September Parent Newsletter


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A few words from Principal Hiltner...

We had a great start to the school year and are jumping right into a busy month ahead. Mrs. Fruetel will be heading up the St. Jude's Bike-A-Thon again this year on Tuesday, September 13th after school. Students may bring their bikes to school and ride for a GREAT cause. Online pledges can be made at

or you can pick up pledge sheets from Mrs. Fruetel at school.

If you have not done so already this year, all families need to complete/update the Student datasheets, Media/Medication Consent forms, and Tech Contract forms. All of these are found under the "forms" tab on our school website at

If you don't have availability to a printer, please stop by the school office to fill out the forms.

If your 5th-8th grade child would like to apply to be a part of Student Council this year, please download the document below and read through the procedure to apply, as well as the expectations of our Student Council members. It is a great leadership opportunity. The deadline for your child to apply is Friday, September 9th.

We are no longer using Lifetouch to do our school pictures. Instead, we have contracted with Behl's Photography in Grand Forks. Picture Day will be Wednesday, September 14th starting at 8:00 am. More information will be sent home as we draw closer to picture day.

On Friday, September 16th, Welcore Health will be at MPS in the afternoon to administer flu shots to any families interested. Forms will be sent home. Signed permission is needed before any student is able to receive a vaccination. Community members are also welcome to attend. COVID shots and Shingles shots are also available to families and community members. Please call the school office for more information or see the Welcore flyer below.

Our 8th-grade class will spend a week at Wolf Ridge in northern Minnesota this fall starting on September 26th. This is the first year our 8th grade will be attending Wolf Ridge in the fall of the year instead of the spring. Special thanks to Mr. Twedell and our parent volunteers who will be spending a week with our 8th-grade class learning and growing at Wolf Ridge.

Mrs. Tunseth has made some minor changes to the Tiny Tunes music group. Tiny Tunes will now include grades 2, 3, and 4 (no longer 5). 5th graders will still be a part of concerts but will be working with other music activities. All Tiny Toon students, 5th graders, and band and choir students will need to wear black pants/skirt and a white shirt for performances. You will receive parent notices when upcoming concerts are scheduled.

Yearbooks are here and are on sale for $25.00 in the office. They are full of fun memories and great learning and are a wonderful keepsake for years to come. Special thanks to Mrs. Nowatzki for creating and publishing our MPS yearbooks! If you were an 8th grader last year, please stop and pick up your FREE yearbook, compliments of Manvel PTO.

We are sad to announce that Elisa Nowatzki, our office administrative assistant has taken a new job to pursue her culinary passion at Bernie's Restaurant in EGF by Molly Yeh of the Food Network. She will be leaving MPS on Friday, September 2nd. She has been instrumental in helping MPS run smoothly and will be greatly missed. We have hired Abby Chisholm of Manvel to be our new office administrative assistant. Please be patient as we make this transition in the front office.

Remember, please make plans with your child each morning about where they will go after school. If there is a change during the day, you must call the school before 1:00 pm. The office is very busy at the end of the day and we cannot guarantee that any changes will get to your child's teacher. Thank you for working with us on this.

We are focusing on "INTEGRITY" this first month of school with our students. Please ask your child to tell you what integrity is ~ our staff is watching for students this month who show integrity to others and will be selected as the September Mustang of the Month for their classroom.

As always, the success of our school is in direct correlation to the partnership we create with you ~ our parents and families. Please don't hesitate to call or visit about any ideas or concerns you may have to help make Manvel School even better! You are an important part of our success and growth each year.

~ Mrs. Hiltner

5th -8th grade Student Council Application Process attached below

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Upcoming Events in September

Monday, September 5th ~ No School (Labor Day)

Tuesday, September 6th ~ Flag Football begins for 3rd & 4th graders @ 3:30 (see flyer below)

Tuesday, September 6th ~ Girls BB game in Midway @ 4:00 pm

Tuesday, September 13th ~ St. Jude's Bike-A-Thon @ 3:30 ~ 5:00 pm ~ volunteers needed *See flyer below

Wednesday, September 14th ~ School Pictures with Behl's Photography starting at 8:00 am

Friday, September 16th ~ Flu shots (plus Covid, etc.) in the afternoon at MPS (community members welcome) *see flyer below

Monday, September 19th ~ Girls BB Game in Minto; 4-5 pm

Friday, September 23rd ~ Connection Time @ 10:00 am

Monday, September 26th ~ Friday, September 30th ~ 8th Grade to Wolf Ridge

Monday, September 26th ~ Girls Basketball in Fordville @ 4:00 pm

Tuesday, September 27th ~ Girls BB in Edinburg @ 4:00

Thursday, September 29th ~ Girls BB @ MPS vs. Emerado

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Are you interested in having your child join 4-H in Manvel? If so, see the flyer below for details. This is a great opportunity for our youth!

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We revved up the Bubble Machine last week as students arrived to school!

Miss Fuller's 2nd grade learned about kindness and how hurtful words can hurt the heart. “Before you speak, think and be smart. It’s hard to fix a wrinkled heart.”

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A note about Free & Reduced Lunch paperwork for ALL Families

The 2022 - 2023 application for free and/or reduced meals can be downloaded below or found at the link here: 2022-23 Free & Reduced Lunch Application Form

Manvel Public School encourages ALL families to complete the free/reduced meal application, as the federal program provides more than just meals:

➡️School Funding: The amount of funding the district receives is dependent on our rate of free/reduced students, as is our eligibility for additional grant funding. Ensuring our free/reduced rate is an accurate representation of our district is vital in providing a valuable education.

➡️School Meals: Most commonly associated with the free/reduced application is the opportunity to receive free or discounted school meals for children. Eligibility is based on family size and income.

➡️Activities: Families enrolled in the federal free/reduced meals program are eligible for fee waivers associated with student activities.

➡️College Applications: Families enrolled in the federal free/reduced meal program are eligible for fee waivers associated with the college application process at select universities.

➡️Standardized Tests: Families enrolled in the federal free/reduced meal program are eligible for fee waivers associated with national standardized tests (ACT, SAT, and AP Exams).

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Sign Up for the School-Wide REMIND APP to stay up to date on school news, weather announcements and other school activities!

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Flu Shot Clinic at MPS ~ information below

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Manvel Public School

Our Mission: Empower Every Student, Every Day

Our Vision: Inspiring 21st Century Learners to Influence 22nd Century Successes

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