Mustang Tales

September 16, 2022 Vol. 3 Issue 44

Message from MSES

Dear Families:

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!



Important Dates

  • 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.)
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Second Grade

Wow! Second Graders have been working so hard to learn about metric measurement. We have been estimating, taking measurements of objects around our classrooms, and even measuring each other. Ask your expert: What is a benchmark that we can use to represent a cm? (our pinkie) What are measurement tools that we have used this week? (meter stick, meter tape, centimeter cube, 10 centimeter ruler)

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. Mussi's 3rd Grade class took science outside to Fountain Creek. Her class has been studying the water cycle and was able to see, draw and discuss how Fountain Creek is essential to the process. We also discussed how to keep Fountain Creek clean by keeping trash out of the storm drains. Students sketched the stream bed in order to come back and compare water levels later. They explored the creek and found red roots of a cottonwood tree, algae and constructed small dams to see how the water flow changed. We will be coming back to the Creek repeatedly to see the changes over time to water level and plant growth.

Fourth Grade

The 4th graders are using self-selected strategies to organize and count a collection of large amounts of bills ($1's-$100,000). They were to collaborate with a partner to count the collection of money, make their own recording to show how they counted, and use a place value chart to organize and record their findings of a large amount of money. When done the students shared their counting and recording processes.
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Ms. Marquardt's Class Field Trip

4th Grade started their studies of Colorado History with the Ute Tribe! Ms. Marquardt's class visited Starsmore Discovery Center (Ms. Larsen's and Ms. Goldman's class will go on September 22nd) this past week. They produced a teepee building, 14,000-year-circle history and flint practice, artifact investigations in the teepee, painting with yucca, hiking and more!

Meet our Reading Intervention Team!

We are excited that Danae Duke of has joined the Intervention Team at Manitou Elementary! We work together to help struggling students become stronger readers. We have completed our Beginning of the Year benchmark tests required by the State of Colorado for Kindergarten through Grade 3. These tests are given at the beginning, middle and end of the year to monitor reading growth. They also help us identify students who need additional support to make progress toward grade level standards. We look forward to working with students, teachers and families to build skills and a love for reading.

Below (left to right): Keren Hale, Danae Duke, and Judy Bray

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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!

Message from PAC- Maniboo is back!


We are planning to host Manitboo October 28th from 4:30-7:00pm at MSES. We are in the planning stage - please be on the lookout in the coming weeks for volunteer opportunities, donations and more information!

Counselor's Corner

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

School Counselor

Manitou Springs Elementary School


The MSES Parent Action Committee depends on donations from families and community members to organize and host the many fun events we have planned for the upcoming school years. Please click here to donate any amount you can - every dollar helps! Thank you!

Help PAC stock the Teacher Lounge!

Box Tops Went Digital!

Thank you to our parents who are scanning their grocery receipts into the Box Tops app - you've already earned $54.80 for our school so far this year! Box Top funds are used to support your students by helping with classroom supply purchases, classroom celebrations, games and outdoor activities, and more. Download the app today and start scanning to help us keep learning fun at MSES!
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September Breakfast/Lunch Menus:

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Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal