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Manitou Park Elementary School

Principal's Back to School Message

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Dear Manitou Park Families,

Welcome Back! 

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I loo​k forward to working with you and your children.


All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child(ren). Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. And, our much-appreciated PTA is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs. We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.



We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

 ​·         Attends school daily

o   Arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience

o   Stays all day

      ·         Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills

      ·         Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life

      ·         Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject 

      ·         Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to college

New Staff
Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Angela Radonski, our new health room nurse.  Angela brings a solid skill set and a gentle, sensitive approach to meeting children’s health and emotional needs. Joining her is Lynne Richmond our Health Clerk and new Para educator.  Lynne will be working closely with families in the health room to support minor bumps and bruises.  Lynne will also work closely with students in reading and writing and greeting students as they start their day off the bus. 

Student Placement
A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2018-2019 school year.

Careful consideration was given to input from staff and families as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level.  Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities.

Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. Manitou Park is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher.

Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to insuring that Manitou Park remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal.  Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

Warmest Regards,           

Abbie Barabe
Principal
Manitou Park Elementary 

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