September 16, 2022 Vol. 3 Issue 44
Message from MSES
Thank you for joining us for Open House last night. It was wonderful seeing families back in our building. Welcome home!
If you missed information last week about our math program, we have started our new math curriculum in grades kindergarten through fifth grades. Eureka Squared offers a lot of opportunity for student engagement. The program encompasses six features: fluency practice, application problem, concept development, problem set, debrief, and exit ticket. You can look at the Eureka Squared Facebook page here.
This week we will host our SAC meetings on Monday, September 19, at 8:30am at MSES. Our PAC meeting is Thursday, September 22 at 8:30. Join us!
What is the SAC Committee?
The School Advisory Council (SAC) is a team of people representing various members of the community–parents, teachers, students, administrators, support staff, business/ industry people and other interested community partners. SAC members gather to discuss the school’s action plan, achievement data, and school wide growth. They review goals and objectives established for the school to ensure we are doing what's best for our children.
Our PAC, Parent Action Committee is planning our Halloween Carnival for October 28th from 4:30-7:00pm. SAVE THE DATE and look for more information to come.
We are accepting new out-of-district students in grades 1, 2 and 3, who might want to join the Mustang herd!
- Sep 19: SAC Meeting, 8:30am
- Sep 21: Late Start, 2 Hour Delay
- Sep 22: Larsen and Goldman's Classes to Starsmore Discovery 8:30am - 2pm
- Sep 23-24: 5th Grade Camp Shady Brook trip!
- Sep 27: Creek Week Clean-Up Day
- Sep 28: Late Start, 2 Hour Delay
- Sep 30: Homecoming Parade 1:00pm
- 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 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 28: The Return of MANIBOO, our annual Halloween Carnival! @MSES, 4:30-7:30pm
Ask Your Experts!
In Kindergarten, we are wrapping up our first Listening & Learning Domain about nursery rhymes and fables. Here are some questions you can ask your little learners about the stories they heard:
- Why are fables considered fantasy? (The characters do things that they don’t normally do like talk or act like humans.)
- What is a moral of a story? (a lesson that a character learns)
- What was the moral of the story “The Lion and The Mouse?” (Little friends can be great friends.)
- What was the moral of the story “The Tortoise and the Hare?” (Slow and steady wins the race.)
- What does the word greedy mean? (you take more than you need and don’t share)
- What does boasting mean? (You are bragging that you are better than someone else.)
We are also beginning to learn about the structure of a paragraph. Students are color coding the parts and learning how to brainstorm and plan for paragraphs. They are very excited to show their work as authors! Ask your expert: What color do we make a topic sentence? (green) Why do we brainstorm before we write? (We can start planning our writing)
Third Grade Science - Outdoors!
Ms. Marquardt's Class Field Trip
Meet our Reading Intervention Team!
Below (left to right): Keren Hale, Danae Duke, and Judy Bray
This Week in Music:
Young musicians at MSES have been working hard in Music, finding all sorts of creative ways to express their ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders are singing and playing keyboards and ukuleles. Third graders are focusing on violin this year; we started using the bow this week, which is very fun and exciting! 4th and 5th graders are starting the year with a focus on singing as well as playing drums and bass. One class of 4th graders has begun their unit on natural horns, where they follow the adventures of Ragnar, a prehistoric man who discovers how to make an amazing noise with a bison horn! These 4th graders are learning to control pitch, duration, articulation, and volume on their natural horns. 4th grade students will also be leading the rest of the school in our upcoming Veterans Day celebration November 11th at 10:00 AM. It is a busy, fun, and challenging season of music-making here at MSES!
Hello Mustang Families,
This week in 1st Grade, your child learned to use body language and context clues to figure out when someone feels worried. 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 might feel worried. 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 worried.
This week in 2nd Grade, your child learned that we can feel disappointed when something we want or expect does not happen. Remind your child that everyone feels disappointed sometimes. Ask them what they can do to feel better the next time they’re feeling disappointed.
Important Announcement: I am on the exciting new journey of pursuing a clinical counseling license! I wanted to inform you of this new endeavor to let you know I am currently receiving supervision from a Licensed Professional Counselor in the community who will be overseeing this process and giving me feedback along the way to help me grow as a professional. Supervision means once every two weeks I meet with my supervisor to discuss my work as a counselor and receive feedback. It’s important that you know these conversations are confidential and are for my growth as a professional. Thank you for supporting the counseling program at MSES! Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Ashley Root, MA, LPCC
Manitou Springs Elementary School
Help PAC stock the Teacher Lounge!
Box Tops Went Digital!
September Breakfast/Lunch Menus:
Manitou Springs Elementary School
Maria Masone, Principal
Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal
Location: 110 Pawnee Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO, USA