Penn Pride: We have. We are. Together.

1-2-3-4 We Declare A PENNY WAR!

Penn PTO hosted our first ever Penny War this week. Our students were so enthusiastic! The winning grade will have bragging rights and a chance to pie Mrs. Heffner! The winning grade level will be announced on Monday.

Penn Theater Group: the Wizard of Oz

This year Penn Elementary will be producing of first production of the new Penn Theater Group: the Wizard of Oz. The production will be made up entirely of Penn students and faculty. The show will run May 1 and May 2 at Liberty High School.

Auditions were AMAZING because over 125 students bravely read and sang. Casting decisions will be posted next week.


We will also be looking for students who wish to participate behind the scenes – building/painting sets, creating costumes/props, designing lights and sound, and more. We are also looking for parent volunteers to assist with a wide range of responsibilities including:

- Rehearsal monitor

- Set builders/painters

- Costume designer and Costume builders

- Hair and Makeup designer

- Show runners/monitors


The show is being directed by Penn parent Zach Mannheimer (parent of a K, 2nd, and 5th grader) with Penn parent Lisa Williams (parent of a 1st grader) serving as the production manager. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please email Lisa at

PENNcake Day


If you'd like to show your love by helping with PENNcake day, sign up using this link.

Signing up for Parent Teacher Conferences

Our next round of Parent Teacher Conferences are Feb 27th and Mar 2nd.
Use this link to sign up for conferences. Remember our goal is to meet with someone representing 100% of our students.

Inclement Weather Guidelines

While we already experienced a brief preview, winter weather is right around the corner! As a reminder, the District's Inclement Weather Guidelines for issuing delay, cancellation, and early release decisions can be found on the District’s website by clicking HERE. Please note the change to the school day if there is a late start issued on a Thursday.

As decisions are made regarding school day changes, the District aims to keep parents as connected as possible so that notifications are received conveniently and timely. In addition to the notifications that are sent via email, phone and text, we encourage you to follow the District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to ensure that announcements are right at your fingertips. We also encourage you to download the District’s mobile app, where you can find everything school and district related in one convenient spot.

If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.

SAVE the DATE .... info about Music Performances

1st grade: Wednesday, March 25 2:00

2nd grade: Wednesday, March 25 2:20

3rd, 4th and 5th grades: May 13, Wednesday 8:30 AM

6th graders will perform at their last day of school celebration

Looking Ahead

  • PTO: Feb 4 @ 7pm in the library
  • PTO Fundraiser: February 19th-Subway (780 community drive, North Liberty) 5-8 pm, 15% of sales go back to the Penn PTO
  • PENNcake Day: February 14
  • PTO Fundraiser: March 3rd- McTeacher night at North Liberty McDonald’s 5-7, bring $5 cash to buy a sheet of coupons worth over $20, the school keeps 100% of the coupon proceeds!
  • Parent Teacher Conferences: Feb 27 2:10 - 7:10pm and Mar 2 7:40am - 7:10 pm
  • Wizard of Oz Production: May 1 & 2
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