the PENN NEWSLETTER

12-15-2017

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WE'RE ALL LEARNING

STUDENTS: Kindergartners in Mrs. Dietzel's class met their PBIS goal and earned a class celebration. They chose to have a "fancy" day. Cute and fun!

TEACHERS: On Thursday we joined again for a learning opportunity with the Garner and Van Allen staffs. Our focus was on the importance of using tools to make math understanding more concrete and teaching kids to choose and use tools for problem solving.

TODAY, 12/15/2017: Deadline for ONE BOOK TWO BOOK Writing Festival

Students in grades 1 - 6 are invited to participate in the One Book Two Book writing festival which will be held in February. If your child is interested in submitting a writing piece, please use the link below for instructions. We hope to see many Penn students share their writing talents! The deadline is now December 15.

ONE BOOK TWO BOOK Info

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Neighborhood CAUTION!

We received a call today about children walking on some of the neighborhood ponds. This is very dangerous -- especially since it has not been cold enough to create solid ice. Parents, I'm sharing this for your awareness. Clearly, this isn't on school property, but we're all working together to keep children safe.

SCHOOL-WIDE HAT DAY

Focus on KINDNESS

Our focus for the month of December is: kindness.

Here are a couple of sample "kindness calendars" if you'd like to use one at home or even just for some kind ideas.


from ACTION for HAPPINESS


RANDOM ACTS of KINDNESS

Penn PTO News;

Supply Needs

The health office is need of several items to help our students. If you are able to donate these items please send them to school with your child or drop them off in the front office.

* Kleenex

* Girls sweatpants/leggings

* Boys gloves and mittens


Classroom teachers are in need of

* Clorox wipes

* dry erase markers

* gallon size baggies

* Pencils


School Supply Volunteer

To continue being able to provide the school supply service which parents can order their school supplies through each year we need someone to begin working on it now. This not a difficult job and you would be working with the current volunteer for this next ordering session. If we are unable to find someone to take this on, we will need to cut the program. Please email pennpto@gmail.com if this is something you are interested in keeping at Penn.


Thank you and have a great weekend,

Jessi Benest pennpto@gmail.com

Looking Ahead

  • Wednesday, Dec. 20, 8:15 - 8:45 am Winter sing-a-long for kindergarten and 1st graders. Parents of Kindergarten and 1st grade students are invited.
  • December 25 - January 5: Winter Break

Non-Discrimination Statement

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 Kingsley Botchway II, Director of Equity, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000, Botchway.Kingsley@iowacityschools.org.