Panda Pulse

May 1, 2017

This week's highlights

  • VOLUNTEERS needed for Carnival!
  • Teacher Appreciation - May 1-5
  • Carnival Basket Preview times announced
  • Silent Auction SNEAK PEEK!
  • EOG Testing Info
  • VOLUNTEERS needed for Field Day!


The Spring Carnival planning team needs YOU to make carnival happen this year! Please follow the link to our volunteer sign up. An hour of your time could make all the difference. We also welcome teen volunteers for some positions. It's a great way for your student to get service hours in!!


Did you know that this week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Penny Road? The PTA Hospitality Team will be recognizing and celebrating our awesome teachers all week! How will you show your appreciation for the teachers in your student's life?

Here are a few ideas to #ThankATeacher:

  • Have your child create a handmade card to say "Thanks".
  • Help your child create a "Certificate of Appreciation" on the computer to recognize those special educators.
  • Send in flowers or candy - a sweet treat is a great way to show your gratitude.
  • Don't forget our specials teachers and aides! They are an important part of a student's day too!

Spring Carnival Raffle Basket Preview Sale

Tuesday May 9th 8:30am-4:00pm

Wednesday May 10th 8:30am-4:00pm

Thursday May 11th 8:30am-2:00pm

Ms. Irvin's Room #126J

Don’t miss your chance to preview the Spring Carnival Baskets! Come out and see the wonderful class baskets and the amazing raffle baskets that our hard working carnival donations team and class parents have put together! You are not going to want to miss this year! We have some great new basket themes and PRE favorites! Raffle and 50/50 Tickets can be purchased for $1 each.

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NEW to Spring Carnival Silent Auction!

This year, for the first time, we have several classrooms participating in our silent auction with original art pieces. With the help of teachers and room parents, the children have collaborated on unique works of art that you can bid on during our carnival auction. What a great keepsake for you and your child!

It's almost EOG testing time

We wanted to give you the schedule for end of grade tests so we won't have to do make-up exams. Make ups will be the last week of school , which is difficult for students because of end of year events like Field Day, parties, etc. If you can help proctor any of the exams, it is so helpful to the school. Parent proctors allow us to continue with specials and recess during EOG weeks. Please contact Lisa Grove to volunteer to proctor at If you would like to send a note of encouragement for your child to read before the test, please make sure your child's teacher has it before the date listed below. Thanks so much!

Friday, 5/26: 3rd Grade Math

Tuesday, 5/30: 3rd Grade ELA

Wednesday, 5/31: 4th Grade Math and 5th Grade ELA

Thursday, 6/1: 4th Grade ELA and 5th Grade Math

Friday, 6/2: 5th Grade Science.


Penny Road Field Day is coming soon & we need many volunteers!

Wednesday, June 7th grades K-1

Thursday, June 8th Grades 2-5

Plan to spend a fun-filled morning or afternoon with your child. Field Day is a day of fun and games to celebrate the end of the school year for your child(ren) and is one of the children’s favorite days of the year. We need at least 40 volunteers per session to make this a success. This is our biggest volunteer need all year. Volunteers will help direct the children through the games or help with refreshments. Your part is easy – no athletic skills required. All the children participate – so you’ll be sharing your time with your child as they pass through the game you are helping with.

We need one or two special volunteers for each session to be our water person. This special position will be responsible for hooking up hoses, filling up the water containers at the water stations, making sure all water stations have a continuing supply of water during field day times and gathering the hoses on Friday afternoon at the completion of field day events. Please email if you are interested in serving in this role. It is desperately needed!

Parents are welcome to stop by and watch but we may recruit you to volunteer! Please understand that the field activities and snacks are for current Penny Road students, teachers and volunteers only. Thank you for understanding.

*We are asking for donations of bottled water to keep all of our volunteers well-hydrated. Please drop all donations off in the gym by Tuesday, June 6th.

Fill out the slip linked below and return it to school by June 5th OR go to Konstella to sign-up.

Questions? Contact Amy Toland at or

Thank you for volunteering!

Teacher Silent Auction 2017!!!

Our fabulous teachers will be auctioning off fun experiences for students at this year's carnival! Don't miss your chance to hang out with your favorite Penny Road "rock star"!
2017 PRE Spring Carnival Silent Auctions