the PENN NEWSLETTER

9/7/18

PENN PRIDE: we have. we are.

A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS

Students are settling in with their peers and teachers. Expectations and routines are being established. We do this to protect our learning environment. These routines and expectations are the "track that learning runs on".


Staff: During the early-out this week, classroom and special education teachers collaborated to ensure that every student's experience in the classroom is as rich and meaningful as possible.

Behavior Reports

Remember the dreaded behavior reports on duplicate paper? We have done away with that format! We heard from parents that you'd prefer a more personal communication. So, this year, information about behavior problems will come to you directly through a phone call or email. This year, if your child has a behavior challenge, someone will be calling you. Teachers will call about minor behavior challenges and Mrs. Heffner (principal) or Jess (School Facilitator) will call for major behavior challenges. We'll fill you in on details of the incident and then we'll talk about next steps. We're looking forward to this closer partnership for addressing challenges. Thanks for your support.

From our Penn PTO:

We invite you to attend PTO meetings to meet other parents and staff, help make decisions that positively affect our students, and learn about resources in our school and district. Child care is provided during meetings for toilet trained children.


Please note that most meetings are the first Tuesday of each month however our September meeting is the 2nd Tuesday due to the Labor Day holiday and other school conflicts.


2018-2019 Penn PTO meeting schedule

Sept. 11 - 7pm

Oct. 2 - 7pm

Nov. 6 - 7pm

Dec. 4 - 7pm

Jan. - TBA

Feb. 5 - 7pm

Mar. 5 - 7pm

Apr. 2 - 7pm

May 7 - 7pm

PTO Fundraising

Our first Penn PTO fundraiser, Red Wheel Catalog sales, will began this week. Information was sent home with your student. Sales will go through September 18th.

Items will be at Penn for pick-up November 1st.


There is also a direct donation option for those who wish to participate in that instead.

Healthy Snacks!

Some reminders about the the district wellness policy. You can read the policy and administrative guidelines at: https://www.iowacityschools.org/Page/1167



You can see the list(s) of examples of foods that are acceptable to share with other students for classroom celebrations or classroom snacks at: https://www.iowacityschools.org/Page/1165


A few things to remember:
1. All foods that are brought for classroom snacks, classroom celebrations, etc. must meet the Smart Snack Guidelines.
2. No home-baked foods for classroom celebrations or classroom snacks (to prevent exposure to food allergens).

Looking Ahead


  • Sept 11: PTO at 7pm in the library. EVERYONE is welcome.
  • Sept 25: Fall Pictures