UPE News Update

March 4, 2022

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You're Invited

Dear Families and Community:

I encourage you to come to a Principal Candidate Meet and Greet at UPE on March 10 from 3 - 5 PM.

  • Time: 3:00-5:00pm

  • The UPE Principal candidates will be available to answer any questions.

  • This will be structured as informal conversations.

  • We may be outside if the weather allows.

This is such an important process, so we wanted to make sure you knew that you were invited to attend if it works for your schedule.

If you are able to attend, please email Marsha Weimer (mweimber@mssd14.org).

Thank you so much!

Chris Briggs-Hale

Mr. Briggs-Hale

Reopening Center Parking Spots at UPE on March 28, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We are bringing back the center parking spots for your convenience while introducing a new routine that will ensure the safety of those walking through this lot. A big thank you to our parking lot committee composed of staff, a parent advisor, and security experts.

Starting March 28,

  • The “Drive Through” lane will allow children to be picked up all the way to the end of the central sidewalk (to the gas meters against the street). Teachers will supervise their children in the new locations noted on the map below.

  • No car will move in the drive through lane until every car has been loaded. No car will be able to exit this lane until this time. If you do not have the time to wait, please consider parking and walking in the areas marked below.

  • When all cars are loaded, the line will move and exit together.

  • The crossing guard will then allow walking parents to cross the parking lot at crosswalks to gain access to their vehicles. When these vehicles are loaded and moving, the next line waiting on Chipita Park Road will be allowed in to begin the process again.

Please note the available areas for parking and walking below. As always, your graciousness, courtesy, and patience is deeply appreciated.

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It’s time to apply for Preschool for the 2022-2023 school year!

*Applications accepted online beginning Tuesday, March 1st!

We have a limited capacity for 15 children in our preschool class, so we will be filling those spots first to in-district children prioritizing children with special needs along with considerations such as balancing girl/boy ratio, age ratio, risk factors, etc. There is no enrollment guarantee, as preschool is currently an optional program.

  • Out-of-district applicants will be placed on a waiting list and notified in August if there is space available.
  • Your child must be 3 or 4 by September 1st and must be fully potty trained.
  • Please check out important information about our Preschool program on our website.

You will need to fill out a registration/application on the school district website at:


We will notify in-district preschoolers of their enrollment status by the end of April.

For more information, call 685-2227 / or email lgrieb@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.

2022-2023 Returning Student Registration Process

Current 2021-2022 MSSD14 students who will be returning, both resident and non-resident, will be rolled over to the 2022-2023 school year and will receive an email notification to complete the registration/renewal process in early June.

Here is the first step for you to complete

Please help us with this process by completing the 2022-2023 Intent to Return Survey using the link below. We ask that all parents and guardians complete this survey regardless of whether they will be attending MSSD14 in the fall for the 2021-2022 school year.

You do not need to complete this if your student is a graduating senior.

Intent to Return Survey


Timeline for Parents/Guardians

  • March - Parents/Guardians complete Intent to Return Survey.
  • June – Online Registration/Renewal Snapcodes and instructions will be sent to Parents/Guardians
  • June, July, August – Information about the new school year is sent to Parents/Guardians from each school.



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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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Tech Corner: New to Canvas!

In our continuing efforts to partner with parents for the academic success of students, the district is providing parents with the ability to access Canvas. Canvas is the Learning Management System being used at all schools.

The District hopes that these resources will provide you with specific information about your student’s curricula, so you have a better understanding of the work that teachers and students are doing. We hope you use this information to communicate to students that the skills and content identified in these courses are important to master. In addition, we hope this information provides parents with an opportunity to ask students to share ideas and opinions about what is being learned and keep track of attendance.

Canvas Videos

Here are a few short movies on how to set up and use Canvas for parents and guardians.

Canvas Overview for Observers (Parents and Guardians)


Account Registration and Student Pairing


Canvas Parent App


Please contact me if you have any questions.

Cat Olimb

Director of Technology



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.

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


7 - 6th Grade to Tour MSMS

9 - Late Start

16 - Late Start

18 - 6th Grade to Ute Valley Park

21-25 Spring Break

30 - Late Start


6 - Late Start

7 - Class Pictures

11-21 CMAS Testing Window

22 - No School Staff Work Day

26 - All School Field Trip to Red Rocks

27 - Late Start

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

Late Start Wednesday Schedule :

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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