The Pony Press

October 28th, 2022

An amazing ending to October!

Families and Community,

You know it's a great week when in one day alone you get to hold a corn snake, dig for worms, rescue beetles from the hallway, and look for missing turtles (don't worry, it didn't go far)! Have we mentioned lately how special this school is?

The incredible UPES staff continues to amaze me with the opportunities they are providing to our students. On Thursday, I was able to watch two fourth graders explain their worm farm to all the first and second graders. As they spoke about decomposers and habitats, I was so impressed with the level of understanding from the students, but also in the complex and thoughtful questions that the 1st and 2nd graders were asking- What would happen if we didn't have decomposers? Do worms have hearts, and if so, how many? Why can worms sometimes survive if they are cut in half? How do they breathe underground? How do they move without legs?

These experiences are a beautiful illustration of curiosity guiding learning, and a perfect example of one of the many reasons we believe wholeheartedly in the work we are doing with environmental learning.

Please join us on Sunday for the Dia de los Muertos celebration in Green Mountain Falls. If you'd like to sign up to run a table for indoor "Trunk or Treat" there is a link below. Our Honor Choir will be performing at 4:30 pm, but there will be so many fun activities happening the entire time (3-6 pm).

We will have a costume parade at school on October 31st at 2 pm. Students are welcome to wear their costumes all day, or can change into them for the parade. Please make sure costumes have no weapons (even if they are obviously fake). You are welcome to come out to watch the Costume Parade at the back of the building/playground area. We will start at 2 pm and each class will walk around the sidewalk. Should you not want your child to participate, we will provide an alternate activity during that time.


Your partner in education,

Jackie Powell, Ute Pass Principal

Important Info for next week...

Green Week

Sunday, October 30th

  • Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Sallie Bush Building in GMF 3-6 pm

Monday, October 31st

  • Specials Day 3
  • Costume Parade 2 pm- Families Welcome
  • Honor Choir Practice 3-3:45 pm

Tuesday, November 1st

  • Specials Day 1

Wednesday, November 2nd-Late Start Today!

  • Specials Day 2
  • Creative Movement Connect14 class at UPES

Thursday, November 3rd

  • Specials Day 3
  • 3rd grade field trip to Pioneer Museum
  • Ping Pong Connect14 Club

Friday, November 4th

  • Specials Day 1
  • Feel Good Friday Concert and Furry Friends Dismissal

Important Dates in October/November


30- PAC and Ute Pass Chamber of Commerce Trunk or Treat (See flyer below)

31- Costume Parade 2:00 at UPES (Families welcome!)


2- Late Start Wednesday

8- PAC Meeting 3 pm in the gym

9- Late Start Wednesday

10- Chili Cook Off

11- Veteran's Day Concert 2 pm (Families welcome!)

16- Late Start Wednesday

21st-24th- Thanksgiving Break

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Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Sunday, Oct. 30th, 3-6pm

10795 Ute Pass Avenue

Green Mountain Falls, CO

Join us for a wonderful community event on Sunday, October 30th! Presented by the Ute Pass Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with our Ute Pass PAC, an exciting Dia de los Muertos celebration in Green Mountain Falls! Mr. Ferguson's band will be playing, UPES Honor Choir will be performing, there will be a table "Trunk or Treat" inside between performances, a craft table, a mariachi band, a costume contest, and so much more! We hope to see you there!

Sign up for a "Trunk or Treat" table or to donate candy using the link below!

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UPES Chili Cook Off

Thursday, Nov. 10th, 5-7pm

9230 Chipita Park Road

Cascade-Chipita Park, CO

Join us for a chili cook off to raise funds for environmental learning opportunities at Ute Pass Elementary School! Email Mrs. Weisheipl at to register your pot of chili, or simply show up that evening to vote for your favorite or join the silent auction!
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Seed Slip Recipients

These students showed growth at UPES this week! They are growing hearts, minds, bodies, and the earth!

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Tuesday Morning Announcements...

Check out first grade singing Ghostbusters this week!
1st Graders- Ghostbusters

UPES Morning Announcements

Our morning announcements are such a wonderful way to start the day! We have student-led announcements and singers every single day!

We want to share some of this Pony Pride from our "home" to yours! If you'd like to watch morning announcements, we are live-streaming them each day! Simply subscribe to the Ute Pass YouTube channel at this link- UPES YouTube

Watch us Grow!

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5th grade filled their marble jar and enjoyed a visit from Peaches, a 10 year old corn snake!

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Preschoolers had a wonderful time digging in to pumpkins, gourds, and squash this week!

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3rd and 5th grade went to Mueller State Park this week! They went for a 2.5 mile hike, learned about the traits, adaptations, and relationships between predators and prey, and created UV light bracelets!

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1st and 2nd graders were able to visit 4th grade's worm farm and learn all about them!

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1st and 2nd graders viewing a worm under the microscope!

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Miss Riffle's 5th graders started recycling at UPES in September! Each day, student go around and collect recycling to reduce the amount of waste we produce!

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Mr. Batson teaches Spanish to preschool students every Monday!

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4th graders wrote persuasive letters to various people. On Wednesday, they hiked to the post office to buy stamps and mail the letters!

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Principal Powell has a lot of work to do after receiving the letters from 4th grade!

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6th grade MAAS students went to Mueller State Park on Friday (the weather was a little different than Wednesday when 3rd and 5th went)!

Meet Amy Babcock!

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Position at UPES: 3rd Grade Teacher

Work History: Has taught in Harrison, Grand Junction, Cheyenne Mountain, and Manitou

Hobbies: anything outside- skiing, running, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking

Favorite Food: Street tacos

Pets: 2 dogs and 9 chickens

Why Ute Pass: I love that it's a small school and there is a feeling of community and an overall joy for learning. The outdoor/environmental focus is super important to me!

Most Excited About: Watching my 3rd graders grow off the charts!

Specials Schedule for November

Our 3-day rotation schedule for specials classes allows students to have more access to PE, Music, and Art! We know it might be a bit more confusing for families instead of every Monday being one special, but we want our kids to be exposed to more of these amazing classes while avoiding students always missing a certain special if there is no school on Friday or Monday. Should there be a snow day, we will just move that day to the following day. For example, if a snow day fell on Thursday, November 17th (Day 1 for specials), the following day would become a Day 1. Here's a calendar to help you navigate this at home. Please reach out with any questions!
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Counselor's Corner

Small Group Counseling!

Fall counseling groups are up and running! Please reach out to Stephanie Wilson if you have any changing needs where we can better support your student!

Her email is You may also call her at 719-685-2209 if you have any questions.

Ute Pass Elementary PTO/PAC

PAC is the team that works hand in hand with the staff and community, to enrich how education is experienced within our mountain school. We have found ourselves uniquely positioned to move forward; steeped in tradition but with all the promise of new ideas. UPE has the highest enrollment to date and with that comes fresh perspective. If you are a parent or caregiver from the littlest of littles in preschool up to the "Where did my baby go?" 6th graders, please consider coming to our meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. Kids are welcome!

If you are unable to make it to meetings and would like to be a part of PAC please reach out.

Thanks so much,
Amanda McCloskey
PAC President

Upcoming PAC Meetings- 3:00 pm in the Gym

  • November 8, 2022
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MSSD14 is hiring fulltime positions and subs!

Scan the QR code or contact Marsha Weimer at to find out how to join the Manitou team!

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Breakfast and Lunch Information

A healthy breakfast and lunch is a key factor in growing a healthy mind and body! Ute Pass Elementary will offer breakfast to students for $1.45 and lunch for $2.95. See below for information on accessing menus.

You can find the new free and reduced application on the district website-

If you don’t qualify for free and reduced price meals, please make sure that there is money in your student’s account. You can add money online at this link-

Any questions or concerns, please call Paula Faucette, Director of Nutrition Services, at 719-685-2005 or email

Late Start Wednesdays

Thank you to families who submitted the form to sign up for Late Start Wednesdays. It helps tremendously with staffing and preparation. If you missed the opportunity to sign up, and are in need, please contact Danny Tramel at for approval, as we are at our capacity.

Breakfast will be served until 8:00am, however, due to changes in the federal funding, we can no longer offer free breakfast.

Late Start Wednesdays for first semester:

  • August 31
  • September 14
  • September 21
  • September 28
  • October 5
  • October 26
  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • December 7

Connect 14

Connect 14 is an incredible opportunity for students that attend Manitou Springs School District 14. They offer several amazing K-12 classes that highlight the importance of arts integration from Climate Kids Club to Creative Movement to Ping Pong! Registration opened on Monday, August 8th and the season will run from September 6th-December 15th.

Two of these classes are held at UPES, but transportation is provided for students who wish to attend a session at Manitou Springs Elementary School. Please visit to sign up today!

22/23 School Year Calendar - Including Late Start Dates.

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