Penn Pride Newsletter


Upcoming Dates

  • January 23rd- PTO Fundraiser at Bluebird Cafe
  • January 23rd- No School
  • January 25th- Orchestra Concert at Liberty

Important Information

OPENING TODAY! Girls on the Run Registration

First Practice: Monday February 27

Schedule: Monday 3:00-4:30pm & Thursday 2:00-3:30pm

At an age when girls’ confidence begins to decline, they need a program that reminds them of their excellence. Compared to organized sports or other clubs, Girls on the Run uplifts the whole girl – mind, body and soul. Take the first step to igniting your girl’s spark by signing her up this season. You won’t regret it!

Register by January 29th & learn more:

Liberty Cheer Camp Registration

The Liberty Lightning cheerleaders will be hosting a camp and performance on February 12th and 14th. Click here to register.

PTO Movie Night Correction

In the previous edition of the Penn Pride Newsletter we shared that we would be having our PTO Movie Night on January 27th. That event has been postponed, but will be reschedule next month. Be on the lookout for the new date in the near future.

PTO Restaurant Fundraiser

Mark your calendars for an ALL DAY restaurant fundraiser! Monday 1/23 is a no school day. Come have breakfast, lunch or dinner at Bluebird Cafe to benefit Penn PTO. Simply eat at the North Liberty restaurant and a portion of all sales will be donated back to the PTO.
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Your Friend Reminder: Hy Vee: Cash 4 Students

Hy Vee Receipts:

Keep bringing in your receipts to benefit the PTO. So far we have raised over $400 dollars for our PTO by turning in receipts. Spread the word to your family members and you can even collect them at your place of employment.

Cash 4 Students is a simple program based on the collection of Hy-Vee grocery receipts starting

September 1, 2022. Customers save their Hy-Vee receipts and turn them into the school. This will be a PTO fundraiser for Penn.

At the end of the school year, on March 31, 2023, collected receipts will be delivered to the school’s neighborhood Hy-Vee along with a Cash 4 Students Receipt Redemption form.

Based on the receipt total, a donation from Hy-Vee will be made to each participating school. The amount donated will be $1 for every $200 in receipts submitted. Schools can use the donated money for any need the school has.

Click here for more information

January Lunchroom Helpers

We have filled the majority of our slots, but are still seeking lunchroom volunteers support our cafeteria. If you are interested in helping click here to sign up for a time(s) that work in your schedule.

Coming Soon- Preschool Registration

Mark your calendars for the upcoming preschool registration for the 2023-2024 school year.
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Winter Gear Assistance

We have a collection of new snow pants and boots recently purchased through a donor and matching PTO funds. If you need assistance getting these items for your student please email our student family advocate, Jill Winders at

Winter Weather Guidelines

We have experienced our first snow fall of the winter and wanted to remind parents of our recess guidelines. Students need snow pants AND boots to play on the snow. If students don't have one of those items or are just in their classroom shoes they will stay on the blacktop. We also don't have extra clothes for students to change into if they get wet. If you'd like for your child to have extra clothes place a set in their backpack.
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Penn PTO Corner

Upcoming Dates:

PTO Meeting 2/7 at 7pm in Penn Library

Science Night – Feb 2/9

Conferences - 2/22, 3/2, 3/3

PTO Meeting - 3/7 at 7pm Penn Library

PTO Meeting - 4/4 at 7pm in Penn Library

Foam party – 4/28 (rainout date 5/20)

PTO Meeting - 5/9 at 7pm in Penn Library

Penn Cake Day 5/12

Penn Pride Rock- Penn's Pride Rock is a way to celebrate your child. For $15 a day (proceeds to the Penn PTO) you are able to paint a message on the rock to celebrate your child's special day. Click here to reserve a time to celebrate your child.

Funding assistance is available for any family. If you are needing assistance email Mr. Brandon at

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Shine Award Nomination Form

Do you want to nominate a teacher for going above and beyond for your student? The Iowa City Community School District Shine Award honors employees who go above and beyond for the students and schools in our community.

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 (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its 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 Laura Gray, Director of Diversity and Cultural Responsiveness (programs), or Eric Howard, Director of Equity and Employee Relations (employment),, 1725 N. Dodge Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52245, (319) 688-1000. If you are unsure how to proceed or would like assistance in discussing your options, you may also contact Janet Abejo-Parker, Ombuds, or (319) 688-1312.