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No School on Monday

Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday, February 17th. Enjoy your three day weekend and we will see you on Tuesday February 18th!!

‘Wizard of Oz’ to be presented Feb. 28 & 29, March 6 & 7

Penn Manor Productions will present the musical The Wizard of Oz Feb. 28 and 29 and March 6 and 7 in the auditorium of Penn Manor High School.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. all four days, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 29.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens and are available for purchase online here or via the order form here.

Based on the beloved movie of the same name, The Wizard of Oz tells the story of young Dorothy Gale, who is whisked away by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. She teams up with a Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion to find the mighty Wizard of Oz, whom she believes can send her home.  

Along the way, they must avoid the Wicked Witch of the West, who is trying to steal the magic slippers that once belonged to her evil sister but are now on Dorothy’s feet.

Dorothy eventually learns just how magical friendship can be and how wonderful it can feel to go home again.

Massive cast

The show feature Emily Witmer as Dorothy, True Herbert as Tin Man, Alex Detter as Scarecrow and Rowan Brooks as the Cowardly Lion.

Also included are more than 100 students in the cast, crews (set, stage, lights, sound, costumes, makeup, props and marketing) and orchestra pit.

There will be 104 separate characters onstage during the production, which includes more than 160 costumes and hundreds of props. In addition, there are 27 scenes with 11 different sets. The cast includes 18 “munchkins” – elementary students from six different Penn Manor schools.

Of historical note, this will be the last show in the current high school auditorium, which will be replaced by a new performance space over the summer.

Due to high school construction, parking is limited. Attendees are asked to park on the upper or lower levels of the parking deck and to enter the high school at the main entrance, near the gymnasium. Please leave the spaces in the cafeteria lot and near the skywalk bridge for those with mobility issues or special needs.

Emerald City Event

Prior to the musical’s opening, the cast will participate in the “Emerald City Event,” an opportunity for the public to meet the characters and get a sneak peek into the backstage magic of live theatre, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

The event will feature crafts, activities, dancing, music, games and refreshments – as well as photo opportunities with many characters.

All children and adults must register to enter using this form. The cost is $5 per person. Advance registration will help us better prepare for this event.

Adults must stay with their children, and participants should arrive by 2:30 p.m. to allow sufficient time to travel through all of the activities.

For any questions or special needs, contact the theater box office at (717) 872-9520, ext. 1958.

From left, Max Ponton (Scarecrow), Emily Witmer (Dorothy), True Herbert (Tin Man) and Rowan Brooks (Cowardly Lion).

PTO Fundraiser February 13th.

Early Dismissal Friday, February 7th.

Just a reminder that we have an early dismissal Friday.    This means all children will be dismissed 2 hours early from school (1:30 PM).  This also means that the bus drop off time at the end of the day will be 2 hours earlier.   If you forget this time, please refer to your transportation letter that was sent out.

Early dismissals and how they pertain to kindergarten:     On early dismissal days we host one class of kindergarten.   It is either AM or PM.   Friday, February 7th, the AM class will attend school the full day (9:00-1:30) and will eat lunch at school.    The PM class will not have school.

Kindergarten Information Night

Kindergarten Information Night and Preschool Expo will be held Tuesday, February 4, from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., at Hambright Elementary School, 3000 Charlestown Road, Lancaster 17603. 

The snow date is February 5 (same times and location).

Preschool Expo:  Beginning at 6:15 p.m., Penn Manor families will have the opportunity to network with representatives of local preschools to learn about pre-K options in our area. (Penn Manor does not currently offer a preschool program.)

Enrolling your child in a pre-K program helps build a solid foundation for learning and eases the transition to kindergarten.

Kindergarten Information Night:  At 7 p.m., our Penn Manor kindergarten teachers will provide an overview of our curriculum and explain how you can help ensure that your child is ready to attend kindergarten.

Parents may attend one or both events. Registration is not required, and child care will not be provided.

Please join us!

Nominate an Outstanding Educator or Employee

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Outstanding Educator/Employee Awards program.

The school district will present the awards later this year to teachers and staff members who go above and beyond in serving our students, parents and staff.  Nominations are being accepted until February 23, 2020, from Penn Manor parents/guardians, students and colleagues of district staff members.

Last year’s honorees included David Sellers, head custodian at Penn Manor High School, who was named Outstanding Employee. Honored as Outstanding Educators were Lisa Roth Walter, a sixth-grade Hambright Elementary teacher, and James McGlynn, a high school science teacher.

The Outstanding Educator Awards should be based on a teacher’s ability to promote academic growth in his/her students and for outstanding pupil-teacher relationships.  A person may nominate one elementary teacher, one secondary teacher or one teacher on each level.  The nominee must currently be employed by Penn Manor School District.

Nominations for the Outstanding Employee Awards should be based on the staff member’s ability to support the educational program and the quality of his/her relationships with staff and students.  A person may nominate one elementary staff member, one secondary staff member or one employee on each level.  The nominee must currently be employed by Penn Manor.

Please click here to submit a nomination. Use one form for each nominee.

Below are an explanation of the awards, guidelines and a list of previous recipients.

Nomination Form
Award Letter
History of Awards
Nomination Guidelines

Yearbook Sale!!!


Don’t forget to purchase your 2019/2020 Eshleman yearbook!  Sales end January 31st!

Log on to:  ybpay.lifetouch.com

Enter code:  13678520

Many different packages are available, including personalized covers, autograph inserts, and more!

Paper order forms also available in the office.



Yearbook Orders

Don’t forget to purchase your 2019/2020 Eshleman yearbook!  Sales end January 31st!

Log on to:  ybpay.lifetouch.com

Enter code:  13678520

Many different packages are available, including personalized covers, autograph inserts, and more!

Paper order forms also available in the office.

Join Us for the Eshleman PTO sponsored Roller Skating Party

When: Thursday January 23rd 2020

Where: The Castle Roller Rink

Location: 1400 Elm Ave Lancaster PA 17603

Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm

The PTO has paid your admission fee. You pay for skates.

Quad skate rental = $3.50           Rollerblade rental = $5.00

Personal skates can be used. Check with staff at the Castle for details.

**This is not a drop-off event. Please plan to make this a family night out.

We hope to see you there!