the PENN NEWSLETTER

5/15/2020

Penn Pride: We have. We are. Together.

Looking ahead to summer

It seems like time is picking up speed now that we are in the middle of May already! Wasn't it just spring break? The year of the never ending spring break. HA!

Seriously though, we only have 2 weeks of our school year left. I know for some of you, that will be a relief. This time at home may have been hard for many reasons. For some of you, you surrendered to summer already. For some of you, you are just getting a good routine going. I appreciate that each family has had the freedom to figure out what works for your situation. And, we know that the official end of the school year and a little loosening of restrictions doesn't mean that we all go on with a typical summer. Adjustments will continue to be necessary.

As you look toward summer though, I hope that you will continue to use the learning resources we've provided over the last few weeks. Maybe not with the same intensity, but keep your children reading, assign some workbook pages a couple times a week and jump onto Lexia and Dreambox .... just to keep learning continuous. I don't expect families to fill the gap of all this time out of school .... we know we're going to have to address all that lost instruction in the fall. And we will. Teachers are already planning for that.

However, summer is always a good time for some reading and math.

~ Mrs. Heffner

Retrieving Student Items from Buildings

Wednesday, May 27, 2020: from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday, May 28, 2020: from 8:00 am - 11:00 am


Homeroom teachers will pack up students' belongings.

You'll also receive: - reading and math workbooks if you have not already pick those up

- info about your child's teacher assignment for next year,

- yearbook (if you ordered one) and

- 6th grade certificates.

Please drive up to the building (staying in your car), state your child(ren)’s name, and a staff member will bring your child’s items to you.

Students do not need to be present during pick-up.


You may also drop off: library books, safety patrol belts and borrowed band/orchestra instruments.

Math Workbook HELP: BOUNCE Pages

Update on Grade 6 Additional Practice workbooks

The Pearson BouncePages app will work with these pages. It is the same app K-5 can use to support math practice at home. Use the same directions on the ICCSD Elementary Workbook page for downloading app or watch this demonstration video.


You can use the app to scan a worksheet and find an instructional video to support your child on workbook pages. There may be some inconsistency with the video selection based on how the worksheet is scanned. Here are some troubleshooting tips to use if the video does not provide direct support for the worksheet content.

  1. Rescan using the flashlight icon to make it brighter

  2. Rescan if the first video does not offer direct support with worksheet content; try to target/center a specific item so the image is not blurry

  3. Access this website to search for additional videos. Search by using one key word from the title of the worksheet or expanding sections.

Please contact your child's teacher if you are still experiencing too many difficulties with the BouncePages app. Thank you for all you are doing at home.

6th grade CELEBRATION .... different, but still worthy of notice!

Milestones are significant. I am confident that our students will have many more and even greater achievements, but at this point in their lives, finishing elementary school is a big milestone! Their biggest yet. And we're proud of them. So, even though we can't be together, we want to celebrate the conclusion of our 6th graders' elementary school careers. We began making a plan this week to do some virtual celebrating.


Every year we have 6th graders each create a personal slide about themselves and their memories from Penn. The 6th grade teachers will be sharing these instructions with student this week. Please help us by helping your student if necessary or letting Mrs. Krueger or Mr. Newell know that your child needs some help. We sure want every student to be included!

Yearbooks

The company who publishes our yearbooks had to shut down due to Covid-19, so their delivery was delayed. We do have them now and they will be distributed with your child's belongings on 5/27 or 5/28 (see above for more info). Thanks for your patience.

ICCSD INFO related to Covid-19/Corona Virus.

The most update information will be posted daily on the ICCSD web page.

This is the place to find out about free school lunches and enrichment opportunities.

Here is the link: https://www.iowacityschools.org/domain/4599


Here is the link to request technology devices and/or support for getting internet services: http://innovation.iowacityschools.org/2020/03/30/getting-tech-support-during-the-covid-19-closure/

More Enrichment Ideas from our Specials Teachers

From our School Counselors, Miss Cooley and Miss Gilmore



Contact Info

Student Check-in Form

email anytime at: cooley.kaitlyn@iowacityschools.org


Crisis Hotline - 1-855-325-4296

from our Student and Family Advocate, Jill Winders

Please know that I am here to continue to support you and your family during these challenging times. Please email me at winders.jill@iowacityschools.org or leave a message at 319-688-1154 so I can return your call.


School lunch/breakfast information:

Free school lunch information and locations


How-to guide to downloading district app:

District app How-to


Additional Community Resources:

Community Resources


Computer access:

Device Request Form


Internet access:

Home Internet Request Form

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Financial Resources to access due to COVID19 hardships:

LOOKING AHEAD

Friday, May 29 - Last Day of the School Year! We hope you'll keep using the learning resources throughout the summer though.
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, Tabor.Jeremy@iowacityschools.org.