the PENN NEWSLETTER

4/24/2020

Penn Pride: We have. We are. Together.

Together ....

The more we know, the more we wonder.


Details, details, details ..... so many questions.

When will the workbooks arrive? How will I get them?

When will I be able to get my kids' stuff from school?

Am I doing enough?

Will my child be behind?

... and a million other things cross your mind everyday.


I can't answer the first couple questions YET, but I know plans are being worked on and I'll pass that info on as soon as we have it.


I can tell you though that I am not worried about students being behind in the fall. We're all in this very unique situation and I am confident about 2 things.

1. Students are having experiences and learning opportunities that they would have never had in school. Learning to get along with your siblings, entertain yourself, load the dishwasher, etc. are all great life skills. Focus on the opportunities.

2. I also have a high level of trust in our teachers. They're professionals. They care deeply about students and students' learning. I hear them saying, "We've got this." and I know they do.


So, for now, do what you can. Your child will be promoted to the next grade. (We will not be doing End of the Year Progress Reports for the third trimester since we only had two weeks of instruction in the third trimester.) We're thinking ahead to the fall, but enjoying the moments now too.

We're all in this together.


~ Mrs. Heffner

Parent Input for next year

Each spring we begin a complicated and thoughtful process for creating class lists for the next school year. One aspect of this is allowing parents to give input related to their child's unique needs. This is optional. This is NOT about requesting a specific teacher, but rather an opportunity to tell us about your child's specific needs.

If you have unique information to share,please complete this form

Requests must be submitted by 5:00pm on May 1. Requests received after May 1 or in any other format, will not be considered.

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

Online Safety at Home - Affirmations for both students and parents to help with online safety e-learning.

Feelings Scavenger Hunt - A fun activity to help everyone focus on the positives.

Grounding Techniques for Kids - Ten techniques to help students manage worry and stress.

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.