Race for Education Update

See below for information from our amazing race coordinators!

Hello Hambright! Hope you all are doing well sheltering at home! Mrs. Gerlach and Mrs. Hanna miss you and are so sad we won’t be doing our traditional Race for Education this year. However, we are excited to inform you that we are still going to have an event in which you all can participate! We need your help though!

This year we are going to have a virtual 2020 Race for Education! On Thursday May 14th, we want you to go outside and walk or run laps around your house, your back yard, at a park or around your block for 30 minutes. Keep track of your laps! Then send a photo of yourself with a sign telling us the number of laps you completed!  Wear your Hambright Leader shirts or Penn Manor colors to show your school spirit.

Please email your photos to ptohambright@gmail.com by Wednesday, May 20th. We will put a video together with all the photos. We will then share the video so you can see other students and how many laps we ran as a whole school! 

Thank you,

Jamie Gerlach and Shannon Hanna, race coordinators

Transition to Middle School

Dear families,

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we move through the remote learning activities.  As a parent of two elementary students, I know this is all sometimes a lot to work through.  Your support is much appreciated!

Each Tuesday at 1pm, I will be holding a virtual class meeting.  We have had 2 already and I have been so impressed with the etiquette of my class!  It has been wonderful to check in and to see their faces.  Please know that you can reach out to me any time with questions or concerns and you are always welcome to join our class meetings as well.  I am here if you need me!  Your children have done a fantastic job of advocating for themselves when they need help.  It is a true sign of maturity to show us that despite the strange ending to 6th grade, they are indeed ready for middle school.

Speaking of middle school…..on Tuesday May 5th at 1pm, Mrs. Hinkle (Hambright school counselor) and Mrs. Rogers (Manor Middle counselor) are going to join our virtual class meeting.  They will be sharing information with students and also will be answering any questions that students may have about the transition to middle school.  Next week I will be sending out a survey to all students asking them what questions they have and the counselors will take time to answer all of them when we meet on May 5th.  I think this will be a very valuable meeting for our 6th graders, please encourage them to join!  

As I get further information regarding the transition to middle school, I will share it with you.  I hope you are all doing well.  Please take care of yourselves and know that I am here if you need anything.  Thanks so much and have a great day!!

Mrs. Bock  🙂


Leader Tickets

Leader Tickets from a Distance! Check out the Hambright Blog for info!

April 15, 2020

Our Hambright leaders continue to leave their MARK while working online and by making an impact at home. Check out what our leaders have been doing to earn virtual leader tickets. Click on the Leader Ticket heading at the top of the Hambright Blog main page.

Keep up the good work, leaders!

I would like to give out at least one Leader Ticket each week. Please tell me about all the awesome things your 6th grader is doing at home. I look forward to hearing from you!

Hi Families!

Yesterday we got some sad news about the Governor’s decision to have schools remain closed for the rest of the school year. I know this has raised many questions. Please know that Penn Manor is working hard to create a plan and answer questions. I will share information with you as I receive it. I hope you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy. I truly appreciate the amount of communication I have had with parents and students. I love seeing the work they are completing and it is so great to get to connect with them. There will be NEW assignments posted on Monday. Please contact me anytime with questions, concerns, or just to touch base!

I will be hosting a class meeting next week for any students who wish to participate. More information will come out early next week on how students can connect and take part in this. Please encourage your kids to join me, it will be fun!

I posted the following message in my Google Classroom for students:

Hi everyone! Today (Friday) is a day off for teachers and students and NEW assignments will be out on Monday for you. I am going to host a virtual class meeting next week for us to “meet” so I can answer questions and touch base with anyone who wants to hop on. Look for more information to come about that by Monday or Tuesday. I encourage you to join me, it will be fun to “see” you! 🙂

I hope you all have a great weekend and a very Happy Easter!

Online Learning Resouces


Hello Families!

I miss everyone and hope that you are doing well. It was so great to get to talk to some of you last week. Please touch base anytime!

Penn Manor has pushed out our optional online learning activities. You can access them from the Penn Manor homepage, the link above, or students may use my Google Classroom. I am asking students to connect with me via email OR Google Classroom, whatever is easiest for them. I will be checking both throughout the school day. Remember these activities are optional and ungraded, however, if students complete something or have questions, please have them (or you) reach out to me. I want to hear from you! I am excited to see the completed work. 🙂 Please take care and stay safe and healthy at home! Email me with questions, I look forward to hearing from you!!

Mrs. Bock




If you haven’t heard from me yet today, I will be calling each family between now and tomorrow evening to check in and provide some information about the next couple of weeks. The number may show up as “restricted”, just FYI. I look forward to talking with you and checking in! If you don’t answer, I will leave a message. Take care and be well!!

Ideas to keep your kids busy! :)

I pushed out the following letter to students via Google Classroom. Nothing is required, but I wanted to provide some educational ideas for students who are wanting something specific to work on. Anything that is completed can be shared/emailed to me. I would love to see it! See below…

Hi 6th grade!  I hope you are all doing well! I am sure that you may working your way through many emails, announcements, and updates. Please know that I am thinking about each of you!

While we are not required to send out specific assignments, below is a list of resources you can use to keep busy over the coming weeks.

Upon our return to school, I will communicate the next steps to students. This communication will include the re-release of due dates. I cannot begin to guess what these steps will be as we are in a “wait and see” position. I can guarantee that communication will be clear, and we will work to support every student.

I am here for parents and teachers and I have access to email and am happy to touch base with your family! We know that school provides a consistent routine as well as a support system. Please do not hesitate to reach out if your child would like to touch base with me via email.  I know that you may be looking for ideas and suggestions to keep your wonderful students actively learning and busy! Please see below for some thoughts and ideas. Remember, NONE of this is required.

Reading -READ, READ, READ  
Scholastic Learning at Home Wow! This a great resource that just released today for free!    –Tally the number of vocab you see while reading

  Scholastic Author Study
Research your favorite author – why did they become a writer?  What’s their story? Share what you learned with us!
Writing Write a story!
Try to incorporate vocabulary we have learned, figurative language, etc.  Share it with us! 🙂   
Learn Calligraphy  
Make an inspirational sign! 
Vocabulary Words – Spelling Practice – Phonics Games for Kids
Fun games for spelling practice 
Math First in Math  
Prodigy Fun math practice!    
Khan Academy Review previous skills and explore new ideas!   
Math Antics Another way to review and explore!  
Online Jigsaw Puzzles
Put a Jigsaw puzzle together with your family.  
Logic Puzzles Practice your thinking skills with fun logic puzzles! 
Content Go on a virtual field trip
Make a travel brochure for all the places you “went!”
Dogo News
Keep up to date on kid appropriate current events!   
Keyboarding Skills Keep your keyboarding skills sharp and practice your typing fluency!
Art -Make a card for your neighbors
Deliver it with an adult!  
-Try some of the art techniques you’ve learned Mrs. Wigerman   -Draw a family portrait 
Gym -Jump Rope   -Play Outside   
-Ride: bikes, skateboards, and scooters!
Library -Read   -Research a new topic that interests you

Music -Write a rap about school
-Write a song   You must share these if you do them 🙂

February is Kindness Month!

We have a few special events planned this month to promote kindness in our school. We are especially excited about a Kindness Door Decorating Contest that is coming up soon. Be sure to ask your favorite 6th grader about the theme we chose as a class.

This Friday, February 7th is an early dismissal day. Dismissal at 1:30pm.

We are having a Valentine Exchange on Friday, February 14th. My only rule is that if your student wants to participate, they must bring a Valentine for everyone. A class list was sent home yesterday.

I am missing some report card envelopes. Please sign the envelope and send it back to school with your student.

We are having Career Day again this year. See below for details.

As a way to promote career exploration and awareness with our elementary students, the Penn Manor elementary schools are planning another special day across the district.

On Friday, February 21, 2020 students are invited to wear clothing that represents careers they may be interested in exploring as an adult. Adults in the building are encouraged to wear college/military/post secondary clothing. Adults  may also choose to dress up in clothing that represents a career. 

Our hope is that Kids at Work Day will start conversations at home and at school about different types of careers, why someone chooses a career, and what kind of training/schooling is needed to get started in a particular career.

Thank you for your support at home and please let me know if you have questions/concerns!