Holiday/Spirit Week Info.

Next week, we will be having a holiday spirit week!!  Participation is optional.

Monday-Central “Manners” Monday!  Dress your best for a formal luncheon

Tuesday-Tacky Sweater Tuesday-Wear your favorite ugly sweater

Wednesday-Wear Red and Green (this is our Gingerbread house day!)

Thursday-Silent Night-Wear your PJ’s

Friday-Holiday Hat Hooray it’s Friday

*Also, we have started practicing for a play called “Holidays Around the World.”  You may have heard your child talk about it at home!  We are performing at 10:00 am on Thursday 12/20.  If you are able to come in to watch, feel free.  It will be in our classroom.  Do not feel obligated as I know this is last minute!  We will perform for other classes, too and I will take pictures!  If you plan on coming in, please let me know so I can notify the office of your visit. 

*We will be decorating the gingerbread houses on Wednesday, December 19 at 2:45!  Please send in candy donations by MONDAY 12/17 so I can purchase more if I need to.  You may take your child home with you at 3:15/3:20 that day if you plan on coming in for the event.  

*Santa Suit projects are due MONDAY 12/17 too.  Thank you!

Any questions?! Please ask!

Week of December 10

What a full week! 

We were busy this past week learning about Place Value in math.  We revisited expanded form, written form, and numbers in standard form.  We talked about the value of a digit and compared numbers using greater than and less than!  Some of our math groups even read numbers in the hundred thousands!  We will have a review day Monday and the math test will be on TUESDAY.  I will send home a review on Monday evening.

New spelling words went home today! The optional robust words are recently and housed.  Again, these are optional and just count as extra credit!

Our class read 7,280 minutes in the month of November!  I can’t wait to see how many minutes we read in December !  Thank you for signing the reading calendar each night.

There are still slots for gingerbread house candy donations!  Sign up here!  If you can think of other candy that might look neat, send it in!

Also, this coming week we will be starting to learn about Holidays Around the World. We will be doing a little reader’s theater in which each child will have a part (we will practice in school).  It will be very educational for all and I look forward to sharing a performance time with you the week of December 17th.

Your child came home with his/her Friday Folder filled with lots of hard work.  Please take a look at what’s inside and then return the empty folder on Monday.  We did not get to Friday journals this week, so sorry!

Have a great weekend everyone!  

Week of December 3

December already?  I can’t believe it!  We have an exciting month ahead! 

Thank you so much for signing up to donate items for the gingerbread houses!  Please send them in by December 17.  There are still a few spots if anyone is interested!  You can sign up here:

Everyone is welcome to join us on Wednesday, 12/19 to help decorate the houses!  We will begin around 2:45 in our classroom.  You may take your child and his/her gingerbread house home with you that day!

We have been working very hard on our place value chapter in math this week and will most likely be having our test at the end of this week or early next week.  

With a new month, comes a new character education focus!  This month we will be focusing on courtesy and manners.

Your child will come home with his/her Friday Folder filled with lots of hard work on Friday.  Please take a look at what’s inside and then return the empty folder Monday. Thank you for helping your child be successful!

Have a great week everyone!  

Gingerbread Houses

I am so excited to start planning for gingerbread houses!  I think the kids will really enjoy creating colorful masterpieces, but I cannot do it without your help!  There are two ways to help, please consider donating items and/or helping to make the icing for decorating.  See below for details on both.

To donate items, please go to the following sign up genius page.  Donated items need to be sent in by Monday, Dec 17.  Thank you!!

If you would be willing to make the icing for 20 at home and send in (it will need to be refrigerated) please let me know!  I will provide all the materials you need, but a mixer is required! I am thinking I need two parent volunteers for this.  Please email me if you are interested.

If you would like to join your child for the decorating, we will be doing it on Friday, December 14 from 2:45 until 3:20.  This will be so much fun, I am so excited! 

I will send home a letter with this information as well.  Thank you for your help! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!🦃🍁

It sounds like a lot of second graders had fun in the snow!  

We will have a special Shine Time today, Monday, honoring some veterans that will be visiting Central Manor!  Students are asked to wear red, white, and blue if possible!

Although we have a short week, we will be very busy!  We will be taking our math test on Wednesday.  A great way to prepare is to encourage your child to practice double digit subtraction with and without regrouping at home.  If your child brings in that practice to show me, he/she will earn an extra credit point on our homework chart!

This week we will do some Thanksgiving activities and will do a buddy activity with Mrs. O’Donnell’s 5th grade class! 

Your child’s spelling list will come home on Wednesday. The test will not be until Friday, November 30.  

We have an early 1:30 dismissal on Wednesday.  There will be no school on Thursday, Friday, or Monday.  I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I truly am thankful to be your child’s teacher!!  

Week of November 12

It was such a pleasure to meet with each of you for parent teacher conferences!  I truly feel so lucky to be able to spend my days with your children!!

We are still collecting canned corn for the Thanksgiving food drive.  Thank you to those that have already donated!

Spelling Lists came home on Friday!  The test will be next Friday, Nov. 16.  Also, Friday folders don’t always come home.  Keep an eye out for the red plastic folder each week, though! Thank you!

Picture retake day is on Tuesday if you are interested.  The original packet of pictures should be returned that day.

This month’s character trait Central Manor is focusing on is respect.  We will be discussing what respect looks like and sounds like this week!

We started our double digit subtraction chapter this week and will be working very hard on that next week.  Any subtraction basic fact practice that can happen at home would really benefit your child!  Thanks for the support! Again, I sent home a video to show each of you how to practice with your child!

Upcoming important dates:

12- PTO Meeting- 6:30 PM Library

13- Fall Picture Re-take Day

19- Patriotic Shine Time- Wear Red-White-Blue

21- 1:30 Early Dismissal

22-26- No School- Thanksgiving Vacation

I would like to say a very special thank you to anyone who has or is currently serving our country!  Happy Veteran’s Day!

A special note from Mr. Malek and Mrs. Transue:

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

Week of November 5th

Hello 2D Families!  

The Book Fair is open this week!  Students may bring money or just browse.  Our class will visited today from 1:55-2:40.  If your child did not bring money, he or she made a wish list! The Book Fair will also be open to parents during parent/teacher conferences.

The spelling test was today (11/5)  for the “ar” words.  There will not be a new spelling list for this week.  I will be giving out the next list this Friday which will be tested the following Friday (11/16).

This week we will be adding up all of the minutes from our October reading calendars.  I am so impressed with the amazing reading going on at home!  Thank you for encouraging such a wonderful habit at home!!  Our top three readers from our class will be announced sometime this week and we will see what our second grade combined minutes will be!  Will will beat last month’s minutes???

In math, we will start SUBTRACTION with regrouping!  To help your child at home, please practice his or her basic subtraction facts!  Flash cards are a great way to do this.  The quicker and more fluent your child is with these facts, the easier it will be for him/her to solve these problems!  I will send a short video sometime this week showing you how we explain “subtraction regrouping” at school. You may remember this in school as “borrowing!”

Due to parent teacher conferences, there will be 1:30 dismissals on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week.  

I am really looking forward to meeting with you this week to discuss your child’s progress.  I will do my best to stay on time, but if it is your conference time and my door is still closed, please know I will be with you as soon as possible.  Sometimes with sibling conferences on the other side of the building, conference times are thrown off.  Thank you for your patience!  If you need a reminder time of when your conference is, please send me an email and I will let you know!

Reading Calendar & PM Apparel

Just a reminder!!  Please add up October reading calendar minutes and have your child hand them in on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST.  Your child will receive a new November reading calendar on Thursday, too!

Also, I am sending home an OPTIONAL math test review on Wednesday for your child to do.  Our test will be on Thursday.  I don’t like to give homework on Halloween, however, if you want your child to do the assignment I will have a special treat for them on Thursday.

Thank you for understanding! 

Also, if interested in PM Apparel, follow the link below to purchase!  This was sent by the PMHS athletic director.   The store closes 11/11 and items are estimated to ship 12/17.

Week of October 29th

We showed a lot of great spirit last week with all of our spirit days!  Penn Manor is asking faulty, staff, and students to wear red today if possible to show support for our friends in the Warwick School District.

We have been working so hard on addition with regrouping!  We have learned how to do it with base ten blocks, by drawing models of the base ten blocks, and by writing it abstractly.  We have even applied that skill in problem solving!  We will be having the test this week and moving into subtraction with regrouping next.

The spelling list that your child brought home Friday will not be tested until Monday, November 5 due to our inservice/no school day on Friday.  A new list will not be given until that Friday and will be tested Friday, 11/9.

Second grade has been asked to donate canned corn for our food drive.

Important upcoming dates:

*November 5 – 9 – Fall Book Fair (The Book Fair will be open during conferences on Wednesday afternoon and evening.)

*Wednesday, November 7 – Sub Sale Pick up

*Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (I’m looking forward to discussing your child’s progress with you!)

*November 7, 8 and 9 – 1:30 Early Dismissal Days

*Monday, November 12 – PTO Meeting (6:30 PM in the CM Library)

*Tuesday, November 13 – Picture Retake Day (Please send in your original packet.)

*November 21 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

*November 22-26 Happy Thanksgiving (No School)

Pumpkin Project

Hello 2D families!  I wanted to clarify two things about the character pumpkin project.  This is an OPTIONAL fun project, please do not feel obligated to do it.  Also, the due date listed should say October 29, but feel free to hand it in earlier!  I am looking forward to seeing the finished products!  We will display all of second grader’s pumpkins in our hallway!  Your child will take the pumpkin home on November 1st.

Happy creating!!