The Manning Weekly Update

September 3, 2023

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Dear Manning Families,

I hope that you’re enjoying your three-day weekend. It is hard to believe that we are beginning our fourth week of school and it’s September! It has been a great start and I cannot wait to see what this year brings for our Manning Mustangs and greater community!

New this year, I am implementing Coffee with the Principal events here at Manning. This is an opportunity to connect with me, other members of our school community, and learn about various topics. Our first coffee event is coming up on Friday, September 15th, beginning at 8:30am in the library. At this first coffee event, I’ll provide an update on the start of the school year and some of our work this year. We’ll also have an opportunity to hear from our Social/Emotional Learning Specialist, Kari Gray, who will present on Signs of Suicide. I hope that you can join us!

Have a great week!


Go Fund Me for Babette Norton

Our wonderful friend, Babette Norton, was in a terrible car accident on May 25, 2023. Her ankle was severely injured and after three surgeries and twelve weeks of non-weight bearing status, she is now faced with even more time as non-weight bearing. She is currently living in an assisted living facility because her home is a tri-level and she can't maneuver the stairs safely. There is no specific end in sight for her recovery and she has a long road ahead. Please donate to help Babette make the accommodations such as stair lifts, ramps and safety rails to her house so that she can return home. Thank you so much for your generosity and we will update as Babette continues to heal.

Link to Go Fund Me

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Get Educated

Take Action

Save a Number

Save a Life

Start a Dialogue click here

The ID card dilemma 🙂

Here's the scoop. New this year Jeffco Food & Nutritional Services implemented an ID card scanning program to aid the new free lunch program under Healthy School Meals for All. Scanning cards moves the lunch line much more efficiently. LifeTouch came and issued new ID cards to all students that had pictures taken on 8/22. The dilemma is that the cards are getting lost. We have had multiple requests for new cards in just this past week and we have to order them from LifeTouch. We will be issuing the first replacement card for free, but card requests after that will cost $5. Students will need their cards for multiple events during the year like Movie Night on 9/15 and the Halloween dance coming up in October. Please help us, help our kids keep track of their cards.

We have lanyards in the main office to hole punch cards and hopefully that will help!

What is Achievement Time?

Achievement Time starts Thursday, September 14th

Achievement Time is Manning’s way to keep students aware of their grades and help them repair grades if they fall to an “F” in any one class. This is meant to be a supportive weekly program, not meant to be a punishment. Staff will be available during Achievement time to help provide extra support to help students improve their grade(s).

Below is a brief outline of the Achievement process, please review the Achievement procedures on our website for more details and to familiarize yourself with the program.

  • Friday: Grade report is run in the morning, students with an "F" will be notified of required Achievement time.
  • Wednesday afternoon: Due date to turn in teacher signed Achievement slip confirming student has improved his/her grade. If a student turns in his/her Achievement slip by the deadline, they will not be required to attend Achievement.
  • Thursday 3:30-4:15pm: Achievement Time. Required for students who were unable to improve their grade.

Jeffco Public Student Insights

School Insights is a Jeffco resource for Jeffco families and students to access district and state assessment results, as well as student plan information. To learn how to access it and what it can do click here.

Jeffco Student Insights link

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EF Tours England trip- Summer 2024

From Wizards to the West End: Culture and Literature in England! We have 6 spots left on our EF Tours England trip taking place summer of 2024! This trip is open to ALL current Manning students. If you're interested, check out the itinerary and enrollment page linked here: Sign up to secure your spot! $100 early enrollment discount ends September 29th and student meetings will begin in October!

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Manning Yearbook Code: 12208124

Order Deadline: Monday, April 1st, 2024

Confirm you purchased the 2023-24 Yearbook

Attention 8th Grade Families: If you would like to purchase an Well Wishes message for your 8th grader, you need to purchase a Yearbook AND an "Advertisement for My Student".

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We hope to see you at the Manning PTA Meetings.

All meetings are in person at The Manning School, located in the Manning Library. Please see meeting dates and times below.

2023-2024 PTA Meeting Schedule

October 12th - 8:30am

November 16th - 3:45pm

December 14th - 8:30am

January 18th - 6:00pm

February 15th - 8:30am

March 14th - 3:45pm

April 18th - 8:30am

May 16th - 8:30am


September 15 - Manning Movie Night

September 21 - First PTA Meeting

October 6 - Fall Fest

October 27 - Halloween Dance

Movie Night Volunteers Needed | StuCo is hosting a movie night for students on Friday, September 15 and needs some parent volunteers to help ensure the evening runs smoothly! Please sign-up if you have some time to share.

Fall Fest | We are one month out from our annual Fall Fest event! If you're new to Manning, Fall Fest is our largest fundraiser of the year and an evening you don't want to miss. This year’s event will take place on Friday, October 6 and offers an opportunity to taste some chili, mingle with others in the Manning community and enjoy an adult-only night at Applewood Golf Course - the best part is all the funds raised go directly back to the school. This is a herculean effort to support every child at the school and we need each of you to lend a hand. That help can come in the form of volunteering to sponsorship to auction donations to attending and bidding on the auction items. We've gathered a list of donation ideas to help get your creative juices going. Fundraising from last year's Fall Festival enabled the PTA to fulfill our amazing teacher's wish lists, purchase new security cameras, provide college scholarships to Manning alumni students, and fund memorable 8th grade continuation ceremonies and picnics. Donating is easy; complete this Auction Donation Form before September 22.

Advisement Room Support Needed | We are still looking for a few more parents to work behind the scenes with the teacher to support the class vision for activities like door decorating competitions or Fall Fest baskets. These activities are a welcomed event by the students and we’re trying to better support them by easing the load for the teacher. The parent will receive the class-voted on ideas from the teacher to then create a sign-genius to share with the parents in that classroom. Time commitment is low and all done from the comfort of your home! Teachers still needing an Advisement Room parent are: Fulton, Hageman, Hovinen, Hughes, Keodonexay, Laydon, Page and True. If this sounds like the gig you’ve been waiting for, please complete this short form and we’ll set it up!

Join The PTA | Please sign up for your PTA membership today! The PTA is integral in supporting our kids, teachers and staff. Membership is only $10 for the year and gives you the opportunity to vote. The more voices we have, the stronger our school is!

Free Money for Manning | Did you remember to sign up to earn free money for our school? It’s quick and easy. Be sure to link your King Sooper's rewards to The Manning School PTA!

PTA Meeting | We hope you can join us for the first PTA Meeting of the 2023-24 school year September 21 at 3:45PM in the library. This is your opportunity to join the conversation on how we can best support our middles independence.

Need more Manning? Follow us at our Facebook Group or ManningPTA for the latest and greatest.

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Golden High School Gold Crown Volleyball- Friday, September 13th

Are you interested in Volleyball? Click here for more information about a great opportunity open to 6th-8th graders.
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Manning School of Academics & Arts

The vision of The Manning School of Academics and Arts is to challenge all students to work to their highest potential and encourage student responsibility as they develop intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally and creatively.