April 15, 2022 Vol 2. Issue 30
Message from Principal Masone
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!
- 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
Fourth Grade- Ask Your Expert
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.
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
Attention, Families: It's Egg Time
Yearbooks are HERE!
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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Manitou Springs Elementary School
Maria Masone, Principal
Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal
Location: 110 Pawnee Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO, USA