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Together -- we are thankful

Each month we focus on a character trait. This month we have been thinking about and practicing gratitude. Gratitude is: to feel and show thanks for a helpful or kind act.

Each classroom has practiced gratitude by filling a gratitude jar.

Students use a slip of paper to record something they are thankful for. We encourage them to recognize small things that make a difference in their lives so they can begin to feel grateful for things they might normally take for granted.

Here is a favorite video that you may enjoy with your student or whole family:

Watch it clear to the end to see the stove top stuffing move.

I polled some students and staff. Here is our list of what we are thankful for at Penn:

1. our students

2. the staff

3. PTO

4. laughter

5. friends

6. books

7. parents

8. ALL the amazingly yummy food provided to staff during conferences

9. recess

10. glitter

11. sunshine

12. colleagues

13. this school

14. a roof over my head

15. water

16. teachers

17. sunshine

18. stuffed frogs

19. the bus

20. my family (parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, etc)

21. recess

22. art, music, pe, library and guidance + math and reading too

23. celebrating accomplishments

24. celebrating effort and kindness

25. that "we're all in this together" because family, friends and community is the best!

What would be on your gratitude list?

Next week is SHORT

Remember we only have school on Monday and Tuesday next week.

NO SCHOOL on 11/27, 28, 29

North Liberty to Launch Transportation Assistance Program

For $1 per ride, qualified North Liberty residents can call a Yellow Cab of Iowa City taxi to pick up groceries, get to the bank, visit a doctor, connect to a bus or certain other essential quality-of-life trips scheduled Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. or Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Residents can be eligible for this program because they don’t have access to vehicle, face financial difficulty or are permanently or temporarily disabled.

Initial registration drives will be held:

Monday, Nov 25, 9 am - 12pm at the North Liberty Library

Tuesday, Nov 26 3pm - 6pm at the North Liberty, Pantry.

After the initial drives, applicants can complete an online application and make an appointment for an office visit ot complete verification. More information about this program and other transportation options is available at

School-wide wish list

People often ask: what do you need at school? Well, while you are out shopping, and as we enter the flu and virus season, we would sure appreciate disinfecting wipes. Just drop them off in the office.


SAVE the DATE .... info about Music Performances

Kindergarten: December 20 at 8:30 Concert and winter sing-along

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

  • NO SCHOOL: Nov. 27, 28, 29
  • Penn Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A (4-8pm) and Barnes & Noble (4 - 7pm): Dec. 5
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