Mustang Tales

January 20, 2023 Vol. 3 Issue 59

Message from Ms. Masone:

Dear Families:

It has been another busy week at MSES with a lot of opportunities to learn so much. In Kindergarten, Don Goede, came and shared a wealth of information with kindergartners about the Lakota Sioux. Mr. Goede shared interesting information and and cool artifacts to wrap up the CKLA unit on Native Americans. Thank you, Mr. Goede.

Third graders are studying sound in CKLA. This week they tried to “see” sound by putting rice and sugar crystals on plastic wrap. A song was played through a speaker with some students saying they could see the rice and sugar “dancing” on the plastic wrap to the beat of the song.

Our Choice Enrollment window is open for new out-of-district families. We fill up pretty quickly, especially in kindergarten. We will be providing tours next week to interested families.

The next PAC meeting will be next Wednesday, January 25th at 10:15, at Red Dog. PAC will be chatting about needing to finish the tile mural project and additional fundraisers.

Our PAC, Parent Action Committee, is also hosting a fundraiser at the Ninja Gym on 1/21, from 4:30-6:00pm. Fifty percent of the proceeds benefit Manitou Springs Elementary School. Come join the fun!

If you are not a gym ninja and you want to contribute to MSES, please link your King Sooper's grocery card to MSES.

Please remind your children not to bring TOYS to schools because they are easily lost, traded or forgotten, resulting in tears. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you for your continued partnership!



Important Dates

  • Jan 21: PAC Fundraiser @ Ninja Gym - see flyer below
  • Jan 24: MSMS Welcome Night for Incoming Students, 5:30pm
  • Jan 25: Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay for Students)
  • Jan 25: PAC Meeting, 10:15am
  • Jan 27: Fitness Friday! 7:30am-8:00am
  • Feb 10: No School for Students - Conference Prep/Staff Work Day
  • Feb 16: Half Day - 12:30pm Dismissal - Family Conferences
  • Feb 17: No School for Students - Family Conferences
  • Feb 20: School Closed - Presidents' Day
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Ask Your Experts!


Kindergarten students wrapped up a domain about Native American tribes this week. To bring our learning to life, we invited a guest speaker to come visit our classes and talk about some real Lakota Sioux artifacts and traditions. Mrs. Farrell's husband, Mr. Don, came to share his wealth of knowledge about the Lakota Sioux tribe. Students had the opportunity to touch artifacts such as tools, beaded necklaces, moccasins, and drums. They also were able to smell sage and cedar, and learn about many sacred Native Americans items. Thank you, Mr. Don, for sharing with all of us! Additionally here are a few questions you can ask your expert to see what they remember about their learning about various tribes:

  • What are the names of the three Native American tribes we learned about? (Lakota Sioux, Wampanoag, and Lenape)
  • What animal was sacred to the Lakota Sioux? (buffalo)
  • What was the most important crop to the Lenape? (corn)
  • What is an appanaug? (A Wamanpoag celebration; a clambake feast)

Second Grade:

Our Second Graders have been hard at work adding some fantastic new subtraction strategies to their tool belts. The strategies that we have worked on so far are an open number line, the arrow method, picture way, take from a ten, and take from a hundred.Some students are even using the standard algorithm. They get to choose whatever strategy works best for them, and helps them feel successful. Ask your expert- What strategy do you like best? Why?

In CKLA we have been learning about Greek Mythology and how they used it to explain our seasons, how the Aegean sea got its name, and where spiders where created. We also got to taste some yummy pomegranate seeds and fennel. Ask your expert? What did you think of the taste of fennel? What might you compare it to?

In Writing we are getting ready to transition into narrative writing in the next few weeks. This is a great opportunity for your child to start writing their own stories about small moments in their lives. We are very excited to read all of the great stories that they write.

Fourth Grade:

We have begun our exciting next domain, Eureka! Student Inventor. Eureka is an invention-themed “game show” in which students are divided into lab groups and will compete in challenges to complete their lab’s “Wheel of Invention” and learn about what it takes to become an inventor! Ask Your Expert: What is an invention? (An invention is an object or process that a person makes that is new and different and was created to do something). Is a pencil an invention? What about a tree? Why or why not? Which invention is your lab based on? Share who invented your lab's invention and at least one way it has improved life!

January Breakfast & Lunch Menus

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Counselor's Corner:

Dear Mustang Families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! This semester will bring some exciting and engaging learning. We are almost wrapped up with the Kindness and Empathy unit across grade levels. Next up, students will learn about Problem Solving when having interpersonal problems.

This week in 1st grade your child learned and practiced two types of kind acts: offering to help someone and inviting someone to join. Help your child think of a kind act they can do for someone involving offering to help or inviting them to join. Support your child in carrying out the kind act.

This week in 2nd grade your child practiced having empathy to come up with kind acts they could do for others in different situations. Ask your child how having empathy can help them know how to be kind.

Ashley Root, MA, LPCC

MSES School Counselor | (719) 685-2160

Tech Corner:

Phishing and ransomware are serious threats that can affect anyone. Therefore, knowing what they are and how to avoid them is essential to keeping children and young people protected. Here are some tips to help:

  • Teach your child not to open unknown attachments or links in suspicious emails
  • If they get an unexpected message requiring urgent action, ask them to think twice before clicking. They should always ask you if they are unsure
  • Look out for grammatical and spelling errors and generic or impersonal greetings that aren’t normal to how someone communicates with you
  • Keep their social media accounts set to private and explore other social media settings that can keep them safe
  • Back up your family’s data on their devices
  • Install reliable security software and keep operating systems updated
  • Use multi-factor authentication to protect your accounts

For more information and safety tips, you can visit

In Our District:

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In Our Community:

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Yearbook Order Forms:

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Box Top Digital Earnings:............... $189.40

Grocery receipts scanned by our Mustang Families exceeded $30 in Box Tops contributions just this past week!! Our total for the 21-22 school year was just $23.70 so this is HUGE! Thank you, Families, for your committment to our schools!

Box Top funds are used to support your students by purchasing supplies for classroom celebrations, games and outdoor activities, extra books for classroom libraries, and more. Download the Box Tops app today and start scanning your grocery receipts to help us keep learning fun at MSES!

Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal