Panda Pulse

October 1, 2021

Principal Notes

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Penny Road Dads Needed.......(Mom's please share :-)

Dear Panda Dads,

This year we are launching a volunteer program just for our dads. It's called Watch D.O.G.S -- Dads of Great Students, and that is YOU. Mark your calendars for October 19 at 5:45 pm for a free pizza dinner and a short presentation. But, first things first. We need for all of our soon to be volunteers to get you registered. Please email for the volunteer registration link. A Sign-Up Genius to RSVP will be shared in the next week.

We are looking forward to working with you.

Mrs. Hoke

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Thank you, Parents~

Hepa Filters Update

Thank you so much for contributing to the HEPA filter fundraiser! With your help, we were able to raise over $7,000, and we will be able to add at least one HEPA Air purifier (Whirlpool WP500) to each classroom that does not currently have one, including some common areas in the school, such as Specials, Gym, Cafeteria and Media Center. Each device is enough to provide 5 air exchanges per hour (ACH) to an area of 550 sq. feet.

Your care and commitment to preventing COVID-19 spread within the school helps to make all students, teachers and staff safer! Your help is truly appreciated. We will be ordering the units asap, and they should be in each classroom soon.

Please contact me if you have any questions (

Adriana de Souza e Silva

Outdoor Café

The Outdoor Cafe is shaping up to be a success! Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped make this happen. In order to keep it going, we need four parent volunteers for each lunch. We've divided the lunches up into two shifts. The first shift is 10:45am - 12:30pm and the second shift is 12:30pm - 2:15pm. If you can help us out here and there that would be great! In order to volunteer, you MUST be registered as a WCPSS volunteer. In order to do this, just email Ms. Valvano at and ask her to send you the volunteer registration link. It takes about 2-5 days after filling out the information to be approved. Once you're approved, you can sign up for a time slot to help out at .

Volunteers information:

- All volunteers are required to wear a mask over their mouth and nose at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

- Each volunteer MUST be a registered WCPPS volunteer. You will receive a completed background check from CastleBranch once it is complete.

- Volunteers will help set up the picnic blankets outside the cafeteria, wipe them down between classes, fold them, and put them away after the last lunch. (Instructions will be provided onsite!) You'll help to ensure students put their masks on when finished eating and before entering the building and throw away any trash left behind.”

PTA Notes

Important Upcoming Dates

October 5th - PTA Meeting

October 11th - No School
October 27th - No School

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A note from the Advocacy Committee

On September 8th, the court ordered the state legislature to provide full funding for the Leandro Plan by the next hearing on October 18th, 2021.

Failure to comply will trigger the court to take action to ensure the state meets its constitutional obligation.


Tell North Carolina lawmakers: deliver the budget our students are owed!

The state legislature must comply with the decision for Leandro v. State of North Carolina by providing policy and budgetary support for the Leandro Remedial Plan.

Anything less prevents the public school system from providing the minimum standard of education.

Take Action Now (less than 1 minute):

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Consumer Rewards

There are many easy ways to earn money for Penny Road Elementary through

consumer rewards programs! Please consider signing up for some or all of the below-listed

programs. If you have any questions, please e-mail Joy Mega at

Thank you!

Harris Teeter – Together in Education

You must re-link your card every year. PRE earns a percentage of qualifying

purchases of Harris Teeter products as a cash contribution to our school. To participate, link

your Harris Teeter VIC card to PRE at

R City Rocks

Text to join R City Rocks. PRE will receive 5% back when you

text receipts from purchases made at area businesses. To read more about this program

and see participating businesses, go to

Amazon Smile

Link your Amazon account to Amazon Smile and PRE receives a percentage of

qualifying purchases. Please log in to every time for PRE to receive this.


Sign up at



BoxTops are digital; go to to download the app to

help PRE. Many of us cut out and collect Box Tops, and information about how these will be

collected will be forthcoming.

Lowes Foods

PRE earns a percentage of qualifying purchases of Lowes Foods products as a cash

contribution to our school. To participate, link your Lowes Foods reward card to PRE at

Coke Rewards

Collected points can be redeemed for various school supplies. Sign up for an account

at Collect and enter codes from Coke products,

including Coke, Sprite, Minute Maid, and Powerade, and donate your points to PRE.

New PTA Committee!

We are excited to announce that we are in the process of forming a Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee for the 2021-2022 school year! Throughout last school year, Tisha Shah, Theresa Vonder Haar, and Stephanie Hall have attended monthly meetings run by the Wake County PTA DEI Committee with the goal of forming our own at PRE.

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is a term used to describe programs and policies that encourage representation and participation of diverse groups of people, including people of different genders, races and ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, religions, cultures, ages, and sexual orientations and people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and skills and expertise.

Agenda for the next several school years:

  • Ensure PTA membership and leadership reflects the diversity of our community
  • Establish guidelines to having open/considerate/thoughtful conversations where all voices are heard and valued
  • Community focus group discussions
  • Identify explicit and implicit biases that may be barriers, areas of immediate need, and set goals
  • Identify community supports
  • Plan ways to provide support and resources through a DEI lens for upcoming school year
  • Assess if PTA events are planned through a DEI lens
  • Community book club or movie viewing
  • Staff/Family check-ins
  • Ensure Strong Family Engagement & Support

If you are interested in helping to shape the new DEI Committee in the 2021-2022 school year, please contact Stephanie Hall at

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Why join the PTA?

*By officially joining, you become a voting member in our PTA budget - helping us make decisions about how to spend the money to benefit all students

*It's now easier than ever to participate as we will be having virtual meetings, using Google meet. You can attend a meeting from anywhere that you have a device and internet access!

You can join the PTA here:

In just over a week, October 5th, we will be holding our first PTA meeting this year and everyone is invited! Those who have joined as members prior to the meeting will be invited to weigh in and vote on our PTA budget for the 2021-2022 school year. The budget will be available prior to the meeting. We welcome all thoughts on how we can best serve the students at Penny Road Elementary! We will send out a link for the virtual meeting closer to the event.

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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