Penngrove Press

April 10th, 2019

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Join us for one of the most special evenings of the year! Delicious food, amazing entertainment, fellowship & friends! Menu will include: taco bar, nacho bar, side dishes, desserts, drinks. Pre-sale cost is $5 per person or $20 per family (whichever is most cost effective). Tickets at the door will be $7 per person or $25 per family (whichever is most cost effective). RSVP link here. We're excited to be offering a PayPal option for this event! You can pay in the office, via PayPal, or at the door. We just need to know you're coming so we have enough food for you! Our committee would be honored to have you volunteer during the event for a shift if possible. Volunteer sign-ups are here.

Lifeskill Winners Wed., April 3rd

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Talent Show Was So Much Fun!

We are so impressed with each of the performers' bravery and talent!

The PTA would very much like to have feedback from the performer's families.

We have created a form to try to collect your feedback.

Here is a link to the form:

Please, let us know what you thought of the show!

Very important! -- New Liability Waiver

Have you signed and returned the new PTA Liability Waiver that went home last week?

The liability waiver you sign on Aeries will not cover upcoming PTA events. If you do not return a waiver for your child they will not be able to participate in PTA events.

You may not have seen this in the past. Our events have reached a new level of fun, including things like jumpies and obstacle courses. This waiver will allow your child to participate in these fun activities. We would never add anything that you haven’t already seen at birthday parties and local fun centers.

If you have specific concerns, please contact us:

Article: Kids Don't Tell You They Have Anxiety, They Say "My Stomach Hurts"!

Many children complain of abdominal pain before a sports game or a big test — when their anxiety and stress levels are at an all-time high.

Although it might not be a cause for immediate concern for some parents, others might not know that it may be a sign of anxiety. Click here to continue reading.

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Welcome the FOPPTA Executive Board for 2019/2020!

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President - Shannon Gilmore
Vice President - Melissa Morelli
Secretary - Elizabeth McGaughey
Treasurer - Erica Arent
Auditor - Joni Moss
Parent Outreach - Sara Caudill
Communications - Jess Goebel
Membership - Liz Erickson
Volunteer Coordinator - Jackie Fletcher
Parliamentarian - Parmeeta Ghoman

Chairs are needed for the following positions:

  • eScript
  • Hospitality
  • Skate Nights
  • Logowear
  • Assemblies

If you'd like to help with one of these programs, please complete the FOPPTA Chair Interest Form here:

3rd grade intramural basketball

3rd grade intramural basketball sign-ups will begin on Monday - Two players per team

* iMovie Life-skill videos *

Videos are due by this Friday, April 12.

Students can turn in their videos using the Seesaw app on their iPads. Directions and the QR code to join our Seesaw group are account are located in the multi-use room (on the wall near the lunchroom).

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Rainy day wildflower watercolor lesson in fifth grade

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Save The Date: Garden Work Party and Campus Cleanup

Garden Work Party and Campus Cleanup tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 4th from 9 - 1! It's got to stop raining sometime and the weeds and high grasses need attention. More info to come...but please save the date! Ms. Barrell has been all alone the past couple of times. Our students deserve amazing garden spaces! Questions or comments? Email Ms. Barrell at
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Staff Appreciation Week - May 6th - 10th

Staff Appreciation week is May 6th to 10th and we are excited to celebrate #teampenn! The #pennpta is working on spoiling the team with treats and activities. If you would like to help, please contact

We are working on a video message for our teachers to debut at the May 8th assembly. Please submit any photos with your student and a member of #teampenn or send a quick video message to for inclusion. Deadline is April 30th.

More details about Staff Appreciation events will be sent as we get closer to May - it is going to be a great week!
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Last Call for 2019 Yearbooks!

Believe it or not we are in the final push of the year! If you have not ordered your 2018-19 yearbook then it's time to do it now. Penngrove Elementary yearbooks are jam packed with photos of all our students in class, around campus, and at almost every school event. 96 full color pages of memories of your child and their friends. Don't wait until the last minute! Yearbooks are $16 for PTA members and $20 for non-PTA members. Order forms are in the office. LAST DAY TO ORDER: Friday, April 26!

If you are not sure whether you have ordered one or not, click here to check our list (please allow 1 week for updating).

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12th Annual Westside Band Festival!

The West Side Band Festival will be on April 24, 2019 at 7:00pm at Petaluma High School Gymnasium. All intermediate-grade students in the instrumental band program are encouraged to participate.
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------CHESS for kids / Ajedrez para Niños-------

Begins April 19th!

Call 707-527-6427 or Enroll Online:

After School Martial Arts / Artes Marciales Después de la Escuela

Begins April 10th!

To register, head to our website:

Para registrarse, diríjase a nuestro sitio web:

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Items received by Friday will appear in the following Wednesday's Press.

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What’s on your mind?

Please email your questions, comments, ideas, secret talent:

A few options for Summer Camps:

Fiddleheads Summer Camp by Seeds of Awareness

Seeds of Awareness promotes emotional intelligence and wellbeing through mindfulness-based, therapeutic, and nature-based programs.

Fiddleheads is a fun and therapeutic environment that provides social skills instruction and emotional support to neurodiverse groups of children in our vibrant Bay Area Regional Parks.


We keep our ratio small: one counselor per three children. We also cap our group size at 6 to 8 children so that each child feels seen and understood.

We develop the flow of the day and structure of activities to meet the individual needs of the children in the group.

We are careful not to over schedule the children. A harmony of excitement and relaxation is sought through a balanced flow of free play, adventure, story time, structured games, crafts, snack and circle times.

We honor the natural rhythms of the child and the day; the in- and the out-breath.

We incorporate mindfulness and movement activities into everything we do.

Click here to learn more!

Scholarships are Available! Point Reyes Summer Camp

Point Reyes Summer Camp (PRSC) is an environmental education camp located inside Point Reyes National Seashore. Our summer camp provides immersive experiences to over 400 children each summer. Naturalists, Counselors, and National Park Service Partners expose youth to environmental careers and provide experiential ecology, biology, and earth science lessons.

I am reaching out to you for two reasons. First, I hope Petaluma City Schools' administrators and guidance counselors will help identify low-income students (from households earning two times the federal poverty level and below) that would benefit from attending camp on a full scholarship. Nearly 25% of our summer camp participants come from low income households, and 25% are students of color. School officials can work with parents and guardians to create an UltraCamp account and fill out the required registration forms. All we need is a letter on school letterhead stating that the referred student receives free or reduced lunch. You can find instructions on how to create an UltraCamp account by clicking HERE.

Second, I have attached our 2019 camp flier, which contains dates and grade-level eligibility for all eight camp sessions. I would appreciate it if you would post it to your schools' websites, newsletters, and/or send a copy home with students. As a non-profit, camp fees support PRNSA’s year-round educational programs. Families can read about Point Reyes Summer Camp by visiting

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