Kid’s Heart Challenge

KIDS HEART CHALLENGE

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Our schools are participating in a very special community service program to raise funds for the American Heart Association.  We’re joining in the fight against our nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers – cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Kids’ Heart Challenge events are held at schools nationwide and not only help students learn about the benefits of regular physical activity and heart health, but also raise funds to support vital heart and stroke research as well as educational programs.  Although all 3rd-6th-grade students will jump rope at the events as part of physical education, and all 1st -2nd grade students will be involved in various movement activities, the students are NOT required to raise money; in other words, raising money is optional, BUT greatly appreciated.  HOWEVER, JUST BY REGISTERING ONLINE, your child will receive a free wristband and help the school to earn additional funds for equipment!! If your child raises money, individual prizes are also earned (please see the collection envelope that was sent home for prize information)! MOST PRIZES ARE DISTRIBUTED APPROXIMATELY 8 WEEKS AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE EVENT!

Collection envelopes will be sent home as soon as they arrive to CM.  They are expected to arrive shortly! 

KIDS HEART CHALLENGE events will be organized as follows:

Grades 1-6 will complete the challenge during Physical Education class the last week of February.  Deadline for fundraiser collection will be Friday, March 4th 2022. 

The American Heart Association is dedicated to helping people live longer, healthier lives.  The money we raise helps people in our community learn how to avoid heart disease and stroke and also helps our local patient care.  Our schools will qualify for gift certificates for free physical education equipment based on the amount we raise, and students will qualify for individual thank-you gifts based on the donations they collect. 

Family and friends are welcome to support your child’s participation by making contributions.  However, we ask that children not go door-to-door and ask strangers for donations.  If your child receives any cash donations, please convert those to a check prior to turning in the collection envelope.  All checks should be made payable to the American Heart Association.  Your student’s collection envelope should be turned in to his/her classroom teacher on or before Tuesday, March 4th so that we can have an accurate tally of the money raised by the end of the events! 

Also, don’t forget to ask your child’s donors if their employers have matching gift programs.  This is an easy way to increase donations collected by your child.  To find out which companies will match the American Heart Association, please visit matchinggifts.com/aha.  All matching gift forms should include your child’s name and school name so the donations can be properly designated.

Kids Heart Challenge is a fun event that helps our children understand the importance of community service and physical activity while helping to save lives. Our efforts truly are meaningful and can make a difference!  Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Mr. Jason Binkley

Physical Education Specialist

Central Manor Elementary

(Jason.Binkley@pennmanor.net)

Sexual Harassment Prevention Program

Dear Sixth Grade Parents/Guardians:

As in years past, Penn Manor will provide a sexual harassment prevention program to sixth-grade students. The program is presented in an age-appropriate and non-threatening manner, and the session will include a video entitled, “Flirting or Hurting: When Is It Okay, When Is It Harassment?”. Parents may arrange to preview the materials in advance. 

Your child’s class is scheduled for: 

6 Feaster: January 27, 2022

6 Kersic: February 8, 2022

6 Schoelkopf: February 17, 2022

6 Brinkman: February 24, 2022

If you would like your child excused from the program, please notify me in writing no later than February 4, 2022 (for students in 6K, 6S, and 6B). 

Sincerely,

Dr. Shannon Madara

School Counselor

shannon.madara@pennmanor.net

(717)872-1401 ext 3203

Penn Manor School District Holiday Collection

In order to support Penn Manor families during the holiday season, we will be collecting the below items at each school throughout the district.  If your family is able and willing to donate, we would very much appreciate your generosity!  We will be collecting the items listed below between Tuesday, November 30th and Friday, December 10th.

  • Kindergarten – toothbrushes
  • 1st grade – toothpaste
  • 2nd grade – bars of soap
  • 3rd grade – combs/brushes
  • 4th grade- bottle of shampoo
  • 5th grade – bottle of conditioner
  • 6th grade – deodorant
  • 7th and 8th grade – NEW socks (all sizes)
  • High school – NEW drawstring bag

If your family would like 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 December 10th.  Make your check payable to the Loft Community Partnership and on the memo line write “Holiday Gifts”. 

2021 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Dear 6S Families: 

Parent and Teacher Conferences will be held this year in November.  I am scheduling my conferences during the afternoons of November 22nd and November 23rd.  While I hope that most of the conferences can be scheduled during the afternoon hours, I have a limited number of evening appointments available on Monday, November 22nd to accommodate parents who work during the day. Conferences will be held from 1:45-8:00 PM on Monday, November 22nd and from 1:45-3:45 PM on Tuesday, November 23rd.

Since I schedule conferences with every parent, I have a 15-minute time schedule to discuss each student. If you have a concern that will require a more lengthy discussion, please reach out to me and schedule an additional meeting time.

You have the option of holding parent/teacher conferences face-to-face or virtually. I schedule one conference for each student, and I ask that divorced/separated parents attend their child’s conference at the same time.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Please note that face coverings are required in school at this time. In order to attend a face-to-face conference, all individuals must wear a face covering. If this is not possible, we will arrange a phone or virtual appointment.

Below is the link you can use to log in and secure a timeslot that works for you. 
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/selfsched?sstoken=UUg4bGFaNTcwNFNyfGRlZmF1bHR8NTE3YzA2MzZmNzMzZmQ5YzQ2ODE0ZmMwMzYzYmQ2OWI

To plan ahead for conferences:

Here is a quick Youtube video to explain how to sign-up for our parent-teacher conferences. PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO FIRST BEFORE SIGNING UP!

  • Look at your calendar, select dates/times that will work best for your family.   Please remember we only host one conference, so it is very important that blended families coordinate this in advance.   
  • A Gmail account must be used to schedule an appointment.   If you have one, we suggest you use that.   (Please sign up for the conference and include your child’s name in some way.)
  • If you do NOT have a Gmail account, you will use your child’s login information to sign up for the conference.  Your child’s username is his/her 6 digit student ID.   For example, “123456@pennmanor.net” Your child also has a password that is specific to only him/her.  You will need to use this password.
  • After you sign up for your conference, an email confirmation will be sent to my Gmail account and also to the account you used to sign up. 
  • A parent tip:  If you sign up using your child’s account, please hold on to their log in information, because you will need the date/time of the conference to log back in for the google meet conference.  
  • If you are unable to sign up for a conference using your child’s computer, please contact Mrs. Megan Smith, our building secretary at (717) 872-1401 to schedule your appointment. 
  • I ask that you please sign-up for your child’s conference no later than Friday, November 5t


Thank you.


Beth Schoelkopf

Edible Classroom!

Monday, September 13, right after lunch, we’ve been invited to join the experts from Edible Classroom in the Central Manor garden! The forecast includes heat and humidity and we’ll be outside for slightly less than an hour. Be sure to wear something cool, that you don’t mind getting dirty. You also may want to consider putting on some sunscreen before you get to school, and bring your water bottle. This is one of my favorite things to do! I hope that you’ll enjoy it too.

Popsicles

This Thursday, May 20th, is our 6th Grade Popsicle Social! We are providing the same popsicles that were served as the end of PSSA treat last Friday (thanks, awesome PTO!). If you would not like your child to have one of these popsicles, please let your child’s teacher know in writing by Wednesday, May 19th. 

School Counselor Lesson

Dear Sixth Grade Parents/Guardians:

As in years past, Penn Manor will provide a sexual harassment prevention program to sixth grade students.  The program is presented in an age-appropriate and non-threatening manner, and the session will include a video entitled, “Flirting or Hurting:  When Is It Okay, When Is It Harassment?”.  Parents may arrange to discuss or preview the materials in advance. Your child’s class is scheduled for April 7th, 8th, or 9th.
If you would like your child excused from the program, please notify Dr. Madara in writing no later than April 6, 2021.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shannon Madara

shannon.madara@pennmanor.net

(717) 872-1401 ext 3203

School Counselor

Red Ribbon Week

October 26th – October 30th

Dear Central Manor Families:

This year Central Manor students and staff are invited to participate in “National Red Ribbon Week”, October 26th – October 30th.  “Red Ribbon Week” is observed to promote a healthy lifestyle, drug prevention, and making positive choices.  We will be having the following spirit days to reinforce the message of staying healthy and drug-free:

  • Monday, 10/26/20 – “Be Happy! We’re REaDy for Red Ribbon Week”
    Wear the color red.
  • Tuesday, 10/27/20 – “Team Up Against Drugs!”
    Wear your favorite team jersey or Penn Manor gear.
  • Wednesday, 10/28/20
    “Be Brave!  You have the power to make healthy choices!” 
    Wear superhero clothing (no costume masks)
  • Thursday, 10/29/20 – “Put Unhealthy Habits to Rest!”
    Wear your P.J.’s (no slippers)
  • Friday, 10/30/20 – “Being Drug Free is No Sweat!”
    Wear your sweats!

Thanks for your support!

2020-2021 Conferences

As the traditional district conference days, I am offering afternoon, & evening conferences on November 23rd and early morning & afternoon conferences on November 24th. Click the link to see the calendar below and sign up. You will need to find the conference weeks (November 16 & 23) on the conference calendar to view available time slots and sign up! Continue to scroll down to see directions details as needed from the Central Manor Blog.

Directions & Details from the Central Manor Blog

Videos to help!

This year, all parents will sign up for a virtual parent-teacher conference.    Use the link above to log in and secure a timeslot that works for you.    Conferences will be held on Monday, November 23rd from 1:45 PM-8:00 PM and on Tuesday, November 24th from 1:45 PM-3:45 PM.  

To plan ahead for conferences:

  • Look at your calendar, select dates/times that will work best for your family.   Please remember we only host one conference, so it is very important that blended families coordinate this in advance.    
  • A g-mail account must be used to schedule an appointment.   If you have one, I would suggest you use that.   (Please sign up for the conference and include your child’s name in some way.)
  • If you do NOT have a g-mail account, you will use your child’s login information to sign up for the conference.    It would be helpful if you recorded your child’s log-in information somewhere.    (username=studentid#@pennmanor.net and password=this is specific to your child)  
  • After you sign up for your conference, an email confirmation will be sent to the g-mail account of the teacher and also to the account you used to sign up.    
  • A parent tip:  If you sign up using your child’s account, please hold on to their log in information, because you will need it the date/time of the conference to log back in for the google meet conference.   
  • If your child receives additional services (AST, Title I, Learning Support) you will need to schedule an additional conference with that specific teacher.  
  • If you are unable to sign up for a conference using your child’s computer, please contact our building secretary at 717.872.1401  to schedule your appointment.   
  • Please sign up for a  conference by November 2nd.