UPE News Update

May 24, 2018

Have a great Summer!

We are so very grateful for our amazing PTO!

Parents have dedicated so much of themselves to bring incredible opportunities to our students and staff. We thank you for your commitment and generosity all year long, as well as for the wonderful teacher/staff appreciation luncheon you provided us and the thoughtful gifts!

You are the best!

Update on Music at UPE:

As your children progress through the Manitou Springs School Middle and High School, we are proud to announce that they will still have Mr. Weimer as their teacher. Starting next year, Mr. Weimer will be serving as the Band and Music Director in all 6 - 12 grades. While a loss for UPE, it’s a win for the larger Mustang Team.

Taylor Weimer has made a multi-generation impact on our whole community. He showed us all what is possible in Elementary School Music and is an inspiration to us all. His professionalism and commitment to your children has been unmatched. His generosity to our school is ongoing - he has offered to help transition our new Strings/Band/Vocal Music Director and has been integral in the development of our new, long-term music strategic plan at Ute Pass Elementary School. Taylor, you are amazing!

We are pleased to announce that we are expanding our Music offerings next year. Staring in 3rd grade, we will be offering Strings Classes and our music instruction will move to full time with additional music classes across the grades. In the next few years, we will be expanding band to other grades and bringing strings instructions to the lower grades.

To accomplish all this, we are very pleased to announce that Mr. Ian Ferguson is our new Strings/Band/Vocal Music Director for Ute Pass Elementary School. Mr. Ferguson served as the Program Director for the Colorado Springs Conservatory for the past six years. He also serves as an adjunct Professor of Alexander Technique at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music. Other experience includes serving as Music Director/Pianist/Conductor at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. He has extensive experience working with children, has experience with both instrumental and vocal music, and brings a passion for engaging all children with music. During his sample lesson with our first graders, our children were immediately drawn to him and made beautiful, complex music within minutes of his arrival. His references from previous employment were simply outstanding.

Here’s a wonderful article about our new teacher from the Colorado Springs Business Journal:


PLan Ahead for the fall

Come Join the
Incredible Years Parent Group!

Parenting is a tough job, and we all feel from time to time that we could use a little support or some new ideas for handling behaviors with our children. Incredible Years Parent Group does that! Group Leaders, Amanda Hendrickson and Julie Lavigne, from the MSSD14 staff guide parents through topics such as:

• How do I most appropriately play with my child?
• Effective ways to praise children
• Establishing rules and routines at home
• Setting appropriate limits
• Natural and logical consequences for behaviors
• Teaching children to be independent problem solvers

The group meets weekly beginning on Wednesday September 5th.

It is 100% FREE to be a part of this group and includes on-site childcare and dinner for your family, too!!

Other incentives include:
• Grocery gift card for each family EVERY WEEK that you attend!
• BONUS grocery gift card for each family who attends ALL CLASSES!
• Spontaneous raffle drawings!

When? Wednesday’s for 14 weeks Where? Ute Pass Elementary
September 5th- December 19th
4:00pm-6:00pm – Parent Group FOR: Families with children in
6:00pm-6:30pm – Dinner Preschool and Kindergarten

If you are interested in joining the group, please RSVP by downloading the form below, stop by the school and complete the form, or you can call Angela Gieck at 719-339-6058 and register over the phone! A group leader will contact you soon with confirmation information!


Jumps Back in Time at

Ute Pass Elementary

Students entering 2nd-6th grade

July 30-August 2 AND

August 6-9

8:30 – 11:30 AM

This opportunity is for any student striving to improve educational and personal goals as well as prepare for the start of the school year with fun engaging activities.

  • Jump Back in Time to study historical people and places through reading, writing, and math.
  • Fun filled team building with hands on exploration
  • Instead of the traditional two-week program in June—just after school is out and with months yet to go before it starts again--we’ll offer students a fun, but rigorous two-week re-connection with their peers, school and literacy/math skills just before school starts again. Jump start also serves as an enrichment program and present a great leadership opportunity for all students looking to help lead our school and its students into a new year!

Stop by the office to registration, or give us a call! 719-685-2227

Please click below to view the Manitou Springs High School Youth Sports Camps all in one place! Bookmark it as it will be updated as opportunities are added.

Summer Fun at Ute Pass Elementary

In conjunction with the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) Ute Pass will be open to check out books from grade–level/ genre lists and READ, READ, READ during the summer!


· To read during the summer

· Connect to your school and check out books from PPLD ‘

· Participate in the Pikes Peak Library District summer reading program at Ute Pass

If children have the opportunity to listen to, discuss, and read books on topics that they select, they will develop extensive background information, which can serve as a platform to engage in their own independent reading.

When: Wednesdays: 6/27, 7/11, 7/18 and 7/25

Time: 9:00- 10:30

We will have a bus. The bus will stop at Picabo, Water Building, Topeka, Rocky Top, GMF Pool and Mesa Rd.

There is a sign-up genius set up to help us with the bus and to make sure we have enough staff at Ute Pass.


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keep collecting

Please remember to collect your Box Tops for Education and send in to your child's classroom! Our first collection this year earned the school over $200! Ask friends and relatives to sent you their Box Tops, let's double that number.


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Reminder - Visitor Procedures

1) Ring the buzzer located to the left of the front door.

2.) Please stay at the buzzer looking into the camera. The camera is located in the buzzer, if you walk back to the doors and turn your back to the buzzer we can not see you!

3.) Stop and check in at the office. You must sign in and receive a visitors badge.

3.) If a student is having a special visitor you MUST let the school know ahead of time.

Here's how you find us!

Ute Pass Elementary
...at the foot of Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains