Panda Pulse

September 15, 2017

This Week at a Glance

  • First 2017-18 PTA meeting
  • Direct Donation Campaign
  • Room Parent Information & Meeting
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • School Store & Spirit Wear
  • School Picture Day
  • Fall Plant Sale
  • Library Volunteers Needed
  • Workout Wednesdays
  • Car Pick Up Reminders
  • Shop Amazon!
  • Chess Club
  • Penny's Wild West Round Up

Dates to Remember this week!

Tuesday, September 19:

  • School Store, 8:45 - 9:10 am in the cafeteria
  • Board Orientation, 9:15 am in the cafeteria
  • Room Parent meeting, 9:30 am in the cafeteria
  • Odyssey of the Mind Student/Parent information session at 5:30 pm in the Creative Commons
  • First PTA meeting at 6:30 pm in the Creative Commons

Wednesday, September 20: Workout Wednesdays will return in the gym, 8:50-9:10 am!

First PTA Meeting!

Penny Road Elementary PTA is a group of committed parent volunteers, educators & students dedicated to helping every child at our school reach his or her full potential! Come learn all about the PTA, what we are doing at the school, how you can get involved, and much more!

The first PTA meeting is Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 pm. Please join us in the Creative Commons (Library) for our meeting and then hear from our wonderful school counselor, Mrs. Sarah Fenik!

Why join the PTA? The number one reason for joining the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. But there are many more PTA advantages:

  • Get Connected.
  • Discover Great Resources.
  • Tap into a Network.
  • Speak Up. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.

Join more than 5 million other people who share your interest in issues affecting children!

Penny's Direct Donation Campaign

Penny Road’s Direct Donation Campaign is set to run Monday, September 11 - Friday, September 29! This year we have replaced our Fall "Fun Run" with this donation campaign. Remember, you can still reach out to family, friends, and employers for donations. 100% of funding received will go directly to our school. Donors will have the opportunity to win fun prizes and be entered into some great raffles! Look for detailed information coming home in your child's Friday folder.

Thank you in advance for your support! If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Greco, VP of Fundraising at


If you volunteered to serve as room parent in your child’s classroom for the 2017-18 school year, we’d like to say "THANK YOU!" Your teacher and PTA are so grateful for your time and service to PRE!

Please plan to attend a brief Room Parent Introductory Meeting on Tuesday, September 19th at 9:30 am in the cafeteria. The PTA will address the role of a room parent, new/changing responsibilities, and answer your questions. We will also have a computer available in the Creative Commons for you to register as a volunteer (required) with WCPSS if you haven’t already done so. If you have questions or can’t make it, please contact Laurie Cockman at
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Odyssey of the Mind Student/Parent information session

Please note that the Student/Parent information session for 4th and 5th graders interested in the Odyssey of the Mind program had to be rescheduled to Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30 pm in the Creative Commons at school. Questions: Please email Jessica Vollmer at or through Konstella.

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is an international, fun & educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Team members learn many skills including: creativity, problem solving, spontaneous and divergent thinking, engineering, construction, teamwork, risk taking, performance skills, time management and so much more! The OM “season” typically runs from November through March, depending on whether or not teams go beyond the regional tournament the first weekend in March.

Please note that this program is 100% run by parents and all OM parents are expected to take some kind of role with their team.

A lot more FUN info here: and/or

School Store & Spirit Wear!

Our next School Store will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 8:45 - 9:10 am in the cafeteria. We have lots of fun items for sale! Spirit Wear will also be available for purchase. Make sure your Panda has their t-shirt before our next spirit day on Friday, October 6. (Students don't need to have a parent with them in order to visit the store. Teachers will allow students to come to the cafeteria after dropping off their backpacks.)

Spirit Wear Donations: Our next spirit day is "Wear your PRE colors." We want to ensure that all students get a spirit shirt this year and can participate in the fun spirit days! By making a $5 donation through this link, we will work with staff to make sure that we are able to get shirts to those who need them. Thank you for your support of all of our Pandas!

School Picture Day

Mark you Calendar!!! School Picture day is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27. This will be your student's yearbook portrait. Order forms are coming home soon. If you plan to purchase pictures, your student will need to bring the order form & payment to their teacher on Picture Day. For more information, visit

Fall Plant Sale

Fall is finally here and it's time to bring out the mums! This year you have the opportunity to buy your fall plants from the Penny Road PTA. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Use the PDF order form below.
2. Buy coupons from the PTA.
3. Take your coupon to the Campbell Road Nursery ( to pick out your own plants!

Don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends, and neighbors if they would like coupons too! See the PDF flyer below for more information. Email Amy Toland at with any questions!

Library Volunteers Needed

Love kids and books?

Have some extra time during the week?

We would LOVE to have you volunteer to help out in the library.

Mrs. Platts is looking for help throughout the year. If you are available please choose a time slot that works with your schedule. Sign up here or contact Lisa Ann Fowles with any questions at

Workout Wednesdays!

Each Wednesday from 8:50 to 9:10am your child can come to the gym to get some morning exercise! Twice a month we offer yoga with our wonderful certified yoga teacher and parent volunteer, Holly Healy. The other Wednesdays will be a combination of all different types of exercise! There is no advance sign up required, just have your child come and join in the fun!

If you are a parent who loves to exercise, do yoga, Zumba or dance, we would love your help! Moms, dad, aunts, uncles or grandparents are invited to share their passion with our students on Wednesday mornings. Please consider giving just 30 minutes of your time and passion, once a month or just once or twice a year on Wednesday from 8:45-9:10 to get sweaty with our students.

Please email Christine Martin at if you are interested in helping.

Already Shopping on Amazon? Let Penny Road benefit!

Did you know you can help Penny Road Elementary raise money by shopping on Amazon?

Next time you shop on Amazon, remember to start at Donations will be made to Penny Road Elementary for every purchase you make. What an amazing and easy way to make a contribution to your school!

Chess Club

Do you have a student in Grades 1-5? Do they want to learn how to play Chess? Do they already know how to play and are looking to improve and have some fun playing? Have them join our school’s Chess Club! The club will meet Friday mornings beginning October 13. If you missed the sheet that came home in Friday Folders, you can sign-up here. Checks may be made out to Penny Road PTA. Questions about the club may be directed to our parent volunteers, Mandy and Daniel at
HOWDY, PARTNERS!! Get ready for a rip-roaring good time at Penny's Wild West Round Up!
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