Manatee Elementary Newsletter

September 14, 2018

Math Superstars 2018-19

Everyone in grades K through 6, with an interest in the magic of math, is invited to participate in the Math Superstars program. This is a great program that is designed as a math enrichment program and is voluntary. Here’s what you need to do:

First, go to the Manatee Edline website:


Look under the “Clubs and Activities” tab. There you will find the Math Superstars area with the lessons, the schedule for turning them in and a list of prizes that can be earned.

Next, print out the lesson each week and complete as much as you can. Turn it into your teacher according to the schedule.

Finally, this great program will begin on Sept. 17th (Kindergarten begins at 2nd semester) and run through April 5th. Lesson 1 is due on Sept. 21st.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Mrs. Megan Duffy OR

Ms. Kathi Frinell-Aiken

Upcoming Events

September 18 – PTO Meeting at 2:45 pm, Interim Reports Issued, Pizza Gallery Spirit Night (4th Grade)

September 20 – Second Grade Parent Night at 5:30 pm

September 21 – Early Release at 1:15 pm

September 25 - Kindergarten Campfire Night 5:30 - 7:00 pm

September 28 - Early Release at 1:15 pm

Writing Wall of Fame

Congratulations to all our wonderful writers!

Kindergarten: Calvin, Amezquita, Janaiya Stephenson, Dahlia Rains, Ryleigh Tito, Liam Stevens, Elli Roberts, Reese Reynolds

First Grade: Owen Shattuck, Adeline Wilson, Emelia Allen, Sophia Hemelgarn, Dakota Bowden, Gianna Cerqua, Kameryn Singletary, Will Sanders, Santino Lamonica, Kenniya Herriott, Rebecca Rothen, Kyson Killick

Second Grade: Anderson Watkins, Riya Reddy, Alyssa Trudeau, Jack Metka, Paige Brooker, Luke Costin, Arianna Vega, John McGrory, Mackenzie Porter, Peyton Maxwell, Chase Pagliarini, Cielo Mancuso

Third Grade: Ny'ana White, Richard Irizarry, Bryce Burks, Michael Pokorny, Ziah Roberts, Brooklyn Sturgil, Kourtney Hernandez

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The Morning Mile

WHAT: A before school walking/running program designed to let students begin each day in an active, healthy and fun way.

WHEN: The program will begin for all 1st- 6th grade students on Monday September 17, 2018 and will run the entire school year. Kindergarten will start on Monday October 22, 2018

TIME: Each morning, Monday thru Friday from 7:30 AM to 7:50 AM

WHERE: The students will gather on the TRACK and will walk or run as many 1/8 mile laps as they want to or can.

WHY: To promote an active healthy lifestyle starting at a young age.

WHO: All students in grades 1st-6th are invited! K students October 22, 2018

COST: Free

Ms. Best and parent volunteers will staff the program. The students will attempt to complete as many laps as they are comfortable with each morning. The laps will be totaled and the students will be rewarded as they accumulate miles. Providing children the opportunity to exercise each morning not only works to fight childhood obesity, it allows students to expend youthful energy on the field leaving them more likely to sit still and focus once the school day begins. It’s a win-win for everyone involved and Manatee Elementary is thrilled to promote fitness and all the great benefits that go with it.

Parents are welcome to volunteer in the program. For information on how you can get involved, email Ms. Best at


  • Students will complete as many laps as they are comfortable with between 7:30 AM and 7:50 AM. Each day, the number of laps completed that morning will be recorded and transferred to an accumulating database. 8 laps equals 1 mile.

  • When the student reaches a total of 5 miles, he or she will receive one colorful sneaker charm. They will continue to receive one sneaker charm for each 5 miles completed. Students will also receive a certificate for 25, 50, 75, and 100 miles. Students receive a special prize after completing 50, 100 and 150 miles.
  • Students who are currently on campus prior to the first bell will be encouraged to participate.
  • The students will often be walking/running to age appropriate songs played in the field.
  • Attend as many days as you like… there is NO minimum required.
  • We encourage a 7:30 AM start, but as long as you have time to complete one lap, you can join in anytime you arrive.
  • There is NO minimum lap count required. Even the youngest students can accomplish great things a single lap at a time.
  • Weather restriction: The Morning Mile will NOT take place in inclement weather, or cold mornings (below 50 degrees).

Free & Reduced Lunch Status

Free and Reduced – Temp Status Expiration: There are approximately 11,000 students who are still eating on last year’s status. Letters will be mailed home this week to notify parents. Please be aware that the last day students may eat on prior year status is Friday, September 21, 2018. On Monday, September 24th they will go to full pay.