UPE News Update

April 15, 2022

There will be no school on Friday, April 22 for a Teacher Work Day. The next Late Start Wednesday is April 27.

Dear Parents,

We are excited to have the following community events coming up! Having you all in the building again is truly a joy. Parents make our learning community complete. You are an essential piece in crafting this Village School with a Global Reach.

Wednesday, April 27 - Leaving school at 10:15 AM. The First Annual UPE Mountain Day Hike in Red Rocks. Certified (background checked) Volunteers Welcome! (See details below)

Thursday, April 28 - 1:45 PM Spring Concert: Kindergarten and Fourth. Parents welcome in person.

Wednesday, May 4 (May the 4th Be With You) - UPE Pony Fun Walk on our Playground. ALL families and volunteers are welcome in person. Come walk with us!

Thursday, May 5, 1:45 PM Spring Concert 2nd & 3rd All families are welcome in person.

Monday, May 9, 1:45 & 6 PM: 6th Grade Band Concert. All families are welcome in person.

Tuesday, May 10, 1:45 PM: First Grade and Fifth Grade Concerts. All families are welcome in person.

Tuesday, May 17, 3:15 PM Gathering for staff members who are moving on or retiring. All families are invited!

Wednesday, May 25, 6 PM: UPE Annual Variety Show. It’s back! Come join us!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Briggs-Hale

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Announcing Ute Pass Elementary School’s First Annual “Mountain Day!”

All School Hike In Red Rocks Open Space

April 27, 2022 (We will depart UPES @ 10:15 am and return to UPES at 2:30pm)

Why? Following two years of Pandemic learning disruptions, we are celebrating our ability to gather outdoors, connect with each other in our amazing local environment, and enjoy each other’s company before we all go off for the summer. This will be a powerful, relationship building experience that is a unique opportunity for our tiny school community.

Who?: All UPES students and staff will attend (Pre-K through 6th)! The hike will be in groups of two buddy classes City of Colorado Springs Park Rangers will each help lead a group hike and offer interpretive activities/information.

What to Know:

  • Students will be provided a bag lunch that they will pick up at school and bring with them to Red Rocks.

  • Our School Nurse will be present for any needs that might arise.

  • A weather rescheduling may be enacted if conditions warrant.

  • Students will stay with their classroom groups

  • Volunteers registered with the Manitou Springs School District Central Office, with a current, 2021-22 Background Check are welcome to meet us at Red Rocks and join their child’s classroom with the teacher present. If you do not have a current background check registered with Manitou, we still welcome you to contact your child’s teacher for any school-based, subsequent volunteer opportunities in the future. To find out if you have a current background check on file, please contact cbriggshale@mssd14.org

What to pack:

  • Water bottle

  • Lunch from home or order from the cafeteria. Please note that all students will have to pack out all trash. Please keep packaging to a minimum.

  • Comfortable shoes and socks

  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, etc.

  • As the date approaches, we will pay attention to the weather and might need warm layers or pants.

If your child is lacking any of these items, please contact swilson@mssd14.org.

Spring cleaning?

Ute Pass Elementary Art and Library is accepting donations! New and like new books for the library! Art and craft supplies including beads, gluesticks, dry erase markers, watercolor paper or whatever you want to bring in to help us get creative! Drop off donations at the front office or email kkettler@mssd14.org with any questions.

Colorado State Testing Schedule for 5th and Make-up tests


Please consider the following schedule when planning out appointments or travel. Thank you!


20 & 21 5th grade Science testing and any make-up testing.

spring concert schedule

Dear Ute Pass Parents and Students,

I am excited to be able to plan end of the year concerts again this year! We will be sticking to the same format as the first semester, which means K-5 concerts will be during the day. They will be in person as well as streamed and available to watch after the event. 6th grade band will happen during the day and in the evening. I am always interested to hear any feedback families have about concert times, so please don’t hesitate to let me know your preferences and I will take them into account as we plan for a more normal year next year.

Concert Dress: K-5 – I don’t require any specific dress for concerts, but I encourage the kids to dress up.

6Th grade band: In general, kids in band wear black performance clothes. For example, black pants and a black collared shirt, or a black dress. That said, there will not be any penalty for not wearing black and it will not be mentioned to anyone.

Ute Pass Elementary Spring Concert Schedule :

Thursday April 28th – Kindergarten and 4th Grade – 1:45-2:30

Thursday, May 5th – 2nd and 3rd Grade – 1:45-2:30

Monday, May 9th – 6th Grade Band – 1:45 and 6:00

Tuesday, May 10th – 1st and 5th Grade – 1:45-2:30

Thanks, and let me know if you have questions or concerns!

Mr. Ferguson iferguson@mssd14.org

variety show returns

Dear Ute Pass Elementary Parents and Students,

I am thrilled to announce the return of the UPE Variety Show! Any Ute Pass student is welcome to participate in the Variety show, but they need to have something they have practiced and prepared. Students could sing, dance, do gymnastics, play an instrument, etc. I will be talking with the kids in class and I will help them prepare for the performance. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or if you want to inform me of your student’s participation. Acts with inappropriate material will not be included in the show.

Ute Pass Variety Show Schedule
Tuesday May 24
th – Variety Show Rehearsal – 3:00-4:30 – Students are not required to be

there the whole time. As soon as we run their act they can leave with a parent.

Wednesday, May 25th – Variety Show – 6:00 – 7:30

Thanks, and let me know if you have questions or concerns!

Mr. Ferguson iferguson@mssd14.org

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We will continue to offer after school care at Manitou Springs Elementary and provide transportation from Ute Pass to the site. Champions is responsible for our after school program. The program will go from 3-6PM, Monday-Friday.

If families are interested in signing up, you will need to to register through the Champions website. Once Champions takes over, all registration and payments will be made through their program.

Important Dates


18 - 6th to Corral Bluffs Open Space

22 - No School Staff Work Day

27 - Late Start/All School Hike to Red Rocks

28 - Kindergarten & 4th Grade Spring Concert 1:45pm


4 - Walk-a-thon

5 - 2nd & 3rd grade Spring Concert 1:45am

6 - 2nd to Safeway/Memorial Park

9 - 6th grade Spring Concert 6:00pm

10 - 1st and 5th grade Spring Concert 1:45am

12 - 6th to Blogett Peak

16 - 3rd grade to Xeric Demonstration Gardens

17 - 3:15pm After school gathering for staff members moving on/retiring

18-20 - 6th grade to Sand Dunes

24 - Variety Show Practice 2:50pm

25 - Variety Show 6:00pm

26 - Last Day of School/Students Dismissed at Noon

Late Start Wednesday Schedule :

April 27

May 4

May 11

May 18

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