Penngrove Press

July 18, 2018

A message from our principal, Mrs. Fadeji

Dear Penngrove Families,

We are having an AMAZING first day back!!!! We did have CHP come visit and notify us that some cars were parked too close to the SMART Train tracks. As a reminder, there should be 15 feet of space between a car and train tracks. Thank you all for your patience this week as we experience an extra heavy flow of traffic.

Thank you PTA for hosting our annual parent coffee and breakfast this morning. Everything was delicious!

You'll hear more from me at Back to School Night which is coming up next Thursday, July 26th (see times below). In the meantime, enjoy these first days with your children. We're so happy to have them back!



P.S. Don't miss the "Introducing Team Penn" slideshow below!

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What's Happening at Penngrove?

Check out the new color on campus!

We have been working on some campus additions this summer, giving Penngrove Elementary more color and character! A HUGE thank you to the Gobbi family and their co-workers for installing all our new signs.
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A Message From Your PTA

What’s on your mind?

Please email your questions, comments, ideas, haiku:

Get Involved - A little bit goes a long way!

Worried you might get sucked into a vortex from which there is no escape? That you’ll help out at one event and before you know it, your days, evenings, and weekends are all gone? Too many of us have seen this first hand. Fear not! We want volunteers who do what they can, when they can, and nothing more. These healthy boundaries leave room for more joy in our events and projects, and the kids will feel the love! Please sign up for 1 or 2 (or more!) projects or events HERE on the Google Sign up Sheet

This will get you informed about specific tasks so that you can decide how you want to help. If you would like to chair an event or don’t know where to begin, we’d love to hear from you! -or-

Jamie Norman

Friends of Penngrove PTA President


First PTA Meeting of the school year is set for Monday, July 30th at 6 pm in Room 3.

Hope to see you there!

Sync your calendar with the Penngrove Calendar!

Use this link:

Tip: Go to settings, accounts and passwords, add account, other, add subscribed calendar, copy in the URL. On the next page, let it all just default, don't enter username and password.

PTA ByLaws: A copy of the updated ByLaws are available in the admin office at school for anyone who may want to read them.

Joining the PTA is sweet!

Be sure to check out our new membership drive board outside of the multi! Be on the lookout for membership envelopes coming home in your child’s homework folder soon. Plus, there are more envelopes in the office! Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, everyone can join! The class with the highest percentage of PTA members by oct. 31 will win a party of their choice!

Current PTA Board

Jamie Norman

FOPPTA President

Kerry Jones

FOPPTA Secretary

Shannon Gilmore

FOPPTA Membership

Melissa Morelli

FOPPTA Treasurer

Joni Moss

FOPPTA Auditor

Jessica Goebel

FOPPTA Parent Outreach

Parmeeta Gohman

FOPPTA Parliamentarian

Amy Fadeji

Penngrove Elementary Principal


Wondering who is teaching what and if we have any new faces on our staff? Check out our Team Penn slideshow!

School Attendance Matters! EVERY DAY COUNTS!

Welcome back!

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school – and themselves. Every absence, excused or not, can impact a child’s academic success. We encourage you to:

· Insure your student arrives to school on time

· Try to schedule doctor/dental appointments before or after school hours

· Plan family vacations during breaks

When you do need to keep your child home PLEASE contact the office. There are several ways you can let us know:

Call – 707.778.4755

Email –

Online absence form: Absence Form

Let’s work together to make this the most successful year ever for your child!

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Meet our RSP Specialist, Violette Moon Tindall!

Hello Penngrove students and families. I am Violette Moon Tindall, and you are free to call me Ms. Moon. I am a SoCal native, happily transplanted to Petaluma with my husband and sons.

Educationally, I come from a family of educators, journalists and artists. On my own, I studied the Sciences and Humanities. I took graduate courses in Visual Arts, and then I obtained my credential in Special Education.

Outside of my time in school (too much time!), I met my wonderful husband, who works in wine distribution, and we had our sons, both of whom are at Cherry Valley Charter School.

Before I had a family, I taught in the nonpublic school environment, which was very challenging! But, my training is truly in the area of learning disabilities and providing the least restrictive educational environment for general ed students who may benefit from additional support.

One of my sons has an IEP and receives services at Cherry Valley from some of the very same professionals your children work with!

I bring both my perspectives as a parent and as a teacher in the Special Education environment to my work. With those perspectives, I hope to serve you and your families very well.

From Mr. Z, our Intramural Sports Coordinator

Upper grade soccer tournament sign ups begin next week. Each team must be made up with at least 2 boys and 2 girls.

Mr. Z will provide more info next week.

4th grade teams may have 7 total players.

5th grade teams may have 6 total players.

6th grade teams may have 5 total players.

Message from Outdoor Education, Class of 2019

Our next Dine and Donate is at the amazing Jaded Toad in Cotati on July 25, 11am-11pm! Flyer below. 20% of your bill will help send our current 6th graders to camp!

Thank you for continuing to support Outdoor Education!

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Back to School BBQ/Movie Night

Friday, August 3rd, at 6:30 at Penngrove SCHOOL

Join us for a summer night of community, food, and a movie! We'll provide hot dogs & popcorn but feel free to pack your own picnic & snacks! Don't forget blankets, chairs, etc.

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Message from our Mentor Me Program

Hello Penngrove parents and welcome back! We are looking forward to a great year with our Mentor Me program at Penngrove Elementary. We currently have 22 active mentorships meeting once a week on campus! This means 22 of our students have that extra person in their lives to give them that little lift. We also have 10 of our wonderful Penngrove students on the waitlist, 10 of our children are waiting to have that extra person in their lives. Maybe they are waiting for you!? If you or someone you know has 1 extra hour a week to meet with a very special student - please contact me Sarah Keiser 707-332-5969 Remember it is only one hour a week and it is an extraordinary experience for both mentee and the mentor.

Penngrove Homework Philosophy

At Penngrove School, we believe that learning can happen anywhere at any time! As a staff, we feel strongly that students benefit from 20-30 minutes a night of reading (either independently or to a family member) and we ask that as parents, you make sure this is a priority each and every evening in your home. Additionally, students may sometimes be asked to complete a small amount of math homework in an effort to solidify the understanding of mathematical facts, fact families, and numerical relationships.

With this being said, we also want to grant each family the permission to be human. We know that life happens and things come up (family celebrations, sporting events, hectic schedules) and we want to work with your family during these times. Please be in communication with your child’s teacher during such times. Our goal with homework (whether optional or assigned) is always to prepare students for meaningful learning experiences and a strong set of study skills. Thank you for you partnership!