Panda Pulse

August 20, 2021

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, August 23rd - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!
Friday, August 27th - Kindergarten Meet the Teacher
Monday, September 6th - No School - Labor Day
Tuesday, September 7th - No School - Teacher Work Day
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Spirit Wear

  • We are excited to open our first online school store of the 2021-2022 school year! We know you’ll love this year’s design and the many apparel options we’ve chosen. You’ll see some old favorites and some totally new + fun styles! Plus, we’ve got traditional Penny Road school colors and lots of surprises.

    All of the items we are offering in our store are soft, cozy and high quality. These items are the perfect way to show your Penny Road spirit this year.

    Our ONLINE spirit wear store will open on Wednesday, August 18 and it will close on Wednesday September 1 at 5:00 pm. Please note that all orders must be placed online and will ship directly to your home. Shipping is FREE for all orders over $50, otherwise it is $8. Orders are expected to ship to you within 12-15 business days after our online store closes.

    To order please visit:

    Don’t forget, your spirit wear order supports our school! If you have questions about your order, please contact

Join Us!

Have you considered joining the PTA?

  • There are several reasons to join the PTA:
    • The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
    • Our school PTA works to promote programs for all children in our school through art and education-based events. In addition, our PTA works to fundraise throughout the year to fund opportunities to further enrich the learning experience at PRE.
    • This year we will be hosting general meetings both in-person (following Covid protocols from school and county) and will be allowing people to participate virtually using Google call.
    • To join our school PTA (which also gives you access to WakePTA and National PTA), visit:

Stay Connected

  • Make sure to Like and Follow the Penny Road Elementary PTA Facebook page at: We will primarily be using the Panda Pulse and the PRE PTA Facebook page to communicate with you this upcoming school year.
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We Need You!

Please consider volunteering at PRE. All are welcome. To kick off the year, we are specifically recruiting volunteers for the following positions:

Community Sponsorship Chairperson/ Committee

  • The Community Sponsorship Chairperson/ Committee works with the Spring Carnival Chairs to solicit community involvement for sponsorship for general needs and for the Spring Carnival.
    • Time Commitment: This committee is most busy in the summer putting together a list of companies to solicit to be involved as a sponsor. Follow up calls and
    • For 2021-2022: available
    • Works directly with the VP of Fundraising

Consumer Rewards Chairperson/ Committee

  • The Consumer Rewards Chairperson/ Committee manages the fundraising by means of grocery store loyalty programs, Amazon Smile, R City Rocks, Box Tops for Education, and more. The Chairperson/ Committee works to promote this fundraising throughout the year by encouraging people to enroll in loyalty programs, holding box top contests, etc.
    • Time Commitment: works throughout the year but can generally be managed via email and efforts at home. Ex: If a need arises to collect Box Tops, the Chairperson/ Committee can arrange via VP of Fundraising ways to collect during the school year
    • For 2021-2022: available
    • Works directly with the VP of Fundraising and the VP of Communication

Cultural Arts Chairperson/ Committee

  • The Cultural Arts Chairperson/ Committee attends a seminar in the summer to learn about the Wake County Cultural Arts program and all the artists available for the school to host. The Chairperson/ Committee then recommends with guidance from the Principal what opportunities to host at the school during the year. Our school hosts 2 events over the course of the school year. The Chairperson/ Committee chairperson is the direct contact between the United Arts Council and the artist once approved.
    • Time Commitment: Attending a summer presentation of cultural arts vendors hosted by the United Arts Council. Making recommendations to the board and principal for approval. Communicating with the artist and United Arts Council for needs of the presentation.
    • For 2021-2022: available
    • Works directly with the VP of Education

Reflections Program

  • Reflections is a National PTA sponsored arts competition event. It is free for students to participate; however, we as a PTA pay to be a part of the program. Each year there is a theme and students are encouraged to create artistic pieces that coincide with the theme. There is an online guide for chairpersons about how to facilitate students’ entries available through Wake PTA/ NCPTA.
    • Time commitment: Largest amount of time required will be while you are providing communication to families, gathering artwork, and entering students.
    • For 2021-2022: available
    • Works directly with the VP of Education and VP of Communication

Website Coordinator

  • The Website Coordinator will help to revamp the PTA website and manage the information to keep the website up-to-date. If you are savvy in ways of website design, have had experience managing and using this is the position for you.
    • Time Commitment: Revamping the site will require more time along with updates regularly as needed (minimum of weekly) to keep the website up-to-date.
    • For 2021-2022: available
    • Works directly with the VP of Communication

  • Don’t worry, there are other opportunities available that will be outlined throughout the year, but we are in need of these specific positions now to start the year.
  • Please note, that the PTA is eager and excited to kick off the new year and fill the volunteer positions, we have to follow Covid protocols as given by the school and county and will make the necessary pivots in our volunteering opportunities as needed. Our hope is that we will still be able to offer activities and opportunities at our school.
  • Interested in volunteering, please email:
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How to contact your Penny Road PTA


Facebook: Penny Road Elementary PTA