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A Message from Captain Goodrich

Hello Pirate Families,

Next week, May 4th – 8th is National Teacher Appreciation Week.  Our teachers have, without question, gone above and beyond this past month.  Many parents have shared with me that this distance learning experience has (ironically) strengthened the connection between teachers and students, and teachers and families.  As you likely noticed, our teachers have also taken on many different roles during this unique time.  Please take a moment to show your appreciation for our school team next week. A warm email message, student drawing, or virtual hug mean more to these professionals than you would imagine.  They gain momentum and feel personal fulfillment when they know they are making a difference in the lives of children. Remember to reach out to our resource teachers, ESE teachers, and other support staff, too. We are a crew!

As we wrap up the 2019-2020 school year, there is still much to learn in these last 20 days of distance learning.  Thank you, parents, for supporting your child(ren)’s education.  We recognize this is a very different experience for you and that you are juggling many things.  You are doing a terrific job!  If your family is experiencing any sort of hardship, please reach out.  We are here to help.

Together in Education,

Catherine Goodrich


See below for Teacher Appreciation Week link: 

Teacher Appreciation Week!

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.

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Student Information Questionnaire

(for next year’s rising students 2020-21)

We value the input of parents in helping the school to determine the best possible environment for each child. If you wish to offer this input, please complete the information below and submit this form to Principal Goodrich.  This form will also come home in your students end of the year packet in an envelope. If you wish to complete it digitally please choose the document with the grade level your child will be going into next school year.


Kinder Questionnaire

Grade 1 Questionnaire

Grade 2 Questionnaire

Grade 3 Questionnaire

Grade 4 Questionnaire

Grade 5 Questionnaire

Important Information

Absence Notes

All absence notes should be sent to [email protected].

Change in Afternoon Transportation & EARLY DISMISSALS

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.

If you need to change the way your child goes home in the afternoon or for an early dismissal, please complete our Dismissal Change Form by clicking the button below.   Early Dismissals – Note  – we do not send children to the front office until you have arrived and shown your photo ID to the front office staff.

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

Dismissal Change Form

We cannot accept phone calls for those changes.  Changes in afternoon transportation should only be for emergency situations.  Thank you for your understanding.

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

District-Wide Registration

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on March 2nd.

New Students
District-wide registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on March 2nd. Starting on that date, you will be able to click the Register My Child For School button on our school website to complete an online registration form for your child.

Returning Students
Returning Student Verification email forms (snapcodes) will begin sending on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Please note: you may receive your children's snapcodes on different dates, depending on student grade level and the school each child attends.

Current 6th grade students: Snapcodes for all 6th grade students will be sent at a later date due to the tdap vaccination requirement. If your 6th grade student is up to date with all immunizations, including the tdap immunization, and you have an updated copy of their HRS 680 immunization form, you can email [email protected] to request your child's snapcode. Otherwise, all 6th grade snapcodes be sent in the next few weeks.

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.

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Distance Learning Will Continue Through the End of the School Year

Dear SJCSD Parents and Guardians,

Governor DeSantis announced in a press conference on Saturday, April 18th, that all districts will continue distance learning through the remainder of the school year. We remain committed and dedicated to helping your children attain success and finish strong in this virtual environment.

Thank you for you continued support, patience and understanding.

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