Thursday, October 29

Every year Penn Manor School District assists families in need with Thanksgiving meals.  We would like to make this process more uniform across the district.  We will be collecting the food listed below between Monday, November 2nd and Friday, November 13th.  If you have a child in one of these grades, please consider donating to help our community.  

Kindergarten-boxed mashed potatoes

1st grade-boxed stuffing

2nd grade-canned corn

3rd grade-canned green beans

4th grade-canned sweet potatoes

5th grade-canned cranberry sauce

6th grade-canned gravy (NO GLASS)

7th and 8th-Cornbread or Muffin mix-water based
If your family is able and willing to provide more than is listed above and/or would like to make a monetary donation, please send the amount you choose by check to your child’s school secretary by November 13th.  Make your check payable to the Loft Community Partnership and on the memo line write “Holiday Food Basket.”

Friday, October 23

Our November conferences will provide you with the opportunity to review your child’s progress during the first semester.  This year Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held virtually on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th.  While we hope that most of the conferences can be scheduled during the afternoon hours, we will have a limited number of evening appointments on Tuesday, November 24th to accommodate parents who work during the day. 

Attached to this post is a link to my calendar.  When you click on the link you will be able to see what appointment times are available and can sign up for a time that suits your schedule. Here is a helpful video on how to sign up.https://youtu.be/O7BwWFA44bI

Please remember these helpful hints:

·       Look at your calendar, select dates/times that will work best for your family.   Please remember we only host one conference, so it is very important that blended families coordinate this in advance.   

·       A g-mail account MUST be used to schedule an appointment.   If you have one, I would suggest you use that.   (Please sign up for the conference and include your child’s name in some way.)

·       If you do NOT have a g-mail account, you will NEED to use your child’s log in information to sign up for the conference.    It would be helpful if you recorded your child’s log in information somewhere.    (username=studentid#@pennmanor.net and password=this is specific to your child) 

·       After you sign up for your conference, an email confirmation will be sent to the email account of the teacher and also to the account you used to sign up.   

·       A parent tip:  If you sign up using your child’s account, please hold on to their login information, because you will need it the date/time of the conference to log back in for the google meet conference.  

·       If you are unable to sign up for a conference using your child’s computer, please contact our building secretary at (717) 872-9535 to schedule your appointment. 

Learning Support- if you have a learning support student and do not have an appointment set up please contact Mrs. Fisher.  

Please sign up by Monday, November 2, 2020.

My scheduling link is below:

Mrs. Graham 

Tuesday, October 20

WEDNESDAY’s Google Meet– both Mrs. Graham’s Group A and Group B will join a required, combined Google Meet from 9:00 – 11:30 am. In order for both groups to be combined, we will NOT use the links in Google Classroom. Instead, right before 9:00 students should open a new tab and click on the “waffle” (the nine dots) in the top right corner of the screen. Next, they go down to “Meet” and click on that. Then they will click where it says “+ Join or start a meeting”. The meeting code we will use will be “4g”. So students should type the number 4 and a lowercase g (with no space between) and click “Continue”. Make sure your microphone is muted, and then you will click “Join now” but ONLY at 9:00 a.m sharp. Students are NOT to enter the Meet until they see that the teacher is already in the Meet. Partway through the Google Meet, Mrs. Ochs and Mrs. Graham will switch Meets to teach the other class their subjects. Students will then have virtual work to complete Wednesday afternoon. *Teachers will take attendance at 9:00 in the Meet and again right after the break.

Wednesday, October 14

  • October 23 (B group) and 27 (A group)–virtual assembly–Rainforests
  • October 23–decorated pumpkin photos are due
  • November 2 and 3 (Monday/Tuesday)–group A is in school
  • November 4 and 5 (Wednesday/Thursday–group B is in school (NO virtual Wednesday)
  • November 3–End of M.P. 1
  • November 4–virtual assembly “Agents of Safety”
  • November 6–No School (teacher in-service)

Thursday, October 8

  • B group students have their spelling test and math quiz in their envelope today:)
  • B group students have a completed chapter 2 practice test in their blue folder to look over for the test tomorrow.
  • October 9–early dismissal (1:30 pm)
  • October 12–No school (Columbus Day)
  • October 23–virtual assembly–Rainforests
  • November 3–End of M.P. 1
  • November 4–virtual assembly “Agents of Safety”
  • November 6–No School (teacher in-service)

Tuesday, October 6

WEDNESDAY’s Google Meet– both Mrs. Graham’s Group A and Group B will join a required, combined Google Meet from 9:00 – 11:30 am. In order for both groups to be combined, we will NOT use the links in Google Classroom. Instead, right before 9:00 students should open a new tab and click on the “waffle” (the nine dots) in the top right corner of the screen. Next, they go down to “Meet” and click on that. Then they will click where it says “+ Join or start a meeting”. The meeting code we will use will be “4g”. So students should type the number 4 and a lowercase g (with no space between) and click “Continue”. Make sure your microphone is muted, and then you will click “Join now” but only at 9:00 a.m sharp. Students are not to enter the Meet until they see that the teacher is already in the Meet. Partway through the Google Meet, Mrs. Ochs and Mrs. Graham will switch Meets to teach the other class their subjects. Students will then have virtual work to complete Wednesday afternoon. *Teachers will take attendance at 9:00 in the Meet and again right after the break.

  • Our Lesson 2 spelling test is Thursday, October 8, for the B group and Tuesday, October 13, for the A group. Paper lists and homework will be handed out on test day to prepare for the next week’s test. Students can also complete the homework and access the list on Google Classroom. They may continue to use Spelling City and practice with an adult to review.
  • In order to go over the weekly Social Studies and Science assignments with the students, we will post both on Wednesdays after the Google Meet. Students will not have any additional math or reading assignments that day.
  • October 5 (A group) or 8 (B group)–picture day
  • October 9–early dismissal (1:30 pm)
  • October 12–No school (Columbus Day)
  • October 23–virtual assembly–Rainforests
  • November 3–End of M.P. 1
  • November 4–virtual assembly “Agents of Safety”
  • November 6–No School (teacher in-service)

Wednesday, September 30

This week is our last week of Library Instruction for our special. Next week our class (Groups A & B) will start Physical Education, and they will have it every day for 21 school days. Mr. McCabe will be our PE teacher this year. Please read his message below and come prepared next week. Thank you! 🙂

Dear Conestoga Families, 

Due to COVID-19 protocols and some restrictions that we are facing, the Elementary Physical Education Department has created a list of recommendations to ensure that all students can be successful and enjoy their P.E. experience as much as possible. Please help your student(s) to remember the following recommendations when they are participating in their Physical Education rotations: 

– Wear sneakers for P.E. 

– Bring an extra pair of shoes for after PE (in case they get wet outside). – Bring an extra pair of socks (in case they get wet outside). 

– Bring a plastic bag to put wet items in a backpack (keeps other items dry/fresh). – Bring/wear outer layer(s) appropriate for the weather conditions. 

– Bring a personal water container clearly labeled with student name (no glass, please). * Students are expected to practice social distancing during Physical Education. * Equipment usage and sharing will be limited. 

* Please be aware that Physical Education classes will be held outside every day when possible, based on the school’s weather policy. 

I am so excited about this new P.E. 

rotation and to meet and connect with 

the students at Conestoga Elementary in 

P.E. class! 

If you have any further questions, 

please contact me directly at the e-mail 

address, below. 

Sincerely, 

Mr. McCabe 

Physical Education Teacher 

Conestoga Elementary School 

steven.mccabe@pennmanor.net

Tuesday, September 29

  • Group A–the corrected math quiz is in your child’s envelope today.
  • WEDNESDAY’s Google Meet– both Mrs. Graham’s Group A and Group B will join a required, combined Google Meet from 9:00 – 11:30 am. In order for both groups to be combined, we will NOT use the links in Google Classroom. Instead, right before 9:00 students should open a new tab and click on the “waffle” (the nine dots) in the top right corner of the screen. Next, they go down to “Meet” and click on that. Then they will click where it says “+ Join or start a meeting”. The meeting code we will use will be “4g”. So students should type the number 4 and a lowercase g (with no space between) and click “Continue”. Make sure your microphone is muted, and then you will click “Join now” but only at 9:00 a.m sharp. Students are not to enter the Meet until they see that the teacher is already in the Meet. Partway through the Google Meet, Mrs. Ochs and Mrs. Graham will switch Meets to teach the other class their subjects. Students will then have virtual work to complete Wednesday afternoon. *Teachers will take attendance at 9:00 in the Meet and again right after the break.
  • If you haven’t signed up for our Class Dojo, you have been sent an evite. Please log on so that you are aware of your child’s points and how he/she is keeping up with schoolwork and responsibilities.
  • A PTO Pumpkin Contest paper was sent home yesterday with the A group and will be sent home Thursday with the B group.
  • Our first spelling test (Lesson 1) is Thursday, October 1, for the B group and Tuesday, October 6, for the A group. Students have been and should continue to use Spelling City to practice.
  • In order to go over the weekly Social Studies and Science assignments with the students, we will post both on Wednesdays after the Google Meet. Students will not have any additional math or reading assignments that day.
  • Monday, October 5 (A group) and Thursday, October 8 (B group)–picture day
  • October 9–early dismissal (1:30 pm)
  • October 12–No school (Columbus Day)
  • October 23–virtual assembly–Rainforests
  • November 3–End of M.P. 1
  • November 4–virtual assembly “Agents of Safety”
  • November 6–No School (teacher in-service)

Monday, September 28

  • If you haven’t signed up for our Class Dojo, you have been sent an evite. Please log on so that you are aware of your child’s points and how he/she is keeping up with schoolwork and responsibilities.
  • A PTO Pumpkin Contest paper was sent home today with the A group and will be sent home Thursday with the B group.
  • Our first spelling test is Thursday, October 1, for the B group and Tuesday, October 6, for the A group. Students have been and should continue to use Spelling City to practice.
  • In order to go over the weekly Social Studies and Science assignments with the students, we will post both on Wednesdays after the Google Meet. Students will not have any additional math or reading assignments that day.
  • October 5 (A group) or 8 (B group)–picture day
  • October 9–early dismissal (1:30 pm)
  • October 12–No school (Columbus Day)
  • October 23–virtual assembly–Rainforests
  • November 3–End of M.P. 1
  • November 4–virtual assembly “Agents of Safety”
  • November 6–No School (teacher in-service)

Friday, September 25

Math (group B) chapter 1 test is in your child’s envelope:)

Our first spelling test is Thursday, October 1, for the B group and Tuesday, October 6, for the A group. Students have been and should continue to use Spelling City to practice. The Lesson 1 list is on Spelling City.

We are having some students not completing all virtual work on their days at home. In order to view ALL assignments on Google Classroom, make sure to click view more at the end of the assignment list or check the To Do list located on the left-hand side under TOPICS. FYI: if students are not completing virtual assignments in the allotted time, they will be marked as absent and unexcused and will be in at lunch/recess to complete those assignments.

We started our classroom management program this week. Please look over our Classroom Community on ClassDojo paper, and sign up using the code. *If you are a two-household family and would want/need your child’s code (you are able to share the code with one another), email me and I will send you the code. All students will start out the week with 15 Dojo points:

  • 5 homework points—all classes (after-school work and virtual work)
  • 5 responsibility points—i.e., having writing utensils, notebook, a charged laptop
  • 5 behavior points—i.e., attentiveness, on-task, following rules/directions

If students have trouble in any of the above areas, parents will receive a message through the Dojo app, and a corresponding point will be taken away from the student’s weekly total.  We find that the point system helps keep both students and parents aware of all the positives, as well as any areas that need improvement. In addition, if a student is recognized for doing something special, like a kindness or going above and beyond, they will be given a bonus ticket. Once a week, five (5) bonus tickets per group will be drawn, and those students will be awarded an extra Dojo point. At the end of each month, students can use their Dojo points to purchase various items/privileges.

  • In order to go over the weekly Social Studies and Science assignments with the students, we will post both on Wednesdays after the Google Meet. Students will not have any additional math or reading assignments that day.
  • October 5 (A group) or 8 (B group)–picture day
  • October 9–early dismissal (1:30 pm)
  • October 12–No school (Columbus Day)
  • October 23–virtual assembly–Rainforests
  • November 3–End of M.P. 1
  • November 4–virtual assembly “Agents of Safety”
  • November 6–No School (teacher in-service)