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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PP&L Think! Energy Presentation

On October 17, representatives from PPL’s Think! Energy program will visit and conduct a one-hour presentation with our fifth grade students.  The program teaches the importance of energy, natural resources, environmental resources, and gives each student’s family energy-efficient technologies to install at home!  If you would NOT like your child to receive and bring home the free Think! Energy Take Action Kit, sign and return the yellow paper sent home today.  Click here for more information!

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.

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Committing ourselves to reading in October!

Our class has created a goal of reading 19,530 minutes in the month of October.  Help us reach our goal by holding us accountable each day.  Students that create the opportunity to read each day should have an adult initial their reading log each day, to confirm that they’ve read.  We thank you in advance for your help and encouragement!

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REMINDER: Picture Day is tomorrow!

To order photos, simply send in the order form with payment on picture day.  You can also order on  Our school’s “Picture Day ID” is:  LT318367q0.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Remind students not to forget their sneakers, as we still have Phys. Ed. tomorrow.

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Say cheese! Picture day is on Tuesday!

Picture day will be on Tuesday, September 25.  To order photos, simply send in the order form with payment on picture day.  You can also order on  Our school’s “Picture Day ID” is:  LT318367q0.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Getting it started with Sounder!

Our class started reading Sounder recently.  It is a Newbery Medal winning title, written by William H. Armstrong.  It’s a fantastic story with themes of hardship, hope, and perseverance.  As a school, we’re aiming to expose to students to various genres of literature.  We will first dive into this historical fiction piece as a class.  Click here for more information on the title, and please feel free to contact me with questions.


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Scholastic Book Orders


I will be periodically sending home Scholastic book order flyers throughout the year. There is no obligation to ever order anything for your child.  As your child’s teacher, I simply want to provide the opportunity for you to purchase grade-level appropriate literature through the school market; often at cheaper prices.

Book order forms were sent last week.  Orders for the month of September are due by this Friday, September 14.  If you choose to purchase your child an item from the Scholastic Reading Club, you can do so in two ways:

  1. Send in a check or money order with the order form.
  2. Order online by clicking here, and entering our class code (LGLCV).  Browse the selection and place your order!  This option allows you to pay using a debit/credit card.

Questions?  Contact me!

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