Panda Pulse

October 2, 2020

Dates to know

Monday, October 12th - Official Dance Fit Kickoff
Wednesday October 21st - Dance Fit!
Friday October 23rd - Teacher Work Day

A note from out PTA President

Greetings fellow Pandas! The Penny Road Elementary School PTA is eager and excited to work alongside each of you as we team up with our teachers and administrators to tackle this ever-changing year together! We know that this is not quite how any of us anticipated a new year to start, but 2020 has been filled with its share of unique opportunities for growth and adaptability for us all. With that, we hope that you and your child(ren) are settling into the 2020-2021 school year. We would like to extend a special welcome to our newest Pandas, our kindergarten students and all of our new students and families! We are happy you are here!


We have a wonderful community of students {and their families} and we have the most dedicated and caring staff. They work tirelessly to meet the needs of all of our students. By partnering with our staff and collaborating with them, we, as families, can make Penny Road even better than it already is! Most of these experiences would not be possible without the help of many parents, grandparents and Penny Road friends. So thank you in advance for being part of our school community!


This year the PTA is unable to be on campus (this could change at any time), therefore, we will pivot as best we can. Our goal is to turn our opportunities for programs and fundraising into engaging virtual opportunities with the goal of being able to purchase Lexia for our school and other technology needs as they arise this year through our VIrtual DANCEFIT from October 12-21!


Make sure to stay connected with the Penny Road PTA throughout the year, as our community is always better together. Below you will find important information outlining all of the opportunities to find out what’s happening with our PTA. Please join us on Facebook at: Penny Road Elementary PTA. Also be sure to check us out on our website at: www.pennyroadpta.com. Be on the lookout for our weekly digital newsletter the Panda Pulse which is sent directly to you by Mrs. Hoke via School Messenger which is a Wake County Public School messaging service. The Panda Pulse will come to the inbox of the email you have registered at Penny Road, or it may come to your cell phone via text message. You will not only get PTA information but all county and Principal information, too.


Our PTA Board looks forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to email us at preptaofficer@gmail.com. We can’t wait to hear from you as we work together to make this a terrific, albeit unique year for our students!

Best wishes,

Andrea Finucane

PTA president


a quick note about comunications

Communication

Communication is always important but this year it is even more important than ever! We must stay connected online. There are various ways our PTA communicates throughout the year. In an effort to get information in a timely and convenient way:

  • Be on the lookout for our weekly newsletter the Panda Pulse which is sent directly to you by Mrs. Hoke. This digital newsletter will be sent to you via School Messenger which is a Wake County Public School messaging service. The Panda Pulse will come to the inbox of the email you have registered at Penny Road, or it may come to your cell phone via text message. You will not only get PTA information but all county and Principal information, too.

    • If you have not been receiving information from Principal Hoke, please connect with our school database manager, Mrs. Steffee Bowden at: sbowden@wcpss.net to make sure your contact information is up-to-date.

  • Visit our PTA website at: www.pennyroadpta.com. Here you will quickly find the Panda Pulse, updates on upcoming fundraising opportunities, links to PTA forms and other information.

  • Like us on Facebook: Penny Road Elementary PTA

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Consumer Rewards

There are many easy ways to earn money for Penny Road Elementary through consumer rewards programs! Please consider signing up for some or all of the below listed programs. If you have any questions, please e-mail Joy Mega at joybmega@yahoo.com. Thank you!

Harris Teeter – Together in Education

You must re-link your card every year. PRE earns a percentage of qualifying purchases of Harris Teeter products as a cash contribution to our school. To participate, link your Harris Teeter VIC card to PRE at https://www.harristeeter.com/together-in-education.

R City Rocks

Text Join to prepta@rcityrocks.com to join R City Rocks. PRE will receive 5% back when you text receipts from purchases made at listed area businesses. To read more about this program and see participating businesses, go to http://www.pennyroadpta.com/r-city-rocks.html.

Amazon Smile

Link your Amazon account to Amazon Smile and select Penny Road Elementary School PTA. PRE receives a percentage of qualifying purchases. Please log in to smile.amazon.com every time for PRE to receive this.

Publix

Sign up at http://corporate.publix.com/community/corporate-campaigns/publix-partners.

BoxTops

BoxTops are digital; go to https://www.boxtops4education.com/ to download the app to help PRE. Many of us cut out and collect Box Tops, and information about how these will be collected will be forthcoming.

Lowes Foods

PRE earns a percentage of qualifying purchases of Lowes Foods products as a cash contribution to our school. To participate, link your Lowes Foods reward card to PRE at https://www.lowesfoods.com/Community/Cart-To-Class.

Coke Rewards

Collected points can be redeemed for various school supplies. Sign up for an account at https://us.coca-cola.com/give/schools/. Collect and enter codes from Coke products, including Coke, Sprite, Minute Maid and Powerade, and donate your points to PRE.

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Dance Fit Fundraiser

We’re only 2 weeks away from kicking off our Penny Road Virtual DanceFit, and

donating is now open on funrun.com ! We’ll officially kickoff the program on Monday,

10/12, with the Big Event being on Wednesday, 10/21. Our goal is to

raise $12,000 for Technology-based platforms such as Lexia We’re excited to see our

school come together in this fundraising program that will give us an extra boost of

energy and much needed funds, too! Check out a quick overview of our fundraising

program

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Wake PTA Smaller Candidate Forums Details – Districts 8/9


Date: October 14 at 7p,

Moderator: Hardin Englehart, past president of WakePTA and VP of Play at Marbles

Format:

5 questions will be asked from the following categories, but not necessarily in this particular order. All questions were submitted by the public.

Special Education

Reassignment

Parent Communication

Diversity & Inclusion

Curriculum


Each candidate will have the chance for 1 minute introduction, then 2 minutes and 30 seconds to reply to each question, and a 5 minute closing statement which can include any rebuttals. The total timing estimate is 57 minutes. Candidates will be responsible for the time used, a timer (person) will be muting after a warning that time is ending. We will not be using red and green cards in this smaller format.


The forum will be recorded but not live and uploaded to social media and YouTube immediately

afterward. Candidates may share links to the forum in its entirety, but not use individual pieces of video clip, as voted on by the WakePTA Board.

Hosting PTA’s are from the following D8/9 schools as of today- subject to be updated: Turner Creek Elementary, Kingswood Elementary, Holly Springs Elementary, Mills Park Elementary, Farmington Woods Elementary, Apex Middle School, Briarcliff Elementary, Highcroft Elementary, Penny Road Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary. All PTA units in D8/9 were invited.


ZOOM CALL INFO

Wake County PTA Council is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. This information is

confidential, as only the candidates, school representatives, and hosts are invited.

Topic: District 8/9 Candidate Forum

Time: Oct 14, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6224429399?pwd=U3NIa1A3NjI2ajAvbVNYTHRoU2hnQT09

Meeting ID: 622 442 9399

Passcode: 2020

One tap mobile

+13126266799,,6224429399#,,,,,,0#,,2020# US (Chicago)

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How to contact your Penny Road PTA

Email: preptaofficer@gmail.com

Facebook: Penny Road Elementary PTA

Website: http://www.pennyroadpta.com/

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