PENN PRIDE: we have. we are.

We are ALL learning!

Students: What a fun, fun week! Halloween and costumes and candy were sandwiched in the midst of reading, and math, and science and social studies, OH MY!


Yesterday teachers worked on preparing for Parent Teacher Conferences ... looking at data, thinking about your student and completing conference reports.

Thank you for picking up your Red Wheel items on the designated date. This was so helpful!

Support a good cause after school Monday

The Girls on the Run will be hosting a “share and sell” to benefit the IC Animal Care and Adoption Center as their Community Impact project this season. They will be holding this benefit after school on Monday November 5th, from 3-4. There will be baked goods, dog treats, beverages, and arts and crafts to purchase. They also will accept donations (monetary or pet needs for the Shelter).

Sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences

Please use this link to reserve your time for your child's parent teacher conference:

We do strive to have 100% of students represented at conferences ... kids love to know their favorite people (parents and teachers) are talking about them.

Purchase your Penn Spirit Apparel

The online store will be open through Nov. 11:

Pass on the info

We know that some children are being picked up after school by people other than parents .... grandparents, nannies, etc. who probably do not get the info about carline expectations. Could you please pass on these big ideas:

1. Stay in your car or park in a designated parking spot

2. Pull as far forward as you can

3. Keep your patience on. :)

School Board Listening Posts about attendance areas

Dear Parents,

The Iowa City Community School District’s Board of Directors will hold three Community Listening Posts to gather feedback on the proposed 2019-20 elementary attendance area maps. Each meeting will cover the same content. Below are the meeting details for those interested in attending:

Thursday, November 8, 2018

South East Junior High Library

2501 Bradford Drive, Iowa City

6:00-7:30 pm

McDonald's McTeacher Night

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 5pm

675 Pacha Parkway

North Liberty, IA

PTO Fundraiser: 5-7pm on November 13.

HERE are all the details.

Facts about Head Lice

As we enter the season of winter and HATS, this is important information.

Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene and they do not transmit disease, anyone can get them. The spread of lice from one child to another can occur during direct head to head contact or by sharing personal items such a combs, brushes, or caps. Lice do not jump, fly, or swim. They are, however, good crawlers. The Iowa Department of Public Health advises parents to check your child’s head for lice and/or nits (eggs) weekly. Mature lice which are not bigger than a sesame seed avoid light and can be difficult to see. Lice eggs or “nits” are usually found close to the scalp-usually within ¼ inch. They appear as tiny whitish ovals that are “glued” to the hair shaft. Unlike dandruff, they cannot be easily removed from the hair shaft.

With winter just around the corner also comes coats, hats, and gloves. Please remind your students not to share these items with friends.

You can find additional information on the Iowa City Community School District website:

Interpreters Needed

The Iowa City Community School District is looking to hire interpreters and translators to facilitate communication between families and staff on an occasional basis. There is a great need for French and/or Arabic interpreters and translators, but individuals who have expertise in other languages are also encouraged to apply. Individuals must have proficient oral and/or written skills in English as well as the target language. Please apply online at or contact the school district office at 319-688-1000 with questions.

Info for Future Grant Grizzlies

Christine Grant Elementary Facebook site:

Looking Ahead

  • Nov. 16: NO SCHOOL for PT conferences, 7:40 - 3:40
  • Nov. 21, 22, 23: NO SCHOOL for Thanksgiving