Wednesday April 12th, 2023
I hope everyone enjoyed some time off and got to spend time with family enjoying fun and rest! I took my kids to Sacramento to do some California History activities, and we had a great time!
Tomorrow, we will be doing our first ever BIG Evacuation drill. Our staff has been trained on the Incident Command System, knows their rolls and are prepared to put our skills in action. We are treating this as though we experienced a large earthquake which caused damage to the school, and would need to close school as a result. There will be no alarms sounding, just an announcement to begin the drill as an earthquake drill. We will be evacuating classrooms, utilizing our search and rescue team, first aid team, etc. This is a mock evacuation, so teachers are prepared to keep students entertained while they are evacuated so we can complete our tasks of an effective drill. We will also be hosting some guests, such as Safety Directors from other districts, the Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management, representatives from RESIG, and Petaluma's Emergency Manager, among others. They are going to observe and offer us feedback as to ways we can improve our practices. This is a big step in being prepared for all emergency events and I am very proud of all the work TeamPenn has put into this serious matter.
On another matter of health and safety, and in an effort to support families at home, this is an article by NPR as to the harmful effects of social media. The article came as a result of research done at mental health hospitals which are reporting alarming rates of pediatric needs in this area. Our kids are crying for our help. Hug them tight, spend time together and talk, talk, talk. I love asking my children open-ended questions, such as, "tell me the best part of your day," or "what was something that you didn't enjoy so much today and how did you handle it?" They roll their eyes because they know what I'm up to, but, then they talk.
I heard a quote over break to the effect of; kids need us to light up when they walk in the room. We all need that from time to time.
Stay awkward, brave and kind!
PS- in thinking of our warmer weather (yay!), please be sure to send your student with layered clothing, water and practice extra hygiene at home!
Penngrove Traffic study link
Question of the week from Principal Harp
Each week, I will be sending out a question with which you will be given the opportunity to engage in a new conversation with your child. We all know how hard it is to draw out responses other than, "nothing" or "fine" when we ask "What did you do today?" or "How was school?" Be sure to use open ended follow-up questions and statements such as "Tell me more about that!" or "What did you think of that?" Please ask your student(s) the question below, share their response with us and make our day! You can submit more than one response! (No need to put names or identifying words.)
Responses to Behavioral Problems may include:
Meeting with the person they harmed, to apologize, repairing or replacing something broken, giving back time, or helping someone they harmed (e.g. community service).
To teach new positive behaviors we also give students opportunities to practice the behavior they forgot to show and to complete a reflection form to think about their choices and to make a plan for change.
If something serious occurs you will be notified and you may be asked to participate in resolving the issue by meeting with us at the school, or on the phone. We are committed to involving parents and guardians in generating solutions and we ask that you work with us as we resolve problems.
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What’s the Latest?
We invite you to an educational forum
Sunday, April 16 at 2:00 pm
at Penngrove Community Clubhouse, 385 Woodward Ave.
It will be interesting and not mind-numbing! :-)
Break-out sessions to ID concerns in your area. Who should attend: Penngrove residents concerned about pedestrian safety, quick emergency response, and traffic relief.
How traffic is framed in the General Plan.
Can Penngrove Area Plan help?
The County’s Penngrove Traffic Survey is underway online at www.penngrovetraffic.com
Comment before it closes 5.31.23
Break-out sessions to ID concerns in your area.
Who should attend: Penngrove residents concerned about pedestrian safety, quick emergency response, and traffic relief.
Honorary Service Award Nominations 2022/23
Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their outstanding community service to children and youth in our Penngrove community? Please use this form to nominate someone for a 2022/23 Friends of Penngrove PTA service awards!
The Honorary Service Awards recognize an individual or organization for outstanding service to children and youth in our community, going above and beyond what is asked of them. The service can be related to a specific project or a long-time ongoing effort. Award recipients will be honored during the May 22nd PTA Association meeting.
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Honorary Service Award Nominations 2022/23
Nominations Due April 25th, 2023 Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their outstanding community service to children and youth in our Penngrove community? Please use this form to nominate someone for a 2022/23 Friends of Penngrove PTA service awards!
✍️Want to join the HSA Committee? Contact Devon @ email@example.com ✍️
Can't join us in person?
We are going to try a hybrid meeting to allow members to attend via zoom.
Please be sure to RSVP either way!
*only in person attendees will be able to vote in the elections and on all other matters*
🌺 Garden Update 🌺
Welcome back to school Panthers! We have a Schoolyard Pollinator Habitat coming to Penngrove Elementary School. We have partnered with School Garden Network to create a big beautiful habitat on two sites on campus. I need your help to make it a reality! One of the sites is the front slope of the school it is going to be so amazing but I need adult helpers to for the installation as the site is too steep for students. The other site will be installed by students and they have been engaged with the project planning as well as learning about what native pollinator habitat is. Please mark your calendars for Saturday May 20th which will be the main installation day. If you have time to give on Tue the 16, 23, or 30th during school hours I could also use your help then. Thank you so much!!
Students are going to be planting a grow kit we received from School Garden Network and harvesting lots of greens that grew in over the Spring break. I can’t wait for the students to come enjoy all the flowers that are blooming in school garden and to celebrate Earth day together. We will also be studying ladybugs for the remainder of April and through May.
As always thank you to the parent volunteers who help make garden awesome for all our students. I am grateful to get to facilitate our garden community! Reach out to me anytime firstname.lastname@example.org
✍️ Copperfield's Presents Author Visit with Jonathan Stutzman! ✍️
On Wednesday, April 19th, TK-3rd graders will have the opportunity to meet and listen to funny, talented author Jonathan Stutzmant, here to talk about his newest book, Tiny T. Rex and the Grand Ta-Da!. Jonathan's books about Tiny T. Rex and his friend Pointy are so funny, and sweet, and kids love them.
If your child is interested in purchasing a book, have them give this form (password is READ) and the payment to their teacher. The price listed below represents our book club discounted price, plus tax. Checks should be made out to Copperfield's; credit and debit cards can be taken at the event. After his presentation, Jonathan will be happy to autograph your child's copy!
We love this newest book in the stories of Tiny T. Rex and Pointy! Tiny T. Rex and his friend Pointy work hard to master their magic act for the school talent show, and prove that you can overcome any problem as long as it is met with patience and understanding.
Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning children's book author and filmmaker. His work for children includes the bestselling Tiny T. Rex series as well as Llama Destroys the World illustrated by Heather Fox, Bear Is a Bear illustrated by Dan Santat, and many others. The only magic trick Jonathan knows is how to make donuts (and other tasty foods) disappear. He lives in Pennsylvania, where right now he's most likely reading or thinking about new stories
To purchase a copy of the book- click here (password is READ)
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7th Annual Penngrove Elementary Lego Contest!
Lego Contest Entry Form
Name ___________________________________ Teacher & Grade _________________________________________ You can build any lego sculpture. The ideas are endless: a house, a car, a boat, an animal, a dance party, a Star Wars ship....anything you want. Keep your sculpture to 150 total lego pie...
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Upcoming Event: Parent "Emotional Resiliency" Workshop & Connection Circle - Monday, April 24th
Petaluma City Schools has partnered with the Society for Social Health & Well-Being to offer a monthly series of Social-Emotional Health Workshops and Parent Discussion Groups to provide more support, opportunities to grow & connect as parents (with each other) and foster a greater sense of community. Each month we will have a theme to be discussed and professionally facilitated discussion and support on areas such as:
- Managing the Screen & Digital Well-being or
- Fostering Health Social Connections for Kids (and us parents)
- New Communication Tools to engage your kids in ways they want to connect
- Addressing Mental and Emotional Health Challenges Head on
We will be joined by a local expert to provide educational material, hands-on practice and then open discussion groups and support circles for parents to share their challenges and their triumphs so we can all learn and grow together.
This is a wonderful way for you as a parent to become more emotionally equipped to support your children (and yourselves), feel supported by other PCS parents, and begin to grow a community of parents you can connect with for years to come!
Where: Kenilworth Junior High (800 Riesling Rd., Petaluma)
When: Monday, April 23, 2023 6:00 - 7:30 PM.
Childcare and translation services will be provided!
NOTHIN' BUT NET 38th Annual BASKETBALL CAMP Summer 2023
This is our 38th year of Nothin' But Net. Co-Directors are Coach Doug Johnson, former Petaluma Girls Varsity Coach and Coach Eric Hoppes, former Petaluma Boys Varsity Coach. Many players on local high school teams have attended Nothin’ But Net. We are committed to small group instruction, with groups of 8-10 campers to allow maximum instruction. Local coaches and players will assist at camp. For Information call: Coach Hoppes at 766-9963 or email: email@example.com
See flyer or check out the website for full details.
🐾 Meals are free for all students 🐾
Breakfast & Lunch Menus - April
Penngrove Elementary - Home of the #PennPanthers
Location: 365 Adobe Road, Penngrove, CA, USA
Phone: (707) 778-4755