January Parent Newsletter
Manvel School 2021
Happy New Year from Principal Hiltner . . .
On behalf of our entire district, I’d like to say thank you! We have made it through (almost) the first half of this crazy school year. The end of the second quarter is already on Friday, January 8th. Your support. Your patience. Your kindness. All of this hasn’t gone unnoticed. It hasn’t been easy and of course, our decisions have never pleased everyone - but together we are getting through this.
From the amazing work our teachers and staff are doing, to the amazing work you are all doing in your homes, it’s truly inspirational. I’ve said this before but as we are supposed to keep our distance from one another - in the end, I think it will bring us all closer together. We have never let a single moment or a single day define us... let alone a virus. We define ourselves and being a part of a district that truly cares for our students and one another is inspirational, to say the least.
We got this. In This Together - Win This Together! Stay safe ~ stay healthy. Live, learn, LOVE!
Happy New Year 2021!
Save the Date
Monday, January 4th, 2021 ~ School Resumes
Friday, January 8th ~ End of Second Quarter
Friday, January 8th ~ School Resource Officer Appreciation Day (thank you, Officer Mewes)
Monday, January 11th ~ School Board Meeting @ 5 p.m. (3rd grade presenting) *Zoom link posted to the school website on the day of the meeting
Monday, January 18th ~ NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
Wednesday, January 20th ~ 1-hour late start
February ~ Black History Month
February 1st-5th - School Counselor Appreciation week (thank you, Mrs. Ketterl)
Wednesday, February 3rd ~ 1-hour late start
Wednesday, February 17th ~ 1-hour late start
Thursday, February 25th ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:30 (one evening only)
Friday, February 26th ~ No School *storm day
MPS Health & Safety Plan
Welcome Mr. Czichotzki:
If you are interested in purchasing Mustang clothing, please contact Mrs. Wohlgamuth at the school
Winter Weather and Bus Students
All students who ride the bus MUST have a mask, coat, cap, 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.
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.
Great Video to share with your child about Overcoming Obstacles below
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, they make 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, they learn how to do the job and also learns the skills they’ll use throughout 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 they'll need to do, even though they won't want to.
- Develop a sense of pride. If your child is responsible for doing their laundry, having a stack of clean shirts is an accomplishment. They can take pride in what they have done.
- See that they are an important part of the family. Your child will know they are helping to keep your home running smoothly.