Mustang Tales

September 30, 2022 Vol. 3 Issue 46

Message from Ms. Masone

Dear Families:

What a great week homecoming week at MSES. Spirit Week kept us busy, along with Homecoming and a lot of learning along the way.

Ms Mussi, third grade teacher, helped us organize Creek Week.The entire school helped clean our environment to keep our watershed clean. Several grade levels cleaned the parks and stream beds and intermediate grades walked to our nearby parks to remove trash. Way to go Mustangs!

Preschool and Kindergarten classes visited Manitou Springs Fire Department and learned how to be fire aware. October is Fire Safety Month and soon the Fire Department will visit MSES.

In this edition, meet our special education teachers: Anna Fox, Malcomb Vrecenar, Jenny Romano and Vanessa Roberts. We are indeed lucky to have such a talented crew supporting all of us here at MSES. Next week, you will meet our terrific paraprofessionals.

Each year, all public school districts and facilities across the state of Colorado report the number of students who are actively enrolled and attending classes. There is now a window for capturing this enrollment information, but we wanted to let you know that this year's October Count Day is Monday, October 3. For us, student attendance matters each and every day.



Spirit Week Photos

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Field Trip Photos

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Creek Week

Homecoming Parade

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Important Dates

  • Oct 5: Late Start, 2 Hour Delay
  • Oct 11: 4th Grade to Flying Pig Farm, 9am-12pm
  • Oct 14: No School, Staff Work Day
  • Oct 17-21: Scholastic Book Fair - Open before and after school and during Conferences!
  • Oct 19: Fall Individual Picture Retake Day
  • Oct 20: Half Day 12:30pm Dismissal (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
  • Oct 21: No School, Staff Work Day (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
  • Oct 26: Late Start, 2 Hour Delay
  • Oct 27: Larsen's + Goldman's Classes to Starsmore Discovery Center 8:30am - 2pm
  • Oct 28: The Return of MANIBOO, our annual Halloween Carnival! @MSES, 4:30-7:30pm

Homecoming Bonfire Photo Credit: Elizabeth Guess, MSFD

Meet Our SPED Team!

The special education team at Manitou Springs Elementary is dedicated to the development and implementation of Individualized Education Plans for our MSES students in the special education program. Our team of teachers includes: Anna Fox; Significant Support Needs Program, Malcomb Vrecenar, Harmony Behavior Programs, and Vanessa Roberts and Jenny Romano working together to support our students with mild to moderate needs. The hard work and intensive supports for our students are carried out with the help of our talented paraeducator team (Cari Vermillion, Darrian McGhee, Phillip Jody, Moira Archuleta, Megan Reynolds, Heather Van Eimeren and Laura Maestas). We look forward to another great year at Manitou Springs Elementary as we continually strive to create opportunities for our students' success!

Below: Anna Fox, Jenny Romano, Vanessa Roberts, Malcomb Vrecenar

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Ask Your Experts!


Kindergarten students have been learning how to "crack the code" to reading! They have focused on learning 3 vowels (a, i, o) and 5 consonants (m, t, d, c, g) and how those letter sounds can be combined to create words. Ask your little expert to read words using combinations of those 8 letters: cat, dog, dig, did, mid, dim, it, at, gig. Students have also been learning about their five senses. Ask your expert the following questions:

  • What are our five senses? (seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling)
  • What do our eyes help us do? (see)
  • What do your ears help us do? (hear)
  • How can our senses help us know if danger is nearby? (our nose can smell smoke, our ears can hear alarms, our fingers can tell us if something is hot, our eyes can see danger)
  • How do the nerves under our skin help us feel? (They send messages to the brain letting us know what it is we are feeling.)
  • What part of our body can we use to feel? (Anything that is covered with skin—hands, feet, faces, arms, legs, etc.)

Second Grade

This week our mathematicians are starting to work on place value. We are exploring using popsicle sticks to make ones, tens, and hundreds. They've been building their own representations of numbers as well as making mathematical models. Ask your expert- How many ones make up a ten? (10 ones) How many tens make up a hundred? (10 tens)

We also participated in Creek Week cleanup and cleaned up the library lawn. Students worked hard to make the space clean. We found so much trash!

Please keep an eye out for our October Book It Pizza calendar that will be coming out soon. We love celebrating students reading at home, and it is a really great opportunity for students to earn hot delicious pizza each month at school from November through April.

Fourth Grade

Fourth Graders are currently learning about the Colorado Life Zones in Science and Map Skills & Colorado Geography in Social Studies! Ask Your Expert: What are the Life Zones of Colorado, in order from lowest elevation to highest? (Prairie/Plains, Foothills, Montane, Subalpine, Alpine). Which life zone can exist anywhere in Colorado? What does it need to exist? (The Riparian Zone -- it needs a fresh water source!). What is a specific difference between the plants that grow in the Subapline Zone versus the Alpine Zone? (The Alpine Zone is above the tree line. Trees and even tall shrubs do not grow well in that zone, particularly due to the harsh winds, climate and soils). What are some of the map features that almost all maps have? (Title, compass rose, cardinal directions, legend/key, symbols, and a scale). When creating a map, what perspective do you draw from? (A birds-eye view). Find a map featuring Manitou Springs on your parent's smartphone, in an atlas, or on a road map. Name one city that is North and one city that is South of us!

Here are some photos of fourth graders in Mrs. Goldman's class drawing detailed maps of their bedrooms/our classroom, including all necessary map features, as well as admiring our class Life Zone Mountain Project for the first time!


Hola amigos,

In Spanish, among other topics, fourth and fifth graders are learning simple sentences like "Where are you going ?"--"¿Ádonde vas?" Third graders are learning the classic song "De Colores," while second graders are learning the primary colors. Kindergarten and first grade students are learning "I Am"-- " Yo soy."

Counselor's Corner

Hey Mustang Families!

This week in first grade: Your child learned to use body language and context clues to figure out when someone feels calm. They practiced looking at the person’s face and body, as well as thinking about what’s going on in the situation. Encourage your child to notice when others around them feel calm. Have them practice using body language and context clues to figure out when family members, friends, or characters in books, movies, or on TV might be feeling calm

This week in second grade: Your child learned how to use positive self-talk to help themselves feel better when they’re upset, disappointed, or worried. Ask your child what they want to tell themselves when they’re having a tough day. Encourage them to use positive self-talk at home.

Last week in third grade: Your child learned words for three degrees of anger: annoyed, angry, and furious. Ask your child to explain the differences between feeling annoyed, angry, and furious.

This week in fourth grade: We continued talking about how to prevent bullying. This weeks lesson was on how bystanders can help prevent bullying with bystander power. Ask your child to tell you

There were no SEL lessons in 5th grade last week: Fifth graders were away at 5th grade camp!

Next week I will be out of office Wednesday-Friday at the Colorado School Counseling Association Conference to help myself develop further as a professional! If you need anything in my absence please reach out to the MSES front office or the School Social Worker, Chrissy Zakrzewski.

Ashley Root, MA, LPCC

School Counselor

Manitou Springs Elementary School

Message from PAC- Maniboo is Back!


We are planning to host Mantboo October 28th from 4:30-7:00pm at MSES. We are in the planning stage - please be on the lookout in the coming weeks for volunteer opportunities, donations and more information!


The MSES Parent Action Committee depends on donations from families and community members to organize and host the many fun events we have planned for the upcoming school years. Please click here to donate any amount you can - every dollar helps! Thank you!
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Box Tops Went Digital!

Thank you to our parents who are scanning their grocery receipts into the Box Tops app - you've already earned $80.10 for our school so far this year! 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 to help us keep learning fun at MSES!
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Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal