Penngrove Press

April 17th, 2019

9 days left until...

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Join us for one of the most special evenings of the year! Delicious food, amazing entertainment, fellowship & friends! Menu will include: taco bar, nacho bar, side dishes, desserts, drinks.

Pre-sale cost is $5 per person or $20 per family (whichever is most cost effective).

Tickets at the door will be $7 per person or $25 per family (whichever is most cost effective).


Please RSVP here. We're excited to be offering a PayPal option for this event! You can pay in the office, via PayPal, or at the door. We just need to know you're coming so we have enough food for you! Our committee would be honored to have you volunteer during the event for a shift if possible. Volunteer sign-ups are here.

Are you artistic?

Would you like to be in charge of updating the chalkboard for the PTA next year?

If you are interested, please email: FriendsOfPenngrovePTA@gmail.com.

Lifeskill Winners Wed., April 10th

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Very important! -- New Liability Waiver

Have you signed and returned the new PTA Liability Waiver that went home last week?

The liability waiver you sign on Aeries will not cover upcoming PTA events. If you do not return a waiver for your child they will not be able to participate in PTA events.

You may not have seen this in the past. Our events have reached a new level of fun, including things like jumpies and obstacle courses. This waiver will allow your child to participate in these fun activities. We would never add anything that you haven’t already seen at birthday parties and local fun centers.

If you have specific concerns, please contact us: pennparentvoice@gmail.com.

New Calendar for 2019-20!

Good news! Our 2019-20 school calendar has been revised and approved by our School Board. Next year, we will start school on Wednesday, July 17th. On the old calendar, school started on the 16th and there was a non-student day on August 12th. With the new calendar, your summer is 1 day longer and students WILL have school on Monday, August 12th. You should have received a bright pink hard copy of this revised calendar in your student's backpack today.

Speaking of next year....

Hopefully by the end of the first week in May, our 2019-20 enrollment numbers will be stable enough to make staffing determinations. If for any reason your family will not be returning to Penngrove and you have not notified the office, please do so immediately. Additionally, if you know families with 4th, 5th, or 6th graders who are interested in a new school community, we have space in the upper grades. (A few more students would help us avoid some combination classes.) As soon as we know how many classrooms we will have next year (it will be 17 or 18), teaching assignments will be determined and we'll update you! Thank you for your patience during the April/May dash!

Open House Pasta Feed, Thursday May 9th 5-6:00pm in the Multi/Cafeteria

(Open House to Follow from 6-7pm)


Our goal is 400 presale tickets. If we meet our goal your dinner ticket becomes your raffle ticket and YOU could win a $100 Cash Prize! Can't make it before Open House?? Not to worry.... order TO GO and pick up on your way home.


ORDER ONLINE AT bit.ly/pennpasta


Pay with Cash, Check or Paypal https://www.paypal.me/pennoutdoored

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Chairs are needed for the following PTA positions:

  • eScript
  • Hospitality
  • Skate Nights
  • Logowear
  • Assemblies

If you'd like to help with one of these programs, please complete the FOPPTA Chair Interest Form here: https://forms.gle/Y9Hgtfpiru3c6oZE8.

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Staff Appreciation Week - May 6th - 10th

Staff Appreciation week is May 6th to 10th and we are excited to celebrate #teampenn! The #pennpta is working on spoiling the team with treats and activities. If you would like to help, please contact fopptatreas@gmail.com.

We are working on a video message for our teachers to debut at the May 8th assembly. Please submit any photos with your student and a member of #teampenn or send a quick video message to fopptatreas@gmail.com for inclusion. Deadline is April 30th.

More details about Staff Appreciation events will be sent as we get closer to May - it is going to be a great week!

Original Works orders are due this Friday, April 19th!

An order form was sent home with your child with a small photo of their art, and gives instructions on how to order online. There is a large selection of items to purchase with your child’s art printed on them (coffee mugs, magnets, notepads, holiday ornaments, etc). All proceeds go right back to our school so we appreciate your orders. Thank you for your support.
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Last Call for 2019 Yearbooks!

Believe it or not we are in the final push of the year! If you have not ordered your 2018-19 yearbook then it's time to do it now. Penngrove Elementary yearbooks are jam packed with photos of all our students in class, around campus, and at almost every school event. 96 full color pages of memories of your child and their friends. Don't wait until the last minute! Yearbooks are $16 for PTA members and $20 for non-PTA members. Order forms are in the office. LAST DAY TO ORDER: Friday, April 26!


If you are not sure whether you have ordered one or not, click here to check our list (please allow 1 week for updating).


Garden and Campus Clean up - May 4th - 9:00 to 1:00

Join us for a morning of shared labor in the garden and around campus. The weeds are taller than some of the kids! Come for any part of the four hours and enjoy working side by side with members of our Panther community!

High school Ss can earn community service credit. Raffle prizes include a Kala Brand ukelele, and succulent gardens planted by sixth graders. Snacks and tools provided.

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Honorary Service Awards - Date Change!

Since our Penngrove community is so amazing, Honorary Service Awards will be split into 2 assemblies -- Our 2019 recipients will be honored at assembly on May 1st and on May 8th.

Does our Penngrove Community have a family who does catering?

PTA may be interested in buying a few used chafing dishes. If you or someone you know has these lying around, please contact us at pennparentvoice@gmail.com.
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2019 Art Enrichment Update

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12th Annual Westside Band Festival!

The West Side Band Festival will be on April 24, 2019 at 7:00pm at Petaluma High School Gymnasium. All intermediate-grade students in the instrumental band program are encouraged to participate.
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------CHESS for kids / Ajedrez para Niños-------

Begins April 19th!

Call 707-527-6427 or Enroll Online: www.chessclubforkids.com

Do you have news for our Penngrove Community?

Please send your articles and announcements: penngrovenewsletter@gmail.com.

Items received by Friday will appear in the following Wednesday's Press.

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What’s on your mind?

Please email questions, comments, staff appreciation ideas: pennparentvoice@gmail.com.

A few options for Summer Camps:

Fiddleheads Summer Camp by Seeds of Awareness

Seeds of Awareness promotes emotional intelligence and wellbeing through mindfulness-based, therapeutic, and nature-based programs.

Fiddleheads is a fun and therapeutic environment that provides social skills instruction and emotional support to neurodiverse groups of children in our vibrant Bay Area Regional Parks.


THE KEY INGREDIENTS THAT MAKE FIDDLEHEADS SUMMER CAMP UNIQUE:

We keep our ratio small: one counselor per three children. We also cap our group size at 6 to 8 children so that each child feels seen and understood.

We develop the flow of the day and structure of activities to meet the individual needs of the children in the group.

We are careful not to over schedule the children. A harmony of excitement and relaxation is sought through a balanced flow of free play, adventure, story time, structured games, crafts, snack and circle times.

We honor the natural rhythms of the child and the day; the in- and the out-breath.

We incorporate mindfulness and movement activities into everything we do.

Click here to learn more!

Scholarships are Available! Point Reyes Summer Camp

Point Reyes Summer Camp (PRSC) is an environmental education camp located inside Point Reyes National Seashore. Our summer camp provides immersive experiences to over 400 children each summer. Naturalists, Counselors, and National Park Service Partners expose youth to environmental careers and provide experiential ecology, biology, and earth science lessons.

I am reaching out to you for two reasons. First, I hope Petaluma City Schools' administrators and guidance counselors will help identify low-income students (from households earning two times the federal poverty level and below) that would benefit from attending camp on a full scholarship. Nearly 25% of our summer camp participants come from low income households, and 25% are students of color. School officials can work with parents and guardians to create an UltraCamp account and fill out the required registration forms. All we need is a letter on school letterhead stating that the referred student receives free or reduced lunch. You can find instructions on how to create an UltraCamp account by clicking HERE.

Second, I have attached our 2019 camp flier, which contains dates and grade-level eligibility for all eight camp sessions. I would appreciate it if you would post it to your schools' websites, newsletters, and/or send a copy home with students. As a non-profit, camp fees support PRNSA’s year-round educational programs. Families can read about Point Reyes Summer Camp by visiting http://www.ptreyes.org/summer-camp.

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