Panda Pulse

December 3, 2021

A Message from Mrs. Hoke

Hello Panda Parents,

Today we conducted our first “Lockdown Drill”. Though we are not able to communicate in advance about these drills, we want you to understand the importance of them in our community. This type of drill will secure the school building and shelter all students, staff, and visitors inside the building. The purpose of this drill is to keep the students safe from any danger outside or inside the building. During a “lockdown drill” all classroom doors, hallway doors, and entry doors are locked and will remain locked until the danger or issue is removed. To enable everyone to remain safe, no one will be allowed to enter the building or leave the building until the authorities authorize such a release.

In addition to the Lockdown drills, we practice monthly fire drills. In the spring we will also practice a Severe Weather drill that will be scheduled in the month of March.

Please remember that these safety practice drills are done to help maintain a safe place to learn and work. Please be prepared to reassure your student about the importance of these drills this evening, as they may have questions from today’s drill.

If you have any questions regarding any of these Safety Drills or other safety concerns, please contact our school office at (919) 387 - 2136.


Mrs. Hoke, Principal

Hola Padres Panda,

Hoy llevamos a cabo nuestro primer “simulacro de encierro”. Aunque no podemos comunicarnos con anticipación sobre estos simulacros, queremos que comprenda la importancia de ellos en nuestra comunidad. Este tipo de simulacro asegurará el edificio de la escuela y albergará a todos los estudiantes, el personal y los visitantes dentro del edificio. El propósito de este simulacro es mantener a los estudiantes a salvo de cualquier peligro dentro o fuera del edificio. Durante un “simulacro de cierre”, todas las puertas de los salones de clases, las puertas de los pasillos y las puertas de entrada se bloquean y permanecerán bloqueadas hasta que se elimine el peligro o el problema. Para permitir que todos estén seguros, nadie podrá entrar o salir del edificio hasta que las autoridades autoricen tal liberación.

Además de los simulacros de encierro, practicamos simulacros de incendio mensuales. En la primavera también practicaremos un simulacro de clima severo que se programará en el mes de marzo.

Recuerde que estos simulacros de prácticas de seguridad se realizan para ayudar a mantener un lugar seguro para aprender y trabajar. Esté preparado para tranquilizar a su estudiante sobre la importancia de estos simulacros esta noche, ya que pueden tener preguntas sobre el simulacro de hoy.

Si tiene alguna pregunta con respecto a cualquiera de estos simulacros de seguridad u otras inquietudes de seguridad, comuníquese con la oficina de nuestra escuela al (919) 387-2136.

Atentamente, Sra. Hoke, Directora

WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students)

We have officially launched our WatchDOGS volunteer program, with our first dad. Thank you, Mr. Aravind for volunteering your time.

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Important Upcoming Dates

December 8th - Papa Murphy's Pizza Spirit Night

December 20th - January 2nd - Winter Break

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PTA Notes

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Papa Murphy's Spirit Night

On Wednesday, December 8th the delicious and generous Papa Murphy's (3434 Kildaire Farm Rd) is donating back 33% of Takeout & Delivery orders to support a great cause -- Penny Road Elementary PTA!

On behalf of Penny Road Elementary PTA you’re invited to join us and eat out, not only in support of the organization but to show one of your Cary restaurants some love too!

We ask that you RSVP here: if you’re not completely sure) so Papa Murphy's knows roughly how many orders to expect & so you have access to all the event details.

We hope you can make it, and please feel free to forward this invitation to your friends and family. Thanks in advance for your support!

Penny Road Elementary's 2021 Giving Tree

We are collecting $40 Walmart gift cards until December 9th, 2021

Our school’s annual Giving Tree is looking different again this year, but we hope you will still find it in your hearts to help those in our school community who need additional support this holiday season. Our goal is to collect Walmart gift cards in $40 increments to be able to present families for their Penny Road students. If we are able to, we will then try to meet the needs of additional children in the home.

How does it work?

  • Digital gift cards may be purchased using Penny Road Giving Tree as the “Recipient's Name” and as the "Recipient's Email".

  • Digital gift cards will be printed by PTA for distribution to our families or you can print and deliver as stated above.

  • Gift cards may be sent to school with your child in an envelope marked “The Giving Tree”.

  • Gift cards will also be collected during both morning and afternoon carpools.

  • Gift cards will be distributed by our school’s counselor social worker in time for families to do some holiday shopping.

Have any questions, please email:

Advocacy Committee Update

Did you know NC has a state primary on March 8th, 2022? You must be registered to vote by February 11th to vote in this primary.

Have you moved since the last election? Unsure of which districts you are in now (most have changed due to the redistricting from the 2020 census)? Learn more!

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Stay Connected

  • Make sure to Like and Follow the Penny Road Elementary PTA Facebook page at: We will primarily be using the Panda Pulse and the PRE PTA Facebook page to communicate with you this upcoming school year.
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How to contact your Penny Road PTA


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