Penngrove Press

January 9, 2019


We are fully back in the swing of things and oh my goodness, we missed our little panthers over the winter break! I hope you were able to spend time with your little ones reading, snuggling, being outdoors, and enjoying all of your favorite things. So far in 2019, the vibes on campus are that of joy, happiness, and rejuvenation! If you are looking for some of that in this new year, come hang out with us for a few moments. Our energy is contagious! :)

January is a busy time for us at Penngrove. We are right in the thick of school tours, enrollment for the 2019-20 school year and planning so many incredible student experiences. You'll catch a glimpse of just a few of those in this edition of the Penngrove Press.

If your new year's resolution is to make a difference in your community, I have some great news for you! We have 11 students who need a caring adult to devote one hour a week to them. 11 students who would benefit from having a mentor who will play games with them, read with them, talk with them, and maybe even share some life wisdom. 11 students who have been sitting on the Mentor Me wait list for way too long. If you are willing to make an impact in a big way with just one hour a week of your time, please email me! I'd love to talk. If you cannot give an hour but have a friend, relative, neighbor, retired family member, etc. who might be willing to do so, please give them my contact information.

Parent homework: ask your 1st - 6th grader about BEST rotations. "What are BEST rotations? How do they work? What did you learn?"

Wishing you all a wonderful rest of your week! Stay dry!


What's Happening at Penngrove?

FAMILY FUN NIGHT NEXT WEEK! Free dinner!!! RSVP required!

The FOPPTA applied for and was awarded a $1,000 National PTA grant for a family fun night. STEM + Families is meant to engage families together in fun STEM experiences. Please join us and enjoy a night of dinner plus interactive games with your child/children. We will also have over $500 in games and prizes to giveaway!

Date: Wednesday, January 16th

Time: 5:30 - 6:15 Pizza and Salad Dinner in Room 4

6:15 - 7:30 Games in Multi

Cost: Free

RSVP: By Monday, January 14th on this sign-up sheet. The first 20 families to sign-up will win a free board game from ThinkFun! Games will be picked up upon check in at the event.

We are so grateful to be a part of the 2018 National PTA STEM + Families Fun Night Grant Sponsored by Mathnasium. Do not miss out on the fun!

Guess who's back?! Mrs. Newman!!!!!

We missed Mrs. Newman so much and are thrilled to welcome her back to Penngrove after maternity leave. Little Miss Lorelai Nalani is already 3 months old! She was born on September 22, 2018 weighing 10 lbs. 2 oz. and measuring 21 inches long.
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Penngrove Holiday Parade of Lights Success!

Despite the rain! Look at these dedicated Panthers and their parents singing holiday carols in the rain at the Penngrove Light Parade on Sunday!

Are you interested in helping with the Panthers' Tractor Parade Entry next year?

Please send your contact info and level of interest to

Lego Contest

You can start creating now! Pick up an entry sheet in the main office to enter. List your name and your teacher's name so we can be sure to get your Legos back to you.


Create any Lego sculpture/ figure using 150 lego pieces or less.

We will not use Lego baseplates this year to save space.

3 Divisions:

Kindergarten and 1st Grade (January 14-18)

2nd and 3rd Gradess (January 21-25)

4th, 5th, and 6th Grades (January 28-February 1)
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Schoolwide Acceptance & Inclusion Assembly

is coming up on Tuesday, 1/29! This special assembly will be led by Jessica and Larkin, mothers of two exceptional children who happen to have Down Syndrome. Read more about them in this March 2018 article from The Press Democrat. The duo will read a book and talk about the many differences and similarities kids can have. Students will participate in activities to gain a better understanding of what it’s like to have a disability. All students will receive an informational packet about what they learned during the assembly and activities.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the activities. The sign-up sheet is located here. Parents are encouraged to join us for the assembly to learn from these two amazing mothers!
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A Night with the Stars happens on Sunday, April 7th!

Penngrove Talent Show is scheduled for Sunday, April 7th!

Get your ACT together! Entry forms will be sent home in the next couple of weeks.

If you want to help with the talent show, please email

Thank you!

Children's Museum of Sonoma County is coming to Penngrove!

The Children's Museum of Sonoma County is coming to Penngrove on January 14 and 15! Students in grades TK-4th grade will have a chance to experience all the fun of the museum as a part of their Museum-on-the Go program, with the focus being on forces and motion.

We would love to have a few parents from each class help out, engaging with kids and helping to make scientific discoveries and "Eureka!" moments happen for our inquisitive panthers. If you're free to help out, please sign up by clicking here.

A big thanks to Meghan Walton for organizing yet another amazing assembly for our students!

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Silver Graphics Art Fundraiser

You can still order products from Silver Graphics through June 30, 2019! Orders will be shipped directly to you so shipping fees will apply, however, our art program will still benefit. You can even upload different art and place orders for that.

Order at with your child's access code. Don't have the access code? Email for help.

Thank you for supporting our Art Enrichment project!

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PTA membership has its perks!

Available discounts include ice cream and Legoland!

Membership cards are available online at

Please email with any questions

What’s on your mind?

Please email your questions, comments, ideas, new year's resolutions: