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May 3, 2019

Important Dates to Remember

Online Silent Auction Goes LIVE Monday, May 6th, 8am

Carnival Pre-orders DUE Tuesday, May 7th

Spring Musical Thursday, May 9th, 7pm

Books and Beyond Celebrations Wednesday, May 15th

Spring Carnival Friday, May 17th, 5-8 pm

Final General PTA Meeting Tuesday, May 21st, 9:15am


  • The Positivity Project - Weekly Character Trait
  • Silent Auction Goes LIVE
  • Carnival Pre-Orders extended deadline
  • Carnival Volunteers Needed
  • Cultural Arts Update
  • Yearbook Orders
  • Class Celebration Reminder
  • PTA General Meeting and Volunteer Coffee
  • Field Day
  • EOG Dates Announced
  • Family Survey Reminder
  • 1st Day School Supplies 2019-2020


You have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life's purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

Connection/purpose gives individuals the sense that they are put on this earth for a reason and that they are somehow connected with humanity or the universe. People who possess a sense of purpose believe that they were put on earth for a reason. These people have a true calling. This gives individuals strength and allows them to persevere and find courage in trying circumstances. People with this strength might be described as determined, trusting, resolute, purposeful or devoted.

SILENT AUCTION LIVE on Monday, May 6th!

Penny Road's biggest silent auction ever will go live on Monday, May 6th at 8:00 a.m. We encourage all of our families to share the auction link with friends, neighbors, and family. There is something for everyone in all price ranges. With nearly 200 items to bid on, we need your help getting the word out. Check out the auction here:

New this year: We have a BUY NOW BONUS!! Buy Now items allow you to bypass the bidding process and help us move items prior to the live event on Friday, May 17th. (Our gym is only so big, folks!) For every item you purchase using the BUY NOW option, your name will be entered into a drawing to win $100 in CASH! See the PDF below for all the details.

Carnival Pre-Order Deadline EXTENDED to Tuesday, May 7th

Carnival is just around the corner (Friday, May 17th) and we are so excited to see you there!!

Pre-orders for admission wristbands, raffle tickets, and food are due by Thursday, May 7th. Families may submit orders online HERE or by sending in the order form and payment with your student.

We need Spring Carnival volunteers!

The Spring Carnival is just two weeks away and we are still in need of adult volunteers. Our committee has been working hard since October on this event, and we would appreciate any support you are able to give! We are especially in need of people to assist with food sales and the grilling of hot dogs (this is a great job for dads who are willing to help). Please click HERE to access the sign up.

Cultural Arts Update

The students at PRE were treated to a dynamic and interactive performance this week by an artist named Antonio Rocha. Antonio is an accomplished storyteller, author, and mime. He covered several themes, including conservation, respect, kindness, and cultural understanding. Much of the content was especially relevant with The Positivity Project. The children played an active role in the performance, and shared lots of laughs. They learned the importance of being kind and happy.

As the Cultural Arts Representative for Penny Road Elementary, I have enjoyed bringing live performances into our school. It’s been great to watch the artists not only entertain our students, but also make some pretty special connections with some. Yesterday, Antonio was able to have an extensive conversation with a first grader in Portuguese! Many thanks to the Penny Road PTA, and the United Arts Council of Raleigh for providing the funds that make these programs possible.

Sabrina Lewandowski

2018-19 Yearbook

The Penny Road Yearbook is now available for purchase online through May 31st!

The price for this precious keepsake of our 2018-19 school year is only $18!

  • Payment Options: Paper check / money order / cash (made out to Strawbridge Studios).

If you already placed your order, yearbooks will start going home on May 9th!

Questions? Contact Mandy Patterson at

Reminder about Class Celebrations

As we near the end of the school year, there will be many things to celebrate in our classrooms! As a reminder, all food items brought in for celebrations must be store bought. This is a Wake County Public Schools policy and our teachers would greatly appreciate your cooperation with this.

SAVE THE DATE- Final General PTA Meeting

Please join us on Tuesday, May 21st for our final General PTA meeting of the year. The meeting will begin at 9:15 am in the gym. If you have never been to a PTA meeting before this is a great one to attend, as it is also our parent volunteer appreciation coffee! Whether you have helped in your child’s classroom, helped our Hospitality Committee with teacher luncheons, attended one of our Campus Clean-ups or volunteered in any other way here at Penny Road, we would like to say thank you! More information will follow but please mark your calendars! We need a quorum of twenty PTA members to attend, so your attendance would be much appreciated!

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Field Day is Coming- Please note changes to the times of the sessions!

Penny Road’s Field Day is just five weeks away! We have three different sessions and we need a minimum of 25 volunteers to make each session a success. More information will be coming home in the next few weeks and a volunteer sign up will be sent out via Konstella. In the mean time, please mark you calendars with the following dates and times:

  • Kindergarten and 1st Grade: Thursday, June 6th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • 2nd and 3rd Grade: Friday, June 7th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
  • 4th and 5th Grade: Friday, June 7th from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

EOG Testing Dates

Wednesday, May 29th 3rd Grade Reading and 5th Grade Math

Thursday, May 30th 3rd grade Math and 5th Grade Reading

Friday, May 31st 5th Grade Science and 4th Grade Reading

Monday, June 3rd 4th Grade Math and 3rd and 5th Grade Make-up exams

Tuesday, June 4th 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Make-up exams

Please let your student’s teacher know as soon as possible if you student will not be at school on a day their grade is testing.

Family Survey

A few weeks ago, Penny Road Elementary and WCPSS sent a Family Engagement survey to families via email. If you have not already completed the survey, you may do so by clicking HERE. If you have more than one child, please complete the survey based on your oldest child’s experience. This is the last week to complete the survey and our school administrators would appreciate hearing from you!

1st Day School Supplies - Order NOW for 2019-20

You may now order school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year!

As the school year winds down, why not order your school supplies and be ready for the start of the next school year? Our teachers have updated the list of supplies for each grade level and kits are ready to be ordered. Click HERE to order supplies. Make sure you choose your student’s grade for the coming school year. Supplies will be delivered to their classrooms prior to the start of school.