Principal's Message

August 22, 2017

Dear Pennoyer Families:

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!!  I am excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning.  It is our goal to help every child feel welcomed, connected, and part of our Pennoyer family.   This summer brought many changes to our Pennoyer staff.   I’d like to welcome:

Ms. Joanna Slezak-Preschool
Ms. Michelle Dembski- Kindergarten
Mrs. Amy Shearer- Fifth Grade
Ms. Erica Hauer- Middle School Mathematics
Mrs. Monica Brunell- Middle School English/Language Arts (ELA)
Ms. Allison Young- Middle School English/Language Arts (ELA)
Mr. Tom Pazdan- English Language (EL)
Mr. Justin Widd- Paraprofessional
Ms. Jessica Murphy- Paraprofessional

Along with many new staff….. we have a few teachers who are stepping into different roles this year.  
Mrs. Melissa Tronco- Reading Specialist
Mrs. Gina Dravilas- Fourth Grade
Mrs. Megan McManus- Physical Education/Health
Ms. Emily Meade was married this summer and her name name is Mrs. Parmenter


In addition to many new teachers, there are other changes that I’d like to point out to families. 

All students will be dismissed on Wednesdays at 2:30pm.  This early dismissal time will be used for teachers to participate in professional development and common plan time.  Students in Kdg-5th grade will participate in a daily enrichment/intervention period.  This is a time when teachers will plan in grade bands (Kdg-2nd/3rd-5th) to analyze data and flexibly group students so that instruction is tailored to individual needs.  Both our EL teacher and Reading Specialist will be available during this enrichment/intervention block to work with students as well.   

Students in middle school will have an advisory class period four times a week (Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri) during their enrichment/intervention block.  It is during this time that our Second Step (social emotional learning) program will be implemented.  Advisories are intended to provide consistent, caring and continuous adult guidance at school through the organization of a supportive and stable peer group.  Middle school students will also now receive 80 minutes daily of math.  Mrs. Erica Hauer will be working with Mrs. Garcia in providing math instruction.  

Pennoyer will now have three lunch periods (see below).   Please note that students in 6th-7th-8th grade will have a 30 minute lunch period.  While they will no longer be going outside for recess, they will have more time to eat and socialize with their peers.  It is important for our younger students to have an opportunity to run around and burn off energy during their recess time.   
Kdg-2nd:  Lunch--11:00-11:20/Recess--11:20-11:40
3rd-5th:  Recess--11:00-11:20/Lunch--11:20-11:40
6th-8th: Lunch--11:40-12:10pm

Open House/Curriculum Night will be only one evening this year.  All parents (PreK-8th) are welcome to attend on September 6th at 6:30pm.  This is an opportunity for parents to learn more about Pennoyer’s instructional program.  This evening is geared toward adults.
Band registration will also take place during Curriculum Night.  Mrs. Brittany Rennels will be returning to Pennoyer as our band teacher and will be in the MPR that evening.  

In this email, you will find a map illustrating entrances and exits for the children.  When dropping off or picking students up you may park in the Salvation Army parking lot on Chester Street (the side street running perpendicular to our parking lot), or the parking lot west of school (the entrance at the far west end).  The gas station across the street is not available for parking.  Cars parked there will be ticketed and towed.  The circle drive will have barricades up, as this area is reserved for bus traffic only. For the safety of all children, we ask that you cooperate and support our efforts.   Please note that Pennoyer’s school entrance is now located at the middle doors when entering our parking lot.  The district office remains at the far west end of our building.  

Pennoyer has a new bus company this year, First Student.  All bus students have been issued a bus pass and must show this pass to ride the bus.  Last year we had many issues with students riding the wrong bus so that they could go home with friends.   Due to bus capacity, we limit the number of students who are able to ride each bus. When students get on the wrong bus, our numbers are off and the safety of the students is compromised.    

I am excited that this school year is now underway.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.  The Pennoyer school office phone number remains 708-456-9094.  

Thank you,

Gina Sierra
Principal