Penniman Elementary

Important Dates

*March 20 - 1:30 p.m.

                    The Ned Show

*March 21 - 3rd Qtr.

                    Report Cards

*March 23 - SIP Day

                    Noon Dismissal

*March 28 - April 2 No School

                    Spring Break

Black History Moment

Nathaniel Adams Coles, better known as Nat King Cole, was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 17, 1919. He is most well known for his signature tune "Unforgettable" first recorded in 1951.



Math Links

Meet the Crew!

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March is Poison Prevention Month

The Illinois Poison Center is the nation’s oldest and largest poison center in the United States and the only certified poison center serving the nearly 13 million residents of Illinois. It was the first of 55 poison centers nationwide and the only poison center that is part of a hospital association.


Poison Center's free, confidential helpline (800-222-1222), you’ll reach a specially trained physician, pharmacist, nurse or other poison information specialist 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

These experienced professionals provide treatment recommendations for exposures to potentially harmful substances, including:

  • Medication reactions and errors
  • Reactions to household and healthcare products and chemicals
  • Drug overdose
  • Alcohol and drug misuse
  • Gaseous fumes
  • Insect or animal bites and stings
  • Hazardous materials

Scenes from Holiday Family Night

A Visitor from New Zealand

Mrs. Buckman's 5th grade class was honored to host Skyla, a visiting Kiwi! Is it rude to call a person the name of a flightless bird? Not if it is someone from New Zealand! The kiwi is the national symbol for New Zealand, so any New Zealander would be proud to be called a Kiwi! Did you know that a flight from St. Louis, Mo to Aukland, New Zealand (a major city on the North Island) takes 16-1/2 hours? That is a long time to sit still! Thanks, Skyla, for taking the time to stop by our school!



School-wide Community Building Activity - October 25, 2017

Young Scientists at Penniman

Ms. Chalberg and Mrs. Jones recently studied owl pellets with the young scientists in their classroom. With their safety goggles, gloves, and tools, these scientists made discoveries about the eating habits of owls. They discovered that owls swallow their small prey whole, and then regurgitate the parts they can't digest. That might sound a little gross, but it offers great insight into the food chain. Look below for a slideshow of the young scientists taking apart the owl pellets and attempting to assemble the bones they found so they could identify what the owl had eaten. How cool!!


Examining Owl Pellets

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Scenes at Penniman School

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African American Spotlight - Mrs. Phyllis Boyd

African American Spotlight - Mrs. Phyllis Boyd

These are the 10 most common mistakes that happen:

  1. Applying chemicals or products that aren’t meant for the body!
  2. Encouraging someone to vomit after eating something that wasn’t meant to be    ingested. There’s a chance that the “stuff that comes up” may go in the lungs.
  3. Using a kitchen spoon to dispense medicine. Kitchen spoons generally hold 4 times the recommended dose of medicine for a child.
  4. Storing chemicals in the same place as food.
  5. Using “home remedies” can cause more harm than good.
  6. Mishandling chemicals, example the use of pool chemicals when opening the container and getting a “whiff” of the caustic fumes.
  7. Mixing chemicals or cleaning products.
  8. Using rat poison inappropriately.
  9. Allowing children to handle medications.
  10. Storing medication improperly.
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