UPE News Update

May 6, 2022

Last Late Start Wednesday, May 18

Reminder: 5th Grade Music Concert Tues., May 17 1:45 pm

Thank So Much!

The staff would like to thank our school parents and PTO for the amazing Teacher Appreciation Week. We all gained 5 lbs. but we feel so happy and supported!

It Takes a Village

We are all grateful for a successful and fun Walk-A-Thon at UPE this week. It did not snow…and everyone had a marvelous time walking together, connecting, and enjoying our mountain air.

Our PTO has emerged from our Pandemic Years with amazing energy and a vision for an inspired future. It takes strong, loving leadership to draw others in to create something new for children and families - and you all have that leadership right now! A huge thank you to Amanda McCloskey and all the current PTO and future PAC Members (PTO is now Parent Action Committee!). Please consider joining this dedicated group of people who support our children and wonderful teachers!

Walkathon Donation Totals

Pre-K - $340
Kinder- $1232.50
1st Grade - $1377
2nd Grade - $847.50
3rd Grade - $1895
4th Grade - $2208.50
5th Grade - $695
6th Grade - $1007.50
Misc - $280

We received a total of $9883 in donations. This was an amazing comeback! Thank you to all who participated in making this event spectacular and thank you all for being such an essential part of the Village School with a Global Reach!

  • Mr. Briggs-Hale

Variety Show Returns

Dear Ute Pass Elementary Parents and Students,

I am thrilled to announce the return of the UPE Variety Show! Any Ute Pass student is welcome to participate in the Variety show, but they need to have something they have practiced and prepared. Students could sing, dance, do gymnastics, play an instrument, etc. I will be talking with the kids in class and I will help them prepare for the performance. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or if you want to inform me of your student’s participation. Acts with inappropriate material will not be included in the show.

Ute Pass Variety Show Schedule
Tuesday May 24
th – Variety Show Rehearsal – 3:00-4:30 – Students are not required to be

there the whole time. As soon as we run their act they can leave with a parent.

Wednesday, May 25th – Variety Show – 6:00 – 7:30

Thanks, and let me know if you have questions or concerns!

Mr. Ferguson iferguson@mssd14.org

Time to return all library books!

Please look under the bed, in between the couch cushions or wherever else a library book might hide and bring it back to school asap!

We do not charge fines for lost or damaged library books but we sure love receiving donations to purchase new books for everyone to check out.

Art Walk!

From concert: crazy hair portrait and nature portrait

From preschool: Elmer the Elephant

From Kindergarten: fish kites

Congratulations to 6th and 1st grades on fabulous concerts this week!

Students had the opportunity to take home their artwork including: 6th quilling, wire sculpture, paper mache critters and sea creature pointillism. 1st: nature portrait, collage frame with crazy hair portrait, texture Corduroy paintings and assembled sculptures.

News from Mountin Academy of of Arts & Sciences

Throughout the spring, Mountain Academy 6th Graders have been exploring and learning about the natural world. This exploration has been through the lens of Leave No Trace which emphasizes minimizing impacts and taking care of the public lands around us. We will soon be finalizing our work to become one of the only public schools with Leave No Trace Youth Program Accreditation.

Some highlights include:

-Trail Maintenance and Rogue Trails at Ute Valley Park

-The importance of leaving what you find at Corral Bluffs Open Space

-How to raft and fish in a way that reduces your impact

-Hiking, camping, and backpacking with planning and preparation to make sure that others can enjoy the outdoors.

Below are photos from May 12th at Blodgett Open Space where students worked as citizen scientists to locate, measure, and observe them before removing them. We removed over 7 bags of myrtle spurge and common mullein that will no longer out-compete native species.

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Important Dates


16 - 3rd grade to Xeric Demonstration Gardens

17 - 1:45 pm 5th grade Music Concert/3:15pm After school gathering for staff members moving on/retiring

18 - Late Start

20 - 5th to Fox Run Park/Kindergarten Graduation

18-20 - 6th grade to Sand Dunes

24 - Variety Show Practice 2:50pm

25 - Variety Show 6:00pm

26 - Last Day of School/Students Dismissed at Noon

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22/23 School Year Calendar - Does not include Late Start Dates.

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