PENN PRIDE: we have. we are.


Students: It has been an especially fun week for recesses ... snow makes everything fresh and fun! We also heard the excitement of kindergartners chasing gingerbread men! Our 5th graders also enjoyed working with Artist Darrin Crow through the Ginsberg Artist in Residence program. The students worked collaboratively to create stories and used shadow puppetry to tell those stories.

Staff: This week everyone began working on winter screening assessments for both reading and math. These quick assessments allow us to track individual progress AND our progress as a system. We'll use this data to guide instructional decisions.

PB & J for MLK Day!

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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

  • January 21: NO SCHOOL in honor of MLK Day
  • February 5: the next PTO meeting, 7pm in the Library
  • February 15: Science Night
  • 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