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Teacher Of The Year - Mrs. Curry

We are pleased to announce Mrs. Dawn Curry has been voted Pennekamp’s 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year! This marks Mrs. Curry’s 23rd year teaching and also the year she is retiring. Mrs. Curry is a passionate teacher who truly brings curriculum to life. She has spent decades impersonating important historical figures to capture students’ attention and sharing her knowledge of U.S. history. Mrs. Curry is a reflective teacher who continually examines and hones her teaching practice. She strives to provide academic challenges while also offering nurture and support so that all students are successful. Mrs. Curry is always willing to devote extra time to help others and encourages students to practice self-advocacy. If ever observing Mrs. Curry in action, one would see an animated, humorous, and knowledgeable instructor who is energized by students making connections and learning. We at Pennekamp are incredibly fortunate to work with such a wonderful human being.

Congratulations Mrs. (Dr.) Gralnik!

5th Grade teacher, Mrs Gralnik, is graduating this week from the USC Rossier School of Education with her PhD in Educational Leadership.

For the past 3 years, she's juggled teaching and earning her PhD and her class was able to celebrate her with a fun surprise party this past week! We are so proud of her accomplishment!

Congrats Dr Gralnik!

Thank you! MBEF Annual Appeal is a wrap!

Thank you so much to the 78% of Pennekamp families who donated to MBEF. Each and every grade earned the $200 classroom bonus, thank you! Your generous contributions demonstrate the value our Pennekamp community places on excellence in education. Thank you for supporting MBEF!

PACE Spring Enrollment

Get ready to register for the last session of PASE classes! Registration opens on Wednesday, March 23 at 9am. Classes run the week of April 25-June 2nd. No class the week of May 23 due to a minimum day schedules. Classes meet after school. No need to pick up your child in between school release and the start of class. We'll make sure they get a snack and are supervised.

Tax Documents

Happy 2022 to our Dragon families! As we all transition into the new year, please contact PK Membership if you require tax documentation of your financial gifts to Pennekamp PTA. Those who request documentation will receive receipts and letters in digital form unless otherwise specified. Email

Thank you again for your generous donations. The 2021-22 school year could not happen without your support!

TK/Kinder Orientation

Join us Tuesday March 8 from 9am - 10am in the Pennekamp Cafeteria. See attached flyer for more info.
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