Panda Pulse

April 20, 2018

Important Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday, April 25th Administrative Professionals Day
  • Thursday, May 3rd Penny Road's Annual Spring Musical 7:00 pm
  • Friday, May 11th Penny's Beach Blast 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 15th General PTA meeting at 9:30 am

This Week at a Glance

  • Volunteer Spotlight- Corporate Sponsorship Chairperson
  • Spring Carnival Announcements - CLICK HERE to pre-order!
  • WCPSS family survey
  • SSA Nominating Dates
  • Teacher requests for 2018-2019
  • Books and Beyond Celebration Save the Date
  • EOG testing dates
  • Order your school supplies

Please Note!

Through the end of the school year, please send any Panda Pulse submissions to Amy Toland at

Administrative Professional's Day

On Wednesday April 25th we will be celebrating Administrative Professional's Day. Penny Road is so lucky to have amazing women working in our front office, Ms. Amy, Ms. Becky and Ms. Steffee and our custodian Ms. Denise. Help us say thank you by dropping off cards, letters, pictures or however you want to say thank you on Wednesday.

Volunteer Spotlight

Please note: We are still in need of an Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator. If your child is interested in participating in this program or has participated in the past and you would like to see the program continue, we need your help. The program will not happen in the coming school year if we do not have a volunteer!

This week's spotlight: Corporate Sponsorship Chairperson

As a part of our fundraising efforts here at Penny Road, we seek sponsorship from local businesses and in return, offer them recognition on our website and various other forms of communication and offer them a presence at our Spring Carnival. Much of this work, can be done via the phone or email and just involves a little creativity and persistence. You will work with our President and our V.P. of Fundraising to brainstorm ideas, contact businesses and find various ways to raise money through Corporate Sponsors. Regarding a time commitment, our intention is to reach our fundraising goal within the first few months of school. It is a manageable goal and once it is reached, there is no time commitment involved.

If you would be willing to serve on this team, please email Amy Toland at


Spring Carnival admissions, food sales, and raffle tickets are now on sale! Send in the order form that came home in your child's folder or click HERE for easy online ordering.

All orders due by April 27th.

Preordered tickets and wristbands will be sent home in your child’s folder before the event date.

***There will be some food available for purchase the night of the carnival, but we recommend that you preorder what you would like to guarantee availability. ***

Silent Auction and raffle basket announcement

The carnival silent auction is going online! From May 1st-10th, our auction will be open to online bidding. On May 11th, we will transition to a live in-person auction the night of the event. Over 60 items (valued at more than $11,000!!) are already posted. Follow the link for a preview:


The live portion of our auction on carnival night will also include a student favorite: Teacher Experiences! Bid on a chance to join your favorite teacher/staff member for an activity like bowling, a movie, skating, or a scavenger hunt!!


Wednesday, May 9th:12:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Thursday, May 10th: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Friday, May11th: 8:30 am to 11:30 am

PTA 411

Thank you to our 2018 Nominating Committee for hosting this year's PTA 411. If you were unable to attend, here is a link to information that was shared about the various positions that are available on our Executive Board.

If you are interested in serving in one of the following positions:


Vice President of Fundraising

Vice President of Volunteers

Vice President of Communications

Vice President of Education

Vice President of Programs

Vice President of Special Programs



please fill out the form below and return it to our 2018 Nominating Committee: Barb Wright (, Amber Olah ( or Beth Potts (

We have many different positions and committees available to suit different interests, talents, and time commitments. If you want to be involved, there is a spot for you!

Panorama Education WCPSS Family Survey

Wake County Public Schools has launched a districtwide family survey to learn more about you and your child’s experiences in our schools. You should have already received an email regarding the survey and survey link. Thank you to the Penny Road Families who have already completed it!

If you have not done so, please take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey between now and May 4th, 2018.

If you no longer have the email, the survey can be found at the following link:

Please contact with any questions about the survey or if you have trouble accessing the page.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback!

Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) Nomination Window open until April 26th

SSA is a program for students working approximately 1.5 to 2 years above their current grade level in math or reading. Students may be nominated for either MATH or READING, but NOT both subject areas. The nomination window is open from April 13th -26th at 4:00 PM. Any nominations received after 4:00 PM will NOT be accepted. Please contact Ms. Hamilton at for any questions about the program, testing or how to nominate your student. Use SSA for (Student Name) as the subject of the email.

Things to consider before nominating your student:

  • Is my student working 1.5 to 2 years above their grade level?
  • Will my student be okay with transitioning to a different classroom at a higher grade level for math or reading each day?
  • Would my student be okay with going to lunch/specials/recess with a different grade level if the schedule does not align school wide for math and reading times?

Classroom requests for the 2018-2019 school year

If your child has a specific need that should be considered for classroom placement for the coming school year, please write a letter to our new principal, Mrs. Hoke.

Include in the letter:

1. Your child’s name and grade level for the 2018-19 school year

2. Important considerations about your child to keep in mind when making class lists

3. Teacher qualities that would best meet your child’s need

*Requests will not be honored that list teacher names.

Please turn in all written requests to the office by May 4th. All requests should be sent to the office through the mail or hand delivered by an adult. Requests received after this date will not be considered.

Save the Date for our Books and Beyond celebration on Friday, May 18th

The Books and Beyond program officially ends on April 30, 2018. Recording sheets will be collected through May 1, 2018. No additional sheets will be collected after to ensure the committee completes the work for yearend recognition. Please make sure your avid readers continue to submit their sheets until then.

Families may plan to attend our Books and Beyond Celebration on Friday, May 18th in the gym. Kindergarten students will be recognized beginning at 9:30 am and First grade students will be recognized at 10:00 am.

3rd-5th grade parents mark your calendars for EOG testing!

A message from Mrs. Grove...

End Of Grade (EOG) testing dates have changed from what was posted on the website previously. This is due to June 11th being removed as a makeup day. All EOGs must be completed in the last 10 days of school. The testing window now begins on May 25th because of that change. It is extremely important that students are present on the days that their EOGs will be administered. If you are able to volunteer to help on these testing days, log in to Konstella to see the sign up! Parents and volunteers play a vital part in making sure our EOGs are proctored and run smoothly.

Please e-mail Lisa Grove,, if you have any questions. Thank you so much!

May 25th- 3rd Grade Math

May 29th- 3rd Grade ELA and 5th Grade Math

May 30th- 4th Grade Math, 5th Grade ELA

May 31st- 4th Grade ELA, 5th Grade Science

June 4th- 3rd Grade RTA test for select 3rd grade students

Order your school supplies for the coming school year!

If you have never done this before, you will be amazed at how easy it is! Our Penny Road teachers have generated the lists! Simply click the link below to order. You have the option to add art supplies that Mrs. Gardner has requested and you may even donate funds so that the school is able to order supplies for children in need. The deadline to order your child's school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year is June 30th!