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Absence Notes

Please submit the ONLINE ATTENDANCE FORM to the front office when your student in absent.

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).  

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).  

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

A MESSAGE FROM MRS. GOODRICH

Happy New Year, PES families!


I must reiterate how much young children bring me joy. Okay, for example, overhearing conversations between the students about this cold weather has been entertaining. Little ones who are native to Florida sometimes appear to be in a mild state of shock when arriving in the morning. Students who moved here recently from up north are casual and happygo-lucky navigating temps in the 30s. Their pure interactions with each other, trying to understand their classmate’s different experiences, can honestly be a model for us adults when we find ourselves struggling to take the perspective of one another. After over three decades working with children, I am still reminded to be intentional listening to and learning from little ones.

Report cards for the 2nd nine weeks are available today. Remember to sign the report card envelope and return it to your child’s teacher tomorrow. Your child benefits more than you know when you, as their parent and lifelong teacher, engage in goal setting / coaching / affirming conversations about their success and progress in school.

Mark your calendars for the Kids Heart Challenge. We are excited to partner with the American Heart Association this year and bring our students new information and activities in place of our traditional Field Day. We will kick off our event with education and fundraising opportunities beginning Monday, January 29th and invite all Palencia Elementary students to participate in a large variety of challenge activities on Monday, February 12th. This will be a great way to celebrate Heart Month and be part of a Legacy of Lifesavers! Many volunteers will be needed to manage the different centers so be on the lookout for a Sign -Up Genius from PTO.

If you have not yet had a conference with your child’s teacher, this halfway point is an excellent time to check in. Conferences can be held via phone, virtually, or in person. Simply check the box on the report card envelope if you would like to schedule something.

Together in Education,
Catherine Goodrich
Principal Palencia Elementary School
(904) 547-4010

School District News

2023-2024 Science Instructional Materials Adoption

The St. Johns County School District has begun the review process for the Science Instructional Materials Adoption. Once available, the digital resources will be posted on the Instructional Materials Adoption web page and available for review. The core resources that have been submitted for evaluation were selected from the state adoption consideration lists when available. Additional resources for advanced programs may be reviewed from materials listed as appropriate for the program indicated.

Some print materials may be available for review. If you would like access to the available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 904.547.3947. Materials are available for review from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM when district offices are open.

We encourage parent and community participation in our adoption process. If you would like to serve on a school committee and formally review the resources as a part of the school review team, please contact any school or our office at 904.547.3947 by February 1, 2024. Committee membership is limited. School administrators will select the appropriate number of reviewers from the list of interested participants.

Science Materials

Review the science resources under consideration for adoption on EdCredible.com.

You will need to create an account at EdCredible.com and select the Science Adoption for St. Johns County School District.

"Literacy Beyond Boundaries" Virtual Discussion on February 6

Please join St. Johns County School District's ESE Parent Advisory Committee on February 6, 2024, from 6pm to 7:30pm for a virtual discussion titled "Literacy Beyond Boundaries." The discussion will be presented by guest speaker Alex Barr, Community Outreach Manager for the St. Johns County Public Library System.

Learn more about this event

Literacy Beyond Boundaries ESE PAC Flyer

Important Information

SchoolMessenger

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

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

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 getfortifyfl.com.

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.