Last one, I promise! Just wanted to share moments I’ve captured this year. Enjoy…

Click the link below to access an album of all of the moments I’ve captured this year with my students!

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Avoid the “summer slide!”

Research supports the existence of the “summer slide.” Students often experience learning regression over the summer months. I hope to help you support your child in avoiding this by offering some suggestions and resources.

My recommendations include creating a manageable regiment that places emphasis on reading and possibly other types of practice. I highly recommend utilizing resources at the local public libraries. They even offer awesome incentive programs! One resource that I have found to be especially practical is the Free Library of Philadelphia. On their site you can remotely sign up for a library card and instantly have access to hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks! It’s too easy!

In addition to supporting your child in reading over the summer, there are many web-based resources that offer practice in math and other subjects. A few in particular, Khan Academy, Prodigy, and Freckle, give students access to math practice that can be fun and engaging. These resources can be used to stay sharp on 5th grade content already learned, or even to gain exposure to 6th grade skills ahead of the upcoming school year.

Most importantly, I would like students to capitalize on the opportunity to enjoy time with family, rest, and experience an adventure or two!

Click here to gain access to a hyperlinked document outlining some of the resources I’ve shared and more!

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Thank you…

Another school year has come to a close. Again, I am grateful for the opportunity to get to know, teach, and impact a group of students. I cherish the relationships I’ve forged with each individual child, and the bond I grew to have with them. I hope that their experience with me was memorable and helped to move them closer to reaching their potential.

Thank you…. for your role in their learning this year, your support, and your trust all year long. I am fortunate to work with the families I do here at CM.

I hope that the summer months are enjoyable for you and your family.

Jerrell Birch

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School Picnic Postponed

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REMINDER: Field trip tomorrow! (Wednesday, May 22)

Our fifth grade classes will be taking a field trip to Indian Echo Caverns on Wednesday, May 22nd.  The classes will be leaving Central Manor around 9:10 a.m. and return to the school by 2:00 p.m. For the field trip, your child will need to pack a lunch. It’s preferable that the lunch is packed in disposable materials (i.e. brown bag), so that students won’t need to be responsible for lunch boxes, etc. Also, we are recommending that students bring water bottles. There are no water fountains there. Again, something disposable may be more convenient for them.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding our trip tomorrow.

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Field Trip – Volunteer/Chaperones

We are at capacity for field trip volunteers for our trip to Indian Echo Caverns on May 22. We can no longer accept any new requests to join us on the field trip.

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

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Olympic Day volunteers needed…

WHEN: Wednesday, May 15th


Mr. Binkley, the Physical Education teacher at Central Manor, will hold Olympic Day for grades 5 & 6 on Wednesday, May 15th.  The event will have a raindate of TBA.  Activities will take place in the afternoon, starting approximately at 1:10 pm and finishing around 3:15 pm.  Volunteers are needed to assist with all of the fun activities planned to make this day enjoyable for all students. 

Volunteer helpers should report to the gym at 12:30 pm on the day of the event.  Mr. Binkley is currently looking for volunteers to chaperone a station.  Volunteers are asked to stay at one station throughout the event and help explain directions to all participants.  If you sign up for volunteering but something comes up and you cannot make it to the event please contact him so he can make other arrangements.  If you have any sign up questions, please contact him via email.  Thank you!

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PSSA – Encouraging Messages : )

Envelopes will be coming home today that contain a letter and index cards. The letter gives details on how you can help encourage your child with messages, given each day of testing.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

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PSSA Spirit Week!

PSSA’s are right around the corner for our 3rd-6th graders. To have some fun and get ourselves ready, we will be having an academic spirit week April 8-12. All students in grades K-6 are invited to participate.

Monday– Central Manor Proud- Wear Blue and Gold

Tuesday– Wild about PSSA’s- Wear your brightest, craziest outfit

Wednesday– Show your Super Smarts- Dress like your favorite superhero

Thursday– Put on Your Thinking Caps- Wear your favorite hat

Friday– Relax, We Can Do It- Wear pajamas or sweatpants

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CM Staff vs. 6th Grade Basketball Game – Thursday, 3/28

When: Thursday, March 28 Doors Open: 4:00pm Tip-Off: 4:30pm

Where: CM Gym (enter from the side gym entrance)

Why: We are raising money for PM C.A.R.E.S. All money raised will help Penn Manor families in need. Admission: $1 – you may pay at the door. Also, light snacks will be sold.

*** All fans/spectators (including siblings of participating 6th graders) must go home on the bus and have an adult family member or pre-approved adult bring them. This is NOT a drop-off event.

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