Penn Pride: We have. We are. Together.

Together ... we run.

Today we had an "olympic style torch run" to raise awareness for the huge Run for the Schools fundraiser this weekend. See details below about how to still get involved.

The torch began at Wickham. Wickham students ran to North Central, North Central students ran to Van Allen, Van Allen students ran to Garner, Garner students ran to Grant, Grant students ran to us at Penn. We all went out to cheer on the runners! Then our Penn runners took off to meet students running from Liberty High School.

7 schools, many students, but just 1 community running together.

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Run for the Schools

We're looking forward to having our own Olympic style torch run on Friday morning, October 25 before the actual run on Sunday. Some students at Wickham will start with the torch and hand it off to runners from North Central, who will then carry it on to VanAllen, who will take it to Garner, who will take it to Grant, who will bring it to Penn. All our Penn students will line the sidewalk out front to see the passing of the torch, and then a few students will carry it on to meet runners from Liberty.

Run for the Schools 2019 is Sunday, October 27!

Walk, run, or volunteer in this family-friendly event that raises money for our schools with half mile, mile, 5K, 10K and half marathon options. Early bird pricing and T-shirt registration deadline is October 11! Register, Volunteer, or Donate today! For more information, go to

Support Girls on the Run as they impact our community

Our Girls On The Run team has decided to host a sale (baked goods, drinks, and pet toys!) to benefit the IC Animal Shelter as their Community Impact Project. Check it out on Friday in front of the school, 3:00 - 4:15pm.

McTeacher Night at McDonalds: Tuesday, October 29th 5-7pm

Eating at McDonalds on Tuesday, October 29th from 5-7pm is an easy way to help our PTO raise money for our school. McDonalds gives a percentage of all sales during that two hours. The homeroom teacher with the most students attending will also win $100 to spend on their classroom. Drive thru counts too!

HALLOWEEN Parade and Parties

We will celebrate Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The whole school will be on parade at 1:20 pm. We'll be outside on the playground if weather permits or through the gym if it is raining or temps are below 40 degrees. Parents are welcome to come to watch, but we do want you to know that this is a very brief event.

Teachers will provide more specific info about their classroom parties.

Each classroom teacher will plan their party at a time convenient for their classroom.

All students are welcome to bring a costume for the parade, but no one has to dress up. Students will stay in costumes after the parade.

Parents who wish to take their student home after the parade must communicate with the classroom teacher.

Please remember: dressing up is fun. Let's keep it fun. No weapons, not even play weapons, are allowed as part of costumes.

Parents, if you would prefer for your child to not participate in a classroom party or the parade, that's ok. Please notify the classroom teacher by email so we can be sure to respect your wishes.

Order Penn Spirit Wear

Penn spirit wear included in the newsletter. Orders are due October 23rd and there are lots of new items are available. Could we also have this sent to all the teachers they can order if wish.

Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences

We are looking forward to parent-teacher conferences! And I know many of you are eager to get your times scheduled. Here is the link for the sign up page: PT Conferences

Picture Retakes: November 13

No AM Preschool on Nov. 14

SAVE the DATE .... info about Music Performances

Kindergarten: December 20 at 8:30 Concert and winter sing-along

1st grade: Wednesday, March 25 2:00

2nd grade: Wednesday, March 25 2:20

3rd, 4th and 5th grades: May 13, Wednesday 8:30 AM

6th graders will perform at their last day of school celebration

Looking Ahead

  • Pick up your PTO fundraiser items, October 29, 3:15-5:30
  • McTeacher night at McDonalds, October 29, 5-7pm
  • Halloween Parade: Thursday, Oct. 31, 1:20 - 1:40pm
  • Family Movie Night in the gym, Nov. 8, 7:00pm
  • Parent Teacher Conferences: Nov. 14, 2:10pm - 7:10pm
  • Parent Teacher Conferences: Nov. 19, 7:40am - 7:10pm (No School)
  • NO SCHOOL: Nov. 27, 28, 29
  • Penn Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A (4-8pm) and Barnes & Noble (4 - 7pm): Dec. 5
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