National Blue Ribbon School
    North Conejos Schools – District RE-1-J

    P.O. Box 430  •  Manassa, Colorado 81141
    (719) 843-5277  


    Upcoming Events for December

    • 3-5th – Holiday Gift Shop
    • 19th – Christmas Program
    • 24th – Jan. 3rd – Christmas Break
    • Jan. 7th – School Resumes



    Principal’s Notes

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

     As 2018 comes to a close, I can’t help but look back at all the wonderful happenings at Manassa Elementary so far this year.  I feel so fortunate to be a part of a community that works together as a family to provide enrichment and support to all of our children.  Once again, we have demonstrated that “Together everyone achieves more”.  The North Conejos School District has again been Accredited with Distinction.  This is a rating that puts North Conejos in the top fifteen school districts in the state of Colorado.  We are very proud of our students.   As we review the past year, we can see that our efforts have been extremely productive.  I commend our parents, families, and staff for doing an outstanding job in providing all of our children with so much in the way of academic support, encouragement and love.  I look forward to our continued partnership in making Manassa Elementary a place where all children meet with success.

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with happiness and good health.  Let’s continue to make this a great year!

    Denny Fringer




    PTA Corner

    Our Food drive “Do Good Because It’s Good” was a huge success and we would like to thank all of Manassa Elementary’s families and students for participating.  We were able to donate 1,523 items all thanks to your generosity.  This following week we will be hosting our annual Christmas Store.  The store will be open beginning December 1st and run through December 5th.  We will be sending home envelopes with your child so they can assemble a shopping list and to hold their money.  We look forward to celebrating this holiday season with Manassa Elementary.


    Nurse’s Notes

    It's a common myth that cold weather causes colds, but it does not.  Colds are caused mainly by viruses that we are more commonly exposed to in the winter. 

    Viruses are spread even more easily when children are in school and in close contact with each other.


    Prevent colds and the flu by getting kids to:

    1. Use soap and water. Washing hands frequently will reduce the spread of germs.
    2. Cover their mouth. Sneezing and coughing into the bend of their elbows also helps prevent spreading germs.
    3. Get immunized. Keep vaccinations current, including the flu shot.


    Be safe on sleds and snow tubes

    1. Always supervise children. Injuries can occur quickly when kids are sledding or snow tubing.  Keep a close eye on them.
    2. Keep away from motor vehicles. Often, sledding hills are not far from highways or roads.  Keep a safe distance.
    3. Sled in proper form. Kids can prevent injuries by sledding feet first or sitting up, instead of lying down head-first.
    4. Find a clear area. Pick a sledding area that is clear of obstructions like trees or fences.


    Be safe on skis and snow boards

    1. Dress in layers. If you begin to sweat, remove layers as needed to stay dry.  Wet clothes can cause your body to chill and can lead to hypothermia or frostbite.
    2. Wear a helmet.
    3. Protect skin. Keep your skin from being exposed to harsh temperatures to avoid frostbite.  Be especially careful with small areas of your body, such as your hands, feet and ears. 


    Thank you,

    Melissa Caldon RN, North Conejos School District Nurse


    Counselors’ Notes

    Having chosen this career path, I have been fortunate enough to have had many experiences and opportunities to self reflect and really notice what truly matters and what is important in my life.  Children have a way of reaching deep into the heart and pulling to the surface the best part of us, enabling all of us to become better people.  As a parent, and a school counselor, I know many parents are concerned about their child’s education and accomplishments, as well we should be.  Also, more importantly, we need to concern ourselves with their happiness and well-being.  Some parents may feel their kids are unmotivated, stressed out, maybe depressed and acting out.  As parents and caregivers, we may need to ask ourselves a few important questions. Do our kids have a place where they can truly be themselves?  Have they found something they love to do that truly brings them happiness and purpose? Do we expect them to follow a certain plan for their life, that as parents, we have predetermined for them?

    I have mentioned before that the book, Hands Free Mama, written by Rachel Macy Stafford, has personally been a life-changer for me to read, and also to try to incorporate into my own life.  When I read this pledge written for parents, I had to pause and really reflect. I wanted to share it with all of you as well.

     Rachel Macy Stafford-Hands Free Mama

    A Parent’s Purpose-Building Pledge: 

    • I will not steer you towards my interests, but let you find your own.
    • I will let you test the waters and try new things.
    • I will be willing to explore what interests you without judgment or shame.
    • I will stop evaluating your activities based on how they will look on a resume or college application.
    • If an activity or new interest is not working out, I will not rush in to fix it; I will simply listen and let you be the problem solver.
    • I will remember your journey is your own, not a time to live out my unfulfilled dreams through you.
    • My child, you don’t have to hide who you really are to please me.
    • I love you for who you are today, and I will continue to love you as you become who you are meant to be.
    • Your journey is your own; I will support you every step of the way.

    This is the path to self-acceptance. So they can hear their calling, even when the world tries to drown it out. So they are courageous in what they stand for, even when the world tries to push them down. So they possess an unshakable sense of peace, even when the world is unstable.