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!

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

Some upcoming dates and important information:

Monday January 13th – No school for students (teacher in-service)

Friday January 17th – Ellis Island Simulation – more info. to come

Monday January 20th – No school in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday January 24th – Early Dismissal at 1:30pm

Also, we have been learning about how to leave our MARK at Hambright. Below is some information for upcoming spirit days involving MARK

  • MARK theme days: 
    • 1/10 – Mismatch Day – Each leader at Hambright is unique!  Students can also Make us believe they are a favorite TV character.
    • 1/17 – Animal Day – bring in your favorite stuffed animal/wear animal print
    • 1/24 – Rainbow Day – “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud” – choose one bright color to wear to make a rainbow effect in each class.
    • 1/31 – Kingdom of Kindness Month – Disney theme day 

Thank you for all your support at home! Please contact me anytime with questions or concerns!


Each student needs to bring in icing tomorrow (Wednesday) for our gingerbread house activity. We have received several donations already and we appreciate it!!

Also, tomorrow is a school-wide pajama day. Wear your favorite school-appropriate pj’s to school tomorrow!

Thank you!

Welcome back!

I hope you all had a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. With the holidays approaching, I wanted to share some important dates coming up.

December 11th – Holiday Shop – Please send money in with your student on the 11th is you would like them to participate in the Holiday shop. It is on a cart that will be visiting each classroom. An envelope was sent home a few weeks ago to help your child determine amounts of money to spend on family members.

December 18th – We will be making gingerbread houses as a grade level. A letter will be coming home soon asking for donations. Thank you for your consideration!

December 19th – Mitten Tree items are due. Thank you for participating!

December 20th – Holiday assembly and early dismissal at 1:30pm

School resumes on January 2nd


Thanksgiving Break!

Wednesday, November 27th – Early Dismissal at 1:30pm

Thursday, Friday, Monday – NO SCHOOL

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your time with your favorite 6th grader!

Please see the message below regarding Hambright’s annual Mitten Tree.

Dear Families,
Our annual Mitten Tree will be set up in the Hambright lobby. Let’s synergize and fill our tree with mittens, hats, scarves and gloves that will be donated to families in need. All sizes from infant to adult will be accepted. Donations must be new and are due by Thursday, December 19. Thank you for helping to keep Penn Manor families warm this winter!  

While you are Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday shopping, please keep this in mind.  

Important Dates and Information for this week:

Hello Families! I am looking forward to meeting with all of you this week for parent/teacher conferences. Please contact me if your scheduled time does not work for you and I will happily reschedule for you.

November 6th, 7th and 8th – Early Dismissal Days – students are dismissed at 1:30 on these days.

November 27th – Early Dismissal

November 28th, 29th and December 2nd – No school in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday

**Important change to spelling this week: We will not be having the traditional spelling test on Friday. Instead, students will be creating spelling slideshows throughout the week that will be graded. They will have time to work in school but may need to finish the slideshows at home. They are due on Friday.

I hope you all have a great week!