Week-At-A-Glance: May 1 through May 5

Pequea Families,

Make sure you mark your calendars for the end-of-the-year family picnic on Friday, May 12. We wish our fourth-grade scientists well as the culminate the PSSAs with the science assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Lost & Found

Please have your students check our lost and found at the office. Items remaining tomorrow, Friday, April 28, will be donated to charity.

May the Fourth We Need You

Our PTO is in need of a volunteer for Thursday, May 4, to help with set up for the PTO Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. Click HERE to sign up!

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Chaperone & Volunteer Parking

We kindly ask that all chaperones for field trips and volunteers for Awesome Activity Day and Olympic Day park at the West Willow Fire Company and walk to the school. Park in the grass lot across the road from our playground.


It is necessary that all families with students in grades three through 12 register for Sapphire to monitor your student’s progress. We also strongly encourage our second-grade families to complete the account registration now for the 2017-2018 school year. Click HERE for more information!

Volunteer Information

We encourage our families to complete the volunteer process. It’s free and the information is on file for five years. This is necessary to volunteer in classrooms and chaperone field trips. Click HERE for more information.

House Update

Congratulations to the Blue House for winning the house points challenge. Blue house students and staff earned a popcorn treat at lunch tomorrow, Friday, April 28.

Box Tops, MyCoke Rewards, and Turkey Hill Moo Money

Keep collecting your Box Tops, MyCoke Rewards, and Turkey Hill Moo Money Caps! Click HERE for more information on how to enter your MyCoke Rewards.

Mother’s Day PMEF Vendor Fair

The Penn Manor Education Foundation is hosting a craft and vendor fair on May 13. Click HERE for more information!

Mark your calendars

  • May 11 – PTO Meeting
  • May 12 – PTO End-of-Year-Picnic
  • May 23- Olympic Day Grades 3 & 4 9:15 to 11:15
  • May 23 – Olympic Day Grades 5 & 6 1:00 to 3:00
  • May 24 – STEAM Night 4:00 to 6:00 PM
  • May 29 – No School (Memorial Day Observed)
  • June 6 – Final Kindergarten Day
  • June 7 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

What’s happening for the week of May 1 to May 5?

  • Day C: Monday, May 1
  • Day D: Tuesday, May 2
    • Fourth-grade Science PSSA
  • Day A: Wednesday, May 3
    • Fourth-grade Science PSSA
  • Day B: Thursday, May 4
    • Awesome Activity AM Kdg & First Grade 9:15 to 11:15
    • Awesome Activity Day Second Grade 1:00 to 3:00
  • Day CFriday, May 5

Top 5 Reasons to Get Your Clearances & Volunteer

Pequea Families,

  1. It’s FREE!
  2. Your information is on file for FIVE YEARS!
  3. You can chaperone field trips!
  4. You can volunteer for classroom activities
  5. It’s FREE!

Don’t wait! Start the FREE process today so your information is on file for FIVE YEARS!

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Penn Manor School District welcomes and encourages opportunities to engage volunteers. That being said, our number one priority for all students is a safe and supportive learning environment. Pennsylvania now requires all volunteers to obtain clearances. Chaperones for field trips must complete the process posted below, and we encourage our families to complete the process as soon as possible.

Clearances are now free for school volunteers with the exception of the FBI Criminal Background. Posted below is information to learn more about the clearances required and how to get them. Please contact our secretary, Mrs. Campbell, at kathy.campbell@pennmanor.net, for information. Mrs. Campbell has information packets on volunteering in the school office.

New state-mandated background clearance requirements for school volunteers

Pennsylvania now requires that all current school volunteers obtain the following clearances. There is no charge for any clearances, except for the FBI Criminal Background Check ($27.00):

  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • FBI Criminal Background Check (if you have lived in Pennsylvania for less than the past 10 years).
  • Exemption form from FBI Background Check (if you have lived in Pennsylvania within the past 10 years)
  • Completed Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form (PDE 6004)

Instructions for Completing Clearances

State Police Criminal Records Check (no fee)
Applicants can access the website  https://epatch.state.pa.us or apply by mail at:  PA State Police Central Repository – RCPU, 1800 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg PA 17110-9758.

When applying on the website, click the yellow box labeled “new record check.” A “record check details” response status screen will appear. Please select and print the Certification Form.

Child Abuse Clearance (no fee)
Applicants can access the website https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS. Creating an account and submitting a clearance application online will provide access to the results or the status of the request if results cannot be processed immediately.

A paper application can be submitted by using this form: Child Abuse History Certification final
Instructions on completing the application are on the last page of the form. Results will be mailed within 14 days of receipt of the application.

For more information, contact the ChildLine Verification Unit at (717) 783-6211 or toll free at 1-877-371-5422.

FBI Criminal Background Check ($27.00 fee)
This must be completed ONLY if you have not lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years or longer.
Applicants must register at www.pa.cogentid.com and click on the Dept. of Education icon or by calling 1-888-439-2486.Applicants will be fingerprinted at an approved center and share their fingerprint confirmation number with the Penn Manor Human Resources Department.

Here’s where to go for fingerprinting: Local fingerprinting locations

Affidavit for Exemption from FBI Clearance (no fee)
Volunteers who have not submitted to the FBI clearance must complete and submit this form, with the exception of one-time volunteers: PMSD Volunteer Affidavit

Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form (no fee)
All volunteers must complete and submit this form. Arrest or Conviction form PDE Form 6004

For additional questions or more information regarding volunteer clearances, contact Theresa K. Chiodi, Director of Human Resources, (717) 872-9500, ext. 2247; Theresa.chiodi@pennmanor.net

Additional resources

Expectations and Guidelines for Volunteering

Are you signed up for Sapphire?

SapphirePequea Families,

Have you checked your student’s grades in Sapphire recently? We’re almost halfway through the fourth and final marking period of the year! Parents in grades three through 12 can view their child’s grades on our Sapphire Community Portal.


Sign up for Sapphire NOW so you can view your student’s progress in third-grade next year. Posted below are the directions to create an account.

  1. Sapphire Community Portal
  2. Select the Community Portal Application and Acceptable Use Policy Form
  3. The keyword to sign up is comets.
  4. Your Community Web Portal User Account will be set up as soon as you mail your completed and signed Community Web Portal Registration to the address below, or give it your student’s homeroom teacher to submit to our Sapphire administrator.
Sapphire Administrator
2950 Charlestown Road
Lancaster, PA 17603
Contact our Sapphire Administrator at sapphiresupport@pennmanor.net with any questions.