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A Message from Captain Goodrich

Hello Palencia Elementary Families,

WE did it! Together we navigated nine weeks of distance learning. Parents and teachers demonstrated an incredible amount of mutual respect, grace, and stick-to-it-ness! We knew our children needed us, and together, we did whatever it took for their learning and social / emotional connections to continue throughout the COVID-19 shelter at home orders. This level of commitment and character is impressive and does not exist in all school communities. Well done.

St. Johns County School District is gathering parent input to use as they plan for school this fall and beyond. If you have not done so already, please visit and complete the survey. We are fortunate that our school district leadership values stakeholder perspectives and takes care to formulate thorough plans with safety as a priority. Please let your voice be heard.

This past Friday, our “graduating” 5th graders were treated to a drive thru celebration. As 5th grade students and their families drove through, they were greeted by cheering teachers, administration, Boosterthon DJs, and even a true pirate, Captain Mayhem. Banners were proudly displayed noting student accomplishments and awards, students received end of the year gifts from teachers, and picked up any personal belongings left behind. Please see the last page of this newsletter for photos. A special thank you for the 5th grade teachers (Mrs. Groleau, Mrs. Holmes, Mrs. Kinnaman, Mr. Duncan, Ms. Gardner, Mr. Clark, and Mrs. Hughes) and to the PTO committee chairs and presidents (Mrs. Rebella, Mrs. Turner, Mrs. Hare, Mr. Hare, Mrs. Gramatges, and Mrs. Hancher) for the extra time and effort you put in to make this event so very memorable.

End of the year report cards are available on Home Access Center (HAC). Families can request a hard copy by contacting Catherine Black at 547-4017. Included in this publication are 2020-2021 school supply lists, summer learning opportunities, and reminders for NEW families to register now. The sooner we know new students are coming, the sooner I can hire the appropriate number of teachers. Parents, you can help by enthusiastically reminding new neighbors to register their children for school as soon as they move in.

Stay well and enjoy the summer!


Captain Goodrich

St. Johns County School District

Character Counts!

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

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.

School District News

Summer Stretch Online Learning

This summer we have an awesome opportunity for students called Summer Stretch. The Summer Stretch program has exciting activities in Math, Reading, Science, and Social Skills to stretch their learning all summer long! Official start date is Monday, June 1st. There are multiple activity options to engage your child for up to six weeks, ending Friday, July 10th.

When kids participate in Summer Stretch, they will enjoy

  • interactive math games,
  • interesting articles to read and videos to watch,
  • fun and engaging science activities to complete, and
  • relaxing and calming videos and activities to practice social skills.

Learn more!