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                                                                 October Newsletter 2018-2019


Maker Space

Pennekamp students in Mr. Warner’s class were enjoying themselves testing their paper rockets with our Maker Space instructional assistant, Sharon Shambaugh.  The goal was to get enough boost and the correct aim to make it into boxes 40 feet away. It is fun to see the creativity of our students as they try to construct their projects each visit.  Please continue to donate items that are used in the lab including bottle caps, toilet paper rolls, corks and more.


Our Pennekamp Garden

Mrs. Vanderpool volunteered for her son’s class and took the students to plant in the garden.  She showed them the steps and explained the best way to plant seeds. Students planted radishes, lettuce, and much more.  Students are excited to return to care for their seeds and are looking forward to seeing the seeds grow into delicious vegetables!


Pennekamp Parent Book Club

Our first Pennekamp/Grand View book club was a success!  Parents gathered and discussed our first book, Voice Lessons, and learned many new strategies on how to speak and listen to their children at home.  Our next book is Unselfie, Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me-World. Please join in November for the next session.





  1. Coach(es): Last year, every elementary school was invited to enter two math teams into the district math competition. The teams consisted of 4th and 5th graders and was led by one of our Pennekamp parents. The competition will be held again this year. If you are interested in being a math coach and working with a team of students to prepare to participate in this competition, please send me an email.
  2. Pennekamp Fence: Exciting news! Our Pennekamp new fence project is scheduled to begin on October 15th. There will be construction at the front of our school. Please be mindful of the work being done around campus and be careful when entering school. This work should take approximately two to three weeks.
  3. Dragon Jamboree: Thank you to all families for coming out for our Dragon Jamboree. It was a huge success because of you!
  4. Underware and Sock Drive: We are having an Underware and Sock Drive right now! Any student who donates a pack of new underware or new socks will receive a raffle ticket for a drawing to win tickets to see Dave Pilky, the author of Captain Underpants, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on October 16th! There are bins in the Pennekamp library for the packs of underwear and socks and see Mrs. Barbara Broka, our librarian, for your raffle ticket.
  5. Parent Book Club: Pennekamp has a parent book club! We partnered with Grand View Elementary to offer this parent education. Our first meeting to discuss our first book was a success! Margot Parker, former MBMS Assistant Principal and Counselor, facilitated the discussion. Many new ideas were shared between parents. We have three more sessions/books this year. Our next book is Unselfie, Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me-World by Michele Borba, PhD. Our next meeting will be at Grand View on November 14th from 8:30-10:00 a.m. Come join us for a lively, informative morning! Look for the Sign-up Genius coming soon to sign up!
  6. Membership Drive: The PTA membership drive ends Friday, 10/19. Your membership is how Pennekamp is able to provide supplies, books, and other instructional materials for our day to day workings. Thank you to all families who have joined the PTA this year!
  7. Walk to School Wednesday: Leave the car at home and join me and Beach Cities Health District for International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 10th. Principal Gerger will be walking and will meet students at the corner of 6th Street and Meadows Avenue at 7:55 a.m. and walk with them to school. It will be a fun way to start the day with other school families. Be sure to check-in at your school’s welcome booth to be counted as a participant and receive your prize!
  8. MBEF/PTA Rally: Also on October 10th, join us for our MBEF/PTA annual appeal rally. Come chat with other parents and me and start the morning off with a tasty cup of coffee at 8 a.m. on the blacktop, and grab your MBEF lawn sign. Please support MBEF and our PTA. We are working hard to reach our goal. Please consider any amount of donation. It definitely makes a big difference in what we can provide for our students. Thank you!
  9. Make Up Picture Day: We would love to capture every student’s picture this 2018-2019 school year. If your student was absent on picture day, please plan for them to take their school picture this Friday, Oct 19th. If you wish to have you student retake their school photo, they MUST bring the original proof with them because the photographer will not retake photos for those students who do not bring their proof. Photo questions can be directed to JW Photography at 310-640-7212 or Please let the front office or teacher know if you plan to take a retake picture.
  10. Gift Wrap Assembly: Our gift-wrap kick-off assembly was this week. The gift-wrap packet was also sent home with your student in their white envelope. This is another great fundraiser that helps our school tremendously and makes it convenient to purchase fun items for the holidays. This fundraiser ends on October 24th.
  11. Dragon Dinner: Please consider having lunch or dinner at Round Table Pizza on October 9th and let the restaurant know that you are from Pennekamp. 30% of the sales will be given back to Pennekamp PTA.
  12. 2nd Grade Escape Plan Winner: The winner of the 2nd grade escape plan competition sponsored by the MB Fire Department was delivered to school on the fire truck at 8:30 a.m. on October 4th. The winner for the 2nd grade Escape Plan route is Addie Barber in Mrs. Fletcher’s class. Congratulations Addie!
  13. Hometown Fair: The Hometown Fair is this weekend, October 6th-7th and Pennekamp will be having their very own booth. Our Pennekampers will be doing glitter tattoos. If interested, they are still looking for volunteers to help run the booth. Otherwise, please come by and say hello to all of our volunteers and maybe consider your own glitter tattoo! ☺
  14. Skecher’s Walk: Please join us October 28th at this inspiring event that supports our schools and children with special needs. The walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. There is a Pennekamp team, which you can join by clicking here.
  15. Halloween Parade: On October 31st, we will have the PK annual Halloween Parade at 8:30 a.m. Costume reminder: Please remember that there are no weapons allowed with costumes and that any mask or make-up will need to be removed before going back to class for the day.
  16. MBUSD International Day: MBUSD and International Committee is hosting 3rd Annual International Day on Saturday, October 20th @ 2-4pm at MBUSD District Office west parking lot (325 S. Peck Ave.) Come and join us for a festive international feast and cultural fun free event for the whole family! Enjoy food, drinks, music and dance and culture from around the world. Also, fill in your “passport” to win fun prizes! If you are interested in representing your country, please email Ali Sandblom via email @ by 10/6/18.
  17. Books of Love: A heads up! In the month of November, we will be collecting gently used books for non-profit organizations helping underserved children in need in the Los Angeles area. There will be a red wagon at the front of school where books can be donated. Please visit for more information.
  18. Goal Setting Conferences: On November 5-9th, we will have goal setting conferences for 1st through 5th grade students. Please plan for the week of minimum day release at 12:45 p.m. Teachers will be contacting you to set up times to meet. 







October 1-12, 2018

All Day

Underwear/Sock Drive in the Pennekamp Library

October 3, 2018

8:15 a.m.

Gift Wrap Assembly

October 4, 2018

8:30 a.m.

MB Fire Truck at Pennekamp  

October 6-7, 2018

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Hometown Fair in Downtown Manhattan Beach

October 9, 2018

All Day

Dragon Dinner at Round Table Pizza

October 10, 2018

7:55 a.m.

Walk to School Wednesday

October 10, 2018

8:00 a.m.

MBEF/PTA Rally at Pennekamp

October 15, 2018

All Day

Pennekamp Fence Project Begins

October 16, 2018

6:00 p.m.

Dave Pilky Visit at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

October 18, 2018

10:19 a.m.

CA Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill

October 19, 2018

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Make Up Picture Day

October 19, 2018

Last Day

PTA Membership Drive Ends

October 20, 2018

2:00-4:00 p.m.

MBUSD International Day

October 28, 2018

8:00 a.m. (Check In)

Skechers Friendship Walk

October 31, 2018

8:30 a.m.

Halloween Parade

November 5-9, 2018

12:45 p.m Release Minimum Days for 1st-5th

Goal Setting Conferences



Thank you to Pennekamp PTA and MBEF for all of their support!