Panda Pulse

October 6, 2017

This Week at a Glance

  • Direct Donation Campaign SUCCESS!
  • Book Fair
  • Penny's Round Up - Volunteers Needed!
  • Round Up Pre-orders due 10/17!
  • Spirit Wear
  • Parenting Book Discussion
  • NC State Fair Ticket Sales
  • Chess Club
  • Books & Beyond
  • Here Comes the Bus
  • WCPSS 2017-18 Traditional Calendar - click here

Dates to Remember this week!

Monday, October 9 - Friday, October 13: Wild West Book Fair
Thursday, October 12:

  • Book Fair Family Night, 6 - 8 pm
  • Last Day to purchase State Fair tickets as a PRE fundraiser

Friday, October 13: Chess Club starts, 8:40 - 9:10 am

Penny’s Direct Donation Campaign SUCCESS!

A heartfelt “Thank You” to all the Penny Road families and friends for sending in donations to Penny’s Direct Donation Campaign! The campaign was a huge success! We exceeded our goal of $15,000 and raised $20,000!! We received amazing support and generosity from our school community. On behalf of Penny Road PTA, we are sincerely grateful for all the wonderful families at our school.

Here are the winners of our raffles. Congratulations to these lucky students!

  • Amazon $100 Gift Card Winners: Julie Murphy, Cindy & Gloria Madubeze
  • Great Wolf Lodge $250 Gift Card Winner: Evan Zegerman
  • Congratulations to Mrs. Zawis, Mrs. Smith/Ms. Wells, and Ms. Neeb classes on winning class ice cream celebrations!

All the families who donated $100 will be contacted with information regarding our “Only One You” rock garden. Every child in the family will paint their own individual rock for this special legacy art project.

If your family donated and your child did not receive a receipt or spirit stick, please contact Jennifer Greco - VP of Fundraising at

Book Fair is HERE!

Our Fall Scholastic “Wild West Book Fair” Starts Monday, October 9th!!

Hours of operation:
Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday night
Family Night, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Be sure to check out the book fair packet that will come home in Friday Folders. Return the coloring sheet and All for Books donations for a chance to win lots of great prizes including free books and spirit sticks!! If you have any questions please contact Lindsay Tremelling at

Join us for the Book Fair Family Night! Thursday, October 12, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Bring the whole family out to shop the book fair, do a Wild West craft and game, and enjoy dinner and dessert from two awesome food trucks! Stuft gourmet baked potatoes and JAM ice cream!

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Round Up Time! Volunteers NEEDED!

It's almost Round Up time and we are still looking for volunteers! If you have just an hour to help, have a teenager who needs service hours or have the whole afternoon to serve, we would certainly appreciate it! We won't be able to do it without you!

Sign up here. Questions? Contact Laurie Cockman at


Penny's Round Up PREORDERS

Please remember to get your pre-orders in for Penny's Wild West Round Up by Tuesday, October 17th! Order your admission tickets and meals using the form here. Round Up pre-orders will be sent home with students on Friday, October 20th.

Long-sleeve Spirit Wear?

With cooler weather on the way, we have had requests to order Penny road long sleeve shirts and sweatshirts. Before moving forward with a large order, we want to know if this is something that is truly wanted. Please take this very quick, two-question survey to let us know your thoughts!

Parenting Book Discussion

Ever feel stumped when trying to communicate with your children?

School Social Worker, Bonnie Mulfinger, and School Counselor, Sarah Fenik, will be co-facilitating a book discussion on How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.

Our discussion will take place on Thursday mornings for 3 weeks beginning on October 19 and we will meet from 8:45 to 9:30 am.

Please call or email Bonnie Mulfinger at (919) 387-2136 ex 26186 or to sign up to join us or if you have any questions about this new effort to help in the challenging and rewarding job of parenting.

Get Your NC State Fair Tickets!

The NC State Fair will give Penny Road $2 for every adult ticket and $1 for every child ticket purchased online by Thursday, October 12.

To show your Panda Pride, use the link to select the number of adult and child tickets you want to purchase and hit add tickets. Then, type in 530 in the box under membership and click submit.

Hope to see you there!

Chess Club

Our Penny Road Chess Club is going to be kicking off next Friday, October 13! If you have a student in Grades 1-5 we would love to have them join us. We have beginner to advanced kids and have student groups for each level. The club will meet on Friday mornings beginning October 13, 8:40 am - 9:10 am. If you missed the sheet that came home in Friday Folders, you can sign-up here. Checks may be made out to Penny Road PTA. Questions about the club may be directed to our parent volunteers, Mandy and Daniel at

Books and Beyond

Kindergarten and 1st grade parents!

The Books and Beyond program kicked off on Monday, October 2! Make sure to set your goals and help encourage your budding readers to get started!

Some fun suggestions to help make this reading journey fun:

-Have your child decide how many sheets he/she would like to turn in on a monthly basis and set a reasonable goal. Remember this is intended to be a fun opportunity to read!

-Pick out books to read with your child (chapter books/ books to be read to him/her)

-Plan whether you or your child will fill in the lines (based on child’s ability to write)

-Set a goal to HAVE FUN while reading!

Tracking sheets can be dropped off in the classroom or in the main office in the Books and Beyond box. Make copies, print copies and have the tracking sheets ready! One sheet came home last week! You can find more at:; under the PTA info tab.

Best wishes to all the readers as they set forth on a journey to outer space!

WCPSS Families can begin using bus tracker

Your family can now use the free bus tracking system called Here Comes the Bus (HCTB).

Here Comes the Bus is an easy-to-use website and app that enables you to see the location of your child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. HCTB allows you know when the bus is near your stop.

You can sign up for Here Comes the Bus on-line. You will need the district code and your student’s ID number to sign up. The WCPSS school code is 67500. For your smartphone or tablet, download the Here Comes the Bus app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Once activated, you can customize or edit certain features, including how the app will communicate with you and the size of the notification radius.

Once you are logged into your account, the link to HCTB customer support can be found by selecting Help. Additional resources can be found there as well.

Questions or concern related to bus service issues should be directed to

WCPSS Transportation makes bus substitutions when preventative maintenance is due and in response to the management of drivers. When a substitution is made, some features of the app may not work.

For more information, go to: