Penngrove Press

December 12, 2018

Disclaimer: FOPPTA is providing families with the information above in an effort to reduce the number of calls, texts, and emails that start swirling around this time of year. Please note that members of Team Penn never ever expect a thing from any of us! They know this time of year is busy & expensive for families. Smiles, handmade cards, and hugs are all they ever need!

What's Happening at Penngrove?

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Life Skills Award, December 5th, 2018

Nate Soiland, Laurel Merrick, Gabriella Rantissi, Jesus Arango, William Urban, Everet Hand, Evan Riley, Marissa Porter, Noelle Piazza, Trevor Dunn, Zachary Benedetti, Sophie Ramirez, Walker Peepe, Jordyn

Penngrove Holiday Parade of Lights

is coming up on Sunday December 16, 2018, 6- 7pm

Are you interested in helping to create the first Penngrove Panthers Tractor Parade entry?

Email today! If your child would like to participate in the caroling, please meet us at Penngrove Park at 5:30pm on Sunday!

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Check out these Jogathon raffle winners showing off their yard duty skills! They were so helpful!
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Huge congrats to Cambrie, Shaan, and Ethan for their amazing entries in the National PTA Reflections Arts Program! We can't wait to see next year's entries at Penngrove!


Mon. Dec. 17 - 5th/6th Grade Winter Music Concerts

11:20-11:40am - Chorus Winter Assembly (Parks)

2:10-2:40pm - Band Winter Assembly (Norris, Kruse)

Assemblies will be in the Multi at Penngrove School. Family members are welcome to attend. There will be an evening concert on Mon. May 22, 2019.

Lego Contest Begins after Winter Break!

You can start creating now! After Winter Break, pick up an entry sheet in the main office to enter. List your name and your teacher's name so we can be sure to get your Legos back to you.


Create any Lego sculpture/ figure using 150 lego pieces or less.

We will not use Lego baseplates this year to save space.

3 Divisions:

Kindergarten and 1st Grade (January 14-18)

2nd and 3rd Gradess (January 21-25)

4th, 5th, and 6th Grades (January 28-February 1)


The FOPPTA applied for and was awarded a $1,000 National PTA STEM + Families Math Night Grant sponsored by Mathnasium. We are very excited for our math game night scheduled on Wednesday, January 16th from 5:30 - 7:30! Our first planning meeting is Wednesday, December 19th at noon in the multi. We will discuss details of the grant, create a sign-up process, determine raffle prizes, plan dinner and talk about how to recruit volunteers. If you have questions or would like to volunteer but cannot attend the meeting, contact Melissa Morelli via email at or via text at 707-239-2504. Thank you!

A Night with the Stars!

Penngrove Talent Show is coming this spring!

Get your ACT together! Entry forms will be sent home after break.

If you want to help with the talent show, please email Jackie Fletcher: Thank you!

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A Note of Thanks from Sarah Keiser

Hello Penngrove community. During this seasonal time of giving I would like to give a heartfelt thank you for all that you do. I continue to be amazed by the Penngrove community and your ability to care for and nurture each other. There is no other school in our district that has so many parents, grandparents and family friends mentoring their students. There is no other school community that comes together and supports its students, its children the way that Penngrove Elementary School does. The teachers, administration, staff and parents are all essential in creating this resilient community. Thank you all for being you and thank you all for what you do for all of the students at Penngrove Elementary School.

Sarah Keiser Mentor Me 707-332-5969

HAMILTUNES - An American Singalong

Sing along to the songs of Lin Manuel Miranda's

Hamilton: An American Musical. Sign up for a part to sing from the stage or join in from your seat.

Sign-ups start 15 minutes prior to the show, so come early, don't “wait for it”!

Costumes are encouraged (no swords or dueling pistols, please).



Children's Museum of Sonoma County is coming to Penngrove!

The Children's Museum of Sonoma County is coming to Penngrove on January 14 and 15! Students in grades TK-4th grade will have a chance to experience all the fun of the museum as a part of their Museum-on-the Go program, with the focus being on forces and motion.

We would love to have a few parents from each class help out, engaging with kids and helping to make scientific discoveries and "Eureka!" moments happen for our inquisitive panthers. If you're free to help out, please sign up by clicking here.

Silver Graphics Art Fundraiser

You can still order products from Silver Graphics through June 30, 2019! Orders will be shipped directly to you so shipping fees will apply, however, our art program will still benefit. You can even upload different art and place orders for that.

Order at with your child's access code. Don't have the access code? Email for help.

Thank you for supporting our Art Enrichment project!

Make-A-Wish at Penngrove

All around the United States, kids of all ages are writing letters as an easy and inspiring way to give back this holiday season! For several years Penngrove has participated in the Macy’s Believe Campaign towards the race to raise 1million dollars for Make A Wish.

Every Wednesday as part of Recess Renaissance, we will be writing letters and drawing pictures of our wishes this holiday season. For every letter we send to the North Pole, 1$ will get donated to Make-A-Wish. . .

Make-A-wish is a special group that grants wishes to children with life threatening conditions.

So this year in the spirit of giving back please join us on stage Wednesday’s at lunch recess.

Get your friends, family, teachers,.... Anyone can participate!

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From the Petaluma Regional Library

December Highlights:
Read to a Dog

Lego BUILD Club

Hamiltunes: An American Singalong

Intro to 3D Printing

Once Upon a Gingerbread House

A reminder of the services we provide (always free!):

· Call us and book a class visit to the library or a visit from the librarian to your classroom.

· We would love to drop off bookmarks at your school promoting Homework Help.

· INVITE US to your events, we can host a table to promote library services in support of your classrooms.

· Does your school have an English Learner Advisory Committee? Our bilingual library staff is available to come and present to parents, staff and students about our programs and services in Spanish and English.

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PTA membership has its perks!

Available discounts include ice cream and Legoland!

Membership cards are available online at

Please email with any questions

Nominating Committee Info

If you are interested in being considered for the PTA Nominating Committee, please email Leslie Moreda

What’s on your mind?

Please email your questions, comments, ideas, holiday wishes: