Where has October gone?

I don’t know about you but I feel like this year is flying by! We are already more than halfway through October and almost done with marking period 1. Time sure is flying!

I wanted to send out a few reminders for some upcoming events. This week is “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” spirit week. A small orange sheet came home on Friday with the information but I wanted to share publicly with all families as well.

Spirit Week details:

Mon. 10/22– Favorite Penn Manor shirt/jersey (or wear blue/gold) *district teamwork*

Tues. 10/23– “Scrabble”- attach a letter to your shirt. Can you find other students and make some robust vocabulary? *literacy teamwork*T

Wed. 10/24– PJ Day- Teamwork makes the DREAM work! *school-wide teamwork*

Thurs. 10/25- Favorite sports jersey/team *sports teamwork*

Fri. 10/26– Penn Manor District Wide “PINK OUT’*district teamwork*


Thank you all for returning your forms for conference requests. As you already know, the 1st marking period is coming to a close at the end of the month. We will be sending home your conference time slips on Monday, 10/22. They will give you the specific dates and times of your conferences. Please sign and return your slip or contact me with any concerns you may have. 


Just a reminder that all assessments that are completed in Mrs. Loreto’s room are always able to be corrected and returned with a signature for 1/2 credit. Many students take advantage of this, regularly. There are some students that could benefit from this but have not yet taken advantage of this opportunity. 

We will be wrapping up with Spelling for the marking period after lesson 8. We will start it back up in marking period 2 with lesson 9. I wanted to make families aware, for when your child comes home and tells you there is not a spelling packet for 2 weeks. This is true! 

Students were also offered a super speller list this week for the first time this year. After taking the lesson 8 spelling pretest, if a student earned 3 or less incorrect, they had the opportunity to try the super speller list.  This week I encouraged them all to try the list even if it looked too difficult. It is a completely different set of words with the regular challenge words built in, and different packet to complete. This will be done on a weekly basis with each new list. Once a student is on the super speller list, it doesn’t mean they are stuck there. It’s only for that week. Also, there are no super speller lists on the review weeks (lesson 10, 15, 20, 25, 30).

The packet is still due on Friday, 10/26 and they will complete the test then as well. Way to go to the students that took on this challenge!

Calendar Reminders~

10/22-10/26- Bus Driver Appreciation Week!

10/22-10/26- Teamwork Spirit Week at CM! (see daily themes above)

Sun. 10/28- Designer Bag Bingo at Manor Church! 

Fri. 11/2-  No school for students! (K-12 In-Service day)

Wed. 11/7- 1:30 Dismissal (Conference day!) *papers coming home Monday!

Thurs. 11/8- 1:30 Dismissal (

Fri. 11/9- 1:30 Dismissal 

Wed. 11.21- 1:30 Dismissal

Thurs. 11/22- Happy Thanksgiving! (enjoy your break!)

Fri. 11/23 & Mon. 11/26- No School! (Fall break)

Character Themes~

This month (October) we are working with the character education theme of  Teamwork.


Hopefully, you are all getting the Remind texts that you’ve signed up for. Please let me know if you are not receiving or there is a problem with this feature. I use it most every day to communicate homework and simple reminders. This information should be in your child’s planner as well, but this is just a way to double up on sharing information.

Teamwork success!
More teamwork success!

Listening to teammates.
Practicing patience as a team!
Communicating as a team!

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Ned’s Kindness Adventure

Today we had the pleasure of attending an assembly called Ned’s Kindness Adventure. Please ask your child more about the assembly and what they learned about trying new things and about the differences we see in others. 

Students will have an opportunity to support Ned’s Kindness Adventures and have a hand in helping to bring fresh water to Kenya by making a purchase of the Kenyan treasures available both Thursday and Friday after lunch this week. Please follow the link attached for more information on the treasures available and more about what Ned’s Adventures are all about.  


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Mid-September update…

We’ve been busy in 5L these past few weeks. Our first SHINE TIME was held last Friday! Our KINDNESS leader of the month had a great time sharing her kindness with others around the school first thing on Friday morning! Thank you for always being ready to share your kindness with us, Caitlyn!

We had our first buddy activity with our 1st grade buddies. It was a great afternoon for everyone, exploring what makes us each a wonder in this big world in which we live. Please ask your child about his/her buddy. We hope to meet with the buddy class at least 1-2 times a month. It is such a great opportunity to demonstrate our role model skills and get to know some new faces around CM. 

We completed our first ELA and Math assessments last week. Students worked extremely hard. Please be sure to check folders on Friday and Monday afternoons. We will be sending home tests/papers to families on these days to keep everyone updated and in the loop.

Miss Nguyen took the class on a journey to find the lost colony of Roanoke in her first lesson with the class. This was extremely engaging for the students and they seemed to be very intrigued.

Some reminders coming up…

*Social Studies 13 colonies map quiz will be on Wednesday this week, 9/19. Check out this cool link to help your child study! 

*All Kids Stuff books should be returned ASAP. They were due to PTO by Friday, 9/14.

*9/25 is Picture Day at CM. Please check folders for picture information. These went home in folders on Friday, 9/14.

*9/28- No school for students, teacher in-service.

Have a great week!

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A few quick updates…

It has been a great start to the school year so far! I’m enjoying getting to know your children and learning about the various personalities and work habits in the classroom.

As the year is beginning to get underway, I wanted to be sure to pass on some important information to you early. J

  • We have started assessing students in different areas, and will continue to do so throughout the school year.  While ALL assessments will be sent home to families, a signature is ONLY required on assessments with a grade of 70% or below. 
  • Students are also required to make corrections on assessments with a grade of 70% or below, to earn half credit back for the final grade.  This is the current policy for Mrs. Loreto’s class only.  When students begin to switch for Math and Science, Mr. Birch will communicate his grading policy, at that time.
  • Students will be switching to Mr. Birch’s class for Science as a homeroom.  This will occur after the mid-point of each marking period.  We split each marking period into halves for content all year. (1st half- Social Studies with Mrs. Loreto, 2nd half- Science with Mr. Birch)
  • Please be sure to send in an excuse notes for your child if an absence occurs, when the student returns to school.
  • Students will have time each afternoon to fill out planners.  A REMIND text will also be sent to participating families, with the assignments listed, also.
  • We began introducing our character themes for CM, today! We are spending the month of September learning more about and practicing KINDNESS!  Ask your child about our discussions and activities!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

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It’s here!!!

Wow!  This year flew by!

We had a great time at Indian Echo Caverns last week!  Although it was warm, the caverns kept us nice and cool!

Some last week of school reminders and lunch choices are listed below…

*Tuesday– bring a board game and even a towel to sit on if you’d like.  Afternoon fun! (A Lunch- steak sandwich)

PTO picnic rescheduled for Tuesday night- 5:30-7:30! —

*Wednesday- wear sneakers for some 5th grade afternoon fun.  You may also bring your yearbooks/memory books if you’d like to get some signatures from other classes.  Let’s hope for no rain! (A Lunch- assorted pizza)

*Thursday– LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  11:30 dismissal on Thursday.  There will be no breakfast or lunch served on this day! We will have SHINE time, meet your 6th grade teacher, and classroom wrap up!

Thank you again for all your support and encouragement this school year.  It has been a pleasure and very enjoyable getting to know and work with your child in class this year.  Thanks for sharing them with me! 🙂


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Field Trip!!!

As most of you know, we will be going on our field trip to Indian Echo Caverns tomorrow, June 1st!

We will be gone the entire day (departing from CM at 9:15am and arriving back to school around 3:00pm) Students do not need to bring their book bags to school.

Here are a few reminders for your children-

  •    Please make sure they bring a paper bag lunch (disposable). *If your child is buying lunch from the cafeteria, we will provide it to them when they arrive to school on Friday.
  •    All electronics (cell phones, etc.) will not be allowed on the field trip!
  •    If your child brings a water bottle, it needs to be in their lunch bag and one that can be recycled.
  •    Please include your child’s name and homeroom teacher’s name on their lunch bag.
  •    If your child is interested in making a purchase at the gift shop, please make sure their money is in a wallet or baggie so it does not get lost! (We will have “shopping” time during the day)

For Chaperones Only:

  • Please be at CM by 9:00am if you would like to follow the buses to the Caverns. We will be departing by 9:20am.  

If you would like meet us at Indian Echo Caverns,  please arrive no later than 10am.

  •   When you arrive, I will give you the schedule for the day and your groups.
  •    Let me know if you have any questions!


**Remember- chaperones will not be riding the buses.


See you all tomorrow!!!

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We are certainly winding the year down!

Some events to mark on your calendar are:

5/11- 1:30 Early Dismissal

5/17- Olympic Day 1:15-3:15

5/25- School is NOW IN SESSION!

5/28- Memorial Day– No School!

5/31- PTO End of Year Picnic 5:30-7:30

6/1- 5th grade Field trip to Indian Echo Caverns (see letter attached)- sent home today!

6/7- Last student day- 11:30 dismissal! *No lunch or breakfast is served on this day!*


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Reward day…

Is tomorrow… Monday, 3/5. Don’t forget your jammies, blankets, stuffed animals, and smiles.  We will work hard and then we will enjoy and nice movie as a reward for class points and culmination of class read aloud (becoming a movie)!

Lets get started on a new week!

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Sweet Updates…

100 days here and gone! 5th graders are getting so much smarter!

A few updates for the upcoming weeks:

*Spelling is back on track with every Friday packets due and tests.  The tests are getting much harder with much more challenging words for all.  I am really encouraging the students to study more frequently and a little harder for the current weeks. Some scores are very concerning!

*Jump Rope for Heart paperwork is due back by 2/28!

*Gertrude Hawk fundraiser paperwork is due 2/22!

*We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year on 2/14. Students are welcome to bring in a Valentine (as long as there is enough for everyone in the class). This is completely optional and not at all mandatory!  We have 22 students in our class. Students brought home a list if they were interested today.

*Corrections for all tests/assessments taken in Mrs. Loreto’s room are always welcome. Students must correct and have a signature to earn 1/2 credit on the work they missed on the original assessment. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this. Any grade lower the a 70% must be signed and returned as well!

*Report Cards– went home last Friday! There are still a few envelopes and comments sheets that have not been returned.  Please return the signed envelope and comments sheet at your earliest convenience.

Mark your calendars:

2/16- School is NOW IN SESSION

2/19- President’s Day (No School)

2/27 – Spring Pictures

3/2- CM Movie Night (Coco) @ 6:00. Doors open at 5:30.

3/14- Science Expo 3-4:30 in Gym.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Here we are…

So, I promised myself I’d do better keeping up with news on the blog this year, and here we are!  It has been way too long between posts.  Lots to share!

We officially (finally) began the 3rd marking period, Thursday.  Thank goodness the weather held out for us!  Report cards will be coming home with students on Friday, 2/3/18.  Keep your eyes out for them.  I can’t believe we are in the 3rd marking period!

While students had their last Library Instruction with Mrs. Ashworth for the year, they will now be attending Applied Engineering with Mr. Andrews.  I’ve included some information below, shared with us from Mr. Andrew’s.  AE will begin tomorrow (Friday), cycle day C.  Book Exchange will still occur every other cycle day C.  Tomorrow is book exchange for 5L.

“My name is Mark Andrew and I will be teaching a new course, Applied Engineering, this semester at Central Manor Elementary. The Applied Engineering program has been added to the elementary curriculum in grades 1-6 for half of the school year in select buildings in the district. Applied Engineering will be a “special” class just like Art, Music, and Physical Education that your child will receive for 45 minutes every four school days. This program will feature a hands-on, problem-based learning approach where students will be taught to think critically and problem solve using the Engineering Design Process. Students will create solutions to problems and design challenges using the series of steps shown below in the Technology Design Loop.”

We are looking forward to a fantastic 2nd half of the school year.  We have lots of work left to do.  We will be working with fractions, fractions, and more fractions, TDA writing from 2-column notes to 5 paragraph essays (continued), more about text structure, genres, book clubs, Westward Expansion, and much more.

Some school news:

  • Box Top Blitz month is currently underway.  Collect and send in all your BOX TOPS, please!!!
  • 5th grade Envirothon and Math Bowl teams have been selected.  Congratulations to all students that tried out and for those that made the team!  More information about study sessions for Envirothon to be coming soon!
  • 5th grade is currently planning a field trip for the spring.  More information to come home soon about this.
  • Calendar changes for weather makeup days have been scheduled.  School will now be in session on Friday, Feb. 16th; Thursday, March 29th; Tuesday, April 3rd.  No more snow days!!!

As always, thank you very much for your continued support this school year.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


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