Penngrove Press

February 21st, 2019

A message from our principal, Mrs. Fadeji

Story After Story.

As much as I love writing and wish I could crank out an inspirational Penngrove Press blurb for you weekly, I'm one of those weird people who has to be in a very specific place both mentally and emotionally in order to articulate my thoughts properly. Sometimes those perfectly aligned moments pass me by, yet I don't set aside the time to capture my thoughts. I can't stand that. Other times, like today, I work tirelessly to complete my "to do" list so I can race to my laptop in the wee hours of the night and do my best to share my heart with you: the families who trust us with your precious children, day in and day out.

For those of you who wonder what I do with my after school "free time", I am often in meetings with teachers and parents discussing student progress and making plans for student success. Many of these meetings are called IEPs. IEP stands for Individualized Education Program. Essentially, an IEP is a specific plan with measurable goals designed for one specific student by a team of educators, specialists, and family members. Trust me, that's the short version. To read more about IEPs and the IEP process, check out this article. At Penngrove, about 15% of our student population has an IEP.

I suppose you could call me an IEP nerd because I LOVE attending IEPs. Although my primary role is to listen, share ideas, and take notes, the IEP is a special time for the team to discuss student strengths, concerns, progress on goals, develop new goals, and discuss services provided. An IEP feels magical to me every single time, because I get to witness a group of adults working together as they commit to do whatever it takes to support a student emotionally, socially, academically, and behaviorally. And let me tell you, our IEP teams are rad.

Today, I attended an IEP for a kindergarten student who receives speech support. I went into the meeting thinking it would take about 30 minutes and be pretty routine. Instead, I left the meeting with an overwhelming sense of the work we do at Penngrove every day. Back to the IEP. I happen to know his mom pretty well as we have sat on some committees together and worked on projects together over the years. Plus, if you know her, she's one of those people who walks around with a smile and a Starbucks in her hand and you just can't help but love her.

One portion of the IEP touches on medical history and developmental milestones. As Mrs. Beardslee, our speech therapist, shared this routine portion of the report, I couldn't help but zone in on a few specific words. "early on in pregnancy" "miracle child" "significant concern for developmental milestones". I stopped the meeting to ask peppy caffeinated mom more about her pregnancy and "miracle child". As I listened to her terrifying story, I maintained my composure, although inside I could feel the tears welling up. Here sat this mom, who I see weekly. Who I talk to often enough. I see her sweet boys daily. I encourage them on their school work, I hug them, I praise their positive choices. I admire the sportsmanship of one, and I smile when the other musters the courage to share an idea with his classmates. And all this time, I never realized what a miracle child I had in my midst. I didn't realize that doctors had said his life might end before it started. I didn't realize that he wasn't necessarily expected to be as bright, or articulate, or amazing as he truly is.

And that's when the overwhelming sense of passion for this work hit me. Each of your children has a story. It might not be a scary pregnancy, a learning disability, a battle with anxiety. But each of our 402 panthers has a story. I am acutely aware that some of our students don't have to try at all to get perfect scores on tests. They likely have challenges in other aspects of life. I'm aware that many of our students have experienced trauma. Or watched you experience trauma. Others, have to try their very hardest just to be "average".

What I want you to take away from this post is that each and every single one of our students has a story. You might not see it when you look at them. It might be written all over their precious little faces. You might never know it. But story after story, I am reminded of the resilience of children, the miracle of life, and the weight that Team Penn carries on a daily basis, to make sure we give your children ALL we've got.

To my sweet little miracle kindergartner, thanks for being born. You give me hope for our future.


What's Happening at Penngrove?

Big picture
Big picture

sponsor the Penngrove Talent Show!

We have a record number of participants in the show this year plus increased seating capacity. Reach every audience member in their seat by purchasing an ad in the Show Program!

This is a great opportunity to show support of our students while promoting your business!

We have space for only 20 ads, available on a first come, first served basis.

Black and white, business card sized ads are $100/each.

Deadline is March 15th or when we reach 20 ads, whichever comes first!

Please use this form to sign up to be a sponsor.

Lifeskill Winners Wednesday, February 13th

Big picture

Think you might want to get more involved? Watch this! ↓↓↓

last call for board nominations!

Please send your interest or recommendation for FOPPTA Executive Board Positions to!

Important dates:

Nominations Deadline: 2/25

Committee's Report at PTA Meeting: 3/4

Show up & VOTE: 4/8

Frustrated by the parking lot?! This mom is too! And she's doing something about it! Join her!

Big picture

Hello Penngrove Families!

Is it just us or does afternoon pickup seem unnecessarily stressful?

Each day, Tina is out there fighting the good fight and we want to help! We're looking to create a better pickup experience for Penngrove parents by directing traffic, helping drivers get in and out of parking spaces, and keep the flow of cars moving through the lot so that no one gets stuck on Adobe trying to turn in!

Have a few extra minutes to help out?

Check out our Google doc sign-up sheet and slide your name into one of the slots! Awesome perks include thank you's from destressed Penngrove parents and sweet reflective vests.

Not able to commit just yet? Keep these friendly rules in mind during dropoff and pick hours:

  • If parking spots are available- PLEASE USE THEM! Especially if your child tends to take a while to get down to the lot. We promise our team will help you get in and out!
  • No upper grade parents should be in the lot before 2:55
  • ALWAYS turn right – it is unsafe to turn left out of the lot!
  • Do NOT walk across Adobe Road- there are 2 crosswalks- use them
  • PULL UP PULL UP PULL UP! Too often we see whole car lengths of empty space between cars. Pull up as far as safely possible. This applies to street parking as well.
  • When pulling into the lot- merge like a deck of cards. One car from this side, one car from the other. Be courteous to your fellow Panthers

Ice Cream Social - March 8th

Mark your calendars!

On Friday March 8th starting at 5:00pm, FOPPTA will host an Ice Cream Social in the Penngrove Multi!

Parent volunteers are needed. If you are available to help at this Family Fun Night, please sign up here.

Big picture

PCS is hiring! ¡Estamos contratando en PCS!

Bring your resume and come on in for an interview! On March 1st we will have a Certificated Career Fair at the District Office from 10AM-6PM. Walk-ins are welcome or you can call 707-778-4607 to sign up for a time. Questions? Call HR at 707-778-4607.

¡Traiga su currículum y venga para una entrevista! El 1 de marzo tendremos una Personal Certificado Feria de Carreras en la Oficina del Distrito de 10 AM a 6PM. Las personas sin cita son bienvenidas o puede llamar al 707-778-4607 para inscribirse por un horario específico. ¿Preguntas? Llame al 707-778-4607.

Big picture

What’s on your mind?

Please email your questions, comments, ideas, rainy day wishes: