the PENN NEWSLETTER

5/1 /2020

Penn Pride: We have. We are. Together.

Together: still part of the pride, even though we're not together

Show some love for TEACHER and STAFF APPRECIATION Week

I know I speak for the Penn staff when I say that we are so fortunate to work in a community with people who truly value education and consistently show appreciation for the work we do.

I also know that personal words of affirmation are treasured by all teachers. So, I want to give you two opportunities to show some love to the Penn Staff this week.

1. Write a note/letter/card. Parents, students ... your whole family can do this. You can write to just one person or fifty. You choose who you want say thank you to. You can drop these off on TUESDAY when you come to pick up your workbooks and Mrs. Heffner will get them delivered to the appropriate people.

2. Parents and students, watch your email because I'm going to send you a flipgrid link so you can create a short video that will then be shared with the staff.

How to get Reading and Math WORKBOOKS!!!!

Tuesday May 5, from 8-4 pm

Drive thru the Penn car line. You won't need to get out of your car.

Mrs. Connolly and Mrs. Heffner will deliver the workbooks you need to your car.

You'll get 1 reading and 1 math book for each K-6 child

You will also get suggested weekly assignments, but the workbooks are yours to use as you choose.

Children do not have to attend.

They're FREE.

You do have to pick up the workbooks at the school your child attends.


* This is also a GREAT time to drop off appreciation notes for teachers and staff. :)


It probably also seems like a great time to get your child's stuff out of the building .... but, we won't be able to do that yet. The district is still working on a plan for teachers to organize student belongings at school and set up a time for families to pick up their stuff. The plan is coming, it is just complicated. I don't expect this to happen until the end of May. You will get it eventually. If you have any questions about this, please contact Mrs. Heffner.

WOZ ... thinking about what might have been tonight

The yellow brick road has been stretched out a bit ...

Postponed til the fall with the date yet to be determined.

I appreciate that all the passion and preparations will not go to waste and that eventually, we will get to Follow the Yellow Brick Road to OZ.

6th grade CELEBRATION .... different, but still worthy of notice!

Milestones are significant. I am confident that our students will have many more and even greater achievements, but at this point in their lives, finishing elementary school is a big milestone! Their biggest yet. And we're proud of them. So, even though we can't be together, we want to celebrate the conclusion of our 6th graders' elementary school careers. We began making a plan this week to do some virtual celebrating.


Every year we have 6th graders each create a personal slide about themselves and their memories from Penn. The 6th grade teachers will be sharing these instructions with student this week. Please help us by helping your student if necessary or letting Mrs. Krueger or Mr. Newell know that your child needs some help. We sure want every student to be included!

Yearbooks - delayed for now

The company who publishes our yearbooks had to shut down due to Covid-19. We're not surprised by that or worried by it. We know we will get them eventually. July seems like the earliest possible time, but it might not be til fall. Whenever it is, we'll make sure everyone who ordered a yearbook gets their copy. Thanks for your patience.

ICCSD INFO related to Covid-19/Corona Virus.

The most update information will be posted daily on the ICCSD web page.

This is the place to find out about free school lunches and enrichment opportunities.

Here is the link: https://www.iowacityschools.org/domain/4599


Here is the link to request technology devices and/or support for getting internet services: http://innovation.iowacityschools.org/2020/03/30/getting-tech-support-during-the-covid-19-closure/

More Enrichment Ideas from our Specials Teachers

From our School Counselors, Miss Cooley and Miss Gilmore

Electronic Activities

GoNoodle - Free movement and mindfulness activities

Mind Yeti - Mindfulness videos for kids


Non-Electronic Activities

Choice Board - Featuring a variety of social emotional activities that can be done without electronics

Scavenger Hunt - List of challenges that can all be completed without using electronics


Contact Info

Student Check-in Form

email anytime at: cooley.kaitlyn@iowacityschools.org


Crisis Hotline - 1-855-325-4296

from our Student and Family Advocate, Jill Winders

Please know that I am here to continue to support you and your family during these challenging times. Please email me at winders.jill@iowacityschools.org or leave a message at 319-688-1154 so I can return your call.


School lunch/breakfast information:

Free school lunch information and locations


How-to guide to downloading district app:

District app How-to


Additional Community Resources:

Community Resources


Computer access:

Device Request Form


Internet access:

Home Internet Request Form

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Financial Resources to access due to COVID19 hardships:

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000, Tabor.Jeremy@iowacityschools.org.