Penn Pride: We have. We are. Together.

The Spoils of the Penny Wars: Pie-ing Mrs. Heffner

Our PTO recently sponsored a coin drive ... with a twist. Students donated pennies into jars by grade level. Sounds simple, right? Well the 'twist' allowed them to sabotage other grade levels' jars. Students quickly became strategic and were enthusiastically vying for the chance to pie Mrs. Heffner. Everyone won as the whole school collected $1, 866.65 in just one week! Wow! The first grade won the chance to pie Mrs. Heffner and they relished the opportunity!

SPRING PICTURES this Monday, February 24

Envelopes already came home, but here is a link for placing an order online for the school pictures.

One Book Two Book

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival will recognize the creative excellence of more than 70 area students over the course of the three-day festival, Feb. 21-23.

One Book Two Book is a three-day festival celebrating writing for and by children, Feb. 21-23. It features a Friday kickoff banquet for participating Iowa City area schools; a Saturday book fair featuring author presentations, workshops, crafts, dance and more; and the Sunday Write Out Loud! event. For more information or to see a full schedule, please visit

Students in Corridor districts were encouraged to submit one page of original writing. Those submissions were evaluated by a team at ACT in Iowa City.

The following Penn students had their writing selected:

The “Once Upon a Time” banquet. One student from each of 23 participating Iowa City-area elementary schools has been selected to read a piece of original writing at the dinner.

Ethan Meidlinger - 3rd grade

The Write Stuff, which is judged based on language, clarity, structure, and emotional impact.

Anaya Patil - 4th grade

Addison Bollier - 5th grade

Honorable Mention

Mira Mannheimer - 5th grade

Estelle Ralston - 6th grade


The district PE department has adopted a new fundraising initiative. (Remember we used to do Jump Rope for Heart). This new initiative promotes good character, mental, emotional and physical health and almost all the money stays in the district, and specifically in our building. Check out this flier.

Girls on the Run

The mini documentary featuring the 3 North Liberty GOTR programs is ready thanks to the amazing DEREK BLACKMAN!

Parents, please remember:

1. Please contact the office as early as possible if you need to make changes in your child's plan for after school. Letting us know by noon ensures that we have time to get the message passed along to your child and his/her teacher.

2. Please be sure your child has tennis shoes for pe days. This is for safety.

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 needs. This is NOT about requesting a specific teacher, but rather an opportunity to tell us about your child's needs.

The form for this input will be shared in the parent newsletter after spring break. Input will be accepted until May 1.

Inclement Weather Guidelines

While we already experienced a brief preview, winter weather is right around the corner! As a reminder, the District's Inclement Weather Guidelines for issuing delay, cancellation, and early release decisions can be found on the District’s website by clicking HERE. Please note the change to the school day if there is a late start issued on a Thursday.

As decisions are made regarding school day changes, the District aims to keep parents as connected as possible so that notifications are received conveniently and timely. In addition to the notifications that are sent via email, phone and text, we encourage you to follow the District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to ensure that announcements are right at your fingertips. We also encourage you to download the District’s mobile app, where you can find everything school and district related in one convenient spot.

If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.

SAVE the DATE .... info about Music Performances

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

  • Feb 24 Spring Pictures
  • Feb 27 Parent Teacher Conferences: 2:10 - 7:10pm
  • Mar 2 Parent Teacher Conferences: 7:40am - 7:10 pm
  • Mar 2 Kindergarten Registration: 7:40 - 7:10
  • Mar 3 PTO Fundraiser: McTeacher night at North Liberty McDonald’s 5-7, bring $5 cash to buy a sheet of coupons worth over $20, the school keeps 100% of the coupon proceeds!
  • Mar 3 - 13: PE fundraiser (see details above)
  • Mar 16 - 20 NO SCHOOL for Spring Break
  • Mar 30 - April 3 School of the Wild for 6th grade
  • April 23 Kindergarten Round-up
  • May 1 Deadline for providing parent input for next school year teacher assignments
  • May 1 & 2 Wizard of Oz Production
  • May 12 5th/6th Track & Field Day @ Liberty High
  • May 16: Penn @ Kernals game
  • May 29: Last Day of School
  • May29: 6th Grade Promotion Celebration @ 8:15 in the gym
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,