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November 2, 2018

Important Dates to Remember

  • US Veterans Corps Candy/Card Drive November 5th - 9th
  • Operation Noah Stuffed Animal Drive November 5th - 9th
  • Election Day -Two-Hour Delay Tuesday, November 6th
  • Yearbook Cover Contest Deadline Friday, November 9th
  • PTA General Meeting Thursday, November 15th 5:30pm
  • Penny Road Variety Show Thursday, November 15th 6:00pm
  • Reflections Art Contest Deadline November 16th


  • The Positivity Project - Weekly Character Trait
  • US Veterans Corps Candy/Card drive
  • Operation Noah
  • Yearbook Cover Contest
  • Yearbook Photo submission site
  • Students Against Hunger Food Drive
  • Spirit Wear - New long-sleeved shirts!
  • Thanks Mrs. Hoke!
  • Teacher of the Year!


You act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary.

Bravery refers to voluntary action in the face of a dangerous circumstance. This strength involves judgement; the brave person must have an understanding of the risks and consequences involved in acting. Bravery isn't just fearlessness, but also overcoming fear. Individuals with this strength might be described as courageous, heroic, daring, or noble.

US Veterans Corps Candy and Card Drive

This year PRE has partnered with US Veterans Corps to let our service men and women know how much they mean to us. We will be collecting Halloween candy and letters to our troops from Monday, November 5th - Friday, November 9th. If you'd like to donate a portion of the candy you collected or would like to write a letter or card, please drop in the designated boxes in the front lobby. THANK YOU for supporting our troops!


Penny Road graduate, Talia Weinstein, is working on a service project called Operation Noah. Talia is collecting NEW stuffed animals to donate to sick children at Duke Children's Hospital. Donation bins will be in the front lobby from November 5th - 9th. Please consider donating a NEW stuffed animal to comfort a child during a difficult time. Thank you.


Penny Road is looking for Student Art to be used as the cover of the 2018-19 yearbook! The winner will receive a FREE yearbook!



  • must go with the theme #OtherPeopleMatter
  • must be Hand Drawn original artwork. No designs from the internet please.
  • must include your name and teacher's name in pencil on the back of the design.
  • must be submitted on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of white paper in vertical (portrait) orientation.

Contact Mrs. Patterson with questions at

The Yearbook needs your photos!

Families can upload photos they take at PRE throughout the school year for submission into the 2018-19 yearbook! If you've attended parties, field trips, or other classroom events, we'd love to have your photos! Photos can be uploaded to Contact Mandy Patterson at with questions.


Penny Road is partnering with Urban Ministries of Wake County for this year’s “Students Against Hunger” food drive. **Penny Road families generously donated 2,182 lbs of dry/canned goods last year, providing 1,837 meals. Let's try to exceed that goal this year!**

Food Drive Contest

• The food drive will occur every day from Tuesday morning (11/13) to Friday morning (11/16).

• Deliver your food goods to the front lobby between the hours of 8:45 am – 9:15 am.

• The top class in each grade that brings in the most items will win “THE GOLDEN CAN” trophy and a classroom reward. They will also have their picture taken for the PRE Website and Yearbook!

• All donations are welcomed, however, only up to 25 items per day will be counted for the contest

Most Needed Items:


· Whole Wheat Pasta

· Pasta Sauce (low sodium)

· Cereal

· Grits

· Oatmeal

· Canned Vegetables (low sodium)

· Canned Fruit (packed in juice)

· Canned Tuna (packed in water)

· Rice

· Dry & Canned Beans

· Soup (low sodium)

Urban Ministries of Wake County provides struggling families with healthy, nutritious food – exactly what Penny Road encourages with our students. For more information about Urban Ministries of Wake County, visit:

*Please support Urban Ministries with the healthy food you would eat.*


We are so excited to introduce our new long-sleeved t-shirts to the Spirit Wear line-up! You're sure to love the new designs and fabric. Look for order forms in your child's folders. You may also order online HERE. This is a pre-order only, so get them while they're hot! All orders must be placed by November 6th. Shirts are $18 and should be delivered by December 1st. If you have questions, please contact Barb Wright at or Beth Potts at


Halloween at PRE this year got a bit messy for Principal Hoke!! She was such a good sport as student fundraisers celebrated their successful efforts during the Fun Run! Thank you, Mrs. Hoke, for taking one for the team!

Penny Road Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Leauma! When asked about her success she replied, “The measure of success is unique & often invisible to the untrained eye & they are not her own, but the victories of her students.” Thank you for all you do for the families of Penny Road! What a well-deserved honor.
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