PRIDE info

~ for all the adults connected to our Penn Panthers

NO SCHOOL on Monday 5/30/2022

5-27-2022

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SHINE AWARD for Mr. Butler

Mr. Butler is greatly appreciated for his kindness, patience and humor.

Last Day of School

Our last day of school is Wednesday, June 1.


6th Grade Celebration/Promotion

8:15 in the gym with admittance beginning at 8am.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate this milestone.

Plan on about an hour for our brief program and the opportunity to take pictures.


PICNIC and outside fun

All parents (and younger siblings) are welcome to join us for an afternoon of fun.

You will not need to check in at the office, but should just meet your child on the playground.


11:45 - 12:15 Picnic on the playground. School sack lunches will be available for students. Or you may bring lunch for you and your child.

12:15-1:30 Outdoor Activities, but mostly like a big, extended recess

At 1:30 students will return to their classrooms with their teachers. This is a special time for each classroom community to close their year together. Parents may wait outside for dismissal.

1:55 Dismissal (*early-out)

NCJH BOOST PROGRAM

Hello Parents!

We hope this message finds you well as we wrap up a great school year. For planning purposes, we are already starting to think about getting students acclimated for the 2022-2023 school year. Because of this, we are excited to announce our Summer Boost Program!

The Summer Boost Program is for any incoming 7th or 8th graders who express interest. The Summer Boost Program is run by members of the North Central faculty and staff. The purpose of the Boost program is to provide students an intensive orientation experience including:

  • Math and literacy/language arts instruction

  • Opportunities to meet and build community with North Central students and staff.

  • Learning about the resources and opportunities available at North Central

  • Chances to tour the building and practice navigating from place to place

  • Learning North Central’s community/PBIS expectations (academic and social)

Here are the logistical details:

North Central Summer Boost Program

Dates: July 25-August 4, Monday-Thursday, NO FRIDAY meetings (8 total days)

Times: 9:00am-12:00pm

Meals: Snacks will be provided for students during Boost.

Transportation: No bus transportation is available

  • If transportation is a barrier and you would like your child to participate, PLEASE contact us and we will do what we can to accommodate your needs.

Please use this link to register your child for North Central’s Summer Boost Program. If you have any questions please contact: Colby Miller, Principal, at 319-688-1210, miller.colby@iowacityschools.org

Thank you,

Colby Miller

Principal

North Central Junior High


REGISTRATION for 22-23 is open!

Dear Families,

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open! While we wrap up the final days of May, we encourage you to take this early opportunity to register your students for the next school year.

As a reminder, all families are required to register their students in Infinite Campus through the process known as Online Registration for the 2022-2023 school year. Please use the link below to register your child(ren). Remember to select the school year “22-23” to register for next year.

Registration instructions for returning families to the District

Families who need assistance with the registration process may attend on-site registration at their home school. Please see the schedule for on-site registration below (junior high and high school registration times will be released by individual schools as the date gets closer):

On-Site Registration Schedule

  • Elementary School On-Site Registration
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Junior High and High School New-to-District Student Registration
    August 8, 2022
  • Returning 7th and 8th Grade Student Registration
    (North Central Junior High and Northwest Junior High)
    August 11, 2022
  • High School Returning Student Registration
    August 11, 2022 and August 12, 2022
  • Returning 7th and 8th Grade Student Registration
    (South East Junior High)
    August 12, 2022

If you are planning to attend on-site registration, please prepare by bringing the following items with you. If you do not have the needed documentation, please come to on-site registration and we will assist you.

  • Verification of your child’s birth date (examples: a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport); required for new students only. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.
  • Child's immunization records (see Immunization Requirements)
  • Proof of residency (examples: a lease/rental agreement or utility bill); only required for returning students when changing schools or if you have moved.

We thank you for taking the time to register your students early as it helps greatly with our staffing efforts over the summer. Please make the most of the remaining days of this school year and have a safe and enjoyable summer!

School Meals Update

Dear Families and Staff,

We would like to share information with you regarding meal costs for the 2022-23 school year. Unfortunately, the government-funded free meal program for all students that was established during the COVID-19 pandemic will come to an end at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year. This means that there will now be a cost associated with school meals for all families who do not meet the Free & Reduced Meal requirements when school begins next fall.

We understand this change may cause concern; however, there are important steps you can take today to make sure your student receives the meals they need next year.

  1. Complete an application for Free & Reduced Meals. If your student qualifies for free or reduced meals, they can still receive them next year, but you must take action to make it happen. The 2022-2023 online application will be available on our District’s website after July 1, 2022, at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict. Even if you completed the 2021-2022 application, you will still need to complete the 2022-2023 application as well. If you need assistance completing this form, please contact the Nutrition Services Department at (319) 688-1021.

  2. Families that do not qualify for free or reduced meals can begin depositing money into their student’s meal account by logging into MySchoolBucks.com to prepare for the cost of school lunches next year. Information on meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year can be found at www.iowacityschools.org/MealPrices. If you have questions about adding money to your student’s account or if you need assistance accessing MySchoolBucks, please contact the Nutrition Services Department at (319) 688-1021.

Our District will make summer meals available for all children without charge. Meals will be provided, on a first-come, first-serve basis, at the site and times as follows:

WHAT: Morning Snack
WHERE: Wetherby Park
WHEN: June 13th - July 1st AND July 11th - August 5th
TIME: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Monday through Friday

Thank you for your attention to this upcoming change. We remain dedicated to ensuring that all students have access to school meals and we will provide the necessary assistance to make that possible. Please have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Sincerely,

Alison Demory
Director of Nutrition Services
Iowa City Community School District

SCHOOL SUPPLY PACKS

I know it is early to think about school supplies for NEXT year, but our PTO is on it. Check this out:


Dear Penn Families,

The Penn Elementary PTO is excited to announce that we are again partnering with Educational Products Inc. to offer School Supply Packs for Fall 2022. School supply packs are an easier and less-expensive option for you to purchase school supplies, and lets you avoid having to shop in person.

The packs include brand-name items: Crayola, Elmer's, and Fiskars, and include exactly what's on your child's school supply list. Even better, the packs will be ready and waiting in your child's classroom at Ice Cream Social (August 18). Here is a brief introduction to the company and supplies: https://youtu.be/1KF8JE0sKg8.

We believe you'll find the pricing to be outstanding; these supply packs cost up to 40% less. In addition, it's a great way to support your PTO!

Kindergarten supply pack: $43.26 each (sales tax added at purchase)

Grades 1-6 supply pack: $45.65 each (sales tax added at purchase)

Ordering is now open. To place your order please visit https://www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks/ and enter school ID# PEN032.

The deadline for ordering is June 12, 2022.

Questions? Contact the PTO supply pack coordinator, Pauline Wieland, at februarygirl28@yahoo.com or text 319-321-0271.

Thank you!

Penn Elementary PTO

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Dreambox and Lexia

Students will continue to have free access to Dreambox (math) and Lexia (reading) throughout the summer. These programs are great resources for ongoing practice for your kiddos.

Summer Reading Programs

The ICCSD librarians have created a summer reading Smore newsletter that is full of information to keep your students reading all summer. It contains links to the North Liberty, Iowa City, and Coralville summer reading programs. It also contains reading suggestion lists, eBook options, and links to the Barnes and Noble and the Cedar Rapids Kernel summer reading programs.

Summer Reading Smore 2022

Happy reading!

Mrs. Priske, Teacher Librarian at Penn Elementary

Class Link Quick Card is replacing Clever Badges

Starting June 2nd, the District will migrate from using Clever Badges to ClassLink Quickcards as the primary Chromebook K-2 login method. Your student has been provided a new Quickcard and on June 2nd, will need to use the new QuickCard to log in instead of the Clever Badge. If for any reason your student is not able to login over the summer the Help Desk will be available by phone 319-688-1000 ext 4357, email at helpdesk@iowacityschools.org, or by live chat at https://innovation.iowacityschools.org/.


Your child's Class Link Quick Card will be in the envelope with your child's End of the Year Report.

Pay-to-Ride info

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Iowa City Community School District Transportation Department would like to notify you of the 2022-23 Pay-to-Ride Program. The Pay-to-Ride Program is available to families that do not qualify for mandatory transportation as required by the State of Iowa. The District provides transportation as required by the State of Iowa.

Iowa Code 285.1.a. The Board of Directors in every school district shall provide transportation, either directly or by reimbursement for transportation, for all resident pupils attending public school, kindergarten through twelfth grade, except that:

  1. Elementary pupils shall be entitled to transportation only if they live more than two miles from the school designated for attendance.
  2. High school pupils shall be entitled to transportation only if they live more than three miles from the school designated for attendance.

When measuring the distance to determine eligibility for transportation, the distance shall be measured by using the shortest distance on public roads only. In general, school buses do not travel on private roads/lanes or in private subdivisions. Distance is measured from the student's driveway to the assigned attendance point of entrance.

If you have any questions, before applying, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at Davis.Esme@iowacityschools.org.

The Pay-to-Ride Program details are listed below:

  • The program is provided on a space-available, time-available, first-come, first-served basis. Participation is limited according to capacity as determined by the District and is available to students in grades K-12.
  • The program is only available on existing bus routes and at existing stops. No additional routes and or stops will be considered for pay-to-ride students after the deadline.
  • Buses provided specifically for special education students are not eligible for this program.
  • Bus stop locations and times are assigned by North America Central School Bus (NACSB).
  • Availability of seats and location of bus stops is subject to change based on changes in enrollment, boundaries, and other factors determined by the District or North America Central School Bus and can occur at any time. When changes to routes or stops occur, families utilizing pay-to-ride busing will be notified at the same time that the families of eligible students are notified.
  • Students must be picked up and dropped off at their assigned location only. Pick-up and drop-off must be at the same location.
  • Requests for a change in a student’s bus stop will only be honored if the student’s address has changed.
  • No guest students will be allowed to ride along with pay-to-ride students.
  • All students riding the bus are subject to the rules and regulations of conduct and safety established by the District and NACSB. The District and NACSB use video cameras on school buses as a means to maintain a safe environment for students and staff.
  • Refunds will be granted for any unused full trimester purchased for the current school year.
  • No refunds or rate adjustments will be made for days buses cannot operate because of weather or other circumstances beyond the control of NACSB or the District.
  • Payments can be made online via the District’s website. A fee is charged on a per-year basis.

Payment and Fees for Service

  • Pay-to-Ride fee is:
    • $575 per student, per year, round trip
    • $345 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for reduced-price lunch
    • $0 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for free lunch
  • Full payments must be made no later than June 9, 2022, to be included on a bus roster for the start of the school year.
  • Applications will be accepted after the due date while capacity remains on existing routes. (Note: Students will only be assigned to existing bus stops and routes; buses will not be re-routed to accommodate requests.)
  • Students are not eligible to ride until payment is received and the application is approved.

Application Process

  1. To apply for pay-to-ride busing, please download the following form:
    Pay-to-Ride Student Transportation Application: 2022-2023 Pay-to-Ride Application
  2. Payment can only be made online: https://www.myschoolbucks.com
  3. Mail or bring your application and receipt, from MySchoolBucks to the following address:
    Iowa City Community School District
    Transportation Department
    1725 N Dodge Street
    Iowa City, IA 52245

If you are interested in participating in the Pay-to-Ride Program, please return the application and payment no later than June 9, 2022, to be considered for a bus roster for the start of the school year.

Sincerely,

Esme Davis
Transportation Manager
Iowa City Community School District

Please help us get the word out: Registration for incoming Kindergartners

Parents can still register their incoming Kindergarteners!

Requirements at registration:

  1. Verification of your child’s birth date [Examples include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport. For additional options, please contact the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.]
  2. Child’s immunization records
  3. Proof of residency [Examples include a lease/rental agreement or utility bill.]

Please note, registration may take up to 45 minutes.


Please call the Penn office to schedule a time to register. 319-688-1150


It is critical to get every eligible child actually registered because staffing assignments are based on this registration.

Preschool Registration

The Iowa City Community School District offers preschool opportunities for children who turn four years old on or before September 15, 2022.

As part of the State-Wide Voluntary Preschool Program, we offer free half-day preschool at many of our elementary schools.

Our preschool program offerings include; morning and afternoon sessions at a variety of locations in our District. We strive to offer flexibility by offering two session times and many different locations, to best meet the needs of our families and students.

  • Morning Programs: M-F; 7:55-10:45

  • Afternoon Programs: M, T, W, F 12:00-2:55 pm (no Thursday afternoon)


Preschool applications for the 2022-23 school year will open on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at NOON. Please visit our website (www.IowaCitySchools.org/Preschool) for more information about Iowa City Community School District’s preschool program and application process.

ATTENTION ALL 6th GRADE PARENTS

REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR INCOMING 7th GRADERS

  • Two more vaccines are required for students entering 7th grade: a meningococcal vaccine (MCV) and a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis booster (Tdap)

  • Students are NOT allowed to start 7th grade in the fall without documentation of MCV vaccine according to Iowa law.

Please check your child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they have received the Tdap booster and meningococcal vaccines (MCV) and make an appointment if needed.


  • These can be completed during their regular health exam, or during their sports physical (which will also be required for all athletes!)

  • Johnson County Public Health provides immunizations and can be reached at 319-356-6045.

  • If your child does not have insurance, please reach out to the Healthy Kids Clinic. Call or text 319-631-3204 to make an appointment.

  • If you have any questions, please contact the NCJH school nurse: philipp.christel@iowacityschools.org

Looking Ahead

May 30: NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

June 1: 6th grade Celebration, 8:15 in the Penn gym

June 1: Last Day of School with early out at 1:55

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The Department of Equity helps the Iowa City Community School District fulfill our commitment and obligation not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or socioeconomic status in our educational programs, activities, or employment practices. We help to keep students, parents, and District staff informed about their civil rights and responsibilities under the law.

Please direct any equity-related questions to Eric Howard Director of Equity and Human Relations howard.eric@iowacityschools.org.