Pence Press

October 3, 2021

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Pence Families-


This is certainly a busy time for all of us. Our faculty and staff are working extremely hard to

provide our students with the best possible education while we are in the middle of a COVID surge in our community. You are working hard in your jobs and as a family to support your child’s growth and development as a student and as an individual. We thank you for this partnership.


Our students are heavily influenced by the role of social media as it affects their social-emotional state and their relationships among peers. I wanted to take this opportunity to share a couple of articles (below) as it relates to this very topic. I encourage you to take some time to read each of these articles and discuss them with your student(s).


Common Sense Media


Psychology Today


The Guardian


Additionally, you may be aware that there are monthly TikTok challenges encouraging students to act inappropriately at school, film the acts, and then post them on TikTok. I am including a link to an article explaining these challenges for each month. As you will see, many of these acts are quite serious in nature. I am asking that you also take some time to discuss these with your student(s) as we work cooperatively together to ensure that we are encouraging kindness, respect, and citizenship in our school community.


TikTok Challenges


Sincerely-

John Childs


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October is Bullying Prevention Month

Kindness -The quality of being friendly, generous, considerate

Respect -Admiration and regard for abilities, qualities, achievements, feelings, wishes, rights and traditions of others

Acceptance -The action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, accepting something or someone.

YOU can make a difference!

Be Kind, Respect, Accept

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Athletics News

Cheer Tryouts begin Monday, October 4th from 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Drop off and pick up in front of the school


You must have a completed VHSL physical to participate.

7th Grade Basketball begins Oct 11th!

We are looking forward to 7th Grade Basketball!


Students are welcome to stay after school on HOME game days. Admission for students is $2. Concessions are available. Masks must be worn properly at all times.


Students will need to choose a game to attend - either boys or girls - and remain in the assigned gym throughout the game. Students will not be permitted to travel from the front gym to the back gym during games.

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Pick Up and Drop Off Reminders

Pence Families,

We greatly appreciate you following all pick up and drop off guidelines. Both are going well but here are a few reminders:


Drop off begins at 8:00am - no sooner.

Drop off and pick up are to occur in front of the school in the drop off and pick up line - not in a surrounding neighborhoods or any other area around the school building. The bus parking lot is not a place to drop off or pick up students.


Thank you again for adhering to these guidelines as they help us ensure students are safe and supervised as they arrive and depart from school.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere the Signs (at Pence)!

Pence School Fundraiser Starting Oct 7th

Pence will begin an online fundraiser on Thursday. Students will learn more about the fundraiser this week during RBlock. More information will also be sent home shortly. Know that this fundraiser will be 100% touch free!

Knights Cafe: Menus

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Pre-Order Yearbooks Now

Want to pre order your yearbook now? You may visit the following link: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/?event=general.displayLanding&jobnumber=13754. The school code is 13754. The cost is $20. You may pre order online until March 31, 2022. Beginning in September, there will also be an opportunity to purchase a yearbook via cash or check. More information will be forthcoming later. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dove, kdove@rockingham.k12.va.us.

Extracurricular Events - Yearbook Photo Database

As you are attending extracurricular events outside of the school day, please consider uploading your photos to our yearbook photo database. Sometimes the best pictures are taken by you. We would love to potentially include these in our 2022 yearbook. Access https://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/?code=pencems in order to add your photos. Please note that you must include the grade level(s) and name(s) of any student in the photo. If this information is not included, your photo will not be added to the database. The photo must also meet policies according to RCPS. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dove via email kdove@rockingham.k12.va.us or (540) 578-3459. Also, don't forget to preorder your yearbook now, https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/?event=general.displayLanding&jobnumber=13754 and enter the school code 13754.

International Walk to School Day

International Walk to School Day is Wednesday October 6.
Walk to School Day 2021

Homework Help Program Begins Monday, October 4th

Our Homework Help Program takes place Monday through Thursday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30, beginning Monday, October 4th. Assistance is given with homework assignments, late or missing work and difficult learning areas. If you are interested, please print and complete the following form: Homework Help Permission Form 21 - 22


Bus Transportation is available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please print and complete this form if transportation is needed: Homework Help Transportation Form 21 - 22


Hard copies of both forms are available in our office. Return all completed forms to the office. Thank you!

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School Bus Driver Training

We have set our next School Bus Driver Training for November 15th - 17th. For more information call Chris Sours or Jeremy Mason at 540-433-2458.

Attendance Email

If a prearranged note was not received for an absence, please email wspmsattendance@rockingham.k12.va.us or call (540) 879-2535 before 9:00 a.m. on the days your child will be absent.


This email is used for illness, late arrivals or early dismissals for appointments, vacations, and all other absences. Students are able to contact their teacher's directly through PowerSchool for make-up assignments.