Mustang Tales

December 3, 2021 Vol 2. Issue 14

Message from Principal Masone

Dear Families,

It is awesome to be back in school with your children. We have two more fun-filled weeks before our winter holiday, beginning December 17th. Check out all the cool learning opportunities at MSES below.

Manitou Springs and Ute Pass Elementary Schools will be working together with Champions to provide K-6th grade after-school childcare for the spring semester, beginning mid to late January. After-school childcare will take place at Manitou Elementary until 6PM, Monday-Friday. Please visit the link below to learn more about the Champions program

Join us for our Parent Advisory Committee meeting at MSES December 7, at 10:00am at MSES.

Have a lovely weekend!



Important Dates

  • Dec 7 - Parent Advisory Council, 10:00am, MSES
  • Dec 8 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • Dec 14 - COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic @ Community Congregational Church, 12pm - 4pm
  • Dec 15 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • Dec 20 - Jan 5 - Winter Holiday Break
  • Jan 17 - No School - MLK, Jr. Day
  • Jan 26 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • Feb 21- No School - President's Day

1st Grade CKLA/AYE

This week we started a new domain called Early American Civilizations. First graders kicked off their learning by exploring the ancient Mayan civilization! Your expert should be able to answer these questions: Were Mayans nomadic? (No, Mayans built stones houses and planted crops) What crop was extremely important to the Mayans? (Maize or corn) What kind of leader ruled the Maya? (A king) How did the Mayans study stars and planets? (Observatories were built on the top of temples and high places) Why did the Mayans study stars and planets? (The Mayans believed the stars and planets were Gods).

3rd Grade CKLA/AYE

Third graders have been learning about the many contributions from the Ancient Roman Civilization. They will share their expertise in writing as we wrap up the CKLA unit on the Roman Civilization. Each student will decide which contribution they believe is the most influential or important to present-day civilizations. Just like their writing on the character that best demonstrated the fiction themes in Wind In the Willows, they will be writing their opinion paragraph with three reasons to support their choice. Ask your expert: Is it aqueducts that carried water from the mountains into the towns? Is it the invention of concrete for roads (All roads lead to Rome!)? Is it their creative art, sculptures, mosaics, frescoes? Maybe your expert can convince you that Roman architecture was the most important contribution, or the Roman calendar, or the spread of the Latin language? Have fun letting your expert give reasons for their choice, and maybe share your opinion (with 3 reasons too!) of the most important Roman contribution!


Artists in grades K-4th are developing their use and understanding of the Art Elements; Line and Shape through the practice of the following skills:

Kindergarten: "Abstract Printmaking" with overlapping lines and shapes. What are the 2 basic types of Line in art? straight lines and curvy lines

First Grade: "Alphabet Soup" uses straight and curvy lines to form letters that are decorated with patterns and colors. What are 3 letters that are made using only STRAIGHT lines? ...A, E, H What 3 letters are made using only CURVY lines? ...C,S,U

Second Grade: "Hidden Pictures" when random straight and curvy lines intersect and create shapes that remind us of everyday objects, animals, or imaginative creatures. What are the 2 basic types of shapes in art? Geometric shapes and organic shapes What is the difference between the 2 types of shapes? Geometric shapes have properties that always stay the same like triangles, circles, and squares while organic shapes are more random and natural like clouds, leaves, and rocks.

Third Grade: " Zentagle Patterns" are created when lines and shapes repeat in organized patterns, resulting in rhythmic textures and optical illusions. Draw your favorite Zentagle pattern for a family member.

Fourth Grade: "Mandalas, Islamic Patterns and Zentangles" are created when lines and shapes repeat; sometimes resulting in radial symmetry and complex mathematical patterns. What is radial symmetry? Dividing a circle into equal parts.

Fifth Grade: "Plaster Masks" using plaster strips to recreate an Aztec, Incan, or Mayan mask. Ask your expert to tell you about their plaster mask.
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This week in the keyboard lab, Kindergartners are playing and singing a famous Beethoven composition! The finger number clues are now becoming sparse, so we need to find patterns and read the notes. It's tricky, but fun! Here, one of Mrs. Hammell's students is playing one of the MATB all-time favorites, Ode to Joy.
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Lost and Found

Please have your child check the Lost and Found before we leave for Winter Break! All unclaimed items will be donated before January 6th, 2022. If you have a younger child and would like to check our collection for them, you may sign in as a visitor between 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm and someone will escort you to the Lost and Found. All visitors must wear masks per city ordinance.

Nutrition Services

Breakfast and lunch are free for all students. We would still like all families that qualify to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch form on our district website.

Breakfast and lunch menus are available online here.

Yearbook Order Form

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Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal