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February 1, 2019

Important Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, February 5th Spirit Wear Sale 8:45-9:30am in cafeteria
  • Friday, February 8th Sweetheart Dance, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 27th General PTA meeting in Creative Commons, 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 27th Family STEM Night, 6:00-7:30pm
  • February 25th-March 1st Staff Appreciation Week


  • The Positivity Project - Weekly Character Trait
  • Spirit Wear Winter Sale
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Books and Beyond Update
  • Family STEM Night
  • Spring Carnival Save the Date!!
  • WAKE Up and Read Book Drive
  • Homework Resources
  • Yearbook Photo submission site
  • Tennis and Golf Classes


You are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things.

Social intelligence is a person’s ability to understand and manage interpersonal relationships. Distinct from a person’s IQ or “book smarts”, it includes an individuals ability to understand and act on the feelings, thoughts, and behavior of others. It involves emotional intelligence and self- awareness. Individuals with this trait are often described as aware, empathetic, understanding, or insightful.

Spirit Wear Winter Sale

Stop by the cafeteria on Tuesday, February 5th from 8:45-9:30 am and shop our PRE spirit wear at great prices! There will be deep discounts on trinket boxes and t-shirts. Cash, check and credit card will be accepted.

Staff Appreciation is coming!

Teacher Appreciation week is usually held in May of each year. May is such a crazy time of year for our teachers and families that we have decided to shake things up a bit! We will be spoiling our entire school staff the week of February 25-March 1st. More info will be coming home in a few weeks about how students and families can participate.

Books and Beyond Update

Kindergarten and 1st grade parents,

Give yourselves a round of applause! Thank you parents for your time and efforts helping your kiddos record and submit sheets. Also, big praise to your kiddos for their interest and excitement to read. Combined for the kindergarten and 1st grade classes, we have submitted 827 sheets for the program from September- December. Keep up the great work!

Don’t forget you can access a new reading sheet at: By the end of the month your child will bring home a new sheet and an update sheet to let you know how many sheets have been submitted through December 31,2018. You can also ask for a copy when visiting the office or for the first graders, your child can submit his/her reading homework log to the teacher to count as a sheet submitted for Books and Beyond.

Here is a recap of our winning classes:

September winners: Murphy and Castaneda

October winners: Wohlschlaeger and Daniel

November winners: Medwar and Hughes

December winners: Murphy and Deaton

At the end of year celebration, your child will be recognized for his/her work reading in the Books and Beyond program.

  • 1-9 sheets read and submitted: certificate of completion
  • 10-19 sheets read and submitted: ribbons
  • 20-29 sheets read and submitted: bronze medal
  • 30-39 sheets read and submitted: silver medal
  • 40+ sheets read and submitted: gold medal

Happy reading!

Books and Beyond Committee

Family STEM Night!

On Wednesday, February 27th NC State’s Student Engineer Ambassadors will be at Penny Road to bring us a Family Stem Night. The event will be from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Be on the lookout for a volunteer sign up because we will need parents to help with crowd control. There will be a brief General PTA meeting beforehand at 5:30 pm in the Creative Commons.

Save the Date: Penny's Hometown Backyard BBQ Spring Carnival May 17th, 2019!!

Can you believe that Penny Road's famous Spring Carnival is just around the corner? We are so excited to bring back our silent auction this year - bigger and better than ever! We are currently busy soliciting big ticket items, but we need your support. If you have a beach house (or any rental connections), new electronic items, or if you own a business and could help us out, it would be greatly appreciated. All donations are tax deductible. Have a donation or need more information? Please contact Lindsay Tremelling at Thank you!!!

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MORE Homework Resources

Just a reminder that our Homework Resources for Parents page is growing! We now have ELA resources for Grade 3 through 5 and Math Resources for Grades 6 through 8 in both English and Spanish! This is a great way to engage families on how to have conversations with their child around their learning. You can find it by going to Parents, then Homework Resources in the drop down, on either the district site or on our school homepage.

We NEED yearbook photos!

Happy New Year PRE families!! We are half way through the 2018-19 school year and we need your photos to make our yearbook special!! Please upload any photos you take throughout the school year! If you've attended parties, field trips, or other classroom events, please share with the yearbook editor! Photos can be uploaded to:

Contact Mandy Patterson at with questions.