February 18, 2022 Vol 2. Issue 23
Message from Principal Masone
How wonderful to have you all in the building for conferences. It was lovely seeing all of you and celebrating your child. I hope you were able to claim your lost items from Lost and Found; it's overflowing.
I had so much fun visiting classes this week. Fourth grade was completing their CKLA Eureka unit. Students have been working hard to develop the skills and systems needed to become an effective inventor themselves. Students identified a problem and created an invention to solve the dilemma. I observed several contraptions Ms. Goldman's class created including how to solve difficulties with problem felines, where to store small valuables and how to get your math homework done quickly. Our students are very creative!
Enrollment is open for families who live outside of Manitou Springs.
Manitou Springs Elementary School is a small town school with big charm and we want to share our school with you. MSES has opened our choice window for families and students who live outside of the Manitou Springs area. If you live outside of our district and have a child you would like to enroll at MSES, or any of our district schools, please see our district website and click on the Choice Enrollment and tell a friend!
We continue to work on morning drop off at MSES. Hopefully, you all are seeing some improvement. We hear your concerns about drop off on Pawnee Avenue in the mornings. If you want to park your car and bring your student into the school building, please park at the Manitou Congregational Church on High Street and Pawnee, across from MSES. There is a parking lot behind the church that families can use from 7:30am-8:15am each morning at 103 Pawnee. If you are dropping off your child in front of the school, you must pull your car all the way to the curb. This is a "kiss and go lane" only. We have both security and an administrator out front to keep traffic moving smoothly and safely.
This Tuesday is 2/22/2022 and we are celebrating at 2:22pm school wide with a dance party.
Have a lovely weekend!
- Feb 21- No School - Presidents' Day
- Feb 22 - Dance party, 2:22pm
- Mar 2 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
- Mar 7 & 8 - 1st and 2nd Grade Music Recitals - see below for more info!
- Mar 9 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
- Mar 16 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
- Mar 21-25 - Spring Break
- Mar 30 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
This Week in PE
MSES Fundraiser - LAST DAY TO ORDER!
Click here to check out our new online Manitou apparel store and help support our school! The store will close at midnight on Friday, February 18th, so get your orders in now!
For every item sold, $4.00 will go directly to things like classroom treats, games/craft supplies, playground supplies, and more. Below are just a few examples of our new items!
1st Grade Ask Your Expert
3rd Grade Ask Your Expert
Fractions! Third graders have started the fraction unit in math. They are learning about fractions as numbers. Ask your expert how they partition a whole into equal parts! Students are using various diagrams to represent and reason about fractions, compare their size, and relate them to whole numbers. At home, ask questions like, "How many pieces of this pizza would you like?" Express it as a fraction, compare it to a smaller or larger fraction, and try equivalent fraction discussions as well! Try to double a recipe with them, too!
Ms. Woytko's Third Graders are piloting Eureka Math. In groups, students had to partition various materials into fraction units based on a card at their station for the first round. Then, they moved to another station to record the fraction units there. "It was fun but hard to pour water equally into ten plastic cups to show tenths."-Student
This Week in 5th Grade
Across the entire curriculum, fifth graders have been putting forth tremendous effort. They are wrapping up their Renaissance studies in CKLA by completing a biography research project, reading and responding to novels, and learning about the Japanese warriors in Social Studies. Additionally, the entire grade is working through the pilot math programs, focused on the use of decimals to the thousandths place.
Our pictures show 5th graders jumped over 300 jumping jacks this past week! The jacks were part of a unit focused on teaching students the scientific process, and the importance of independent and dependent variables, controls, trials, and averages.
Coming Up in March:
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.
Art Fundrasier with Artsonia
LOVE THE BUS MONTH
Breakfast and lunch are free for all students. We would still like all families that qualify to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch form on our district website.