Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

Drear 4H Students,

I’m so excited to begin the year together! I’ve been busy getting ready for the start of school and am putting the finishing touches on our classroom. This is what it looks like so far!

I hope that the rest of your summer days are filled with sunshine and fun! I can’t wait to see your faces soon and begin our year together as a classroom family.

With lots of love,

Mrs. Harnish


Dear 4H Families,

Welcome to Fourth Grade! I’m so excited to partner with your family this year to make your child’s fourth-grade experience a successful and happy one.

I’ll mainly be communicating with families through email and Class Dojo this year. In the next week or two, I’ll send home or email information about how to sign up for Class Dojo notifications (this is optional, but will be a quick way for us to communicate). I’ll be available through email or phone between the hours of 8:00 am- 4:00 pm each school day if you ever need to touch base at any point.

I’ll have the supplies that my students will need for this year here at school but they may want to have their own to keep inside their desks. Some things that might be helpful to bring to school would be:


-One pack of markers


-Glue Stick

-Pack of Dry Erase Markers

-Pencil bag/ box

-Earbuds or headphones for their laptop

If your child brings supplies from home, you may want to label them with his or her name to avoid getting them mixed up with someone else’s belongings!

Please feel free to email me at katherine.harnish@pennmanor.net with any questions you may have prior to the first day. I look forward to our continued collaboration and am so grateful for all that you do to ensure your child’s success here at school.

With gratitude,

Katie Harnish

Birthday Treats Update

From Dr. Mealy and Mr. Howe:

Hambright Families, 
This year we have permitted students to bring in small gifts or treats for birthdays or classroom celebrations.  We are asking that if edible treats are brought to school, they are store-bought and contain a label with ingredients.  This is primarily due to the number of food allergies that we have across the building.  Knowing exactly which ingredients are in any edible treats is important to the safety of all our students. 
**Non-edible gifts are preferred if you are sending in something for a birthday.  
Thank you for your understanding!  
Mr. Howe and Dr. Mealy  

Maple Grove Field Trip

We had a great time learning and exploring at Maple Grove Park last week! We conducted water quality studies, hiked to look for point and non-point source pollution, and studied aquatic macroinvertebrates in the field. We also enjoyed some pumpkin painting on Friday as a way to celebrate fall.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Dear 4H Families,

On November 22nd and 23rd we will be offering Parent-Teacher Conferences. Each conference is 15 minutes long, and you may choose an “in-person” conference or a “virtual” conference. For in-person conferences, masks must be worn in the building at all times.

Below is the link to sign up for conferences:

Harnish Parent-Teacher Conferences

You will need to sign in with a Google Account (you may use your students, but please note that the confirmation email will be sent to THEIR school Gmail account). If choosing a virtual conference, you will need to use their Gmail account to log in to the actual meeting as well.

Here is a video with directions for signing up. Be sure to include your child’s name and “in-person” or “virtual” in the description box when you sign up. Please note that because our conferences are only 15 minutes long, you may want to schedule another time to review any pressing concerns or more in-depth questions. If you are unable to find a time that works for you, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate you.

Red Ribbon Week!

Red Ribbon Week is next week, October 25th through 29th. 

10/25 – Monday: Wear Red. Wear red to show you are “RED-Y” to stand up for healthy choices.
10/26 – Tuesday: Keep it mellow. Say NO to drugs and wear your PJs to school.
10/27 Wednesday: Camo Day – Be bold and brave by making healthy choices. We can’t hide our Penn Manor pride. Wear camouflage.
10/28 – Thursday: Be a “Jean-ious” – Don’t do DRUGS. Wear Jeans.
10/29 – Friday: Team up Against Drugs. Wear your favorite team jersey, shirt, or colors!

What’s Been Up in 4H?

We’ve been busy learning! So far we’ve identified story elements, learned about place value and rounding, started our addition and subtraction unit, distinguished terrestrial planets from ice giants, and observed the phases of the moon!

Back to School Night

From the Hambright Blog:

Back-to-School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 1st. The program will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM  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 M are asked to participate from 4:00-4:45 PM
  • Families with the last names N through Z are asked to participate from 5:15-6:00 PM. 

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 me to schedule an appointment. The time we have together is not private, and I may be helping other families. I’m always happy to meet at your convenience to talk with you about your child’s progress!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

I am so excited to see you all on the first day! By now, you should have received a letter from me about the new school year. Please be in touch if you have not gotten your letter by now. Feel free to look around this website to learn more about the year ahead, school supplies for the year, our classroom schedules and procedures, and to learn a little about me!

Our school year will be filled with lots of fun, adventure, learning, and love. I can’t wait to see your sweet faces on the 30th!

Here’s a sneak peek of our classroom so far!