Penngrove Press

February 6th, 2019

What's Happening at Penngrove?

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Last day to sign up for the Talent Show is THIS FRIDAY, 2/8!

If you have your ACT together, please sign up here.

A Night with the Stars is set for Sunday, April 7th, 3pm

at the Petaluma Vets Building! There will be optional weekly rehearsals, and 4 mandatory rehearsals/dress rehearsals. Please email if you can help with the practices and/or the show. Thank you!

Lifeskill Winners Wednesday, January 30th

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Message from the Yearbook Committee

Have you ordered your yearbook yet? Don’t miss purchasing a yearbook for your child. Almost 100 pages full of memories! $16 for PTA members, $20 for non-PTA. Orders can be made in the office.

Seeking enthusiastic parents: If you would like to be a part of creating the yearbook please contact We are looking for parents who love to document the fun events that happen at Penngrove. Duties range anywhere from taking photos of students to designing yearbook page spreads to order administration.

Our Parent Survey is LIVE! 1 week left!

Please take a few moments to complete our annual parent survey. We are hoping for one response per family. Here’s the link: Once completed, students can turn in the half sheet sent home on 1/30 to their teacher. For extra credit, take a selfie with the completed form so we can use it to encourage others to participate! Send your selfie to Mrs. Fadeji: Rumor has it there may be some prizes for the class with the most participation. In our record year (2016-17), we had 131 responses but this year, we’re hoping for 200! We are HALF WAY THERE!!!!! :) Thank you in advance for participating! Survey deadline is Wednesday, February 13th.

Parents - do you want to help shape the PTA budget?

Elections are coming up for the FOPPTA Executive Board! If you or someone you know seems right for the job please send your interest or recommendation to

Not much for jumping in with both feet?

Dip your toe in and come to a meeting or two!

Our kids are worth it!

Election Schedule:

February 25th - nominations close

March 4th - Nominating Committee reports to the association

(3/4 is an added meeting, not on your magnet!).

April 8th - Elections will be held at our association meeting


Want to help earn extra cash for our amazing school?

Managing box tops is a fun, flexible and simple way to be involved in a big way!

Please contact me if interested or with any questions -

Message from Mentor Me

Hello Penngrove community. Although the rain continues to come, Spring is right around the corner. More sunshine and longer days gives us more time to spend with a mentee. Anyone can become a mentor if you are over 18 years of age and have one hour a week to give to a student. We also ask for a 2 year commitment, as it is so important to be a consistent and present person in your mentee's life for at least that period of time. The steps in becoming a mentor are:

  1. fill out an application here:
  2. complete a 2 hour training at the Mentor Me Cavanaugh Center
  3. get fingerprinted.
After all of these steps are complete, you can meet with me Sarah Keiser and we can talk about the activities you enjoy and your interests. I than spend a lot of time and thought into placing you with the mentee on our waitlist that best matches you, your interests and your energy level to make sure we have a wonderful, strong and lasting relationship. I put a lot of effort into finding the best match possible so that the mentorship is enjoying, fun and easy. Creating the situation for a natural and successful bond between you and your mentee. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Sarah Keiser 707-332-5969
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Spring in the Garden

The Spring session of Garden, Nutrition, and Environmental Education classes begins Tuesday, February 5th! Volunteers are needed to make the experience the best it can be for students. Please check the schedule to see when your child’s class is in the garden, or when else you might be able to participate in planting, harvesting, tasting, art, science and more. Pictured above is one of the raised beds ready for planting. There is also an abundance of greens ready to harvest. Look out for a Kale Sale next week!

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Become a Basementeer! Sports Basement is spinning the traditional “loyalty” program into a win-win for their loyal customers and our community. Basementeer’s receive 10% and give 10%:

  • 10% off every item every day

  • 10% of annual profits to various charities and schools, including Friends of Penngrove PTA

  • Please watch this one minute video to get the idea

On your next visit to Sports Basement, register as a Basementeer and select Friends of Penngrove PTA as your beneficiary! OR sign-up now by CLICKING HERE.

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.


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Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra 3rd annual family concert Sunday, March 3, at 2pm.

Bring the kids, bring the whole family to this Sunday matinee concert entitled Picture This! starring Modest Mussorgsky's Russian masterpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition in a colorful re-orchestration by French composer Maurice Ravel.

This family-friendly concert will include a multi-media display of artwork created by students from throughout the North Bay.

The concert opens with AJ Gonzales’ La Osa y la Amapola, a world premiere, and the winning entry in the 2018 Sonoma State Student Composition Competition.

The concert will be followed by an art-making session led by Dianne Aoki.

The concert takes please on Sunday March 3 at 2pm in the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall. For more information on (and tickets to) the concert please visit
This concert is sponsored by a generous grant from the Bank of America.

Click the image above for information about Camp Edmo.

Haga clic en la imagen de arriba, información también en español.

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Last school year we received $161.68 dollars from Amazon Smiles and our goal is to earn $300 this year. When we reach that goal, Amazon Smiles will be able to pay for one field trip bus. One of the programs supported through PTA, is to provide one field trip bus per classroom per year. This saves parents from driving, allows us to schedule more trips and provides a fun experience for our students. Thank you for supporting our school!

How to Get Set-Up for Amazon Smiles:

  1. Go to:
  2. Sign in or create an Amazon account
  3. Type "3925 Friends Of Penngrove Elem Pta" into the Pick Your Own Charitable Contribution search bar
  4. Press Search
  5. Press Confirm once the Penngrove PTA information is displayed
  6. Click Yes to confirm that you will use the Amazon Smiles website to support the school
  7. Press Confirm
  8. Start shopping!

Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library Book clubs and Upcoming events

First Chapters Book Club (for readers in grades 1-3) Tuesday, February 19, 4:30-5:00 pm. Looking for a new book series? 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders are invited to listen to or help read-aloud from a new chapter book each month. Student is invited to check out the book and finish at home. Snacks served.

Chapter Chat Book Club (for grades 4-6) Thursday, February 28, 4:30-5:30 pm.

Do you love talking about the books you read? Now is your chance to not only read the book but also meet other book lovers and talk about books. Each month a new book is chosen, and snacks served on Book Club day. This February we will be reading and talking about One Dead Spy: the Life, Times, and Last Words of Nathan Hale, America’s Most Famous Spy written by Nathan Hale (himself). This story is both a graphic novel and a biography. Pick up a copy at the children’s desk.

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What’s on your mind?

Please email your questions, comments, ideas, book reviews: