UPE News Update

April 16, 2021

Parents: What You Do is Incredible

Chris Briggs-Hale

Every morning, I watch amazing feats of stamina in our parking lot: bleary-eyed adults opening doors for little ones (while they and whatever else is in the car, pours onto the asphalt). Some parents have the “please take them” look inevitable after a tough morning getting someone’s shoes on, breakfast eaten, etc.

Newsflash: Just so you know, every single car that has children in it is TRASHED – never seen a clean one. If your car is filled with toys, garbage, or hard-to-identify things - it’s a PARENTAL BADGE OF HONOR (and just what IS that stuck to the ceiling above the back seat…?) Some parents hold coffee (sometimes without a lid, slopping all over…and they don’t care that it does), some are in PJs, some haven’t slept due to a late shift. Nevertheless every single parent leaves their child with a hug, or an “I love you,” or a “come back! You forgot your backpack!”

And then...this year. ALL of you had to become masters of technology, you had to become at home teachers during our Remote and Hybrid Learning times. You had come to school to pick up your child for the sniffles and headaches, take temperatures, wait in a car line that goes down the street just to get into the parking lot. Seriously, every single one of you is a HERO.

We love you parents. Thank you for doing the hardest job in the world. And the car? Don’t worry, when you trade it in - it’ll be worthless. But who cares…YOU have the greatest kid in the world.

  • Mr. Briggs-Hale

Class Pictures Tuesday, April 20

Forms will be coming home this week for upcoming class pictures. Students will be wearing masks during the class picture photo shoot. Individual photos will also be offered at this time and students may remove their mask for this. Photos can be ordered on-line using the information below.


School Name: Ute Pass Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Tuesday, April 20
Picture Day ID: EVTCHTPPK for individual photos and EVTN7C6P3 for the class picture

Important Dates


20 - Class Pictures

22 - Celebrating Earth Day - Classroom hikes towards Green Mountain Falls

23 - No In-Person School/Remote Learning/Staff Work Day

27 - 6th grade Fly Tying with Trout Unlimited

30 - Bike to School Day


5 - No School/Teacher Work Day

5 - 6th grade Royal Gorge Rafting Trip

13 & 14 - 6th grade backpacking Lost Creek Wilderness

18 - 6th Fly fishing Green Mountain Falls

25 - Beach Party

26 - Tentative last day of school/12:00 dismissal

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Art Walk

Inspired by Picasso's wire sculptures and the Disney movie "Soul", 5th graders created their own wire sculptures of Terry and Jerry.
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Check Out the New Children's Museum!

If you haven't come out to see us yet, make your reservation now!

Now through April 25: signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4baba729aafbc52-april.

April 27 - May 9: signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4baba729aafbc52-april1.

May 11 - May 23: signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4baba729aafbc52-may1123.

May 25 - June 6: signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4baba729aafbc52-may25.

And did you know that you can take the Pikes Peak Children's Museum fun home with you? Beat the bad weather blues and check out one of our Investicrates! We have STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) kits that you can do with your kids for rent on our website. Check them out in our shop: pikespeakchildrensmuseum.org/shop.

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