Penngrove Press

April 24th, 2019

A quick note from Mrs. Fadeji

Can you feel the end of year buzz?! We can!!!! I want to make sure you all know that we are still working collaboratively with the District to confirm our enrollment for next year which will determine the number of classrooms we will have at Penngrove. We are confident we will have 17 classrooms but the possibility of an 18th is still on the horizon. As enrollment stabilizes across grade levels, we will be able to determine our class configurations and assign teachers to specific grade levels. Trust me, Team Penn is even MORE anxious than all of you to figure out what the 2019-20 school year has in store for us and we'll keep you in the loop just as soon as we firm up our master plan.

One thing that does look pretty certain for the 2019-20 school year is that I will be on maternity leave mid September - early January as the Fadeji Fam adds a baby girl to the mix. In awesome news, I am so very pleased to share that Maureen Rudder will once again serve as interim principal in my absence. Maureen is an outstanding educator, wonderful human being and she absolutely loves Penngrove. She is the perfect addition to our team. In the 2017-18 school year, Maureen and I shared the principal role along with the support of well established leaders amongst Team Penn.

In case you haven't met Mrs. Rudder, here are a few fun facts about her:

  • She loves taking her two labradors to the beach with her husband Rick.
  • She spends LOTS of time with her five grandkids which include 2 one year olds, 2 four year olds, and a seven year old!
  • Mrs. Rudder has worked on 5 of 7 Petaluma City Schools elementary campuses.
  • Although Mrs. Rudder is originally from San Francisco, she has lived and served the Petaluma community for 39 years.
  • In Mrs. Rudder's early years, she even babysat some of our current Penngrove PARENTS! (and she's still super young and hip!)
Mrs. Rudder says she is excited for the opportunity to be back at Penngrove and reconnecting with our amazing students, great teachers & staff, and supportive families.

Alright, Penngrove community, saddle up! We're in for a wild last 5 1/2 weeks of the school year!

Yours truly,


P.S. Check out these big 6th graders who have me feeling a little sentimental this spring. Most of us started at Penngrove together in 2012 when they were 5 and I was 29! BABIES! All of us! What an honor to watch them grow all these years. #mybabies #proudprincipal #bestjobever #makinmamaproud

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Happy Secretary's Day to Mrs. Espino and Mrs. Gies! We appreciate ALL you do!

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Join us for one of the most special evenings of the year! Delicious food, amazing entertainment, fellowship & friends! Menu will include: taco bar, nacho bar, side dishes, desserts, drinks.

Pre-sale cost is $5 per person or $20 per family (whichever is most cost effective).

Tickets at the door will be $7 per person or $25 per family (whichever is most cost effective).

Please RSVP here. We're excited to be offering a PayPal option for this event! You can pay in the office, via PayPal, or at the door. We just need to know you're coming so we have enough food for you! Our committee would be honored to have you volunteer during the event for a shift if possible. Volunteer sign-ups are here.

Lifeskill Winners Wed., April 17th

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Raffle Tickets for a Reserved Parking Spot for Next Year!

Tickets are still on sale for the Reserved Parking Spot in the staff lot in the 2019-20 school year! Tickets are available in the office and will be on sale Friday night at Fiesta Familiar. If PayPal is your new jam, feel free to purchase tickets there but MAKE SURE you add a notation indicating "raffle tickets for reserved parking spot". We'll fill out the tickets for you and drop them in the jar. PayPal link here.
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Congrats Tracy Family!

Mrs. Tracy welcomed baby Mark this past Saturday at 10:05 am. Mom and baby are doing well and older brother Joe couldn't be more excited! We're happily adjusting to life as a family of four.
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Have you signed and returned the new PTA Liability Waiver?

The liability waiver you sign on Aeries will not cover upcoming PTA events. If you do not return a waiver for your child they will not be able to participate in PTA events.

You may not have seen this in the past. Our events have reached a new level of fun, including things like jumpies and obstacle courses. This waiver will allow your child to participate in these fun activities. We would never add anything that you haven’t already seen at birthday parties and local fun centers.

If you have specific concerns, please contact us:

Are you artistic?

Would you like to be in charge of updating the chalkboard for the PTA next year?

If you are interested, please email:

Open House Pasta Feed, Thursday May 9th 5-6:00pm in the Multi/Cafeteria

(Open House to Follow from 6-7pm)

Our goal is 400 presale tickets. If we meet our goal your dinner ticket becomes your raffle ticket and YOU could win a $100 Cash Prize! Can't make it before Open House?? Not to worry.... order TO GO and pick up on your way home.

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Chairs are needed for the following PTA positions:

  • eScript
  • Hospitality
  • Skate Nights
  • Logowear
  • Assemblies

If you'd like to help with one of these programs, please complete the FOPPTA Chair Interest Form here:

Honorary Service Awards - Date Change!

Since our Penngrove community is so amazing, Honorary Service Awards will be split into 2 assemblies -- Our 2019 recipients will be honored at assembly on May 1st and on May 8th.
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Last Call for 2019 Yearbooks!

Believe it or not we are in the final push of the year! If you have not ordered your 2018-19 yearbook then it's time to do it now. Penngrove Elementary yearbooks are jam packed with photos of all our students in class, around campus, and at almost every school event. 96 full color pages of memories of your child and their friends. Don't wait until the last minute! Yearbooks are $16 for PTA members and $20 for non-PTA members. Order forms are in the office. LAST DAY TO ORDER: Friday, April 26!

If you are not sure whether you have ordered one or not, click here to check our list (please allow 1 week for updating).

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Garden and Campus Clean up - May 4th - 9:00 to 1:00

Join us for a morning of shared labor in the garden and around campus. The weeds are taller than some of the kids! Come for any part of the four hours and enjoy working side by side with members of our Panther community!

High school Ss can earn community service credit. Raffle prizes include a Kala Brand ukelele, and succulent gardens planted by sixth graders. Snacks and tools provided.

Staff Appreciation Week - May 6th - 10th

Staff Appreciation week is May 6th to 10th and we are excited to celebrate #teampenn! The #pennpta is working on spoiling the team with treats and activities. If you would like to help, please contact

We are working on a video message for our teachers to debut at the May 8th assembly. Please submit any photos with your student and a member of #teampenn or send a quick video message to for inclusion. Deadline is April 30th.

More details about Staff Appreciation events will be sent as we get closer to May - it is going to be a great week!
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North Bay Performing Arts Association

Contessi Ballet




Saturday May 4, 2019 @ Penngrove Elementary School

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tickets: $10

Penngrove Elementary Students: $5

Tickets Available: 415-233-0310, Contessi Ballet Studio or at the door

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Sabado Mayo 4, 2019 @ Penngrove Elementary School

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Entradas: $10

Penngrove Elementary Estudiantes: $5

Entradas Disponibles: 415-233-0310, Contessi Ballet Studio o en la puerta

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