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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.

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A MESSAGE FROM CAPTAIN GOODRICH

Hello PES families,

As we navigate to our favorite restaurants, shops, and attractions throughout St. Johns County, our city’s growth is apparent. So far this second semester, PES has enrolled 14 new students and 4 students have relocated elsewhere, bringing our school’s student population to 794.  The children have done a commendable job welcoming new classmates. As a school staff, it sure does make us proud when we watch moments of acceptance, care, and compassion displayed in our students’ interactions with new “pirates”. Asking your child about how they’ve supported new classmates (or classmate connections in general) is a nice topic of conversation while in the car or at dinner. It’s important that our children learn your family values, and routinely hear your guidance and expectations when it comes to getting along with others.

This Pirate Post newsletter is published and sent out electronically every two weeks. A special thank you to Silva Galli, one of our amazing clerks, who pulls together school happenings and formats this publication for our community. Yesterday, I met with a few parents who shared with me that their neighbors routinely say to them things like “I didn’t know ________ event was happening.” This newsletter is your information source! Please encourage others to read it. As a way to say THANK YOU to all reading this right now, the first 20 families to email me will have their child(ren) highlighted on our morning news show. Title your email “I read the Pirate Post”. 😊

Across our nation, teachers are faced with hardships. An article from Education Week states “But since the pandemic, teachers have signaled they’re more inclined to quit their jobs citing, high stress, low pay, and a lack of respect.” https://www.edweek.org/leadership/how-bad-is-the-teacher-shortage-what-two-new-studies-say/2022/09  What can you, as a parent, do to support your child’s teacher? Familiarize yourself with and honor the district’s attendance calendar and school policies. Participate in parent/teacher conferences.  Send in kind notes or emails of appreciation. Avoid emailing your teacher on the weekends or late at night. (Teachers are compassionate, over-achievers and they feel compelled to respond right away, thus taking away from their family time). Understanding these may be the only times parents have a free moment as you juggle multiple demands, one suggestion would be to type up your email in a Word document as your schedule allows, then send it in an email the next morning. Another would be to schedule your email to be delivered during the workday. Thank you for supporting our amazing teachers.

If you or someone you know is interested in employment with SJCSD, visit this link for additional information. https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/jobs/  Job fair and substitute teacher information are also located on the last page of this newsletter. We currently have a nice cohort of PES parents who we call on routinely to substitute when our teachers are out. These individuals are trusted and, clearly, have an invested interest in the school’s continued success, safety, and well-being. I would like to expand this group. Thank you for considering the possibility.

 

Together in Education,

Catherine Goodrich

Principal

Palencia Elementary School

(904) 547-4010

School District News

"Transition Planning" Online Discussion on Feb. 7

Transition Planning Online Discussion on Feb. 7

Please join the St. Johns County School District's Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Parent Advisory Committee for a virtual discussion on "Transition Planning." The goal of the discussion is to provide parents of students with disabilities information about transition planning services available in our schools and in our community.

Learn more about this event


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.