Penn Pride: We have. We are. Together.


It has been 5 weeks (including spring break) since we've been together at Penn. And yet, my sense is that we are still together: cooperating in this social distancing challenging for the good of the whole community. I'm so proud of our pride.

Parents, you're doing it all: working; managing the money, house, food and kids; and supporting your child's learning. Whew. That is a lot. Go easy on yourself and your children.

I am confident that in the days/years to come all our children are going to be fine -- better even from this experience.

Penn Teachers have been working to come along beside you and offer you options and opportunities. They miss your children!!! We are here to help -- no pressure. We just want you to know we still want to partner with you.

The ICCSD is encouraging use of Lexia (reading) and DreamBox (math) for elementary students because these programs provide for a systematic continuity of instruction. Each program is adaptive, so it provides work for your child at their instructional level. Let your child's teacher know if you need help with these programs.

You can I continue to expect this Friday parent newsletter and a new FlipGrid from the whole staff each Monday evening.

Also, please let us know if you have questions or needs.

Email is great, but you can also call the school office number -- no one is there, but I'm checking messages and I'll get back to you.

TOGETHER we will get through this.


School Cancellation has been extended thru April 30

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:

Here is the link to request technology devices and/or support for getting internet services:

Financial Resources to access due to COVID19 hardships:

PTO Restaurant Nights

Here are all of the upcoming PTO Restaurant Nights for the rest of the school year, please be sure to mark these on your calendars and join us for dinner at these local restaurants.

Tin Roost, carry out only. Online ordering is available.

Tuesday, April 14th from 4 to 8 PM

840 W Penn St, North Liberty

15% of all sales during this time will be donated to the Penn PTO

Pizza Ranch North Liberty: Wednesday, MAY 13th 5-8pm
395 Beaver Kreek Center, North Liberty

Heyn’s Ice Cream: Friday, JUNE 19th 1-5pm
25 E. Cherry Street, North Liberty

Parent Input

Each spring we begin a complicated and thoughtful process for creating class lists for the next school year. One aspect of this is allowing parents to give input related to their child's unique needs. This is optional. This is NOT about requesting a specific teacher, but rather an opportunity to tell us about your child's specific needs.

Please complete this form

Requests must be submitted by 5:00pm on May 1. Requests received after May 1 or in any other format, will not be considered.

Looking Ahead

  • May 12: 5th/6th Track & Field Day @ Liberty High
  • May 13: Pizza Ranch 5 - 8pm
  • May 16: Penn @ Kernals game
  • May 29: Last Day of School
  • May29: 6th Grade Promotion Celebration @ 8:15 in the gym
  • June 19: Heyn's Ice Cream 1-5pm
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