Let’s “Hangout” today!

It’s been too long since I’ve seen the faces of the students in the class! I wanted to invite each student to join me in a whole-class Google Hangout video chat today at 2:00pm. It won’t be anything formal, but simply a way for us to connect during this time. I ask that each student take a look at the prepared presentation (click here) explaining how to accept an invitation to the “Hangout” and the rules/etiquette associated with this type of interaction.

See you at 2!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

3-2-1 Challenge!

New remote learning opportunities will be released on Thursday of this week. Until then, I’d like to issue my class a “3-2-1” challenge! Watch the video for more details. Students can submit their “3-2-1” on Google Classroom or through email.


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Stay connected!

Visit the CM blog, and click the “COVID-19 & Online Learning” tab to access all information related to our school during this time.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Coming soon…

Dear families,

The district is collectively working to provide some optional structured learning activities for students starting Monday, March 30. Teachers will be working over the next several days to contribute to the roll-out of this. We appreciate your support and patience as we navigate this situation.

Please take a moment to fill out a brief, one-minute survey by clicking here. Your responses will help me gain a better idea of the access students will have to the created materials.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. I will do my best to answer them.

Mr. Birch

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“I’m bored…”

I just wanted to share a resource I’ve found helpful.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Message from the district…

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.
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Staying sharp!

Hello families!

I understand there may be questions surrounding any expectation for students to complete work/assignments during the two-week closure. At this point, I will hold off on communicating anything specific until I receive more information about any district plans.

In the meantime, I would recommend students take the opportunity to read and possibly spend time on web-based learning sites we often use (i.e. Prodigy, Khan Academy, Fog Stone Isle, Newsela, BrainPoP, Discovery Education, and CS First – Scratch ).

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. I will do my best to assist in any way that I can.

Mr. Birch

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Cozy Up With a Good Book” (Wear Pajamas – School-Wide) Tomorrow!!!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Kids at Work Day” – Tomorrow!

Students will celebrate “Kids at Work” day on Friday, February 21st, 2020, with the help of the elementary counseling department.

Construction Worker       Athlete        Dental Hygienist 

Retail Manager         Vet        Artist       Fashion Designer 

Chef           Entrepreneur        Teacher           Firefighter 

   Caregiver            Marine Biologist        Police Officer

As a way to promote career exploration and awareness with our elementary students, Penn Manor elementary schools are planning a special day across the district.

On Friday, February 21st, 2020 students will be invited to wear clothing that represents a career they may be interested in exploring as an adult. For example, your child may come dressed as a construction worker, a doctor, a teacher, etc. 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.  As an added component to Kids at Work Day, teachers and staff will be wearing their college, military, trade-school, or past/present career attire.

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 chooses a career, and what kind of training/schooling is needed to get started in a particular career.  To help facilitate discussion at home regarding career development, please refer to the “additional resources” at the end of this post for some fun, age-appropriate career development activities.

The Penn Manor Elementary School Counselors would like to thank you in advance for your support for Kids at Work Day. If you have any questions, please contact your school’s counselor.


The Elementary School Counselors

Nichole Hinkle, Hambright

Kimberly Juba, Conestoga and Martic

Shannon Madara, Central Manor

Michele Semple, Pequea

Samantha Strosser, Eshleman and Letort

Additional Resources

Success In the New Economy


Easy-to-Make Career Hats

Free Career Activities for Parents and Students


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment