Mustang Tales

May 6, 2022 Vol 2. Issue 33

Message from Principal Masone

Dear Families:


We had such a special week with field trips and learning. Third grade went to Mueller State Park, fourth grade toured the Littleton Museum, and fifth grade visited the Starsmore Discovery Center. The smiles on these students faces as they returned from from their trips was priceless. What a great opportunity for these kids to apply their learning!


Staff had a spectacular week thanks to the kind generosity of our families. The food, flowers and notes made this week so special. Thank you for your generosity and celebrating our wonderfully talented staff.


Have a terrific weekend.


Warmly,


Maria

Teacher Appreciaiton Week

Thank you, PAC!

Our amazing Parent Action Committee generously provided many treats this week to our hardworking teachers and staff. Thank you to the dedicated parents and community members who made our educators feel appreciated, loved, and nourished.
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Important Dates

  • May 11 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • May 16 - Field Day for 3rd-5th Grade @ MSHS Track
  • May 18 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • May 20 - Mustang Might Family Connection Movie Night 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • May 20 - Field Day for K-2nd Grade @ MSES 8:30-10:30am
  • May 26 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
  • May 26 - Last Day of School - 12:00pm Dismissal

First Grade: Ask Your Expert

In First Grade we are exploring the founding of our country in the domain A New Nation. Please check in with your experts and see if they can answer the following questions! Who were the first people in North America? (Native Americans) As settlers traveled to North America to create a new home, they formed colonies. How many were there? (Thirteen) What is a colony? (A colony is an area of settlers controlled by a faraway land) Who controlled the American colonies? (King George) To protest high taxes, what did the colonies do? (They threw tea from Great Britain into the harbor. This is known as the Boston Tea Party)


If you haven’t already, talk to your kiddo about our field trip to Rock Ledge Ranch and see if they can share three or more things that they learned about life in early America!

Third Grade: Ask Your Expert

May is the perfect month to start our Ecology unit. We begin with the word ecology, which is the study of relationships between living things and their environment. Your expert can explain to you that an ecosystem is everything in a particular environment, both living and nonliving. Ask your expert what the four things are that a habitat needs to support life? (Food, water, shelter, space) Students have been learning about a food chain (the relationship of living things as food sources for other living things) and food webs (interconnected food chains). Ask your expert to describe a food chain. They should include the words producers (living things that make their own food), consumers (living things that eat other living things), and decomposers (living things that eat dead plant and animal matter) as they discuss the energy pyramid and trophic levels within the different ecosystems. The more time they spend outside observing natural habitats, the better ecologists they will become, so enjoy the weather and a nice educational hike!

This Week in 5th Grade:

Students in fifth grade are enjoying their last few weeks at MSES! Promotion poems have begun in preparation for promotion! Novel studies are wrapping up. Decimals are abound in math. Our Native American unit in CKLA is coming along nicely. Mrs, Babcock’s and Mrs. Kazmier’s classes took a field trip to the Starsmore center to learn all about the Ute tribe that lives right here in our area! Mrs. Delarm’s class will go this week! Students helped put up an authentic tipi, learned the history of the Ute Native Americans, held some artifacts, painted par flèche bags, and learned about the bear dance! A grand time was had by all.


We have our Garden of the Gods field trip on 5/18. Promotion is on 5/26 followed by our promotion picnic!

This Week in Art:

Students are finishing up their clay monster projects!

This Week in TEAMS:

Fourth and fifth graders have been waiting patiently for their scribble bots to be 3D printed. We designed them in class using a program called Tinkercad. The students are making them "come to life" with a small motor, battery and propeller. We discussed how we might improve this project for next year as engineers work as a team to improve their original prototype.

This Week in Music...

Students in 4th and 5th grade are putting the final touches on cover songs and original tunes.


Here, fifth grade group Every Direction performs their original piece Mushroom Stew for classmates Thursday morning.
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Lantern Parade

MSES students worked with Ms. Dunlap during art classes in April to build these lanterns. They got to showcase their work at the Lantern Parade on April 22nd. Check out their amazing work!

We also want to give a HUGE "Thank You" to Paul Quigley, Bldg. Custodian, for hanging our solar system lanterns in the Art Plaza!

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Wanted: Library Helpers

We are looking for library helpers through the end of the year! We are getting our library in order for the next school year and could use some extra hands. Please contact Amy Bradbury if you are interested in helping out.

abradbury@mssd14.org

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Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal