Panda Pulse

September 1, 2017

This Week at a Glance

  • Fall Vendor/Craft Fair
  • School Lunch
  • Tissues & Tea
  • Spirit Night!
  • Konstella
  • Spirit Wear & School Store
  • Chess Club
  • Penny Road's Direct Donation Campaign
  • Birthday Celebrations

Things to Remember this week!

Monday, Sept. 4: No school. Enjoy the long weekend!

  • Tuesday, Sept. 5: First day for all Kindergarten students
    • 8:45am School Store will be open in the cafeteria
    • 9:15am Tissues and Tea in Room 204 for all Kindergarten families and new families (siblings welcome)
  • Wild West Round Up

    The PTA is busy planning our first big family event of the year! Mark your calendars for Penny's Wild West Round Up on Saturday, October 21, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Join us for lots of food, games & activities, and a vendor/craft fair!
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    Free and Reduced Price Lunch

    Eating breakfast and lunch is very important for a child to be able to concentrate and stay engaged during the school day. Wake County offers a Free/Reduced Meal program. Learn more about it here:

    Apply for meal benefits online from the privacy of your home (or anywhere with an internet connection).
    Apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals Online.
    Aplicacion Online Gratis / Reducida : Espanol.

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    Penny Road Spirit Night!

    Please join us for the first spirit night of the 2017-2018 school year. Take the night off from cooking, enjoy a great meal and dessert, & support Penny Road. Everyone wins!

    When: Thursday, September 14, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Where: Newk's & Goodberry's

    1144 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary

    Remember to tell them you are with Penny Road Elementary and 10% of all proceeds will be given back to the school.

    Questions? Please contact Sarah Walden or Sara Concini


    It's time to join the appropriate Konstella classroom for your child. Konstella is a wonderful and easy-to-use, one-stop shop for school-wide, room-wide, and committee-wide activities and announcements. Serving as our digital school directory, Konstella connects parents and it keeps you in the know about what is happening at Penny Road Elementary. Sign up and explore! You'll be glad you did!


    Still need your Penny Road Spirit t-shirt?!

    Due to popular demand, we are moving up the first school store of the year to Tuesday, September 5! The store will be set up in the cafeteria from 8:45 am - 9:10 am. This is your first chance to get spirit sticks!! And we will also have t-shirts available to purchase if you haven't gotten your PRE gear yet!!

    Another easy way to order Spirit Wear is through the School Store. (Please be sure to include the teacher's name in the "note to seller" box so we know where to deliver.)

    There are multiple spirit days planned throughout the year, so be sure to get your shirts!

    Chess Club is back!

    Students in Grades 1-5, do you want to learn how to play Chess? Do you already know how to play and are looking to improve and have some fun playing? Join our school’s Chess Club! The club will meet Friday mornings beginning October 13th. A sign up sheet will come home in your child's Friday Folder or sign-up here. Checks may be made out to Penny Road PTA. Questions about the club may be directed to our parent volunteers Mandy and Daniel at

    Penny Road's Direct Donation Campaign

    Penny Road’s Direct Donation Campaign is set to start Monday, September 11! This year we have replaced our Fall "Fun Run" with this donation campaign. This allows for 100% of
    funding received to go directly to our school. All donations are tax deductible. Flyers
    and more information will be sent home in students’ Friday folders. Please
    don’t forget to reach out to family, friends, and employers for donations. Donors will
    have the opportunity to win fun prizes and be entered into some great raffles! Thanks in
    advance for your support! If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Greco, VP of Fundraising at

    Birthday Celebrations at Penny Road

    From your Wellness Committee:

    We love recognizing birthdays at school! Each day during morning announcements, birthdays are announced and students make a special trip to the office for a little birthday surprise (even our students with weekend birthdays and summer birthdays will have this experience). If you would like to recognize your child’s birthday in your own way, please check with your child’s classroom teacher before making any arrangements! Penny Road Elementary tries to adhere to the USDA Smart Snacks in Schools Policy.

    For ideas on healthier birthday treats, as well as alternative birthday celebrations, please see the school website for some ideas from Mrs. Martin, our P.E. teacher.

    Even better, donate a book to our school library in honor of your child from Mrs. Platts’ Amazon wish list:

    Feel free to email Mrs. Martin with any questions: