PENN PRIDE: we have. we are.


Students: A whole week of school! I'm sure you're aware that this was our first one since the week of January 14. And now, all of a sudden, it is MARCH! All grade levels are working on Tell Your Story activities across curricular areas. It is fun and enlightening to learn new things about one another.

Staff: This week we spent a lot of time in PLCs (Professional Learning Community - ours are organized by grade level) looking at recent screening data and evaluating our instructional practices. Is what we're doing working? We think about that ALL the time!

Parent Teacher Conferences

We believe in 100% participation in Parent Teacher Conferences because we want to hear your insights about your child's learning. We also want every child to know that their parent/guardian and teacher took the time to talk about him/her. Kids actually love that. And, they're worth the time. So, if you haven't made a conference time yet, it is not too late. You can contact your child's teacher or call the office for help getting a time set up.


We're still ROLLING!

Roller skating in PE.

When: March 4th - March 15th

For: Students in grades 2 - 6

Time: During PE classes

Other Info: Safety Gear/Socks

1) Students in grades 2-3 as well as any other student that feel wearing their bike helmet as well as knee or elbow pads are encouraged to bring those to school on the days they have PE.

2) Please be sure your child has on socks for the days we roller skate. Wearing longer & thicker socks may help too with blisters. :)

Also a HUGE thank you to our wonderful PTO for funding this very popular unit. We are one of the only schools in the ICCSD district that roller skate and our kiddos just love it. We are so fortunate to have such a great PTO!!!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at school.

Want to help tell a Taekwondo story?

Calling all Anderson’s ATA Students,

I am looking for anyone who would like to participate in either a live or recorded performance at Penn Elementary’s Tell Your Story Night on Friday, May 3. As a group we will decide whether to record our performance or perform it live. Parents/Guardians that are involved in Taekwondo are also encouraged to join in on the performance as it is a part of your’s and your child’s story. If you are interested please contact Mrs. D. at Please help up make this night great!


Mrs. D.

Book Madness -- a bracket involving books instead of a basketball

For the next six weeks we are excited to bring march madness and the love of books together. Each week we will have guest readers share a bit of their own life story and then read a book aloud. Student voting will move books through the bracket. We're starting with 16 "sweet" books. Which one will be the ultimate champion book of the Year? Ask your students about who read to them on Thursday afternoon.

Message from Superintendent Murley about online safety

Good afternoon families,

We would like to bring awareness to a host of Internet hoaxes and threats that continue to make the rounds across the nation, including the most recent "Momo challenge" now receiving coverage. The Momo Challenge—which some are referring to as a social media/online/gaming hoax—attempts to encourage self harm and suicide and presents itself through common games and videos (including animation) that children of all ages are viewing. While the reports are not fully substantiated, we believe it is important to pass along this information in order for families to be aware of the topic.

We encourage you to continue having discussions with your children about safe digital practices when using social media and online gaming. You are welcome to review the following resources for more information. You are also encouraged to contact your school counselor if your child has concerns with anything they may be experiencing online. Our priority is to ensure all students remain safe, not only in our buildings, but online as well. We thank you for your partnership at home.

Don't Panic, What Parents Really Need To Know About 'Momo Challenge'

Common Sense Media (helpful resources for families)

The National Online Safety panel gives the following recommendations:
1. Tell them it’s not real.
2. Be present when they are on the internet.
3. Talk regularly with your child.
4. Use device settings and parental controls.
5. Talk to your child about peer pressure.
6. Report and block when you see this on your child’s screen.
7. Warn your children about talking to strangers in real life and online.

Grades 3, 4 and 5 ELP Parent Nomination

Grades 3, 4 and 5 ELP Parent Nomination

The yearly screening of students for participation in the Extended Learning Program (ELP), the

elementary program for gifted and very high ability students, is underway for the 2018-2019 school

year. This program is appropriate for students who are at the highest academic levels in their grade.

Students can enter this screening pool by Iowa Assessments scores, teacher nomination or parent

nomination. More information is available on the district website: Only grades three through five are included in this

screening process. Kindergarten and first grade students are being screened for ELP enrichment services

through in-class lessons and collaboration with the classroom teacher throughout the school year. All

second grade students will be screened in Spring 2019. Parents will receive notification about second

grade screening when it is scheduled at their child’s school. No parent or teacher nominations are

necessary for grades K-2. If you would like to nominate your third, fourth or fifth grade child to be tested

for ELP services, please complete a parent information form. Forms will be available online between

February 22nd and March 29th, 2019 at Paper forms will be

available in the school office during the same time. No forms will be accepted after March 29th, 2019 at

4:00 PM.

Nominación de Parte de los Padres

Programa de Aprendizaje Extendido (ELP) para estudiantes de 3ro, 4to y 5to grado

La evaluación anual estudiantil para participar en el Programa de Aprendizaje Extendido (ELP), el

programa de primaria para estudiantes dotados y de muy alta capacidad académica, está en marcha

para el año escolar 2019-2020. Este programa es apropiado para estudiantes tienen niveles

académicos más altos que el resto de estudiantes de su grado. Los estudiantes pueden ingresar a este

grupo de evaluación por puntajes de los exámenes de evaluaciones de Iowa (Iowa Assessments),

nominación de maestros o al ser nominados por sus padres. Hay más información disponible en el sitio

web del distrito: Solo los estudiantes de 3ro a 5to grado

están incluidos en este proceso de selección. Durante el año escolar los estudiantes de Kinder y 1er

grado están siendo evaluados para servicios de enriquecimiento de ELP a través de lecciones en clase y

colaboración con el/la maestro(a) de la clase. Todos los estudiantes de 2do grado serán evaluados en la

primavera de 2019. Los padres recibirán una notificación sobre el examen de 2do grado cuando esté

programado en la escuela de su hijo(a). Para estudiantes de Kinder a 2ndo grado no se necesitan

nominaciones de padres o maestros. Si desea nominar a su hijo(a) de 3ro, 4to o 5to grado para que se

haga la prueba de servicios ELP, llene un formulario de información. Los formularios estarán disponibles

en línea entre el 22 de febrero y el 29 de marzo de 2019 en Los formularios impresos también estarán disponibles en la

oficina de la escuela durante el mismo tiempo. No se aceptarán formularios después del 29 de marzo

de 2019 a las 4:00 p.m.

Année 3, 4, et 5 et Nomination des Parents pour ELP

Le dépistage annuel des élèves pour la participation dans le Programme d’Apprentissage Avancé (ELP),

le programme primaire pour les élèves doués et de haute capacité, est en cours pour l’année scolaire

2019-2020. Ce programme est approprié pour les élèves qui sont au plus haut niveau dans leur classe.

Les élèves peuvent entrer dans ce groupe de dépistage par leurs scores sur l’examen d’Iowa Assessment

ou par nomination d’un enseignant ou d’un parent. Plus d’informations sont disponibles sur le site

Internet du district : Seulement les élèves en année trois

à cinq sont inclus dans ce processus de dépistage. Les élèves de Maternelle a 1ère sont examinés pour

les services d’enrichissement pour ELP via des leçons en classe en collaboration avec l’enseignant de leur

classe pendant l’année scolaire. Tous les élèves en seconde année seront évalués au Printemps 2018.

Les parents recevront une notification à propos du dépistage des élèves en seconde année quand le

dépistage sera prévu dans l’école de leur enfant. Une nomination d’un parent ou d’un enseignant n’est

pas nécessaire pour les élèves de Maternelle à la seconde année. Si vous voulez proposer votre enfant

en 3ème, 4ème ou 5ème année pour être examiné pour les services ELP, veuillez remplir un formulaire

d’information des parents. Ces formulaires seront disponibles en ligne entre le 22 Février et le 29 Mars

2019 à Des formulaires papier seront disponibles à chaque

école pendant la même période. Aucun formulaire ne sera accepté après le 29 Mars, 2019 at 16h00.

三、四 及五年级 学生ELP的 家长提名

2019 - 2020 学年的对希望参加扩展学习计划 (ELP) 学生的年度筛选活动正在进行。 该计划是为资

优和具有超常高能力的小学生提供的基本教学项目。 此计划适用于在其年级学习成绩最为优秀的

学生。学生可以通过爱荷华州的测试分数, 教师或家长提名而加入到这个筛选群体中。更多信息可

以在学区的网站上获得:。 此筛选活动仅针对于三至五



学校中进行时,家长将会收到有关二年级学生筛选的通知。 对 K-2年级学生的筛选,无需家长或

教师提名。如果您想提名您的三, 四或五年级孩子参加ELP学习计划的测试, 请填写家长信息表。表


同时, 学校办公室也会提供纸张表格。2019 年3月29日下午4:00以后将不再接受任何表格。

SNOW, ICE, HOURS and End of the Year Details

Hopefully, spring will be in the air soon.

Thanks for all your help with the transition of adding 10 extra minutes each day.

No school on March 4.

And the last day of school will be the morning of May 31, dismissal at 10:55.

Info for Future Grant Grizzlies

Christine Grant Elementary Facebook site:

Looking Ahead

  • February 28: school will be in session
  • March 4: NO SCHOOL for parent-teacher conferences & Kindergarten Registration
  • Thursday, April 18 Kindergarten Round-Up
  • Friday, May 3: TELL YOUR STORY community event, 5:30 - 7:00
  • Music Informances Wednesday, May 15- Penn Gym

    8:30 AM 3rd Grade

    9:00 AM 2nd Grade

    10:00 AM 5th Grade

    10:30 AM 4th Grade