Family Garden Series at the Central Manor Garden!

Made possible by Manor Township’s American Rescue Plan

Bring the whole family! Journey through the garden and use your Veggie Passport to find the vegetable and herb varieties. We’ll create healthy snacks with our garden produce. Enter your name to win a Ninja Professional Blender (to be given away on August 16 at 7:30pm). If you enjoy growing and eating, come out and experience a taste of Central Manor’s garden:

August 16, 6-7:30pm

Keep an eye out for any last-minute weather cancellations on The Edible Classroom’s Facebook page on the day of the event.

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Welcome to 3rd Grade!

The calendar has turned to August and we are starting to prepare our classrooms for the beginning of our new school year.  More information will be coming in the mail to you later this month, but we thought a classroom supply list might be helpful. It is listed below.

Looking forward to seeing your child soon!

 The following is a list of the items you will need to replenish throughout the school year.

* Plastic pencil box (8”x5”) with pencils and crayons (24 count)                      

* Glue sticks (we will need many!)                                                            

*Dry erase markers

*Small personal ear buds labeled with your name in a clear plastic bag/holder             

* Scissors

*Optional but helpful: a small personal pencil sharpener and a box of tissues for the classroom     

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Free and Reduced Lunch

Penn Manor School District has, for the past two years, provided breakfast and lunch free of charge to all students. For the upcoming school year, the waivers that enabled school districts to offer free meals during the pandemic have expired. 

This means that families that want to receive meals free of charge in the 2022-2023 school year must apply for free and reduced-priced meal benefits. If your children qualified for free and reduced-priced meals in previous years, they will be able to receive them until October 1, 2022. To extend those benefits for the entire 2022-2023 school year, families must reapply.

Click here to fill out the application, which considers family size and household income. Parents will need to create a SchoolCafe account to access the application.

Here are instructions for filling out 2022-2023 application. Here is a paper copy of the application that can be filled out and submitted to the food service department. Here are income requirements for families.

By submitting your application, your school may receive additional funding to improve nutrition and education programs. Applying for free and reduced-price meals also can help families with fees for SATs, PSATs, college applications, advanced-placement exams and other expenses that may come up during a child’s high school career. Qualifying for free and reduced-price meals also means your family may qualify for additional benefits, such as a low-cost internet service.

Please complete the 2022-2023 application online as soon as possible to take advantage of these benefits!

If you have any questions or need help with the application process, please contact Penn Manor food service assistant Deanna Witmer, at or food service director Courtney Kolp, at

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PSSA Spirit Week Next Week!

Monday- Put on Your Thinking Cap- Wear your favorite hat

Tuesday- Relax, You Can Do It! Wear sweats or pj’s (no slippers)

Wednesday- CM Proud- Wear blue and gold

Thursday- Wild about PSSA’s- Wear bright colors

Friday- Show Your Super Smarts- Dress like your favorite Superhero- (no costume masks or toys)

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Be on the Lookout!

This letter came home in your child’s home folder. Be on the lookout. Shhhhhh….it’s supposed to be a surprise!!

Dear 3rd Grade Families,

As you are aware, your child will take the PSSA tests in April.  Your child has been doing a lot of work getting ready to show what they know!  We also know that you have been helping your child at home by showing your continued support, encouraging your child to do their best work, supporting your child with homework and so much more!

We have one more favor to ask…one we think your child will love!  Think back to when you were a child…remember that ‘I can do anything’ feeling you got when your parents left you a special note on the kitchen table or in your lunch box…we want to repeat that feeling for your child in school during the PSSA test to pump them up and let them know that you believe in them and want them to do their best!! 

Enclosed you will find five index cards. We would like you to write an encouraging message to your child.  One message will be given to him/her each morning before the test.  Having them believe that WE ALL KNOW that they will do their best will be very powerful.

Some ideas you could write include:

*Show what you know – do your best!

*Take your time, re-read, and check your work.

*You are such a hard worker…show it on the test!

*Remember to highlight and reread the directions!

*I am so proud of you!

Since this is so special, we want the messages to be a SURPRISE for your child.  Please return these seven messages in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on the front by Wednesday, April 13th.

Again, thank you for your continued support and the daily encouragement you give your child.

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Mark Your Calendars!

The following dates are when Central Manor Elementary will be administering PSSA’s this spring. Students in grades 3-6 participate in PSSA testing. Testing takes place first thing in the morning and is typically complete by lunch time.

ELA- Tuesday, April 26- Thursday, April 28

Math- Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3

Science- (4th Grade only) – Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5

As a reminder PSSA testing does begin first thing at 9:05 AM, so please plan accordingly with students arriving on time, and if possible, avoiding morning appointments.  We also encourage students to get a good night sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.

If you have any questions regarding testing dates please contact Mr. Malek at 717-872-1401. 

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Reading Relay

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Time to Order a Yearbook!

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Holiday Spirit Weeks!

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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”. 

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