Thank You Community

Dear Conestoga Students, Families, Faculty, Community Members ~

Thank you for the fantastic response to our annual holiday food/clothing/gift drive. Through your generosity, we were able to provide canned goods, turkeys and non-perishable items to over twenty-five Conestoga families. The school also received MANY donations of coats, hats, gloves, toys and gift cards that were distributed.

Due to various circumstances and tough economic conditions, it’s hard for families to provide necessities. Many of us never thought we would be facing the difficulties that now confront us. Knowing this, it is truly amazing that we have received such an abundance of goods.

On behalf of the staff of Conestoga Elementary, as well as the families who received assistance over the holiday season, thank you one and all for your kindness. We would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and happy 2012.

Mr. Martino

Girl Scout Recognition

Under the leadership of Christine Connelly, the Conestoga Girl Scout Troop contributed to a Veteran’s Appreciation Ceremony on November 11th. The school just received a commendation letter by the House of Representatives regarding the troop member’s participation and how it was critical to the success of the event, which the House sponsored.

The troop members arrived two hours in advance of the ceremony to prepare and become familiar with the program agenda. They braved the cold, windy weather to hold flags along the outside patio greeting our veterans and their families upon entering the building. This required seven girls at a time as they presented the United States and Pennsylvania flags, as well as flags representing the five branches of the military.

The troop members proudly took the stage at the beginning of the program to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The members of the Conestoga Girl Scout Troop worked with the members of the Chestnut Level Girl Scout Troop presenting medals to each veteran in attendance. Please enjoy some pictures of the event.


January 2, 2012

Below is a message that was sent to us from the Y.

The YWCA is celebrating the New Year’s Holiday on January 2nd so we will NOT be offering before, K wrap, or after school care that day.  This is a regular school day for Penn Manor so parents will be expected to pick up their children or have them sent home on the buses.

Monica Kirchner, School Age Child Care Director
YWCA Lancaster
717-393-1735 ext 270

Playset Pieces for Sale

Since the playset area has been cleared, the School Garden Committee will be selling the different components to interested Conestoga families. By clicking the link below, you can see what’s available and the prices. There is also wood available for sale.

If you are interested, please contact Hannah Thomas at or give her a call at 871-6286 to set up a time she can meet you at the school to take a look at the items and/or purchase.

playset pieces for sale

Calling all Kindergarten & First Grade Girls


Conestoga Elementary has a Daisy Girl Scout troop that meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 3:30 to 5 p.m.. Why not come out and be part of scouting? Through scouting, girls can develop qualities that will serve them all their lives – leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. Since 1912, Girl Scouts has built girls of “courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place”.

If you are interested in signing up for the Daisy troop at Conestoga, please contact Laurie Mackison at 872-1341.

Important School Calendar Changes

School is now in session (full day) on January 13, 2012, for ALL students.

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 16, 2012.

Elementary students ONLY are in session on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, with an EARLY DISMISSAL of 1:30 p.m..  PM kindergarteners attend & eat lunch with their buddies.  (There is no a.m. kindergarten this day)

REMINDER:  School will be in session on Friday, February 17, 2012 to make up for the missed “flood” day in September.

Penn Manor “Perks”

The next PERKS event will be held tomorrow, December 7, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at Central Manor Elementary School. The school is located at 3717 Blue Rock Road (Rt. 999) in Washington Boro. This is a time for preschoolers and their parents to enjoy a story and short activity together. If you need transportation to the story time, please contact Joy Meley at 201-9934, but you must provide a car seat for your child.

Free coffee for adults & refreshments will be served.

Conestoga Car Magnets

Once again  our wonderful PTO has come up with a very cool idea. They are selling Conestoga car magnets for $5. The magnets are 5 inches in diameter and have the Penn Manor blue and gold logo in the center.

If you can’t use it on your car, buy one for your refrigerator. They make a nice gift for a friend or relative. An order form was sent home with your child, but they will also be available to purchase at the Santa Shoppe this Saturday, December 10th from 9 to noon. Show your school pride and don’t miss the chance to purchase a magnet. Thank you for your continued support of our PTO, who provides assemblies and help offset field trip costs for the students at Conestoga Elem.

Theatre at it’s Finest

Friday was an exciting day at Conestoga Elementary. The PTO treated the students to two assemblies performed by Kitty Jones of Kit’s Interactive Theatre. Primary grades enjoyed Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and Intermediate students had a taste of Colonial Life in 1730.

As each show unfolds, some audience members (students & teachers alike) are woven into the plot. Kitty’s continual audience participation is enjoyed by all. She uses historical props and costumes and the improvised humor make each show a unique performance.

The assemblies were thoroughly enjoyable, education, and fun! Thank you PTO for the enrichment to our school year.

Girls on the Run Needs Coaches

Spring 2012 Coaches Needed for Conestoga Elementary School!

A lot more than a running program…Girls on the Run is a life-changing character development program for girls in 3rd through 5th grades.  This after-school program addresses all aspects of a girl’s development including her physical, mental, emotional and social well-being.  Young girls are empowered with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team building to help them become strong, self-confident women.

Coaching Details:

  • VOLUNTEER position – GOTR training and first aid/CPR training is provided by GOTR
  • Coach training dates are: Jan. 28 or Feb. 25 (you would choose one)
  • 10-week program beginning the week of March 5th
  • YOU pick the days of the week for your team’s practice. Ex: Every Mon./Wed. or Tues./Thurs. whatever best suits your own schedule.
  • Girls meet twice a week from 3:30 to 5:00 after school on the school premises.
  • Final race is Saturday, May 19th at F&M Stadium
  • All curriculum and materials needed for every lesson is completely provided.
  • Lessons are co-taught between Head and Assistant coaches.
  • The site application is due by January 1st.
  • Coaches just need to have energy, enthusiasm and a fun-loving spirit! You do not need to be a runner!

 *Please see the GOTR Lancaster website for more details about this amazing international program and to contact GOTR Lancaster Directors Carrie Johnson and Jennifer West.

* If you are interested in coaching a team, you can also contact Larisa Garpstas, Second Grade teacher at Conestoga – She was the Head Coach both fall 2010 and spring 2011 seasons. She assisted this fall 2011.