Panda Pulse

April 12, 2019

Important Dates to Remember

NO SCHOOL-Spring Break Monday, April 15th - Monday, 22nd

Classes Resume Tuesday, April 23rd

NO SCHOOL-Workday Wednesday, May 1st

SPIRIT DAY (Character Strength Day) Friday, May 3rd


  • The Positivity Project - Weekly Character Trait
  • Carnival Pre-orders
  • Yearbook Orders
  • Books and Beyond
  • Volunteers Spotlight - Chess Club
  • FREE Documentary Screening - You're Invited!


As a wild card/make up week, our teachers will have an opportunity to make up a P2 character trait that was missed or dive into a specific strength. It's a chance to reflect on the Positivity Project and the ways in which our teachers and students are building positive relationships and challenging others to be their best selves.

Don't forget to ask your student(s) what they discussed during P2 time. It makes great dinner conversation!

Carnival Pre-orders

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 Friday, May 3rd. Families may submit orders online HERE or by sending in the order form and payment with your student.

Yearbook Orders

The Penny Road Yearbook is now available for purchase online!

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

  • Ordering Options: Order online HERE or at using our School Code: 101416.

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

Order forms will also be sent home in student folders the week after spring break. Please note, the books are still in production. Once they are delivered we will distribute them to your students teacher.

Questions? Contact Mandy Patterson at

Books and Beyond

Cheers all around for the Kindergarten and 1st grade students working hard reading for the Books and Beyond program. Thanks to the parents for encouraging your children to read and submit their sheets!

Here are a couple highlights of the program that is set to wrap up this month:

  • PUMP IT UP- the last two weeks of April (April 15-30) we are encouraging each class to submit a minimum of 10 sheets. Special class treats will be given out to celebrate the conclusion of the program!

  • Sheets will only be accepted through April 30, 2019.

  • Recognition Ceremony- Please put May 15th on your calendar- the Kindergarten ceremony will be at 930 and 1st grade ceremony will begin at 1005 where we will celebrate the work your child has done this year.

  • Rewards for individual recognition in May:

1-9 sheets read and submitted: certificate of completion

10-19 sheets read and submitted: ribbon

20-29 sheets read and submitted: bronze medal

30-39 sheets read and submitted: silver medal

40+ sheets read and submitted: gold medal


We are in need of a Chess Club Chairperson(s)!

The Chess Club chairs do all of the behind the scenes coordinating of our Chess Club! The Chess Club is open to students in Grades 1 through 5. It meets most Fridays at 8:20 from

October to May. Students are divided into different playing levels based on their experience. They receive lessons from a paid organization that comes in to teach the students. The Chairperson’s role is to keep the club organized and running smoothly, communicate with parents about scheduling and any other necessary info, solicit volunteers to meet the club’s needs and to manage the club’s budget. The Chairs do not need to know how to play the game of chess. They just have to have a willingness to keep it all organized.
    • 1-2 volunteers plus additional helpers
    • Time Commitment: This is a weekly commitment at school and requires some additional work outside of school

FREE Documentary Screening

Please join Farmington Woods Elementary School PTA for a free community screening of "Resilience, the Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope", a one-hour film and discussion. This film is for ADULT audiences only.

When: April 24th at 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Farmington Woods Elementary School, 1413 Hampton Valley Rd., Cary

Childcare: Provided for children ages 5-12 years. If you need childcare, please email:

About: The event is hosted by NC Public Schools First and Farmington Woods PTA. The movie follows children who experience ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and provides insight into how these stresses affect their minds and bodies -- and it outlines strategies communities and schools can take to positively impact these children's lives.