Finally Fall- Week of 10/7 updates…

Welcome to October, 5L families! I can’t believe we are at the mid point in marking period 1! Last week was a busy one but ended with an amazing event on a gorgeous day to raise money for our students and school through Race for Education. Thank you so much for all the generous donations. CM PTO has done an amazing job with this fundraiser! We are very lucky to have such a excellent group of parents to work with! The final dates for donations will be 10/18. Please be sure to share the date with possible donors. See the candid photos below from the event.

Box Tops are due tomorrow, 10/7! Please send in any box tops you may have laying around the house. Every little bit counts!

On Friday, conference request forms were sent home with each student. Please be sure to return those to school at your earliest convenience. It is extremely important and helpful in the planning of upcoming parent-teacher conferences, the first week of November.

We will begin switching for content with Mr. Birch’s class this week. Students will begin the science unit for the first marking period, as we have wrapped up the social studies unit on the 13 colonies. Final tests will be coming home in Monday folders!

Reading calendars for October will also be coming home on Monday! I apologize for the delay. Feel free to sign for days from last week, as well. I will also be sending home October Scholastic Book Club order forms. Please feel free to also go online and place an order. It is not too early for holiday shopping at a great price! (If you plan to do some holiday shopping, please let me know and I will set your order aside when handing out the orders. We can arrange pickup. )

Last week, we finally began our EI block with the new program, Word Generations. We are excited to pilot this program this year. It is our hope to build on the academic language in each student through reading, writing, and speaking. On Friday, last week, lesson 6 spelling packet was handed out. It is a 2-week packet and will not be tested or due back completed until 10/18.

Mark your calendars…

  • Monday, 10/7- PPL Electric Presentations for 5th grade
  • Friday, 10/11- District-wide PINK OUT!
  • Monday, 10/14- No school- Columbus Day!
  • Wednesday, 10/16- Scholastic book orders due!
  • Monday, 10/21- PTO Meeting in CM Library @ 6:30
  • Thursday, 10/24- End of Marking Period 1
  • Friday, 10/25- 1:30 Early Dismissal
  • Friday, 11/1- Teacher In-service day, No school for students!
  • Wed., Thurs., Fri., 11/6-11/8- 1:30 Early Dismissal (Parent-Teacher Conferences)
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Race For Education, Friday!

A reminder went home today with students, reminding families about the Race For Education, coming up this Friday, 10/4. I can’t believe it is almost here! Donations are still coming in but as of today, CM has raised over $12,000. We are well on our way to our goal of $15,000. There is still time!

If you were planning to attend the event on Friday, families are welcome to come and cheer on your children! 5th grade will be jogging/walking from 1:00-2:00. Please see the paper that came home today for the schedule of all classes and times.

If you will be attending this event, PTO will have a table with parent volunteers, to sign you into the event and hand out visitor badges. You DO NOT need to enter the building to sign in. Any questions, please feel free to reach out to myself or the CM office.

Students, don’t forget to dress appropriately on Friday. Sneakers are a must!!!

We hope to see you there!

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Week 9/23 Update…

I hope you all enjoyed the last official weekend of summer! What a gorgeous one it was. Lots of sunshine and time to unwind a bit.

Some important information went home on Friday regarding new Race for Education incentives and PSSA scores. Please be sure to check your child’s folder before school on Monday.

I decided to introduce the super speller packet for lesson 4 in spelling. If a student were to get 3 or fewer incorrect on his/her spelling pretest on Friday, he/she had the opportunity to try the super speller packet for this upcoming week (lesson 4). Be sure to ask your child how he/she did on their pretest. Packets will all be due on Friday, 9/27. We will take both super speller and regular speller tests on Friday as well!

We have a busy week ahead in 5L!

Some REMINDERS for the week…

  • Tuesday, 9/24- CM Picture Day! We will be getting our pictures after recess on Tuesday. I will do my best to be sure everyone looks their best and fresh before we head to the picture booth. Please remember to complete the order slip or go online to complete your picture order. If it is completed online, your child will not need a slip/envelope to return.
  • Tuesday, 9/24– Cycle day C is Library Instruction WITH book exchange! Please remember your books to change out.
  • Thursday, 9/26– We will be participating in an apple activity with our buddies in 1st grade.
  • Friday, 9/27- 1:30 Early Dismissal for students!

Looking ahead…

  • Monday, 9/30– Reading calendars will be due. If you have been participating in your daily reading. Please have your calendar initialed and ready to turn in on Monday.
  • Friday, 10/4– Race For Education at CM! We will be running/jogging/walking from 1:00-2:00.
  • Monday, 10/7– Box Tops are being collected! Keep collecting those Box Tops and be ready to bring them in if you haven’t already!
  • Friday, 10/11– District-wide Pink Out Day!
  • Monday, 10/14– No School (Columbus Day)
  • Monday, 10/21– PTO meeting in the library at 6:30 PM.
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Sapphire update…

Thank you all for your patience. Sapphire is currently updated with all the up-to-date grades for all assignments taken in Mrs. Loreto’s class. I anticipate all grades will be loaded for other 5th grade teachers, as well, by the end of the week. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Sapphire is an excellent tool to help families to stay informed and students to take responsibility for progress throughout each marking period.

If you have not yet set up a Sapphire account for your child, please contact Mrs. Smith or click here.

We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to settle in and work through all the hurdles the beginning of the school year sometimes presents.

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We are in full-swing now with September off to a great start and our first full week off to a strong start, as well.

Today, students worked on the ELA CDT tests. CDT stands for classroom diagnostic tests. These tests are extremely helpful to teachers and administration to use throughout the year to help better understand the concepts students have mastered and where they have areas that need more focus and work. Students will take the Math CDT tests next Monday to wrap up the beginning of the year testing.

We have completed our first spelling lesson and are currently working with lesson 2. The test will be Friday, 9/13. We have started our 13 colonies unit in social studies, as well. I have included a link for students to use to study for the upcoming 13 colonies map quiz (this Thursday) on our Google Classroom for Social Studies. Have fun!

Fifth grade is also working to complete chapter 1 in math, this week. We will begin testing place value on Wednesday with a review day Tuesday.

We will embark on our second story in ELA this week. We will assess the robust vocabulary for lesson 1, on Tuesday. We have our planners to help us stay organized and are working hard in all areas this year.

Some Reminders:

  • Scholastic book orders are due Wednesday, 9/11.
  • Race For Education will take place on October 4th at CM. Have you sent out your letters, yet?
  • Students will be checking mailboxes at school every Monday (at least). Please do your best to empty out the red folders each week to help each student stay on top of work on keep organized.

Mark your calendars:

  • Wednesday, September 11th- Scholastic Book Orders due!!!
  • Tues., September 24th- CM Picture Day:)
  • Fri., September 27th- Early 1:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, October 4th- Race for Education
  • Friday, October 11th- District-wide Pink-Out Day!
  • Monday, October 14th- No School (Columbus Day)
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Thank you!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for coming out to CM tonight for our annual Meet the Teacher Night. We had a great turnout. It was so nice to meet all the new families. I appreciate all your support and encouragement this year. It is so refreshing to know these kiddos are going home to such an amazing support system! I appreciate you!

Have a great evening!

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Welcome back!

We’ve made it through our first 3 days of school! It has been a whirlwind but we have had a great start. I’m really enjoying getting to know your child. I hope your children are feeling excited and positive about what is yet to come in 5th grade!

We packed a good bit into the first 3 days of school. We got to know each other a little better with some getting to know you activities and ice breakers, we jumped into writing with All About Me poems, learned the rules and procedures of the classroom, had a presentation from Mr. Malek and Mrs. Transue on expected behaviors at CM, we started our first day of math on Friday, we completed our beginning of the year Dibels testing with the AST team, and finally… we distributed our new LAPTOPS! Students were so very excited to receive the new Chromebooks!

As you many of you already know, if the permission form was signed and returned giving students permission to take them home, they were permitted to do so this weekend. If you decided against giving your child permission to bring the laptops home, that is completely fine. A form was sent home on Friday that needs to be filled out and signed, just acknowledging this. The school will keep this on file, also. Thank you so much for your support and patience with this.

Math & Content

We began math this week in 5th grade. Students may be staying in Mrs. Loreto’s class or may be switching classes to Mr. Birch for math. Please be sure to ask your child about math so far. Please feel free to contact either of us at any time with any questions of concerns you may have throughout the year.

Mrs. Loreto will teach social studies and Mr. Birch will teach science to both classes this year. We will divide each marking period in half and switch midway through for the other content area. Mrs. Loreto’s class will always begin the first have of each marking period with social studies and then will switch to Mr. Birch for the second half of the marking period for science.

Spelling Procedures

We also began our first spelling lesson on Friday. We will follow a weekly schedule for spelling this year. Lesson 1 pretest was given Friday and spelling packets were given out. Typically, packets are given on Friday and are due the following Friday. This lesson (lesson 1) will be a 2 week packet and will not be due until Friday, September 6th. We will also test lesson 1 on Friday, September 6th.

Each week (unless otherwise noted), spelling packets will be due and tests will be given on Friday. We will then begin the next lesson and packet. I feel this is a great way to help students practice some time management and prioritizing. If a student were to earn a perfect score on a pretest, he/she will simply bring the pretest home to be signed (and to share) and then bring it back to school. They will then be opted out of the weekly test but will still be required to complete the practice packet for the week. Also, if a student were to complete a spelling packet early, they are able to hand the packet in at any time throughout the week, prior to Friday. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about this.

Planners and such…

Planners are on the way! We are all trying to wait very patiently. Students will be receiving a planner for the year as soon as they are delivered to Central Manor. They, along with the math books, were held up along the line somewhere and will be arriving shortly. I know these are extremely helpful to many students (and teachers). We will be getting them again this year, just a little later than usual. As we were leaving on Friday, math books were arriving. Students will have them on their desks Monday morning! Thank you so much for your patience with this.

In my welcome letter sent to students at the end of July, students were asked to bring in pictures, clippings, or drawings to represent them. Please feel free to continue to send in those items representing your child, if you are able, by Monday, 8/26. We will be working with this project on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

Mark your calendars:

  • Wednesday, 8/28- Meet the Teacher Night 4:00-6:00
  • Thursday, 8/29- 1:30 Early Dismissal
  • Friday, 8/29- PM Kickoff Classic at Comet Field
  • Friday, 8/30 & Monday, 9/2- No School!
  • Friday, 9/27- 1:30 Dismissal

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Penn Manor Food Service & Meal Assistance

School is right around the corner. It’s not too early to start getting ready. You and your family may be eligible under a federal program for Child Nutrition:

Research has shown that good nutrition has a positive impact on a child’s ability to focus and learn. It is important that we provide a nurturing environment for each child, so that individual success as a student can be maximized.  We would encourage you to review the links below and submit an application.  Even kindergarten students can qualify for meals; which is certainly helpful if you plan to send them to breakfast or for the days when they have a chance to eat lunch at school with the older students.  Please contact Brian Malek for more details.  All information is confidential.  Many families are unaware that they qualify for this meal assistance program. 

Eligibility for 2019-20

Online application

PM Food Services

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End of the Year Updates/Reminders… Wow!

I’m not sure how we got here but I feel like this year flew by! I’m sure going to miss this class. As we wrap up the year, there are a few updates and reminders I wanted to share.

Please note the update directly from the PTO about end of year picnic:

“Tonight’s end of the school year picnic has been postponed until Monday, June 3rd because of impending bad weather this evening. Just a reminder that pets are not permitted on school grounds. Extra yearbooks will be sold at the picnic on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions, please contact the office at, 717-872-1401.”

Our field trip was a huge success. We had great weather and I believe the kiddos really enjoyed themselves. Thank you to ALL of our chaperones that were able to attend and lend a hand that day. I hope you had an enjoyable experience, as well!

Some reminders:

  • Friday, May 31st- Last spelling packet due/last (spelling) test of 5th grade!
  • Monday, June 3rd- PTO End of Year Picnic (Rescheduled)
  • Tuesday, June 4th- Last full day of school.
  • Wednesday, June 5th- Last day of school- special 11:30 dismissal! (*Please note: no breakfast or lunch will be served on this day.)

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Happy May!

I’m not quite sure how we’ve gotten here but we are officially in May and the wind down of the school year… let the busy time begin. We have so much going on between now and the end of the school year, I’m hoping I can keep it all straight, with just 24 school days left for the year. Yikes! I’m sure going to miss these students!

Saying goodbye…

While we are on the subject, some of you may already be aware but Miss Nguyen, our student teacher, will be ending her time with us on Thursday, May 9th, before heading to graduation practice. She has been such a big part of our classroom for the entire year! We’ve all been very lucky to work with her for the past year. We sure are going to miss her!

If you would like to make a donation for the Miss Nguyen Celebration, please click on the link below. Please don’t feel obligated but your contributions are very much appreciated!


Students are working very hard on their magazines for the 4th marking period. I can’t wait to see the finished products. Be sure to ask your child about his/her theme and how the magazine is moving along.

Mark your Calendars…

Below are some upcoming dates you might want to mark on your calendars as we continue through the busy last full month of school!

  • Wed., May 8th- Envirothon!
  • Fri., May 10th- 1:30 Early Dismissal!
  • Mon., May 13th- PTO meeting @ 6:30 PM in the Library
  • Wed., May 15th- Olympic Day
  • Wed., May 22nd- 5th grade Field Trip to Indian Echo Caverns
  • Fr., May 24th- School IS in session!!!
  • Mon., May 27th- No School *Memorial Day holiday!*
  • Thurs., May 30th- PTO School Picnic 5:30-7:30!
  • Wed., June 5th- Last Student day of 2018-2019 school year- 11:30 Dismissal!
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