Pence Press

October 17, 2021

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Calendar Reminder: NO SCHOOL MONDAY!

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October is Bullying Prevention Month

Mirror neurons in our brains allow us to learn through imitation.

They allow us to reflect the body language, facial expressions and emotions of others.

Mirror neurons allow us to perceive others' intentions as well as their actions.

Mirror neurons play an essential role in our social life.

They are key to child development, relationships and education.


October is Bullying Prevention Month

Your words and actions are a model for others! (It's a brain thing!)

Show Kindness, Be Respectful, Offer Acceptance


YOU can make a difference!

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Our Students Lead the Way!

We are so proud of our students as they have taken ownership in the initiatives to build community in our school because We All Belong! Go Knights!!!

Worldstrides Meeting this Tuesday!!


A Pence Worldstrides trip is in the planning stages. If you are a student interested in travel and marine biology this trip is one you want to know more about. This Marine Biology trip to an island in the Florida Keys is being organized for June 2023. If you are a 6th or 7th grader and this opportunity sounds interesting to you, please see your Science teacher for a packet of information to share with your parents.


A family meeting is planned for October 19th at 7:00 pm in the Wilbur Pence Library. Bring your parents to learn more!


Here is a website for the program of trip activities and the registration process:


Pence World Strides trip 2023 information/Registration Link

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Please join us this Tuesday at Pence Middle School Proceeds Night at Island Wing Company!

Tuesday, October 19th will be our first Pence Proceed Night at the new Island Wing Company! Proceeds from each meal purchased will be donated to our school. After you eat, please drop your receipt in our spirit bucket that will be located at our table at the front of the restaurant! Proceeds will be collected ANY time on Tuesday. We look forward to seeing you there!


Island Wing Company is located at 350 University Blvd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Thank you to our students who took some time this weekend to recognize our teachers!

Draw the Line/ Family Life material

The Physical Education teachers will have the Draw the Line/Family Life material available for parents/guardians to view on November 2 during Parent/Teacher Conferences. The material will be set up at a table in the hallway by the old gym (across from the main office). Parents/guardians are able to view material prior to the course. Opt-out forms will be given out during PE classes before the course starts in the spring.

Club Soccer Fun!

Virginia Conservation Police presented during the hunter's safety classes this week.

In support of our two teachers on knee scooters, all the 6th grade teachers were on wheels for a day! Go Pence!

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Pence School Fundraiser

Pence Families-


We have once again decided to do an all virtual fundraiser because: 1) It is safe = no contact 2) It is easy. We also understand that some of you would prefer just to make a donation to the school and that will certainly be appreciated as well! If you so choose this option, just send a check in with your student to school.


The school uses fundraiser money to benefit our students. Here are some of the thngs we have used our fundraiser money for in the past:


-To reduce the cost of field trips for familes

-School-wide STEM Fair

-Library renovation

-Student incentive programs

-Classroom furnishings such as flexible seating, etc.

-Funding for our end of the year "Pence Pride Day"

-Etc.


Below you will find some links to information:

Kick off video https://vimeo.com/showcase/8754679

How to Videos https://vimeo.com/showcase/8752340

Why we fundraise video https://vimeo.com/showcase/8770815

Parent letter https://bit.ly/3m9hSIN


PLEASE REMIND STUDENTS THEY ARE ONLY TO SHARE WITH AND SOLICIT TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

All sales are online only. Sale ends 10/22. Register TONIGHT at www.ShopFund.com

All prizes will be given out when the fundraiser is over.

If a student shares with 5 different people online only- they will receive a free donut. Donuts will be handed out after the sale is over.


FUNDRAISER INCENTIVES!!!

If we raise the following for the school students will receive:

$5,000 a hat & hood day

$7,000 ice cream at lunch

$10,000 a day of extra recess with snacks

Reminder: Drop-Off & Pick-Up Routes Into Pence

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This is a friendly reminder that we would like for all families to appropach the school from the south on Ashby Street during drop-off and pick-up times. (Please see the map above.) We have worked with the Dayton Police Department to identify this plan to ensure the safety of our students, parents, and community. We ask that you adhere to this request on a daily basis throughout the year.


Thank you for your cooperation!

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Employment Opportunities

Are you looking for a rewarding career working with students? Become a substitute! We're currently looking for substitute teachers, instructional assistants, custodians, and food service staff. Hours are flexible with your schedule and you can pick the days you are available. Please check out our employment opportunities at https://www.rcps.net/en-US/human-resources-08339067 If interested, please fill out the appropriate application for the job and apply for consideration. For substitute teaching, you would fill out a licensed application. For being considered as a substitute instructional assistant, custodian, or food service staff member, you would fill out a classified application. Any questions about the application process itself may be directed to members of the RCPS Human Resources Team at 540-564-3220. Thank you so much for any help you can provide in filling these positions with positive role models who want to make a difference in the lives of RCPS students!
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Yearbook Preorders and more...

As you are attending extracurricular events outside of the school day, please consider uploading your photos to our yearbook photo database. Sometimes the best pictures are taken by you. We would love to potentially include these in our 2022 yearbook. Access https://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/?code=pencems in order to add your photos. Please note that you must include the grade level(s) and name(s) of any student in the photo. If this information is not included, your photo will not be added to the database. The photo must also meet policies according to RCPS. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dove via email kdove@rockingham.k12.va.us or (540) 578-3459.


Also, don't forget to preorder your yearbook now, https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/?event=general.displayLanding&jobnumber=13754 and enter the school code 13754.


Starting Monday, students may preorder a yearbook with cash or check. If paying in cash, correct change is appreciated. Order forms will NOT be sent home. Your student will need to bring a payment to Mrs. Dove, in room 201, during homeroom in the morning and will fill out an order form then.

7th Grade Basketball

We are looking forward to 7th Grade Basketball!


Students are welcome to stay after school on HOME game days. Admission for students is $2. Concessions are available. Masks must be worn properly at all times.


Students will need to choose a game to attend - either boys or girls - and remain in the assigned gym throughout the game. Students will not be permitted to travel from gym to gym during games.

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Knights Cafe: Menus

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School Bus Driver Training

We have set our next School Bus Driver Training for November 15th - 17th. For more information call Chris Sours or Jeremy Mason at 540-433-2458.