May Parent Newsletter


Principal's Message

As we anticipate a busy month in May, let’s remind ourselves to take time and re-discover the many moments which brought joy and grace into our lives this past year as we dealt with a worldwide pandemic. It was a school year like no other, but I’ve been so fortunate to experience these precious moments with your children over the past year. For that, I am so very grateful. I wish each of you well as you begin your summer and welcome the 2021-2022 school year with renewed energy.

The week ahead is Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week. It has pretty much been the toughest year for teachers ever. So this #teacherAppreciationWeek should be the biggest, loudest, grandest showering of recognition for teachers ever! Most of our teachers have taught both in-class instruction while also giving instruction to distance learners at the same time! They are superheroes! While we will be celebrating them here at school, if you get a chance to write them a note or have your child enter the contest (flyer below) for Teacher Appreciation Week, I know it would mean so much to our staff who work tirelessly for your kids every day!

We want to give our students something special this year to let them know how much we appreciate them and the job they did in helping keep our school healthy. COVID was not only tough on the adults but on many of our students as well. It was a great lesson in strength and flexibility. Our Middle School students will be treated to a visit from Hunter Pinke, a UND Football player who suffered a spinal injury. Hunter will share his motivational story. The younger grades will have a "bouncy house fun day" the last week of school thanks to PTO! (see flyers below)

Thanks for working with us this year to keep our students and your family healthy. I am hopeful we can begin to see some "normalcy" again this Fall. Our students have been a great example of "resiliency" and were able to adapt to our new "COVID" way of life this year in an extraordinary way! Even though our job is to teach kids ~ many times, they teach us a thing or two, too!

The last day of school for students is on Thursday, May 20th. We will be dismissing at 1:00 p.m. We will resume school on Thursday, August 26th. The new school calendar for 2021-2022 can be found at the end of this newsletter, or on our school website at

We will no longer have "late starts" next year, instead, we will have full days of professional development for teachers. We hope this will make scheduling easier for families!

Have a restful and relaxing Summer!

Mrs. Hiltner

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Upcoming Events ~ Save the Date!

Monday, May 3rd - Friday, May 7th ~ Manvel Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Monday, May 3rd ~ Band Concert in MPS Gymnasium for 6, 7, & 8th grade Band at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 5th ~ Hunter Pinke Motivational Speaker for 5-8 grades

Thursday, May 6th ~ Virtual Ag Safety Day with CHS for grades 4-6

Thursday, May 6th ~ Kindergarten Round-Up @ 2:00 p.m.

Friday, May 7th ~ 4th Grade to Bonanzaville in Fargo

Monday, May 10th ~ 8th grade Sherlock Park Field Trip in the afternoon

Monday, May 10th ~ 5:00 PM School Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 11th ~ 5th Grade Track Meet all day with Grand Forks

Thursday, May 13th ~ PreSchool Round-Up @ 10 a.m.

Friday, May 14th ~ 5th Grade Field Trip to Turtle River State Park

Wednesday, May 19th ~ 8th Grade Graduation @ 7:30 p.m. at Jason Stadstad Arena

Thursday, May 20th ~ Kindergarten Graduation @10:30 AM at Jason Stadstad Arena

Thursday, May 20th ~ Last Day of School for students ~ early dismissal @ 1:00 p.m.

*School will resume on Thursday, August 26th, 2021

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8th Grade Graduation

We will be celebrating our 8th-grade students with a special graduation celebration on Tuesday evening, May 19th @ 7:30 pm at the Jason Stadstad Arena. In accordance with our Health & Safety Plan, each graduate may bring up to 6 people to the short ceremony. We wish our 8th graders well and send our congratulations to them and their families! See Flyer below for more details, or contact Mr. Twedell with any questions or concerns.

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Manvel Student Council visited our capital and met Governor Burgum on April 26, 2021

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Summer School

Summer School forms have been sent home with students. If you would like to send your child to Manvel Summer School, please call the office at 696-2212. Summer school runs in the morning during June.
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Counseling News from Mrs. Ketterl below

Boxtops for Education & Hugo's Essential brand

Manvel School is still able to collect money from Boxtops for Education with products made in 2021, 2022 & 2023 (after that, it will be totally digital with the Boxtops for Education App). Please continue to cut these out and send them to school.

We can also earn money from UPC labels for the collection of Hugo's Essential brands or Super Chill soda that have replaced the Our Family brand.

Feel free to send these to school with your child, or use the Boxtops for Education App ~ website, and information is attached below. Thanks for your support ~ and thanks to Mary Ellen Balek for overseeing this effort!

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