TONIGHT: Mileage Club and free Family Movie Night

This Friday, 9/29/2017 we would love to see families come walk the Penn trail for Mileage Club. Students can bring their punch cards and earn punches towards their goal. Join us from 6:00 until dark and stay to watch the movie.



Penn Elementary is participating in the Global Read Aloud Project October 2nd through November 10th. The project was created by teacher Pernille Ripp in 2010 with a simple goal in mind: one book to connect the world. The premise is simple, but powerful. Each classroom will be sharing the same class read aloud books as classrooms throughout the world, all at the same time. It is a powerful way for kids to discuss and enjoy books with people from all over the world. This year more than 2 million students in more than 25,000 different locations will participate.

The books for this year are:

K-1st grade Mem Fox author study

2nd-3rd grade Fenway and Hattie

4th-5th grade The Wild Robot

6th grade A Long Walk to Water

TEACHERS: Yesterday we spent our Professional Development time working in committees exploring resources and strategies to help all students be successful.. We have two teacher committees: PBIS = Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports and MCGF/CC = Multi-cultural Gender Free / Cultural Competency. Each teacher serves on a committee to learn and promote student learning.


Every Friday students can pay a quarter to wear a hat. Typically, this money is donated to the Family Resource Center - a few dollars each week. This week our students have been learning about Puerto Rico and chose to designate this week's hat money for the Red Cross Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico. Today our kind and compassionate community contributed $354 to wear a hat to help out people in need. Thanks.
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he 20th annual Run for the Schools race, which raises money for the Iowa City Community School District and Regina Catholic schools, is October, 15, 2017. Races include Half-Mile and Mile Fun Runs, 5K and 10K Run/Walks, and a Half-Marathon Run. Sign up individually or as a family. Register by September 30th to get a Run for the Schools T-shirt!

There are 3 ways for you to participate and earn participation credit for your school:

Run or Walk in the race – Register now or get more information at

Volunteer to help on race day! Volunteer RFTS Sign Up

Make a donation for Run for the Schools to the ICCSD Foundation at Run for the Schools Donation

Penn Day with the Hawks

See the flyer below or order tickets here:

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Looking Ahead

  • Oct. 3: PTO Meeting, 7pm (free care provided for toilet-trained children)
  • Oct. 4: VNA Flu Vaccination Clinic, 3-6pm
  • Oct. 15: Run For The Schools
  • Oct. 20: Penn Fun Night (more info to come)
  • Oct. 24: Picture retakes

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