Welcome to 2E

 Dear Second Grade Families,                                                     

          Welcome to second grade!  We have an exciting year ahead that will be filled with lots to explore, experience and learn.  We hope to be a guide and mentor to your child this year as he or she embarks on a learning journey filled with excitement, challenges, and many learning opportunities.

          One reason that we love second grade is that students develop and grow a lot over the course of one year.  It is wonderful to watch them as they expand their knowledge and learn new things.  As your child continues to grow and learn this year, I hope that you will view us as someone you can count on to care for your child and his or her academic progress. 

We believe that children learn best when the teacher and families work together to achieve the same goals with a child.  We love to have open communication with families since our students are our top priority.  This year, you can be certain that we will work diligently to help them in every way possible.  With that in mind, please feel free to contact us at any point if you have questions or concerns about something going on in the classroom or with your child specifically.

You may call the school at 717-872-1401 or email us (see below) at anytime! We also encourage you to use the Penn Manor website as this contains valuable information throughout the school year.  Lunch menus and prices for the first day will be located here:  http://blogs.pennmanor.net/centralmanor/

We  have included a supply list for things your child should bring on the first day of school, Monday , August 31st.  There is also a short questionnaire for you to fill out and reply in an email to your child’s teacher.  We are looking forward to a fabulous learning journey in second grade with each of you and we cannot wait to meet you soon!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Jenna DeLong                              Mrs. Shelly Kyle 

              (jenna.delong@pennmanor.net)         (shelly.kyle@pennmanor.net)

                  Mrs. Becca Eichler                                  Mrs. Beth Mader

              (becca.eichler@pennmanor.net)        (beth.mader@pennmanor.net)

                                                 Second Grade Supply List

                              – A small hard pencil box (not a pouch)

                              – Crayola Crayons (2 packs of 24)

                              – 2+ black expo markers

                              – A glue stick (or several)

                              -Scissors with initials labeled on them

**We will also be using headphones/earbuds with our computers.  If your child is able to have his/her own, it would be very helpful!  Nothing fancy is needed!  Please be sure they are labeled with your child’s name.  Earbuds should be in a baggie or pouch.  Thank you!

Second Grade Student Questionnaire

 (Please return through EMAIL to your second grader’s teacher.)

1.  Describe your child’s strengths. (Do not limit to academic ability, please include physical and social strengths, too.)

2.  What does your child enjoy doing?

3. Describe any concerns you would like addressed this school year.

4.  Please list any additional information about your child that would be helpful for me to know.

**Also, please include  your name, your second grader’s name, best phone number, and email address/es to contact you.**  

                                        

         

Welcome to 2E!

I am so excited to begin this new journey with you!! Closer to the beginning of the year, I will post much more information for you, but for now I wanted to share the video I made to introduce myself. You can access it here https://drive.google.com/file/d/10koRDLPqx5hDtYX0RkJF8G1Z1LEpjeVL/view?usp=sharing but please note that it is also available to the side of this blog under “Pages” and then “Hear Mrs. Eichler Say Hello”. Have a wonderful summer!!

Unsubscribing to this Blog

Hello families!  It’s been a wild ride!  As I mentioned the other day, I am so honored to have been a part of your child’s journey and I wish you the best of luck as you move on to third grade!  

I am unable to unsubscribe you from my blog, it is something that you will need to do from your own computer.  Beginning Monday, I will be posting information for next year’s second graders.  To unsubscribe, you need to click on the word “unsubscribe” and then when prompted, click unsubscribe again.  

Have a wonderful summer!!  

Important Information!

Hello 2E families! I have emailed a very important message on what to expect as we move forward. If you are not receiving my emails, please let me know ASAP because that is the only way you will be up to date on requirements moving forward. Thank you!

becca.eichler@pennmanor.net

Email

Hello 2E families! I am using email to communicate as well. If you have not been receiving emails from me, please reach out asap to let me know so that we can be sure you begin to receive them. becca.eichler@pennmanor.net

I have also been trying to contact some families through the phone. If you receive a call from a restricted or unknown number, it could be me!

Thank you for sending me the work you have been completing! It is so wonderful to see all of your hard work!

Report Cards

Third marking period report cards will be uploaded TODAY April 3rd. Parents will need to access their child’s Sapphire account in order to review.

Additionally, any student with an Academic Support Plan and/or IEP can also locate their third quarter progress reports in their student Sapphire account.

Accessing a Sapphire Account

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Log in  here for existing accounts.

Here are directions of how to locate the documents in Sapphire.
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Availability of InformationStudent attendance and grading information is available to parents of student in grades 3-12 via Sapphire. The website is: https://sapphire.pennmanor.net/CommunityWebPortal/. Teachers generally update grade information every two weeks.

Student Accounts
A Sapphire login account is comprised of a username, password and security pin code. Student account information are initially given to new incoming 7th graders in August. Students who did not receive initial login instructions or those who are newly enrolled should visit the main school office for login information.

Parent Accounts
Parents and guardians are encouraged to create private login separate from their child’s account. Do so by visiting: https://sapphire.pennmanor.net/CommunityWebPortal/Welcome.cfm and clicking on the Community Portal Application link under the Getting Started section of the site.

Step One of the account creation process is the entry of a keyword. The keyword is: comets

Next, parents will be required to accept the site policy and then complete the online account application.

Finally, Parents must fill out the form electronically.  Be sure to include all of your children that are enrolled in the Penn Manor School District under the “Children Information” section so that they are all linked to your account. Once you have completed all required fields, press “Save and Continue”.

Once your application has been reviewed by the Sapphire Administrator, and approved, you will receive an email at the email address you provided with your assigned PIN. You will then use your selected UserName and Password and the assigned PIN to access Sapphire as a parent.

Parent account holders may also setup email notifications that signal when teachers have posted grades and/or other information to their student’s online Backpack.

Lost Passwords
For security reasons, the district will not disclose username or password information over the phone or via email. Parents or students who have lost passwords may stop by the main office of their school to have the password reset. Parents may be asked to produce proper identification to retrieve their student’s account information.

Compatibility
Sapphire is compatible with Linux, Mac and Windows systems running a current web browser. We recommend the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome

AntiVirus, Spyware and System Patches
We strongly encourage all parents and students to keep their AntiVirus software up-to-date and apply all security patches released by Microsoft. Also, consider running an anti-SpyWare program for Windows such as AdAware or Spybot on a regular basis. A free Anti-Virus software package is available from AVG and may be downloaded here. Parents are also encouraged to stay abreast of Microsoft system patches via Windows Update.

Browser Cookies & Pop-Up WindowsPlease note that in order for Sapphire to function properly, Cookies must be accepted for pennmanor.net via your web browser. Sapphire may utilize pop-up windows to notify users of important information and announcements. For this reason, please turn off any pop-up blocking software you may use when you enter the website and turn it back on after you log out. Sapphire never uses pop-ups for advertisements.

Contact
Questions, problems, and suggestions regarding Sapphire can be directed to: sapphiresupport@pennmanor.net

Hello Families!

Hello Families!

I miss you all SO much and have been thinking of each and every one of you! I miss your stories, smiles and YOU! Thank you for your patience as we are figuring things out for school.

We are looking forward to returning back to some sense of “normalcy” and offering some online resources soon.  To be honest, at this time we do not know what this will look like.  The district’s teachers will be receiving training for the remainder of this week. The one thing we need to know right now is whether or not you have internet access.  It would be greatly appreciated if you can please email me to let me know. My email address is becca.eichler@pennmanor.net

Please know that this venture is new for all of us.  We appreciate your grace and patience in advance!!

Special Spirit Day!

In this time of uncertainty, it’s clear that Penn Manor has an amazing community. Let’s show our PM pride by wearing blue and gold or other Penn Manor attire on Wednesday, March 25. Share your photos with the #PMProud tagline via Twitter, Facebook, or any social media account.

District Update

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.