PENN PRIDE: we have. we are.

We are ALL learning!


Our first and second grade students had an amazing author visit this week. They have been studying the work of Bryan Collier the past six weeks in the library. Bryan has won four Caldecott honor awards and many Coretta Scott King awards for his books. He read from his work, shared some original collage artwork for his books, and talked about following your dreams. Ask you students about dream walking, a concept Bryan touched on throughout his presentation. Thanks to Hill's Bank and the ICCSD Foundation for helping to sponsor this visit!

Many classes celebrated National STEM/STEAM Day with unique learning opportunities. Of course, for the kids these activities seemed a lot like really fun play.


Teachers have spent a lot of time preparing for their conversation with you at Parent Teacher Conferences. These conversations are so important for building a tight partnership between home and school. Please be sure to come to your conference ... you'll get to hear about your child and also share your questions and insights.

Sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences

Please use this link to reserve your time for your child's parent teacher conference:

We do strive to have 100% of students represented at conferences ... kids love to know their favorite people (parents and teachers) are talking about them.

LAST CHANCE to Purchase your Penn Spirit Apparel

The online store will be open through this Sunday, Nov. 11:

McDonald's McTeacher Night

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 5pm

675 Pacha Parkway

North Liberty, IA

PTO Fundraiser: 5-7pm on November 13.

HERE are all the details.

Original Works fundraiser

We have teamed up with Original Works again this year to offer a very special offer. Your student has created a very special artwork for this project in art class with Mrs. Goeken! Through this program, you will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of professionally made products featuring your child's very own artwork.

The customized letter was sent home this week! Simply follow the instructions on this letter to place your order online. Your orders will be due by November 20 and prodcuts will arrive by the beginning of December. They make excellent gifts for friends and family! This is always a great fundraiser for the Penn PTO!

Please contact Jill Schroeder ( if you have questions.

Batteries for Bucks

This is a new and practical fundraiser. "Batteries for Bucks" lets you buy your batteries through the school. All the information is provided on the packet that was sent home earlier this week. These orders are due by November 26th with an expected delivery to students on December 10th (before the holidays).

Brrrr ......

It's getting COLD. Students go out for recess unless the windchill is below zero. It's time to get that winter gear out if you haven't already :)

Facts about Head Lice

As we enter the season of winter and HATS, this is important information.

Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene and they do not transmit disease, anyone can get them. The spread of lice from one child to another can occur during direct head to head contact or by sharing personal items such a combs, brushes, or caps. Lice do not jump, fly, or swim. They are, however, good crawlers. The Iowa Department of Public Health advises parents to check your child’s head for lice and/or nits (eggs) weekly. Mature lice which are not bigger than a sesame seed avoid light and can be difficult to see. Lice eggs or “nits” are usually found close to the scalp-usually within ¼ inch. They appear as tiny whitish ovals that are “glued” to the hair shaft. Unlike dandruff, they cannot be easily removed from the hair shaft.

With winter just around the corner also comes coats, hats, and gloves. Please remind your students not to share these items with friends.

You can find additional information on the Iowa City Community School District website:

Interpreters Needed

The Iowa City Community School District is looking to hire interpreters and translators to facilitate communication between families and staff on an occasional basis. There is a great need for French and/or Arabic interpreters and translators, but individuals who have expertise in other languages are also encouraged to apply. Individuals must have proficient oral and/or written skills in English as well as the target language. Please apply online at or contact the school district office at 319-688-1000 with questions.

Info for Future Grant Grizzlies

Christine Grant Elementary Facebook site:

Looking Ahead

  • Nov. 16: NO SCHOOL for PT conferences, 7:40 - 3:40
  • Nov. 21, 22, 23: NO SCHOOL for Thanksgiving