Panda Pulse

September 8, 2017

This Week at a Glance

  • Direct Donation Campaign
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Spirit Night
  • Carpool Safety
  • School Picture Day
  • Fall Vendor/Craft Fair
  • Chess Club
  • Workout Wednesdays
  • Food For Friends
  • Birthday Book Club
  • Save the Date: Room Parent meeting

Things to Remember this week!

Monday, September 11: Direct Donation Campaign kick-off

Thursday, September 14: Odyssey of the Mind student/parent information session at 5:30 pm in the school “Creative Commons” area
Thursday, September 14: Spirit Night at Newk's & Goodberry's, 5 - 9 pm

Penny Road's Direct Donation Campaign

Penny Road’s Direct Donation Campaign is set to run Monday, September 11 - Friday, September 29! This year we have replaced our Fall "Fun Run" with this donation campaign. Remember, you can still reach out to family, friends, and employers for donations. 100% of funding received will go directly to our school. Donors will have the opportunity to win fun prizes and be entered into some great raffles! Look for detailed information coming home in your child's Friday folder.

Thank you in advance for your support! If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Greco, VP of Fundraising at
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Attention all 4th & 5th Graders

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is an international, fun & educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. The “long term” problems are announced annually by the world-wide OM organization and the teams work on and perform their solutions to compete with other teams at a regional competition. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from 25 other countries participate in the program.

Odyssey of the Mind teaches many skills including: creativity, problem solving, spontaneous and divergent thinking, engineering, construction, teamwork, risk taking, performance skills, time management and so much more! The OM “season” typically runs from November through March, depending on whether or not teams go beyond the regional tournament the first weekend in March.

4th and 5th grade students heard more about the OM program at school on Friday, 9/8 and will bring home additional information. If you would like to learn more, please plan on attending the mandatory student/parent information session on Thursday, September 14th @ 5:30pm in the school “Creative Commons” area.

Please note that this program is 100% run by parents and all OM parents are expected to take some kind of role with their team. In particular, we are in need of great parent coaches for each team that is formed. In addition to the other various volunteer opportunities, we are also looking for a vice-chair for Odyssey. This would be someone to observe & support the chair position during this school year and to potentially be the chair for next year.

A lot more FUN info here: and/or

Questions?? Please contact Jessica Vollmer at or on Konstella.

Penny Road Spirit Night!

Please join us for the first spirit night of the 2017-2018 school year. Take the night off from cooking, enjoy a great meal and dessert, & support Penny Road. Everyone wins!

When: Thursday, September 14, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Newk's & Goodberry's

1144 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary

Remember to tell them you are with Penny Road Elementary and 10% of all proceeds will be given back to the school.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Walden or Sara Concini

School Picture Day

Mark you Calendar!!! School Picture day is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27. This will be your student's yearbook portrait. Order forms are coming home soon. If you plan to purchase pictures, your student will need to bring the order form & payment to their teacher on Picture Day. For more information, visit

Wild West Round Up

The PTA is busy planning our first big family event of the year! Mark your calendars for Penny's Wild West Round Up on Saturday, October 21, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Join us for lots of food, games & activities, and a vendor/craft fair!
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Chess Club

Do you have a student in Grades 1-5? Do they want to learn how to play Chess? Do they already know how to play and are looking to improve and have some fun playing? Have them join our school’s Chess Club! The club will meet Friday mornings beginning October 13. A sign up sheet will come home in your child's Friday Folder or sign-up here. Checks may be made out to Penny Road PTA. Questions about the club may be directed to our parent volunteers Mandy and Daniel at


Important Car Pick Up Rules:

  • Please don't turn left out of the car pick up lanes onto Penny Road
  • In the morning, only let students out by the adults
  • Give us a thumbs up if you have your child, a thumbs down if you need your child
  • If you are going to switch to the bus system, you will need to make that switch this next week or you will lose your bus seat
  • Kindergarten and new parents may want to stand outside your car to help your child at the end of day so your child won't walk by your car (until they learn the system).

Workout Wednesdays will return Wednesday, 9/20!

Each Wednesday from 8:50 to 9:10am your child can come to the gym to get some morning exercise! Twice a month we offer yoga with our wonderful certified yoga teacher and parent volunteer Holly Healy. The other Wednesdays will be a combination of all different types of exercise! There is no advance sign up required, just have your child come and join in the fun!

If you are a parent who loves to exercise, do yoga, Zumba or dance, we would love your help! Moms, dad, aunts, uncles or grandparents are invited to share their passion with our students on Wednesday mornings. Please consider giving just 30 minutes of your time and passion, once a month or just once or twice a year on Wednesday from 8:45-9:10 to get sweaty with our students.

Please email Christine Martin at if you are interested in helping.

Food for Friends

Food for Friends is a wonderful program that collects food donations and sends them home in backpacks to some of our Penny Road students to help feed their families over the weekend. We are seeking volunteers to donate food once a month to fill a backpack. We will send out a reminder each week to remind volunteers to bring in their food. Please contact Jenn Evenhouse at or Hannah Baublitz at if you are interested in helping a Penny Road Panda. Thank you!

Birthday Book Club

Donate a book to the Penny Road School Library in honor of your child! Mrs. Platts has created a wish list on Amazon Smile. Check out the library website for directions on how to access this list and make your purchase. A bookplate with your child's name will be placed on the inside cover of the book and it will be checked out to them first! It then becomes a part of the Penny Road permanent collection! Please help our library and create a special memory for your child!

Questions? Contact Mrs. Platts at (919) 387-2142.


If you signed up to be a room parent in your child's classroom, we would like to say THANK YOU! Teachers, students and the PTA are so glad to have your support this school year!

The PTA will be hosting a brief room parent meeting on Tuesday, September 19th at 9:15am to fill you in on the responsibilities of the job, let you know what's new this year, and answer any questions you may have. We hope you can make it! Watch your email for more details. Contact Laurie Cockman ( with any questions.