Penngrove Press

August 11, 2021

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Dear Penngrove Families,

Tonight I received a "welcome back to school" email from the preschool my son starts later this month. It was the most friendly, loving, information filled welcome ever, and yet halfway through reading it, I found myself slowly starting to panic.

No peanut butter?

All the kid eats is PBJ!

Masks outdoors?

Can he do it?

Sunscreen, pull-ups, water bottles, lunches....

Deep breaths, Fadeji.

And while I continued to read this welcome letter, I reminded myself that I chose this school because I believe in it. I believe in the leadership, the staff, the philosophy, the whole package. I love the location, the way the learning spaces are decorated, the care that goes into welcoming each family, the list goes on.

When I got to the end of the welcome letter, I took a deep breath, and I thought of you. I reminded myself that this is where the rubber meets the road. This is where I take a piece of my own advice that I've been dishing out with ease for the past decade. This is where I give myself a moment to feel all the feelings, and then I lean in, and I trust.

So tonight, I want to say to each of you, thank you for trusting #TeamPenn. Thank you for taking deep breaths when you read our newsletters, thank you for acknowledging your feelings and then leaning in. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, opinions, worries and everything in between with us. Thank you for being vulnerable, and honest, and raw. And most of all, thank you for believing in us.

You have my sincere commitment that we will continue to try our absolute hardest to make your child's experience at Penngrove the very best possible. Your kids are our greatest joy and each day, they shine bright.

With love,


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Penngrove Jog a thon 2018


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Dear Penngrove Elementary Supporter,

We are so excited for the Penngrove Elementary School Jog-a-thon on September 10th! Our Jog-a-thon is the biggest fundraiser of the school year. This event is primarily responsible for funding a variety of student events and school projects. We are determined to make this event and the rest of the school year memorable for each of our 475 Penngrove Panthers - they deserve it!

With the funds raised from this year’s Jog-a-thon, the Penngrove PTA aims to support:

  • Fund the PE program

  • Fund the Garden program

  • Fun assemblies for all students

  • School programs such as mileage club, intramural sports, etc.

  • Individual Penngrove Staff funds for supplies, materials and general classroom support

  • School improvement projects such as murals, playground equipment and so much more!

Would you like to sponsor the 2021/22 Penngrove Elementary Jog-a-thon?

Attached below is a Jog-a-thon Donation Form to complete and return or you can submit your sponsorship online via a google form here:

What are the sponsorship levels?

Silver Tier Sponsor $250 - Advertisement on a banner that will be hung on the fence at the corner of Adobe and Old Redwood Highway until our next Jog-a-thon in fall of 2022.

Gold Tier Sponsor $500 - Company logo on Jog-a-thon t-shirt which all students and staff will wear at the event and for years to come. Advertisement on a banner that will be hung on the fence at the corner of Adobe and Old Redwood Highway until our next Jog-a-thon in the fall of 2022.

Platinum Tier Sponsor $1,000 - Central logo placement on Jog-a-thon t-shirt, advertisement on a banner that will be hung on the fence at the corner of Adobe and Old Redwood Highway until our next Jog-a-thon in fall of 2022, and an advertisement in the school yearbook.

All sponsors will be advertised through Penngrove Elementary social media pages and included in school-wide newsletters. Any Penngrove students affiliated with your business will be invited to a special event or receive a special recognition.

How do I sponsor?

To sponsor the event, send a check made payable to Friends of Penngrove PTA or FOPPTA and mail or drop it off to Penngrove Elementary School, PO Box 480, Penngrove, CA 94951. You can also use our PayPal link ( to send your contribution electronically. Company logos should be emailed to or uploaded on the Google form linked on page one.

Once your form and payment is received, a member of the Jog-a-thon committee will contact you to confirm receipt and to verify that your logo is correct. To ensure you receive the recognition you deserve, the deadline for sponsorships is Friday, August 13th.

Please note, the Friends of Penngrove PTA (FOPPTA) is a non-profit organization and our tax ID number is included on the form.

Thank you for your consideration,

Friends of Penngrove PTA

(707) 239-2504

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Mark Your Calendars!

Come to the Penngrove Shade Structure and find some great books on Saturday, August 21st from 9am - 2pm. Does your child need some new books to read over fall break?

Used & New Books

Self Help

Adult Fiction


Children's Books


Come check it out and support our 6th graders! Cash or check only please.

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Classroom Substitutes! Where Are You?!

We would LOVE LOVE LOVE to build up our list of Penngrove parents who are willing to substitute in the absence of the classroom teacher. We all know how important having qualified subs is, so sign up today!

Interested? Email Mrs. Fadeji ASAP!

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Did you know that the Friends of Penngrove PTA have their own website? The website keeps members up to date on school meetings and events that are hosted by the PTA, exclusive Penngrove logowear is sold here, and you can sign up for PTA memberships for your ENTIRE family!

At Monday evening's meeting the PTA approved the budget through September's Jog-a-thon, #TeamPenn provided an update on all that's happening in each grade, and a new Parliamentarian was appointed: Shannon Sundberg!

Also discussed, were the upcoming events such as the:

Movie Night at the Petaluma Fairgrounds, featuring the Trolls World Tour Movie.

BMX Bike Assembly Thursday, Aug 26th.

Jog-a-thon September 10th.

Harvest Fair October 30th.

Volunteers are needed for ALL of these events, are you interested? Sign up here! If you have any questions regarding any of the events or anything PTA related, please reach out to our PTA President: Melissa Morelli at

The PCS Online Independent Study Program allows students to work remotely from home with guidance from teachers. The program is available for Petaluma City Schools students in all grade levels.

Students in the PCS Online Independent Study Program receive both synchronous and asynchronous instruction, Monday through Friday; however, students will complete most assignments independently. This program is designed to provide rigorous high-quality instruction.

Additionally, students will have the option to participate in on-campus events at the school that is associated with their Online Independent Study Program (see the list below).

The Online Independent Study Program will be associated with the following schools:

  • TK-6: Valley Vista
  • 7-8: Petaluma Jr. High
  • 9-12: Valley Oaks

Read more about it here:

Can you help with the 2021/22 YEARBOOK?


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SAVE THE DATE! 6pm on 9/13

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Did you know?

Your #pennpanther can be a #pennpta member and attend special student meetings! The $5 student membership can be purchased online at


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Question about Lacrosse Club? Contact Jenn Luna: 707.293.8886