The Pony Press
Friday, September 16th, 2022
As I sit here and listen to the beep of the heavy equipment right outside our building, I reflect on the importance of being "under construction." This week, arrival and dismissal has been challenging (to say the least) with the improvements happening on Chipita Park Road. Add in the monsoon of a rainstorm on Wednesday, and we had to get creative! It's rough right now, real rough. However, it will eventually be a smooth road with fewer potholes and cracks, and a safer avenue for our buses and your vehicles.
We're all under construction. Every single one of us is a work in progress. One that will eventually be smoother, but also has patches of roughness. Just when we think we are smoother, inevitably a crack reappears out of nowhere. The cycle continues. Those patches, those potholes, those cracks in our pavement, are huge opportunities for learning and growth.
One of my favorite things about this staff (and there are MANY) is their ability to grow through those potholes. I consistently see this staff allow for difficult and challenging concepts in their classrooms. They don't jump in and smooth the road immediately. They also don't come through with a wrecking ball. They point out the pothole, acknowledge that it's there, and then work together to see how we can move past or around it.
I am so appreciative of our combined efforts to work together to build a stronger path for the amazing young people we share. Thank you for being such a huge part of the roadwork we are doing.
Your partner in education,
Jackie Powell, Ute Pass Principal
Important Info for next week...
Monday, September 19th
- Specials Day 3
- Landsharks Meet 5 pm
Tuesday, September 20th
- Specials Day 1
- Picture Day!
Wednesday, September 21st
- Specials Day 2
- Late Start
- Open House/Open Outdoors 4:30-6 pm
Thursday, September 22nd
- Specials Day 3
- 5th Grade Camp
Friday, September 23rd
- Specials Day 1
- 5th Grade Camp
Seed Slip Recipients
These students showed growth at UPES this week! They are growing hearts, minds, bodies, and the earth!
Watch Us Grow!
Students in preschool are "looking within" to find their own super powers!
5th graders teamed up with 1st graders this week to work on addition problems. We're growing the next generation of amazing teachers!
Lessons from the Counselor
Mrs. Wilson reminding us that it's important to ask for help when we need it!
Family Involvement Opportunities
It is so great to see families volunteering in classrooms! You are a huge piece in helping our students grow, and our teachers are incredibly appreciative of your time. If you are able to volunteer, please contact your child/grandchild's teacher for best times to support.
If you are unable to volunteer, we still appreciate you! Feel free to come by and have lunch with your child, or join our amazing PAC for opportunities to help! Kindergarten-3rd graders eat at 11:10 and 4th-6th graders eat at 11:40. You are welcome to have lunch in the cafeteria (or outside if you prefer a quieter ambiance- or possibly not with all the construction)! You can also join recess after lunch and play a little soccer, brave the red spinner, or join a fun game of tag!
UPES in the News!
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! Beginning Monday, you can watch them on our very own YouTube channel. Daily announcements will be available for your viewing pleasure as soon as we complete them for that day (usually around 8:10 am). Simply subscribe to the Ute Pass YouTube channel at this link- UPES YouTube
Important Dates in August/September
2- Landsharks Running Club begins
5- No School
6- Connect14 classes start
13- PAC Meeting 3:00
14- Late start (supervision begins at 9:35, first bell rings at 9:55, tardy bell rings at 10:00)
15-16- 6th grade camp
20- School picture day
21- Late start (supervision begins at 9:35, first bell rings at 9:55, tardy bell rings at 10:00)
21- Open Outdoors (Open House) 4:30-6:00
22-23- 5th grade camp
26-30- Spirit Week
28- Late start (supervision begins at 9:35, first bell rings at 9:55, tardy bell rings at 10:00)
30- Homecoming parade
Meet Audra Maruszak
Position: 2nd Grade Teacher
Work History: Taught Kindergarten in Woodland Park and 4th grade in Texas
Favorite Food: Sushi
Hobbies: reading, hiking, hanging out with family
Why Ute Pass: I love all the outdoor education opportunities, the feeling of community, and that every kid is able to be exactly who they want to be!
Most Excited About: field trips and learning about all the families and staff members!
Duty/supervision/breakfast begins at 7:35.
The first bell for students to enter classrooms is at 7:55, and the tardy bell will ring at 8:00. Dismissal is at 2:50.
Here are the ins and outs of our pick up/drop off lane:
- The family drop-off/pick-up lane will allow children to be picked up all the way to the end of the central sidewalk (to the gas meters against the street).
- Teachers will supervise students in the locations noted on the map above.
- No car will move into or exit the lane until every car has been loaded. (If you do not have the time to wait, please consider parking and walking in the areas marked above.)
- When all cars are loaded, the line of cars will exit together.
- The crossing guard will then allow walking parents to cross the parking lot at crosswalks to gain access to their vehicles.
- When these vehicles are loaded and moving, the next line waiting on Chipita Park Road will be allowed in to begin the process again.
- Furry Friday dismissal- on Fridays, bring your dogs through our pick-up lane for a treat!
- Feel Good Friday afternoon concerts- Mr. Ferguson will be playing every Friday afternoon at dismissal (weather permitting)!
Please note the available areas for parking and walking above. If your child is sitting on the wall with their teacher, please ask a staff member to get your child for you to avoid excess traffic near the pick-up lane. As always, your patience is deeply appreciated!
Ute Pass Elementary PTO/PAC
If you are unable to make it to meetings and would like to be a part of PAC please reach out.
Thanks so much,
Upcoming PAC Meetings- 3:00 pm in the Gym
- October 11, 2022
- November 8, 2022
MSSD14 is Hiring!
Scan the QR code to find out how to join the Manitou team!
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. Menus will be available beginning next week on the district website--> departments-->nutrition services.
You can find the new free and reduced application on the district website- https://www.mssd14.org/departments/food_service.
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- https://mssd14.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=57448&pageId=13267314
Any questions or concerns, please call Paula Faucette, Director of Nutrition Services, at 719-685-2005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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
Two of these classes will be held at UPES, but transportation is provided for students who wish to attend a session at Manitou Springs Elementary School. Please visit www.connect14.org to sign up today!
Champions After School Care
22/23 School Year Calendar - Including Late Start Dates.
Landsharks Running Club
Ute Pass Landsharks Running Club Fall Cross Country Series
Practices are scheduled for Wednesdays/Fridays beginning September 2nd with a celebration run to follow after the last meet. Practices consist of running games and track workouts with a strong focus on fun.
Races are held on Monday evenings at Shining Mountain Golf Course. Races will begin at 5pm on September 19th, 26th and Oct 3rd. Runners run ONE (1) of the following distances: Kindergarten & 1st grade 0.5 miles only, 2nd-6th grade 1 mile OR 1.5 miles.
Registration opened August 1st and closes September 9th at 5pm OR until we reach CAPACITY
Runners must be registered prior to their first practice. Please register online at www.Landsharksrunningclub.com
$65 registration fee through September 3rd then an additional $10/runner fee applies.
I look forward to working with your athletes! Please consider volunteering to help coach or work at our race site. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer.
Coach: Sara Striegel
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