Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipses are wondrous natural events, and we want to ensure that Penn Manor students and staff have a safe and enjoyable experience on Monday, April 8. During the eclipse, we will experience a period of diminished light, similar to twilight, beginning at 2:06 p.m. and peaking at 3:22 p.m. before ending at 4:34 p.m. 

Penn Manor is not altering school schedules on April 8 and is not providing special eyewear for viewing the eclipse. It is important to emphasize that students must never look at the sun directly, even while the eclipse is under way. 

Race Day Help!!!

Thank you Hambright Families for all you have done to support our school. Our biggest fundraiser is just around the corner. We need many volunteers to make this day successful. You need your clearances in order to help with Race Day. Please have it done by May 1st. Here is a link for the clearance: https://www.pennmanor.net/district/volunteers/ 

Here is the sign up genius for Race Day. Thank you for considering signing up for Race Day!


So far we have raised $4,587!!!! The money we raise pays for our children to go on field trips, help the teachers with classroom supplies, show appreciation to our teachers and staff at Hambright and so much more. Thank you so much for all the support.

Picture Day

Spring Pictures are being taken on Thursday April 11, 2024. We are in need of a few volunteers to help our kids look good for their pictures. Please consider signing up to help all or just part of the day. You do need clearances to be able to help. Thank you!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4CABA82AA5FF2-48799979-picture

Hambright Garden News

The Hambright Garden Group has run 3 fundraising events for the garden in the last 2 months:  the Sweetheart Dance, Taekwondo Night, and Spring Bingo.  The funds from these events have raised over $8,000 specifically for garden education!

The money raised will be used to guarantee every Hambright classroom of students at least 3 garden lessons led by The Edible Classroom instructors in 2024!  The Edible Classroom is a community partner who provides rich, high-interest, hands-on engaging, standards-aligned lessons for all students K-6 in our building.  Thanks to your generous donations and support over the past year. The Hambright Garden benefits all Hambright students in all grade levels!

In addition to garden lessons, you will see some tangible improvements to the garden area.  We plan to construct a trellis for vine vegetables over the sidewalk, an outdoor bulletin board, a composting bin, and an asparagus plot.

While $8,000 is a big number, the costs for the garden are around $10,000 annually.  So please continue to refer businesses in the Hambright area who might be interested in sponsoring the garden.  Click here to complete a form reaching out to us.

Finally, the families, teachers, and staff of Hambright are a special group of people!  None of this would be possible without the support and generosity of the greater Hambright community.  Special shoutout to both Amy Bittenbender and Lauren Weaver for all their energy, efforts, and hard work to make the three fundraisers a big success!  THANK YOU to all who make Garden Education a priority and a reality for Hambright students!


Garden Camp registrations are open on our website: "Water Works! Come harvest water AND veggies in the garden!"

Hambright July 29-August 2 9am-noon

Central Manor June 24-28 9am-noon

If your families can't make it for the week in your garden, they are welcome to register for the week at neighboring Central Manor's garden. Both weeks are open to all Penn Manor residents. 

Here's a glimpse of the fun we'll be having at this year's "Water Works!" Garden Camp: 

Campers will enhance hard and soft STEM skills through water-based projects. They'll design and build a water-harvesting system that will collect rainwater off the garden’s shed roof and be used to water their plants. They'll also repurpose items to make a portable water wall to water the garden beds. With the school garden as the backdrop for all our activities, campers will learn about caring for the garden as they water, tend, and harvest ingredients to prepare fresh snacks every day at camp. The week will wrap up with a garden celebration! Families can join us in the garden to taste camper prepared snacks, hear from industry leaders about career connections and enjoy the greenspace together. We hope to see you in the garden!


As Winter Weather Approaches...

As we approach the winter season, we want to remind parents/guardians of the procedures Penn Manor will follow in announcing changes to our school schedules caused by inclement weather.

School closings and delays will be posted on the district website and X (Twitter) feed and shared with Lancaster Newspapers and local radio and television stations as early as possible. You can also call the inclement weather hotline at (717) 872-9500, ext. 2333, to check on the status of Penn Manor schools.

When inclement weather conditions develop during the day, resulting in an early closing, parents will be notified via automated phone call. Phone calls will NOT be made for closings/delays announced BEFORE the school day begins.

During an early dismissal for inclement weather, high school and middle school students will generally be dismissed first, followed by elementary students. 

During two-hour delays with modified kindergarten, all school-related functions, including transportation, will begin two hours later than normal.

Modified kindergarten schedule: AM Kindergarten will start at 11 a.m. and run until 12:45 p.m. PM Kindergarten will run from 1:45 p.m. until the regular dismissal time.

Snow days: There are four weather makeup days built into the 2023-2024 district calendar, and if schools need to close because of inclement weather, school will be in session on these days. Once the weather makeup days have been exhausted, students may have virtual days or days will be added to the end of the school year in the event of additional school closings.

Sapphire notifications: Penn Manor uses the Sapphire phone and text communications service for rapid notifications. The system uses contact information from the Sapphire student information system. To assure you are contacted, please make sure your email address and phone information are updated in your Sapphire Community Portal account. For instructions, please see this guide.

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In an effort to provide a safe and secure educational setting for our students, all Penn Manor school buildings will begin to ask guests to provide identification when entering buildings for meetings or to pick up a student.  

We appreciate your flexibility and support with this process.

Morning Drop-off Reminder

As always please be mindful of your surroundings as students and staff can be crossing at any time.

Please be mindful of students crossing the Car Rider lanes in the morning and the School Zone speed limit.

Thank you for helping to keep our students safe.

Early Dismissal/Change of Dismissal/Pick-Up Procedures - The Hambright Office is asking parents/guardians to please use this NEW form if you plan on picking up your child/children early or at the end of the day.  We are asking parents/guardians that all changes occur BEFORE 2:30pm.  

Just a few reminders...