March 21st, 2023
I've been thinking a lot of about the safety of our students on our campuses in PCS. While we are making improvements, we know it takes time to see results and to rebuild trust with our community. We took the learnings from our Town Hall meeting last week and are looking forward to improvements within our system.
As I mentioned last week in the Press, the resources which families need to support their children at home is a global need. I will continue to provide resources in the Press, and please continue to read the PBIS corner below to see how we are supporting students at school. Here is an article by edsource.org about social media and how to navigate that as a parent. This topic in particular seems to be ever-changing and ever-relevant. The green box off to the side of the article has some great take-aways.
Our 5th graders had a WONDERFUL time at camp this week, even enjoying some sunshine on Monday! I got to go out and have some of the fun with them on Monday. There was a ton of energy and excitement! I'm excited to hear all their stories when they return, as I'm sure you are as well.
As we go into Spring Break tomorrow, I hope you will have the opportunity to take some special time to connect with family, friends and fun!
Stay awkward, brave and kind!
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Question of the week from Principal Harp
Each week, I will be sending out a question with which you will be given the opportunity to engage in a new conversation with your child. We all know how hard it is to draw out responses other than, "nothing" or "fine" when we ask "What did you do today?" or "How was school?" Be sure to use open ended follow-up questions and statements such as "Tell me more about that!" or "What did you think of that?" Please ask your student(s) the question below, share their response with us and make our day! You can submit more than one response! (No need to put names or identifying words.)
We understand that this shift will take time.
One of the first things we can do is recognize that most of us were not raised in a restorative culture. We were raised during a time of names on the board with check marks, kids sitting out recess, detention, suspension, etc. In other words, an exclusionary punitive culture. We need to bring our families along by educating them about what we will do for their child if they misbehave and harm others as well as what we will do if they are harmed by others.
This is when we utilize our community circles following the 6 questions posted in a previous Press.
What were you thinking and feeling at the time?
What have you thought about since?
What about this has been hardest for you?
Who was affected by what you did? In what way?
What do you think you need to do to make things right?
I had a beautiful example of this process last week with a group of 5 students who needed to be heard. It helped them to express their feelings, their perspective and their needs, and come to an agreement about how to move forward in a safe environment with a supportive, trained adult. They came out of our circle feeling lighter and connected.
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Safety Backpacks & Basement Clean-Up Volunteer Days- Spring Break!
Join members of the Penngrove PTA, Principal Harp & other community members on March 29th, 30th & 31st from 9am-12pm for some spring cleaning. The basement is where so much of the magic of Penngrove Elementary gets stored, and it is time for some reorganizing & cleaning.
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Any time you can donate, from 1 hour, or all three hours every day- every bit helps!
Please contact Adrien McGoon with any questions- email@example.com
7th Annual Penngrove Elementary Lego Contest!
Lego Contest Entry Form
Name ___________________________________ Teacher & Grade _________________________________________ You can build any lego sculpture. The ideas are endless: a house, a car, a boat, an animal, a dance party, a Star Wars ship....anything you want. Keep your sculpture to 150 total lego pie...
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Family Day at Petaluma River Park!
Join us Saturday, April 1st from 9:30am -12:00pm for a full morning of ART + NATURE + FUN at the Family Day at Petaluma River Park!
- Hands-on art making with Artaluma.
- A live, “Snake Surprise” presentation by the Petaluma Wildlife Museum.
- FREE family portrait photos by the incredible Victoria Webb.
- Field games for all ages.
- Coffee, hot chocolate, and empanadas for sale from Grand Central Café.
- Opportunity to learn more about the Petaluma River Park Project and see how you can get involved!
All ages of well-behaved humans and dogs on leash are welcome. Things to bring: comfortable shoes, a sun hat, and water.
Parking: The entrance to Petaluma River Park is located at 300 Copeland Street, off of D Street, between Petaluma Boulevard and Lakeville. Parking here is limited. We encourage people to walk or bike if possible, or park at the Petaluma Arts Center.
Día de la Familia
¡Súmese a nosotros para el programa especial y extendido del “First Saturday” (Primer Sábado), donde habrá diversión para toda la familia!
¡El evento será de 9:30 am a 12:00 pm y allí podrá disfrutar de una mañana repleta de ARTE + NATURALEZA + DIVERSIÓN a Día de la Familia en Petaluma River Park! Sábado 1 de abril
- Creación de arte práctica con Artaluma.
- Una presentación en vivo de "Snake Surprise" a cargo del Museo de Vida Silvestre de Petaluma.
- Fotografías en formato retrato familiar GRATIS por la increíble Victoria Webb.
- Juegos de campo para todas las edades.
- Venta de café, chocolate caliente y empanadas de Grand Central.
- ¡La oportunidad de aprender más sobre el Proyecto del Parque del Río Petaluma y conocer cómo usted puede participar!
Este evento es abierto y gratuito para las personas de todas edades, y también perros con correa bien educados.
Estacionamiento: La entrada a Petaluma River Park está ubicada en 300 Copeland Street , saliendo de D Street, entre Petaluma Boulevard y Lakeville. El estacionamiento allí es limitado.
NOTHIN' BUT NET 38th Annual BASKETBALL CAMP Summer 2023
This is our 38th year of Nothin' But Net. Co-Directors are Coach Doug Johnson, former Petaluma Girls Varsity Coach and Coach Eric Hoppes, former Petaluma Boys Varsity Coach. Many players on local high school teams have attended Nothin’ But Net. We are committed to small group instruction, with groups of 8-10 campers to allow maximum instruction. Local coaches and players will assist at camp. For Information call: Coach Hoppes at 766-9963 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See flyer or check out the website for full details.
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Penngrove Elementary - Home of the #PennPanthers
Location: 365 Adobe Road, Penngrove, CA, USA
Phone: (707) 778-4755