“Kids at Work Day” – Friday, February 22

“On Friday, February 22, 2017 students will be invited to wear clothing that would represent a career that they may be interested in exploring as an adult.  For example, your child may come dressed as a construction worker, doctor, teacher, etc…”

“Our hope is that “Kids at Work” day will be a great way to start conversations at home and at school about different types of careers, why someone chose a career, and what kind of training/schooling is needed to get started in a particular career… Please make sure that your child’s clothing is appropriate for a day of learning and wouldn’t distract other students in his/her classroom.”

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Tissues please!

Our supply of tissues has been hard to keep stocked this time of year. We could use your help! If you are able, please send in any amount of tissue boxes, that will ensure our noses are taken care of.

Thank you!

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The Reading Fair was a success!

Thank you to all that we able to attend! The students were so proud to show off their work, and enjoyed a memorable experience. We are so grateful for the support from all of the families!

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Join us!

We will be celebrating fifth grade students’ work during our “Reading Fair” event, which will be held on Thursday, January 24 (2pm-3pm). Join us in the Central Manor gym, as fifth graders will be displaying their “Reading Fair” board projects. Please feel free to contact me with questions.

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“Reading Fair” Projects

As the due date for this project draws near, students will be given opportunity to work on and complete their “Reading Fair” projects during the school day. I would recommend that students wishing to take advantage of class work time bring their board/materials to school. These projects will be due next Friday, January 11.

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5th grade “Reading Fair”

Fifth grade students began working on reading projects that allow them to share their favorite fiction or non-fiction book through a creative tri-fold storyboard.  In addition to reading a high-interest text, students get the opportunity to display their love of literature and their individual strengths in grade-level skills.  We will then celebrate their work in a “Reading Fair” event, to be held on a date in January (more information to come).

We have offered students tri-fold boards for $1, in hopes of eliminating the step of going and getting one out of school.  

Click here to see examples of completed boards!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Mr. Birch

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December Book Orders

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As the holidays approach, you may want to consider ordering books from our book club as gifts or stocking stuffers. If you would like to keep an order a surprise for your 5th grader, I would be more than glad to help! Order online (class code: LGLCV) or send your order and payment in a sealed envelope to school with your child. Please notify me if the order is to remain secret! When the order arrives, I will send it home with your son or daughter in a sealed bag so that the contents are kept SECRET!  Book orders are due this Friday, December 7. 

If you prefer, I can call/e-mail you when the order has arrived and you may pick it up in the main office at your convenience.

Order online by clicking here.

Thank you,

Jerrell Birch

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We could use your feedback! – School Climate Survey

November 6, 2018

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Research suggests that a positive school climate can support student success.

This year, Central Manor Elementary School has again decided to gather data on students’, staff, and parents’ perceptions of the school climate. This data will help the school leadership team and staff continue to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.

Please let us know what you think by completing an anonymous survey at:


When you reach the survey website, please look for the “CLICKING HERE” hyperlink near the top of the web page.

Invitation Code  BYTRD1

The survey will be open until Friday, November 16, 2018.  We plan to have several locations set up throughout the school on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 during parent/teacher conferences.  Please look for a computer in the office, downstairs lobby by the playground doors, and/or in the beach area in or K-2 wing of the building.  Another option is to complete this survey at home on your personal computer.

Please help us improve the school climate by taking 5-10 minutes to complete this survey.   Families with multiple students, please take this survey one time only.  If you choose to complete the survey, please send in a brief note to the office stating you did so.  Your name will be entered into a random drawing to win gift cards to local stores.  Several winners will be chosen.


Brian Malek & Michele Transue

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Sounder (film) Permission Slip

Our class has finished reading the children’s novel, Sounder. I intend to show the Disney film adaptation of the novel to our class in the near future.  A permission slip was sent home today.  Click here for more information on the film.

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Help our class earn a $50 mini-grant!

Earlier this week, representatives from PPL’s “Think! Energy” program visited our fifth graders.  The presenters taught us about how we can “Think! Energy” by empowering us to use energy-efficient practices in our lives.  They even gave us the “innovation” kits with actual energy-saving items we can install in our homes.  Hopefully you found the items useful!

In response to the students’ exposure to this information, PPL is asking that students and their families fill out “Home Energy Worksheets” (surveys).  If 80% of the students in our class turn them in, we get a $50 mini-grant for our classroom.  

The “worksheet” can be completed on paper or online!  Click the link below to access the online version.  The paper “energy worksheets” will be sent home today.


My Teacher ID is: 86972

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