Penn Pride: We have. We are. Together.

Penn SPRING Spirit Week

DRESS UP to SPRiNG into SPRING with Penn Spirit

Monday – Disney Day: dress up as your favorite Disney character and make a new friend because “you’ve got a friend in me”!

Tuesday – Western Day

Wednesday – PJ Day: dress up comfy

Thursday – Tacky Tourist Day

Friday – Decades Day: Wear an outfit that was worn “back in the day”.

FRIDAY, March 13: luckiest day of our whole school year

PENNcakes in the morning and Panthers Count all day

Come hungry and ready to have fun with math!

Time is running out to order a Penn YEARBOOK

Penn PTO is selling yearbooks. We are asking families to assist in our process by completing 2 steps:

1. ordering online via this google doc:

2. Please remit payment using the paper form/envelope your student brought home. All orders and payment are due on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Keeping up with PTO

Penn PTO is INCREDIBLE! Our students and staff are so well supported by this enthusiatic group. PTO meets the first Tuesday of every month in the library. Childcare is provided. Sometimes I hear parents lament or apologize for not making it to a meeting. NO WORRIES! You can come when it works for you and there are great oppotunties to be involved even if you don't make it to the meetings. The PTO has a facebook page to help keep everyone informed. Check it out and LIKE it. :)

KidSing Festival

Students from every elementary school in the district gathered at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts to make music and perform a celebration concert on Thursday, March 5. Penn was well represented! Thank you to Mrs. Paisar for providing piano accompaniment. Congrats to these Penn students:

Avery Kellen

Mira Mannheimer

Isabella Berg

Audrey Willey

Toby Schoon

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Panther Artists

Hancher Guild Youth Art Show

February 20 - March 28

Lucca Snow's picture "Turtle on a Log" was recognized for Honorable Mention.

The following students also have their art on display @ Hancher:

Olivia El Abiad, Cy O'dell, Heny Smith, Jerimiah Washoun, Luqman Khan, Sophia Artemeeva, Ellie Whisler, Payton White, Elliott Tschirren, Gavin McEleney, Emberly Harry, Vivian Kahler, Lilly Bonner and Ciara Trochesset.

These students have their work on display at @ Midwest One

Iris Upah, Emman Meidlinger, Ethan, Meidlinger, Carsten Willer, Ava Meidlinger, Hudson Karam, Hudson Buhmeyer, Keegan Burke, Skyler Summers, Sophia Cannady, Gabe Ralston, Hazel Ralston, Estelle Ralston, Claire McDowell, Miles Poolman, Arjun Hariharan, Emily Liu, James Goeken, Cristiano Pratt, Leandro Pratt, Ethan Fontanin, Sophia Artemyeva, Owen Runge, Vera Artemyeva, Dylan Groves, Cecelia Upah, Addison Maher, Addy Achenback, Sophia Goclon, Cy O'dell, MacKenzie Maher, Diego Arturo, Reyna Santara, Elin Willer, Wade Perren, Giovanna Herzig, Eva Karam, Shiloh Wong, Lena Acas, Danica Wieland-Plowman, Santos Coreas, Madden Schroeder, Enzo Pratt, Izzy Brown

Congratulations Everyone! and special thanks to Mrs. Goeken!

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From Ms. Fishman

Rollerskating has begun for 2nd - 6th graders! You may wish to have your child bring a helmet and/or elbow/knee pads.

After spring break, mileage club will start back up. There will be a sign up genius sent out from the PTO asking for parent volunteers once again to help with mileage club.

Also, after spring break, students must wear tennis shoes to PE.


During the week of March 2 – March 13, Penn is participating in an educational fundraising program called health.moves.minds. Through lessons and activities, students will learn how to take care of their mind and body, while also developing important character traits such as kindness and empathy. Teaching students these real-life skills now will have a positive impact on their physical and mental health for years to come.

Please visit our school's fundraising page and help our school earn money for new PE equipment.

Any questions please email Ms. Fishman at

Thank you and have a great day!!

Rough Riders read for Book Madness

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Congratulations and THANKS to Dana VanAbbema

Dana has been elected to serve as co-president of the District Parent Organization (DPO).

Thanks Dana for serving the whole district in this position and especially for representing North Liberty and Penn.

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.

Staying Well

We understand that there continues to be a lot of concern about Coronavirus (COVID-19). The district nurse is working closely with Johnson County Public Health (JCPH). They continue to report that the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is low. We will continue to work closely with JCPH to monitor the situation closely and have an infectious disease response plan in place if it gets to this point.

What can we do now...disease prevention and education. Prevention is similar to that of Influenza. Our basic educational message is:

  • Cover your cough
  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay home if you’re sick

Cover Your Cough: Teach students coughing and sneezing etiquette in classrooms and hang instructional posters in the school buildings. Have an ample supply of tissues available in each classroom and school area.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands after you cough or sneeze, or use hand sanitizer.

Wash Your Hands Often: Handwashing with soap and warm water is the best option. Hand sanitizers can be effective when there is no access to water, they are most effective if they have at least 60% alcohol in them. Staff is encouraged to provide time and opportunity each day for students to practice washing their hands with soap and water upon arrival at school, after coughing and/or sneezing in hands, at the beginning of the lunch line before eating, after bathroom use, and after recess.

  • Wet hands with water, apply soap and scrub hands together for at least 20 seconds.
  • Thoroughly rinse under warm running water.
  • Dry hands completely with a paper towel. Use a paper towel to turn off faucet handles and open restroom doors. If there are air dryers in the restrooms, rub hands vigorously together under the dryer until completely dry.

Stay Home if You’re Sick: A primary strategy against the spread of illness is for sick people to stay home from school. This includes students, staff and volunteers.

Join the Penn Pride for dinner and benefit our school

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.

Mosley’s North Liberty: Tuesday, APRIL 7th ALL DAY 11am-12am
125 E. Zeller Street, North Liberty

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

Calling all aspiring teachers!

The Iowa City Community School District will be hosting a Teacher Job Fair on Tuesday, March 31. We are looking to hire daily substitute teachers, long-term substitute teachers, and individuals in high need areas such as Special Education, ELL, and more. The District will also be considering applicants for the 2020–21 school year.

To participate in the event, please apply online at
Select the March Teacher Job Fair position along with any others that may be of interest to you.

As a part of the experience, candidates may have the opportunity to interview with ICCSD school and district administrators. If you have any questions related to this event or general employment, please contact Nick Proud at

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2020 Iowa State Fair Spelling Bee

2020 Iowa State Fair Spelling Bee which will be held on August 14th in the Penningroth Media Center at the Iowa State Fair.

To register or if you have questions concerning the Bee, please contact Tonya Cook at the Iowa State Fair, P.O Box 57130, Des Moines, Iowa 50317, e-mail at or by phone (515) 262-3111 Ext. 215.

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

  • 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 7: Mosley's 11am - 12am
  • April 23: Kindergarten Round-up
  • April 30, May 1 & 2: Wizard of Oz Production
  • May 1: Deadline for providing parent input for next school year teacher assignments
  • 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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