Penngrove Press

March 19th, 2020

A spring break hello from Mrs. Fadeji

Dear Penngrove families,

I hope this Penngrove Press finds you all healthy and safe at home. The updates you're receiving from Petaluma City Schools are the best resource for up to date District information regarding COVID-19. If you are not receiving them, please let me know.

In yesterday's PCS email, it mentioned that students will start home based learning opportunities on March 30th. This is correct for students on the traditional calendar. For Penngrove, our teachers return on March 30th and will spend the week of March 30 - April 3 setting up learning plans for our students. You can expect opportunities to connect with some members of #teampenn during the week of March 30th, however the official home based learning will not start until Monday, April 6.

There are many schools successfully implementing at home learning and we, of course, will focus on making sure that your child gets the best possible education, even from afar. That being said, my primary concern is the social-emotional well being of each of our students. Please keep me informed if your child is experiencing overwhelming feelings of any kind. I personally will be making myself available for phone calls and video chats when students need/want a check in. Many of our staff members will be doing the same and we're getting creative with how we will stay connected during this unexpected and difficult time. There are still so many unknowns which makes our plan ever-changing but what I do know is that we need your help to maintain a strong school-home connection. Please make sure your child knows his/her teacher is excited to connect with them after spring break!

I do have one piece of homework for you all and that's to complete the quick survey here. I'd love to get a jump start on who needs devices, who needs WiFi, who needs school lunches, etc.

Penn Village, this is our moment to shine. Lean in. We've got this.

With love,


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Plans Change. We must adapt. How?

We're working to provide tips and resources to help us all get through this next chapter. Here are some important things to keep in mind:

  • Deep breaths can help in a moment of overwhelm
  • Calm always beats panic
  • This too shall pass
  • Perspective is everything. The truth is that someone else's reality is much harder than yours.
  • Your children pick up on almost EVERYTHING so be very mindful of your state of mind around them
Skimmed Mrs. Fadeji's message above?

There was an important survey link in the final paragraph so be sure to fill that out for us!

Mrs. Olufs Saves the Day!

Hello to my Favorite Penngrove Panthers!

I’ve been thinking about you all so much lately and how many fun STEM opportunities you have right in your home! In the last few weeks, I read the story Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly (who is a retired NASA astronaut) to many of you right before we built the BEST straw rockets! Remember that?! We had so much fun. If you have a straw, paper, and tape at home, you can recreate that same activity with your family. Click here to learn how to make a straw rocket.

Also, here is another story of Mousetronaut’s adventures read aloud FROM SPACE by a NASA astronaut. Click here to listen to the story Mousetronaut Goes to Mars, by Mark Kelly. Send me an e-mail and let me know what you think!

Try to have some fun and keep learning!

-Mrs. Olufs

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School Meals

We will be providing food service in the form of grab-and-go meals beginning on Monday, March 23rd. Meals can be picked up at McDowell Elementary and Petaluma Junior High School. This is available to all PCS students and any siblings under 18. You do not need to be eligible for free and reduced lunch. This service will be provided until school facilities re-open.


  • Mondays from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM (3 meals)
  • Thursdays from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (2 meals)


  • Petaluma Junior High: Pickup location is in front of the school, in the bus drop-off area
  • McDowell: Pickup location is off McGregor in front of the multi, in the bus drop-off area

If you have any questions, please contact the Food Services Department at or 707-778-4851.

"The Goldfish (Let's Go Swimming)" by The Laurie Berkner Band (20th Anniversary Edition)
Junior Gym in your Living Room!

Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch

Going into a self-quarantine can have many complex issues and complications beyond having enough food and supplies for two weeks. In terms of entertainment, it also probably means you’re in for a lot of boredom, a lot of Netflix, and a lot of browsing the internet.

But there is a way to get a little culture and education while you’re confined to your home. According to Fast Company, Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.

Click here to continue reading and access the museum links on

Fun for the whole family below. This is not a spectator sport!

ZUMBA KIDS - Electronic Song - Minions
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