Principal's Message

March 2019

Dear Pennoyer Families:

Greetings!  As we move into 4th quarter, another year is almost in the books. Where does the time go? I know that we all are eager for warm weather to move in so that students can start enjoying consistent outdoor recess.  As a reminder, students head outdoors when the ‘feels like’ temperature is 20 degrees or above.  

With spring, comes another round of benchmark assessments for most students.  Grades 3-8 will take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (formerly PARCC) before spring break while our 8th graders just finished participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress test through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).   All students in Kdg-8th grade will take both NWEA/MAP and AimsWeb starting in the end of April.  Finally, our 5th and 8th graders are required to the take the Illinois Science Assessment.  This assessment is also through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).  

The PTC has been busy providing lots of fun activities for our students and families.  In February, they held their annual Daddy/Daughter Dance.  This event was a great evening for our girls to get dressed up and spend time dancing with their dads.   Later this month, the moms and sons have their turn enjoying an afternoon watching a Wolves Hockey game.  And as always, the students have enjoyed a few PTC pizza lunches.  Thank you to all the volunteers who make these events possible.  

In closing, I’d like to remind parents of the importance of following safe driving practices during drop off and pick up times.   As everyone knows, traffic during these times can be extremely challenging.  I ask all family members who either pick up or drop off to remember that the safety of all our students is our top priority.  Please do not drop off students on Foster Avenue and follow all traffic laws when on school grounds.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 708-456-9094 or


Mrs. Gina Sierra