STUDENTS: You may have found some small pieces of paper with a paw print in your child's pockets or backpack. These are what we call PAWS. Adults give students PAWS as recognition when a student is following expectations. This is a random reinforcement, so students don't get one every time they do the right thing, but hopefully they're reinforced regularly. When students do get a PAW, they write their name on the back and put it in a PAW Jar in their classroom. Teachers use these to draw for special privileges -- like sit in the teacher's chair or take a note to the office, etc. We also collect these as a whole building in order to earn school wide celebrations. The whole point of these little ticket is to be a reminder. For children, it is a reminder to follow expectations. And for adults, it is a reminder to provide 5 positive reinforcements for every one correction we give. So, it is just a little piece of paper, but it represents a lot!

TEACHERS: Teachers have been learning a new assessment system called FAST aReading and aMath. Students will begin testing next week in the computer lab - though the testing window is staggered, so don't be alarmed if your child does not test next week.


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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

From the Penn PTO:

PTO Red Wheel Fundraiser

The merchandise will be delivered to Penn Thursday October 26th for parent pick up between 1:45 and 5 pm. If your child sold items, please mark your calendar now to pick up the items on Thursday, October 26. Red Wheel does not deliver to individuals.

Fun Night at Penn is Friday, October 20th.

Fun Night is an important fundraiser in our effort to supply materials and other special opportunities for our students throughout the year. The night is filled with fun things to do for every age. We'll have games, dinner, raffles, a silent auction, etc. Bring your whole family and enjoy!

We need your help in making Fun Night run smoothly as well as making our biggest fundraiser a great time for families and friends.

Here are the ways you can help:

Fun Night Food Committee- To continue to offer food options at Fun Night we are looking for help with the Fun Night Food Committee. We need both a committee leader and those willing to help.

Volunteer to work a shift at Fun Night - We are once again using SignUp Genius to schedule volunteers. We will send the link in the next few days for you to sign up. We need over 100 volunteers so PLEASE consider giving some of your time! Your child can help you with this too. If you have, or know of, junior high or high school students who would like to help, we'd love their help as well.

Donate a baked good for the Bake Walk - One of our most popular games at Fun Night for both kids and adults is the Bake Walk where winners take home cakes or other baked goods. Everyone loves to see the tables filled with such fun and yummy treats. Some years we are a little short on items so if you're willing to bake or purchase a cake, cupcakes, etc.(nut free please), we'd really appreciate it. More information to come later on when and where to donate your baked goods.

Donate new small items for the grab bags and Bingo prizes - We are always looking for small toys to put in grab bags or give as Bingo prizes. Suggestions include new Happy Meal toys, dollar bin items, books, stickers, pencils, erasers, new stuffed animals or other small toys. Please drop off your donations at the school office by Friday, October 13th.

Donate an item for the Raffle/Silent Auction - If you, or your business, have something to donate as a raffle or silent auction item please bring it to the school office at any time or email Katie Cronk (, preferably by Wednesday, October 11th to ensure your name is included in the silent auction listing.

Thank you for ALL your help with this important fundraiser!!

The Penn PTO Fun Night Committee

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Looking Ahead

  • Sept. 26: School Picture Day
  • Oct. 4: VNA Flu Vaccination Clinic, 3-6pm
  • Oct. 15: Run For The Schools
  • Oct. 20: Penn Fun Night (more info to come)

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