Mustang Tales

May 29, 2023 Vol. 3 Issue 74

Message from the Principal

Dear Families:

As the academic year closes, I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support and dedication throughout this incredible journey. Your commitment, has made a significant impact on our school community, and it is with immense pride (and perhaps a little sadness) that I write our final newsletter.

First and foremost, I would like to extend my deepest thanks for your generous contributions through the FUN RUN; we raised $17,400!!! . Whether it was through fundraisers, lounge donations, volunteering or smiles, your support has helped us provide enriching experiences for our students. From supporting engaging field trips to purchasing new educational materials, your contributions have enhanced our learning environment and broadened the horizons of our young learners. Your willingness to invest in their education is a testament to the value you place on their growth and development, and for that, we are truly grateful.

Equally important has been your active involvement in our school community. Your presence at parent-teacher conferences, PAC and SAC meetings, and various school events has fostered a sense of unity and collaboration at MSES. Your dedication to attending these gatherings, despite busy schedules, has demonstrated your commitment to your child's education and the well-being of our school as a whole.

Furthermore, I would like to acknowledge the countless hours you have spent volunteering within our school walls. Your willingness to lend a helping hand has not only lightened the load for our hardworking staff but has also shown our students the power of community and the importance of giving back. Your presence as classroom helpers, event organizers, and mentors has made a lasting impact on our students' lives, and we are incredibly fortunate to have such dedicated parents like you.

As we reflect on the year that has passed, it is clear that our school community is more than just a collection of individuals; it is a family. Together, we have created an environment where our students feel safe, nurtured, and inspired to reach for their dreams. Your support has played a vital role in shaping this remarkable learning community.

On behalf of the entire staff, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your continued trust and partnership. Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious treasures and for working hand in hand with us to create an exceptional educational experience. It has been an absolute privilege to witness the growth and achievements of our students, and we look forward to continuing this journey together in the years to come.

Wishing you a restful and joy-filled summer with your families. May it be a time of relaxation, exploration, and cherished moments.



Important Dates

  • August 17, 3:00pm-5:00pm Meet Your Teacher
  • August 18, FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

**MSES office will be open on Tuesdays from 8-12 throughout the summer. You can call 719-685-2195.

2023-2024 Calendar

Kindergarten has a staggered start and teachers will be in touch with you regarding your child's schedule.
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Last Day of School!

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Joyce Stafford, our longtime and talented psychologist, is retiring after 20 years at MSSD.

After 27 years at MSES, our longtime physical education teacher, Mr. Niebuhr, bids farewell to MSES. He promises to return to substitute and support MSES endeavors!

Our School Counselor, Ashley Root and our social worker, Chrissy Zakrzewski, are moving on to private practice.

Our fabulous custodian, Paul Quigley, is returning to the field of science.

We will miss this lovely, committed crew!

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THANK YOU PAC, Parent Action Committee

On behalf of the entire MSES team, we would like to thank each and every parent for supporting us through so many events this year. Folks came out in droves to fill our lounge with food throughout the year. PAC brought back Maniboo, hosted a FUN RUN, Trivia Night and so much more. What a treasure you all have been to MSES. A heart felt thank you to each of you!

THANK YOU SAC, School Accountability Committee

Thank you families for reviewing data, brainstorming ideas and supporting the direction of MSES. We will begin next year by reviewing our Action Plan and CMAS data. We look forward to your continued support next year. If you are interested in joining us, email mmasone@mssd14,org.
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Summer Camps

Here are a few summer programs at MSES. Some programs may be full

Growing Gardens: June 6th - June 23rd (Tuesday-Fridays)

Camp Invention: July 10-14

Jumpstart: July 24th - August 4th (Monday-Friday)

Reach out to Danny Tramel ( for further information on all camps for the exception of Camp Invention hosted by Kristen Kanaga,

Summer programs in Colorado Springs:

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In Our Community:

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Box Top Digital Earnings:............... $227.70

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