The Mangus Messenger


Dear Parents

Happy April 1st!

This week was the perfect time to pull an April Fool's prank on the kids. I borrowed the Kinder chairs and you should have seen their faces. It was great watching them sit at their tall tables in those little mini chairs.

The best part was the added bonus of having our Kinder buddies walk into a room with no chairs. Talk about chaos! They were all sitting on the floor, when we came to return their chairs, and seemed happy to have them back. HA!

April Fools Day!!!


Ask the kids about our book Missing May. It's a good one and Mrs. Bray is making it come alive for us. We are extremely lucky to have her in the classroom room sharing her passion for literature and the author, Cynthia Rylant. I think you have already heard about the whirligigs. The ones hanging from our ceiling (character traits) are priceless.
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Science Projects

The Earth Science Projects have been amazing! I love it when they get to the Science Standards and sound like teachers. The experiments and videos have been perfect! Thank you for all the support and helping me engage them outside of the classroom!

"Be Part of The Force"

In case you are still deciding on an auction item to bid on, I wanted to let you know that Mr. Torbeck and I are sponsoring a Star Wars movie afternoon.

Here's the teaser:

A long time ago,
in a galaxy far, far away,
The Force Awakened...
Which side will you choose?
Join Mr. T's First Order and Ms. Mangus' Jedi Council
to determine if the forces lies within...
Should you choose to
wear your most creative costume,
bring pillows/blankets,
and we will conjure up concessions.

Who: 10 Padawan (you and up to 9 of your friends/family)
From: 3:15 - 5:45 pm
Where: 6th Grade Classroom
When: TBD (after the auction)

PARCC Testing

PARCC testing will begin as we return from Spring Break. 6th Grade testing starts on Tuesday, April 12th. We encourage students and families to be prepared by:

  • Getting plenty of rest before test days

  • Eating a healthy breakfast

  • Arriving to school on time

  • Encouraging students to do their best and not to stress

6th Grade Schedule:

Tues, 4/12 - Math I

Thurs, 4/14 - Math II

Fri, 4/15 - Math III

Mon, 4/18 - ELA I

Tues, 4/19 - ELA II

Wed, 4/20 - ELA III


Snack Time: 9:00 - 9:20 am

Bathroom Break: 9:15 - 9:25 am

Begin Test: 9:30 am

End Test: 11:30 am

Happy Spring Break

Please help me reinforce the "do your best" aspect of the upcoming PARCC test. The students are nervous and I want to reassure them that everything is going to be fine. So, please remind them every day that all we expect is for them to do their best.

There is an amazing quote from the movie When the Game Stands Tall:

"Nobody here expects you to play perfect... But what we do expect, and you should expect from yourself and each other, is a perfect effort."

Don't let them let think we expect them to be perfect, not for a single second. No one is perfect and it's just a test! However, it is important that they give their best effort.

Thank you for your help in reducing the anxiety they are feeling. ;)


It’s time to order your Aspen Ridge yearbook! The price per yearbook is $25.00. Studio 5 has extended the deadline for ordering yearbooks to April 15th!!

Calendar Reminders

4/4-4/8 - Spring Break – No School
4/11-4/25 - PARCC Testing
4/13 - Early Release at 1:05 pm
4/13 - Board Meeting 4:30 pm
4/14 - Variety Show Demonstration 3:30 pm
4/15 - ECC
4/16 - Spring Auction Fundraiser 6:00 pm
4/22 - Dress Down Day for $1
4/22 - Fundraiser – Whimsy Paint & Sip (Adults Only)
4/26-4/29 - PARCC Make Up Testing
4/28 - Denver Art Museum Field Trip (bring sack lunch)
4/29 - ECC

Have a great spring break!!!