Penn Manor & Hambright PTO NEWS

Important news regarding free and reduced meals for 2022-2023…

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

Penn Manor School District Website LINK Click HERE

Please see below for important information from our HAMBRIGHT PTO…

Hambright Families,

Starting August 18, 2022, the Hambright website will be transitioning to a new format. The website address will stay the same. However, the new system will not notify those of you who subscribed to new postings. We will be using emails and/or text notifications more, through Sapphire, to notify all parents of upcoming events. To receive the notifications, it is important that you make sure that your email and contact information is up to date in the Parent Sapphire Portal.

The Hambright website will focus on the great events and stories happening at the school. You can still go on the website to find information about arrival and dismissal, how to log into sapphire, staff, supply lists, and to find forms for early dismissals or trips, as well as links to other information. It is still an important place to visit for information about the school and the district. There will also be a link for Community Announcements. This link is for the entire Penn Manor community, and this will give parents/guardians more information about community events. This website is

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Welcome 4th Graders / 2022-2023!

Welcome to 4th grade and the 2022-2023 school year!  

Have you had a great summer?  I sure hope so! 

Are you ready for a super school year in our BEAUTIFUL building?  We are all still so excited to be in our building!  Fourth grade is a year full of fun and exciting activities!  This is a very important year because your child is making the transition from a primary student to an intermediate student.  Students, your school responsibilities will grow, as well as your knowledge! 

Have you done your school shopping yet?

Please know that our classroom will have the following supplies, but they may be limited this year.  If your child would like to have his/her own supplies, here is a list of frequently used items in our classroom…

* a pencil pouch/bag (not a pencil box)

* a Homework Folder, and subject folders

* earbuds for our laptops

* pencils and pens (a few)

* glue stick, scissors, a ruler, dry erase marker & small whiteboard for your desk

* crayons, colored pencils, a pencil sharpener  

* Please note:  NO 3 ring binders this year!  Students will have their laptops, and we simply do NOT have the room for them in our desks. We use FOLDERS in 4th grade. You may bring your own folders if you’d like. Also, please remember to write your name on anything that you are able to.  Thanks!  

*Donations needed:  tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, bags of snacks, school supplies…THANKS! 

Parents, my main form of communication will be through email this school year. I may also post occasionally on my BLOG. You may also find lots of resources and other important information on my BLOG. Please subscribe to my BLOG if you’d like notifications of updates.

Students, I look forward to seeing you on Monday, August 29th! I will be standing outside our room to greet you- our room is at the very end of the 3/4 hallway, on the left. Don’t forget to bring your smile and positive attitude!P

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

~ Mrs. Kelley Groff

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Summer Break Reading Ideas

Summer Break Reading Ideas

“Summer shouldn’t mean taking a break from learning, especially reading.  Studies show that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read will gain skills,” (, 2022).  


Summer Reading Tips for Parents – Reading Rockets

ReadWriteThink Interactives (Trading Card Creator)

How to Teach Videos – Videos – Resources

Scholastic Summer Reading

Summer Literacy Challenge! – Start with a Book

Summer Reading 2022 – Barnes and Noble

Summer Reading Lists

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Happy PSSA Time!

Trying to make the PSSA’s not so burdensome (snacks + colorful leis + funny memes) for the kid! Thanks parents for the fun snack donations!!  

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Penn Manor Apparel Sale

The Junior Class is hosting an Apparel Sale to continue the increase of funds to support their senior year festivities.

Items include: Crew Neck Sweatshirts, Hooded Sweatshirts, Open Bottom Sweatpants, Graduating Class T-Shirt, and Pajama Pants

All orders are due by January 13th by 11:59pm. Delivery is expected in late February/early March.

Please use the link provided here or scan the QR Code below.

Thank you,

Class of 2023

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Mitten Tree

Dear Hambright Families,

This year we are collecting warm items to donate to Penn Manor families in need.  If your family is willing and able to donate, Hambright is collecting NEW hats, gloves, scarves, socks, and mittens in all sizes from infant to adult.  Handmade items are welcome.  We will be collecting these items until Thursday, December 23.  Thank you for helping us keep Penn Manor families warm this winter!

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Veterans Day!

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Friendly Reminder…

Please see my emails for directions on how to sign up for a Parent/Teacher Conference! I look forward to talking with you all!
~Mrs. Kelley Groff

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Some Fun Field Trip Pictures…

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From Our Guidance Counseling Team… RED RIBBON WEEK Oct 25-29th

10/25 – Monday: Wear Red. Wear red to show you are “RED-Y” to stand up for healthy choices.

10/26 – Tuesday: Keep it mellow. Say NO to drugs and wear your PJ’s to school.

10/27 – Wednesday: Camo Day – Be bold and brave by making healthy choices. We can’t hide our Penn Manor pride. Wear camouflage.

10/28 – Thursday: Be a “Jean-ious” – Don’t do 

DRUGS. Wear Jeans. 

10/29 – Friday: Team up Against Drugs. Wear your favorite team jersey, shirt or colors!

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