Second Grade hopped in a time machine today! We were able to meet King Tut, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Amelia Erhart, Walt Disney, Rosa Parks, and Neil Armstrong. Students came to school dressed as an important person in history that they have been researching for weeks. Students created a five-paragraph essay, reference page, notecards, and timeline in preparation of their reports. Great job, Second Grade!

What do you call a Jedi who refuses to join the Dark Side?

… A Darth Hater (borrowed and share from:

We are having a surprise Star Wars-themed dress down tomorrow in honor of May 4th. Don’t have any Star Wars apparal or not a fan? No worries, students can wear any space-themed and school appropriate attire. As always, please leave accessories or toys at home.

Make sure to keep checking this blog, as there are more surprise dress down days headed your way as we wrap up our school year!

Camouflage Creations

Third grade has been learning about camouflage and adaptations this week. They created their own little creatures and hid them around the room to see if they would be camouflaged well enough to evade detection.

I was the lucky “predator” that got to hunt around the room for them and I must say our third graders made some very sneaky critters! Great job, Third Grade, and thank you for letting me be join the fun!

Staff Appreciation Week

May 3rd – May 7th is our annual Staff Appreciation Week where we show some extra gratitude to our incredible educators here at PPA. We can all agree that this past year has been a taxing year filled with unanticipated challenges. I am so fortunate to have such a competent, loving, and supportive group of individuals working with me through these challenges and I am grateful for all that they do for our Panther Family each day. Thank you, Team, for making PPA the great school that we are!

I Took Today Off…

Just kidding… I did, however, have the assistance of a Principal and Vice Principal of the day today who helped us all over campus! They were mentors to our younger students during recesses and lunches, did lots of clerical office work, and even assisted in a fire drill. Thank you both for making today fabulous. You were a great administrative team!

Flash Forward Events

It is already time for our annual Flash Forward Events which allow our students to get a sneak peak into what next year will offer them. Students and families will be able to sign-up for a time to get to know their new teacher, see some of the curriculum, and pick-up a summer packet to help stay on track!

Parents may sign-up for in-person or digital sessions via each teacher’s Sign-up Genius link. If you choose to meet your student’s new teacher in-person, campus mask and safety protocols must be followed. This does not take the place of our usual Meet the Teacher Night in July but rather allows families a jumpstart into next year 🙂 Please, see the links below to sign-up for a time slot!

First Grade: Ms. Grobnagger’s Sign-up Link

Second Grade: Ms. Lemer’s Sign-up Link & Mrs. Renoth’s Sign-up Link
Mrs. Renoth will not be returning with us next year. She is leaving on a very positive note and has taken a position closer to her home. We will miss her but wish her the best of luck on her future endeavors! Ms. Lemer will be our new second grade teacher next year and would love to meet her new group of students! As Ms. Lemer is just getting started with our Panther Family and is less familiar with our curriculum, Mrs. Renoth will also be available for sessions to allow you a bit more information on our specific second grade curriculum and academic expectations.

Third Grade: Mrs. Shaw’s Sign-up Link

Fourth Grade: Mrs. Crocker’s Sign-up Link

Fifth Grade: Mr. Wernsing’s Sign-up Link

Sixth Grade: Ms. Allen’s Sign-up Link

Third Annual Chess Tournament

Wow! The battles between students for the title of “2021 Chess Champion…of the World” over the past two weeks has been epic! All of the students did incredible jobs! Today, our final two competitors, Sammy and Braden, played for the championship and the game did not disappoint. It was exciting, stressful, and fantastic with Braden coming out the winner. Congratulations Braden and all of my students who participated this year.

We will be creating a giant chess set on the back drive and our finalists will get to be the first students to play on it once it is completed. Also, any student who gave the tournament a try will have first access to the set following the finalists.

I am so proud of you all and already cannot wait for next year!