Penngrove Press

Summer Update Edition - June 26, 2020

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Dear Families,

It's been a busy couple of weeks on campus! I am determined to enjoy some of this beautiful summer night in the backyard so please forgive my brevity in this email. I did want to send a few updates your way because I know many of you are sensing the 2020-21 school year approaching. Trust me, we know the feeling! :)

  • The library is currently being remodeled into Mrs. Sposato's 3rd grade classroom.
  • Mrs. Lutz has moved into Mrs. Fadeji's office until the new library is complete on the lower level of the admin building.
  • Mrs. Law's 2nd grade classroom is receiving a fresh coat of paint this week.
  • Exterior siding is being replaced, interior floors are being waxed, and the entire campus has been scrubbed down by a team of amazing custodians who were with us for 2 weeks.
  • The multi is filled with new science curriculum awaiting staff and students to put materials to good use.
  • 4 new picnic benches have arrived and will be put together in a couple weeks for student enjoyment.
  • Last night we held the first of three virtual parent meet-ups for incoming TK and K families.
  • 4 of our teachers are serving on the District Distance Learning Committee which has met over 13 times since school got out in June.
  • 14 members of Team Penn have been meeting multiple times a week to plan the logistics for all things 2020-21! Schedules, in-school learning, distance learning, safety, 1st week kick off, parent outreach, logistics, you name it, we're planning it!
  • Our new PTA Board is gearing up for a creative and new kind of year.
  • A team of 32 met at Penngrove last week to hear updates from the District on how we plan to move forward with the Sonoma County Road Map to Re-opening Schools. This team was comprised of classified and certificated employees, parents, site and district administrators from both Cherry Valley and Penngrove.
  • Numerous audits and inventory have taken place and we never thought we'd be counting so many sinks, chairs, and single desks!

I'm SURE I am missing tons of details but one thing you should know is this is not our average summer! We're currently planning two models of school which we haven't ever done before:

  • Distance Learning 2.0 as we're calling it
  • In-school learning aka the hybrid model

Just this week, new legislature gave us even more to digest and plan for when it comes to learning for 2020-21. In the coming days, as we seek to clarify some of the guidelines, we'll be able to make some big strides and communicate those with our families. For now, I want to thank you all and let you know how much I appreciate your trust and patience.

Be healthy and happy,


#PennPanthers Update June 26th
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Unless something SUPER crazy happens, we will begin our school year on the Distance Learning model. Once Superintendent Callahan has been given the "all clear" to open schools, we will begin our transition to in-school learning. Schedules and details about what both of these models look like will be coming SOON!
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Distance Learning will most DEFINITELY be different this time around! With a new school year before us, the PCS Distance Learning Committee has been hard at work to identify best practices for Distance Learning when it comes to tools, instructional strategies, parent input, communication, student/teacher contact time, schedules, etc. Right now, they are putting the finishing touches on things as they await feedback from the greater teaching staff on their recommendations. I expect the upcoming week to be filled with final adjustments and approvals. Although the schedule and details are not finalized, you can start to wrap your mind around the following:

  • student/teacher interactions will be more frequent and longer
  • teachers will be teaching new content daily in a variety of formats
  • students will be assessed regularly
  • student attendance will be monitored and reported daily
  • a continued commitment to the social-emotional well being of all our students
  • a much higher academic demand than you likely felt/saw in the spring

We can do this!

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