Principal's Corner

Principal's MessageRachelle Byrd

Dear Manchester Families,

The 2019-2020 school year has gotten off to a fantastic and busy start! We have welcomed approximately one hundred and ten new Cougars to our family, which exceeded enrollment projections. I am thrilled we have so many new friends; it has been exciting to watch new relationships develop. We have also welcomed many new staff members to our team.

As we continue to grow as an AVID school, our focus this year will continue to be on school climate and culture as well as a strong academic program. We will work to form strong relationships in our building through restorative circles and student collaboration. We believe a student’s social and emotional wellbeing is just as critical as their academic skills.

This year we will celebrate our scholars by conducting whole-school assemblies. Each class will select recipients of four awards. The awards reflect our school values. They include Growth Mindset Award, Creativity and Innovation Award, Kindness Award and Leadership Award. There will be six Cougar Assemblies scheduled throughout the year. We invite our families to attend our Cougar Assemblies whenever possible.

Finally, we have an exciting opportunity for Cougars in partnership with Seattle Theatre Group and Disney. Our third through fifth grade students will be invited to audition for a musical with instruction from artists affiliated with the Seattle Theatre Group. We are proud to be the first school on “this side of the water” to participate in this amazing program.

We continue to work hard to ensure Manchester Elementary is a place where all students strive for excellence in a safe and caring environment. We welcome you to be a part of it as well! 


Rachelle L. Byrd, Principal
Manchester Elementary

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