Panther Press

August 29, 2021

The Pershing Elementary Newsletter

Principal Message

Hello Pershing Families!

Thank you for your participation this past Wednesday by attending Back-to-School Night on Zoom with our teachers. For those who were unable to attend the meeting, please reach out to your child's teacher by sending an email, or by leaving a message for the teacher at the office, if you have any questions or did not receive handouts from Back-to-School Night.

We follow a regular schedule this week! We have no school on September 6th, the Monday after this week, as it is Labor Day. Please review our calendar of dates and dismissal information below. It has consistently been shared, along with the Bell Schedule, which includes dates for when the schedule changes (see the right side of the image and click the Bell Schedule to open it in a format you can enlarge).

Safety and Health Protocols

The Sacramento County Public Health Department created the "COVID-19 Symptom and Quarantine Decision Forest for K-12 Schools" that includes three "Trees" to assist with decision making to help students, staff, and families stay safe. I have shared it below so that parents can view the guidance we are following. Please use the list on Tree #1 as you symptom screen children each day prior to sending your child to school. If your child was absent, but we do not know the reason for the absence, your child may experience a delay in being allowed to return to class the following day until we can reach you. Please be sure to contact the office, or email, every time your child is absent. If your child will be absent from Discovery Club, you must also contact them separately, as well.

If your child has a preexisting condition that may have symptoms similar to those on the list on Tree #1, please be sure you have obtained a doctor's note detailing the condition and symptoms, and then symptom screen each day for any symptoms that are new or different from those the child typically experiences. Please contact our office if you have questions.

No Really, Please, Please Label Student Personal Items

Please be sure to label everything with your child's name and room number: lunch boxes, backpacks, inside masks, water bottles, and jackets. When we have a name, we return it quickly!

Please also send your child to school with an extra mask, when possible, as masks often break or need to be swapped out if dirty. Thank you!

Rec Aides (Yard Duty) Positions Posting Soon!

We are in need of two Recreation Aides (yard duty) for Pershing, and the positions will post to very soon. This is a fun and rewarding job where you get a chance to get to know our students, help them enjoy their recess breaks at lunch time, and then help them transition safely back into the classroom for learning. The positions are needed nearly every standard school day for 2 hours each day, from 11a.m. - 1p.m. If you are interested, or have questions about the application process, please email me at

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership! If you have any questions, please reach out to our office at 916-979-8076. Thank you!


Mrs. Kendra Shelton


Calendar of Upcoming Events

September 3: Panther School Colors Day! Wear Green, Gold or Yellow to show your school spirit!

September 6: Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

September 8: PTO Meeting on Zoom 6p.m. - 7:30p.m.

Link will be sent next weekend for the meeting. We hope to see many new parents and families there!

Minimum Days and Alternative Day Schedules:

For details on which school days follow the "Minimum Day" or "Alternative Day" Schedule, please click on the image below. Parent Teacher Conference days are all "Minimum Day" Schedule.

Thursday Schedule: Please note that all of the other Thursdays throughout the entire year follow a Thursday schedule with school dismissal at 1:30p.m. for 2nd through 6th grades (TK is always at 11:35a.m., Kinder 10 minutes before the bell for those walking up, and 1st grade is 5 minutes before the bell for those walking up for pick-up). All elementary and K-8 schools in San Juan Unified School District dismiss earlier on Thursdays to allow for professional development and staff trainings on Thursdays.