When to Keep Your Child Home from School – Screening Guidelines

From the Penn Manor Nurse Blog:

Prior to coming to school each day, families should screen their student(s) for any symptoms that could indicate a health concern. This practice serves to protect students and staff. Should there be any concern about symptoms that may appear to be indicators of COVID-19, please contact your school nurse. Any students that do not feel well should stay home for 48 hours. If you are keeping your child home for illness, please contact the school nurse.

Is your student experiencing any of the following?
Category A (1 or more symptoms):
● Cough *
● Shortness of breath
● Difficulty breathing
● New olfactory disorder (loss of smell)
● New taste disorder

Category B (2 or more symptoms):
● Fever (100.4 or higher)**
● Sore throat
● Runny nose/congestion
● Chills
● Muscle pain
● Nausea or vomiting **
● Headache
● Diarrhea **
● Fatigue

Your student should stay home for 48 hours if your student:
● Has one or more symptoms from Category A OR
● Has two or more symptoms from Category B OR
● Are taking fever-reducing medication.

*Some children, such as those with asthma, may cough normally. A child should stay home if they have a new or different cough.
** As always, if your child has just a fever (100.4 or higher), vomiting, or diarrhea, we recommend keeping them home from school. These can be symptoms of COVID-19, but they can also be caused by any other common illnesses that children could spread at school.

In school, if your student presents with one symptom from Category A or two symptoms from Category B, he/she will be sent home for a minimum of 48 hours with additional instructions by the school nurse as necessary.

If your student or any member of your household is being tested for COVID 19 please notify your school nurse. Click the Contact Us link for contact information.

End of September Reminders

Our first book order is due on Friday, September 24. If you are interested in purchasing books, you can follow this link or click on the banner below!

Also, don’t forget that Picture Day is next Tuesday, September 28. I can’t wait to see all the bright smiling faces that day!

Spelling Information

Dear Families, 

This year your child will be taking a spelling test at the end of each week. While this typically takes place on a Friday, it may also fall on a Thursday due to holidays or other pre-scheduled days off. Below, I have listed the days for all 30 spelling lists and the corresponding test date. If for some reason the spelling test is not given on the specified date due to weather or unexpected schedule changes, it will take place on the next school day. Additionally, there are a number of days with two dates listed. This is due to weather make-up days. Again, in general, the test will be the last day of the school week. In the event that a change is necessary that would affect the entire yearly schedule, a new schedule will be sent home with updated dates. All 30 spelling lists are available online here and linked in the Online Resources tab or on Google Classroom. Your child received a packet with all 30 spelling lists during the first week of school, also.

While by default I do not assign specific spelling homework, it is expected that your child is preparing for the assessment each week. I will be providing a number of strategies and online tools to assist your child with this endeavor but will not be assigning, collecting, or grading any of the work they do to prepare for the spelling test. Some weeks your child may need to do very little outside of school to prepare while other weeks your child may need to dedicate significant time each night to make sure they are ready by the end of the week. As I have shared with your child, I have full confidence that with time and effort, every student is capable of earning a 100% on their end of the week assessment. In middle school, there will be many assessments that students will need to prepare for on their own. This is a small step towards preparing your child for next year.

As with many other assessments this year, I freely offer retakes for students. It is the student’s responsibility to request a retake. I am not nearly as concerned when your child can demonstrate mastery, only that he or she is able to demonstrate mastery of each of our 6th-grade skills by the time they leave my classroom. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about spelling, never hesitate to reach out at karli.feaster@pennmanor.net . 

Karli Feaster

DateSpelling ListDateSpelling List
Sept. 10thList 1Jan. 14thList 16
Sept. 17thList 2Jan. 28thList 17
Sept. 24thList 3Feb. 4thList 18
Oct. 1stList 4Feb. 11thList 19
Oct. 8thList 5Feb. 17/18thList 20
Oct. 15thList 6Feb. 25thList 21
Oct. 22ndList 7Mar. 4thList 22
Oct. 29thList 8Mar. 11thList 23
Nov. 4th List 9Mar. 18thList 24
Nov. 12thList 10Mar.24/25thList 25
Nov. 19thList 11Apr. 1stList 26
Dec. 3rdList 12Apr. 8thList 27
Dec. 10thList 13Apr. 22ndList 28
Dec. 17thList 14Apr. 29thList 29
Jan. 7thList 15May 6thList 30

Back to School Night

Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 1, 2021. The program will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  This is an open house drop-in format where you will have the opportunity to briefly view your child’s classroom(s) and meet his/her teacher(s).

In order to minimize the number of people in the classrooms at one time, we are asking that parents visit the school anytime during their designated time period, as teachers will not be delivering formal presentations.

Additionally, children are asked to stay home

  • Families with the last names A through L are asked to participate from  4:00 to 4:45.
  • Families M-Z are asked to participate from 5:15 to 6:00. 

While in the building we ask that you follow these mitigation strategies:

  • Please practice social distancing and respect other individuals’ preferences, including those of our teachers.
  • Monitor your own health prior to attending the event. If you are experiencing any COVID-related symptoms, please do not attend.

If you have specific concerns related to your child, please contact his/her teacher at a later time to schedule an appointment. 


Let me start off by saying how thrilled and privileged I am to get to be your sixth grade teacher! I cannot wait to meet you and hear your story. We are all so unique and can learn from each other. We are going to have a great year with new adventures and experiences!

This blog will be a great resource for you and your families to use throughout the school year. Here you will find important updates, links to helpful websites, posts by YOU and much more! Take a moment to have your parents subscribe to the website so that they will receive notifications when news posts are up.

Before you log off to enjoy the last sweet moments of summer, click the about tab to learn more about me. Then comment right here (scroll down to LEAVE A REPLY…if you are on a phone you will need to click on welcome at the top first) with one interesting or unique thing about you! I am looking forward to reading your fun fact and learning a little about you before we meet on the first day of school!