August 30, 2018
What's Happening at Penngrove?
8 DAYS UNTIL THE JOG-A-THON!
A New Baby Panther is Almost Here!
6th graders threw a surprise baby shower for Mrs. Newman, spoiling her with treats and gifts for her baby girl who is due any day now. We can't wait to meet our newest baby panther!
One of the benefits of a year-round school is that 3 weeks in the fall!
Message from your PTA
JOG-A-THON: Everyone is excited for the big event on Friday, September 7th. Information about what to expect on the day of the event went home on August 29th. Please also stay tuned for more info via email and social media.
Here’s a flashback video of the 2017 Jog-a-thon fun, which the students watched at the 8/22 assembly.
This event relies on coordination from staff, teachers and volunteers to make the busy day run smooth! We divided volunteer shifts into 30 minute slots allowing everyone time to cheer on their students. We recommend for you to volunteer before and after your student is on the track. Our goal is to have 11 volunteers from each grade level!
Parents are encouraged to cheer students on while walking/jogging the track. Hold up handmade signs, blow bubbles, shake pom-poms, spray water...anything to keep up the motivation! The cheering section is anywhere in the grass around the track and chairs will be set-up in the shade for spectators.
Only Penngrove Panthers are allowed on the track during Jog-a-thon. Siblings and parents are only allowed on the grass. This is for everyone's safety and to allow students the space to be successful.
Thank you for your cooperation and time! If you haven’t already, please sign up to volunteer here!
PayPal Link: As you may have noticed, if you click the link and then share that address, the link will time out and no longer work. Here is the link to share with friends and family to collect donations: http://bit.ly/pennjog18. Be sure they include your student’s name in the comments so they get credit!
LOGOWEAR is available in the office and during evening PTA events. You can also order online here!
The next event with a logowear table is at the Harvest Festival on October 27th. New classic t and sweatshirt inventory is coming soon, we will announce on social media once it is available. To be added to the waitlist for items or if you have ideas for future items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penngrove Elementary is on INSTAGRAM! Click here to follow our adventures!
PTA Membership Drive is still going on! The class with the highest percentage of PTA members by October 31st will win a party of their choice! For more info, please email email@example.com.
Membership will be online soon! Be on the lookout for an email with your membership card.
Involve Yourself! - Thanks to all the parents and grandparents and others who are helping however they can! This is one of the reasons why Penngrove is such a special place for our kids.
If you haven’t already, please sign up here to be informed about how you can help!
Hope to see you at the next PTA Association meeting on Monday, September 10th at 8:45 am in the library. This meeting will include Budget Approval and Jogathon Totals.
What’s on your mind?
Please email your questions, comments, ideas, ditties: firstname.lastname@example.org
DRIVE THRU TRI-TIP BBQ & an Update from Outdoor Ed Class of 2019
What: Tri-tip family meal (whole tri-tip, quart of beans, dinner rolls)
When: Thursday, September 20, 3-5:30pm
Where: Teacher parking lot behind the multi-purpose room
Pre-order forms went home yesterday in your child's folder. If you prefer to order online, you can use this link to order as well! Order as many meals as you want. Friends and family are welcome to order too!
Message from our STEM program
We’re just a few short weeks away from our Cardboard Challenge inspired by Caine’s Arcade! Our community build/playday is on September 21st. Click here for invitation and details. We’d love to have as many adult volunteers as possible. Also, students in grades 2-6 should be bringing home a letter in the next week with specific recycled building supplies that they think they need. Kindergarten and 1st grade will be bringing home a suggested list. If you don’t see this letter come home, be sure to have a family conversation about the project and brainstorm some ideas for supplies! Here is a list of common supplies that students need:
cardboard (flat or a box)
plastic bottles and/or bottle caps
toilet paper tubes
paper towel tubes
We’ll see you on September 21st. Thanks for your support!
Life Skills at Penngrove
Each month our school focuses on learning and exhibiting a particular Life Skill. We highlight a different character trait through class discussions, activities and read aloud. Our Life Skill program is an essential part of helping our students learn and practice positive character traits.
Master Schafer introduces the Life Skill at the beginning of each month during the 8:20 a.m. Wednesday assembly. Each week teachers submit certificates of recognition to students for exhibiting the Life Skill. These students are announced during the Wednesday assembly and get their photo taken as a group. Sometimes the photos are included in the local Community Voice newspaper too!
Here is what Master Schafer says about the program: "The best thing about the Life Skill program is that the whole month is dedicated to just that Life Skill. The teachers and staff are focused on giving positive attention to the students that display those specific attributes. Mrs. Fadeji is working hard to bring other perspectives on the Life Skills to keep it fresh for the students! I love the innovative ways that our school is constantly looking to improve the quality of education for the kids!"
If you are wondering what Life Skills we focus on check out the new directional sign at the top of the parking lot stairs, or simply ask your student!
Self portraits are up in the multi!
Message from Mentor Me
Hello Penngrove families. September is starting off really well as we have two more mentees meeting their mentors this month! One thing mentees do a lot of when they are spending time with their mentees is eating! The Mentor Me room is always stocked with healthy snacks for them, but we are running low. If you are making a Costco or Target run - please consider purchasing an extra package of snacks to donate to our students in the Mentor Me program! Thank you and let me know if you have any questions or concern Sarah Keiser 707-332-5969 email@example.com.
Message from the Garden & Environmental Education Program
The kinders are doing a fantastic job of watering their garden beds. Peas and carrots are coming up in neat rows. A few volunteer lettuces, kale and spinach and beets are sprinkled here and there. We installed a “play structure” for the peas to climb on!
First graders discovered the bug viewers which show an insect’s back and underside view. Finding an insect takes focus and patience. Working on that!
Second graders have planted a few things - peas are coming up.
Third graders sketched a variety of different seeds. They are all so different and interesting.
Fourth graders read and evaluated several primary or humorous books about earthworms and toured the worm bins and got up close with magnifying glasses.
Fifth and sixth graders are working on school clean up and beautification, as well as saving seeds in origami seed packets.
Everyone tasted sweet, juicy Bartlett pears this week and heard a student written story called Patty Pear Has an Adventure. We learned that pears are a source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
The Imagine this... Story Writing Contest is open now.
Mulch for multi-use garden Low growing succulents for river bank
Nine v batteries hose end irrigation timers
Soaker hoses yellow exterior latex paint
Food dehydrator Your surplus produce for a Friday Farm Stand
Lettuce and Kale starts bagged compost
Questions? Contact Marianne Barrell
Box tops for education
CONGRATULATIONS to the TOP Box Top Earners for the 2017-2018 school year!
Enjoy your FUN prizes! Our school earned $676.60 cash last year from Box Tops.
Let’s top that this year!
What does Penngrove School use Box Top money to purchase?
We use them for special student projects such as getting new clubs started, campus improvements (like the stairs), books and incentives for students, etc.
Check your child’s backpack for the newest box top flyer and HAPPY CLIPPING!
We will be searching for a new Box Top Coordinator in the coming months. If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.