Penngrove Press

November 28, 2018

What's Happening at Penngrove?

6th Grade Outdoor Ed, Class of 2019, gets $4,500 from their participation at the Cotati Accordion Festival!

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This November we're celebrating #GivingTuesday all month long with #GivingShoesDay!

At Girls on the Run, we know the power of a quality pair of shoes: The ability to set goals and achieve dreams. Since 2007, with support from our long-time partner, Fleet Feet Santa Rosa, we’ve provided over 600 pairs (a value of over $45,000) of quality running shoes to girls who need them.

We anticipate providing shoes to nearly 200 girls in 2019 at a value of $10,000!

Girls on the Run changes lives. It empowers our girls to unleash their limitless potential and gives them skills to navigate the world confidently and become tomorrow’s leaders. That’s why I love working for Girls on the Run Sonoma County, and it’s why I’m asking you to make a donation so that more girls can experience the program. Thank you! We hope you'll join us in this important mission by DONATING and helping us spread the word on social media!

STEM fun in Mrs. Benedetti's class!

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Penngrove Holiday Parade of Lights

is coming up on Sunday December 16, 2018, 6- 7pm

Are you interested in helping to create the first Penngrove Panthers Tractor Parade entry?

Email today!

Kindergarten enjoying their Native American symbol drawing on headbands

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The Schoolwide Acceptance and Inclusion Assembly

has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 1/29: This special assembly will be led by Jessica and Larkin, mothers of two exceptional children who happen to have Down Syndrome. Read more about them in this March 2018 article from The Press Democrat. The duo will read a book and talk about the many differences and similarities kids can have. Students will participate in activities to gain a better understanding of what it’s like to have a disability. All students will receive an informational packet about what they learned during the assembly and activities.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the activities. The sign-up sheet is located here. Parents are encouraged to join us for the assembly to learn from these two amazing mothers!

Ready for a night out? Click on the flyer below to register your child for some fun with their teachers!

Silver Graphics Art Fundraiser

Thank you for all your Silver Graphics orders! Proceeds will go directly to the Penngrove Art Enrichment program to bring your child more art this year and future years!

Products arrive in December and will be distributed in time for the holidays!

Good news: you can still order products from Silver Graphics through June 30, 2019! Orders will be shipped directly to you so shipping fees will apply, however, our art program will still benefit. You can even upload different art and place orders for that.

Order at with your child's access code. Don't have the access code? Email for help.

Thank you for supporting our Art Enrichment project!

Our Rock River is getting a makeover!

We are remodeling our painted rock river this month! A generous Penngrove parent donated their time to clean up the outside area and mulch around the river. Aquarium rocks have been laid out to mimic river water. The 6th graders will once again place the painted fish rocks in the river in the next day or so. Come check out our Penngrove campus student art!

Message from Outdoor Education, Class of 2019

Outdoor Ed is selling See's candy just in time for Christmas! Order forms went out before Thanksgiving or you can pick one up in the office. Orders are due by this Friday, November 30th! All proceeds go towards 6th grade camp.

Thank you for your continued support of Outdoor Ed, Class of 2019! Woo Woo!

Message from Penngrove's Art Enrichment Program

We have officially kicked off our winter art! Hope everyone got a chance to see all the wonderful Fall and spooooky Halloween art in the office hallway! We will be taking it down in the next couple weeks and replacing it with our winter art projects from each grade level. Want to know what your child is doing in art? Follow Penngrove's Art Enrichment program on twitter: @PenngroveArtist.

Make-A-Wish at Penngrove

All around the United States, kids of all ages are writing letters as an easy and inspiring way to give back this holiday season! For several years Penngrove has participated in the Macy’s Believe Campaign towards the race to raise 1million dollars for Make A Wish.

Every Wednesday as part of Recess Renaissance, we will be writing letters and drawing pictures of our wishes this holiday season. For every letter we send to the North Pole, 1$ will get donated to Make-A-Wish. . .

Make-A-wish is a special group that grants wishes to children with life threatening conditions.

So this year in the spirit of giving back please join us on stage Wednesday’s at lunch recess.

Get your friends, family, teachers,.... Anyone can participate!

Wanted: Half gallon cartons for 2nd grade!

Second grade is doing their annual gingerbread house village and are in need of clean half gallon containers as soon as possible! Please bring them into the office. Thank you for your support!


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This event will feature STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) focused projects done by students across all grade-levels at University Elementary. In addition to the student work on display, the event will immerse attendees of all ages in hands-on, interactive maker demonstrations from a wide variety of event partners including Ryan Jenkins, co-founder of the San Francisco Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio, the Children's Museum of Sonoma County, Sonoma County Office of Education, the Sonoma State Maker Lab, DisruptEd (an educational virtual and augmented reality company), Play-Well Engineering (a Lego robotics youth engineering organization), the Sonoma State Physics and Engineering Clubs, origami master Henry Kaku, and many more! The purpose of this event is to promote the importance of project-based learning and maker education to the public. This event is free and open to the public.

Purchase raffle tickets to win a Kala ukelele! Proceeds go towards our Garden and Environmental Education program. Details in flyer below!

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Lifeskill winners for Weds, Nov 28 (Lifeskill this month: gratitude)

Jack Dufour

James Stone

Alexa Garcia

Liam Powers

Addison Sumwalt

William Rains

Jai Sharma

Tiffany Chinchilla

AvaMarie Villa

Bailey Suafai

Lyla Twitty

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PTA membership has its perks!

Available discounts include ice cream and Legoland!

Membership cards are available online at

Please email with any questions

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