If You Missed Us Today

If we missed you today, no worries! Here’s a quick recap of what was discussed in the Google Meets today.

*Bring a mask and a water bottle on the first day of school.

*Please complete the Laptop Agreement form ASAP so your child can bring their laptop home. https://letort.pennmanor.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/08/1-to1-Agreement.pdf  

**Group B will have an early dismissal on Thursday, September 3rd at 1:30pm. *There is no school on Friday, September 4th and Monday, September 7th.

*Group A will come to school on Monday and Wednesday of next week. Group B will attend school on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. At home activities will be completed on the days students are home.

*AT HOME ACTIVITY #1: We are asking ALL students to bring in a photograph of who motivates them – their family, a pet, someone famous, a friend, etc. If you are unable to print the picture at home, feel free to email your child’s homeroom teacher and we will print it out at school. This picture could be someone they know, a pet, someone famous they aspire to be, etc. – it could even be a picture of a group of people. For example, I have a picture of my family up there. When I’m having a bad day, I just look up at the picture, smile, and remember to have a good day.  This is just one way we try to encourage our students by reminding them of who they want to be. Thank you for your support with this!   

AT HOME ACTIVITY for GROUP B ONLY: Students in GROUP B are being asked to write down 3 statements about themselves and bring them to school on Tuesday, their first day of school. Of these 3 statements, two should be truthful. For example, Mrs. Gwyn has been teaching 4th grade since 2008. One of the statements should be a fib. For example, Mrs. Gwyn has 3 brothers, two older and one younger. That is technically false because I only have one older brother! When we are in school, students are going to be able to guess which statement is the fib.

Will there be recess? Yes, we will be taking recesses throughout the day including a lunch recess. Equipment was graciously donated to each class by the PTO, which will be santized after each use. Thank you PTO!

What special will we have? Mrs. Gwyn’s class will have Art every day until October 2nd. Mrs. Binkley’s class will have Applied Engineering every day until October 2nd. For the full semester special schedule, see the SPECIALS tab on the blog.

Will we eat in the cafeteria? Yes, both 4th grade classes will be eating in the cafeteria from 12:15 – 12:35. They will then go out to recess from 12:35 – 12:55.

What supplies will be given? On the first day of school, we will provide students with folders, notebooks, a whiteboard, a clipboard, and a lanyard to hold their mask. We are asking that you provide the following supplies for your child: pencils, a pair of scissors, earbuds or headphones, Expo dry-erase markers with an eraser or sock, and a pencil box or pouch to hold these materials. In addition, we highly suggest sending along the following items with your 4th grader on the first day of school: glue sticks, colored pencils, and a small pencil sharpener. 

If you have any further questions, feel free to email us prior to the start of the year. Mrs. Binkley – elizabeth.binkley@pennmanor.net Mrs. Gwyn danielle.gwyn@pennmanor.net

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Join our Google Meets Today

Today, both Mrs. Binkley and Mrs. Gwyn will be hosting a Google Meet for each group in order to answer any questions about the start of the year and give a brief tour of the room. Please find the correct link below for your HOMEROOM and your GROUP. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Mrs. Binkley’s Group A at 10:00am –

Join with Google Meet (meet.google.com/pmf-xwya-rsy)

Join by Phone (US) +1 551-777-4582‬ PIN: ‪126 861 075‬#

Mrs. Gwyn’s Group A at 10:00am

Join with Google Meet (meet.google.com/zsr-xxug-ozd)

Join by phone‪(US) +1 401-315-8244‬ PIN: ‪956 764 732‬#

Mrs. Binkleys Group B at 11:00am –

Join with Google Meet (meet.google.com/pwc-gxgk-bkh)

Join by phone ‪(US) +1 956-413-7349‬ PIN: ‪122 711 612‬#

Mrs. Gwyn’s Group B at 11:00am –

Join with Google Meet (meet.google.com/xnq-yyog-gif)


Join by phone‪(US) +1 937-870-0216‬ PIN: ‪228 809 084‬#

If you are unable to join us this morning and you have a question prior to the first day of school, please feel free to email us! We will be posting updates on Friday of important questions and answers from the meetings.

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Clarification for Computer Form

There has been some confusion about what form to send in for your child to be able to take home a district laptop.  Some parents sent in an “Acceptable Use Form”; however, that is not the correct form. 

Please click on the link below for the 1:1 Laptop Agreement Form.  Parent and student should sign the last page and either email it to the student’s teacher, or send it with the student on the first day of school.  All other pages may remain at home for future reference.

1 to1 Agreement

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Computer Information

As you know the Penn Manor School Board voted to provide computers for all learners in grades 1 – 12. This means we will be trying to coordinate the delivery of MANY computers to children over the next few weeks. In order for any student to be provided a laptop, parents and students must complete and return a signed document.

Teachers are excited to begin distributing laptops so they can train children in ways to log on and practice accessing certain learning opportunities.

If you follow this link: https://technology.pennmanor.net/tech-policies/ please read 815.1 – Responsible Use of Internet and Network Resources. Once you read this document and agree, you can sign the Student/Parent Responsible Use Signature Form and return it to school. The best ways to return this signed document to ensure that your child will get their laptop right away.

  1. Sign the document and send it back to your classroom teacher. (Did you know that if you have an iphone, you can use the notes app as a scanner?)
  2. Print this document and send it in to the attention of your child’s teacher.
  3. Print this document and send it the very first day of school.

If your child registered for school this year… you already signed this document and there is no reason to sign it again. This applies most to children in grades 1-4.

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Letort Virtual Tour

Click here for a virtual tour. Use your mouse to move around the 360 degree pictures. Click on the circles for more information about the scenes. At the bottom, you may click on the small arrows to move from one scene to another.

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Important Dismissal Changes

Car Riders:

With the anticipation of a large number of car riders for the 20-21 school year, we are planning to offer two dismissal times. Please follow these guidelines for dismissal.

At 3:15 PM, we will only be dismissing students with last names beginning A-L.

At 3:30 PM, we will dismiss students with last names beginning M-Z.

If you plan on transporting your child(ren) EVERY DAY, please email Mary Jacoby at mary.jacoby@pennmanor.net and she will add your name to our car rider list. Additionally, every family will be provided a sign with your last name on the first day of school. We ask that you place the sign in your passenger side window to expedite the process. We ask that you use this sign ANY TIME you are picking your child up at the car rider door.

Walkers:

Walkers will be dismissed at 3:30 PM daily.

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Picking Up Student Belongings

If you are interested in picking up your child’s items from last school year, please plan on picking up either Monday, August 17 from 1-3 OR Thursday, August 20 from 8:30-10:30. All student items are already bagged and labeled. This will be a drive through format in which you will pull your car up front of the school and the items will be delivered to you. Please enter through the front bus lane and look for staff who will be out on the sidewalk. Please follow the traffic flow. We ask that you please be patient as we may have many individual families picking up.

Any student items remaining after next week will be distributed on the first day of school to students.

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Meet Your 5th Grade Teachers Today!

Happy Last Day of School! 


Normally, on this day we would have a transition activity for the students to meet their next year’s teachers. Today, you are invited to a VIRTUAL Google Meet with your new 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Moyer and Mrs. Beighley! 🙂 They are so excited to meet you and begin a new adventure of learning with you next year! You are in great hands!! 


The meeting will be from 9:50 – 10:10 today! The link to the meeting is below. 
meet.google.com/tne-ziwc-owz


Parents – check the Letort blog, https://letort.pennmanor.net/blog/, for other Google Meet times and links if needed for other siblings. To avoid confusion, I am only providing you with the one for 5th grade. 

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Calling All Artists!

The author of Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling, has written a new book!  You can read it for FREE online.  New chapters will be posted every day from now until July.  Also, there is a competition for students to create illustrations for the new book. Check out the website below for more information. Your parents can submit your illustrations on the website to try and get them printed in the book.  Good luck!
https://www.theickabog.com/en-us/home/

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Virtual Opportunity for Students Entering 5th and 6th Grade

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This summer we will be offering a Virtual Opportunity for students who will be going into 5th and 6th grade in the fall.

  • Students will have an initial online meeting with Mrs. Keller or Mrs. Foster in June they will join a CSFirst classroom online to receive coding instructions and access to Google’s CSFirst coding videos.
  • After the initial CSFirst sessions, students will be able to navigate the self-paced lessons to create fun engaging coding projects.
  • Click on the ink to complete a form if you are interested in participating https://forms.gle/2HPeYyqFBsjzEmEq8 there is no cost in participating.
  • Internet is required.  This camp is available to Penn Manor students at no cost.
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