Welcome 2019-2020 School Year

Welcome back Pequea friends!  We are busy gearing up and prepping for the new school year and looking forward to seeing all of you again!  I am hopeful that the information below is helpful to you as you prepare for the first day of school.    
We will welcome the following new teachers to our building this year:

  • Mrs. Kim Stively – Learning Support
  • Mrs. Kelsey Tejada – Grade 3
  • Miss Krista Eby – Grade 4
  • Mr. Eric Sarra – Grade 6

Open Houses and Orientations

  • There will be an orientation for NEW students in grades 1 – 6 on Monday, August 19th at 1:00 PM.
  • Kindergarten Orientation is Monday, August 19th at 6:00 PM. This is not a drop-in and the program will begin at 6:00. We look forward to meeting your child!
  • Learning support teachers, Mrs. Stively, Mrs. Zook, and Mrs. Wagner, will host a drop-in open house for their students from 1:00 – 2:00 PM on Monday, August 19th.
  • Our new teachers, Mr. Sarra (6th) and Mrs. Tejada (3rd), will be hosting a drop-in open house for their students on Monday, August 19th between 1:00 – 2:00 PM.

We look forward to seeing your children on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 21st!   

Our Back to School Night will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 between 4:00 – 6:00 PM.  This is a drop in evening. We hope to see you here!   

School Supplies
If you are uncertain as to what school supplies your child is in need of, you can access the list of all grade levels HERE.

If you need assistance acquiring the necessary school supplies, please contact Mrs. Murray, Principal or Mrs. Semple, Guidance Counselor. 

Communication
We encourage all families to subscribe to our school blog.  This can be done right on our school site and is as simple as entering your email address then pressing enter.  Our primary sources for communication are: 

IMPORTANT CHANGE: Unfortunately, due to uncontrollable changes with the text messaging system, Remind, we will no longer be using this system.  We are exploring and learning the communication features of our Sapphire (student portal) system. Please note: Some teachers may still be able to use this system as they are using it on a smaller scale. 

Penn Manor App
Take Penn Manor with you!  The mobile app for Android and Apple phones/tablets helps you stay current with school and district news, calendar events, menus, and athletics.  Plus, receive breaking updates on weather closings and other district events.  

To download the app, search for Penn Manor School District on Google Play or the App Store.  

Volunteers

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 requires all volunteers to obtain clearances.  Clearances are now free for school volunteers with the exception of the FBI Criminal Background.  You can learn more about the clearances required and how to get them at the PM Volunteer page:  https://www.pennmanor.net/district/volunteers/

Visitors

We ask that if you need to enter the building, you park in an appropriate parking space and use the main entrance at the front of the building only, this includes arrival and dismissal times.  Visitors will not be permitted to enter from other doors during our arrival/dismissal times.  We appreciate your cooperation in assisting us in the supervision and safety of all students.

Drop Off and Pickup

The layout of Pequea allows for separate entrances and exits for cars and buses. We ask that you please assist us in ensuring everyone is safe and respectful of property during this time. No cars may enter the bus driveway during the hours of 8:15 AM to 9:15 AM and 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM. All vehicles should enter the parking lot from Bauer Avenue. If you see school buses in the bus port – PLEASE DO NOT ENTER.  This if for the safety of our students.

As parents arrive to drop off and pick up students, they should remain in their vehicles in a single-file line and students will enter the building and exit the building independently while supervised by staff members. Please be sure you notify the office of who is picking your child up. If it is someone unknown by the school, they may be asked to show photo ID before your child is released to their care.

We ask that if you need to enter the building, you park in an appropriate parking space and use the main entrance at the front of the building only, this includes arrival and dismissal times. Visitors will not be permitted to enter from other doors during our arrival/dismissal times. We appreciate your cooperation in assisting us in the supervision and safety of all students.

Attendance
When your child is absent, communicate with the school in one of three ways.

  1. Email the school office and your child’s teacher
  2. Complete the online attendance excuse note in the Sapphire Community Portal
  3. Send a handwritten note to school with your child when they return to school. 

The emails and notes should include the date and reason for the absence. It must be submitted within three school days. Notes received after three days will not be accepted and result in an unlawful absence. 

Arrival after 9:00 am is considered tardy. A parent/guardian must escort his/her child into the office for any late arrival. You must provide a reason for the tardiness in writing. Notes from medical professionals for time missed from school are encouraged.

Food Services and Lunch Accounts
Lunch menus are accessible on the district app and blog.  We have included paper copies of August breakfast and lunch menus for your convenience.  Please note: paper copies of the school menu will not be sent home regularly but they can be accessed on our district blog and in the Penn Manor App.    

Here you can access information about resources and assistance with free and reduced lunch: