Penngrove Press

May 25, 2018

A message from our principal, Mrs. Fadeji

Dear Penngrove Families,

It has been an absolute joy and pleasure to watch your children grow this year. It takes SUCH a village to do what we do at Penngrove. Thank you so very much for all the many ways you have contributed. We are extremely grateful.

If your family is moving on to other schools and/or cities, we will miss you! Thank you for your time with us and for trusting us with your precious little ones during your time at Penngrove. We also have some very special staff members who are leaving us at the end of this year. Mrs. Heather Sposato (2nd grade teacher) is taking a leave of absence to spend more time at home with her two little ones. Ms. Laura Boyd (Occupational Therapist) has accepted a position with the Marin County Office of Education. Ms. Ann Conwell (Reading Specialist) will be supporting two other schools within our district as a reading specialist. Mrs. Sharon Whisman (Learning Center/RSP teacher) is taking a leave of absence to continue her education in school psychology. To our students, families and staff who are moving on, we wish you all the very best in the future. Thank you for adding so much to who we are at Penngrove.

Because I know not everyone orders a yearbook or has time to sit down and read it from front to back (although I encourage you to do so, it's awesome!), I thought I'd share my "yearbook blurb" with you as my farewell for the 2017-18 school year.

Congrats Penn Panthers, you did it!

You learned. You risked. You tried something new. You struggled. You celebrated. You rushed. You smiled. You made new friends. You included others. You made good choices. You asked for help. You fell. You got up. You discovered areas for growth. You recognized your strengths. You made it!

This year has been extra special for me because it’s the school year that I became a mom. Having Baby Sam has made me realize even more deeply how and why your families love you as much as they do. Each one of you is uniquely and wonderfully made and there is only one you! Remember the book I read to your classes in January? In Only One You the author Linda Kranz, reminds us to...

Always be on the lookout for a new friend.

Find your own way. You don’t have to follow the crowd.

Know when to speak; know when to listen.

If you make a wrong turn, circle back.

Blend in when you need to, stand out when you have the chance.

And finally Panthers, remember there’s only one you in this great big make it a better place. I’m proud of each one of you.

Enjoy your summer!

~Mrs. Fadeji

What's Happening at Penngrove?

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Gaga Ball Pit coming to Penngrove!

We're looking for a couple people to oversee our Gaga Ball Pit being installed this summer! If you'd be willing to work on this project, please email Mrs. Fadeji at or call the office (707) 778-4755 to let her know. We'll be using Coach Cliff's Gaga Ball Pit company and they pretty much order everything we need but we still need a small team of people to head this up. We're looking at installation over the summer. Thanks in advance!
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Meet Mrs. Judson (formerly known as Ms. Maurer)

Mrs. Judson will be teaching 4th grade at Penngrove next year and we cannot wait to have her officially join Team Penn!

Hi there! I am Elena Judson, and I am so excited to be joining Team Penn! I am a Sonoma county native, born and raised in Sebastopol. After graduating from Analy High School I moved to Portland, Oregon, where I completed my undergraduate coursework. My passion for teaching began six years ago, in a special education classroom in Santa Rosa--and it was that first experience which inspired me to earn dual credentials (in general and special education) from Dominican University of California. I had the pleasure of completing my student teaching here at Penngrove, and am thrilled to be working alongside the teaching community that has inspired me so much! I have spent the past two years teaching sixth grade in the Piner Olivet School District, and can’t wait to begin new adventures in fourth grade!

I love baking, yoga, and going to the beach with my dog, Chloe. My husband, Tyler, and I are about to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary, and I’m hoping to celebrate with a visit to my favorite place on Earth...Disneyland!

I am elated to be joining this wonderful community, and to work with such an amazing group of staff, students, and families!

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From the Student Council

Student Council Bake Sale this week (May 21 - May 25). All proceeds will be donated to Colorectal Cancer research, in Mrs. Benedetti's honor.
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Message from Outdoor Education, Class of 2019

Thank you to all those who came to support Outdoor Ed's Pasta Feed and bake sale during open house!

Next up: Swirl Time dine and donate on Wednesday, June 6 from 11am-10pm. Come enjoy a frozen yogurt with your family and 20 percent of your purchase will go towards Outdoor Ed! Swirl Time is located in Wolf Den Plaza across from SSU.

Also don't miss Penngrove's annual 4th of July Parade and BBQ on Sunday, July 1 at 11am right downtown Penngrove. This is a great event for the whole family. Look for our Outdoor Ed fundraising team out there selling waters and 3 twins ice cream sandwiches!

Thank you for continuing to support Outdoor Education!

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2017-18 Yearbook Update

Yearbooks are here! They will be distributed the last week of school. There are a few extras in the office if you forgot to order one. First come, first serve!

Penny McPanther Finds Her Way Into the Hearts of Penn Panthers

In case you've missed the buzz, Penngrove has a new mascot! Meet Penny McPanther, the newest addition to our campus.
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A Message From Your PTA

Don’t forget! PTA has an email address just to hear your thoughts! Send your likes, dislikes, ideas and questions to Questions will be answered and thoughts will be shared with the PTA board for consideration, every opinion matters!

The PTA is looking for parent volunteers for the following events during the 2018/2019 school year:

-Back to School BBQ Movie Night Committee Members to work with chair Shannon Gilmore (event in August)

-Jog-a-thon Chairperson and Committee Members (event in September)

-Harvest Festival Committee Members to work with chair Dionna Dunaway (event in October)

* Look for an email about 2019 events after Winter Break

If there is not a Chairperson for an event, the responsibilities will default to the PTA Executive Board, a committee member will not be assigned to chairperson unless they volunteer. To sign-up contact

The time commitment and activities vary with each event and can range from pre-event organization to day-of-event logistics. Everyone can offer a different type or amount of help and we appreciate it ALL! It takes a lot of volunteer time and talent to host these events for our students - we appreciate your assistance and dedication!

A huge thank you to our board members who are rotating off the board: Brian Dufour, Dionna Dunaway, and Veronica Goulet. You have all been outstanding! We're excited to welcome our newest board members: Parmeeta Ghoman and Jessica Goebel.

Jamie Norman

Friends of Penngrove PTA



Parents - Old Recorders?

We are collecting old recorders to augment our supply of loaners. If your child still has interest, please keep their old recorder at home. If there is an abandoned recorder around your house that will never again see the light of day, we could put it to good use. Send it on in to the office. Thank you!!!

Ms. Parks,

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Back to School BBQ/Movie Night

Join us Friday, August 3rd at 6:30pm on the Penngrove School field for an evening of community building, food, and a movie! We'll provide BBQ'd hot dogs & popcorn but feel free to pack your own picnic & snacks. Don't forget blankets, chairs, etc. for the movie if you plan on staying after dark.

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4th of July Parade

Are you interested in organizing the 4th of July Parade float? We currently do not have anyone in charge of this and would LOVE to have our school represented again! Please email if you are interested.

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End of year STEM report

You'd be amazed!!!! Find out about all the STEM projects accomplished this year here. So cool!
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Message from the Library

Dear Parents & Guardians, You can check out Penngrove School Library books for the summer!! If interested, please send a signed note or better yet, stop by the library & see me. There's nothing worse than awesome books sitting around collecting dust. I hope you can help us out but I do realize this may just be one more thing you need a break from. :)

Hope to see you soon!! Mrs. Lutz, Library Coordinator

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PTA Honorary Service Awards Assembly

On May 9th, the PTA presented key community members with Honorary Service Awards at the school assembly. The Honorary Service Awards are a program from the California Parent Teacher Association. We are very excited to celebrate our recipients hard work and efforts throughout the years. Please join us in congratulating:

Leslie Moreda, Golden Oak

Monty and Rob Sullivan, Honorary Service

Gary Leist, Honorary Service

Rachael Phillips, Continuing Service

Suzanne Berncich, Continuing Service

Michelle Vachini, Continuing Service

Bill Bomar, Very Special Person

To view pictures and more details on our winners, review the slides located here.

Thank you to all of our community members who contribute to our school. Every single impact makes a difference for our children. Throughout the next school year please send nominations to for consideration for the 2018/2019 Honorary Service Awards.

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Lifeskills, awarded Wednesday, May 16

Lifeskill winners:

June Mertens

Levi Hellman

Callen Jackson

Joey Waterman

Natalia Adams

Cole McCulloch

Daniel Bakke

Nick Grima

Luke Rantissi

Andrew Buschman

Samantha Clothier

Ben Galiata

Jordie Tarca

Henry Goulet

Katie Gobbi

Emily Marage

Calliope Smith

Zoey Moller

Carrie Machado

Lifeskills, awarded Wednesday, May 9

Lifeskill winners:

Bianca Vachini

James Stone

Paula Montes Cesena

Kendall Rafalo

Cody Gallagher

Alexei Gardea

Morgan Daniel

Greylin McDonald

Kayden Reed

Makayla Jones

Natalia Dinh

Imogen Garvin

Kiran Szatlocky

Alyssa Florke

William Hagler

Vivian Erickson

Arlet Avalos

Conor Harrington

Zoey Rosillo

Henry Goulet

Christopher Aguilar Cazares

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