Panther Press

October 25, 2020

The Pershing Elementary Newsletter

Principal Message

Good Evening Pershing Families,

Red Ribbon School Spirit Week

Thank you for student and staff participation in our Red Ribbon Spirit Week! It was fun to see how many classes really got into the theme! While it was fun to dress-up, we want to keep reminding everyone to make those healthy choices, especially as we head into so many different holidays, and as we lean into the challenging work of learning while apart.

School Spirit

Our School Spirit Winners this past week were: 1st place, Mrs. Zimbelman's TK class!

2nd place, with 92% participation was Mrs. Alves's 3rd grade class!

3rd place, we had a time with 83.3% each, Ms. Milan's 4th grade and Miss Humphrey's kindergarten class!

4th place, with 79% was Mrs. Bayliss's 3rd grade class!

Congratulations to all!

Holiday Resources

If any families are in need of resources this coming Thanksgiving, please click the link below and learn more about Holiday Basket's available through Divine Savior:


PTO Shout Out!

A huge shout out to our PTO for planning another fun family dinner night and fundraiser yesterday at Chipotle! Your participation in each of these events helps raise funds for our PTO, which supports programs, materials and supplies for our students.

PTO Membership

A quick reminder: it is easy to support our PTO by becoming a member as a family today! It is only $10 per person. We will be reporting out which classes have the highest percentage of PTO members very soon! Get your official membership soon! PTO membership must be renewed annually:

For more upcoming events and important dates, please see the calendar list below. If you have questions, please call us at 916-979-8076 or email me at


Mrs. Kendra Shelton

Principal, Pershing

Become a Pershing PTO Member Today!

Memberships are only $10 per Family this year! Join today!

Mark Your Calendars

Below are important events:

  • October 19 - November 1: Pershing Book Fair continues!

  • November 4: Student Material Pick-Up (TK - 6th grades)
  • November 4: Drop off Box Tops when you pick-up your student materials!
  • November 9 - 15: International Friendship Week
  • November 11: Veterans Day - No School
  • November 13: No School (Teacher Work-Day)
  • November 16 - 20: Parent-Teacher Conferences Week
  • November 17: School Site Council - 7:15a.m. on Zoom
  • December 1: English Learner Advisory Committee 6p.m. on Zoom
  • December 2: Student Material Pick-Up (TK - 6th grades)
  • December 31: Last day to buy a Pershing Yearbook for only $20! Online sales only this year!
  • January 5: Hybrid/In-Person Learning Scheduled to Begin (more information to come)

For more dates, visit or the SJUSD School Year Calendar, go to:

We're Having a Book Fair!

Click this link to go to the Book Fair starting on October 19th!

Pershing Book Fair Continues!

Dear Pershing Families:

We are working hard to keep our students reading and raise critical funds for our school library with our Scholastic Online-Only Book Fair from October 19th to November 1st.

The Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them become lifelong readers. And you’ll love the new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives — directly from the interactive book list. Plus, enjoy these special online shopping features:

· Access to over 6,000 products

· All orders ship direct to home

· FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25

· All purchases support our school library and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping:

Thank you for continuing to support our school library!

Happy reading,

Mrs. Williams

Pershing Library

Check-out Library Books from Pershing

Click this button to be redirected to learn how to check-out library books from Pershing for your child!

Buy a Yearbook Soon!

Yearbooks are on sale! Yearbooks are $20 each (base price), available online ONLY this year, and will increase to $25 each after 12/31. Visit soon! Pershing's school code is: 13201221

Please help us fill up our 2020-2021 School Yearbook!

Parents: Submit pictures of your Pershing students for specific themed pages of the yearbook by filling out this form! Click this button to learn more!

Need Support for Distance Learning?

For questions specific to the district, visit San Juan's microsite ( designed to provide our community with the latest information about Fall 2020. Here you can find the latest district updates, details about the instructional options available to families, special education services during distance learning, as well as community resources available to support families.

For questions specific to Pershing, please contact our school office at 916-979-8076 or reach out to Principal Kendra Shelton or school secretary Elizabeth Danforth.