The Manning Weekly Newsletter

October 9, 2020

Manning Community,

Fall is here!! Aesthetically and temperature wise, this is by far my favorite season. Plus, fall comes right before I get to wax up our skis and snowboards prior to hitting the slopes! I hope you all get to spend time outside this weekend and let the fall colors refresh you after a busy week. I want to thank our teachers for their hard work, preparing for the many appointment based conferences they held last night. I heard encouraging words from parents about this chance to connect with our teaching staff. I also want to thank our wonderfully supportive PTA for providing an amazing Chipotle dinner for our teachers and staff last night. It was delicious! Please know that if you weren't invited to a conference, you may email our teachers at anytime, with any questions you may have regarding your students academics. We are here for you!

There will be a chance for families to make a change between the remote and hybrid learning option for next semester beginning January 6th, 2021. We will be sending out a survey to our families on November 9th and the survey will close on November 20th. Only families that would like to change their learning preference (remote to hybrid OR hybrid to remote) will need to fill out this survey. If you are satisfied with your students current learning preference, you will NOT need to fill out this survey and they will continue to be either hybrid or remote learning students next semester.

Also, please make sure you look at your students schedule below as it is different due to fall break next week, 10/15-10/18.

Finally, I thought I would leave you all with a quote this week that has always been meaningful and something that as a previous athletic director, I shared with my student athletes from time to time. It's a reminder to all of us that we do have control over how we react to the myriad events that occur around us, some of them within our locus of control and some outside of that locus of control.

"Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it." -Lou Holtz

Stronger Together,

Christian Ramaker

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Upcoming Dates:

October 12 - Hybrid A in person, Hybrid B online, Mobile Mustangs synchronous

October 12 - SEL connect zoom @ 2pm

October 13 - Hybrid A online, Hybrid B in person, Mobile Mustangs asynchronous

October 13 - SEL connect zoom @ 9:30am

October 14 - All students asynchronous Friday schedule

October 15 & 16 - No school - Fall Break

October 19 - PTA Fundraiser @ Bob's Atomic Burgers in Golden (All Day)

October 20 - Parent Partnership 5pm

October 22 - PTA Meeting 9am

October 23 - Last day of Quarter 1

October 27 & 28 - School Picture Retakes 7:30-10am

Hybrid A schedule breakdown

Please note there are multiple schedules, please take note of the correct week you need

Hybrid B schedule breakdown

Please note there are multiple schedules, please take note of the correct week you need

Mobile Mustang Information Corral

Hello, Mobile Mustang Parents and Guardians!

Thank you for the week with conferences. If you were unable to meet with us, please let any of us know via email and we can schedule a time during school hours. One of the advantages of being remote is we have flexibility if needed.

Next week's schedule is shortened, so please be aware! Monday is normal, TUESDAY is an Asynchronous schedule day, and WEDNESDAY will be using Friday's asynchronous schedule.

We have heard concerns about kids and families wanting to connect with one another or more with the teachers. We are having continued conversations about ways to both respect this need and the health concerns that probably made you request remote learning over in person hybrid learning. If you have suggestions, please let us know.

Thank you for your support of your child and Manning!

Mobile Mustangs schedule breakdown

Please note there are multiple schedules, please take note of the correct week you need

Picture Makeups...

Make-up pictures will be on Oct 27 & 28 from 7:30-10am

Mobile Mustang students can come to either of these they wish to.

Please see fliers below for ordering information.

picture code: EVTZG87RQ

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A Message from the PTA

The Manning PTA thanks you for your continuing support! We are grateful to everyone who came to Chipotle night (we brought in $778!) and to all those who have generously contributed to our beginning of the year donation drive.

If you’ll be shopping during Amazon Prime days on October 13 and 14, remember you can go to when you shop and select Manning PTA in Golden, Colorado.

Also, please mark your calendars for Monday, October 19 for our fundraising event at Bob’s Atomic Burgers.

It is our tradition to provide food for the teachers at conference time, and this year we are providing dinner from Chipotle. Thanks to our teachers and staff for your dedication to our students and your commitment to their education!

Join us for a special October General Meeting on Thursday, October 22. We're excited to have Kari Gray, our Social Emotional Learning Specialist, share with us what SEL is and does as a practice. Additionally, Kari will be providing tips on how to emotionally support our middle schoolers during hybrid and online learning during our October meeting.

Outdoor Recess Policy

At Manning, we try to get our kids outside everyday, because it's good for them to get some exercise and get their energy out. The only times we keep our kids inside during recess are:

  1. If it is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, or
  2. If it is actively precipitating.

As the weather gets colder, please keep this in mind and send your students to school with the proper outdoor attire. Thank you!

At Manning, we strive to live our core values every day.

Student Shout Out for Honesty

I want to shout out Zane Hudson for honesty. Zane is an incredible young man who advocates for himself, is honest, and shows integrity on a daily basis. Well done, Zane!

student shout out for effort

Cameron Sigg: Cameron works hard every day. He makes us smile, is respectful, and is a great example for others. Keep up the great work Cameron!

Catelyn Sigg: Catelyn always has a smile on her face while working so hard! She's quick to help others as well as advocate for herself. We are so proud of you Catelyn!

student shout out for achievement

Everett Derosier: Awesome student: nice to have in class, completes all work, always willing to help.

student shout out for respect

Princess Agyei: Princess had excellent evidence and rebuttals for our Reintroduction of Wolves Debate. She went above and beyond in her responses to peers on padlet, and all of her statements are respectful and valid. Great job - keep it up Princess!

student shout out for teamwork

Everyone in Putnam's Period 2B did an awesome job with our Reintroduction of Wolves debate. They had solid rebuttals and shared multiple pieces of evidence from credible resources. Great job class!

Putnam's Period 3B - Excellent job everyone with our Reintroduction of Wolves debate. I know you may not have agreed with your assigned role, but you still provided valid evidence. Stasa - Great opening statement and rebuttals!

SEL Corner....a place to fill up your bucket

Belonging is an incredibly healing experience. Finding spaces where our personalities, interests, communication style, and the like make sense allows us at least one area that we feel like we don’t have to work as hard. For some this is in the studio with fellow artists, in discussions with people of similar passions, on the field, and family and friends. There are so many ways to belong. And sometimes it can feel like we aren’t quite finding that place or those people. There is so much squishiness in this search- we may feel a portion of ourselves belong or feel off in other ways. We are often drawn to the binary belief of either/or, but in reality, it is often both/and. That is some ways we feel belonging and other parts of ourselves don’t quite match. Navigating the squishiness can build our resilience and self-awareness. Our hope at Manning, through the journey of this school year is that we can be creative in finding these feelings even with the physical distance.

As your Social Emotional Learning Specialist, I have many interests, one is around how connected our students are. I am collecting data to create a social network of Manning to measure and assess one aspect of the wellness of our community. This data would be collected three times through the year. There are only 2 prompts: 1) Name 0-5 students at Manning you consider a friend 2) List all the adults at Manning you trust. The closer to 100% of our student population we receive data from, the more comprehensive my supports and interventions can be. Of course, participation is only encouraged. This link will bring you to our Social Network form, please share the link with your student(s). Data will be collected through November 6.

We are now collecting 6th grade student interest in lunch bunches. I will be collecting referrals from the 6th grade team as well and other referral sources, coordinating the data, and inviting students. Click here to express your interest

I am offering two sources to connect- every other Mondays at 930 am and every other Tuesdays at 3 pm. These will be offered on discordant weeks. Options are provided from now through the end of October, more dates will be added once a few meetings have been held. A zoom link will be emailed the night before, or once all slots are filled. Use this Sign Up Genius to reserve your spot.

I will bring topics for discussion; however, we can veer from the prepared topic and discuss what is going on for either your student or our community at large as it relates to social and emotional needs. Topics like stress, time management, anxiety, friend stuff, or everyone’s favorite: puberty.

If these times don’t work and you’d still like to chat, please reach out. I am eager to support and partner with you.

Want some ideas or short guided practices (and poorly told jokes), check out my YouTube page

@sel_by_gray on instagram

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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.