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May 11, 2018

Important Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday, May 16th WCPSS closed due to teacher rally- NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, May 18th- Books and Beyond Celebration

This Week at a Glance

  • Volunteer Spotlight- Book Fair Family Night Coordinator
  • General PTA meeting
  • Yearbook payments are due!
  • Books and Beyond Celebration Save the Date
  • Order your school supplies
  • What is going on May 16th? An update from our Advocacy Chair
  • Save the Date for Field Day

Volunteer Spotlight

Please note: We are still in need of a Yearbook Editor, as well as, a Veteran's Day Celebration Chairperson! If you would like to see both of these programs continue at Penny Road, please contact us.

This week's spotlight: Book Fair Family Night

  • This person will work with the Book Fair team to plan a relaxed evening event (about 1.5 hours) during the week of the Book Fair. The event is meant to be enjoyable for the kids and bring parents out to the Book Fair. In the past there have been: food trucks and a craft, ice cream and a scavenger hunt, etc.

    • 1-2 volunteers needed

    • Time commitment: Depends on what the event entails and what you make of it. The actual event is 1.5 hours in the fall

If you would be willing to help with this, please email Amy Toland at

Final PTA meeting at 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 15th

Please plan to attend our final General PTA meeting of the school year at 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 15th in the gym! We need all of the support we can get! The following items are on our agenda:
  • Voting in the following nominees to our Executive Board for the coming school year:

President- Amy Toland

Treasurer- Amber Olah

Secretary- Desiree Bolibaugh

Vice President of Special Programs- Beth Potts

Vice President of Fundraising- Barb Wright

Vice President of Volunteers- Kimberly Sporrer

Vice President of Communications- LaTisha Hitchcock

Vice President of Education- Andrea Finucaine

Vice President of Programs- Denise Rose

  • Voting on any current budget amendments, as well as, voting in our new budget for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • We will be recognizing and thanking the families whom we know are leaving Penny Road who have generously donated their time over their years here.
  • We will introduce the Dillard Drive Middle School Principal and you will have the opportunity for a Meet and Greet after the meeting.
  • We will officially welcome Penny Road's new principal, Mrs. Gia Hoke!
Lastly, our sweet Kindergarten students have a very special music performance for us!

Yearbook payments are due

By now you should have received your child's yearbook! A big thank you to this year's editor Denise Rose! She poured her heart into those pages and it is wonderful! If you would like to keep your child's yearbook, please pay ASAP. You may online here (click on the word Yearbook) or send a check for $17 to your child's teacher made payable to Strawbridge Studios. You may pay cash as well but please send the exact amount. If you do not want to pay to keep the yearbook, please return in to your child's classroom teacher!

Books and Beyond Celebration

Don't forget to join your student's class for the Book and Beyond celebration on Friday, May 18th in the PRE gym. Kindergarten students will be celebrated at 9:30 am and 1st grade students at 10:00. Thank you for all of the support you gave our students throughout the year!

Order your school supplies for the coming school year!

If you have never done this before, you will be amazed at how easy it is! Our Penny Road teachers have generated the lists! Simply click the link below to order. You have the option to add art supplies that Mrs. Gardner has requested and you may even donate funds so that the school is able to order supplies for children in need. The deadline to order your child's school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year is June 30th!

A PTA Advocacy Update

As you know, WCPSS will be closed on Wednesday, May 16th as a result of the tremendous wave of teachers requesting personal leave in order to attend the education march and rally in Raleigh.

This advocacy effort is not just limited to Wake County. Teachers in several counties around the State submitted overwhelming numbers of personal leave requests in order to meet elected officials on their first day back for the May session. Teachers, parents, administrators, and advocacy organizations from around North Carolina plan to meet in Raleigh for a march to the General Assembly building, face time with legislators, attend the opening meeting in the GA, and an afternoon rally.

This community is pushing for a variety of requests for public schools:

  • increase in per pupil spending;
  • increase in teacher pay (including compensation for advanced degrees and longevity);
  • investment in public school student health and safety including increase in school counselors, school nurses, social worker, and support personnel;
  • investment in the physical public school spaces (renovations and new construction proposals).

What can I do to support our teachers and the May 16th event?

Attend the march, sit in the General Assembly gallery to observe the opening sessions and/or attend the 3pm rally on the Bicentennial Plaza Mall behind the Legislative Building. [For more information on times, parking, march route and FAQs:

Call or write your elected officials and tell them directly that you support the requests listed above.

Rep. Nelson Dollar

N.C. House of Representatives

300 N Salisbury Street, Room 307B

Raleigh, NC 27603-5925


Senator Tamara Barringer

N.C. Senate

300 N Salisbury Street, Room 629

Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

(919) 733-5653

Information from WCPSS can be found here:

Save the Date for this year's Field Day

Plans for Field Day are well under way! Mrs. Martin has been working hard for months planning this for our students! The schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday, June 6th- 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Kindergarten and First Grades

Thursday, June 7th- 9:45 am to 11:45 am 2nd and 3rd Grades

Thursday, June 7th- 12:45 pm to 2:45 pm 4th and 5th Grades

Be on the lookout for a Volunteer sign up that will be sent out via Konstella! Any questions, please email Amy Toland (