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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 MS. cOOPER

Hello Pirate Families!

It’s a wonderful time of year to be a Pirate!

As we begin the month of November, I wanted to take a moment to share some of the happenings at Palencia Elementary School. Last week, our students took part in our annual “Dress Like a Pirate Day.” The faculty and students came dressed in their favorite pirate attire. The day was filled with energy and excitement. It was a fun day for our students and a great way to show our school pride!

Also, last week our 2nd graders participated in a “Mad Scientist Day” and grade-level classrooms enjoyed a variety of fall learning events. How wonderful it was to have so many families join us. As I walked around the campus, I saw lots of smiling faces and a variety of educational activities. Our students were so engaged and excited to share what they were learning. From bright colored slime to pumpkin seed math activities, it was a captivating and memorable week! We are so thankful to all who made this time so special for our teachers and students.

Friday, November 10, 2023, was a student and teacher holiday in honor of Veterans Day. Though our students and staff were not on campus, I hope everyone took some time to reflect on how blessed we are to live in a country where our freedom is protected and cherished. We are so incredibly grateful to all the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the military. We want to thank you and your families for your bravery, sacrifice and service.

Palencia Elementary School will host Grandparents Day on Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st. Our students and staff are so excited about this special event. Grandparents enrich our lives with love, wisdom, and happiness. We are so honored to have them on campus to share the day with us.

Finally, during this month of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank our faculty and staff for their continued dedication and commitment to our students and families. They go above and beyond each day to teach and inspire our children. We are so appreciative for all they do. I also, want to thank our PTO and families for their ongoing support. I continue to be amazed by the generosity and kindness of this wonderful school community.

I hope everyone takes some time this holiday season to enjoy your family and loved ones. This is a wonderful time of year to appreciate the fall weather, remember what we are grateful for, and cherish those who enrich our lives.

Together in Education,
Theresa Cooper, Assistant Principal
(904) 547-4010

School District News

Instructional Materials Adoption Update

The adoption review of Social Studies resources for the St. Johns County School District has ended. Resources that were selected by adoption committees for submission to the School Board for adoption consideration are available online. All selected resources have been approved and adopted by the Florida Department of Education. Updates will be posted when appropriate.

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.

For more information about the textbook adoption process, please visit the Florida Department of Education Instructional Materials web page.

Social Studies

"Strategies Parents and Caregivers Can Implement to Address Anxiety Related Symptoms in Their Students" Online Discussion on December 5

Please join us on December 3, 2023, from 6pm to 7:30pm for a virtual discussion titled "Strategies Parents and Caregivers Can Implement to Address Anxiety Related Symptoms in Their Students." The discussion will be presented by guest speaker Marlena Jenkins.

Learn more about this event

Strategies Parents and Caregivers Can Implement to Address Anxiety Related Symptoms in Their Students

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.