The Manning Weekly Update

December 17, 2021

Manning Community,

I cannot believe we are already on the cusp of a New Year! I just know 2022 is going to be a better year, a different year; a year where we will count our blessings and remember how fortunate we are; a year where we will set aside differences and remember that we are on this planet to spread kindness, cheer, and goodwill.

2022 is going to be a great year!

As I reflect on 2021, it is amazing to see how resilient our kids are, how courageous they have become, and how important it is that we let them know this every single day. As one more year passes, I realize that we cannot be defined by our circumstances; rather, we need to breakout of our doldrums and redefine what is possible.

I have been able to be part of an amazing community for the past year and a half, and for that, I am grateful. To see our musical theater students rock the stage and truly bring an incredible performance last weekend, followed by our choir and instrumental music program that put on two great performances last night, I feel that I have the best job in Jeffco. Seriously, we have an amazing community and I am honored to be your principal. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your amazing children with us!

I also want to thank our incredible community and PTA for your generosity. The Manning staff was treated to breakfast this morning, supported and set up by our PTA, and funded by our families. Thank you! This means more than you know. We have also been told that lunch will be provided on Monday afternoon and there are other teacher appreciation efforts underway for the remainder of this year and into next year. Please know that we are so grateful!

In addition, I would like to encourage all of you to take a few minutes to fill out the Family School Partnership Survey (link below). We can only be the best if we are hearing what I call "glows and grows." It is important for all of you to take this survey so we know what we are doing well and identify areas for growth. I truly believe that honest feedback is essential to the growth of a community and organization. So, please, take a few minutes to support this survey.

Family School Partnership Survey:

Finally, I would like to clarify our modified contact day next Tuesday, December 21st.

All schools throughout the district use modified contact days to support student learning and academic functions within the building. High schools use these days at the end of each semester for final make-ups for credit bearing courses, elementary schools use these days for testing, and middle schools use these days to work with specific students who need additional academic support, including finishing finals, quiz make-ups, and/or completing any incomplete projects or labs. The reason for this incomplete work could be due to the student not finishing this work prior to end of school today or because they've been on a recent quarantine, or have been at home ill (non-Covid) and missed this past week or two of school

Here are the important points to know for our modified contact day:

1.) Invite only: You will hear from your student's teacher by end of business tomorrow if they need your child to attend on this day. We will be inviting students in anytime between 8:30-11:45 a.m.

2.) To be flexible with family schedules and transportation efforts, this support could be in person or over a Google meet with their teacher. When teachers reach out to you, please let them know the option that is best for your family.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. I hope that you get to spend time with loved ones, and be with those that you care about most. I hope that you enjoy every minute of this break!

Of course, if you have any questions, please email me at or give me a call at (303) 982-0489.

Happy Holidays!

Christian Ramaker


The Manning School of Academics & Arts

What's Coming Up at Manning?

Tuesday December 21st - Modified Student Contact day for Students

Wednesday December 22nd - Start of Winter Break!

Wednesday January 5th - Students Return to School

PTA Happenings


Modern Market Eatery ~ Wednesday January 12, 2022 from 11am to 9pm

14630 West Colfax Avenue

Donating Back: 30%

Our next meeting will be on JANUARY 27TH, 2022 AT 8:30AM ~ IN PERSON

Manning PTA Website

Holiday Gift Giving Made Easy - Manning Teachers and Staff

Our Manning teachers and staff have worked incredibly hard this year to provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment for our students. While a simple “thank you” is always appreciated, and gifts are never expected, if you’re looking for a gift idea this holiday season that you’ll know they’ll love, check out Manning's Favorite Things form.

Thank you,

Manning PTA

SEL Corner

As of this week all students at Manning received a SEL lesson on Healthy Relationships. Entering and maintaining a healthy relationship requires all 5 SEL Core Competencies: Self- Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. Self-Awareness requires that we be able to identify our emotions, values, strengths, and biases. These can be used to assess the emotional health of a relationship. Self-Management enables us to maintain health within ourselves, so that we can be present in our relationships, and know what our own emotional state is and what to do about it. Social Awareness can help us consider another person’s perspective- an essential skill in healthy relationships. To summarize Relationship Skills; they are those skills that help us enter and maintain a healthy relationship- communication, collaboration and compromise, and many others. Finally, Responsible Decision-Making means that our choices align with our values and do not harm others. By making responsible decisions we will attract positive friends and build our own self confidence and personal growth.

You can view the Healthy Relationships Slideshow here: Healthy Friendships


  • Dear Manning Families, Manning has brought back Sources Of Strength! Sources Of Strength is a nationwide program that brings awareness to mental health. Our goal for bringing back Sources Of Strength is to give our student body a voice. \We meet every Monday in room B11 from 3:30-4:15. (Mr. Crawford's room) During our 40 minutes, we play games, make posters, and build community. Come join our legendary group! To join our group, email Ms. Gray at


Kari Gray, LSW; MA ed., MSW

8th Grade Well Wishes! On sale now until February 18, 2022

Calling all 8th grade families! The yearbook is currently accepting 1/4 page dedications for our graduating 8th graders. Each ad is an additional $10, not including the cost of the yearbook. Lets fill our pages with messages from parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents congratulating the our students on their "Continuation" from Manning.

Once you purchase the add on an email will be sent to you with further directions to upload your image and dedication.

There are only 100 well wishes available for purchase. First come, first serve. Once they are gone, there will be no more to purchase. Well wishes are on sale through February 18, 2022.

Please contact Kari Laniel at with any questions.

Thanks for your help and support!

Kari Laniel

6th Grade ELA

7/8 Journalism

Jeffco Enrollment Update

As you may have read in the district’s Community Update, due to the delays caused by security concerns, EnrollJeffco Round 1 enrollment will open January 10 and run through January 28, 2022. All applications received before the close of Round 1 (January 28) will be included in the lottery process for the 2022-2023 school year. Please Note: The time at which a Round 1 EnrollJeffco application is submitted does not increase the priority for enrollment.

Final Call - Last tour of Manning for Perspective Families

We are offering one last tour of Manning for any families, that may have missed our tours or information nights.

This will be held at 4:00pm on Thursday January 6th.

To sign up please Click Here.

Please note: This is just a brief tour of Manning and some Q & A.


Grab a hot cocoa and meet up with friends in the Applewood Knolls neighborhood, beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the next three Fridays in December (12/3, 12/10 & 12/17). Neighbors and Manning classmates will be walking the neighborhood, taking in the holiday lights, and helping to decorate the neighborhood holiday tree on the corner of 30th Ave and Parfet. Hang an ornament as you walk past the tree and join in the outdoor holiday fellowship. Applewood Knolls sits between 32nd Ave and 26th Ave, just East of Quail St. Neighbors have gone all in on the lights and some will have festive music playing to get you in the holiday spirit. Parents are welcome to walk with the kids or have a meet-up point after the stroll.

Link to insurance coverage

The 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.