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With the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important to communicate. If you are, NOT receiving emails, please email Denise at Custer Elementary at
Custer PTO
Brittney Engelhard is the President of the Custer Elementary PTO and is excited for a new year! Custer PTO meets 5 times a year for one hour to discuss upcoming events, fundraisers, and other items of importance that help make our children's experience at Custer Elementary the best it can be! Without parent participation we cannot make these things possible. Please consider volunteering your time and helping. We love seeing new and returning members at the meetings. More people means more creative thoughts and input for our children's school! Be sure to "like" us on Facebook at Custer Mandan PTO for more information and future updates.
Raising A Reader
“The Raising A Reader mission is to foster healthy brain development, parent-child bonding, and early literacy skills critical for school success by engaging parents in a routine of daily “book cuddling” with their children from birth to age five.” Each week, families receive a book bag of age and developmentally appropriate books to take home, read together, and return the next week for a new bag of books.
To register your birth – age five child(ren):

For questions, contact:

Vonda Dahl
District Literacy Coordinator
Counselor's Office
Mandan Elementary Counselor's Office
Mandan Counseling Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Mandan Public School Counseling Program is to promote the development of productive and responsible citizens by ensuring the academic, career, and personal/social growth of all students. In partnership with parents and school personnel, the counseling program provides programs and services to enhance the educational process of all students.
What does an elementary school counselor do?

Counselors provide a variety of services to students and schools. Large group guidance lessons are provided in the classroom regularly. Topics include friendship skills, bullying, handling conflict, anger management, stress management, goal-setting, academic success, and career education.

We also provide short-term individual counseling to students. Occasionally our students need assistance with certain developmental challenges. We might see students if they are experiencing trouble making friends, grief or loss of a loved one, a divorce or separation in the family, moving, or a variety of other issues.

Depending on the school and the need, small group counseling sessions may be available to provide students with help and support with peers. Group topics might include friendship skills, anger management, changing families, study skills, or self-esteem.

Counselors are available for consultation with parents and teachers regarding a student’s social, emotional, academic or behavioral concerns. We are also happy to refer to community agencies and services for extra help and support.

Please contact your school counselor with specific questions about services offered or with any concerns about your child.

- Mandan Elementary Counselors

COVID-19 Update

8 days ago

Conscious Discipline

Growing Stronger Together:

During these volatile and troubling times, it's natural to feel afraid, anxious and threatened. Unabated fear, however, causes wear and tear on ourselves, our families and our health. A felt sense of safety is essential for wellbeing. 

We have released a valuable collection of free resources to help you and your loved ones manage big feelings during these intense times. Managing our emotions allows us to strengthen the bonds of connection within and between families. These bonds buffer us from stress, upset and conflict so a felt sense of safety can remain as a consistent thread of hope.

Join me in stretching to the edge of our resilience, and then growing even stronger together.
We Wish You Well.

MPS Families,

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation. We assure you that we are working hard to continue to carry out our mission while monitoring the spread of COVID-19.  

We are in regular contact with local and state health officials, as well as the ND Department of Public Instruction, the Governor’s Office, other local school districts. We also continue to take direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Governor Burgum, by executive order, has suspended school in ND for grades K-12 indefinitely. The executive order further stipulated that schools would continue to receive state aid through Tuesday, March 31st. For schools to continue to receive state aid beginning April 1st, schools will need to have a distance learning plan that is approved by both the ND Dept. of Public Instruction and the Governor’s Office.  The Mandan School District has submitted its distance learning plan to DPI, and we are waiting on approval. 

Contacting MPS: Essential staff are still working at the District Office. Please feel free to call 751-6500 with any questions or concerns that you may have. Teachers, Principals, and other professionals can be contacted via email. Email addresses can be found at

Academics: Teachers and other educational staff are currently modifying their classroom plans to allow for distance learning. They have begun to reach out to students and hope to begin online instruction on Wednesday or Thursday this week after students have picked up their iPads.

Internet Access: Each student at MPS has an iPad that can be used for distance learning. We understand that having a device without having internet has limited functionality. We have made internet available in all of our school parking lots. All school-issued devices will connect automatically to these networks from outside the buildings.  The strongest network access is behind Mandan High School.

Also, both Midcontinent Communications (800-888-1300) and BEK Communications (701-474-1230) have programs available to assist families with a financial need get connected to the internet. In addition, many mobile communications companies are offering to remove data limits on their plans. Please contact your provider for specific details.

Child Nutrition: MPS is adding a 4th food distribution site beginning today. We understand that our previous Lakewood location was challenging to find so we have selected a more prominent location. Locations and times are as follows:

Mary Stark Elementary 405 8th Ave SE Mandan, ND – 11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Custer Elementary - 205 8th Ave. NE -11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m

Twin City Estates - 3001 Twin City Drive Mandan, ND – 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

New Discovery Montessori 4103 Shoal Loop SE, Mandan ND - 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Thank you so much for being patient with us as we navigate these unchartered waters. Please continue to take the recommendations from the ND Department of Health.


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