Close Menu

A Message from Captain Goodrich

Happy New Year!  How can it be January with it being 81 degrees outside? I enjoyed hearing some of our students share about their weekend trip to the beach.  Living in Florida sure has its perks. 

I am excited to announce that we have two special, guest presenters coming next month.  Mark your calendars!  I assure you these informational sessions will be time well spent.  On Thursday, February 6th from 6:00-7:15 PM, Dr. Davis will speak with our school community about “Leveraging your child’s neuroplasticity for deep work” and on Wednesday, February 19th from 6:30-8:00 PM Susan Wind, founder of Parents Know More will speak on the topic of Cyber Safety.  I have personally heard both speakers present of their topic twice and have learned something new each time. You won’t be disappointed.  The sessions are for parents.  Thank you for making arrangements to have children remain at home.

Report cards are available this Friday.  As always, I encourage parents to take this opportunity to have a positive conversation with their child(ren) about learning and their school performance  Yes, grades are important, however more important than report card grades is that our children are creating good work habits and a “can do” mindset that will drive them to make continuous improvements as students and ultimately have a passion for lifelong learning.

If you haven’t done so already, consider signing up for the Pirate 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, January 25th and / or the SJCSD Character Counts! run on Saturday, February 1st

I thank you for the joy your children bring into our school each day.  The staff, teachers, and I thoroughly enjoy our “work”.  If we may be of service to you, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Together in Education,

Captain Goodrich

Palencia News

Special Announcement

Congratulations to Kate Dowdie for being selected as Palencia’s Teacher of the Year!

Mrs. Dowdie has been the Music teacher at Palencia since it opened in 2012. She has been the director of all choruses, plays and musicals. Mrs. Dowdie is currently the resource team leader and 1st Vice President of St. Johns Education Association. We are honored for her to receive this title and recognize her many talents.

Congratulations to Margo Rust for being selected as Palencia’s Rookie Teacher of the Year!

This is Mrs. Rust’s third year as a Palencia Pirate. She is currently teaching 3rd grade. She is committed to her students success and works collaboratively with her 3rd grade team and staff. We are so proud of her for all her success so early in her teaching career.

Upcoming Events

Flyers & Handouts

District News

Follow Us on Twitter

Important Information

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 email your child(ren’s) teacher and [email protected].  with the expected time of dismissal.  Note  – we do not send children to the front office until you have arrived and shown your photo ID to the front office staff.

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, please complete our Dismissal Change Form by clicking the button below.

Dismissal changes can only be accepted before 2:00pm (1:00pm 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.

Change of Address

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].

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

The St. Johns County School District is now open to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment. Please know this is an optional item. District issued devices will continue to be available in our classrooms.

Learn more about the BYOD Program


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

Learn more about SchoolMessenger

Character Counts! Run / Walk

February 1, 2020 at 9am

Walkers, runners and fitness enthusiasts are invited to participate in the CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 9 a.m.

The run/walk will begin and end at Palencia Elementary School. Register before January 1 and receive a $5 discount!

FortifyFL App

FortifyFL is a website and app developed at the direction of the Florida Legislature. Any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or

School Access

This is just a reminder that anyone (parent, guardian, friend, neighbor, aunt, uncle) must have school access to attend an event at Palencia Elementary, have lunch with a student and/or attend an awards assembly. If you have not already done so, please complete the School Access Form. The process for approval may take up to 4 weeks, so please fill out the application sooner than later for any guests that would like to have school access. Once the application is approved, school access will be valid for three years.