Science Expo Coming Soon!


magnets Conestoga will be featuring our very own Science Expo for grades 4-6!    This is your opportunity to share an experiment that outlines the     scientific process.

WHEN: Tuesday, 2/26 from 9:15-10:45, snow date is Wednesday, 2/27.


  • An experiment with a display using the steps of the scientific process.

The Scientific Process includes:

  • Forming a question – this is will be the title of your project.
  • Forming a hypothesis – this means to make a best guess at what the answer to your question will be.
  • Experiment/Research Plan and Material This means to write out your procedures and materials.
  • Data Analysis/Report Results – this means to do the experiment and record the results.
  • Draw conclusions – this is when you finally get the chance to tell what answer you found to your question.

You must register by Friday, January 25, 2013, in order to participate.  Complete the form below and return it to your classroom teacher.  Then mark your calendar and come out and enjoy the Expo!

Click the link below to view “How to do a Science Expo Project”.

HOW TO DO A science expo

Helping Children Cope with Tragedy

We are all shocked and saddened by the tragedy in Connecticut.  As parents and educators we want to help our children cope with such a traumatic event. Here are some brief suggestions on how to talk to your child about the events.

Turn off the television-children can easily become overwhelmed by all the images they see on the news.  They haven’t yet developed the ability to screen all the information and images that are coming at them.

Take the time to talk with your children but be carefully not to give them more information than they can handle.  Start your conversation with them by asking for their understanding of what happened.  That way you can clarify any misunderstandings they may have. Answer questions honestly, but don’t add extra details.   Also ask them what they are worried about and that will give you some insight into how to restore their sense of safety.

Remember that our children’s ability to manage their concerns and fears is dependent on how well the adults around them handle their fears.   It is ok to admit you have concerns, but do it from a place of emotional control.

Remind your children that events like this are extremely rare and that as a Conestoga Community we take their safety very seriously.

Non-Perishable Food Drive Reminder

Conestoga is having a non-perishable food & household drive from December 3rd to 17th.  We will deliver the collected items to The Loft in Millersville, which is open to ALL Penn Manor families, including Conestoga.  This service can be accessed through our school social worker, Joy Meley at 201-9934. The Loft is located in the Millersville BIC Church.

Give what you can…

Questions or interested in donating or volunteering?

Contact – 717.872.6882 or

Millersville University Students Teach 5th Grade Students

Technology education students from Millersville University visited the fifth grade classes at Conestoga Elementary to test their teaching abilities. The Millersville students wrote the lesson plans and instructed the Conestoga 5th graders on building Jamestown Lanterns (Mrs. Usciak’s class) and a Jamestown Settlement (Mrs. Falk’s class) tying their lessons to the fifth grade social studies curriculum on Colonial America. This partnership between Millersville University and Conestoga Elementary has been in place for over 30 years.

Penn Manor “PERKS” Time

PERKS event will be held December 5, 2012, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at Central Manor Elementary School. The school is located at 3717 Blue Rock Road in Washington Boro. Penn Manor “PERKS”  is a program designed as an outreach to preschool-aged children in our Penn Manor community, ages 0-5. Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy a story and short activity together. If you need transportation to the story time, please contact Joy Meley at 201-9934. You must provide a car seat for your child.

PTO & Santa Shoppe

No December PTO meeting…the next meeting is January 9, 2013.  Please mark your calendar.

Santa Shoppe is quickly approaching. On December 8th from 9:30 to 12:30, a fun time will be had by all who come to the school’s all-purpose room.  There will be lots of small gift items for you to buy for your family.  Santa will be arriving around 11:30.