The Manning Weekly Newsletter

August 28, 2020


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.

Manning Community,

We are so grateful for you! I've heard from quite a few parents that this week has been successful in many ways. From greeting your students during orientation, to getting classes started this week, I am so proud of our staff. They've worked tirelessly to ensure that your students have an incredible educational experience here at Manning.

Weekly Community Challenge: As we will continually work to improve the experience for our community, there will be a weekly challenge that I will put in front of our students and parents in my principal's weekly message. This week, I'm challenging each of you to pick two staff members (this includes our entire staff, not just teachers) and send them an email of gratitude. I would love for our staff to have some wonderful kudos from our parents and students!

Weekly Quote: "There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” -C.S. Lewis

Have a wonderful weekend and reach out if you need anything!

With Gratitude,

Christian Ramaker

Helpful hints to remember Synchronous vs. Asynchronous

  • Synchronous = Same time, face to face (either in person or online via zoom/google meet)

  • Asynchronous = student Alone working while checking in to google classroom during their period

  • Fridays are asynchronous learning & office hours. We need students to check in during the correct period time. Students can have something due on Friday, and turning in that assignment would count as the student attending class for the day. Students could also be required to do a warm-up activity to count attendance for Friday. Students may make appointments to meet with small groups or one-on-one for synchronous learning, but this is an individual decision by the teacher. Students may reach their teacher by email during office hours.

  • PLEASE NOTE - We are following a Quarter system this year, so that means that the classes are 8 weeks of instruction. You may notice that your student only has science and social studies one each quarter. That means they will receive 16 weeks of content in 8 weeks. This allowed us to give everyone another elective.

Attendance Notes

  • We know this week was tough, getting to the right place, student's had trouble logging in, etc. Please know we have extended grace for attendance this week, in that if they missed a single period or the office heard from you for an absence, we have cleared all other attendance marks.
  • Please remember to call the attendance line or email if your student will miss any school for appointments and especially any illness.
  • Beginning next week, if your student hasn't shown up in class, you will be receiving a phone call from one of our office staff to ensure your student isn't having technical issues or is in need of help
  • Please see the Attendance Procedures on our Manning website
  • Attendance will be a day in arrears this year as teachers will have until 3:30 to update and save attendance. Please know you may receive calls if your student was marked for a class. This is your opportunity to make sure your student didn't miss a step and keep that line of communication open between your student and their teachers.


  • Major Events Calendar coming soon!
  • 9/7 - No School LABOR DAY
  • 9/9 - 19/20 Yearbook pickup 3:30-5:30
  • 9/15 - School Pictures 7:30-2 (Hybrid A)
  • 9/16 - School Pictures 7:30-2 (Hybrid B)
  • 9/18 - School Pictures 7:30-2 (Mobile Mustangs)

19/20 Yearbook Pickup

If you ordered a 19/20 yearbook last year, we finally have a date scheduled to come pick them up!

  • Wednesday, Sept 9 from 3:30-5:30pm - drive-thru style pickup
  • Enter through the 8th grade loop/bus loop off 32nd to pickup your yearbook

School Material Pickup

Our books, workbooks and other materials are almost all here! We will get these materials to the hybrid kiddos when they return after Labor Day. Mobile Mustang remote learners will get their materials on picture day, 9/18.

  • Hybrid Learners - pickup while at school
  • Mobile Mustang Remote Learners - Pickup materials during School Pictures on 9/18


  • School Pictures & IDs will be taken on site on these 3 days.
  • 9/15 - School Pictures 7:30-2 (Hybrid A) - taken during school hours
  • 9/16 - School Pictures 7:30-2 (Hybrid B) - taken during school hours
  • 9/18 - School Pictures 7:30-2 (Mobile Mustangs) - No appt necessary, come anytime during this window.


Due to movement for safety and ensuring small class sizes, your student's schedule may have changed. Please check the parent or student portal again to be sure your student has the most up to date schedule as some schedules have be repaired and changed.

Student Fees

We are hoping to have student fees pushed out to you next week. Ms. Zentz will send a message out to families when they are up and available to be paid.

A Message from our nurse.....Medications & Health Plans

  • Parents can drop off Medications AND health plans/med agreements on Monday 8/31 8am-noon & 1 – 4pm
  • medications must accompany the health plan
  • if you are unable to drop off on Monday, they can call me directly at 303-515-0490 / email me at to arrange a time.
  • Parents contact me if they have health concerns for their child they would like to discuss before school begins on 9/8

Sources of Strenth

Peer Leader training will be Friday, 9/4 at 8:15 am. This is a virtual training with the zoom link posted in the Sources 20-21 Google classroom. Peer Leaders, please accept the Google Classroom invitation from Mrs. Burg for more information about the year.

Everyone can follow our campaigns and year by finding us on Instagram. @manning_sources_of_strength

Meet our New Math Teacher - Mr. Newman!

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I am Newman. I have a wife and two children, both boys. I taught high school math for five years. I am completing my Master's in Mathematics. I enjoy coaching basketball, as well as watching and playing basketball and football.

Meet our New Clinic Aide - Ms. Maria Zarate

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Maria comes to us as a CNA and is super excited the join the Manning family!

SEL Corner - A Place to Fill up your BUCKET!

We did it! A week of school is in the books!! After this week take some time to reflect: what went well? What felt good or comfortable? What was challenging? Are there challenges that are out of anyone’s control? Which are ones that we can address? What did you learn about yourself this week? Start with a quiet time for reflection, then perhaps open it up to a conversation with family or friends. Bring your attention to moments of hope, help, and strength. We can be tempted into pure venting, which has a place, encourage yourselves to find areas that support and strengthen you even in the areas that feel like straight icky-ness. For instance, after a moment that caused you stress, what helped? Was it the care of a friend? Creating art? Taking a nap?

We have an online referral form now. Our referral document is intended for use by the whole Manning community: teachers, staff, parents, and students. On Manning’s website under the counselors’ tab there is a link to this form. These are mental health concerns that interfere with a student’s learning. Concerns around excessive stress, anxiety, depression, bullying, and the like. Myself, the counselors, and AP have direct access to this document. If you are concerned about thoughts of suicide please reach out directly, outside of school hours please seek additional support from our community resources.

1-844-493-8255 or Text TALK to 38255

A local walk-in crisis center is located at Jefferson Center’s Crisis & Recovery Center at

4643 Wadsworth Blvd., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033


From the website:

If you, or someone you know, is struggling and you don’t know where to turn for help, you always can start by making a report to Safe2Tell™ Colorado. Call 1-877-542-7233, make a web report using the submit a tip button to the left, or download the Safe2Tell Colorado mobile app on the Apple Store or Google Play.

Text: 741741

Or Facebook Messenger

@sel_by_gray on instagram

Manning PTA

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