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October 9, 2020

The Pershing Elementary Weekly Newsletter

A Message from Mrs. Shelton, Pershing Principal

Good Afternoon Pershing Families!

Trimester 1 Progress Reports Ready-to-View on Parent Portal TODAY!

The Trimester 1 Progress Reports are now available for parents to review with students today, Friday, October 9th on the Parent Portal. For directions, please view the pdfs found below (available in English, Spanish, Farsi, Arabic, Russian and Ukrainian). If you have questions, or need the Progress Report printed, please contact our school office at 916-979-8076 on any school day between 8:30a.m. - 3:30p.m., or leave a voice message and we will return your call.

Spirit Week

In 1 week we will have a Spirit Week with themes for each day for students to participate. Be on the look out for the schedule coming soon!

Portal and Zoom Challenges

We had several reports of Portal and Zoom issues yesterday and today. I reported those to our Senior Director of Tech Services. One tip, when the Portal is not opening for your student, is to add a tab and go directly to "" and "" and have your child sign in using their SJUSD student email account. Some students have had success following those steps. Please call the office if your child is having challenges and we will do our best to assist.


If your child will miss his or her Zoom meeting with the teacher, please notify your child's teacher by email. If your child does ANY school work that day, your child will receive attendance credit for that day. If a student has an appointment, such as a dentist appointment, and therefore cannot attend a Zoom meeting, but submits school work on Google Classroom, then your child receives credit for attendance for that day. Although we want to encourage every student to attend every Zoom instructional meeting available, we also want you to be aware that communicating with school staff that your child did school work that day will count towards attendance for that day. When in doubt, call the school office and/or email your child's teacher. Thank you!

Returning to School Update

Lastly, we want to share with you that Miss Nicole Lenac, our Attendance Clerk in the Pershing Office, has accepted an 8 hour position as the Senior Records and Attendance Clerk for Miraki and La Serena Continuation High Schools. While we will miss her very much, we are excited for her to take on this new role! We are in the process of hiring her replacement, so be on the lookout for more news soon!

If you have questions, please call us at 916-979-8076 or email me at


Mrs. Kendra Shelton

Principal, Pershing

Mark Your Calendars

Below are important events:
  • October 9: Progress Reports available on Parent Portal for 1st - 6th grades
  • October 12: PTO Meeting, 6p.m. - 7:30p.m. on Zoom
  • October 13: School Site Council - 7:15a.m. on Zoom
  • October 19: English Learner Advisory Committee meeting - 6p.m. on Zoom
  • October 20: School Site Council (tentative) - 7:15a.m. on Zoom
  • October 24: PTO Family Dinner Night at Chipotle 4p.m. - 8p.m.
  • November 11: Veterans Day - No School
  • November 13: No School (Teacher Work-Day)
  • November 16 - 20: Parent-Teacher Conferences Week
  • November 17: School Site Council - 7:15a.m. on Zoom

For the SJUSD School Year Calendar, go to:

Become a Pershing PTO Member Today!

Memberships are only $10 per Family this year! Join today!

Pershing PTO Family Dinner Nights Are Back!

Join us by buying your family dinner at Chipotle (you can order online and eat at home) on October 24th, anytime between 4p.m. - 8p.m. Use the Promo Code: R7CDAV3

Do make it count! Four ways to guarantee your purchases count:

  • Show the cashier a digital flyer prior to paying
  • Show the cashier a paper flyer prior to paying
  • Order online and pickup Chipotle for our fundraiser by using the Promo Code R7CDAV3 on the Chipotle app or website.
  • Please note that fundraiser online ordering is only valid through pickup during our fundraiser’s scheduled date, time, and assigned restaurant. Ordering delivery for fundraisers is not permitted at this time.

Click the flyer below for more details!

Check-out Library Books from Pershing

Click this button to be redirected to learn how to check-out library books from Pershing for your child!

Need Support for Distance Learning?

For questions specific to the district, visit San Juan's microsite ( designed to provide our community with the latest information about Fall 2020. Here you can find the latest district updates, details about the instructional options available to families, special education services during distance learning, as well as community resources available to support families.

For questions specific to Pershing, please contact our school office at 916-979-8076 or reach out to Principal Kendra Shelton or school secretary Elizabeth Danforth.