To the Book Fair and Beyond!

WHEN:        Wednesday, 11/16 to Wednesday, 11/23

TIME:          9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.       *note special times below

*Wednesday 12:00 noon – 8:00, Friday closes at 12 noon

WHERE:       Conestoga library


Fair will remain open until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16th. Stop in before or after your parent/teacher conference!  Classroom wish list will be available for parents who would like to purchase books for their child’s classroom.

New! Shop the Book Fair Online!

If you’re booked up during Book Fair week (or just want to keep shopping), be sure to visit the Fair online!

  • Send wish lists to family and friends
  • Browse an expanded book selection
  • All orders ship to school with no shipping fee

Access the Online Fair by visiting our Book Fair Homepage
online fair dates: 11/14/2011 – 11/30/2011

Giant Grocery Store Commercial Opportunity

Giant Grocery Stores is looking for families from within the community who would be interested in being featured in one of the upcoming Giant television commercials. Commercials have already been shot in other markets. The families featured in those commercials enjoyed a wonderful experience, significant compensation and, most importantly, a wonderful shared memory to take with them.

Initial auditions will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and should comprise approximately 10 minutes of answering questions on-camera. Spouses and children are warmly welcomed, but only the mother is required at this stage of the process. Please bring photos of your family that you will not have returned. Interview questions will cover family activities, shared memories and questions pertaining to Giant gas savings and how those savings play a role in family activities.

Giant will be looking for families (children age ranges approximately 2-10 yrs with parents in late 20’s any 30’s) who are happy with and confident in themselves and each other, would be very comfortable being themselves on-camera and who can tell one of two stories: either a story about how Giant’s Gas Savings program fits into the family equation (ie: describe your daily driving routines and how the Gas Savings program can help.) Or describe an Easter family tradition such as a big family get-together, and how shopping at Giant enhances the experience and saves you money The commercials will depict families enjoying family activities, and sitting together in their homes while the mom talks about the Giant shopping experience, including their experience with the Bonus Card and Gas programs. Candidates must be Giant shoppers and use the Bonus Card and/or Gas Extra Rewards programs.

Families used in the commercials will be paid $3000, including any agent fees, at the time of filming. Filming will take place at the home of the families, and at a Giant store nearby.

Families should live no further than ½ hr. away from the Giant Store located at 1605 Lititz Pike in Lancaster. Filming will take place on a day TBD during the first two weeks of Jan, or the last two weeks in Feb, (depending on which story we’re filming), and families should plan on at least a full day commitment, plus assorted meetings beforehand. Selected families should expect background checks as part of the normal protocol.

Audition Dates:     Nov 4th or 5th, 2011

Time:      Call Julie Boldizar at (717) 808-9734 for an appointment or just arrive between 10am and 5pm and take your turn.

Where:   Giant Store at 1605 Lititz Pike in Lancaster.

Members of the community with questions can contact Julie Boldizar at (717) 808-9734.



The votes are in and the winners announced for each category.

Best Traditional – Julianne Kibodeaux

Spookiest – Gage Backus

Silliest – Max Forrey

Best School Spirit – Isaac Hopstetter

Most Creative – Sonja Mowery

Most Popular (Overall votes) – Carter Rachor

Thank you to all the students who participated in the PTO pumpkin contest. You are all winners for helping to make this a success.  The winners of each category will be receiving from our PTO a $5 gift card to K-Mart. Parents please remember to pick up your child’s pumpkin before Friday unless it is small enough for them to bring home on the bus. Thank you.


Students will be voting for their favorite decorated pumpkin at lunch time on Wednesday, October 26th. Thank you to everyone who brought in a decorated pumpkin for the students and staff to enjoy. Our stage is adorned with spooky pumpkins, silly pumpkins, school spirit pumpkins and many other creative designs.



Please save your spare change for the Penny Extravaganza at Conestoga, which runs from 11/9 to 11/23.

The object is to have the most money in your classroom jug in the lobby. Classrooms are “competing” against their grade level class. Morning kindergarten will be competing against afternoon kindergarten. The winning classroom of each grade level will be treated to a popsicle ice cream treat from the PTO.

WHY is PTO sponsoring this event? To raise money for Conestoga Elementary School to purchase items needed for families during the winter months and beyond.

Newsletters online

Fall Newsletter 1112

Click on this site to view the beginning of the year newsletter.

Volunteer Opportunity


  • Volunteer once or as much as you’d like!
  • There is always another parent helper with you!
  • It’s a fun way to see the students interact on the playground!
  • Help promote a healthy lifestyle!
  • 11:30-1:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
  • Fall session ends November 15th, sign up now or get on the list for spring!


Wonderful World of Cub Scouts

Adventure is calling and it’s not too late. Visit

Cub Scouts is for boys grades 1-5. Cub scouting is a grade based program where boys will gather to learn and have fun. Every month all boys within their group and their families will father for a pack meeting. Cub Scouting is fun with a purpose.

If you have any general cub scout questions, please feel free to contact:
Scott Arnold at the PA Dutch Council, Boy Scouts of America, 394-4063 or go to

(Not affiliated with the Penn Manor School District)


Would you like to be a part of an innovative education project at Conestoga Elementary School? Some members of the PTO have been working to develop a school garden/outdoor classroom and we need help from parents and community members.

Why a school garden?

  • to expose students to hands-on environmental education
  • to enhance the curriculum by connecting it to the natural world
  • to provide experimental kid-centered gardening that fosters keen observation, critical and independent thought

Please join us on October 26th at 7 p.m. in the school library and find out how you can help. You don’t have to be a gardener! If you have any experience in landscaping, construction, carpentry, promotion & advertising, writing, graphic design, organizing, gardening, horticulture or simply a strong back and a willingness to help…..WE CAN USE YOU!

Any questions contact HANNAH THOMAS at or BETH HORST at

A Fitting Farewell

On Friday, Conestoga Elementary bid a fond farewell to Mr. Barry Smith, who will now be the head custodian at Eshleman Elementary. Mr. Smith worked at Conestoga Elementary for 24 years. At an all-school assembly, Mr. Smith was honored with readings by the students, “roasting” by Mr. Martino, a presentation by the PTO and a song by the faculty. Thank you Mr. Smith for all you have done for Conestoga.

With Mr. Smith moving to Eshleman, we now have Mr. Don Hartsough taking over as head custodian at Conestoga. Mr. Hartsough is coming to us from Pequea Elementary and we look forward to many years working with him. WELCOME!