Welcome to Palencia Elementary School!

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              At Palencia Elementary we provide a welcoming environment that nurtures leadership, fosters a caring, inclusive setting, and creates joyful passion for life-long learning by combining the best of traditional instruction with contemporary technology.

Message from
Captain GoodrichHello Palencia Elementary Pirate families!

We have finished the first nine weeks! Below are some reminders and important information:

Morning drop off begins at 8:05 AM.
School day begins at 8:25 AM.  Students should be in their classroom, ready to learn at this time. Students arriving at 8:30 AM or later are tardy. School Day ends at 2:50 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Wednesday is Early Release day.  Students are dismissed at 1:50 PM every Wednesday.

Our arrival and dismissal drop off / pick locations will remain the same as last year.  New this year, the Sheriff’s Office has reassigned PSAs (Police Service Assistants) throughout the district.  There will no longer be a PSA directing traffic on Palencia Village Drive.  We will continue to have crossing guards in place.

Together in Education, Catherine Goodrich


Important Information

Math Textbook Adoption Announcement

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   

Dismissal.Absence Change form. 

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.         

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.

Attendance:  Please let Lauren Leddy, school registrar, know if your child will be absent by emailing her [email protected] or calling the attendance line 904-547-4017   

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
Mrs. Lauren LeddyDistrict ELL Plan 2016-2019

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


Palencia Elementary’s Daily Schedule

8:05am Students allowed in the building
8:25am 1st bell rings, school day begins

8:30am 2nd bell rings
2:50pm Students are dismissed
1:50pm Early dismissal every Wednesday

























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The Pirate Giving Tree is an opportunity to sign-up and purchase specific requested gifts for children (anonymous) in our school.  A confidential team will collect, distribute, and deliver wrapping paper and gifts to the families. 

Pirate Giving Tree Signup

Congratulations to Palencia Elementary’s Rookie and Teacher of the year and Volunteers of the Year!

Hali Worthington – Teacher of the Year

Kristy Angus – Rookie Teacher of the Year

Lana Kirkpatrick- Senior Volunteer. Ms. Kirkpatrick has been a wonderful, supportive, daily volunteer in the media center during Mrs. Degutis’ absence.

Amy Gramatges – Adult Volunteer. Ms. Gramatges, our PTO co-chair, has been involved with PTO for years helping our school community with events and amazing fundraising efforts.

Clarissa Kinnaman – Youth Volunteer. Ms. Kinnaman has been helping Mrs. Dowdie and the Palencia music, chorus and drama students with their multiple rehearsals and productions since last year.

Welcome Back Students and Families for the 2018-19 School Year!

Welcome Back folder documents for 2018-19

Grades 3-5 please view the electronic copy of the Code of Conduct

2018-19 Code of Conduct


Kindergarten Registration

Please click on the link below to learn more information regarding Early Kindergarten Registration

Early Kindergarten Registration

Please contact Lauren Leddy at [email protected]

New Students to Palencia 

Please Read the Cover Letter then Download the SJCSD Registration Packet and the Residency Packet and bring them with the required documents to the school.

Incomplete packets will not be accepted, including those without up-to-date shot records. 

Please call Lauren Leddy at
if you have any questions.


 VPK is not offered at PES


Clubs & Camps:

See Peachjar flyers & TAB under “For Parents and Students” for clubs and athletics

Information regarding PES LEE-Spanish program, below!

PES LEE-Spanish Program Session 2

PES LEE-Spanish Program Video

Please click on the link below for supply lists:

Click here for 2018-19 Supply lists

Palencia Elementary Families,
Our school supply lists for the 2018-19 school year are attached. Notice that we’ve included an optional digital device. 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 on our supply list. 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.  Here is a link to the one the school uses:  School Computers

See links below for district recommendations and policies:




Community Events

18-19 Head Start- VPK Flyer


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Parents can now pay several types of school fees online as designated by each school. It's quick, easy and convenient.
(NOTE: Continue to make payments for school lunches through the paypams.com website.)

SchoolPay Help Line: 888-88-MYPAY
Select this link for more information about SchoolPay.

Pirate Cove Connection -Media Center Newsletter

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@Palencia Captain

@Palencia School

Check out our local weather!
Palencia Weather Station
WeatherSTEM Overview 

Watch our PES garden grow! 

Out of Zone Waiver

Bus Drivers Needed


See Peachjar flyers & TAB under “For Parents and Students” for clubs and athletics

ESE Parent Advisory

Please click on the link below for supply lists:


Florida Department of Education has released a new app named FortifyFL to allow parents, students and educators to easily report suspicious activity.