Winter Indoor Recess Help Needed

Principal Cole has asked for parent volunteers to help with indoor recess. The volunteers will be needed every day, regardless of temperature/weather conditions. Shifts are 30 minutes long, volunteers can sign up for consecutive shifts. If recess is outside, the parents will manage the "warming center", which is the indoor vestibule to allow children to warm up for 1-2 minutes and then go back outside to play. If outdoor recess is cancelled and everyone is staying inside, the volunteers will be assigned to an area of the school. Please help out the teachers this winter season by signing up for indoor recess HERE. Thank you!

Boys' Choice Planning Meeting

The planning meeting for Boy's Choice is Monday, December 15th at 8:15 am. Come join the fun! The PTO is looking for parents interested in planning and co-chairing the event next year. The kick-off meeting will be Monday, December 15th at 8:15 am in the office conference room. We will be discussing the theme and activities at this meeting and welcome new ideas and input from all our parents. Boys' Choice is a K-5 event and will be held Friday, January 23rd from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. If you are interested in helping please contact Kelley Witzemann or Wendy Barett

Variety Show Co-Chair Still Needed!

Preparations will begin in earnest for the 2015 Mann School Variety Show when we return from winter break in January. We are in need of another person to co-chair the show this year. This is a great opportunity to help plan and run an exciting event that the kids really love! The ideal person would have kids in grades K-3, be energetic and have great communication and organizational skills. We need to secure at least one more co-chair before we head out on winter break. If you'd like to meet with the current co-cahirs and hear more about what's involved or if you know someone who'd make a great show co-chair, please contact either Emily Lloyd or Mary Joyce as soon as possible!


OPEF Presents "Build3 Day", Monday, January 19th. "Build3 Day"is an OPEF one-day camp held on Monday, Jan. 19 (no school for MLK, Jr. Holiday). All day, kids will be grouped by age range into four groups and will move through 90 minute activities together. Each activity is led by a teacher with a youth counselor at hand. We will build stuff (hands-on), build friendships (teamwork), and build connections (link to the real world), all wrapped up in fun. Open to all kids from all schools K-8, not just D97. The cost is $75 per camper. Camp starts at 8:00 am at Brooks Middle School and runs until 3:00 pm. There is also NEW optional after-camp care offered until 6:00 pm for an additional $25. For more information, please click HERE. To register, please click HERE.


Julian Middle School's CAST theater program will feature a festival of three separate plays on Dec. 11, 12, 13 & 14, all of which continue with this year's theme: "We are more alike than we are unalike". All of the performances will be at Julian, 416 S. Ridgeland Ave. Tickets are available in advance through the CAST website or may be purchased at the door. For more information, please contact Kathy Simon at 708-524-7848 or at Click HERE for more info as well. 


If you have a 3rd - 5th Grader who loves to sing, act or dance, consider enrolling them in the next CAST Jr. production. Starting January 5 and running through March 9, students can rehearse in the Mann Auditorium for a production of musical snippets from Annie and Newsies. Final performance is Thursday, March 12. Click HERE for more info.

Chicago Wolves Mann Family Night

Mann Chicago Wolves Family Night is Saturday, January 31st at 7:00 pm. Join the Mann community for a fun night at Allstate Arena on Saturday, January 31st (game time is 7:00 pm) as the Chicago Wolves hockey team takes on the Rockford IceHogs.


 12/15 Boys' Choice Meeting 8:15 am
12/18 Mustang Motto Day
12/22-1/2 Winter Break - No school
1/5 MannPower Session II Starts
1/16 Institute Day - No School
1/19 MLK Day - No School
1/23 Boys' Choice Event
1/31 Wolves Night


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Volunteer Opportunities are endless with the PTO. To sign up and make a difference at Mann School, click HERE!

Yearbook Photos

We really want your kids in this year's yearbook, so start submitting photos now! The deadline for submission is Saturday, February 14. Please send any school related photos to

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