the PENN NEWSLETTER

8/2/19

Happy Summer

I hope you all are enjoying summer! It is July already! The custodians have been cleaning up a storm and the building is looking very bright and shine-y. Many teachers and paras have extended their learning this summer by attending some days of training and working together to plan for the fall. We are having fun getting ready for your children!



This newsletter contains some basic info that will hopefully answer a lot of questions, but do feel free to call or email me with any questions. (heffner.kristy@iowacityschools.org or 319-688-1150). I am in and out of the office over the summer, so be sure to leave a message and I'll get back to you.


~ Mrs. Heffner


ps. please note the change in arrival time for most students: 7:45. See below for more details.

New Student Registration

August 5

The Penn Office will be open from 8am - 6 pm on August 5th.

The process will probably take about 30 minutes.

Children do not need to attend.


New Student Registration is specifically for people new to the district or new to Penn.

However, if you are new to Penn due to boundary changes (from Lincoln and Wickham) you do not need to attend.

Parents with kindergartners do not need to attend IF you registered in the spring.


Do you know someone (with children) new to the area? We need to know. Encourage them to call Penn. They may have to leave a message, but Mrs. Heffner will call them back.

PowerSchool and E-Registration Update

Please be watching for notification about updating your e-registration in PowerSchool. This usually happens about the third week of July. When you get the notice, please do the update right away. Our district uses this information to determine staffing at each building, so it is critical to get this done as soon as possible.


E-registration guides can be found on our district site here.

A few things to note:

  • E-registration must be completed each year for each student
  • You must use the Powerschool website. e-registration is not available on the mobile app.
  • You can use the link on our homepage or click here.
  • If you need help remembering your parent username please call Penn's secretary, Becky Recker, at 319-688-1150 (you may leave a message) or email recker.becky@iowacityschools.org
  • Remember, e-registration is not complete until you see the green check mark by each student's name on the final page :)


**** Please note, that after you update your e-registration in PowerSchool, you may see your student assigned to a teacher. This is our preliminary plan, but is subject to change. Please plan to attend the Ice Cream Social to confirm your child's classroom assignment.

School Times AND Arrival/Dismissal

The first day of school is Friday , August 23rd.

Elementary school hours are 7:55am-2:55pm, with each Thursday dismissing an hour early at 1:55pm.

Additionally, the first day of school will be early dismissal at 1:55pm.


Arrival

At 7:45, all students may enter the building and go to their classrooms. Students not eating breakfast should not arrive until 7:45 as there will be no supervision available. Breakfast will begin at 7:30. Students should use the south doors to enter for breakfast.


School begins at 7:55. (A student is late if he/she is not in his/her classroom by 7:55)


Parents may walk their children into their classrooms on the first 4 days of school. Beginning on Thursday, August 29 students will enter independently. We will have 6th grade ambassadors at the front doors to help younger students find their way.

Parents, you may always walk your child in to the building, but you'll need to park your car and come to the office to register as a visitor before taking your child to the classroom.


Dismissal

We will have 2 after school car lines.

The car line in front of the building is for kindergartners, first graders and their siblings.

All students in grades 3 - 6, may be picked up in the north carline (between the school and the park).


There will be more information about our car line in August, but for planning purposes we want to share that the earliest children may arrive is 7:45 am (unless they are eating breakfast). Also, students should have an after school plan for where they go or to be picked up immediately after dismissal.


BUS LANE: the south parking lot is reserved for our buses and day care vans. Please do not use this lot.


Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

PRESCHOOL First Days

First day for morning preschool class is August 29.

First day for afternoon preschool class is August 30

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Penn Elementary School Supply List 2019-2020


Kindergarten

 2 Washable Crayola Packs Thick Classic Markers

 4 Crayola Crayons, 24 Count

 1 Washable Crayola Fine Tip Classic Mrkrs 8 Count

 1 Fiskar Scissors (Plain Color)

 1 Pocket Folder (Any Color)

 Crayola Washable 16 Count Watercolors

 Elmer’s Washable Glue, 4 oz Bottle

 12 Elmer’s Glue Sticks (small)

 24 #2 Pencils (Yellow Only, No Designs Please)

 2 Boxes of Tissue

 1 Dry Erase Marker

 3 Spiral Notebooks

 1 Beach/Bath Towel


1st Grade (Please do not label supplies)

 Washable Crayola thick classic markers

 3 Dry Erase Marker

 1 Crayola Crayons 24 Ct

 1 Blue Plastic Folder

 1 Red Plastic Folder

 1 Purple Plastic Folder

 1 1” 3 Ring Hardcover Binder

 1 Plastic Pencil Box

 4 Elmer’s Glue Stick (small)

 5” Fiskar Scissors

 1 Box of Tissue

 1 Bevel eraser

 36 #2 pencils

 1 Spiral Notebook, Wide Rule Single Subject

 2 Black Sharpies


2nd Grade

 1 Washable Crayola Thick Classic Markers

 1 Crayola Crayons, 24 count

 1 Crayola Colored Pencils, 12 count

 1 Red Pocket & Brad Folder

 1 Blue Pocket & Brad Folder

 1 Student’s Choice Fun Folder

 8 Elmer’s Glue Sticks (small)  5” Fiskar Scissors

 3 Boxes of Tissue

 1 Bevel eraser

 36 #2 Pencils

 2 Dry Erase Markers

 1/16” Plastic Ruler, Standard & Metric, 12”

 2 Wide Rule Spiral Notebook

 1 1 ½” Binder

 1 Pkg Pencil Top Erasers

 1 Plastic Pencil Box

 2 Black Sharpies


3rd Grade

 1 Washable Crayola Thick Classic Mrkrs

 1 Crayola Crayons, 24 Count

 1 Crayola Colored Pencils, 12 Count

 2 Elmer’s Glue Stick

 2 Spiral Wide Rule Notebooks

 1 Wide Rule Filler Paper

 2 Red Pocket Plastic Folders

 Pocket folders, 1 each of: Blue, Green, Purple

 5” Fiskar Scissors  2 Boxes of Tissue

 36 #2 Pencils Sharpened

 2 Dry Erase Marker

 2 Pens

 1 1/16” Plastic Ruler Std & Metric 12”

 1 1” Binder

 1 Pencil Box

 1 Ear Buds and/or Headphones

 2 Black Sharpies


4th Grade

 1 Washable Crayola Pack Thick Mrkrs

 1 Crayola Colored Pencils, 12 Count

 5 Spiral Wide Rule Notebooks

 2 Wide Rule Filler Paper

 3 Pocket & Brad Folders

 4 Assorted Pocket Folders

 1 Elmer’s Glue Stick (small)

 5” Fiskar scissors

 2 Boxes of Tissue

 36 #2 Pencils

 1 Medium Red Pen

 1 Dry Erase Marker

 1 1/16” Plastic Ruler Std & Metric 12”

 1 1” Binder

 1 Pencil box

 1 Scotch Transparent Tape, ½”x450”

 1 Hand Held Pencil Sharpener

 1 Ear Buds and/or Headsphones

 2 Black Sharpies


5th Grade

 1 Washable Crayola Pack 8 Count Thick Mrkrs

 1 Crayola Colored Pencils, 8 Count

 2 Elmer’s Glue Sticks

 4 Assorted Pocket & Brad Folders

 3 Assorted Pocket Only Folders

 5 Spiral Wide Rule Notebooks

 2 Wide Rule Filler Paper

 5” Fiskar scissors

 2 Red Medium Pens

 1 Box of Tissue

 36 #2 Pencils

 1 Dry Erase Marker

 1 1/16” Plastic Ruler Std & Metric, 12”

 2 Scotch Transparent Tape, ½”x450”

 1 ½” Binder

 1 Ear Buds and/or Headphones

 2 Black Sharpies


6th Grade

 1 Washable Crayola Thick Classic Mrkrs

 1 Crayola Colored Pencils

 2 Elmer’s Glue Sticks

 4 Assorted Pocket Only Folders

 5 Spiral College Rule Notebooks

 2 College Rule Filler Paper

 5” Fiskar Scissors

 2 Red Medium Pens

 1 Box of Tissue

 24 #2 pencils

 1 Dry Erase Marker

 1 1/16” Plastic Ruler Std & Metric 12”

 1 4 x 6 Blank Index Cards

 1 Ear Buds and/or Headphones

 2 Black Sharpies

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, Aug. 21st, 5:30-6:30pm

230 North Dubuque Street

North Liberty, IA

During Ice Cream Social you will:

· Meet your child’s teacher and see their classroom.

· Drop off school supplies.

· Pick up important handouts.

· Pay fees and lunch money.

· Fill out medication forms and drop off student medication in the office.

· E-register in our computer lab if you haven’t done so already.

· Apply online for free or reduced lunch in the computer lab if you’re interested.

· Find out information about


· Self tour the building.

· Eat ice cream and play on the playground with your Penn Panther friends!


Parking is limited, so please walk if you're able and if you do drive, please park in designated parking spaces.

SKIP the LINES: PAY FEES AND LUNCH MONEY ONLINE.

SKIP the LINES: PAY FEES AND LUNCH MONEY ONLINE.

· School Fees

Textbook Rental Fees for elementary students are $35 for each student, and students in grades 3-6 are also required to pay an additional $3 for a Student Planner. You may pay these fees at our Ice Cream Social by check, cash, or credit card. But you may also pay these online to save time! Click the link here https://iowa-city.revtrak.net/Elementary-Schools/Penn-Elementary-School/#/list to pay now. (If your family qualifies for a reduced waiver, your textbook fee is $21 and your planner is $1.80)

· School Meals

Click here to access the menu and meal pricing. (This is a new menu viewing system. Here's a "how to" guide)

You can register and make online food service payments at: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

Also, Free and Reduced Meal applications need to be submitted yearly to qualify and can be filled out online at https://www.applyforlunch.com


You will need to create an account for both of these sites if you have not already.

School-wide materials wish list

There are some supplies we use school-wide that aren't on our school supply list. These are not required items, but if you'd like to help us out, we'd appreciate it. If you bring any of these items, you can drop them off at the PTO table during the Ice Cream Social or take them to the main office once school has started. We need:


  • Ziplock bags (mostly gallon size and some sandwich size)
  • Reams of copy paper
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Extra #2 pencils
  • Extra Dry Erase markers
  • Boys and girls underpants and sweatpants, mostly smaller sizes. New or gently used items appreciated.

Looking Ahead

  • Aug 21: Ice Cream Social, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Aug 23: First day! Classes begin at 7:55 and Early dismissal at 1:55pm
  • Aug 29: First day of morning preschool
  • Aug 30: First day of afternoon preschool
  • Sept 3: No School, Labor Day