Penngrove Press

August 23, 2017

A message from Mrs. Rudder

I would like to thank everyone for welcoming me to Penngrove. What a wonderful school!! I'm starting to figure out the fastest ways to get around the campus and to remember the correct bell schedule.

It's been fun to reconnect with teachers and staff I know from my days at McNear, McKinley and McDowell. My tongue still stumbles when I try to say the school name and not start with if you call and hear me say McPenngrove you will know why!

The best part about re-entering the educational system is that I again have a chance to interact with students and delight in watching them in their learning process. I even get to help teach small groups in some classrooms!

I want to thank all of the teachers, especially Ms. Olufs and Ms. Barrell, for the wonderful activities they arranged related to the eclipse. Unfortunately the sun didn't peak out on Monday until well past the time of the eclipse.

The next big event at Penngrove is the Jogathon on September 8th. I know that we are hoping to beat our goal of $50,000. Don't forget that you can donate easily through the Paypal link on our school website!

Lifeskills, awarded every Wednesday

Recent Lifeskills:

Corbin Giubbini

Mason Beach

Carter Raven

Isabela Isaza

Addison Sumwalt

Lyla Giannecchini

Jesus Arango

Ryanne Killpack

Jacqueline Lua

Ohlin Rosillo

Elleana Tavares

Evan Riley

Iris Caldwell

Angel Garcia Cambray

Robert Merrick

Bianca Gillespie

Jordan Davis

Upcoming Events

PTA Meeting

Monday, August 28, 8:45-9:45am


Parent Meet & Greet with PCS Admin Team

Tuesday, August 29, 8:25-9am

Multipurpose Room

No School-Labor Day

Monday, Sept 4


Friday, Sept 8

Caine's Arcade

Wednesday, Sept 13, All day

On campus

Skate Night

Friday, Sept 15, 5:30-7:30pm

Cal Skate

Book Fair

Sep 19-22, lunch & after school

Penngrove Library

Fall Break

Sep 25-Oct 16

No School!

Red Ribbon Week

Oct 23-26

PTA Meeting

Monday, Oct 23, 6-7pm

Room 3

Fall Festival

Saturday, Oct 28, 11am-2pm

On Campus

Halloween Parade

Tuesday, Oct 31, 8:30-9:30am

On Campus

Girls on the Run 2017

Girls on the Run registration is now open! Girls on the Run is a program aimed at inspiring joy, health, and confidence in girls in 4th-6th grade. We use a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Online registration is now available at:

Registration fees are $185, scholarships are available!

Registration deadline: 8/21/17

Season begins: 8/28/17

Practices will be held Wednesdays 1-2:30, and Fridays 3-4:30

We are also looking for an assistant coach! No experience required!

Contact Vanessa Miller for more information: 707-774-1091

Message from the Penngrove Library

Mrs. Lutz would like to thank the following families for their generous donations to the Penngrove Library through the Fund Drive. An * indicates a whole level of JLG books for this year!

Kendall Rafalo, Emiliano Sullivan, Isabella Easley, *Shaan Ghoman, Jacob Xue, Everet Hand, Logan Scotto, *Taylor & Indigo Reynaud, Peyton Navratil, Robert & Laurel Merrick, Cameron Crayne, Stella Santorineos, **Ethan Bradford (2 levels), *Abbie Johnson, Gianni Enriquez, Gianna Tavares, Elleana Tavares, Ruhani Gill, *Billy & Brianna Hlebakos.

Thanks to all of these donations we will be able to keep our library shelves stocked with the latest & greatest in children’s literature!! Many thanks!

The Book Fair is coming!! It will run Tuesday, Sept 19th - Friday, Sept. 22nd at lunch and after school. If you would like to help please sign up with Mrs. Lutz in the library. Thanks!

Special preview for parents is after assembly on Wednesday, 9/20.

Please watch this video on the importance of reading and the value of book fairs:

Library Wish List:

Clorox Wipes


Penngrove Back to School BBQ

Thank you to everyone for coming to our Back to School BBQ! So many people are involved in putting this event together every year.

We would like to thank the following folks who donated:

Penngrove Social Firemen/Penngrove Park

Suafai Family

Black Bean BBQ

Java Amore

Caprara’s Pizza

Full Circle Baking Co.

Lombardi's /Hooker's Gourmet Salads

Cattlemen’s - Petaluma

Palace of Fruit


Target - Petaluma

Raley's - Rohnert Park

Safeway - Petaluma

Safeway - Rohnert Park

Twin Oaks Tavern

Lori Burr @ Fringe Salon

We would like to thank the following volunteers:

Kerry Jones

Shannon Gilmore

Brooks & Carol Drysale

David Gilmore

Jason Jones

Gael Grove

Drew Grove

Justin Norman

Romel Castillejos

Larry Hellman

Megan Walton

Kristina Borsik

Liz Erickson

Penngrove Teachers & PTA Board

Message from Mr. Z

Intramural Football sign ups will begin next week. SIgn-up sheets will be supplied to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers. Eight captains will take part in a draft to select teams. Good luck. We hope to see you out there.

Recess Renaissance is looking for volunteers!

Do you love being with kids? We can use your help! Penngrove Elementary's Recess Renaissance program is looking for help during the week! For those of you new to Penngrove, Recess Renaissance is an award-winning program that was started years ago for all kids to have something to do during recess time. The program offers alternatives to standard playground activities.

On Mondays, we provide Freddy's Creation Station, which is an art cart available to all students to use their creativity with recycled goods. On Wednesdays, we offer the Mileage Club, which is a walking/running program and offers incentives for the number of laps they complete.

We are looking for volunteers for Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays during the lunch hour 12:30-1:15, grades 1-6. In the past parents have done cartooning, art, knitting, scooter boards, music, parachute, and other activities. If you have something you would like to do with the kids during their lunch hour, please contact Suzanne Duffy at

An update from Penn STEM

Welcome to another year full of hands-on projects and activities in our Penn STEM program! In case you don’t know me, I’m Adrienne Olufs and I’m the STEM Coach for our school. I get to go into every classroom and work with every student! Our projects and activities range from grade level specific to school-wide. We focus work on fostering a growth mindset, flexible thinking, and the engineering design process in a project-based learning environment.

Our first project is a school-wide cardboard challenge, inspired by Caine’s Arcade. This is our second year with this project and students are very excited! In each class, students have started their design process by brainstorming the characteristics of what they consider a great arcade game. They are now working on a detailed sketch of what their game will look like.

This year we are asking students to bring their own box and materials needed to build their arcade game. We will have duct tape on hand and stations where students can get help from adults with any cutting that they need done. In 2 weeks, we’ll send home the official list of supplies that your student needs to create their arcade game but please talk with your child about their ideas to start gathering supplies ahead of time if you can.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: You’ll find an official invitation to this school-wide event in your child’s Wednesday folder. We do need volunteers to help students with their projects during our build time 8:40-10:10 on Wednesday, September 13th. If you have a sheetrock knife, power tool, or something that you can bring to use at our “cutting station”, please sign up here.

Click here for the Caine’s Arcade video

A Message from 6th Grade Outdoor Ed

A huge Thank You to everyone who either volunteered at the Accordion Festival or donated something for the raffle. Without your help, it wouldn't be possible to send our 6th Graders to camp! We really appreciate the hard work our committee members Erica Spear, Rachael Phillips, and Kristi Hellman did putting so much time and energy to make sure things got done at the Accordion Festival. Thank You!

Mentor Me Update

Hello Penngrove families! Our school year is up and running. As we get into the swing of things we can now see what we need for our Mentor Me room. Here is our wishlist if you have any of these items laying around we would love for you to donate them to our room.

1. Floor lamp

2. Books (any age or level)

3. Snacks for the kids. They are always hungry when meeting with their Mentors!

4. Hot chocolate - a Mentee favorite!

5. White board markers

Thank you for thinking of us! Please contact me with any questions. Sarah Keiser 707-332-5969 or

Artistic Movement Center Grand Opening!

The Artistic Movement Center is now open in Rohnert Park. Finally a dance center that has the individual dancer in mind. Their talented instructors truly care about the growth of each student, and are dedicated to creating a safe environment for them to express themselves.

They offer classes for kids, teens, and adults such as Hip Hop, Character, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Fitness and more. All of their classes are open to boys and girls. They also offer morning classes for tots as young as 2.5 years.

Grand Opening Special: unlimited classes for a week! Come in and try any class, any day, any time for a week and find the ones that fit! For more information, email or check out their website at


Just a reminder to get your pledges for this year's Jog-A-Thon. This is the school's biggest fundraiser, we need your help!

To donate via PayPal, there is a link on the Penngrove Elementary website.

Mrs. Hlebakos will sponsor $1 for current or former students of hers. You can find her on campus on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesdays.

Message from the Garden and Environmental Education Program

Look for a Pop-up Farmstand next Wednesday at the top of the stairs!

Kindergarteners have planted several kinds of seeds in their garden beds by the play structure and are excited to see lettuce, spinach, beets, and sugar snap peas coming up! Carrots are slow, we learned. When not watering those seedlings, K students looked at plushy garden animal toys and counted legs, (six on an insect!) and read a book called Everything Grows!.

All students have spent time becoming familiar with the tools in the garden and their safe use and storage. Primary students planted seeds and pumpkins plants (cross your fingers for pumpkins for the Harvest Festival) and 5th and 6th graders made wonderful eclipse simulators for the school to share last Monday, and indirect viewers to share. Thanks to everyone who sent in materials and who helped on Monday.

Produce like tomatoes, cucumbers and summer squash are ripening in our garden and next Monday there will probably be a pop-up FarmStand where families can see what we’ve harvested and buy ingredients for a weekend meals. Anyone with excess produce or fruit may bring it to the garden at 11:00 - 11:30 on Wednesday and we’ll put it out, too.

Each year Penngrove School exhibits at the Heirloom Exposition and are rewarded by a share of the proceeds from the event. Last year we received a $400.00 check from Baker Creek Seed Company. If you want to help set up on September 4, or break down our booth on September 7th or 8th, contact Ms. Barrell at

Interested in volunteering to garden with kids or help with the farmstand, or take and tweet pictures of the program in action? Here is a link to the volunteer schedule/sign-up.

Summer Meals Keep Kids Eating Well

Good nutrition shouldn’t take a summer vacation! It’s important to encourage more children to participate in food programs that provide balanced meals over the summer months. USDA’s Summer Food Service Program is administered locally by the California Department of Education and is available to all children 18 and under regardless of their type of school. No enrollment paperwork, identification or income verification is required.

Here are some reasons to promote summer meal programs in your community:

  • Summer meals follow strict nutrition guidelines similar to the National School Lunch Program. Children have access to milk, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, all under-consumed food groups identified in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Many of the foods featured in the summer meals program are grown and produced right here in California!
  • Nearly 2 million of California’s low-income students are missing out on these free, balanced meals, putting their health and academic achievement at risk and leaving millions of federally allocated dollars on the table.

You can help families find a summer meals location near them. Choose from these three options: text FOOD (or COMIDA for Spanish) to 877-877, dial 2-1-1 for city directories or visit Many summer meal sites boost participation by offering free activities like reading and literacy programs, nutrition education and physical activity options. Find free activity ideas and promotional materials online at