Panda Pulse

February 23, 2018

This Week at a Glance

  • Books & Beyond - Pump up the Volume!
  • McDonald's Spirit Night
  • Dr. Seuss Teacher Luncheon
  • Spring and Class pictures
  • Book Fair information (All for Books, Volunteers, & Donuts with Dudes)
  • Jelly Beans Spirit Night
  • KidzArt
  • Attendance Reminder
  • Message from WCPSS - Prevent Illness
  • Snow Make-up days

Dates to Remember!

Wednesday, February 14-Wednesday, February 28: Pump up the Volume with Books and Beyond
Thursday, March 1: McDonald's Spirit Night
Friday, March 2: Dr. Seuss Luncheon

Books & Beyond - Pump Up the Volume

All Kindergarten and 1st grade parents,

Give all our Kindergarten and 1st grade kids a round of applause! Don’t forget that in addition to individual awards to be presented at the end of the school year, each month the classes are working hard to win class prizes (special snacks, games for the class, and more).

To honor the upcoming birthday of Dr. Seuss, we are initiating a challenge called “Pump Up the Volume.” We are challenging each child to read and SUBMIT 2 sheets from February 14-28. The goal is to read 5,500 books in two weeks. Pick out your books now and don’t forget to submit your sheets by February 28!

We look forward to filling you all in next week on reaching our goal!

Thank you for continuing to help foster a love of reading by participating in this great program!

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Dr. Seuss Luncheon for Teachers!

Our next luncheon for teachers will be on Friday, March 2 and we would like to ask for your help. We could not do these luncheons without you! March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' birthday and we are holding a themed brunch. The hospitality committee will take care of the meat portion of the meal, but we would like to ask our wonderful parent volunteers for the sides. Some ideas are listed in the sign up but feel free to get creative and come up with your own ideas as well. We are feeding around 80 adults with these luncheons, the staff love them, and we think this one will be really fun! This is a early release day so please have your items in the front office by 9:30 am. Sign up to help out!

(If it is possible, please bring your food in disposable containers...makes for a super easy clean up and you don't have to come back in and pick up your dish. If you need to pick up your dish, do so by 1:15 pm that day so it is not sitting there all weekend.)

Spring & Class Pictures

Tuesday, March 6, Strawbridge Photograpy will be at the school to take each student's spring picture and class pictures.

Everyone will have an individual picture taken. You do not need to pre-order these. They will come home and you can decide if you want to purchase all, some, or none of them. Please return the money and unwanted pictures to school.

We will also be taking our class photos. These MUST be pre-ordered. They will only print enough for those who order.

Ordering envelopes will be coming home with your child.

All for Books program

Book Fair is only weeks away and that means it's also time for the ALL FOR BOOKS program! Our goal this spring is to make sure that all students receive a new book to take home AND that our Media Center receives some much needed new inventory for its shelves. 100% of the money collected will go towards getting books into the hands of students that might not have the means to purchase them. AND, by purchasing books for our Media Center, you are ensuring that we have a fully stocked Media Center for all of our students for years to come. Using your generous donations, we will pull books directly from book fair and put them where they can make an impact!

Please print out the letter (below) and send your donation in by Friday, March 9. We will also have a jar in the office for loose change. All donors will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to book fair. If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Tremelling . Don't forget to click on the logo for a video from Scholastic detailing this awesome program!

Spring Book Fair Volunteers needed

Our Spring Book Fair is coming up - Friday, March 9 - Friday, March 16

We are in need of volunteers for this Spring's Scholastic Book Fair. Please consider volunteering your time to help our children pick out books. Sign-up is currently posted on Konstella. Shifts are in 2 hour increments. (However, we will take shorter shifts - just put a note in your Konstella sign-up or send Sherri an email.

You can check out the teacher preview and buy day schedule (subject to change) on Konstella if you would like to volunteer during your child's time.

We will also have 3 family events in which we will need a few volunteers:

Wednesday morning - Donuts with Dudes: Last names A-M

Thursday morning - Donuts with Dudes: Last names N-Z

Thursday family night

Volunteers receive a discount!

Any questions , email Sherri Stecher at

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Fall into Creative Fun, at KidzArt! Where self-expression leads to confidence! Space is limited! Register by February 27. See more information on the 2 inserted flyers below. You can register through this link.
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Reminder from the Penny Road Attendance Committee

It is widely understood that one of the most important factors leading to student success is attending school on a regular basis. North Carolina Compulsory Attendance Law requires all enrolled students to attend school regularly. There are certainly situations over which we have no control. The absence will be excused if a note from a parent or doctor is brought to school within 2 days of when the student returns.

Excused absences would include absence due to:

• Illness or Injury

• Doctor’s appointment

• Death in the Family

• Religious Observance

• Court

We respectfully request that families refrain from taking their children out of school for

additional vacation time. Such absences are unexcused and place an unnecessary burden on both students and teachers. Your support in ensuring your child's regular, on-time attendance at school is greatly appreciated.

(See the Absence note (below) that might be helpful to you in sending in your child's note, when needed.)


Penny Road Attendance Committee:

Bonnie Mulfinger, Social Worker

Sarah Fenik, Counselor

Becky Fletcher, Data Manager


This year’s flu season is particularly severe. We need your help to protect children and school staff from being infected with this dangerous virus.

When your child is sick, the best thing you can do is to keep your children home when sick. This will help stop the spread of illness to other children and staff. Keep them home when they show any of these symptoms:

  • fever of 100 degrees F or higher
  • nausea or vomiting
  • severe headache
  • diarrhea
  • red, watery eyes with yellow drainage
  • undiagnosed rash

Children should stay home until they have been fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours and free from nausea, vomiting and diarrhea for 12 hours. Do not give children fever-reducing, anti-nausea/vomiting or anti-diarrhea medication and then send them to school.

If you are called to pick up a sick child at school, please come quickly. If you know your child has been exposed to someone diagnosed with the flu virus, call your doctor immediately to find out what to do.

Snow Make-up Days

Snow make-up days for Penny Road.

As a weather make-up day for:

January 17 - School will be in session Thursday, March 29.

January 18 - School will be in session Monday, June 11.
January 19 - NO make-up day is required.