Penngrove Press

August 30, 2018

What's Happening at Penngrove?

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Jog-A-Thon is coming next week! 8 days left!!!! Remember this is our biggest fundraiser and supports our GEE (Garden and Environmental Education Program), Harvest Festival, Mentor Me, S.T.E.A.M Program, Family Fun Nights, special assemblies, library books, field trip busses, Mr. Nettell, talent show, teacher and staff discretionary funds, school improvement projects, and much more! Please help your child get sponsors and bring those envelopes in on Friday! Our school-wide goal is $60,000! WE CAN DO IT!
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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!

Fall break is coming soon! September 24 - October 15

One of the benefits of a year-round school is that 3 weeks in the fall!

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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: 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

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

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:

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DRIVE THRU TRI-TIP BBQ & an Update from Outdoor Ed Class of 2019

Our next fundraiser is our Drive Thru Tri-Tip BBQ! Take the night off of cooking to help send our 6th graders to camp this year! Pre-order your meal and drive through to pick it up. You don't even need to get out of your car!

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

Cost: $40

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!

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Message from our STEM program

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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)



duct tape

plastic bottles and/or bottle caps

egg cartons

toilet paper tubes

paper towel tubes

We’ll see you on September 21st. Thanks for your support!

-Mrs. Olufs

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!

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Self portraits are up in the multi!

Thank you to Monty Sullivan and Tracie Cohn for helping us hang our self-portraits up in the multi-purpose room. Come and check them all out!
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Freddy's Creation Station

We need volunteers for lunch to bring out Freddy's Creation Station! (a maker space on wheels!) Can you help on Mondays? If so, email Mrs. Fadeji at

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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

Message from the Garden & Environmental Education Program

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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.

Wish List:

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

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CONGRATULATIONS to the TOP Box Top Earners for the 2017-2018 school year!

Abigail Johnson

Kylie Jones

Robert Merrick

Laurel Merrick

Addison Dunn

Cole McCulloch

Zachary Bettencourt

Lauren Steffey

Nancy Bomar

Logan Scotto

Johanna Hagler

Kylie Rosenhahn

Brandon Stewart

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 Thank you.

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