News from the Manning PTA

August 14, 2020


We would like to extend a huge welcome to our new sixth grade families and welcome back our returning Manning families! While we would much prefer to say hello with a smile and a handshake, we’re happy you’re joining us and partnering with us to support our middle schoolers as they navigate both the ordinary and extraordinary challenges they are facing. We know many of you have questions about the PTA and we hope we can answer a few.

When are our meetings?

Unfortunately, we will not be meeting in person for a while, but we would love for you to join us virtually! Our general PTA meetings will be held on the third Thursday morning of each month, except for the August meeting. Our first virtual general meeting will be Thursday, August 27 at 9:00 am. Zoom Link sent the night before.

What is the PTA working on this year?

The PTA is contending with the same uncertainties as the rest of the community. Last year, we began a fundraising effort to replace the chairs in the auditorium. At this time, we are putting this project on hold while we focus on more pressing needs. This includes efforts to support virtual learning and community building and supporting our students and teachers in this new environment. Examples of these efforts include upgraded Zoom membership for Mr. Ramaker and in-class teaching aids and technologies. Additionally, our committees are hard at work with the familiar activities of the PTA like fundraising and teacher-appreciation efforts.

How can I contribute?

We are so appreciative of all our members and the various ways they support The Manning School! You can contribute in any way that works for you. Whether attending a virtual meeting, becoming a chairperson, volunteering for a committee, contributing financially, sharing your ideas, or asking about our programs, we are grateful to have your support.

Two of the easiest ways to support Manning is by joining the King Soopers rewards and Amazon smile program. All you have to do is enroll, and Manning PTA receives money when you shop- and extended and out of town family can sign up too!

Please visit to enroll. We are listed as The Manning School PTA, organization #UY407. On Amazon smile, please select Manning PTA in Golden, Colorado. Thank you for supporting Manning in this way!

How else can I help financially?

Join the PTA! Membership is only $10 per person. In years past, we have also asked families for an initial $100/student donation which is the foundation of our annual budget. This money supports various programming (like grade-level enrichment programs), fulfills teacher wish-list items and provides gifts-to-school (like new lockers and smart TV’s). This year we are asking families to give what they can, knowing that we are all facing different financial circumstances. Please visit our website to join and/or contribute today.

Can you tell me more about the committees?

The PTA makes a huge impact via our committees. Through the dedication of our volunteers, we support the Manning Community in a variety of areas and we always welcome new volunteers! This is a great way to collaborate with friends and meet new people! The following is a list of our current committees, chairpersons and open positions, some of which take very little time and some that are more involved. Further detail can be found on our website. We’d love your help!

Who else is involved in the PTA?

The Manning Community is fortunate to have many members who regularly attend meetings to help problem-solve, generate ideas and collaborate. We hope you will join us! Additionally, we have a core of committed volunteers who make up our board to lead our efforts, keep us organized and running smoothly, manage our budget, pay our bills, document our meetings and regularly communicate through a variety of methods. Feel free to contact any of us to get your questions answered and share ideas. We can all be reached through President – Heidi Hill Vice-President – Open pending fall election Treasurer – Jayme Lecciso Secretary – Cora Rice

How can I stay in touch?

Please visit us at and email us any time with any questions or comments at We’re also on Facebook at Manning PTA. Thank you for helping to make Manning a great school and community!