The fifth grade had a great time reading the story “The Scarebird” and creating their own scarecrows on Friday, October 19!  The students did a beautiful job with the elements of a narrative story structure and using this to enhance their understanding of the story.

Holiday Meals for Families in Penn Manor

Dear Parents and Guardians,                                       

Every year Penn Manor School District assists families in need with Thanksgiving and winter holiday meals.  We would like to make this process more uniform across the district. We will be collecting the food listed below between October 29th and November 9th.  If you have a child in one of these grades, please consider donating.

Kindergarten-boxed mashed potatoes

1st grade-boxed stuffing

2nd grade-canned corn

3rd grade-canned green beans

4th grade-canned sweet potatoes

5th grade-canned cranberry sauce

6th grade-canned gravy (NO GLASS)

7th grade-applesauce (NO GLASS)  8th grade-Cornbread or Muffin Mix (WATER BASED)

If your family is able and willing to provide more than is listed above and would like to make a monetary donation, please send the amount you choose by check to your child’s school secretary by November 9th.  Make your check payable to Penn Manor Family Fund and on the memo line write “Holiday Food Basket.”

Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is not allowed in fifth grade.  Mrs. Falk and Mrs. Eckroat will give the students a piece to chew during testing from time to time, but those are the ONLY times that chewing gum is allowed, and the gum is to be thrown away after the test is over.

Please reiterate this rule with your students since the fifth grade is simply following the Conestoga rules.  There have been numerous issues with students chewing gum throughout the school day.  If chewing gum without permission continues, the students who can’t follow the rule will be missing recess, talking to Mrs. Baker in the office, and missing other special privileges.

Thank you for your support with enforcing this school-wide rule.


The fifth graders had a great time on Friday, September 21 creating model tree houses based off of the story “Rope Burn”!  They all used their creativity when it came to what supplies they used from home and school.  Here is just a sampling of some of the houses that could be found in fifth grade…

Parent Conferences Already!?!

Parent conference scheduling forms will be coming home to you tomorrow, Monday, October 1. These forms allow you to tell your child’s classroom teacher what day and what time frame you would prefer for your parent conference in November. 

These forms are due back this coming Friday, October 5, and the teachers will be meeting on Tuesday morning, October 9 to schedule parent conferences.  It is vital that you get these forms back to your child’s classroom teacher by Friday, October 5.  If you do not, Mrs. Eckroat and Mrs. Falk will do their best but will not be able to guarantee you your first choice.

Thank you!  We are looking forward to sitting down with you in November to discuss your child’s first marking period in fifth grade.


We are reading “Rope Burn” right now in reading.  This story is about a boy who learns to climb a rope with the help from a friend who has a tree house.  We discussed narrative story structure and how conflict and resolution add interest to the story through the plot events and the climax.

During school on Friday, September 21, all the students will be able to create their own smaller version of a tree house.  Today in reading, Mrs. Eckroat talked to the students about the supplies that can be brought in for the students to use to make their tree houses.

Please have your child look for supplies around the house that he/she can use to create this tree house…..shoe boxes, cereal boxes, popsicle sticks, etc….have them get creative!  They can bring craft or wood glue into school as well.  Please keep in mind that this should be a tree house that can be created in about an hour 🙂

We do not want students feeling that they need to buy things for this tree house, and we do not want them making the tree house at home.   It will be an afternoon of creativity and fun in fifth grade!

Students may begin bringing their supplies into school starting on Monday.  Any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Eckroat or Mrs. Falk.

A few reminders…

Just a few reminders of due dates and events at Conestoga that are coming up…

~ Pink-out shirt orders are due September 20 (if you are interested in       purchasing a shirt)

~If your child would like to join the Conestoga fifth and sixth grade chorus, permission slips are due September 21.

~The football reading calendars are due September 26.

~No school on September 28.

~Picture day is October 5 (more info will be coming home in the next few weeks)

We have had a great first few weeks in fifth grade!  As always, please reach out to Mrs. Eckroat and Mrs. Falk with any questions.

Figuratively Speaking

The fifth grade has been starting the year in reading with a discussion on figurative language.  We have been discussing similes, metaphors, personification, idiom, and proverbs/adages.  The students were challenged to look for figurative language in their Daily Reading books and write examples on our “graffiti wall.”    Well, it didn’t take them long to fill it!

We will continue doing this all year, and it be exciting to see how many different examples they can find!

A New School Is Almost Here!

Mrs. Eckroat and Mrs. Falk hope that everyone had a wonderful and relaxing summer!  Just a reminder that if you are still subscribed to our fifth grade blog but do not have a student in our 2018-2019 class, you may want to take a minute to unsubscribe to our blog.  We would LOVE to keep you, but we also know that you already receive enough emails 🙂 

Best wishes to your children for a fantastic 2018-2019 school year!