Mustang Tales

November 18, 2022 Vol. 3 Issue 53


Message from Ms. Masone

Dear Families:

Wow, we are ending this week with a cold snap as we head into Thanksgiving week. A reminder that we do not have school next week, November 21-25. We return bright and early on November 28th. Please remind your students to wear hats, gloves and jackets as we enter this cold time. Unless the weather is below 15 degrees or extreme, we will be outside for recesses.

This week was fun and educational for all of us! We had a wonderful Spirit Week. Hopefully, you all had the opportunity to see Mr. Niebuhr on Fancy Day. Wow! We had a Eureka Math trainer come and provide staff training on our new math curriculum, Eureka Math Squared, We brought two field trips here with CaveSim and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Check out the pictures below.

Thank you to our Literacy Team, who planned and executed a beautiful Literacy Night. We had staff from PPLD helping with library cards, hot dog dinner, pictures with Day, guest readers and more. It was such a fun night! A special thanks to our MSES teachers who volunteered their time, along with special guests Steve Smith and Missi Thomson. We are reading, Because of Winn Dixie as a school. If we have enough readers, Ms. Masone will end up in a doghouse all day! YIKES!

Thank you to our wonderful kitchen staff and servers who provided a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch with all of the trimmings on Tuesday. This group starts their mornings before most of us even get up.

On December 2nd, MSES will host a Movie Night for grades K-2. This will include a dinner for families with the film, Horton Hears a Who. This is a great way for families to get to know one another. Please join us!

At MSES, we are truly thankful for our exceptional staff, families and students. Thank you for choosing us.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Important Dates

  • Nov 21-25: Fall Break - No School
  • Dec 2: K-2nd Grade Family Connection Movie Night @ MSES
  • Dec 7: Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay for students)
  • Dec 16: Fitness Friday! 7:30am - 8am
  • Dec 19 - Jan 4: Winter Break - No School

Our Thanksgiving meal!

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Literacy Night!

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Spirit Week!

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Ask Your Experts!

Third Grade

Third graders are traveling through the Ancient Roman Empire as they learn about the government, jobs, religion, leaders and contributions to our world that define a civilization. Roman government began because rivalry kingdoms were overthrown and the Roman Republic was formed. Romans believed that a democracy (which allowed the citizens to elect leaders) was the best form of governing. Consuls (government officials elected by the senate) would create the laws. Discuss with your expert how our government is similar to the Ancient Roman government. Your expert will know many jobs of the Ancient Roman civilization (farms, craftsmen, traders, politicians). Romans also believed in a polytheistic religion (many gods), and your experts will be able to tell you much about the different gods and goddesses Romans believed in. The most prominent leader in Roman history is Julius Caesar, so share your knowledge as we continue to learn about this historical figure. As you know, Rome wasn't built in a day, so we still have much to learn!

Third Grade's virtual field trip to Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Fifth Grade

The 5th grade has been very busy in and out of the classrooms lately. We have started our fractions unit in math, realizing that the biggest number DOESN'T have to start a division problem (have your students show you 3 divided by 5). We have also started our Renaissance unit in CKLA. Ask your expert: Where does the renaissance period primarily take place? (Italy). Who was one of the most influential people of this time? (Leonardo da Vinci). Why? (He was a famous artist, scientist, engineer, inventor, etc). Fifth graders also spent some very cold time on the playground with the visiting Cave Simulation. Our 2nd grade buddies are in some of the pictures! Ask your expert: Which of Earth's spheres did crawling through the cave represent? (Geosphere). Which other of Earth's spheres were also represented? (Hydrosphere and Biosphere). Have a great Thanksgiving break 5th graders!


For the past two weeks kindergartners have been learning how to log into their own iPad with their password and navigate their way around.The students followed along step by step to learn how to make an ebook using the Book Creator app. As the students have been studying parts of a plant for their Core Knowledge domain, we did a drawing of a flower first and then students labeled each part using a text box. The students did a fantastic job and we are now moving onto exploring other apps that we use to practice reading and math skills.

All students will be starting a coding unit after Thanksgiving break and we are looking forward to Hour of Code week December 5th-9th as the whole student body will participate in this global event!

Physical Education

We finished up our juggling unit and will be starting our gymnastics unit when we get back from Thanksgiving break . I am really happy to be able to do this unit again since we have not been able to for a number of years. I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

Counselor's Corner

Hello Mustang Families,

This week in 1st grade, we began a new unit on empathy and kindness! For more information on the unit follow the QR code below. In this week's lesson your child learned that a kind act is something they can do to help someone feel good. They practiced suggesting kind acts to do for people in different scenarios. Encourage your child to think of a kind act they could do for someone, for example a sibling, grandparent, or neighbor.

This week in 2nd grade, we began a new unit on empathy and kindness! For more information on the unit follow the QR code below. In this week’s lesson, your child learned that empathy means feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling, and that empathy can lead to kindness. Ask your child to tell you what empathy means.

This week in 3rd grade, your child learned words for three degrees of happiness: content, happy, and excited. Ask your child to explain the differences between feeling content, happy, and excited.

I hope you all have a lovely Fall break and get an opportunity to connect with those you love!

Ashley Root, MA, LPCC

MSES School Counselor | (719) 685-2160

MOVIE NIGHT, K-2, December 2nd

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The Parent Action Committee thanks you!

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MSES Holiday Apparel Store

Open now for a limited time!!! Check out all the new winter-weather choices - and know that $4 from every item sold goes directly back to MSES! The online store is open for a limited time only - no orders can be accepted after 11:59pm on Monday, November 28th. Items will be delivered on/about December 14th, just in time for holiday gifting. Click here to place your order today! Click on each individual item featured to go directly to that page in the store :)

Yearbook Order Forms:

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Box Top Digital Earnings: $121.10

Thank you to our families who are scanning their grocery receipts into the Box Tops app - you've already helped earn five times the amount we earned last school year! Don't forget to keep scanning those receipts over the break! You can earn bonus box tops for referring a friend to the Box Tops app - see the flyer below for instructions and ask your fellow MSES families if they are scanning their receipts. We appreciate your support!

Box Top funds are used to support your students by helping with classroom supply purchases, classroom celebrations, games and outdoor activities, and more. Download the app today and start scanning your grocery receipts to help us keep learning fun at MSES!

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Holiday Help

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MSHS Craft Fair - Dec. 3

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From the PAC:

Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal