Absence/Early Dismissal Reminders

Just a reminder we are asking families this year to please refrain from sending in hand written notes to school. If your child needs to leave early for an appointment please call the office (717-872-1401) in the morning or email your classroom teacher. When you arrive you do need to come into the lobby area to sign your child out and walk them back to your car. Students will meet you in the office lobby area. We do ask that if you would like to switch your child from a bus rider to a car rider that you call the office by 2 PM.

When your child is absent please submit an excuse note online in your Sapphire Parent Portal. New this year, you can now submit trip forms online as well. If you do not have a Sapphire Parent Portal account please click on the link below to apply for one. Excuse notes can also be emailed directly to the office at, megan.smith@pennmanor.net.

We appreciate your help with our new procedures this year. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the office. Thank you

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Virtual Wednesday, December 16

Hi parents!
We feel we are experts at this!  We will plan to see your child online between 9:00-9:15 for a prompt 9:15 start to our school day.  

We will have a brief morning break around 10:50, lunch will be from 11:30-12:50, and we will reconvene promptly at 12:50.  As we did in the past, students will sign off our Google Meet at 3:00 for the day with the expectation that they work through Xtra Math and Prodigy since we will not have taken time to do this during our virtual day.

Students have all papers they need for tomorrow, stapled in their home folder.  We look forward to seeing them by 9:15!  Please let us know if you have any questions!

Third Grade teachers

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Spirit Days!

Happy Holidays Spirit Days

***participation is optional***

Tuesday, December 15- Wear Holiday Plaid or Flannel

Wed, December 16- Dress like Frosty! Wear all white and your favorite scarf

Thursday, December 17 – Wear Red and Green

Friday, December 18 – Deck the Halls- Wear a Festive Sweater

Monday, December 21 – Jingle Bells- Wear your Favorite Holiday Bling

Tuesday, December 22 – Pajama Day (must be appropriate for school, no slippers)

Wed, December 23– Home for the Holidays- Wear your Favorite Holiday Hat

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Update on transition to in-person learning!

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Red Ribbon Week

Please click on the link below to read about Red Ribbon Week at Central Manor next week!

https://centralmanor.pennmanor.net/red-ribbon-week-2/

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Parent/Teacher Conferences-Coming Soon

This year, all parents will sign up for a virtual parent-teacher conference.    At the end of this week, you will get a link from your child’s teacher that you will use to log in and secure a time slot 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.   Availability may vary slightly depending on teacher’s individual schedules.

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 Gmail account must be used to schedule an appointment.   (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.
  • 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 for the date/time of the conference to log back in for the google meet conference.   
  • If your child receives additional services (AST/Title I) you will also receive a link from your child’s support teacher to set up a separate conference.
  • 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.
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Schedule Changes

Friday (10/9) is an early dismissal for all students, K-12.

School is closed Monday, 10/12. Group A will be in session on Tuesday (10/13) & Wednesday (10/14), and Group B will attend on Thursday (10/15) & Friday (10/16). There will be no online instruction on Wednesday (10/14).

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Spirit Week Next Week!

We have spirit yes we do! We have spirit how about you?!

Help us support Penn Manor and celebrate homecoming by participating in spirit week next Tuesday-Friday!

Group A– Tuesday, 10/13- Wear your favorite hat, or sport some crazy hair.

Group A– Wednesday, 10/14- Penn Manor Blue and Gold Day- wear any PM gear you have or blue and gold.

Group B– Thursday, 10/15- Wear your favorite hat, or sport some crazy hair.

Group B– Friday, 10/16- Penn Manor Blue and Gold Day- wear any PM gear you have or blue and gold.

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Weekly Update Sept. 28 – October 2

A reminder that Math Chapter 1 Test is due, signed with corrections by Monday, Sept. 28 for Group A and by Thursday, October 1 for Group B.

Garden Harvest

We will be harvesting sweet potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes this week. We suggest wearing “digging in dirt” clothes. Group A will harvest tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 28 and Group B will harvest on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Picture Day

Be ready to smile! Picture Day for Group A will be Tuesday, Sept. 29 and Group B will be Friday, Oct. 2.

Calendar Update

Important information for Gr. 3-6 – Group A and B Families:

School is closed on Monday, October 12. As a result, Group A will meet in person on Tuesday (10/13) and Wednesday (10/14). Group B will meet in person on Thursday (10/15) and Friday (10/16). There will be no online instruction on Wednesday (10/14).There is no school for students on Friday, November 6. (K-12 In-service day) As a result, Group A will meet in person Monday (11/2) and Tuesday (11/3) and Group B will meet in person Wednesday (11/4) and Thursday (11/5). There will be no online instruction on Wednesday (11/4).

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Virtual Wednesday Reminders

Please read the post below from Mr. Malek and Mrs. Suydam:

Parents—we are seeking your help so your child can get the best virtual learning experience during our virtual Wednesday sessions.  Teachers are planning lessons for online learning on Wednesdays, and we ask that all students approach these days with the educational commitment as if they were in the classroom.  We recognize that this is new and NOT how we wish it could be, but our teachers are committed to providing quality instruction during these times.   Here are reminders about appropriate conduct during a google meet with CM teachers:

  • Children should be in front of their laptops, seated and ready to learn.
  • Cameras should be on at all times during the session for all children during the lesson.
  • Students should pick one location to remain for the duration of the lesson.  This location should be an appropriate learning space.   
  • If children need to leave camera for a restroom break or another reason, they need to ask permission from their teacher to leave the meet or turn their camera off.
  • Messages sent to the chat during the lesson are reserved for instructional purposes ONLY.
  • Children should refrain from eating while on their meets. Please use the break time between subjects if a snack is needed.
  • Work space should be free of pets and toys since these are distracting to our learners.
  • Parents are encouraged to support their learner at home, but to not actively participate in the lessons.   

Moving forward, Mr. Malek and Mrs. Suydam ask all grade 3-6 students to show Central Manor leadership during online learning sessions. We plan to visit your virtual sessions this Wednesday. Thank you for helping us as we navigate these new online lessons.

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