We are a crew setting sail into tomorrow’s world.
Palencia Elementary’s high level of family involvement is something I continue to be proud of. As my regular Captain’s Log closing states, parents and the school team truly are “together in education”. When our young students recognize that their home values their school and vice versa, they are much more likely to be in-vested as a lifelong learner. This Tuesday, Palencia Elementary was recognized at the School Board Meeting for earning the Golden School Award during the 2018-2019 school year. The Golden School Award recognizes elementary, secondary and adult schools with exemplary volunteer programs that meet the following criteria:
A heartfelt THANK YOU to Meghan Wright, our school’s front desk receptionist and volunteer coordinator, and to each of you who support our school routinely.
Our School Advisory Council or SAC still has parent openings. SAC is a diverse group of stakeholders of a school, established through Florida law, with the shared goal of increasing student achievement in a safe learning environment.
Key functions of SAC include: participating in school improvement planning, serving in an advisory capacity to the principal on school-wide matters, and giving approval of the school faculty’s plan for how School Recognition Funds are spent. The committee meets once a month from 4:00-5:00 PM. Interested in joining? Please email one of our SAC chairs: Hali Worthington ([email protected]) or Tatiana Echevarria ([email protected]). Our next meeting is Monday, October 7th.
Be on the lookout for Report Card and Interim Report envelopes this Friday, September 13th. Once you have reviewed your child’s interim report / grades, please sign and return the envelope to your child’s teacher. We will use these ALL year long. First through fifth grades are issued interim reports. Kindergarten through fifth grades will receive report cards.
SJCSD has not yet determined Hurricane Dorian make up days. The teachers and I will share this information when we receive it.
I would love to have you join us for this Thursday’s Fun Run. Each year, this event proves to be a good, memorable time for our children. Check the schedule for your child’s run time
Together in Education,
School Access / Volunteer: To attend school functions and have school access during the school day you must be an approved volunteer.
Early Check Out: For the safety of all students, children may not be checked out of school after 2:15 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday and 1:15 on Wednesday. Please use the Dismissal Absence Change form for early dismissal and all absences.
Absence Notes: All absence notes should be sent to [email protected].
Change in Afternoon Transportation: If you need to change the way your child goes home in the afternoon, we must receive a written note or email from your listed email address to your child’s teacher AND to [email protected] before 2:00 pm (1:00 pm on Wednesdays). We cannot accept phone calls for those changes. Changes in afternoon transportation should only be for emergency situations. Thank you for your understanding.
We need volunteers!
Kindergarten and New SJCSD Family Registration NOW OPEN ONLINE
VPK is not offered at PES
Supply lists for 2019-20
The St. Johns County School District is now open to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment. PES participated in a pilot program within our school district a couple of years ago. The 1:1 computer pilot provided a device for each student. Unfortunately, funding does not allow our school district to maintain this environment. Our stakeholders, however, support maintaining the 1:1 environment. Therefore, we are providing information for a personal device. Please know this is an optional item. District issued devices will continue to be available in our classrooms. Students will access the district devices in various situations, sometimes independently and sometimes sharing the device in a collaborative team. As our enrollment increases, and our inventory ages, we are hoping that many of our families will participate in the BYOD Program so that our device to student ratio remains as low as possible. The program overview and product specifications are available at the websites below. Again, this is an optional purchase and we appreciate your consideration.
Palencia Elementary Device Policy
Grades K-1 recommends an iPad iOS 10.3 or above
Grades 2-5 recommends a Windows 10 Laptop. See link below.
Clubs & Camps:
See Peachjar flyers & TAB under “For Parents and Students” for clubs and athletics
You can pay for field studies, birthday book club, cafeteria, and more with School Pay. Please note new for 2019-20 school lunch accounts will go through School Pay.
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Florida Department of Education has released a new app named FortifyFL to allow parents, students and educators to easily report suspicious activity.