The Manning Weekly Newsletter
September 7, 2018
We are starting to get into the swing of things. For students and staff, much of the anxiety, which naturally comes with the beginning of a new school year, has given way to a subtle confidence in the vision of what this year has in store for us.
Over the course of these first few weeks, our students have gotten to know their teachers and their teachers' expectations of them - both academically and behaviorally - and they are high all across the board. These clear school expectations complemented with the support they receive at home from you have directly influenced the excellent behavior we have noticed so far. Our students are amazing! They will do whatever we ask of them!
As our "honeymoon" phase starts to blend into the bulk of our school year, it is important we make a concerted effort to keep our bar high. If we maintain lofty expectations, then students will realize we truly do expect the best from them.
We appreciate all the support you are giving our students.
David / Mr. Luongo
A Writing Exercise in Sensory Detail
Parents Inside the Building
- come to the main office
- sign in the visitor's log
- get a visitor's pass if you'll be going anywhere other than the main office
If your student gets an Achievement Time slip on Thursday afternoon during Access class, it's because they had at least one D or F as of Thursday morning when we run the D/F list, and they are expected to be at Achievement Time the following Wednesday. Sometimes parents login to Parent Portal after school on Thursday and see that their son or daughter actually has a passing grade. That's great! It means either the student submitted an assignment or the teacher added something in the grade book to make the grade go up. If their grade is up to at least a C, then they can get out of Achievement Time. All they have to do is get a signature from that specific teacher indicating they are passing the class with a C.
Parent Portal Login Directions for Checking Students' Grades
Go to the Family Resources tab
Choose the Family Portal option
Click on the Infinite Campus link
Type in your username and password
If you forget your username or password, e-mail Melaine:
Design Thinking - Break Out Box Project
6th Grade Element Exploratorium
Monday 9/10 Last Chance to Donate 2-Liter Soda Bottles and Cereal Boxes
As a tight Manning community, we are reaching out to all our families to collect 2-liter soda bottles and cereal boxes. Our 6th grade STEM class is in need of empty, rinsed 2-liter soda bottles for an upcoming design project. If you have any and could donate them to us we would love it. Have your student bring them in to Mrs. Cahill or Mrs. Burg starting on Tuesday after Labor Day weekend. We will collect them up until Monday, September 10. Any 2-liter soda bottles work, but the Coca-Cola ones that have a distinct shape (as shown in the picture to the left) work best! Ms. Burg is also trying to use cereal boxes as a classroom organizer for learning journals. Thank you so much!
~Mrs. Burg, Mrs. Cahill, and the Students in 6th Grade STEM
Friday, September 21st Will Be an Early Release Friday - School Will Get out at 12:25 pm
Update from Our Staff Meeting Wednesday Afternoon
We also had a couple teachers demonstrate their strategies for "brain breaks" - ways to incorporate some brief physical activity to recharge our students' brains so they can recharge their energy levels and get their brains focused for the rest of the class. This is particularly useful on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when we have hour-and-a-half block periods.
New Class Pet: "Toothless"
Welcome the newest addition to Mrs. Moore's 8th grade science class, Toothless, the bearded dragon! Toothless is a juvenile "beardie", a species native to Australia. The kids are thrilled to have a new class pet to love on and learn from.
October 3rd is our Big Day!
Ms. Putnam Turns Her 6th Grade Science Classroom into a Crime Scene Investigation
Math Tutoring Every Morning
Outdoor Lab Open House
Mt. Evans: Garcia-Lee, Putnam, Hughes (Zamora's Access Class), Molinare, and Sawyer
Windy Peak: McLeod, Burg, Agard, Johnson, and Mendez (Student Council kids)
Below, Social Studies Students Create a Map to Scale of Their Classroom Including a Grid System to Find Objects' Location
Ty (Air) Jordan Believes Learning is More Fun Upside Down
At Manning, we strive to live our core values every day.
Nevaeh Abeyta comes into tutor time every day. She works hard to advocate for her learning and continues asking questions and trying her best despite being discouraged at times.
Amelia Pennell and Dora Rubin for picking up trash during recess to make our field look nice
Chris Suitt and Spencer Jensen came to tutor time to ask questions about homework, worked together to figure it out, and then taught another student that needed help. Loved seeing them teach something that they didn't understand themselves at first!
Nevaeh Abeyta for standing at the front door for five minutes on Tuesday morning and opening it for every student who came in
The Math Department has each others' backs. They make sure everyone is heard and respected, which optimizes their ability to make instruction rigorous and engaging.
Micah Zahn for helping Katy get her lunch when she was on crutches
Ms. Austin for helping us brainstorm ideas for our 6th grade lab. We appreciate your creativity and ideas for materials to use to help us achieve our overall goal!!
A Message from Your PTA
REMINDER - VICE PRESIDENT POSITION
VP nominations are still open! All candidates need to submit interest in the position along with a bio by Friday, September 14th. We will be announcing the candidates at our next PTA Meeting on Wednesday, September 19th. We will elect the new VP at our October 17th meeting. As a reminder, the 3 requirements for this position are the following:
Must be a PTA Member
Must be a 6th or 7th grade parent
Be willing to act as President for 2019-2020 school year
The role of the VP for this year will be to attend meetings and familiarize yourself with the Manning PTA, so that you have a good understanding of what is happening at Manning and in the PTA. The time commitment for this school year is not huge. If you would like to be involved in what is happening at Manning, this is a great way to do that! Please send a brief bio to the PTA email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you have any questions, please email Christine Dempsey at email@example.com.
REFLECTIONS - Updated Information!
Do you have an interest in writing, producing films, or taking photos? Or do you enjoy art, writing your own music, or choreographing dance? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Heroes Around Me”, calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. You can download official program rules, submission guidelines, and entry forms from http://www.jcpta.org/programs/reflections/reflections-students/. You also can pick up student entry forms and rules from the Manning front office starting August 30, or from Manning PTA Reflections representatives at Back to School Night August 30. Reflections representatives will be at school on the morning and afternoon of October 19 to accept student entries. Final deadline for entries is October 19. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections. For more information please contact Denise Saxon (firstname.lastname@example.org). We hope this will be the best year yet!
MANNING FALL FEST – Chili Cook-off & Silent Auction - Friday, October 26th
This event has been a Manning favorite! Our auction and chili cook-off team have been working hard to put on a spectacular fundraising event. If you have a favorite chili recipe, please consider signing up for the cook-off, signup genius will be sent out the first week of September.
Don’t miss out on this fun event -- Please purchase your Fall Fest tickets online: http://manningpta.org/fundraising/fall-fest/
Should you have any questions in regards to the Chili Cook-off, please contact Kim Suman at email@example.com.
If you have an auction item to donate or would like to offer your help for this event, please contact Erin Perrin at firstname.lastname@example.org FINAL silent auction donations are due no later than Friday, September 14th! Our auction team will need help to pull off this event, please watch out for the signup genius to come out middle of September.
PTA MEMBERSHIP & DONATION
Please consider becoming a PTA Member! PTA membership will be $10 per person.
Reminder – Manning PTA encourages a $100 donation per student each year to support The Manning School.
For reference, the Manning PTA spends $150 per student on average every year in classroom support, technology & enrichment.