January Parent Newsletter
Manvel School 2020
Save the Date
Wednesday, January 8th ~ Late Start ~ School & Buses will run 1 hour late
Friday, January 10th ~ End of the second quarter!
Monday, January 13th ~ School Board Meeting @ 5:00 p.m. (6th grade presenting)
Friday, January 17th ~ Student Council Pep Rally @ 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Monday, January 20th ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ~ NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, January 22nd ~ Explore NVCTC for 8th grade
Friday, January 24th ~ 100th Day of School Celebration ~ students and staff will dress up like 100-year-olds!
Storm Make Up Day
This day will be made up on March 19th, 2020 ~ school will be in session.
We are setting goals and learning about the Growth Mindset in 2020!
Reflect With Your Child on their School Year so Far ~ Make Adjustments as Needed
It’s the beginning of a new calendar year—and nearly the halfway point in the school year. So it’s a good time to take stock of your child’s habits and make needed adjustments.
Talk with your child about how they think the school year is going. If the two of you had set learning goals at the start of the year, review those goals now. Are they making progress? How can they make the rest of the school year even better?
Then, help your child make some resolutions. Here are three to consider:
- Recommit to routines. Has your child’s bedtime begun to slip? Are mornings more rushed? Is their regular study time now not quite so regular? Sleep and study routines make life easier—and help kids do better in school.
- Spend more time reading. There is no skill that will help your child more in school. And reading ability, like other skills, gets better with practice. Encourage your child to read every day. Let them read about anything, from sports to her favorite movie character.
- Spend less time on screen media. Talk about the amount of time your child spends in front of screens. How much time do they spend watching shows and movies? Playing online games? Browsing the internet? Set and enforce limits.
Doing chores helps kids develop important values and skills
There are significant benefits for children who do chores—and those benefits also carry over into school.
Chores help children:
- Become “stakeholders.” When your child does some of the tasks that keep the household running, he makes a real investment in your home. A child who swept out the front hall is less likely to walk through it in muddy soccer cleats.
- Develop skills. Each time you give your child a new chore, he learns how to do the job and also learns skills he’ll use throughout his life.
- Understand that the world doesn’t revolve around them. We all know people who expect others to clean up the messes they make. Your child won’t grow up to become one of those people.
- Learn to work well with others. If you have more than one child, ask them to do a chore together. Or, encourage them to create a weekly chore chart and alternate responsibilities.
- Develop self-discipline. There will be lots of things throughout your child's life that he'll need to do, even though he won't want to.
- Develop a sense of pride. If your child is responsible for doing his laundry, having a stack of clean shirts is an accomplishment. He can take pride in what he has done.
- See that they are an important part of the family. Your child will know he is helping to keep your home running smoothly.
We Welcome Two new Student Teachers to Manvel School this Semester! Meet them below
Welcome Ms. Myhre
My name is Madison Myhre and I am originally from a small town in northern ND called Rolette. I am so excited to be student teaching here in Manvel under Mrs. Potratz in her first-grade classroom. In May, I will be graduating from UND with a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. During my free time, I love to hang out with friends and family, spend time at the lake, do DIY projects, and bake! I am so excited to meet all of you!
Welcome Mr. Twedell
Thomas Twedell will be working with Mrs. Dub and our Middle School students at MPS
Hometown: Grand Forks
Schools: Schroeder and Red River ('13)
College: BS in Environmental Geography from UND ('17)
Current Degree: BSED in Secondary Geography with a minor in Biology, BSED in Middle-Level Science and Social Studies (UND)
Interests: Camping, Kayaking, Golfing, going to the lake, playing adult league sports (Softball, Volleyball, and Box/Field Lacrosse)
Fun Facts: I make wooden canoe paddles, I was part of the first lacrosse team in Grand Forks (second in North Dakota) and played one year at NDSU before transferring to UND
Winter Weather and Bus Students
All students who ride the bus MUST have coats, caps, mittens/gloves, and appropriate shoes/boots. This is a safety issue now that the weather is getting cold. Although the buses are warmed and ready when students board them, they cool down quickly when doors open, and if a bus should ever stall, we want the students to remain safe and comfortable.