May Parent Newsletter
As we anticipate a busy month in May, let’s remind ourselves to take time and re-discover the many moments which brought joy and grace into our lives this past year. It was a great school year and I’ve been so fortunate to experience these precious moments with your children over the past year. For that, I am so very grateful. I wish each of you well as you begin your summer and welcome the 2022-2023 school year with renewed energy.
The week ahead is Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week. They are superheroes! While we will be celebrating them here at school (special thanks to PTO), if you get a chance to write them a note or have your child write them a note for Teacher Appreciation Week, I know it would mean so much to our staff who work tirelessly for your kids every day! *If you'd like to use the link on our website to send a digital note, click Staff Shout Out
Kindergarten Round-Up and Preschool Round-Up are scheduled in May (see flyers below). We are looking forward to our new students coming to be a part of MPS and having fun in their new classrooms and meeting their new teachers!
The Honors Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 5th at 8:00 AM. Invitations have been mailed out. If you are invited, please be sure to RSVP. We will be celebrating select 7 & 8-grade students, their parents, and special community members who have supported our school in special ways this year. We have not been able to have the Honors Breakfast for two years due to COVID, so we are very excited about this event.
We are planning a Color Fun Run during the last week of school (Tuesday, May 24th from 2-3 PM). Special thanks to PTO for sponsoring this fun event. You will be receiving a parent permission form soon in order for your child to participate. We are also looking for some parent volunteers to come out and help. We wanted to incorporate some community-building with a "healthy" theme to end the year. We are looking forward to this fun event with all our students and families!
The 8th grade trip to Wolf Ridge, which is usually held in the spring, has been changed to the fall of next school year. The eighth-graders will be going to Wolf Ridge during the week of September 26th - 30th. We will be having a parent meeting for ALL current 7th graders on Tuesday, May 6th at 6:00 PM in Mr. Twedell's classroom.
The last day for preschool and 8th grade will be Thursday, May 26th (with a 7:30 PM graduation celebration for our 8th-grade class). The last day of school for all K-7th grade students is on Friday, May 27th. Kindergarten graduation will take place at 9:30 AM.
We will be dismissing all students at 1:00 p.m.
We will resume school on Thursday, August 25th. The new school calendar for 2022-2023 can be found at the end of this newsletter, or on our school website at https://www.manvel.k12.nd.us/
Thanks for working with us again this year to keep our students and your family healthy through the end of this pandemic. I am hopeful we can continue to see "normalcy" again this Fall. Our students have been a great example of "resiliency" and were able to adapt to our crazy world in an extraordinary way! Even though our job is to teach kids ~ many times, they teach us a thing or two, too!
Have a restful and relaxing Summer! Thanks for sharing your children with us for another great year of learning!
Upcoming Events ~ Save the Date!
Monday, May 2nd - Friday, May 6th ~ Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
Tuesday, May 3rd ~ Kindergarten Roundup @ 2:00; parent meeting in the library
Wednesday, May 4th ~ HAT DAY for Mr. Bakke
Thursday, May 5th ~ Honors Breakfast for select 7 & 8th graders/community members @ 8:00 AM ~ Please RSVP
Friday, May 6th ~ 5th grade gone all day to Turtle River State Park
Monday, May 9th ~ 3rd, 4th, 5th grade Spring Concert; 2 & 7 PM
Monday, May 9th ~ School Board Meeting @ 5 PM in the library
Tuesday, May 10th ~ 7th Grade Field Trip to the Movies; 11:45 -3:00 PM
Tuesday, May 10th ~ Wolf Ridge Parent Meeting for 7th grade; 6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 11th ~ Student Council luncheon in Grand Forks, 12-3 PM
Thursday, May 12th ~ Preschool Roundup; 10:30-11:30
Thursday, May 12th ~ Sumo Bot Wars (Part 2) @ 2:00 PM in the gym with Mr. G.
Monday, May 16th ~ Middle School Spring Concert; 2 & 7 PM
Tuesday, May 17th ~ 5th-grade track meet in Grand Forks with Mrs. Fruetel
Wednesday, May 18th ~ LAST Connection Time for the year @ 10 AM
Thursday, May 19th ~ 6th Grade Track Meet at Cushman Field at 11:00 AM
Thursday, May 19th ~ 3rd grade to Turtle River State Park @ 9:30 AM
Tuesday, May 24th ~ SOS Fun Day at the Park/Color Fun Run; 12:30-3:30 PM
Thursday, May 26th ~ 4th Grade to Bonanzaville in Fargo all day
Thursday, May 26th ~ Last Day of Preschool
Thursday, May 26th ~ 8th-grade Graduation Walk through the halls of MPS @ 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 26th ~ 8th-grade Graduation @ 7:30 PM in the gym
Friday, May 27th ~ Kindergarten Graduation @ 9:30 AM in the gym
Friday, May 27th ~ Last Day of School ~ dismissal at 1:00 PM
*Wolf Ridge has been changed to the Fall of the year. It will be held the week of September 26th - 30th, 2022
Wolf Ridge Fun from this year! Special thanks to our parent volunteers and teachers who attended!
Cookies & Bookies ~ thanks to all the community members and families who came to read with our students! Special thanks to our cook, Vicki Lofthus who made 600 cookies for this event!
Boxtops for Education & Hugo's Essential brand
Manvel School is still able to collect money from Boxtops for Education with products made in 2022 & 2023 (after that, it will be totally digital with the Boxtops for Education App). Please continue to cut these out and send them to school.
We can also earn money from UPC labels for the collection of Hugo's Essential brands or Super Chill soda that have replaced the Our Family brand.
Feel free to send these to school with your child, or use the Boxtops for Education App ~ website, and information is attached below. Thanks for your support ~ and thanks to Mary Ellen Balek for overseeing this effort!
May Breakfast and Lunch Menu
School Calendar for Next Year
Manvel Staff Babies ~ We have been blessed with three MPS teachers who have added babies to their families in the past month! Congratulations!
Sage Attila Barandi
Son of Mr. Barandi (middle school math teacher) and his wife Brooke born on 3/28/22
Weston Adam Dub
Son of Mrs. Dub (third grade teacher) and her husband Adam born on 4/13/22
Phoebe Jean Love
Daughter of Mrs. Love (5th grade teacher) and her husband Jeremy born on 4/21/22
Goodbye and good luck!
Mrs. Doris Johnson, a paraprofessional, is retiring after 12 years of service to the Manvel Public School.
Mrs. Molly Love, the fifth-grade instructor will be a stay-at-home mom with her two children.
Miss Aubree Jeager, who was a Resident Teacher through UND and Upper Valley Special Education has been reassigned by her special education unit to another area school.
Mrs. Kayt Wessels, Upper Valley Special Education Teacher, will be leaving to spend more time closer to her family.
We wish all these staff members well and thank them for the gifts and talents they brought to MPS!