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May Newsletter 2017-2018
Dr. Gerger’s Good News

Pennekamp Dragon Dash

Our Pennekamp Dragon Dash was a huge success!  Our students did not disappoint! Their enthusiasm and energy were infectious! It motivated me to run, run, run!  Thank you to everyone who sponsored runners. Please thank family and friends who sponsored as well! Pennekamp Dragons did an amazing job!


Pennekamp Pride Day

To celebrate Earth Day, we had a fun-filled week of tips, jokes, and activities.  I have to say though, my most favorite part of the week was Pride Day on Friday after school. We planted ice plants on the hills in front of the kindergarten and first grade wings.  It was a collaborative time beautifying our school and a wonderful way to celebrate the end of Earth week. Thank you Pennekamp Dragons for taking such pride in your school!


Elementary Honor Strings

The Manhattan Beach Elementary Honor Strings performance at Knott's Berry Farm was a huge success! The students worked hard, kept their focus, and earned a rating of Superior, the highest possible rating offered by the adjudicators. Elementary, middle, and high school bands, orchestras, and choirs performed. The Honor Strings scored 95.5, which was the third highest overall score. Additionally, the Honor Strings was the highest scoring elementary group and the highest scoring orchestra at the festival. It is a true honor to receive such high praise and recognition.  Congratulations! 

  • Pennekamp Teacher of the Year: Congratulations to Mrs. Hunt for being nominated as Pennekamp’s Teacher of the Year! We are so proud of her!

  • SBAC State Testing: This week, we started state testing.  Third graders have been testing this week and we will continue with 4th graders next week, followed by fifth graders the following week. Please make sure that students are rested and start the day with a solid breakfast.  

  • 5th Grade Registration for MBMS Classes: Kim Linz, principal of the middle school, sent a registration email to 5th grade families a few days ago.  One of the announcements was that middle school counselors will be visiting Pennekamp to meet with every student individually.  Each student should bring the form with them on May 7th.  It will help guide the conversation with the counselor.  Please see attached form.

  • Talent Show: The Pennekamp Talent Show is Friday, May 4th.  Our PK Dragons are excited to perform and have been practicing a ton!  Mira Costa has asked us to share some house rules. They are no food, drink, gum, candy, etc inside the auditorium, except water. No smoking or drinking on campus. During the performance no standing, sitting, kneeling, or blocking any of the walkways, entrances, exits, including the front row. Take all photos/videos from your seat.  We appreciate your cooperation.  

  • Mother/Son Fun Day: Please make sure to pick up your tickets for the Mother/Son Fun Day on May 11th.  You can purchase tickets in our front office.  It will be a fun filled afternoon with laser tag, taco truck, games and much more!

  • Teacher Appreciation Week: The theme of Teacher Appreciation week is We Love Our Superheros! On Tuesday, May 8th, students are encouraged to dress like a superhero and on Wednesday, May 9th, students are encouraged to wear their teacher’s favorite color.  Please look for the email from your room parents.

  • Construction and Roadways: There will be construction at the curbs at the corners of some intersections in the Pennekamp area.  Please see the attached map that shows where the construction will be. This is a federally funded project to provide ADA accessible/compliant ramps. Construction to the vicinity around Pennekamp will begin next week. A flag man will be there occasionally to guide pedestrians and automobiles when there is bigger equipment present, but the flag man will not be present at all times. Pedestrians should cross to the other side of the street to avoid having to walk around the corners where the work is being done. If your student(s) walk to school, please remind them about pedestrian safety.  

  • Choice Program: Our MBUSD Transition Program students will be at Pennekamp on Wednesday, May 9th selling items they made.  They are great little gifts.  They will have a table by the front office from 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Our Choice program supports individuals at MCHS who after finishing their high school certificate are seeking work experience, developing life skills that include learning what is needed to live outside their family home.  Please come support the Choice Pop Up Store.

  • Green Focus for May: Our Green Focus of the Month is Waste! There are many ways to help reduce the amount of waste in our landfills!  Trash can be recycled in many ways! Packing a trash free lunch by bringing reusable water bottles and containers helps eliminate waste in the cafeteria.  If you see trash on the ground, please put it in a trash bin.  By recycling plastic water bottles, we give them a change to be reused and to not end up in the ocean.  Don't throw away your old clothing, recycle it by drop it off at a shelter or Goodwill.  Composting will keep food waste out of landfills.  At Pennekamp, the food waste is sent to a converting station where it is turned into energy!  

  • Pillowcase Project: On Friday May 25, Pennekamp’s 5th Grade Girl Scout Troop has coordinated with The American Red Cross to teach kids about emergency preparedness. This interactive emergency preparedness presentation is called the Pillowcase Project.  It is designed for youth ages 8 to 11 and aims to increase awareness and understanding of natural hazards.  In addition, safety, emotional coping skills, and personal preparedness will be addressed.  This program is sponsored by Disney so it is a free event but here are only 40 spots available.  If your child would like to attend please email to reserve his or her spot and to get additional information.

  • Library Summer Reading List!  MBUSD has posted the summer 2018 pleasure reading lists created cooperatively by the elementary library media specialists. They put together the lists for grades 1 & 2, grade 3, and grades 4 & 5. The listed books are merely suggestions for noncurricular, non-required reading. Here's the link, and you can also navigate there from the MBUSD website under the "Parents" tab. 

  • Yearbook Signing Day: We are starting a new tradition at Pennekamp this year! The last week of school, we will have a yearbook signing party!  Students will join us on the field with their yearbooks for some time with friends and teachers to reminisce about the year and sign yearbooks.      

  • Lost and Found: Please check the lost and found.  We have a large number of jackets, sweatshirts, lunchboxes, etc.  Anything not claimed will be donated to Goodwill.





April 30-May 4, 2018


Third Grade SBAC Testing

May 2, 2018

8:15 a.m.

Spirit Assembly

May 3, 2018

All day

2nd Grade Field Trip to Natural History Museum

May 3, 2018

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Talent Show Rehearsal at Mira Costa High School in Auditorium

May 4, 2018

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Talent Show at Mira Costa High School in Auditorium

May 7-11, 2018


4th Grade SBAC Testing

May 7-11, 2018


Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7, 2018

Assigned Time During School

MBMS 5th Grade Scheduling for 6th Grade at Pennekamp with MBMS Counselors

May 11, 2018

8:30-11:45 a.m.

Kindergarten Field Trip to Deep Roots Nursery

May 11, 2018

3:15-4:15 p.m.

MBMS Ambassador’s Carnival for Incoming 6th Graders

May 11, 2018

4:30 p.m. Check in

5:00 p.m. Start time

Mother Son Fun Event on Pennekamp Field

May 14-18, 2018


4th Grade SBAC Testing

May 15, 2018

5:00 p.m.

Strings Performance in Pennekamp Cafeteria

May 23, 2018

7:30-8:15 a.m.

Alumni Breakfast for 5th Graders

May 23, 2018

8:30 a.m.

Living History Museum Performance 2nd Grade Rooms 11 and 12

May 24, 2018

8:30 a.m.

Living History Museum Performance 2nd Grade Room 13

May 25, 2018

After School

Pillowcase Project

May 28, 2018

No School

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

May 29, 2018

Minimum Day 12:45 p.m. Release Grades 1-5 Only

F&P Assessments

May 30, 2018

Regular 1:30 p.m. Release Time Grades 1-5

F&P Assessments

May 31, 2018

Minimum Day 12:45 p.m. Release Grades 1-5 Only

F&P Assessments

June 1, 2018

Minimum Day 12:45 p.m. Release Grades 1-5 Only

F&P Assessments