Creative Tree Houses

The fifth graders had a great time on Friday, September 27 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…


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 27, 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.  We are also okay if hot glue guns are brought in, but we ask that you write a note saying that it is okay for your child to use one.

Please keep in mind that this should be a tree house that can be created in about an hour and a half.

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 ( ).

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school, and welcome to fifth grade at Conestoga! Mrs. Eckroat and Mrs. Falk had a great first few days getting to know your children and introducing them to fifth grade. We have a lot of fun and educational activities coming up.

We spent some time during the last few days getting to know each other, getting to know the rules and procedures of fifth grade, and jumping right in to our fifth grade curriculum. Your children have also been doing a wonderful job with their new computers, learning how to use them (and teaching us a few things as well!), and being very responsible computer users.

We hope that we will see you on Wednesday, August 28 between 4:00 and 6:00 pm for our annual Meet the Teacher night at Conestoga. The fifth graders are working hard completing a few activities they are excited to share with you on Wednesday!

We also wanted to let you know that Conestoga will be having a spirit wear sale this school year that will be starting this coming Monday, August 26. More information will be coming home on Monday in your child’s Monday folder.

We truly feel that communication between teachers and parents is the best way for all of us to work as a team. Please feel free to get in touch with us whenever you have questions or concerns. We are looking forward to a great year!

Mrs. Meridith Eckroat (

Mrs. Deb Falk (

Landis Valley Field Trip

On Friday, May 17, the fifth grade traveled to the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum. It was a day filled with new experiences, learning about history, and enjoying a wonderful day spent together. In addition to having time to experience the entire property and the many buildings, students had a hands-on experience in a one-room schoolhouse. They were also given the opportunity to create scherenschnitte, the art of paper cutting.

MU Technology Day

We had the opportunity to have the Millersville University technology department come into our classrooms last Friday, May 3 for a morning of hands-on science. The MU students planned an entire morning revolved around Newton’s third law of motion. The students designed, cut out, and assembled their own cardboard balloon cards. They had the opportunity to race the cars against other students in our individual classes, and then the top five from each class raced their cars in the hallway. It was a fun-filled science morning.

Invention Convention

After reading a readers’ theater about an invention convention, the fifth grade had their own invention convention on Friday, April 26. The students had a wonderful time using their creativity to come up with an invention that will solve an everyday problem. Each class had time to share their inventions with the other class. We have some very innovative thinkers in fifth grade.

Fifth Grade Heroes Fair

Our Heroes Fair has been scheduled for Thursday, May 23. There will be one session in the morning and one session in the afternoon to hopefully make it convenient for all parents, family, and friends to attend. We will help the students begin the process of choosing and researching a hero in the next few weeks. There will be a lot of information being sent home to keep you informed on due dates, so be on the lookout.

Each student will need a tri-fold (like the tri-folds used for science fair projects). These can be purchased at the Dollar Store or any office supply store. So, if you are out running errands and see one, feel free to pick it up. Students can bring them into school and we will store them until they are needed. An official due date for the tri-fold will be coming home in the near future.

Please let us know if you have any questions at this time, but we promise that the students and you will be well informed with this project, what is expected, and when each part of the project is due. The students are already getting very excited about the Heroes Fair, and we know it will be a fun and interesting day!

Kids at Work Day

As a way to promote career exploration and awareness with our
elementary students, Penn Manor elementary schools are planning a
special day across the district.

On Friday, February 22, 2019, students will be invited to wear clothing that represents careers they may be interested in exploring as an adult. For example, your child may come dressed as a construction worker, a doctor, a teacher, etc. Please make sure that your child’s clothing is appropriate for a day of learning and wouldn’t distract other students in his/her classroom. As an added component to Kids at Work Day, teachers and staff will be wearing their college, military, trade-school, or past/present career attire.

Our hope is that Kids at Work Day will be a great way to start conversations at home and at school about different types of careers, why someone chooses a career, and what kind of training/schooling is needed to get started in a particular career.