March 4, 2022 Vol 2. Issue 25
Message from Principal Masone
What a wonderful week of school with your children! Manitou Springs Elementary School is busy with great experiences and we are so glad to have your family at MSES!
Mrs. Goldman's fourth grade class celebrated achievement in reading by going camping under the stars! Their class goal was to earn over 200 points on AR (Accelerated Reader) by taking reading comprehension quizzes about the books they're reading for fun at home and in school. They earned a WHOPPING 348 POINTS! Way to go, Mrs. Goldman's class! On Friday, they built tents, listened to a crackling campfire, read by flashlight and snacked on S'mores. It was a great way to celebrate the excitement of getting lost in a good book!
It's Open Enrollment for our entire school district and we are currently accepting applications for all in district and out of district students. Become a Mustang here! Choice Enrollment
Morning drop-off is improving. We continue to provide extra staff outside to guide drop off and pick up. We are working with the City of Manitou Springs to increase sign visibility and update painting around our school. Check out the new school signs and our painted guard rail on Prospect Place to ensure our local fire truck can get through our streets. Please give a shout out to city employees Eric Karlson and Roy Chaney for their support in maintaining a safe and welcoming school environment.
quick response to our needs.
Spring is in the air and we have a lot of spring events scheduled. Monday and Tuesday, Ms. Lawson and first and second grade students will present Music in March, here in-person. In addition, we will be hosting Space Night at MSES for all third graders and their families on March 15th.
With spring comes busy bus drivers. Our bus drivers need to focus on driving and we need your support. We will be following clear bus guidelines to ensure student safety. If students are not following bus rules, you may be asked to transport your child for three days. Please read the rules below and help your child be successful.
Our new student resource officer, Mandy Strider, is providing a virtual training on cyber-bullying. She will teach you how to support your child to safely navigate the web March 9th at 5:30. See the link below.
You can view our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Manitou-Springs-Elementary. We are updating the site with important announcements and pictures of your children.
Next Wednesday is Late Start Wednesday.
Have a fun weekend!
Ms. Goldman's class camping under the stars!
Fitness Friday Fun!
- Mar 7 & 8 - 1st and 2nd Grade Music Recitals
- Mar 9 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
- Mar 9 - Mustang Parent Connection (virtual), 5:30pm-7:00pm
- Mar 16 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
- Mar 21-25 - Spring Break
- Mar 30 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
1st Grade: Ask Your Expert
3rd Grade: Ask Your Expert
4th Grade Field Trip
This Week in 5th Grade
This month, the Intervention Team encourages our Mustang Families to find joy! In their book The Power of Joyful Reading: Help Your Young Readers Soar to Success, Eric Litwin and Dr. Gina Pepin explain why successful reading depends upon joyful and engaging shared reading experiences.
“Encouragement and praise are powerful tools that help your students learn to read. Your students are highly motivated by your words. They take them to heart.
“I love listening to you read.”
“I love the way your voice sings when you read aloud!”
“When you read, I feel excited!”
Praising them along the way helps them realize that everything takes time, effort, and concentration.” Learning to read is a journey. Let’s find the joy!
New to Canvas!
In our continuing efforts to partner with parents for the academic success of students, the district is providing parents with the ability to access Canvas. Canvas is the Learning Management System being used at all schools.
The District hopes that these resources will provide you with specific information about your student’s curricula, so you have a better understanding of the work that teachers and students are doing. We hope you use this information to communicate to students that the skills and content identified in these courses are important to master. In addition, we hope this information provides parents with an opportunity to ask students to share ideas and opinions about what is being learned and keep track of attendance.
Here are a few short movies on how to set up and use Canvas for parents and guardians.
Canvas Overview for Observers (Parents and Guardians)
Account Registration and Student Pairing
Canvas Parent App
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Director of Technology
Music in March- next week:
March is Music in Our Schools month, and we’re celebrating at MSES with in person recitals with our 1st and 2nd grade students! Concert times and dates are as follows, in the auditorium:
Monday, March 7th
12:40 Teacher Wood’s Class
1:10 Mr. Pletsch’s Class
1:45 Ms. Huffman’s Class
Tuesday, March 8th
1:10 Ms. Carley’s Class
1:45 Ms. Monk’s Class
2:15 Ms. Walsh’s Class
We are excited to show you all we have learned and are especially looking forward to audience participation! Masks are encouraged, but not required.
2022-2023 Returning Student Registration Process
Here is the first step for you to complete:
Please help us with this process by completing the 2022-2023 Intent to Return Survey using the link below. We ask that all parents and guardians complete this survey regardless of whether they will be attending MSSD14 in the fall for the 2022-2023 school year.
Intent to Return Survey
Timeline for Parents/Guardians
- March - Parents/Guardians complete Intent to Return Survey.
- June – Online Registration/Renewal Snapcodes and instructions will be sent to Parents/Guardians
- June, July, August – Information about the new school year is sent to Parents/Guardians from each school.