Mesa Messenger

Mesa Elementary November 2019

A Message From Our Principal

Hello Mesa families,

Many thanks to those of you that attended parent-teacher conferences at the end of 1st quarter! Communication between school and home is a vital component in the success of our students. We are so thankful for you and your commitment to the continued success of all Mesa students.

With November being a month to celebrate thanks, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to continue to work with you and your students. It is a blessing to be a part of the Mesa community! This month will offer a chance for us to give back to the Fountain community as well with our food drive. Please check the website for more information on how you can participate and help Fountain families in need.

This week we celebrated Red Ribbon week. Red Ribbon week is dedicated to educating students about drug awareness and making healthy choices. Thank you for helping your son/daughter participate in the spirit days! It was so fun to see our students dressed in their theme-wear and enjoying one another’s creativity.

If you are looking for a way to become even more involved with our Mesa community, please consider attending our monthly PTO and/or SAAC (school accountability and accreditation committee). We love having parent involvement and hearing your ideas on how we can continue to improve. Please check our website for more information on ways to be involved in the decision making process for Mesa.

On Tuesday, November 19th, Mesa will host its annual Thanksgiving feast in our cafeteria. There will be more information coming home with a new lunch schedule for that day as well as lunch fees. Please come to eat with your son/daughter and help us to celebrate Thanksgiving!

Mesa will also be honoring Veterans on Wednesday, November 6th at 5:30pm in the gym. Mr. Darpino has worked hard to prepare our 2nd grade students to perform that evening. We will also have a brief flag presentation from our local VFW. If you are available to attend, we would love to have you! This celebration of our Veterans is open to all of our Mesa families.

On November 11th, District Eight will be closed to honor Veterans that have served our great nation. Finally, there will not be school the week of November 25th – 29th. This is a week for all of us to spend time and make memories with our families and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thank you for the privilege of working with you and your children!

#DreamBIG #WorkHard #MakeItHappen

Megan Oleson,


Important Dates

11/5/2019: Fall Picture Retakes

11/6/2019: Veteran's Day Assembly 5:30pm with 2nd grade performance

11/11/2019: Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL

11/15/2019: Community Day

11//19/2019: Thanksgiving Feast - Please see alternate lunch times

11/25/2019 - 11/29/2019: Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

Mesa's Thanksgiving Feast

Mesa will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving Feast in the Cafeteria on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019. RSVP for the Thanksgiving Feast

A message from Ms. Charla in the Cafeteria

$3.50 per adult/Non-Mesa student

$2.40 per FULL paying student

$0.00 per FREE/REDUCED student

  • We are requiring pre-order and pre-payment IN ADVANCE for this event.
  • We will begin accepting pre-orders with payment on Monday, November 4th, 2019.
  • Please submit an RSVP with payment to the office as soon as possible.
  • You will receive 1 ticket per adult/non-Mesa student UPON ARRIVAL AT THE SCHOOL. (Be sure to bring your government issued ID and EXTRA TIME to get checked in!)
  • The deadline for pre-orders and payments is: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 2019 No late orders will be accepted. We need to ensure adequate food is ordered and may not deviate from this timeline.
  • Please note modified Thanksgiving Feast schedule on attached flyer.

This is an exciting event for our students and a great way for us to share thanks. Parents/Guardians are welcome to join their student for the duration of the feast in the cafeteria. Students will then be dismissed to recess, at which time parents are requested to check out with the office.

As always, it is our pleasure to serve you all!

If you have any questions please contact me at 719-382-1380.

We look forward to seeing you!

~Charla Hongerloot - Cafeteria Manager

Mesa Mountain Lion Motto

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Art to Remember

This semester, our school is participating in a unique fundraising program with Art to Remember that gives you the opportunity to purchase keepsake items with your child's artwork on them. The best part is that every keepsake order supports the art program at Mesa Elementary.

Order forms for Art to Remember program were sent home with students on November 1st and all orders are due November 14th. To see available keepsake items like coffee mugs, key chains, and necklaces, visit

Community Food Drive District Competition

We have a school pantry in District 8 and are committed to serving those who are in immediate need of food in our district. The food pantry services all staff and students in District 8. We are conducting a food drive to help fill the shelves before the holiday season. The school to collect the most (by weight) will be recognized! Please ensure the food you are donating is not expired and non-perishable.

These are the items we are collecting:

Requested Holiday Items:

- Green beans

- Carrots

- Corn

- Cranberry sauce

- Stove Top Stuffing

- Potatoes

- Yams

- Cornbread mix

- Gravy

Additional Items:

- Soups (any kind)

- Chili (any kind)

- Canned tuna

Mesa Elementary School Vision Statement

"At Mesa Elementary we will collaborate with families to foster strong relationships within the greater community. Our efforts will focus on delivering a rigorous, standards-based, data driven curriculum to ensure the academic success of all students. Our staff will seek out professional growth opportunities enhancing our knowledge of best practices. We will create a positive, supportive, nurturing learning environment leading to the development of respectful, responsible and resourceful students."