the PENN NEWSLETTER

5/8/2020

Penn Pride: We have. We are. Together.

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Teacher Appreciation .... for Parents and Teachers this year!

I believe, and I hope you've heard me say this before now, parents are a child's first, best and most important teachers for their whole life. Those of us in the profession of teaching have the incredible opportunity to come along side parents to teach your children. And we love that you share them with us. Obviously, this year the typical roles are complicated -- and harder for everyone. One of the probable silver linings of this weird situation is an increased appreciation for the role that parents and teachers all play in a child's life. So, whether you are a parent-become-teacher or a professional teacher, give yourself a pat on the back and a hug. I am confident that everyone is giving the very best they can. AND, all together, that's going to be enough, and even good, for our children.

WORKBOOKS .... still available if you missed it earlier this week

Thanks everyone for all your positive feedback about getting workbooks. It was fun to see you all this past Monday -- even in the rain. AND, special thanks for all the notes you left for teachers!!!


If you missed it, you can still pickup FREE reading and math workbooks for your child(ren) on Monday, May 11 4 - 6pm

@ Penn

Drive thru the front car line lane. Stay in your car. Students do not have to be present.


Anyone who has not picked up their workbooks will get them when you get all your child's personal things -- this will be sometime at the end of May.

6th grade CELEBRATION .... different, but still worthy of notice!

Milestones are significant. I am confident that our students will have many more and even greater achievements, but at this point in their lives, finishing elementary school is a big milestone! Their biggest yet. And we're proud of them. So, even though we can't be together, we want to celebrate the conclusion of our 6th graders' elementary school careers. We began making a plan this week to do some virtual celebrating.


Every year we have 6th graders each create a personal slide about themselves and their memories from Penn. The 6th grade teachers will be sharing these instructions with student this week. Please help us by helping your student if necessary or letting Mrs. Krueger or Mr. Newell know that your child needs some help. We sure want every student to be included!

Yearbooks - delayed for now

The company who publishes our yearbooks had to shut down due to Covid-19. We're not surprised by that or worried by it. We know we will get them eventually. July seems like the earliest possible time, but it might not be til fall. Whenever it is, we'll make sure everyone who ordered a yearbook gets their copy. Thanks for your patience.

ICCSD INFO related to Covid-19/Corona Virus.

The most update information will be posted daily on the ICCSD web page.

This is the place to find out about free school lunches and enrichment opportunities.

Here is the link: https://www.iowacityschools.org/domain/4599


Here is the link to request technology devices and/or support for getting internet services: http://innovation.iowacityschools.org/2020/03/30/getting-tech-support-during-the-covid-19-closure/

More Enrichment Ideas from our Specials Teachers

From our School Counselors, Miss Cooley and Miss Gilmore

Activities

At Home Brain Breaks - 5, 10, and 15 minute break ideas to keep kids active

TV/ Movie Questions - A great way to engage in socioemotional learning while watching a tv show or movie with your child.


Virtual Career Fair

Over the next few weeks I will be posting videos done by professionals from our community in a variety of careers. Check back each week for new content!


Week 1

Pamela Svatos, Video Editor at Disney - Pamela discusses her job as a video editor for Disney and some work she has done. She also shares an activity that you can do from your own home!

Dr. Joan Maley, Radiologist at UIHC - Joan talks about how she chose a career in radiology and the path she took to become a doctor. She also goes through a variety of x-rays and other images from inside the human body!


Contact Info

Student Check-in Form

email anytime at: cooley.kaitlyn@iowacityschools.org


Crisis Hotline - 1-855-325-4296

from our Student and Family Advocate, Jill Winders

Please know that I am here to continue to support you and your family during these challenging times. Please email me at winders.jill@iowacityschools.org or leave a message at 319-688-1154 so I can return your call.


School lunch/breakfast information:

Free school lunch information and locations


How-to guide to downloading district app:

District app How-to


Additional Community Resources:

Community Resources


Computer access:

Device Request Form


Internet access:

Home Internet Request Form

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Financial Resources to access due to COVID19 hardships:

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000, Tabor.Jeremy@iowacityschools.org.