PENN PRIDE: we have. we are.


Students earned our first school-wide PBIS celebration for 10,000 Penn Paws! On Thursday, students and staff all enjoyed Read and Feed: 20 minutes of free reading with a snack. Students earn paws when an adult recognize them following school expectations of being caring, respectful, responsible and ready. We are super proud of our panthers for reaching this goal in just 14 days.

Staff: During the early-out this week, info was shared with teachers from the School Climate Survey. This survey was done last spring by 5th and 6th graders, teachers and parents across the district. This information gives us information by building and by district. The information will guide our goal setting about culture and climate.


Mrs. Goeken, our very own art teacher, was asked by the City of North Liberty to be a guest artist, and to help pilot this project. She taught all 6th graders about storm drains at the end of last year. Students were invited to submit art entries, at Penn and Liberty High as part of the pilot. Cooper Davenport's fish design was selected, and Aiden Gillespie and Madeline Snow's designs were combined to create this landscape. The third drain is a vortex/ whirlpool design created by a high school student. #PennPRIDE we have. we are.

PTO Fundraising

Our first Penn PTO fundraiser, Red Wheel Catalog sales, will began this week. Information was sent home with your student. Sales will go through September 18th.

Items will be at Penn for pick-up November 1st.

There is also a direct donation option for those who wish to participate in that instead.

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Penn's Grow Something Garden Group is changing. This year we are going to meet weekly to mulch, weed, tidy, pick, observe, and learn. This fall we will meet every Monday from 6:30 - 7:30pm by the garden shed, on the playground, to help our school garden and grounds. Families, students, and community members are welcome to attend. All children should come with a supervising adult. A PTO volunteer will be on hand to share information, tools, and delegate tasks. Please note that the building will not be accessible and that we recommend that you bring work gloves and wear close toed shoes. See you starting 9/17. Have questions? Contact

Opportunities to visit school

You may be wondering about, and looking for, the date for our traditional fall open house. We have decided to replace that event with a new event this spring. We're still working on the details ... including the date. We are excited about our vision. In the meantime, parents, thank you for your great support at the Back to School Ice Cream Social. We had a great turnout!

Please consider joining our community for these upcoming events:

Liberty Homecoming Parade on Sept. 26

Costume Parade at Penn on October 31, at 2:00pm

Parent Teacher Conferences in November

Healthy Snacks!

Some reminders about the the district wellness policy. You can read the policy and administrative guidelines at:

You can see the list(s) of examples of foods that are acceptable to share with other students for classroom celebrations or classroom snacks at:

A few things to remember:
1. All foods that are brought for classroom snacks, classroom celebrations, etc. must meet the Smart Snack Guidelines.
2. No home-baked foods for classroom celebrations or classroom snacks (to prevent exposure to food allergens).

So, you might want to go on a field trip or volunteer at school ....

Would you like to become a volunteer at Penn or another school in the ICCSD? Or are you looking forward to helping with a field trip? The district requires that this form is filled out and that a background check is completed before anyone is allowed to volunteer or chaperone in the district. The application includes giving permission for the district to have the background check done. This process may take a couple weeks, so getting it done now will insure that you're approved when a field trip opportunity arises.

Behavior Reports

Remember the dreaded behavior reports on duplicate paper? We have done away with that format! We heard from parents that you'd prefer a more personal communication. So, this year, information about behavior problems will come to you directly through a phone call or email. This year, if your child has a behavior challenge, someone will be calling you. Teachers will call about minor behavior challenges and Mrs. Heffner (principal) or Jess (School Facilitator) will call for major behavior challenges. We'll fill you in on details of the incident and then we'll talk about next steps. We're looking forward to this closer partnership for addressing challenges. Thanks for your support.

Looking Ahead

  • Sept 25: Fall Pictures
  • Sept 26: Liberty Homecoming Parade @ 6:15pm
  • Oct. 31: Halloween Parade @ 2:00pm