Additions to Parent Meeting

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

Thank you so much for joining Coach Taylour and I this evening! I hope it was an informative meeting for you. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

For those who are homeschooling their children this year, please review the link for “Home/Cyber/Charter School Guidelines at the top of the blog for the necessary steps to enroll your child, which will allow them to be eligible to participate in our athletics program. Please contact me if you need guidance in the process and I will put you in touch with one of our other home school parents.

One additional point is in regards to inhalers. Please send a doctor’s note with your child that indicates the need to use them at practice and meets.

Practice is at 8:30 tomorrow morning so we hope to see you then!

GO COMETS!!!

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Jr. High XC Spirit Day

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country Families,

Here is a picture of our Spirit Day as we get more and more excited for our season! Note: After we took the picture it was time to get down to business with an endurance run followed by a sprint relay and concluded with a plank pyramid.

GO COMETS!!!

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The Remind app

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

Last year, we used the Remind app as a way to quickly notify our families of new information. For example, when we are headed home from an away meet, I will send a message to let you know when to expect us back at Manor Middle School or if practice needs to be cancelled because of bad weather, you will receive a message on your phone.

I am attaching the sign up information for new users. I will send a test message later in the day. This is optional and I will continue to use the Blog as the main communication to share information, but Remind works well for quick announcements.

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions at andrea.kramer@pennmanor.net

GO COMETS!!!

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Parent Meeting Thursday, August 27th

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

If your child has been coming to practice or expressed interest in attending, you were just sent an invitation to our Parent Meeting via Google Meet this coming Thursday, August 27th from 7-8 pm. I had started to add a note and realized I never finished it when I sent the invitation!

Basically, you will have a chance to meet the coaches, learn more about our team philosophy and expectations, as well as, what the season is going to look like with new guidelines in place from the PIAA and Deptartment of Health.

If you are receiving these blog posts and did not receive a Google Meet invitation, please contact me at andrea.kramer@pennmanor.net and I will make sure to send you the link.

Thank you again!

Coach Kramer

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Activity Bus update, Roster deadline, and Spirit Day

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

The activity bus will run every school day, Monday through Friday. On days your child is not in school, they may still utilize the activity bus. For high school students, we are still waiting to hear about your pickup location. We should know by early this week.

The Jr. High Cross Country Team roster will be finalized on Wednesday, September 9th. This simply means that anyone else interested in joining the team must come by this date with all of their completed paperwork.

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The coaches would like to have Spirit Day at Monday’s practice so wear as much blue and gold as you can! If it storms, we will push it back until Wednesday.

I would like to take a picture for our blog and to share on the Athletics Twitter page. Please email me at andrea.kramer@pennmanor.net if you do not wish to have your child photographed.

Thank you and GO COMETS!!!

Coach Kramer

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PIAA APPROVES OUR SEASON

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

I’m sure many of you heard the update earlier this afternoon regarding the PIAA’s decision to proceed with fall sports. There have been so many positive moments at our optional practices, that we are excited to move ahead with our training and preparations for the season!

Typically, I have a parent meeting once our official season begins to discuss team guidelines and other important details. Since things look a bit different this year, I would like to hold a virtual meeting via Google Meet on Thursday, August 27th at 7 pm. I will send an invitation by the weekend. In the meantime, here are a few more details about what to expect in the coming weeks:

As it stands, our updated schedule remains the same. We are permitted to have 12 boys and 12 girls compete at each meet. This will be one of the things we discuss at the Parent Meeting since we will need to rotate athletes to give everyone the chance to race for Penn Manor.

Activity buses will bring Marticville and High School students to Manor Middle at the end of the school day for practice. We will also leave from Manor Middle for all of our away meets to avoid the limited space and construction at the High School. Athletes will use the locker rooms (for practice and meets) to change as quickly as possible, wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing. Please bring a lock to keep your things secure during practice. Athletes should continue to wear a mask and bring their own water bottle to practice.

Once school begins, we will have the opportunity to practice five days a week. I had previously said we would not practice on Wednesdays, but I am going to offer that day to allow for as many days as possible to train for the season. The attendance policy will be adjusted to accommodate the blended school schedule. We encourage athletes to come to practice as often as possible, but understand if there are conflicts with work schedules and practice times on the days your child is learning from home.

NOTE: PRACTICE TIMES WILL BE 3:00-4:45 PM. DEPARTURE FOR AWAY MEETS WILL VARY SLIGHTLY, BUT ANTICIPATE A DEPARTURE TIME BETWEEN 2:00 AND 2:15, DEPENDING ON THE LOCATION.

Please contact me as questions arise at andrea.kramer@pennmanor.net

Have a wonderful weekend and GO COMETS!!!

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Updated Cross Country Schedules

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

Here is the updated schedule for our meets. The Iron Bridge Championship Meet has been cancelled for this year as a result of COVID-19. I will continue to update news regarding the PIAA as it becomes available.

Thank you and GO COMETS!!!

Coach Kramer

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PIAA AND SCHEDULE UPDATE

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

The announcement from the PIAA regarding Fall sports can be found here: https://www.piaa.org/

I have also attached an updated August/September practice schedule. I currently do not have any practices listed for Wednesdays, as many of our team members will be doing remote online learning from home. We understand that the blended school schedule and family work schedules may conflict, so if there are days your child cannot come to practice please communicate that with me at andrea.kramer@pennmanor.net. Our goal is to accommodate all of our athletes as best we can.

We are currently waiting for the revised meet schedule and I will pass that along as soon as I am able to.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility!

Coach Kramer

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Season update from the Lancaster-Lebanon League

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

This morning, the Lancaster-Lebanon League voted to delay the start of the Fall season.

The official season for Jr. High will now begin on Tuesday, September 8th. The league’s athletic directors will meet in the coming days to discuss our revised meet schedule for the season.

With this new date for our official season, there will be modifications to the practice schedule I sent out last week. I will update that as soon as I can.

If you have any questions, please contact me at andrea.kramer@pennmanor.net

Thank you and GO COMETS!!!

Coach Kramer

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Tonight’s practice 8/3

Hello Penn Manor Jr. High Cross Country families,

I am planning to have practice this evening, however, I do ask that parents stay close to the area in case it starts to storm and we need to end early.

Thank you!

Coach Kramer

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