Mustang Tales

August 26, 2022 Vol 3. Issue 41

Message from Principal Masone

Dear Families:

What a terrific week we have had at MSES this week. We have had so much fun learning about one another and about our school. Third grade learned all about cartography while kindergartners tracked down the gingerbread man as they explored our century old building.

We are thrilled to hold our PAC (Parent Action Committee) meeting in person. This meeting is an opportunity to meet other parents and learn how you can support events and activities at MSES. Our first meeting will be held Wednesday, August 31st, at 10:15am in the MSES Commons. Join us!

We will host an Open House September 15th, 5pm-6pm. This will be an opportunity for you to visit your child's classroom and hear more about your child's day. We will begin in the auditorium promptly at 5:00pm.

Safety is a priority at MSES. Anytime you enter the building, please be prepared to provide your identification. We will issue a name tag immediately for all adults after scanning your driver's license. Even if you are a returning adult, we will ask you every time for your identification so that you can obtain a visitor name tag. If an MSES staff member sees you without a visitor badge, they will redirect you back to the front office to check in. Thank you for your understanding as we keep your children safe.

Preschool begins on Wednesday, August 31st with a preschool open house on Monday, August 29th. If you have a preschooler and live in Manitou Springs, please sign up as soon as possible.

Next Wednesday, August 31th, is our first Late Start Wednesday. All grades except for preschool begin at 10:00am; preschool does not participate in Late Start Wednesdays. Bus services run at their current time and exactly two hours later for a 10:00am arrival time.

Homecoming is a special event in Manitou Springs. Leading up to homecoming and during homecoming, we wear our school colors, green and gold. If you want Manitou Springs spirit wear, please see our online store below.

Check out the cool pictures below from our first week of school!



Important Dates

  • Aug 29: Preschool Open House
  • Aug 31: First Day for Preschool
  • Aug 31: Parent Action Committee meeting - 10:15am
  • Aug 31: Late Start/2 Hour Delay (school starts at 10:00am for K-5)
  • Sep 5: No School: Labor Day
  • Sep 14: Late Start/2 Hour Delay (school starts at 10:00am for K-5)
  • Sept 15: Open House, 5-6pm, grades 1-5
  • Sep 21: Late Start/2 Hour Delay (school starts at 10:00am for K-5)
  • Sep 23-24: 5th Grade Camp Shady Brook trip!
  • Sep 28: Late Start/2 Hour Delay (school starts at 10:00am for K-5)
  • Sep 30: Homecoming Parade 1:00pm

MSES in Pictures

Counselor's Corner

Hello Mustang Families,

I’m so excited to be with students and continue to develop our social-emotional skills together. In my role as the school counselor I am responsible for supporting students and families throughout their education here at MSES. Counselors are an integral part of academic achievement addressing the student as a whole person with various supports in their academic, social-emotional, and career goals.

The MSES counseling program implements individual counseling services, needs based group counseling, classroom social-emotional learning (SEL) lessons, community mental health referrals, and resources for parents and staff.

Much like last year, students in first through fifth grade will receive SEL lessons from the SecondStep Digital Curriculum every other week in their classrooms with the School Counselor, Ms. Root. Topics covered in this curriculum include: growth mindset, emotion management, empathy, kindness, bullying and problem solving. Additionally, supplementary lessons on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and career exploration are taught as well. First, second and third grade will begin the year learning about emotion management while fourth and fifth graders begin with the bullying unit. To see the full scope and sequence of the SecondStep Digital Curriculum visit

Please reach out to me anytime by email,, or phone, (719) 685-2160, with any concerns or questions this year. I look forward to connecting with you!

Ashley Root, MA, LPCC

School Counselor

Manitou Springs Elementary School.

CMAS State Testing

We want to celebrate the great work of your children and our educators. Our CMAS scores show:

  • Our school's percentage of students who have met or exceeded expectations in reading has increased over the last three years, even with the pandemic!
  • Our reading scores surpassed the state's average in all grade levels assessed, more than 10%!
  • We have made some impactful changes at MSES that support this growth. We have implemented language rich engagement strategies along with Write Tools writing strategies. We have added an instructional coach, a thoughtful intervention model, while our talented group of educators remain committed to educating the whole child. Watch us grow!
  • Review our CMAS scores here.


Hello to all of you who transport kids to and from school!

Please remember to be a kind driver. The speed limits are lower in school zones so we can keep our small friends safe. I realize that pickups and dropoffs are hectic, but there is nothing more important than the wellbeing of the students. Our security team, in partnership with the Manitou Springs Police Department, will be working to monitor school zones, cross walks, and intersections near the school. We are personally asking for your help to drive slowly, be patient, and be extra aware of pedestrians. Safety is everyone's responsibility.

Thank you!

Officer Strider

School Resource Officer,

Janie Anderson

Director of Safety and Security

Meet Our New Security Guard!

Hello! My name is Tom Tryggestad, and I am the new Manitou Springs Elementary School security guard. I am an alumni of Western Illinois University. I am also an Army veteran with 6 years of security experience. I have a background in children's outdoor education, which is where I grew to enjoy working with children. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to combine my knowledge in these areas for the overall goal of keeping our children safe.

MSES Spirit Wear Store is LIVE!

Check out our Fall 2022 School Spirit Store online! We have a brand new MSES-specific design celebrating our 100th anniversary, cool-weather apparel, and hats available. The store will close at midnight on Wednesday, August 31st so make sure to get your orders in now! We will not have any items available at the school office - the online store is the only place to get this exclusive apparel! Orders are estimated to be delivered around September 22nd - just in time for our centennial celebration Homecoming Parade on September 30th!! $4 from each item sold will go directly into our MSES Pride Account, which helps fund celebrations for staff and students!

MSES Employment Opportunities

Manitou Springs Elementary School is looking for one full-time paraprofessional. If you or someone you know wants to supervise students on the playground and support students with special needs, please look at the posting on the district website or scan the QR code below to see and apply for open positions in our school and district! Apply here!
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Lunch Menus

Breakfast and lunch menus will be online in another week or so. We have attached the menus for MSES below. Breakfast cost is $1.45 and lunch cost is $2.95. You can get Free and Reduced Lunch applications on our website or from the front office, and the same link is where you will be able to find menus for upcoming months.

Wichita Parking Lot Open 7:30am-8:05am

Morning drop off can get congested. If you would like to park your vehicle and bring your child into the school building, you have two options. You may park across the street in the Congregational Church parking lot from 7:30am-8:05am. You may also park in the Wichita Lot, on the corner of Manitou Avenue and Pawnee Avenue, from 7:30am-8:05am. At that time, you may drop off your child with a parent volunteer or walk your child to school.
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Late Start Wednesdays

This upcoming school year we will offer childcare support on Late Start Wednesdays for families in need. Due to limited resources and staff, this will be available only to those that cannot find alternative childcare options. If you require childcare on Late Start Wednesdays, please complete this form as childcare does require administrative approval.

These mornings will be structured differently than last year and provide time and space for completing homework/studying. Breakfast will be served until 8:00am, however, due to changes in the federal funding, we can no longer offer free breakfast. If you would like more information about meals please visit the district website:

Late Start Wednesdays:

August 31

September 14

September 21

September 28

October 5

October 26

November 2

November 9

November 16

December 7

District Calendar 2022-2023

MSES Preschool Info:

The Manitou Springs Preschool Program is now accepting applications for children between the ages of 3-5 years old who reside in Manitou Springs. Our program's foundation is built on relationships and social emotional development through play. We are an inclusive program that serves all students and have tuition-free options. You can apply on the district website.

Strong relationships build healthy brains ready for deep learning.

Learn more about our after school programs. Go to to register for Fall sessions today!

Champions After School Childcare

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Partners for Healthy Choices

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Parent Action Committee

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Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal