4th, 5th & 6th Grade Student Music Opportunity

Does your child want to play an instrument?  clarinet  If so, please plan to attend “Instrument Information Night” on Wednesday, September 2 in the auditorium of PM High School at 6:30.  The presentation is 30 minutes and there will be an opportunity to learn about playing an instrument, listen to the district music teachers make the sounds of each instrument, receive rental information from local music stores and even register for lessons.  Again, this is for 4th, 5th, & 6th grade students and their families only. Information will be sent home with your child the first week of school.      sax player

The First Day of School is Right Around the Corner

How did summer go by so quickly? Well regardless of whether we are still in the summer mode or not, the buses will be rolling out next Wednesday, August 26th, to bring all your (hopefully) excited children back to school. The school is scrubbed and polished, the teachers have their rooms decorated and organized, and I am sure you have already been out buying new backpacks and pencil boxes 🙂 The first day is almost here.

This year we will be welcoming several new faces to our Conestoga family so I want to say welcome to Mrs. Fisher who is our new learning support teacher, Mrs. Witmer who is our new cafeteria manager, Mrs. Drexel who is a Pequea kindergarten teacher who is going to be with us for this year, and Mrs. Diehm, who will be filling in for Mrs. Miller’s first grade classroom for the first couple of months of school. I also want to welcome back Mrs. Nadig, who will be our librarian for this year. I welcome them all to our Conestoga Community.

Just a couple of beginning the year reminders. The buses are always a little late bringing your child home after school for the first two or three weeks. Please don’t worry. The drivers are just taking their time and making sure everyone gets home safe and sound. Please send a note to your child’s teacher if there is any changes in transportation at the end of the day.

The Conestoga staff is looking forward to working with you and your child to make this a wonderful school year.index

Girls On the Run

Girls On the Run Returns to Conestoga and there is still time and slots to sign up!

Practice Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 in Mrs. Garpstas’s classroom (Room 4) – Girls need to be able to attend all practices.
Online Registration Opens:  Aug. 3rd at noon – Aug. 10th at noon & closes Sun. Sept. 27th 7:00 pm.

First Practice:  Monday, Sept. 14th

Race Date:  Nov. 14th, 9:00 am – GOTR 5k at Millersville University is open to the public.

Last Practice/Celebration: Mon. Nov. 23rd

See the Lancaster Girls On the Run website for more information: http://gotrlancaster.org/

Please contact Mrs. Larisa Garpstas at larisa.garpstas@pennmanor.net if you are interested in assisting with coaching or have further questions.

Kindergarten Orientation

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If you have an incoming kindergartner for the 2015-2016, please remember to join us on Friday, August 21st, from 9 – 10.

We will have a brief meeting in the all-purpose room to begin the session and then the students will be able to learn the classroom, the school, and of course, meet Mrs. Witmer.  Hope to see you there!

School Volunteers and Clearances

Due to additional changes made this summer to legislation regarding school volunteers and clearances, the School Board has delayed implementation of the policy requiring clearances. Please stay tuned for additional information and final implementation guidelines later in the 2015-2016 school year.  We will keep you informed.

2015-2016 Cafeteria Prices & First Day Menu

There is no increase in either breakfast or lunch price.  The only price increase for the new school year is snacks (ice cream, doritos, baked chips, etc.) and that will go from $.60 to $.75.  Ala carte milk will remain $.60.  Breakfast will be served on the first day of school.

  • Elementary Lunch-$2.25
  • Reduced Lunch-$.40
  • Milk-$.60
  • Adult Lunch-$3.50


  • Elementary breakfast-$1.25
  • Reduced breakfast-No Charge
  • Adult breakfast-$1.90

Below is the lunch menu for first day of school on 8/26/15.

  • A lunch – Hamburger/roll – golden potato rounds, baby carrots w/dip, chilled fruit juice, chilled assorted fruit, choice of milk
  • B lunch – Egg McComet/roll
  • C lunch – Peanut butter & jelly sandwich
  • D lunch – yogurt & string cheese
  • S lunch – Salad plate will be served on Wednesdays.

Below is the breakfast menu for first day of school on 8/26/15.

  • Funnel cake

Supplies Needed for School

Listed below is the list of supplies that are needed for your student for this school year. Thank you.


pencil box (labeled with name), box of crayons (16 or 24), 2-3 large glue sticks


#2 pencils, 2 large glue sticks, crayons (16-pack only), plastic pencil box with name on


crayons (16 or 32 pack only), #2 pencils, 2 large glue sticks, erasers, pencil box with name on it.


Crayola markers, pencil tip erasers, #2 pencils, crayons (16 or 24 pack only), colored pencils, 2 large glue sticks


3 ring binder or trapper keeper, 3 hole pencil pouch with zipper for binder, correcting pen (not black), single-subject spiral notebook, pencils with erasers, Elmer’s glue stick, 16 color crayon pack or colored pencils, LOW ODOR expo markers, scissors


#2 pencils, 2-3 highlighters (any color), black expo markers, 1 or 2 single subject spiral notebooks, 2 large glue sticks, crayons/markers/ or colored pencils (16 or 24) your choice, 3-ring binder is optional


Sharpie markers (any size), crayons or markers (16 or 24 pack only), 2 or 3 highlighters, Expo markers (black), colored pencils

Student Accident Group Insurance




 THE SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES NOT CARRY MEDICAL INSURANCE ON STUDENTS, but does provide you with a primary excess group insurance plan that:

  • Provides coverage for travel to and from school as well as coverage for accidents while participating in Intramural Sports, Gym and Physical Education classes.
  • Pays benefits directly to you or the doctor or hospital.
  • Optional coverage includes Extended Dental.
  • Worldwide coverage under the 24-hour plan provides coverage at school, weekends, summer vacations, home, and play.

A brochure that describes benefits and prices with a pre-addressed application may be requested through your school office.

Individual Voluntary Student Program Cost per Year

24 Hour Coverage                           $ 116.00

School-Time Coverage                   $   30.00

Dental Accident Insurance            $     8.50 with either of above plans