Final Days of Third Grade

In our final days of this school year, the students have still been working hard honing their math skills, and also doing final shopping in our classroom store.

We also spent time harvesting the radishes, spinach, lettuce, and kale that they had planted earlier this spring. The children harvested, washed, and helped to prepare some of the samples. Most of them tried a salad,healthy smoothie, and sauteed radishes.

We finished our fun week with the performance of the musical, “It’s Saturday!” The children did an amazing job reading scripts, practicing songs and performing on stage for an audience. I will always treasure the memory of how excited they were to have a chance to perform on stage for their families.

Garden Fun

On Thursday morning, our class had the benefit of working with Mrs. Horst, from The Edible Classroom. The children used the information on seed packets to figure out the harvest dates for all the vegetables we were planting. They also planted a variety of spring vegetables and prepared other beds for planting. This fit in well with our current lessons and experiments on seed germination and learning about plant parts and their jobs. The children enjoyed working outside.



11 AM – 3 PM | April 6th 2019

The Eleventh Annual Millersville University Public Weather Awareness Day is an afternoon full of celebrating and experiencing everything about the weather. This event is designed for children and families, free and open to the general public 11am – 3pm on April 6th, 2019 at Pucillo Gymnasium on the campus of Millersville University.

Click on this link to read more about it:

Help with Garden Planting

Dear Parents, Our class is scheduled to plant vegetables in our school garden this Thursday from 9:15-9:45. Mrs. Horst, from The Edible Classroom, will be guiding the planting, but we are in need of a volunteer to help. If you have your clearances and would like to contribute your time, please let me know ASAP. Thank you!

Design Engineers

Everyone was busy working in small groups to design a roller coaster that reached across a box. Students could use cardboard, oak tag, aluminum foil, and tape. To be successful, a marble had to roll down the track to the other side.

The second challenge was to create a track with one turn in it. It was fun to see the different designs and which worked the best. Tomorrow will bring even more opportunities to be creative!

Conestoga Field Day- May 9th

We need your help to make our Field Day, Thursday, May 9, a success.  Olympic Day includes grades 3-6 and will be held in the morning.  Awesome Activity Day includes Kindergarten, first, and second grades and will be held in the afternoon.

Dr. Jannsen needs many adult volunteers to help direct the stations. Stations are listed on the sign up genius page. NO EXPERIENCE IN THE ACTIVITY IS REQUIRED…INSTRUCTION CARDS FOR EACH STATION WILL BE PROVIDED UPON ARRIVAL! All volunteers MUST have their volunteer clearances on file with Penn Manor School District and be on the district’s approved volunteer list.

Use this link to sign up to help:

Busy Scientists

As part of our science unit on physics, we’ve been learning about how light travels. Light refracts whenever it travels at an angle into a substance (like water) with a different refractive index (optical density). This change of direction is caused by a change in speed. Teams of scientists performed experiments to see how when light travels from air into water, it slows down, causing it to continue to travel at a different angle or direction. This resulted in images on a newspaper looking bigger, an arrow changing direction, a pencil looking as if it were bent, and a coin looking as if it was rising in a bowl of water.

The teams worked well as they moved to each experiment station. Learning is fun, but of course, the safety goggles made it even more so!

Friday, March 1 Breaking News

Parents, There have been MANY absences in our classroom the last two weeks, with eight students out the other day. Please keep your child home tomorrow if they were home with a fever, or were sent home with a fever today. Hopefully next week will be a healthier one for all of us.

As for tomorrow, please read this message from Dr. Leichliter regarding a possible change in schedule should the weather cause a delay in the morning.

Snow is forecast for Thursday night into Friday morning, and there is a possibility of a two-hour delay on Friday, March 1. If the start of school day is delayed, we would cancel the early dismissal scheduled for Friday, March 1, and students would be dismissed at the regular time. In either case, only afternoon kindergarten will be in session.  At this time, the current schedule has not changed, but we want to alert parents and guardians of the possibility that this may change. We will keep you updated via the district website, Twitter feed, cell phone app and local media outlets.

Cultural Activity Day

The end of the day was filled with activities such as designing a quilt square and learning a few words of German, following instructions to learn an African dance, decorating a carnival mask, dressing up in costume at the photo booth, and finally eating many different types of foods. Mrs. Kibodeaux even made a King’s cake and brought necklaces for everyone to learn some of the Mardi Gras customs that take place in some parts of our country.

We couldn’t have done it without the donations and happy volunteers that helped to set up the stations, run them, serve the food, and even clean up the mess! Thank you so much.

Enjoy the pictures. Some of your children are real hams!