraising- Barb Wright

Vice President of Volunteers- Kimberly Sporrer

Vice President of Communications- LaTisha Hitchcock

Vice President of Education- Andrea Finucaine

Vice President of Programs- Denise Rose

  • Voting on any current budget amendments, as well as, voting in our new budget for the 2018-2019 school year.

  • We will be recognizing and thanking the families whom we know are leaving Penny Road who have generously donated their time over their years here.
  • We will introduce the Dillard Drive Middle School Principal and you will have the opportunity for a Meet and Greet after the meeting.
  • We will officially welcome Penny Road's new principal, Mrs. Gia Hoke!
Lastly, our sweet Kindergarten students have a very special music performance for us!

Yearbook payments are due

By now you should have received your child's yearbook! A big thank you to this year's editor Denise Rose! She poured her heart into those pages and it is wonderful! If you would like to keep your child's yearbook, please pay ASAP. You may online here (click on the word Yearbook) or send a check for $17 to your child's teacher made payable to Strawbridge Studios. You may pay cash as well but please send the exact amount. If you do not want to pay to keep the yearbook, please return in to your child's classroom teacher!

Books and Beyond Program is Completed

Congratulations to all of our Kindergarten and 1st grade students who participated in another successful year of Books and Beyond. The program wrapped up on Monday, April 30th and sheets are no longer being collected. This will allow our Book and Beyond team to accurately tally up the number of sheets collected and books read for our final celebration on Friday, May 18th. Parents are welcome to attend the celebration. Kindergarten students will be celebrated at 9:30 am and 1st grade students at 10:00. Thank you for all of the support you gave our students!

Chess Club announcements

Chess Club has officially ended for the school year. There are no more Friday morning meetings. Please mark your calendars for our year end celebration on Thursday, May 10th from 4:00pm to 5:00 pm. More details, as well as, a sign up will be coming out via Konstella. Thank you to all of our Chess Club participants!

Last day for WCPSS Family Survey

Wake County Public Schools has launched a districtwide family survey to learn more about you and your child’s experiences in our schools. You should have already received an email regarding the survey and survey link. Thank you to the Penny Road Families who have already completed it!

If you have not done so, please take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey between now and May 4th, 2018.

If you no longer have the email, the survey can be found at the following link:

Please contact with any questions about the survey or if you have trouble accessing the page.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback!

Order your school supplies for the coming school year!

If you have never done this before, you will be amazed at how easy it is! Our Penny Road teachers have generated the lists! Simply click the link below to order. You have the option to add art supplies that Mrs. Gardner has requested and you may even donate funds so that the school is able to order supplies for children in need. The deadline to order your child's school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year is June 30th!