Happy 2020! Rolling once again!

We are back into the swing of things and students have been working hard. Just a reminder that the second semester begins on Tuesday, January 14th. This means we will be following the second-semester specials schedule located on the front of your child’s home folder. The most notable change is that physical education will be on Day A instead of Day C, and the students will have Applied Engineering this semester instead of Library Instruction. Please be sure that your child wears sneakers on Tuesday as well as each Day A following. In addition, we will have book exchange on every other Day A beginning with this Tuesday. I will do my best to remind students when they need their books, but my rule of thumb has been to have them keep their books in their backpacks so they have them when needed.

Flannel and Jeans Day – Join us in beating the winter blahs! Students are encouraged to wear jeans and flannel (shirts, socks, hair bows, hats, etc.). Just no pajamas, please. Let’s make it a FLANTASTIC day!

Important Dates:

Monday, January 13, 2020: No School

Friday, January 17, 2020: Flannel and Jeans Day

Monday, January 20, 2020: No School

Friday, January 24, 2020: Early Dismissal

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Check out this FABULOUS Fruit Salad

Students got to see firsthand how when people share everyone is richer. Thank you to everyone that supplied a piece of fruit. Students enjoyed washing, cutting and adding the fruits to our LOVELY fruit salad. Not only was the smell AMAZING the fruit salad was delicious!! Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! See you on Tuesday 🙂

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Ag in the Classroom

The students enjoyed Ag in the Classroom presentations last week. Students were able to hear about how local farmers earn an income. In addition, students were able to see FFA students and hear about opportunities they will have access to in their future years at Penn Manor. Then, students wrote thank you letters in order to show their appreciation for the time each of the volunteers gave for coming into our school. It was a great experience!

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District-Wide Holiday Donations Information

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, December 3rd and Wednesday, December 11th

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 11th.  Make your check payable to Penn Manor Family Fund and on the memo line write “Holiday Gifts.”

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Calling All Fruits!

Calling All Fruits! Students will be reading the folktale Stone Soup next week. We will discuss how to find the central message of a story as our main focus in Unit 4. A central message is the moral or life lesson the author wants the reader to learn. In this story, monks visit a village that has been through hard times and teach the villagers how to make soup from stones. The villagers learn that sharing with one another creates more for all, leading to the moral that sharing makes everyone richer. As a culminating activity, we’d like to make a friendship fruit salad on Wednesday, November 27th. Please consider sending ONE piece of fruit (i.e. one banana, one small bunch of grapes, one apple, etc.) to school with your child. In order to avoid too many duplicates of the same fruit, we have created a sign-up genius for you to use in order to let us know what your child will be contributing. Simply click the link to sign up:


Students will help cut up the fruits and combine them to create a fruit salad to model the lesson that sharing makes everyone richer. It’s always AMAZING to see how when everyone contributes just one small piece we get enough for everyone J Please send the fruit to school with your child NO EARLIER than Tuesday, November 26th. Thanks for helping to provide meaningful learning experiences for your child!

                                                   Mrs. Fellenbaum and Ms. Lovett

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Socks Day – THURSDAY, November 14th

Students continue to work hard showing what it means to be Conestoga PROUD to fill in our Fractionometer. pleased to announce that the students filled in the fourths Fractionometer and earned a SOCKS day! On Thursday, students may wear their favorite, coziest pair of socks. I’m proud of the students’ hard work to achieve this goal!

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Pajama Day on THURSDAY, October 31st

We recently created a whole group reward system based upon fractions. Students work to fill in our Fractionometer by displaying what it means to be Conestoga PROUD as a class. I’m pleased to announce that the students filled in the thirds Fractionometer and earned a pajama day! We have decided that this Thursday, October 31st would be the perfect day to celebrate their hard work 🙂 On Thursday, students may wear their favorite pajamas, including slippers to wear while in the classroom. Here’s to a comfortable day of learning!

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Just a reminder that the third grade field trip is scheduled for TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 22nd. We know that there is rain in the forecast. However, we have been watching the forecast closely and it looks like the heavy rain will hold off until later in the afternoon. Cherry Crest Farm will let us know between 7-7:30am whether or not they will be closing for the day.  If we get word that the farm is closing, we will send an announcement via Remind. Mrs. Fellenbaum will also post an announcement on her blog (blogs.pennmanor.net/hfellenbaum/). Plan for the field trip to run as scheduled if you do NOT receive an alert via Remind. Please have your child dress in layers. Appropriate footwear is required for students to participate in the different activities at the farm. Sneakers are great; however with the amount of rain we have gotten the ground will be soggy, so feel free to have your child wear boots. Don’t forget to bring a bagged lunch if you did not order one from the cafeteria! If the field trip would get canceled for tomorrow, we have a rain date scheduled for Monday, October 28th. Crossing our fingers that Mother Nature cooperates with us tomorrow!

                                                  Ms. Lovett and Mrs. Fellenbaum

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Energy Presentation

Last week, students had fun learning about energy and electricity during a presentation given by PP&L employees. Students were able to experiment to find out what materials are insulators and which are conductors. Each student received a FREE home energy kit. Inside that kit is a home energy worksheet to be completed and returned. Students that return their sheet will receive a color-changing pencil as well as a chance to win an ENERGY STICK like the one we used for our experiments! Extra copies were sent home in your child’s home folder today. Please return them as soon as possible 🙂

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Book Orders Due Friday, October 18, 2019

Scholastic book orders are being sent home for the first time today. There is a letter attached with directions on how to order books. The easiest way is to order them online (www.scholastic.com – click on Book Clubs) using our class code GWY2M or simply search for my name (Fellenbaum). You can also mark your child’s choices on the flyer and return that to school with a check made out to Scholastic. Please do not send cash! If you would like to order books as a gift and/or surprise for your child, simply email me to let me know and when the books arrive I will contact you in order for you to pick them up 🙂 Books make excellent gifts!!!

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