Mustang Tales

April 15, 2022 Vol 2. Issue 30

Message from Principal Masone

Dear Families:

We have so many exciting opportunities for families in the next month to celebrate our school, staff and most importantly, your children. You may want to add these family activities to your calendar:

April 26- School of Excellence Night, MSES

May 16- Field Day, Grades 3, 4, 5, Manitou High School

May 20 - Family Movie Night, MSES

May 24 - Field Day, Grade K, 1, 2, MSES

Come check out our Science Fair projects on April 26, when we host the School of Excellence Night. Each grade level hallway will have a unique feature on display. Science Fair projects will be showcased in the gym between 4-7pm and the Spanish program will perform at 5:00pm. Families are invited to join us for dinner catered by Adam's Mountain Cafe at 5:30 or 6:30pm and tour our beautiful building. Meals are $18.00 for adults and $10.00 for children. Join us for a fun-filled night by filling out this School of Excellence form. Prospective families to MSES can tour the school with a teachers and student leaders from 4-5:30pm.

We had a wonderful first grade performance, Sleeping Beauty, written by the talented MSHS teacher, Wendy Harms, and her students three years ago. If you were able to attend, there were some very funny lines from our precious, bright first graders. Teacher Wood, Mr. Pletsch and Ms. Carley worked hard to put on a wonderful play full of laughter. Thank you all for showing your support!

CMAS, Colorado Measures of Academic Success, assessments conclude on Monday.

Hopefully, you all received my communication about the recent illnesses at MSES. Please keep your children home when sick.

Enjoy the beautiful Colorado weather!



Important Dates

  • April 19 - Class Picture Make-Up Day
  • April 19 - PAC meeting, 10am
  • April 21 - Manitou Springs Middle School STEAM Night - See Below
  • April 22 - No School - Staff Work Day
  • April 26 - School of Excellence, Open House and dinner
  • April 27 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • May 4 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • May 11 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • May 16 - 3rd through 5th Grade Field Day @ MSHS
  • May 18 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • May 20 - Mustang Might Family Connection Movie Night 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • May 24 - Field Day, K-2, MSES
  • May 26 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
  • May 26 - Last Day of School - 12:00pm Dismissal

First Grade- Sleeping Beauty

Kindergarten: Ask Your Expert

We have started our Taking Care of the Earth domain. We will spend the next few weeks learning all about Mother Earth and how we can take care of her, ourselves, and the animals that share this wonderful planet we live on.

What are the three R’s we learned that can help us take card of the Earth? (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). What kinds of materials can we recycle? (Paper, plastic, metal, glass). Where does all of our trash end up if we do not recycle it? (In a landfill). Who is responsible for making all of the trash that goes into a landfill? (We are). What is a natural resource? (Something that the Earth gives us. It is not made by humans). What are some examples of natural resources? (Water, trees, air, fish, oil, soil, coal). Why are trees important? (They help keep our air clean). Why is it important for us to help take care of the Earth? (Answers will vary).

Second Grade- Ask Your Expert

Second graders are finishing up learning about the American Civil War. They have learned about the underground railroad, the Emancipation Proclamation, and many important figures during that time. Ask your expert: What foundation did Clara Barton begin because of her experiences of helping the soldiers during the Civil War that still exists today? (The American Red Cross Foundation) Why did General Robert E. Lee decide to lead the Confederate army instead of the Union army? (He didn't want to fight against his country, but he really didn't want to fight against his home state of Virginia, so he decided to lead the Confederates) What was the Emancipation Proclamation and why was it important? (It said that enslaved people in states that were still fighting against the Union should be free. If the state was fighting for the Union, they were still allowed to have slaves. It was the first step to freeing slaves.)

Fourth Grade- Ask Your Expert

Fourth graders have been learning about weathering and erosion of rocks. Ask your expert: What is erosion? (Any process or force that moves sediments to new locations.) How does wind cause erosion and weathering? (Wind picks up sediments and carries them away, depositing them on land and in water.) How are sediments and sedimentary rocks related? (Sedimentary rock is made of sediments. Over time, sediments are compacted and cemented together, layer by layer, transforming them into sedimentary rock.) As we begin to wrap up Geology, we are writing our first informative, five-paragraph essay, detailing the differences between the three rock types: Igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rock! Ask your expert, which rock type do you think is the most interesting and why?

On Beyond

Over the last couple weeks, Kanaga reading groups have been celebrating Women's History Month. Second and Third Grade students each focused on individual research, discovering the when, what and how of various remarkable women being recognized from around the world. Fourth and Fifth Graders identified the key events of Women's Suffrage, the Declaration of Sentiments, and when military service and education became open to women in America. All grades created colorful and informative class posters chronologically showcasing their research cards. Look for these class-designed visuals in the Collaboratory hallway during the upcoming Evening of Excellence.

First and Second Grade reading groups are currently learning about Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots curriculum, including the nine Compassionate Leadership Characteristics. In our discussions, many students have shared their concerns about the impacts humans are having on the plants, animals, and places around them. Their brainstormed Action Steps have been very encouraging, focused on being positive leaders of change. Students have shared many ideas about how to inspire people to live and interact with nature in more considerate, resourceful and intentional ways. Look for the Tree Roots and Limbs posters students created to show their support systems and their hopes and dreams for the future.

Fifth Grade students who placed in our school Science Fair are being supported in their journey if they decide to continue on to the Regional Science and Engineering Fair. It will be held on April 30th at Mitchell High School.

Physical Education

Physical Education highlights for the week…

We have started our volleyball unit with all grade levels. Students have been working on their passing, setting and serving/spiking skills.

Look for a letter to come home with your kiddos next week with information about our upcoming Field Day. The last time we were able to host Field Day activities was spring 2019! Our 3rd-5th field day will be at the high school track on May 16th and the K-2nd Field Day will be at the MSES on May 24th. More information coming soon.

Third Grade Artists

School of Excellence

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Attention, Families: It's Egg Time

Our chickens are laying again! Please contact Ms. Bradbury ( to get on the list for eggs by the half-dozen. Egg pick-up is donation based with all proceeds going towards the care and feeding of these beautiful laying hens!

Yearbooks are HERE!

2021-2022 MSES yearbooks are on their way. It is first come first serve. There are only 30 available. Please send $24.00 (check or money) in an envelope with yearbook, student's name, and teacher's name. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Box Tops: Still a Thing!

You probably already know about our King Soopers fundraiser - where you register your King's loyalty card online once, and every time you scan that loyalty card, MSES gets 5% of the purchase amount at no cost to you! King Soopers. This is a huge help for MSES, bringing in funds each quarter to celebrate and support staff and students.

If you don't shop at King Soopers (or don't use a loyalty card there), follow the instructions below to scan your receipts from almost any grocery store and collect Box Tops for our school! This replaces the old cardboard box clips we used to collect.To date, MSES has only earned $19.40 from Box Tops this school year. Money earned through King Soopers and Box Tops helps our school support students in many ways - extra classroom supplies, crafts/projects, playground equipment, celebrations, and more!

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In Our Community...

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Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal