Don’t Forget Our Pajama Day to support C.H.O.P!

  “Pajama Day is almost here! Friday, December 4th is our school-wide pajama day! We have been collecting coins as a charitable donation to C.H.O.P. (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). We will continue to collect in our classroom buckets through Friday. The classroom that collects the most coins per student will win an extra recess–but the real winners are all the children at CHOP that will benefit from the donations made by the students and families of LeTort!! So pick out your favorite comfy jams (maybe from your holiday collection?) and plan to enjoy our PJ Day on Friday. Please leave your slippers, blankets and stuffed animals at home, thank you!” 

Letort’s Annual Holiday Shoppe – Open Now!

This year’s holiday shoppe will be virtual and is now open for our comuunity to shop for the special people in their lives. Items can be shipped to your home or to school. Delivery should be during the week of December 16th. More information regarding pick-up will be coming in the near future.

Please see below for more information.

Two Additional Cases of COVID-19 Reported at Letort

Penn Manor School District has become aware of two members of the Letort Elementary School community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

November 24, 2020

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned that two members of the Letort Elementary School community have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with the individual in the school setting have been notified.

    The school is not closing.

    As a result of the positive cases, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individuals who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected individuals and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about the individuals, including names, is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

    For additional information about COVID-19, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website or Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Resources page, where you will find a table with all cases reported to date at Penn Manor schools.

Sincerely,

Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Six additional COVID-19 cases reported at four schools

Penn Manor School District has become aware of six additional members of the school community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Below is a message from Superintendent Dr. Mike Leichliter with more information.

November 23, 2020

Dear Penn Manor Family:

    We have recently learned of positive COVID-19 cases among two members each in the Penn Manor High School and Hambright Elementary School communities and one member each in the Letort and Martic elementary school communities. These individuals will not be in school until they have recovered, and all individuals considered to have had close contact with the individual in the school setting have been notified.

    Letort, Hambright and Martic are not closing at this time. The high school is closed as students continue to learn remotely.

    As a result of the positive cases, Penn Manor has taken the following actions:

  • Contacted the PA Department of Health for further guidance
  • Cleaned and disinfected locations visited by the individuals who tested positive
  • Identified individuals who had close contact with the infected individuals and communicated directly with them on their next steps, which could include a 14-day quarantine.

    Please note that personal information about the individuals, including names, is confidential to protect patient privacy. We are sending our best wishes to these members of our school community.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home from school if he or she is feeling ill for any reason. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, loss of taste and shortness of breath. Muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue also are common. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please consult with your family medical provider immediately.

    Please continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and wear a mask in public, including in school. We face this challenging situation together, and we are grateful for your continued support of our school district.

    For additional information about COVID-19, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website or Penn Manor’s COVID-19 Resources page, where you will find a table with all cases reported to date at Penn Manor schools.

Sincerely,

Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Impact of new travel, mask orders on Penn Manor students and staff

The PA Health Department has updated its order mandating masks and restricting travel in Pennsylvania, which affects Penn Manor students and staff.

The order, which took effect Friday, November 20, requires that anyone leaving Pennsylvania obtain a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival back in the state. Anyone arriving in Pennsylvania from another state also must follow these protocols.

“While the school district has no enforcement authority, I encourage all Penn Manor families to comply with the Travel Mitigation Order issued by the Pennesylvania Secretary of Health,” said Mike Leichleiter, Penn Manor superintendent. 

“If families need to quarantine their children as a result of travel, please contact your child’s building principal or school nurse so that accommodations for school work can be made.”

Here are details on the Travel Mitigation Order.

The mask order stipulates that masks or other face coverings must be worn by all students and staff at all times indoors, regardless of whether social distancing is being practiced. The order also requires that masks be worn outdoors if social distancing is not in place. 

“Mask breaks” of no longer than 10 minutes are permitted while individuals are at least six feet apart.

Here are FAQs on the mask order. Please see this helpful guide from the CDC on the appropriate use of masks.

In light of the recent significant spread of the coronavirus in our community and across the United States, we urge our parents, students and staff to comply with these orders. 

Reminder – Parent-Teacher Conferences start Monday

Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 23 and 24. If you need a reminder on how to access the Google Meet link, please review the first video. It shares specific directions to accessing the link towards the end of the video.

Below are two videos (parent guide to parent teacher conferences & checking student email) that may be beneficial for you to view prior to signing up for your conference.

Please contact the school office with any questions.

Report Cards coming home TODAY!

All students in grades 1-6 will be bringing home their first marking period report card today. Please note that we are not utilizing yellow report card envelopes this year so there is nothing to sign and return to the school.

Also, these report cards, along with learning support progress reports, will be uploaded to Sapphire’s Parent Portal by the close of the school day.

Please note that your child ONLY participated in two specials during the first marking period, so you will only have two special area grades and the other specials are blank.

Transition to in-person learning begins Monday, November 9

The Penn Manor school board has reaffirmed a plan to transition to full, in-person learning beginning Monday, November 9. The plan was approved September 21, 2020.

Here is the schedule that students will follow:

November 9 – Students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 12 will begin full in-person instruction. Students in other grades will continue in the Blended Learning hybrid format during this week.
November 16 – Students in grades 8, 10 and 11 will begin full in-person instruction.

Parents will be notified by school principals about the impact of these changes on school procedures.

Penn Manor Virtual School will continue to operate in its current format through the 2020-2021 school year. Information on the program is available here. Parents must contact their child’s principal before switching to virtual instruction.   

Parent Teacher Conferences

As you know, parent teacher conferences will be virtual this year. Conferences will be held on Monday, November 23rd, and Tuesday, November 24th. Your child’s teacher will be sending out communication with specific information for you to sign-up for a conference.

Click here for a video with step by step instructions for signing up.

If you would like an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with one of our Letort specialists, please click on the link below to schedule a time.

Mr. Kelley’s Parent-Teacher Conference Calendar

Mr. Dutton’s Parent-Teacher Conference Calendar

Miss Anderson’s Parent-Teacher Conference Calendar

Dr. Janssen’s Parent-Teacher Conference Calendar

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.  Click here to view a video on how to access your child’s email.   

·       A parent tip:  If you sign up using your child’s account, please hold on to their log in 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 717.872-9530 to schedule your appointment.   

Please sign up by Monday, November 2, 2020.

Reminder – Parent Teacher Conferences

On Friday, your child’s teacher will be sending a Google calendar link for you to sign-up for a parent-teacher conference on either November 23 OR 24.

Below are two videos (parent guide to parent teacher conferences & checking student email) that may be beneficial for you to view prior to signing up for your conference.

Please contact the school office with any questions.