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Welcome Back!

I am hoping that everyone had a fun and relaxing summer! I will see you very soon and I am excited to hear about the places that you have gone. Remember to bring in your index card with location (city/town), state, Country and also one fact or comment about it. I am in the classroom getting ready for you. I can’t wait to meet you!

Can you guess where this is?
Dr. Garvey taking a picture of the sunset.

News for the week of 5/13

No Olympic Day tomorrow, Tuesday 5/14

Field Trip Wednesday, Wednesday, 5/15

Going to Lake Tobias. Please make sure that your child is here by 7:45am. If you are packing a lunch, please make sure it is disposable bag with your child’s name on it! Students may bring money for the gift shop, but it is not a guarntee that they will get in as it is very small.

Last Spelling Test this Friday!

News and annoucements

Tomorrow to celebrate the end of the PSSA’s , students may wear flip flops and sunglasses. We will also have first Friday of the month spirit day this Friday.

Field Trip this Friday

We are excited for our Central Market Field trip and Long’s Park lunchtime. Students are asked to put their lunch in a disposable bag so that we do not have any problems losing lunch bags. Students may also bring no more than $5 to spend at market. Thanks for your support!

May/June Events

Please mark your calendars with the following events:

May 3 – Lancaster Central Market field trip – 9:15-1:15

May 3- Spring Fling at Comet Field

May 7- Dancing with Honeybees assembly

May 8- Spring Picture Day

May 9 – Food Fair

May 13- Math Benchmark

May 15- field trip Lake Tobias

May 27- No School Memorial Day

June 3 – PTO pool party

June 5 – Last Day of School

6G News – April


Students will be taking the PSSA Monday, April 15 to Wednesday, April 17th. Each day students will take one ELA test. Each test is about 20 questions. There will be a writing section. We ask that students get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast to be prepared. After Spring Break, there will be two PSSA Math Tests, one Wednesday and one on Thursday, April 24 and 25. Any days that students are absent will be made up as soon as possible.

Field Trips

Students will be going on two field trips this May. May 3rd we will be exploring market as part of a Lancaster County History unit and we will be going to Lake Tobias on May 15th as a live experience for our life cycles unit. We are really excited to take the students into these real world experiences.

Writing Project

Right now we are working on an informational essay about penguins in Antarctica. Each student is researching one of the 6 penguins that live on this continent. They will make a diagram of their penguin and produce a life size replica of their penguin on paper. We will then place them on our ice continent outside of our room. Students are really excited about this project.

Literature Groups

During our enrichment and intervention groups, most students have been able to read two novels. We are starting our last round of novels. My hope is that we are reading and in the habit so that summer reading comes naturally to your children. I know books have so many distractions to compete with but this class truly loves their books. We will also be reading a class novel about a student visiting her aunt in Peru. We will once again be exploring a new place in the world and looking at the georgraphy of South America!

Dates to remember

April 15, 16, and 17 ELA PSSA in the Morning

April 19 and 22 – Spring Break – No school

April 24 and 25 Math PSSA in the morning

May 3 Field trip to Lancaster City Market

May 8 Assembly – Dancing with the Honeybees

May 10 Early Dismissal

May 15 Field Trip Lake Tobias

Any Questions?

Feel free to email me at

Garden Day tomorrow

Please have students dress in clothes and shoes that they can get dirt on. We are amending the soil in our garden tomorrow. We will also need students to bring their garden gloves if they have them!

Cookies Needed

For this Thursday! We made our goal and we are celebrating with Cookies and Kid Central.

Wear Green on Friday, March 15th!

3G News – March

Social Studies Test this Thursday

Students have a test review sheet in their red folder. I have asked the students to chunk it so that they study a little every day. This will be the end of the Lancaster County History unit.

Goal Celebration

We made our behavior goals in the month of February. This Thursday we will have cookies and Kid Central. Students will eat cookies and play on Kid Central which is an approved Penn Manor list of websites for students. We will be celebrating at the end of the day.

Field Trip Coming Up!

We will be visiting Lake Tobias on May 15th. If you would like to be a parent chaperone, you will need to have your clearances packet filled out and there will be a cost. We will take as many parents as would like to go. Email me if you are interested in going or are interested in getting a clearances packet so that you may go. Clearances can take up to 8 weeks to get approved so if you want to submit a packet, it must be into Penn Manor by March 15.

Wear Green for treat this Friday!

If Students would like to wear green, we are going to this Friday. I will be making a special treat for them if they decide to wear green!

PSSA Test Dates

ELA – 4/15-4/17

Math – 4/24 & 4/25

3G News

Important Dates

February 22nd Kids at Work Day – Dress like a career you would like to try when you are an adult

February 25 – Read Across America Spirit Day –Dress like Thing 1 or Thing 2 / Twin Day

February 27 – Clash Day Mis Match Clothes Day

March 1st – Book Character Day Dress Like your Favorite Book Character


3GT was a wonderful success! We had more than half of our class participate in this special event organized by Lorelei Conner. We have so much talent in our class and we really enjoyed seeing the acts. A big thank you to parents who came to watch the show. Our winner by ballot was Caelem Haines who performed with Diabolo sticks. Great job to all of our acts!

Coming Up

This week we are starting our Lancaster County History Unit. We will be talking about special people and places all over Lancaster County. If you have a connection to Lancaster County History and would like to share it with the class, we would love to have a guest speaker!

We are moving onto customary and metric measures. If you notice students measuring more things or filling up measuring cups, that is awesome! We are working on capacity, mass and length for this chapter!

We are moving into Unit 6 of our reading curriculum. We will be exploring text features and how to compare the content of two different texts. Right now we are focusing on trees.

We have just finished up our persuasive 5 paragraph essays about their favorite restaurants. Students did an amazing job! They will be hanging in the hallway, but coming home on Friday will be their rough draft and grade sheet! Great job, class!

Any questions or concerns, please email me at

Kids at Work Day

Kids at Work Day 2019

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Students will celebrate “Kids at Work” day on Friday, February 22, 2019, with the help of the elementary counseling department.


Construction Worker       Athlete        Dental Hygienist 

Retail Manager         Vet        Artist       Fashion Designer 

Chef           Entrepreneur        Teacher           Firefighter 

   Caregiver            Marine Biologist        Police Officer


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

On Friday, February 22, 2019 students will be invited to wear clothing that represents careers they may be interested in exploring as an adult. For example, your child may come dressed as a construction worker, a doctor, a teacher, etc. Please make sure that your child’s clothing is appropriate for a day of learning and wouldn’t distract other students in his/her classroom.  As an added component to Kids at Work Day, teachers and staff will be wearing their college, military, trade-school, or past/present career attire.

Our hope is that Kids at Work Day will be a great way to 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.  To help facilitate discussion at home regarding career development, please refer to the “additional resources” at the end of this post for some fun, age-appropriate career development activities.

At Penn Manor High School, about sixty-eight percent of our students attend two-year or four-year colleges. Fifty percent go to four-year colleges, and eighteen percent go to two-year colleges. About seven percent of our students go directly into the military, and about ten percent go on to one-year certificate or training programs. Fifteen percent go directly into the workforce. About twenty-two percent attend the CTC each year to gain a year of Technical Education during their senior year of high school to study fields such as: Residential Carpentry; Heavy Equipment Operator; Protective Services; Sports Medicine; Medical Assisting; Diesel Mechanics; Automotive Mechanics; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning; Large Animal Production; Dental Assisting; Plumbing; and much more.

The Penn Manor Elementary School Counselors would like to thank you in advance for your support for Kids at Work Day. If you have any questions, please contact your school’s counselor.


The Elementary School Counselors

News in 3G

Snacks Needed

Tomorrow in our classroom we will have our dodgeball reward day. If you would be willing to purchase a snack for after the game to share with other students, we would greatly appreciate it. I will be providing water and lemonade for the students to enjoy!

3G’s Got Talent!


3rd Grade Got Talent

Sign Up: February 4th and 5th

Practice: February 6, 8, and 11 – during lunch and lunch recess

Show: February 14th at 2:45pm Parents are welcome. We will be having the show in our classroom!


Students in 3G will be trading Valentine’s Day cards. If your child would like to participate, a letter will go home with all of the names of our students that are participating. You do not have to participate, but if you do, please have a Valentine for each person. We will be opening our Valentines on Thursday, February 14th before the talent show. If you do not want your child to receive Valentine’s Day cards, please email me at before Friday, February 1st!


We will be completing our CDT Testing in the morning of Monday, February 4th, and Tuesday, February 5th. Please make sure your child is in attendance that morning. This will be the final CDT Testing and these are not part of your child’s grades. We use them to show progress and to plan instruction.