Monthly Archives: March 2020

Penn Manor Online Learning Resources Now Available!

Hello Conestoga fifth grade families,

Penn Manor educators have developed continuity of education plans to help students continue learning from home while our schools are closed. 

Here is a link to the resources.

These are optional, ungraded learning activities that students can complete from home. The resources have been developed to meet a variety of students’ needs and may not be the same across our school district. 

Teachers will also be accessible to students and parents and will respond to any questions about the learning activities in a timely manner.

Currently, schools are scheduled to reopen on April 9th, but that date may change depending on Governor Wolf’s orders.

If you have ANY questions regarding the activities for fifth grade, do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Falk with any math or science questions. You can contact Mrs. Eckroat with any ELA or social studies questions. We are here to support you and your children any way we can!

Thank you for your support of your child’s education in this challenging time.

Important Information Regarding School Closure

Good morning! The teachers have been a part of online meetings this morning (and there will be more meetings this afternoon) in order to prepare for online learning opportunities for Penn Manor students starting next week. Please read the following information carefully and contact your child’s homeroom teacher with any information that pertains to you or any questions that you may have.

  1. We need to know by this evening what households have internet access for all school age children in the house. There will be optional educational activities posted starting Monday, March 30, so we need to know who will be able to access these opportunities and who will not. Please email your child’s fifth gradae homeroom teacher to let us know that you are aware that the opportunities will start on Monday and whether your children will have internet access or not. At this time, you do not need to email other teachers because the intermediate grades are contacting parents first.

  1. Report cards for the third marking period are being completed now and will be available to view on Sapphire in the next few weeks (a specific release date will be coming). If you do not have access to Sapphire for your child, please let your child’s homeroom teacher know. At the beginning of the year, all fifth grade students were shown how to access Sapphire in order to see their grades, etc. so you may want to check with your child first.
  2. Mrs. Baker wants to make sure that all families are signed up to receive the Conestoga Blog posts. She has been posting important information on the blog about the school closure, meal delivery, etc. In the coming days, there will be more important information posted as well. If you are not signed up to receive these updates, please click on the link in order to sign up.

Most importantly, please know that we are thinking and caring about each and every student and family. As the teachers are distancing ourselves as well, we have been working on report cards and have been starting to plan activities for your children to be working on, if they choose. We know that this time has not been easy on families and children, but we hope that you have been able to enjoy unexpected family time, time to relax, and time to get outside and enjoy nature (while keeping a good distance from others).

We are looking forward to hearing from you regarding the information we need from you and to hear how you and your family are doing. As always, if you have any other questions we can try to answer, please do not hesitate to ask.

Stay safe and stay healthy! Mrs. Eckroat and Mrs. Falk

epic! – Books for Kids Mix-up

It seems that the “free” access that was supposed to be part of the sign-up on epic! requires a credit card number from parents when students try to access the website. If parents can email Mrs. Eckroat with a parent email address, an invite can be sent to that email for free access until the end of the school year.

So sorry about the mix-up on Mrs. Eckroat’s end of this!

Suggestions for Keeping Brains Sharp!

Although teachers are not giving direct assignments to our students, we wanted to share some ideas of activities students can be doing while off of school. Most importantly, Mrs. Eckroat and Mrs. Falk want all fifth graders to stay safe and healthy. We want them using their creativity, playing games with their families, and getting outside and enjoying the fresh air in a safe way.

Here are some suggestions of additional activities….


Mrs. Eckroat found a new website called “Epic! Books for Kids”

Open up your web browser and…

  1. Go to

2. Log in with your class code gcg0708

3. Select your name and you’re in!

You may check out all of the available books, audiobooks, and videos. It’s a whole new library at home! If you have problems getting on, email Mrs. Eckroat at and we’ll try to work it out. Enjoy exploring and reading! Mrs. Eckroat can’t wait to see what they read and learn about.


Mrs. Falk suggested that students continue working on Prodigy.

Square1Art Fundraiser

Due to unforeseen circumstances and the inability to distribute our Square1Art products, we have decided to push our order deadline to the end of April. Orders can be made online or by phone directly to Square1Art. Products will be distributed in May.

If you haven’t received your child’s personalized catalog, please contact Danielle at: with your child’s full name and teacher. She will provide you with your child’s access code.

Click on the link below to order online after you have received your access code.

Info Regarding School Closure

Penn Manor schools are closed through March 27 in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is unclear whether that status will change or when we may be able to resume normal operations. As we all deal with this unprecedented challenge, we want to share some important information with parents:

  • The education of children is on hold as we consider options moving forward under the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • We have decided not to pursue online learning for our students at this time. We would not be able to fulfill our legal and ethical obligation to serve every student appropriately via this means, and many of our students lack access to the internet at home. 
  • March 13 is now officially the end of the third marking period. Students’ grades will reflect assignments and assessments completed through that date. 
  • We are working to establish a system to provide breakfasts and lunches to families with children who qualify for free- or reduced-price meals, beginning Wednesday, March 18. More details will be released as they become available.
  • All buildings are undergoing a deep cleaning, including all carpeting, fabric surfaces and touch points.
  • Essential school district personnel, with minimal exceptions, will begin working from home Wednesday.
  • Buildings will be open to teachers and the public by appointment only beginning Wednesday, March 18. Visitors should call the school office to arrange a visit.

Field Day Volunteers Needed

Dr. Janssen is in the process of organizing Conestoga’s field day for May 7. She needs the help of parents in order to make this day successful! If you have your clearances with the district and would like to help, click on the link below.

If you do not have your clearances with the district and are interested in obtaining them, click on the link below for more information about how to start the process.