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September 20th, 2019

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THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

  • Thursday September 26th-Spirit Day/Wear your PRE colors or Spirit wear
  • Friday September 27th-Picture Day
  • Friday September 27th-Sunday September 29th Spirit Weekend Buffaloe Lanes Cary
  • Monday September 30th No School
  • Monday September 30th-Friday October 4th-Fall Book Fair

Attention Kindergarten and 1st Grade Parents!

BOOKS AND BEYOND

By now you have received all the important paperwork to kick off the Books and Beyond “Blast off into Reading” program. This is a yearlong reading program (September 15th - April 30th) to help encourage and foster a love of reading. This program works in coordination of your child’s grade level and abilities in his/ her reading adventures.

Updates will be sent three times during the year with a tally on how many sheets have been submitted for your child. The information will be included in the child’s Friday folder.
Tracking Sheets are collected and reported MONTHLY. Don’t forget that you can find additional tracking sheets at: www.pennyroadpta.com. Look under the PTA info tab for Books and Beyond.
Monthly rewards for the class (per grade) who submitted the most sheets (gifts will be education based).
Individual Awards are awarded at the completion of the program in April.

· All students who submit one sheet or more will receive a certificate

· 10-19 complete sheets will also receive a ribbon

· 20-29 complete sheets will also receive a bronze medal

· 30-39 complete sheets will also receive a silver medal

· 40 and above complete sheets will also receive a gold medal


Helpful hint:
sit down with your child and help him/her set a goal of how many sheets he/she would like to turn in for the program. Your support can help them achieve or surpass that goal! We understand that this program relies on parents and we appreciate your support of this fun reading opportunity.

Should you have additional questions about this program, please feel free to reach out by email to swathee.r@gmail.com

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Chess Club

Chess Club is back! This popular Penny Road tradition will begin October 11th and Triangle Chess instructors will once again be teaching our students! Sign-up sheets can be printed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IO-VZ5VzAgAB2V-dQX30EdvYXd0Oj0w6/view?usp=sharing


Chess Club is held Fridays, 8:30-9:10 AM, starting October 11th. Check-in starts at 8:20 AM. Students play in either the media center or the cafeteria, depending on skill level.



One-time $30.00 dues (per student) are required for Chess Club and include a series of professional chess lessons provided by Triangle Chess Club. Payment is to be sent in with your the registration to your child’s teacher and can be in the form of a check or cash. Checks can be made out to “Penny Road PTA”. Please send the form and payment in by October 4th.

Any questions contact Jessica Munro - JMunro360@gmail.com

Penny Road ES Advocacy Chair Update

Reminder: 2019 is an Election Year!


Local elections have tremendous impact on our day-to-day lives. Yet in 2017 — our most recent odd-year municipal election — only 15% of Wake County registered voters came out to the polls. In 2015, a dismal 12% of folks in Raleigh/Cary voted in the municipal election.


City of Raleigh and Town of Cary Municipal Elections

Early Voting: September 17 — October 4th


Early Voting is available at seven locations in Wake County. For a summary of locations and hours, click HERE.


Election Day: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 {Vote at your designated polling location.}


Municipal Elections for Apex, Holly Springs, and other nearby towns.

Early Voting: October 16 — November 1


Closest early voting location is Apex Community Center. For a list of hours, click HERE.


Election Day: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 {Vote at your designated polling location.}


If you are new to Wake County OR have moved since the last election, click HERE to print and mail a new voter registration form.

The Penny Road Variety Show needs YOUR help!

Last year we were able to bring back the Penny Road Variety Show. It was a wonderful event enjoyed by so many families in our school’s community! Penny Road has some very talented Pandas. This event is tentatively scheduled for November but in order to host this event again, we need a parent to serve as the Chairperson. Mrs. Koch, our amazing music teacher, handles all of the technical aspects of the show. The chairperson is responsible for everything that goes on behind the scenes. Some of these responsibilities include: spreading the word about the show, accepting applications, communicating with parents, generating a program, recruiting volunteers, etc. We have notes from last year’s show to help you get started. If you have some spare time and are able to help (or you have questions before you commit), please email Amy Toland at tolandfam@gmail.com.

Corporate Sponsorships


Each year the Penny Road PTA offers opportunities to promote businesses and services to our school community. The dollars raised by your corporate sponsorship commitment allows us to:

  • Purchase new technology programs
  • Upgrade existing technology and equipment
  • Enhance learning environments
  • Maintain and improve facilities
  • Support essential programming and educational experiences

If you own a local business and are interested in learning more about our Corporate Sponsorships, please contact kerry.lipitz@gmail.com.

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Consumer Rewards

Attention Parents...today in your child's Friday Folder you will have some information on Consumer Rewards. Our school can earn some EASY money from Box Tops, Coke Rewards, Amazon Smile, Lowes Foods, etc. It really does add up and it's an easy way to support what we do here at Penny Road. Be sure to check out our new and improved Box Tops Sheet: http://www.pennyroadpta.com/consumer-rewards.html


SAVE THOSE BOXTOPS and SCAN THOSE RECEIPTS!!!


For questions, please contact Mandy Smith at: mandymariesmith@gmail.com

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Are you headed to the NC State Fair?

If you or anyone you know plans to had to the NC State Fair this year, why not save money and support Penny Road with the Tools for Schools program! For every Adult FastTrack Gate Admission Ticket purchased using the Penny Road School code the State Fair will donate $2 to the school. For every Child FastTrack Gate Admission Ticket purchased using our school's code the State Fair will donate $1 to the school. Advanced ticket sales are now open until October 17th. To support Penny Road simply enter the number 530 under "Membership" at check-out on the Tools for Schools link. This promotion is only available online in advance of the Fair. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17. FastTrack Gate Admission skips the ticketing line at all N.C. State Fair gates. FastTrack Gate Admission does not apply to carnival rides, the State Fair Flyer or the State Fair SkyGazer. Click HERE to purchase tickets.
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INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

Wednesday, October 2nd 2019

Students everywhere will be walking to school today! There are plenty of great reasons to walk to school – less traffic, safer streets, cleaner air, and it’s a healthy and fun way to start the day! If you live close enough to school, consider walking from home, but for those who live a bit further, we will meet at two locations to walk a shorter distance as a group. Here are the details:

Location #1: Cambridge Pool Parking Lot (0.5 miles west of Penny Road Elementary, the first subdivision on your right). Meet us at the Cambridge Pool (you can even park at the school and walk there). We will be walking by Danbury and Kensington.

Location #2: Glenridge Pool Parking Lot (Corner of Autumngate Drive and Kildaire Farm Road); we will cross Kildaire Farm Road and enter Windsor Oaks neighborhood. We will exit there, onto Penny Road, opposite Magnolia Woods. Neighborhoods close by Glenridge include, Stanton Place, Wrenn Meadow, Grey Hawk, Windsor Oaks.

We will meet at these locations at 8:20am and the group walk will commence at 8:30am! Anyone is welcome. For safety reasons all students ­MUST be accompanied by an adult.


SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT: Make a poster to hold as we walk! Include creative designs and what you think is great about walking to school.

Join your child's classroom on KONSTELLA!

Make sure you log-in to Konstella and join your student's new classroom so you don't miss specific grade level communication! Sign up and explore! You'll be glad you did!


From a computer: Log in. Click your name in the top left corner. Click "Your Children" to add/modify your children's classrooms.

From the Mobile App: Click the Settings icon in the top left corner. Click "Your Children".

Join the PTA!

One of the easiest ways for you to support our school is to become a member of the PTA. When you join our PTA, you become a member of the North Carolina PTA. NC PTA leaders work tirelessly to advocate for our public schools! By supporting our school and the PTA, you support these advocacy efforts!


To pay your membership dues online, click HERE. (You will be directed to the MemberHub website used for NC PTA membership.)


To pay by cash or check, please download and print this form http://www.pennyroadpta.com/uploads/5/3/6/0/53600755/2019-2020_membership_form.pdf and send your payment into school. Checks are made payable to the Penny Road PTA.