Mustang Tales

February 26, 2021 Vol 1. Issue 17

Message from Principal Masone

Dear Families:

I hope you all had a lovely snow day, again! With all of our COVID remote learning, I can't believe we are missing so much school due to snow. I hope your child was able to join their friends with our E-Learning Day. Hopefully, we won't have too many more snow days to impact our already busy learning days. Please keep in mind we have a teacher work day Wednesday, March 3rd.

Please consider joining our PAC (Parent Advisory Committee). Our parents are a critical part of our school community, and we want to hear your ideas and suggestions to make MSES the best school possible. Angie Karr is leading us in our school PAC. Please reach out to her at We are looking for ten parents/guardians by Monday, March 8. Choose to be that parent!

If you have looked at our website recently, you may have noticed that we have two job openings. We have a second grade teacher opening with the retirement of Ms. Lori Pearson who is a wonderful, longtime educator. Our second opening is for an instructional coach, due in part to the retirement of Ms. Kelly Johnston, who has been a staple at MSES for many years. Both Ms.Johnston and Ms. Pearson will be greatly missed, but they aren't gone yet!

If you have an upcoming kindergartner at home, please look to register them next week on the district website. We look forward to increasing our Mini-Mustangs into our larger herd.

We are currently accepting out-of-district applications for the 2021-2022 school year until March 31st, 2021. If you have a friend or family member who wants to join our school community, please have them complete the Choice Application packet. Click here for more information.

We want to help keep your family healthy and well. If your family is is need of food or clothing, we still have access to a food pantry and clothing closet. Please reach out to Angela Gieck at 685-2004.

I truly love serving you and your children. Feel free to let me know how I can better serve you and your needs at

Adíos, mis amigos!

For Our Fuel Ed Families:

FuelED families:

Connect14 is offering a couple of elementary-level online classes this semester! These are open to FuelEd students and are a great opportunity for connecting virtually with your MSES friends. More info and links to register below.

Make sure to check our Manitou Springs Elementary Facebook page and the district website weekly! Keep reading our weekly newsletters to stay on top of important updates and happenings at MSES.

Connect14 is Back, Virtually!

MSES and FuelEd families:

Connect 14 has two classes available for your students online starting the week of March 4th and ending the week of May 11th. There will be 10 online sessions and the total cost is $50 per student.

Virtual Robotics, grades K - 3rd, on Tuesdays with Ms. Marquardt; 3:30 - 4:30 pm

(4th/5th grade mentor spots also available)

Virtual Gardening, grades K-5, on Thursdays with Ms. Laura and Ms. Jessica; 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Please register now at There are only a few spots available at this time and all classes are online.

If your family needs scholarship support, please reach out to Joye Levy at for a scholarship code!

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Yearbooks On Sale Now!

Student Spotlight:

Pictured below, left to right: Ms. Embery's 5th Graders Cayden J., JT V., Ellie D., and Lennon C.,

with photos of the historical Black Americans they are learning about this month.

Cayden: "Jackie Robinson was known for being the first African-American to play in the baseball Major Leagues."

JT: "Oprah Winfrey was famous for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” considering she started life on a farm with no running water!"

Ellie: "Josephine Baker is known for fighting for France in the resistance and entertaining for France during World War II."

Lennon: "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the world by peacefully protesting segregation. This led to the end of segregation laws."

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Ask Your Expert!

Read about what's happening in our grade-level and exploratory classes at MSES!

Preschool: In the afternoon class we continued with our animals domain. Ask your expert: What are an animal’s three basic needs? (Water, food, shelter.) What do you call an animal that eats meat? (Carnivore.) What does it mean when a cat laps water? (Drinks with their tongue.)

In Dinosaur School students sorted feeling pictures into comfortable and uncomfortable categories.

Kindergarten: We finished up our Seasons and Weather domain! We have begun learning about Columbus and the Pilgrims. Ask your expert: What does severe mean? (Dangerous, bad.) What are some things you can do to be safe during a thunderstorm? (Stay away from windows, take shelter, not stand by tall objects.) If it is hot out, will the liquid in a thermometer be towards the top or the bottom of it? (Towards the top.) What are some kinds of severe weather we have in Colorado? (Blizzards, thunderstorms, flooding, hail.) What is the temperature it needs to be outside for liquid to turn into solid? (32 degrees.) Columbus Questions: If you are going on a journey, are you going on a long trip or a short trip? (Long trip.) What treasure did early explorers travel from Europe to Asia to find? (Spices, gold, and plants to make colorful cloth.) What is the name of the explorer King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella helped by funding his trip to the Indies? (Christopher Columbus.) Which way did Christopher Columbus want to travel to reach the Indies that was different from other explorers? (He wanted to sail west from Europe to get to Asia.)

1st Grade: This week, our first graders wrapped up their History of the Earth domain by studying fossils and dinosaurs! Ask your expert: What is a fossil? (A fossil is the preserved body or imprint of a plant or animal that lived long ago.) What do paleontologists study? (The history of life on Earth.) What are some names of dinosaurs that you heard this week? Did you have a favorite? (Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Camarasaurus, Compsognathus) What does it mean when someone says that dinosaurs are extinct? (There are no living dinosaurs left.)

2nd Grade: Second graders are embarking on learning more about the cycles of all types focusing on the natural cycles of our planet. Ask your expert: What is a cycle? (A cycle is a sequence of events that repeats itself again and again.) What does our Earth rotate/spin on? (An invisible axis that goes from the North Pole to the South Pole.) How long does it take for the Earth to rotate/spin one complete cycle? (24 hours/1 day.) Can you feel the Earth spinning? (No.) Where does the sun rise? (In the East.) Where does the sun set? (In the West.) When it is nighttime for you, what is it for the people on the opposite side of the world? (Daytime.) What are the life cycle stages of a living thing? (Birth, growth, reproduction, and death.)

3rd Grade: We have been learning astronomical amounts of knowledge in 3rd grade as we keep exploring space. Ask your expert these riddles: I am a force of attraction that brings two objects together. What am I? (gravity) I orbit a planet. I can be natural, like the moon, or made by humans. What am I ? (a satellite) I am made up of stars, gas, and dust, and your solar system is a part of me. I am spiral shaped. What am I? (Milky Way Galaxy) Bonus questions: How can stars be characterized? (by age, color, temperature, size, and brightness.) What is another name for the north star? (Polaris.) Take one night and step outside, away from the lights, to look up at the stars. See if your third grader can spy the north star and/or any constellations or even connect the stars to create their own constellation design!

4th Grade: Fourth graders have been learning about weathering and erosion of rocks. Ask your expert: What is erosion? (Any process or force that moves sediments to new locations.) How does wind cause erosion and weathering? (Wind picks up sediments and carries them away, depositing them on land and in water.) How are sediments and sedimentary rocks related? (Sedimentary rock is made of sediments. Over time, sediments are compacted and cemented together, layer by layer, transforming them into sedimentary rock.)

5th Grade: Fifth graders are still working through our CKLA Renaissance unit. Some of our recent chapters focused on Michelangelo and Raphael, very famous artists from that time. Ask your expert: What is Michelangelo famous for? (Sculptures such as “David” and “Pietà”, paintings such as the Sistine Chapel.) What is Raphael famous for? (Many paintings of the Madonna, painting the School of Athens.) Why is the Medici family so important at this time? (They were rich bankers that influenced the government. They were also patrons for many of the famous artists of that time.)

Art: Fourth and fifth grade artists are learning how to transform geometric and organic shapes into three dimensional (3D) forms. Fourth grade artists are transforming cylinders and rectangular prisms into cakes, cupcakes and slices of cake inspired by Pop Artist Wayne Thiebaud. Fifth grade artists are transforming organic and geometric shapes using one-point perspective developed by Renaissance artist, Fillipo Brunelleschi.

Spanish: Second graders quickly learned the vocabulary from unit 5: yo soy/I am, listo/smart, ¿quién?/Who?, amigo/friend, grande/big, pequeño/small, izquierda/left, derecha/right.

Music: Kindergarten students are beginning to explore African American influences in Music. This week, we’ll look at spirituals, jazz, work songs, blues, and gospel. Ask your expert which type of African American music they enjoyed most, and why.

PE: First grade has started our volleyball unit. We begin with throwing and catching soft volleyballs and then progress into hand and arm positions, along with moving our bodies to where the ball is going. We have started passing, setting and spiking the ball. We will be putting these skills together in a mini-court, small net volleyball game.

TEAMS: Third graders have been studying light and sound in their CKLA unit. In TEAMS this week, students made a prism out of transparency paper. We reviewed that when light changes its speed, it is called refraction. Students then learned about holograms and reflection. We tested our prism in the dark as we reflected light off the iPads. This made the images on the screen pop up and become three-dimensional right before our very eyes!

Reading/Math Intervention:

Here are some easy ways that parents or guardians can help children become strong, successful readers:

  • Set a routine for reading.

  • Read at home.

  • Make a special reading spot.

  • Be a great reading partner!

  • Surround your child with books.

  • Bring books everywhere.

  • Set a good example; be caught in the act!

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First Grade Field Trip: Space Foundation

First graders traveled to space! Well, not actual space, but the Space Foundation Discovery Center! Students explored the museum full of amazing artifacts, learned more about each planet during a presentation on a 3D projector, and measured and created our own models of the solar system using their bodies and 3D printed models of the planets! Check out some photos from our adventure below!

Popsicle Stick Dollhouse Challenge!

Check out the flyer below for a fun project from Ms. Romano! Reach out to her with any questions at

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Lasagna Love - Check it Out!

Lasagna Love is a program that offers a free lasagna dinner to families in need! Whether it's because a family has some food insecurities, or that life has just been flipped upside-down and cooking a meal is the last thing someone is able to think about or do - anyone can sign up to receive a meal. If you are interested in sponsoring a lasagna chef or volunteer to cook lasagna for families in need, or if your family could use a hand with dinner one night in the coming weeks - go to the Lasagna Love website to find out more!

Important Updates

  • Keep an eye out for information on our upcoming Book Fair (April) and Science Fair (May)!

  • No school for students on Wednesday March 3rd - Staff Work Day

  • Spring is around the corner! Daylight Savings Time (turn clocks one hour forward) is on March 14th and the First Day of Spring is Saturday, March 20th.

As always, please feel free to reach out to the front office with any questions or concerns! You can call the main number 719-685-2195, Stacy at 719-685-2178 or or Caitlin at 719-685-2159 or

Upcoming Events

  • Mar 3 - No School - Staff Work Day
  • Mar 22 - 26 - Spring Break
  • Mar 30 - Class Picture Day

COVID-19 Response

We ask that everyone continue to use the MSSD14 COVID Intake Form. This form is used only for students and staff who are absent due to unexplained or unexpected illness. This new process allows us to have consistent communication with staff and parents, which ultimately contributes to a stronger contact tracing process and the continuation of in-person learning.

Nutrition Services

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