Such a Fun Day!

If you’re ever lucky enough to spend Valentine’s Day with 26 first graders, I highly recommend it! We all had hearts full of love today (and bellies full of cake)! Miss Rachel was our surprise visitor. She bakes and decorates delicious and beautiful cakes, and today she showed us how it’s done! She made us the cutest monster cake in the history of monster cakes. And it tasted so good!

The children were SO VERY EXCITED to share and open their Valentines. The excitement in the air was contagious. Thank you for sending in Valentines. The kids really did LOVE them!

With all of our fun activities this afternoon, I ran out of time to count golden tickets. We’ll do that on Tuesday.

We do not have school on Monday, February 17. Enjoy the long weekend!

Tuesday, February 18 – Our special is Art. Our new spelling list will come home today. We didn’t get to that today either!

Wednesday, February 19 – Our special is Phys. Ed. Please send the kids to school wearing sneakers.

Thursday, February 20 – Our special is Music. I’ll be out of the building and have a substitute today.

Friday, February 21 – Our special is Library and book exchange. Please send library books back to school. Today is Kids at Work Day. Students are invited to dress like someone they may want to be when they grown up – firefighter, teacher, sports player, scientist, chef, mechanic….

Enjoy your weekend!

Pajama Day is Tomorrow

Students may wear PJ’s tomorrow, however I’m going to postpone our pancake treat. Instead, we have a special guest who will be demonstrating and sharing something sweet. I thought this sweet treat AND pancakes would be too much for some little bellies. I told the kids we will make pancakes another day when they earn a reward. We are going to have a fun day tomorrow celebrating our classroom friendships.

Students will celebrate “Kids at Work” day on Friday, February 21st, 2020, 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 21st, 2020 students will be invited to wear clothing that represents a career 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.

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

House update! On Friday we found out the RED house was the point leader for marking period 2. Congratulations to all of our friends in the red house. The purple house was only 4 points away from first place, and the yellow team was a very close third. What a great marking period our Eshleman students had!

If you’re interested in purchasing from the Scholastic Book order, please have your order placed by Wednesday, February 12 @ Noon.

Our class Valentine party will be held on Friday, February 14. Sending Valentines to school is optional, but please be sure to include a Valentine for all 26 of our friends if your child is participating.

Monday, February 10 – Our special is library and book exchange. Please send library books to school.

Tuesday, February 11 – Our special is Art. Valentines may be sent to school.

Wednesday, February 12 – Our special is Phys. Ed. Please send the kids to school wearing sneakers and comfy clothes. Scholastic book orders are due today.

Thursday, February 13 – Our special is Music. We have a spelling test today.

Friday, February 14 – Our special is library and book exchange again. Students may return their books for a new one. New spelling words will come home today. We’re going to celebrate Valentines day with PJ’s and pancakes. All students are welcome to wear warm PJ’s and shoes to school. They may change into slippers upon arrival at school. We’ll be making and enjoying pancakes!

Looking Ahead – There is no school on Monday, February 17.

Our 100th day of school was a success! Thank you to everyone who donated supplies and volunteered their time. The kids had fun and Grandma Terry enjoyed getting to know the kids!

January Pizza Hut Reading logs may still be sent to school this week. February calendars were sent home on Friday.

Please sign and return the brown report card envelope. The comment sheet should be returned to school too, but the report card is yours to keep at home.

All students should have received their “Bubble Gum Math” practice paper. This is a math fact practice sheet. Practice the math facts together at home. Our goal is to have the kids memorize these facts. If learning these Math facts becomes too stressful, please let me know. We can modify the lists to help your student be successful.

Monday, February 3 – Our special is Music. We’re learning about groundhog’s Day and shadows!

Tuesday, February 4 – Our special is Library and book exchange.

Wednesday, February 5 – Our special is Art. We have a spelling test today. Miss Trish and Declan will be in to read with our class today. We love when they visit!

Thursday, February 6 – Our special is Phys. Ed. New spelling words will come home today.

Friday, February 7 – Our special is Music. We have an all school assembly and a house meeting today. Send the kids to school wearing their house shirts! Today is a 1:30 early dismissal day. Please contact the office with any transportation changes.

Monday, January 27 – Our special is Phys. Ed. Please study spelling words for the test tomorrow. Check your child’s backpack for a report card. Please sign and return the brown report card envelope. Everything inside is yours to keep.

Tuesday, January 28 – Our special is Music. We have a spelling test today. Please send an item to school for our QUintuplet baby shower. Please find something around your house, nothing should be purchased. I will have extra items for students who forget. Your baby shower gift should have the letters wh or qu in them because these are the sounds we’ve been learning this week. The item may be wrapped but it is not necessary. This item will be returned to you!

Wednesday, January 29– Our special is library. Please send library books back to school. New spelling words will be sent home today.

Thursday, January 30 – Our special is Art. Today is our 100th day of school celebration in the afternoon. Your donations are appreciated! Children are welcome to dress like they are 100. (shirt and tie, PJ’s and slippers, curlers, sweaters and pins, canes etc…). Parent helpers should plan to arrive at school by 12:30. Thank you!

Friday, January 31 – Our special is Art. Pizza Hut reading logs may be returned to school.

Valentine Exchange

We’ll have a Valentine’s Day exchange on Friday, February 14th. I’m including a list of friends in our class. We have 26 classmates. You should plan to give a Valentine to each student in our class if your child is participating in our exchange.

In the past I have found it to be helpful if your child signs his/her name on the Valentine they will be giving., but they don’t put the recipients name on the Valentine. This way Valentines can be dropped into any friend’s Valentine bag without having to read a name.

I’m including a list of names for those students who are able to read and prefer to write names on their Valentines.

Jeren Jaydion Malachi

Jacob Alaric Zayne

Lily Layla Tristan

Bella Noah Miles

Hazel Antonin Lincoln

Micah Christopher Micah (We have 2 Micah’s in our class)

Lilah Lana Camden

Lauren Autumn Jay’Dyn

Sophia Mila

I’ll also send home a paper copy of our Valentin list.