UPE News Update

April 1, 2022

Late start wednesday, april 6

Manni Awards

We truly have an amazing Manitou Springs/Ute Pass Community. It was a joy to celebrate Dani Hainds last night and ALL our Manni Award Finalists and Winners, both present and past! The Manitou Springs Manni Awards were created to acknowledge outstanding volunteers and community leaders. Congratulations to winner Vi Guance, 7th grade science teacher at MSMS!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

  • Mr. Briggs-Hale

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class photos coming thursday, april 7

Class and individual pictures will be taken Thursday, April 7. Flyers were sent home or you can order on line:


Individual Picture Code: EVDTD3GXJ9

Class Picture Code: EVTKTDNPC

spring concert schedule

Dear Ute Pass Parents and Students,

I am excited to be able to plan end of the year concerts again this year! We will be sticking to the same format as the first semester, which means K-5 concerts will be during the day. They will be in person as well as streamed and available to watch after the event. 6th grade band will happen during the day and in the evening. I am always interested to hear any feedback families have about concert times, so please don’t hesitate to let me know your preferences and I will take them into account as we plan for a more normal year next year.

Concert Dress: K-5 – I don’t require any specific dress for concerts, but I encourage the kids to dress up.

6Th grade band: In general, kids in band wear black performance clothes. For example, black pants and a black collared shirt, or a black dress. That said, there will not be any penalty for not wearing black and it will not be mentioned to anyone.

Ute Pass Elementary Spring Concert Schedule :

Thursday April 28th – Kindergarten and 4th Grade – 1:45-2:30

Thursday, May 5th – 2nd and 3rd Grade – 1:45-2:30

Monday, May 9th – 6th Grade Band – 1:45 and 6:00

Tuesday, May 10th – 1st and 5th Grade – 1:45-2:30

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

Mr. Ferguson iferguson@mssd14.org

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

Kindergarten Registration for the 2022/23 School Year Is Open!

  • Our Kindergarten meets Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-2:50 PM.
  • Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 1.
  • A Birth Certificate and Immunization Record needed to complete registration.
  • Current UPE Preschool students DO NOT need to reapply.
  • Please use the 22/23 link (opening March 1) to register for next year: https://mssd14.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=57448&pageId=901068
  • We are happy to consider out of district choice students on a space available basis.


Financial Assistance is being offered through Every Kid Sports.
Please click on this link to complete the application process.

Registration for the 2022 Spring Track Season will be available from February 10-March 25th.
No late registrations will be accepted.

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We will continue to offer after school care at Manitou Springs Elementary and provide transportation from Ute Pass to the site. Champions is responsible for our after school program. The program will go from 3-6PM, Monday-Friday.

If families are interested in signing up, you will need to to register through the Champions website. Once Champions takes over, all registration and payments will be made through their program.

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Colorado State Testing Schedule for 3rd-6th Grade Students


Please consider the following schedule when planning out appointments or travel. Thank you!


11- 15 all students in grades 3-6 will be testing

20 & 21 5th grade Science testing

Important Dates


6 - Late Start

7 - Class Pictures

11-21 CMAS Testing Window

18 - 6th to Corral Bluffs Open Space

22 - No School Staff Work Day

27 - Late Start/All School Hike to Red Rocks

28 - Kindergarten & 4th Grade Spring Concert 1:45pm

Late Start Wednesday Schedule :

March 30

April 6

*** Please Note: April 13 Late Start has been removed from the calendar

April 27

May 4

May 11

May 18

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