Welcome to Palencia Elementary School!

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

Message from
Captain Goodrich

Hello Families,

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:

  • 80% of the school’s staff is trained in school volunteerism
  • The school has a designated volunteer coordinator, and the total number of volunteer service hours equals or exceeds twice the number of students enrolled.

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,

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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We need volunteers!
Click the signup below.


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



Use of service animals by individuals with disabilities

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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.