Welcome to Palencia Elementary School!

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We are a crew setting sail into tomorrow’s world.

Message from
Captain Goodrich


Hello PES Pirate Families,

The Boosterthon was a HUGE success! Beyond pledging upwards of $95,000, our children benefitted from working together as a class and as a school for common goals. Social relationships were strengthened, students participated in an hour of physical activity, and reward incentives will continue to be unfolded in the weeks ahead. (i.e. – Pizza parties, silly sock days, extra recess time, and turning their principal into a human ice cream sundae!) This is all part of PTO’s drive to raise money to replace dated technology in our classrooms and to provide our school with playground enhancements. THANK YOU parents, for your help kicking off this school year in such a spirited and supportive way.

Each grade level held Curriculum Chats in late August and early September. Teachers were
proud to share with parents a glimpse of what the current school year has in store. This is also a valuable time for parents to get a feel of their child’s teacher’s personality and background, learn more about how students will be assessed on skills taught, and on-going parent involvement opportunities. I was surprised that our turnout was so low, however. This community is so committed. I know we can do better! Here are grade level parent attendance averages:

Kindergarten – 46%

First grade – 47%

Second grade – 48%

Third grade – 49%

Fourth grade – 24%

Fifth grade – 45%

Does anyone have any ideas on ways to boost parent attendance at events such as this? I’m
open to ideas!

The state of Florida has designated this week as Celebrate Freedom Week. During this week,
our children are hearing excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and are learning
about values on which our country was founded. Please take a moment to speak with your child about citizenship and what it means to live in a Free Nation.

Together in Education,

Captain Goodrich




Important Information

School Access / Volunteer: To attend school functions and have school access during the school day you must be an approved volunteer.
~Click here to fill out application   

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.

Did you move recently? Please notify the school immediately of your new address by completing the SJCSD Change of Address Form and submit with documentation to [email protected]

SchoolMessenger provides parents/guardians with a mobile app and website which allows them to view and listen to previous messages and to verify their phone numbers. SchoolMessenger also lets parents/guardians select which modes of communication they prefer (voice/text/email) based on the type of message being sent
Click here to register SchoolMessenger


District ELL Plan 2016-2019


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Picture retakes and new student individual pictures October 22

Kindergarten and New SJCSD Family Registration NOW OPEN ONLINE

Visit https://www-pes.stjohns.k12.fl.us/registration
for more information. Once online registration is completed, please call the front desk at 904-547-4010 to schedule a verification appointment.

VPK is not offered at PES

Supply lists for 2019-20
click on the link below

2019-20 Supply Lists Palencia Elementary School

Art Supply list 2019-2020

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
Prefers that you get a PC not a MAC.
No Chromebooks.

Grades K-1 recommends an iPad iOS 10.3 or above

Grades 2-5 recommends a Windows 10 Laptop.  See link below.
School Computer suggestion

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.

Code of Conduct 2019-20 SJCSD



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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.