Kids Heart Challenge Update

Thanks to the hard work of the students and the generosity of the Conestoga Community, our students were able to raise a GRAND TOTAL for this year’s Kids Heart Challenge of$6,554.31! This is the highest total by the building ever. This is an awesome event to help students learn about staying healthy, jumping rope, and most importantly giving back to their community, either through their own donations or by raising money. We are all so proud of the students. Here is a video from Mr. McCabe announcing the results. Mr. McCabe Video.

Kids’ Heart Challenge

Our school is participating in a very special community service program to raise funds for the American Heart Association.  We’re joining in the fight against our nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers – cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Kids’ Heart Challenge events are held at schools nationwide and not only help students learn about the benefits of regular physical activity and heart health but also raise funds to support vital heart and stroke research as well as educational programs.  We are holding our event for the month of February 2022 with a virtual assembly coming on February 10th. 

By REGISTERING ONLINE (, your child will receive a free wristband and it helps our school earn bonus funds for P.E. equipment!  Our goal is to have at least 50% of our student population REGISTER ONLINE or download the Kids Heart Challenge App and complete Finn’s Mission.  If your child raises any funds, individual gifts are earned. In the past, these have arrived about two months after the event has finished.  Each class will participate in a Jump Party during their regularly scheduled P.E. time in the last week of February/first week of March to celebrate all of our efforts toward making their Kids Heart Challenge a success.  By the end of this month, our children will better understand the importance of community service and physical activity while helping to save lives. 

The American Heart Association is dedicated to helping people live longer, healthier lives.  The money we raise helps our local patient care.  Family and friends are encouraged to support by making contributions.  If your child receives CASH donations, please convert ALL into ONE check prior to turning in the collection envelope.  All checks should be made payable to American Heart Association.  These envelopes have been or will be sent home this week (Feb 7-12) and should be turned in to your student’s homeroom teacher on or before Friday, March 4th so that we can have a timely, accurate final count. Also, don’t forget to ask your child’s donors if their employers have matching gift programs!  This is an easy way to increase donations collected by your child.  To find out which companies will match the American Heart Association, please visit  All matching gift forms should include your child’s name and school name so the donations can be properly designated.  Our efforts truly are meaningful and will make a difference!  Thank you so much for your support!   

Report Cards for Marking Period 2

Today, February 4th, students’ report cards will be uploaded to their student document center. 

Below are instructions on how to view your child’s report card using a computer or a celllphone.  

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Parents will need to have a Sapphire Parent Portal Account to view their child’s report card. If you have not yet created a parent account, please click on a link below to see how to do that.

Parent Sapphire Account Set Up Instructions – ENGLISH

Parent Sapphire Account Set Up Instructions- SPANISH

Early dismissal for all student today, Friday, February 4- No PM Kindergarten

Due to impending weather and road conditions, students will be dismissed early today, Friday, February 4.

Secondary students will dismiss at 12:20 p.m. and elementary students will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. After-school and evening activities are canceled. No PM Kindergarten.

Penn Manor seeks public input on how to use pandemic funds

Penn Manor School District is seeking feedback from parents, students, staff and community members to help determine how the school district should best utilize funding made available through the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding is available through the ARP to Penn Manor for one-time or short-term expenditures to address the impact of the pandemic on our students and schools.

We invite you to complete a brief survey to help the district prioritize how this funding should be used.

Click here to take the survey, which will be open through Friday, February 11, 2022.

Animals Visit Conestoga

Barn Hill Preserve brought some of their exotic animals to visit Conestoga Elementary. It was 45 minutes of interactions with amazing animals and information about habitats and feeding patterns. From left to right and top to bottom, we have Franklin the tortoise, Spice the hedgehog, Drogon the bearded dragon, Godzilla the skink, Peanut the armadillo and Scarlet the baby kangaroo. With small groups, all of the students were able to have an up close interaction with the animals. The students learned new vocabulary words and were thrilled to see the joey try to jump and the armadillo stretch after just waking from a nap. The students asked great questions throughout both presentations.

Thank you to all of our teachers and staff who graciously helped to organize deliveries and photos. This was a huge effort and we appreciate this coordination.

Reminder January 28th Early Dismissal

Friday, January 28th is an early dismissal. Students will be dismissed at 1:30 PM. No PM Kindergarten.

Parent Permission Needed for Assembly

On Wednesday, February 2nd we will welcome Barn Hill Preserve to Conestoga Elementary School. This is a company out of Delaware who loves to share exotic animals with young learners. There will be two assemblies that day and every child will need a signed permission slip to attend the assembly. This permission slip is DUE back by Monday, January 31st in order for them to attend. There will be no exceptions or verbal permissions over the phone. Children will be bringing the permission slips home today or tomorrow. Please look for them.

Barn Hill does not take payment for this assembly. They make some money to help with the care of the animals and animal education efforts by selling photos with these animals and different merchandise items. Please do not feel obligated to buy anything. This is not the reason for the assembly, but we do want to offer it to you if you wish to invest.

If you would like to learn more about the Barn Hill Preserve, you can follow this link.

Girls on the Run- Grades 3-5

We are happy to announce that we will be starting up a Girls On The Run (GOTR) program at Conestoga for the Spring season. Miss Lovett has volunteered to be the lead coach, but we are in need of other volunteers to be assistant coaches. If you are interested in coaching please contact Dr. Keddie or Miss Lovett. Volunteers will need to have clearances.

Practices: Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:45 to 5:15 at Conestoga

Season: March 28th for 8 weeks. It culminates in a 5k Race on May 21st at F&M.

Here is a link with further information. GOTR Registration does not open until February 21 to March 3 and is a lottery system. All registration must be done on-line.

Any further questions please contact Dr. Keddie or Miss Lovett.

Girls on the Run Logo

Closed- January 7, 2022

Penn Manor Schools are closed today. Schools will now be in session on March 25, 2022. Stay safe and have a fun, snow day.