Mustang Tales

April 7, 2023 Vol. 3 Issue 68

Message from the Principal

Dear Families:

What a terrific week we have had at MSES this week! Our fifth graders, budding scientists, displayed their work at the Science Fair on Thursday. Their work showed critical thinking, thoughtfulness and hard work. Their work will be on display at the School of Excellence on April 20th. Please join us!

First grade hosted a magical performance of Sleeping Beauty. The students performed a new rendition of Sleeping Beauty, put together by MSHS teacher Wendy Harms. The auditorium was filled with fun and laughter.

Dianne Derby from KOAA came to Ms. Marquardt's class to learn about reading after the pandemic. Her goal is to tell a story about how teachers got creative after the pandemic to promote literacy throughout the state of Colorado.

This next week we begin CMAS testing for grades 3, 4 and 5. CMAS, Colorado Measures of Academic Success, is an assessment tool that public schools in the state of Colorado use to ensure that students are learning. The intermediate grades are assessed in reading and math. Fifth grade is the only participating in Science.

Thank you for sharing your children with us!



Important Dates

  • Apr 12: Normal Start
  • Apr 20: Evening of Excellence, Dinner with Adam's Mountain Cafe
  • Apr 21: No School - Staff Work Day
  • Apr 26: Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • Apr 28: Fitness Friday 7:30am-8:00am

First Grade Sleeping Beauty

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Ms. Marquardt's classroom and KOAA

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Ask Your Experts!

First Grade

This week first grade has finished up their fairy tales’ unit and has been practicing for the Sleeping Beauty play. The kids worked hard, and it showed on the stage. We have also been working on making our sentences more exciting. We are using our five senses to describe a noun (or using adjectives). Have your students use adjectives to describe something in your home. The more adjectives you use the easier it is to guess what the item or person is. In math we are practicing measuring the distance between two end points. What do you call the distance between to horizontal endpoints? (Long or short) What is the distance between to vertical endpoints? (Tall or short)

Third Grade

Third Grade Students went on a field trip to the Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park. Students learned that some animals from prehistoric times were found as fossils, right here in Colorado! Ask your expert what the state fossil is! (stegosaurus) Did you know some things that paleontologists study are called "trace fossils"? Ask your expert what surprising fossil they saw. (like fossilized dinosaur poop) Students also attended a special Zoom presentation from the Aurora Fossil Museum as they learned about and sorted micro-fossils. Ask your expert to see their micro-fossils!

Fifth Grade

5th graders are just finishing their CKLA poetry unit with a comprehension check on a poem, and (another) poem to write on a specific theme. We are waiting on starting our new CKLA unit, as we have a couple busy weeks with Science Fair and state testing. This week, all 75 5th grade students participated in Science Fair, presenting their 2 month long self-chosen question/experiment to visiting judges. We appreciate all the support from staff members in the building, and especially all the support from families. We are so proud of all the hard work from the students.

Ask your expert: How did your judging go? Were you surprised by any of the questions? Is there anything you would do differently if you did your experiment again? Did anyone else's project stand out to you?

Next week starts state testing for our 5th graders: reading and science. We don't want this to be any stress to our students, just to try their best. Be sure to rest up, have a good breakfast everyday, and celebrate how hard the students work!

Science Fair

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This Week in PE

We are starting our volleyball unit this week. We will be working on passing, setting, spiking, serving and rules of the game of volleyball. After our volleyball unit we will prepare for our field day activities. They are as follows:

May 15, 9am-2:30- FIELD DAY, MSHS TRACK, grades 3, 4 and 5

May 19, 9-11am- FIELD DAY, MSES, grades K,1 and 2

Parent volunteer forms will be sent home early May for any parents that would like to help with

From the Security Team:

SRO Strider and Safety and Security Director Janie Anderson have added information to the Manitou Springs School District 14 website that parents may be interested in.

Some of the information that has been added is about threat assessments, how to monitor your child's phone and other safety information.

If you have ideas on what other information you would like to see please email Janie Anderson at or SRO Strider at

Officer Johnson, Officer Strider and Day keeping our school safe this week!

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Tech Corner: Email Etiquette

Good email etiquette is like good manners at a dinner party - it might not seem important, but it can make or break the experience for everyone involved!

Email has become an essential part of communication in today's digital world. It's fast, convenient, and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. However, the ease of email communication has also led to the rise of some common email etiquette mistakes. To avoid these mistakes and make a good impression in your professional and personal emails, it's important to follow some basic email etiquette guidelines. In this guide, we will provide you with some tips and best practices to help you communicate effectively through email and avoid common mistakes.

  • Use a clear and concise subject line: Make sure your subject line summarizes the content of your email.

  • Use a professional salutation: If you don't know the recipient personally, address them with their appropriate title and last name. For example, "Dear Mr. Smith" or "Dear Dr. Johnson."

  • Use proper grammar and spelling: Double-check your email for typos and grammatical errors before sending it.

  • Keep your message brief and to the point: Avoid writing lengthy emails and try to convey your message in a few sentences or paragraphs.

  • Use a professional email signature: Include your full name, job title, and contact information at the end of your email.

  • Be respectful and courteous: Use polite language and avoid using all caps, as it can come across as shouting.

  • Use an appropriate tone: Consider the tone of your email and make sure it matches the context of your message.

  • Avoid using slang or emoticons: Keep your language professional and avoid using slang, abbreviations, or emoticons.

  • Respond promptly: Try to respond to emails within 24-48 hours, especially if it requires urgent attention.

  • Use the "Reply All" option sparingly: Avoid using the "Reply All" option unless it's necessary, as it can clutter other people's inboxes.

WLACN Poster Contest!!

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In Our Community:

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Box Top Digital Earnings:............... $215.20

We have officially surpassed 20% of our goal ($1000) so far this school year!! 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