Panda Pulse

May 10, 2019

Important Dates to Remember

Books and Beyond Celebrations Wednesday, May 15th

Carnival Basket & Art Preview starts Wednesday, May 15th in Flex Lab

Spring Carnival Friday, May 17th, 5-8 pm

Final General PTA Meeting Tuesday, May 21st, 9:15am

Pops with Pandas-Rising Kindergarten Families Thursday, May 23rd 4:30-5pm

Memorial Day-No School Monday, May 27th

EOG Testing starts Wednesday, May 29th

Field Day June 6th & 7th


  • The Positivity Project - Weekly Character Trait
  • Carnival is HERE!
  • Carnival Basket Preview
  • Silent Auction is LIVE
  • Carnival Volunteers Needed
  • Proposed 2019-20 PTA Executive Board
  • PTA General Meeting and Volunteer Coffee
  • Pops with Pandas-Rising K event
  • Class Celebration Reminder
  • Field Day
  • EOG Dates Announced
  • Yearbook Orders
  • 1st Day School Supplies 2019-2020


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The carnival fun starts Friday, May 17th at 5 pm!!

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Carnival Basket Preview

Our unbelievable class raffle baskets and collaborative art pieces will be available for preview starting Wednesday, May 15th in the Flex Lab (Room 127)! Please stop by to purchase your raffle tickets and get a look at these amazing items.


Wednesday, May 15th 8:30-3:45pm

Thursday, May 16th 8:30-4:30pm

Friday, May 17th 8:30-noon

Join the Fun! Our SILENT AUCTION is live online.

Penny Road's biggest silent auction ever is online through Thursday evening at 8:00 pm. All items not purchased online before that time will then move to the live event in the gym during Friday's Spring Carnival. Our feature items, teacher experiences and classroom art pieces, will be the showcase of Friday's live event. Don't miss it!

We encourage all of our families to share the auction link with friends, neighbors, and family. You don't have to be a PRE family to participate. There is something for everyone in all price ranges. With nearly 200 items to bid on, we need your help getting the word out.

Check out the auction here:

New this year: We have a BUY NOW BONUS!! Buy Now items allow you to bypass the bidding process and help us move items prior to the live event on Friday, May 17th. (Our gym is only so big, folks!) For every item you purchase using the BUY NOW option, your name will be entered into a drawing to win $100 in CASH! See the PDF below for all the details.

Spring Carnival Volunteers Needed!

We are one week away from Penny Road’s biggest event of the year and we are in desperate need of more adult volunteers. We need help before, during, and after the event! We are especially in need of a few volunteers to work the grill and cook hot dogs. Many hands make light work. Please consider helping out if you are able to! Log in to Konstella to access the sign up or click HERE.

We could also use a few more donations for our Cake Walk. The sign up may be found here on Konstella. Donations may be brought to the office on Friday, May 17th between 8:45 am and 4:15 pm.

PTA announces proposed 2019-20 Executive Board

The PTA would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that has selflessly assisted us this year and is also thinking ahead about volunteer opportunities for the upcoming year. We are proud to announce our proposed 2019-2020 PTA Executive Board. These nominees will be voted on at the final general meeting on May 21st. Please plan to attend.

We are so excited for what is to come and look forward to another awesome year making a difference at Penny Road.

President: Andrea Finucane

Treasurer: Amber Olah

Secretary: Jessica Perry

VP Fundraising: Barbara Wright

VP Programs: Kerry Lipitz

VP Volunteers: Sara Concini

VP Communications: Kimberly Sporrer

VP Education:Joy Mega

VP Special Programs: Beth Potts

Final General PTA Meeting

Please join us on Tuesday, May 21st for our final General PTA meeting of the year. The meeting will begin at 9:15 am in the gym. If you have never been to a PTA meeting before this is a great one to attend, as it is also our parent volunteer appreciation coffee! Whether you have helped in your child’s classroom, helped our Hospitality Committee with teacher luncheons, attended one of our Campus Clean-ups or volunteered in any other way here at Penny Road, we would like to say thank you! More information will follow but please mark your calendars! We need a quorum of twenty PTA members to attend, so your attendance would be much appreciated!

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Attention Rising Kindergarten Families:

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Reminder about Class Celebrations

As we near the end of the school year, there will be many things to celebrate in our classrooms! As a reminder, all food items brought in for celebrations must be store bought. This is a Wake County Public Schools policy and our teachers would greatly appreciate your cooperation with this.

Field Day is Coming- Please note changes to the times of the sessions!

Penny Road’s Field Day is just five weeks away! We have three different sessions and we need a minimum of 25 volunteers to make each session a success. More information will be coming home in the next few weeks and a volunteer sign up will be sent out via Konstella. In the mean time, please mark you calendars with the following dates and times:

  • Kindergarten and 1st Grade: Thursday, June 6th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • 2nd and 3rd Grade: Friday, June 7th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
  • 4th and 5th Grade: Friday, June 7th from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

EOG Testing Dates

Wednesday, May 29th 3rd Grade Reading and 5th Grade Math

Thursday, May 30th 3rd grade Math and 5th Grade Reading

Friday, May 31st 5th Grade Science and 4th Grade Reading

Monday, June 3rd 4th Grade Math and 3rd and 5th Grade Make-up exams

Tuesday, June 4th 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Make-up exams

Please let your student’s teacher know as soon as possible if you student will not be at school on a day their grade is testing.

2018-19 Yearbook

The Penny Road Yearbook is now available for purchase online through May 31st!

The price for this precious keepsake of our 2018-19 school year is only $18!

  • Payment Options: Paper check / money order / cash (made out to Strawbridge Studios).

If you already placed your order, yearbooks will start going home on May 9th!

Questions? Contact Mandy Patterson at

1st Day School Supplies - Order NOW for 2019-20

You may now order school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year!

As the school year winds down, why not order your school supplies and be ready for the start of the next school year? Our teachers have updated the list of supplies for each grade level and kits are ready to be ordered. Click HERE to order supplies. Make sure you choose your student’s grade for the coming school year. Supplies will be delivered to their classrooms prior to the start of school.