UPE News Update

October 15, 2021

Quarantine & Learning: UPE Procedures for 2021-22 School Year

Dear Parents,

With 18 months of Covid Quarantines under our belt, we’ve learned a lot about what constitutes reasonable and effective approaches to supporting student’s at-home and remote learning due to a Quarantine. The following details our philosophy and what you can expect for at-home and remote quarantine learning support for your family for the 2021-22 school year. Please take a moment to read through so you and your family know what to expect in terms of support during a quarantine. Thank you!

Mr. Briggs-Hale

A Word About Learning At Home During a Quarantine: We believe all students should have access to remote learning at a quality that is reasonable when they are forced by Health Policies to learn at-home by no choice of their own (quarantine). Our Core Values support taking reasonable and balanced steps to continue Relationships, Deep Learning, and Opportunities in ways to support students learning remotely.

We believe that remote learning is best when it doesn’t overtax the teacher, the students, or the parents. The outcomes of remote learning are likely to be higher if the teacher is able to maintain a time-balanced approach to planning, teaching, and assessing students.

We believe that teachers should have the power to apply their creativity to best meet the needs of their students who are quarantined.

What to Expect:

  1. The teacher will have 2 days after the announcement of quarantine to prepare at home learning materials that lead to the best chances of helping students meet or exceed standards-based expectations.

  2. The teacher will indicate what materials and processes above include (or don’t include) Canvas, Live Remote Learning Sessions, Pre-recorded lessons, interactive websites or independent learning projects.

  3. The teacher will communicate the learning plan with the families on the second full day after the quarantine begins.

  4. Teachers will schedule only the Remote Live sessions they feel are necessary (does not need to be every day).

  5. The classroom teacher will decide whether or not iPads are needed at home.

This also does not apply to vacations or voluntary quarantines.

Thank you for all the ways you support our teachers and children during this time of Covid!

PTO Meeting - everyone welcome!

We'll be meeting on Tuesday, October 19 at 3:15 PM in the UPE Gym. Please join us to help plan a year of wonderful events and fundraising!


Congratulations to 2nd graders Harlan Wester and Scarlett Suby, 6th graders Ayden Sires, Ady Landen, Natalie Gore, and Ivy Klock and Kindergarteners London Rice, Benedict Almy, Bristol Willems and Sequoia Youngblood!

These students' artwork will be featured at the upcoming Manitou Springs Board of Education meeting. Ute Pass is proud to have so many creative and hardworking students to showcase at the Oct 18th school board meeting.

Time to Schedule your Parent/teacher conference

Please read all instructions carefully and use the link and password provided below to schedule your conference.

* Please make sure you indicate in-person or virtual in the "My Comment" section of the sign-up.

  • There is an early 12:30pm release on Thursday, October 21 and no school on Friday, October 22.

  • Conferences will take place Thursday, October 21 (afternoon and evening) and Friday, October 22 (morning)

  • We will be offering a choice of either Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences or In-Person Conferences. In the “My Comment” section please indicate In-Person or Virtual. If you select virtual, the teacher will contact you to provide your meeting link. Please indicate your preference on the sign-up by October 15, 2021. After that date, only In-Person conferences will be available.

If you choose in-person, please note the following:

  • Adults must wear masks when attending in-person conferences

  • No older or younger children who do not attend UPE will be allowed to attend your in-person Parent /Teacher conference.

If you have any questions, please email or call the office.

LINK: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0548ABA72C7-fall8

PASSCODE: utepass (please note all lowercase, one word)

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We have received donations for two books, we still have eight to go!

Buy a book and bring it in!

Donate $10 and I will buy it for you!

Either way, let’s work together to bring A Puppy’s Tale series to Ute Pass Elementary Library.

Books by W. Bruce Cameron

  • Ellie's Story

  • Molly's Story

  • Bailey's Story

  • Shelby's Story

  • Max's Story

  • Toby's Story

  • Lily's Story

  • Cooper’s Story

  • And more!

Important Dates


18- 3rd & 4th to High Trails Education Center

19 - PTO 3:15pm

21 - Early Dismissal 12:30pm/Parent Teacher Conferences

22 - No School/Parent-Teacher Conferences

26 - School Picture Retakes/6th to Mueller State Park

27 - Late Start

28 - Kindergarten & 1st to High Trails Education Center


3 - Late Start

10 - Late Start

16 - PTO 3:15pm

17 - Late Start

18 - 6th to Pueblo Fish Hatchery

22-25 - Fall Break

29 - 4th grade to Starsmore Nature Center

Late Start Wednesday Schedule for the First Semester:

September 15

September 22

September 29

October 6

October 27

November 3

November 10

November 17

December 1

December 8

December 15

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