The Manning Weekly Update

September 10, 2023

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Dear Manning Families,

Now that our school year is off the ground and we head into our fifth week of school, we are gearing up with a number of great opportunities to engage and partner with our community in this important work of educating and nurturing our students.

Coming up this Friday, September 15, is our first Coffee with the Principal Event beginning at 8:30 in the library. As I shared last week, this is an informal opportunity to hear about our start to the year as well as learn about Signs of Suicide from our SELS, Kari Gray.

On Thursday, September 21, join us at 3:45 for our first PTA meeting of the year! Lastly, join us on Thursday, September 28 at 5pm for our first Parent Partnership Meeting. Look for an agenda in the coming weeks.

A few other important reminders and updates:

  • Turning left onto 32nd Avenue - During our peak traffic times (at drop off and pick-up), please remember that only right-hand turns are permitted onto 32nd Avenue. Aside from backing up traffic, this also poses a safety concern for our students.
  • Annual Lock Down Drill - We will be holding our annual lockdown drill on Thursday, September 14 beginning at 2:15pm. For more information about the lockdown drill and to access resources about our standard response protocol, please check out THIS LINK. Reach out to Matt with questions.

Last but certainly not least, the PTA's biggest fundraiser- FALL FEST, is right around the corner. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, have a great social time and support Manning. There are links below to get involved either by donating an auction item, volunteering or entering a chili recipe, and of course purchasing tickets to be part of the fun. I look forward to seeing you there.

As your principal, I am here to serve our community. My door is always open, and I welcome your partnership in this important work!

In Partnership,


A special thanks to our incredible PTA and 6th grade families for loading the lounge for our staff this week!

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Dear Manning parents and community:

This year’s Manning Fall Fest, which includes a Chili Cook Off and a Silent Auction will be held on Friday October 6th. This evening of fun and community spirit is the PTA’s largest fundraising event of the year. 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. The success of the event depends on the generous tax-deductible donations of our Manning families and community. Please think about how you might help, as you ponder your resources, talents, hobbies, and abilities!

Donating is easy, just complete the Auction Donation Form and deliver the items to the school by September 22nd.

We thank you in advance for your time, consideration and generosity in supporting our school. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Click to Purchase Tickets

Tickets are available now until 9/15 and cost $20 each. After the 15th the cost will be $25

Click to Enter Chili Cook-off

Do you have an award-worthy chili recipe?

Achievement Time starts Thursday, September 14th

What is Achievement Time?

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.

GT Information Night September 13th

Jeffco is hosting a virtual GT Information Night on September 13th. This information night will cover the basics of what GT education looks like in Jeffco, and how to apply for GT identification and programming options.

Please RSVP at their webpage for more information and to receive the link.

Warren Tech Information for 8th Graders- Trip 9/27

The Warren Tech/ICAP lesson will be delivered to 8th grade students on September 12th and 13th during their Social Studies class. The trip is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27th from 11:30-1pm, the buses will leave Manning at 11am and return 1:30pm. The counselors will have permission slips available on those days for students who are interested in attending. The first 40 students to return permission slips to the main office will attend the field trip. Permission slips should be returned to the office by Tuesday, September 19th.

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

Sources of Strength is recruiting, students check your email for important information

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!

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!

Click for more information

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".

Manning Communication Sites

Get your info timely and accurately

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September 15 - Manning Movie Night

September 15 - Fall Fest ticket price increase

September 21 - First PTA Meeting

September 22 - deadline for Fall Fest Silent Auction donations

October 6 - Fall Fest

October 27 - Halloween Dance

Movie Night Volunteer Still Needed | StuCo will be hosting a screening of the Greatest Showman on September 15 and we’re still looking for one more parent to help ensure the show runs smoothly! Please sign-up if you have some time to share.

Fall Fest | Pumpkin Spice lattes are here, which means Fall Fest is not far behind! If you’re still not sure exactly what Fall Fest is, we’ll break it down for you:

What: Fall Fest has two main components running concurrently: The Silent Auction and The Chili Cook-Off.

Silent Auction | We need your donations to make this event a success! Don’t think you have anything to offer? We couldn’t disagree more! Please check out our suggested donation ideas and ask your child what theme their access class agreed on. Auction Donation Form can be submitted online through September 22.

Chili Cook-Off | Calling all chili masters! We are looking for 30 brave competitors to
make 6-8 quarts each for Fall Fest attendees to sample and cast their vote. The top three
finalists will be crowned at 8PM. Please complete the Sign Up Genius if you have a batch
to submit.

Why: Fall Fest is designed as a school community building and fundraising event.

Who: Fall Fest is an adult-only event for the amazing Manning community that supports our middles. Purchase tickets by September 15 for only $20. This event runs on super-powered parents, so please sign-up to volunteer to ensure a smooth evening!

Where: Applewood Golf Course

When: Friday, October 6 | 6-10PM

Advisement Room Support Needed | Does your student have Fulton, Hageman, Hovinen, Hughes, Keodonexay, Laydon, Page or True for their Advisement teacher? 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. The gig is low-time commitment, high reward. If you’re looking for something to do from the comfort of your own home on your own schedule, we’d love to hear from you! Simply complete this short form and we’ll get you going!

Join The PTA | Now that the new of the school year has settled some, don’t forget to sign up for your PTA membership! 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 | We all get the groceries, so please don’t forget to link your King Sooper's rewards to The Manning School PTA! It’s quick and easy and most importantly free money for our school.

PTA Meeting | Not planes, trains and automobiles; rather Parent, Teacher Association! That’s right, we need the parents to make this amazing system work. The first PTA Meeting of the school year will be 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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Run with the Wolves 5k

It's West Woods Elementary annual Run with the Wolves 5k this year on Sunday, Sept. 17th.

This family-friendly 5k run/1k walk is the PTSA’s annual fundraiser to help raise money for West Woods Elementary. We’ll have post-run snacks, awards music and fun activities!

We’d love to invite Manning students — many of which may be West Woods alumni to participate in the run or walk at an $18 discounted rate. Click here for more information

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.