PENN SCIENCE NIGHT, 2/15/2019 6:30pm

It is FREE

It is Fun.

You should come!

PENN PRIDE: we have. we are.


Students: We are focusing on getting to know one another and celebrating our differences with the theme: Tell Me Your Story. We kicked this theme off with all classes attending an assembly on Wednesday. Ms. Young played guitar and taught the students a beautiful song. A key lyric from the song is "I'll tell you my story. You tell me your story. Then I'll be part of yours and you'll be part of mine." We also watched a video created by Mr. Landolt and featuring Penn students and staff that celebrates the diversity of our pride here at Penn. You can watch it here.

I'm sure your child(ren) would love to see it again too.

Staff: Teachers continue to focus on making every minute worthwhile -- especially since those minutes have been so impacted by weather! Winter screening assessments are nearly done and teachers are beginning to prepare for parent teacher conferences.

SPRING Parent Teacher Conferences

As you heard last week, our conference dates have had some adjustments. Here is a summary of what to expect:

Conferences on Thursday, Feb 21 will continue as scheduled.

All conferences scheduled on Thursday, February 28 are moved to MONDAY, MARCH 4. Same time, just a different day. IF you are unable to have your conference on Monday, March 4, please contact your child's teacher to reschedule.

There will be school on February 28.

There will be NO SCHOOL on March 4.

February PTO meeting is rescheduled for Tuesday, April 12 at 7pm

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.
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CAR LINE craziness ....

Put on and turn up your PATIENCE

Stay in your car OR park in a designated parking place.

Keep moving forward -- gaps in the line leave cars backed up on Dubuque Street


DISMISSAL will be at 3:05 beginning February 18.

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Planning for 2019-2020

Dear Elementary Families,

The District has developed a comprehensive parent guide for elementary families for the 2019-20 school year. The Elementary Roadmap contains information on the upcoming attendance area changes, as well as a timeline of key dates for things such as Kindergarten Registration, BASP enrollment deadlines, transportation deadlines, and eRegistration.

Please note, for families who are impacted by the 2019-20 attendance area changes, there will be transition opportunities available. Some of these include meeting the new principal, as well as, an open house at each school.

The Elementary Roadmap will be coming home in your child’s Friday Folder in January; however, it is also linked here for your reference. We encourage you to review it, taking note of the information and key dates that impact your family.

Please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000 if you have any questions.

Stephen Murley
Iowa City Community School District

The newest info about 2019-20 Elementary Attendance Areas

The district recently sent an email to families who will be directly impacted by boundary changes for next school year. These letters were based on the address on file for your student(s) in PowerSchool. Please make sure you read that! AND make sure your PowerSchool information is correct, so that you are getting accurate information.

Please visit the links below, which provide access to the 2019-20 District attendance area maps and the District’s Attendance Area Look-Up, which provides school information specific for your home address.

District Maps:
Attendance Area Look-Up:

We understand that there may be many questions with a change of this scale. Please know that we are here to support and help guide you through this process. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Voluntary Transfer Information and Form:

Info for Future Grant Grizzlies

Christine Grant Elementary Facebook site:

Looking Ahead

  • February 12: the next Penn PTO meeting, 7pm in the Library
  • February 15: Science Night, 6:30 - 8pm
  • February 21: parent teacher conferences, 2:10 - 7:10 and BookFair
  • February 28: NO SCHOOL for parent-teacher conferences
  • 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