Cards, Reading and More…

Another fantastic response of your work samples today! I am so proud of you for all your work at home! This is not my most favorite way to “teach”! I would MUCH rather be at school right now with you. BUT . . . 2-Garpstas is certainly ROCKING IT!! Well done, everyone! See below for some work samples from today!

Online Learning

Hello Penn Manor families,

Penn Manor educators have developed continuity of education plans to help students continue learning from home while our schools are closed. 

Here is a link to the resources.

These are optional, ungraded learning activities that students can complete from home. The resources have been developed to meet a variety of students’ needs and may not be the same across our school district. 

Teachers will also be accessible to students and parents and will respond to any questions about the learning activities in a timely manner.

Thank you for your support of your child’s education in this challenging time.

Please Respond

Hi everyone! We would like to know who has internet access with a device your child is able to use to access it.

We are creating optional educational opportunities for students to work on at home starting on Monday.

Please respond through email with yes or no at . If no, what is the best way to contact you to share resources: mail, phone call, or text? Also, now is a great time to subscribe to the Conestoga Blog ( ) as well as set up an account on Sapphire ( ). Report cards will be posted to view via Sapphire.

Thank you for your continued support as we work through this together! 

What’s Up 2G?

How is everyone? I certainly hope you are all trying to enjoy this time at home with your families and staying safe and healthy!

I have been busily grading the last bit of papers from class and finishing up your report cards. Oh! And I have also been working on the HUGE extra credit stack of papers you left me to do! HAHA!

My daughter, Paige, is home from college right now, too. My dogs, Nash and Phoebe, are loving the extra attention. I have been playing hide and go seek with them and teaching them some other new tricks!

I finished a book, and started another one. I am bummed the libraries are even closed! UGH! I am also getting out some games to play with my family while they are home too. Next, I will have to start baking some goodies!

If you would like to write to me during this time off, I would LOVE to hear from you and hear about what you are doing! You can send me a letter in the mail to my home: 158 Treetops Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 OR just send me an email at and I will get back to you!

Square One Art

Square1Art Update

March 17, 2020

Due to unforeseen circumstances and the inability to distribute our Square1Art products, we have decided to push our order deadline to the end of April. Orders can be made online or by phone directly to Square1Art. Products will be distributed in May.

If you haven’t received your child’s personalized catalog, please contact Danielle at: with your child’s full name and teacher. She will provide you with your child’s access code.

Click on the link below to order online after you have received your access code.

What to do?

Dear Second Grade Friends/Parents-
Many are wondering what to do during the days off of school. While we are not assigning any work at this time, please feel free to check out the new Academic Links section to the right on this blog.

Most importantly, KEEP reading, reading, reading! Please read to your child, with your child, and have them read to you. There is a variety of things to read in your own home – literature, menus, cereal boxes, recipes, and directions to board games.

For math, practice telling time using their self-made analog clock which was brought home last week. Students can practice counting money and doing two and three digit addition and subtraction problems. Remember math is everywhere! Have your child help you cook or bake or play board games!

Other great activities include puzzles, tying your shoes, making a game, and writing journals or short stories!

And of course, remember, PLAY is the absolute best!

Stay Safe & Healthy! Miss you all!
Mrs. Garpstas

Important News

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.