The Pony Press
April 21, 2023
From the Principal...
Families and Community,
We wrapped up CMAS testing (except make-ups) this week, and are so proud of our students! We celebrated with an all school popcorn party on Wednesday afternoon! This week was also special with the unveiling of the long-awaited UPES tipi! We are so excited to use the tipi as an educational space for years to come. Not only does it provide opportunities to take our learning to a new location, but also to take our learning to a new level as we honor the history of the Ute Tribe and various indigenous people from this area. It was such a special moment to dedicate the tipi to Mr. Greg DiFiore, who had the vision for the tipi and also worked with Ute elders to ensure it was done correctly. Thank you for your 27 years of service at Ute Pass, Mr. D!
Our Fun Run is coming up THIS WEEK! As of Friday afternoon, students have raised $6,760.00 towards our goal! Currently, Miss Riffle's 5th grade class is in the lead, and was able to pie both their teacher and me on Thursday! We are accepting donations through May 5th, so keep it going! Visit getmovinfundhub.com and enter school ID: 6408884472250d to register! Let us know if you need help getting registered.
Have a great weekend!
Your partner in education,
Jackie Powell, Ute Pass Principal
Important Info for next week...
Monday, April 24th-
- Specials Day 1
- Crazy Hair Day
- Jeck and 2nd grade to Flying Pig Farm
- 3rd grade Mobile 911 Presentation
- Honor Choir Practice 3-3:45 pm
- Landsharks Meet at WPMS
Tuesday, April 25th-
- Specials Day 2
- Wild About UPES Day- Wear animal print or camo!
Wednesday, April 26th- Late Start Today!
- Specials Day 3
- Team Up Together Day- Wear your favorite sports team
- Clothing Drive tubs available after school
- Connect14 Cookie Monsterz and Creative Movement classes at UPES
- Landsharks Practice after school
Thursday, April 27th- Fun Run Day!!
- Specials Day 1
- Green & Gold Day!
- See Fun Run Schedule below!
- Ping Pong Connect14 Club at UPES
Friday, April 28th-
- Specials Day 2
- 5th and 1st grade to Flying Pig Farm
- Pajama Day
- Furry Friends and Feel Good Friday Dismissal
Important End of the Year Dates
24-28- Fun Run Dress Up Week
24- 1st Landsharks Meet
26- Late Start
27- Fun Run
1-5 Staff Appreciation Week
1- All School Field Trip to Red Rock Open Space
2- 1st, 3rd, and 5th Grade Spring Concert
3- 2nd and 3rd grade field trip to Catamount
4-5 4th grade to John Martin Reservoir (overnight)
5- World Language & Culture Night
5- Last Day to Collect $ for Fun Run
8- Fun Run Awards Assembly
8-10 2nd Grade CoGat testing
9- 6th grade Spring Band Concert
10-12 6th Grade to Sand Dunes (overnight 2 nights)
15- Student Council and Honor Choir Field Trip
16- 6th grade rafting trip
16- K, 2nd, 4th grade Spring Concert
19- 6th grade to GMF for fly fishing
23- UPES Fun Day (put on by student council)
24- Whole School Field Trip to Bear Creek Park for Field Day
25- Last Day for Students- Noon Dismissal
UPES Fun Run
Thursday, April 27th, 8am
9230 Chipita Park Road
Cascade-Chipita Park, CO
UPES Shirts Available!
End of the Year Library Info
Seed Slip Recipients
Watch us Grow!
Popcorn party to celebrate finishing CMAS testing!
Preschoolers are growing sunflowers!
Kindergarten and 4th grade buddies learned about pollinators and then made bee finger puppets!
Mountain Academy 6th grade students made their own fly fishing ties with the help of volunteers from Trout Unlimited!
5th graders pied Principal Powell and Ms. Riffle on Thursday for leading the Fun Run on funds collected!
The UPES Tipi dedication to Mr. DiFiore on Thursday! Mr. D taught at UPES from 1995-2022!
Specials Schedule for April
UPES Morning Announcements
Our morning announcements are such a wonderful way to start the day! We have student-led announcements and singers every single day!
We want to share some of this Pony Pride from our "home" to yours! If you'd like to watch morning announcements, we are live-streaming them each day! Simply subscribe to the Ute Pass YouTube channel at this link- UPES YouTube
Information about Universal Preschool
Colorado Universal Preschool Program (UPK)
Last April, Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill that works towards “every child in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten is eligible for half-day (15 hours), state-funded, voluntary preschool beginning in the 2023-24 school year. Three-year-olds with qualifying factors are eligible for part-time (10 hours) preschool programming. Families of children in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten with certain qualifying factors, are eligible for an additional 15 hours stacked on top of the half-day programming, bringing those children to full-day programming.”
Manitou Springs Elementary School and Ute Pass Elementary School will continue to offer our exceptional preschool programs for both three-year-olds and students that are in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten. Information for families
Families are now able to submit an application through the state-wide Universal Preschool System for the 2023-24 school year. Here is the link to the application: https://upk.colorado.gov/
Families will still need to complete our preschool enrollment process as well as the UPK application. Here is the information for MSSD: Student Enrollment
Small Group Counseling, Classroom Counseling, and Individual Counseling is underway!
Please reach out to Stephanie Wilson if you have any changing needs where we can better support your student!
Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call her at 719-685-2209 if you have any questions.
Ute Pass Elementary PTO/PAC
If you are unable to make it to meetings and would like to be a part of PAC please reach out.
Thanks so much,
- Fun Run 4-27-23
Landsharks is Back!
UTE PASS ELEMENTARY SPRING TRACK SERIES
We offer a non-competitive youth program to introduce running to young athletes in a safe and fun environment. The focus is on self-improvement, being an encouraging teammate, and making new friends. The Spring Track Series is a fun running program led by Sara Striegel and is open to students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Please remember to purchase a RED team race shirt if this is your first season running.
Practices are scheduled for Wednesdays/Fridays beginning April 12th with a celebration practice on May 10th. Practices consist of running games and track workouts with a strong focus on fun.
Races are held on Monday evenings at Woodland Park Middle School’s track at 5pm on April 24th, May 1st and May 8th. Runners run TWO of the following distances:
All runners will run the 50m sprint,
followed by the 400m OR 800m race
All runners will run the 100m sprint,
followed by choice of a 400m OR 800m race
All runners will run the 200m sprint,
followed by the 400m OR 1600m race
Registration opens February 1st and closes April 12th at 5pm OR until we reach CAPACITY
Runners must be registered prior to their first practice. Please register online at www.Landsharksrunningclub.com $65 registration fee through April 5th then an additional $10/runner fee applies until registration closes.
I look forward to working with your athletes! Please consider volunteering to help coach or work at our race site. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer.
Coach: Sara Striegel
Breakfast and Lunch Information
A healthy breakfast and lunch is a key factor in growing a healthy mind and body! Ute Pass Elementary will offer breakfast to students for $1.45 and lunch for $2.95. See below for information on accessing menus.
You can find the new free and reduced application on the district website- https://www.mssd14.org/departments/food_service.
If you don’t qualify for free and reduced price meals, please make sure that there is money in your student’s account. You can add money online at this link- https://mssd14.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=57448&pageId=13267314
Any questions or concerns, please call Paula Faucette, Director of Nutrition Services, at 719-685-2005 or email email@example.com.
Late Start Wednesdays
Thank you to families who submitted the form to sign up for Late Start Wednesdays. It helps tremendously with staffing and preparation. If you missed the opportunity to sign up, and are in need, please contact Danny Tramel at firstname.lastname@example.org for approval, as we are at our capacity.
Breakfast will be served until 8:00am, however, due to changes in the federal funding, we can no longer offer free breakfast.
Late Start Wednesdays for second semester:
- January 25
- February 1
- March 1, 8, 15, 22
- April 5, 26
- May 3, 10, 17
22/23 School Year Calendar - Including Late Start Dates.
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