November 2022
Creating a Destination District with Intent, Purpose, and Pride
Be Your Best Self

Sheryl Gifford ~Principal (
Joe DeSalvo ~ Counselor (
Brandy Guasta ~ Counselor (
From the Office
Student Hours: 8:15-4:10

Doors Open: 8:10 am
*Please do not drop your students off before 8:10 am. There is no supervision outside until 8:10 am. Thank you for helping us keep students safe.

*All students need to enter through the front doors in the morning.
*Please be sure to sign in before taking your child to their classroom in the mornings.

Thank you!

Office is Open 7:55 to 4:20
Dear Penrose Families,

Happy November! We made it through the first quarter of the school year. We want to thank all of our PES families for attending Parent/Teacher Conferences, and supporting out Book Fair! We are so thankful for all of you!

This month, I'd like to highlight our wonderful second grade team, and Mr. Royer, our PE teacher, and Mrs. Smith, our technology teacher, and Mrs. Vigil, our STEAM teacher. These teachers make learning fun every day. They are dedicated to ensuring that PES students learn and grow! We truly have the best teachers here at PES!

Please read below to learn about all the exciting things taking place at PES this month!

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Sheryl Gifford
2nd Grade Teachers
Mrs. Leenerts

Hi, my name is Shelly Leenerts and I teach 2nd grade at Penrose Elementary. I've been teaching for 20+ years, and I still love helping kids learn and grow. It never gets old watching a student learn a new skill, especially learning to read! I love how our classroom feels like a family, we laugh, we cry, we fight, we make mistakes but we all grow so much together. When I'm home, I spend as much time outside as possible with my family and my dogs.

Mr. Eskridge

Hello Penrose Beavers. I am so happy to be teaching at Penrose Elementary. This is my 8th year teaching for the RE-2 school district, and my 20th year in education overall. In addition to teaching, I also coach Husky Girls Basketball at Florence JRSR High School. I love spending time with kids and the Denver Broncos!

PE Teacher
Mr. Royer
Mr. Royer teaches K-6 Physical Education. He also coaches High School Boys Basketball. He has been teaching for 31 years, 29 of those have been in this district.
He loves his job and all the great experiences and memories that have been created.
Technology Teacher
Mrs. Smith
 Hi! My name is Kathy Smith. I started my teaching career in 1983 at Penrose School. I retired from Penrose in 2018, then came back to sub. This year I am back teaching technology two days a week. I’m loving every minute of it! 
    When I’m not at school, I’m riding my bike, spending time with my family, traveling to Iowa to take care of my four grandchildren, enjoying the wildlife around me and the great outdoors!
STEAM Teacher
Mrs. Vigil
Hi! My name is Samantha Vigil. I have been teaching at Penrose for 8 years. This is my first year as a STEAM teacher for all the grade levels in our building. I love that I am getting to know every child in our school. What I love about teaching STEAM this year is that I get to see kids find strengths in other areas, other than academics alone. I look forward to each day and the challenges that our classes get to experience so we can practice applying a growth mindset.
When I'm not at school, I love spending time with my family, and enjoying all the outdoor activities.

November Dates to Remember

11/3 Awards Assembly
11/3 5th/6th Grades Guest Speaker
11/8 Election Day
11/10 District Accountability Meeting
11/17 Grandparents' Day
11/21-11/24 Thanksgiving Break
Grandparents' Day
Thursday, November 17th
More Information to come.
Cold Weather Safety
As the weather begins to cool, please remind your student to dress for the weather. Wearing layers are a good idea, and they should always bring a...
  • Coat or jacket
  • Winter hat
  • Gloves or mittens

Our doors do not open until 8:10 AM. Any students arriving before then, have to wait outside. We have had some students arrive 20-40 minutes early. This poses a safety concern, as there is no supervision outside until 8:05 AM, and the mornings are way too cold for a student to be sitting outside that long. Please help us keep your children safe by making sure they dress appropriately for the weather, and do not drop them off before 8:05 AM. Thank you!
Message from Miss Tami and Officer Winters
Return to School Guidelines
FEVER – fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications.
PINKEYE – 24 hours after your child was started on eye drops or ointment.  
VOMITING – 24 hours after your child has stopped vomiting.
DIARRHEA – 12 hours after the last incident is a good rule of thumb. However, it is okay to send your child back to school if they are good about washing their hands after using the bathroom and they are not going to the bathroom so frequently that they would be uncomfortable in class all day.
STREP THROAT – 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotic medication.
PNEUMONIA – 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotic and your child feels well enough to return to school (not overly tired, no chest or belly pain, no difficulty breathing).  
HEAD LICE or SCABIES – from the end of the school day until after the first treatment.
IMPETIGO – 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.
RINGWORM – from the end of school day until after starting treatment with antifungal medication.

VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES – with a doctor’s note stating the child is no longer contagious.
November is Child Safety Month

Playing outside is so important, and kids love it! However, keeping children safe outdoors requires some special precautions. Here are some tips for outdoor safety and injury prevention:

  • Never leave children alone outside.
  • When using tricycles, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, and ride-on toys, ensure that children of all ages are wearing a helmet to prevent head injury.
  • Teach children not to play near the street.
  • Explain that children must ask for help if toys roll into the street or driveway.
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Be Your Best Self!