the PENN NEWSLETTER

4/19/2019

PENN PRIDE: we have. we are.

WE ARE ALL LEARNING

Students: 5th and 6th graders are running, jumping and throwing in preparation for the District 5th & 6th Grade Track Meet. The meet will be at West High on May 13. It begins at noon.


We had a fire drill today. This is such an important thing for us to practice because it teaches kids how to respond specifically to a fire situation, but the practice would apply also to any situation that requires us to leave the building quickly.


Staff: Yesterday afternoon we had all hands on deck for Kindergarten Round-Up.

CAUTION around road construction

Spring is in the air and that brings a lot of road construction, but especially this year at the Front/Penn intersection where the four way stop is becoming a roundabout.


We reached out to the city of North Liberty this week and received this helpful information with options for navigating through that area.

A temporary sidewalk is being installed on the northwest corner of the Front/Penn site to connect the current sidewalks along Front and Penn streets.

For parents who want to avoid the site entirely, we have a map of open trail and sidewalks online which might help, available here: https://northlibertyiowa.org/2019/03/15/penn-and-front-street-improvements-detours-and-parking-changes-start-in-march/.

For kids traveling around the construction, the designated crossing of Front Street is at Jefferson Street, and of Penn Street it is at Stewart Street. Unfortunately, either detour might add distance the student’s route, but a few extra steps are worth their safety. Please stress to your children to only cross at Jefferson Street or Stewart Street.

And for everyone driving, please stay extra alert for children!

The good news is that while we’re dealing with this in the spring, we expect the sidewalks and trails to be reopened ahead of the next school year and Christine Grant Elementary.

You're Invited to: Tell Your Story event

Mark your calendars for Friday, May 3rd from 5:30-7:00 for Penn’s Tell Your Story Night. One focus of this year at Penn has been learning about each other’s stories and traditions. There will be student displays, presentations, and some tasty tidbits. This night is a celebration of each student's story. What each of us brings to the Penn family is an important part of who were are as a PRIDE. We hope to see you there!

LAST DAY of SCHOOL

The last day of school will be May 31. This is just a half day of school and we'll dismiss at 10:55.

8:15 - 6th grade Celebration in the gym. Parents and special guests are invited

9 - 10:30 Fun Activities on the playground. Families are welcome.

10:30 - 10:55 Students will return to their classrooms for a closing activity with their teacher and classmates. Parents may wait outside (weather permitting) for dismissal.

CRANDIC race

The 2nd annual CRANDIC race on Sunday, April 28th. The race has a full marathon and half marathon, with the full marathon beginning in Iowa City at Lower City Park and ending in Cedar Rapids at Czech Village. The half marathon will be completely run in Linn County this year. All proceeds from this race will be split between the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids school districts. More information on the race can be found here: www.runcrandic.com.


Penn will be a cheer site. Bring your family and join the fun as we urge on the runners Sunday, April 28 with runners estimated to be at Penn between 7-8:40 am.
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"Pay to Ride" Bus Option

If you live less than 2 miles from Penn you will not be routed for bus transportation. However, you can fill out the attached “Pay to Ride” form to apply for busing.

If there is room on the bus, the District can provide a bus for your student through the “Pay to Ride” program.

  • If your family is on free lunch, there is NO CHARGE!

  • If your family is on reduced lunch, the fee is $260 per student per year.

  • If your family is NOT eligible for free or reduced lunch, the fee is $438 per student per year.

Please know that seats on the bus will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. So please get your application in as soon as possible!

The deadline to apply is June 3rd. Please use this link: https://www.iowacityschools.org/Page/17325 to access the application form.


The application can be turned into Penn no later than May 31st.


If you have questions or need help with the form, please contact the office at 688-1150.

Info from ICCSD

  • Attendance Zones

    The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors approved new elementary attendance areas for the 2019-20 school year. The new boundaries were approved during their November 27 board meeting. The updated maps can be found on the District website at the following link: www.IowaCitySchools.org/DistrictMaps. In addition, the District’s Attendance Area Look-Up links have been updated to reflect the approved boundary changes. The Attendance Area Look-Up links provide school information specific for your home address. The links can be found on the District website at the following link: www.IowaCitySchools.org/AttendanceAreaLookUp. Junior high and high school students may also be impacted by these changes. Please be sure to check the Attendance Area Look-Up link above to determine if changes to the elementary boundaries have affected your student.

  • Elementary Roadmap - Please be sure to regularly check the timeline of events over the remainder of the year. This can be found here.

Info for Future Grant Grizzlies

Christine Grant Elementary Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ChristineGrantGrizzlies

Looking Ahead


  • Friday, May 3: TELL YOUR STORY community event, 5:30 - 7:00
  • Tuesday, May 7: PTO in the Library @ 7pm
  • Monday, May 13: 5th & 6th grade Track & Field at West High, approx. noon
  • Music Informances Wednesday, May 15- Penn Gym

    8:30 AM 3rd Grade

    9:00 AM 2nd Grade

    10:00 AM 5th Grade

    10:30 AM 4th Grade

  • May 31: Last Day of School

8:15 6th grade Celebration
9:00 - 10:30 Fun on the playground, families welcome

10:55 Dismissal