The Pony Press
Friday, September 9th, 2022
Reflecting on this Week
This week, I had the pleasure of spending a lot of time in classrooms, just talking with students and observing the magic. I watched preschoolers practice singing the days of the week. I heard kindergarten students talking about place value during calendar time. I watched first graders open and shut their fists to simulate a heart pumping blood throughout their bodies. I heard second graders learning about adjectives and then using them in their writing about ice cream. I observed third graders summarizing a story and talking about how reading makes them powerful. I sat with fourth graders in the outdoor classroom as they described and illustrated the structure and function of various plants native to the area. I watched as fifth graders tackled expanded form in math class and persevered through some really challenging problems by collaborating with each other. I heard the overall buzz of excitement as our sixth graders were fitted to their backpacks and discussing upcoming trips.
I heard laughter and problem solving coming from the gym during PE (with some occasional moans and groans during fitness tests). I saw the most beautifully painted aspen trees in the art room. I saw students find a safe space to breathe and regulate in the counselor's office. I witnessed bravery and originality as students belted new songs and tried new instruments in the music room. I heard students speaking Spanish in complete sentences and checking out books for the very first time in the library. I observed our special education, interventionist, and support staff provide individualized instruction to all learners in the hallway, classrooms, the stage, and all throughout the building. I watched our kitchen manager supply healthy meals to students in the cafeteria. I saw kids and families waving to our front office secretary. I smiled as the security guard took students on stretch breaks to help him "secure" the building. I watched the nurse bandage countless boo-boos and the custodian clean up many messes from kids being allowed to explore and create.
I watched growing occur right in front of my eyes- growing of hearts, minds, bodies and the earth. I watched kids feeling safe to be themselves. I watched as each student was greeted every single day by adults who believe wholeheartedly in their potential.
It is a truly wonderful season of change, not just in the weather, but in getting back to the beauty of our small school and the work we can do when we come together with a common purpose. It's just the beginning of the journey for this school year, and although there will be (literal and figurative) construction along the way, we're sure happy to share this season with you.
Your partner in education,
Jackie Powell, Ute Pass Principal
Seed Slip Recipients
These students showed growth at UPES this week! They are growing hearts, minds, bodies, and the earth!
Watch Us Grow!
6th Grade MAAS
Students in 6th grade tried out their new backpacks and did a 2-mile training hike to prepare for longer trips soon!
Field Trip Fun
3rd and 6th graders visited Flying Pig Farm on Friday to learn about regenerative agriculture practices.
Dinosaur School in Kindergarten
Puppet Wally (don't tell him he's a puppet, he doesn't know) visited kindergarten students this week to talk about helping hands!
6th Grade MAAS
Field Trip Fun
UPES Morning Announcements
Our morning announcements are such a wonderful way to start the day! We have student-led announcements and singers every single day! Check out our first graders singing
We want to share some of this Pony Pride from our "home" to yours! If you'd like to watch morning announcements, we are live-streaming them each day! Beginning Monday, you can watch them on our very own YouTube channel. Daily announcements will be available for your viewing pleasure as soon as we complete them for that day (usually around 8:10 am). Simply subscribe to the Ute Pass YouTube channel at this link- UPES YouTube
Important Dates in August/September
2- Landsharks Running Club begins
5- No School
6- Connect14 classes start
13- PAC Meeting 3:00
14- Late start (supervision begins at 9:35, first bell rings at 9:55, tardy bell rings at 10:00)
15-16- 6th grade camp
20- School picture day
21- Late start (supervision begins at 9:35, first bell rings at 9:55, tardy bell rings at 10:00)
22-23- 5th grade camp
21- Open Outdoors (Open House) 4:30-6:00
28- Late start (supervision begins at 9:35, first bell rings at 9:55, tardy bell rings at 10:00)
30- Homecoming parade
Meet Leah Vankirk
Position: Preschool Teacher
Work History: Behavioral Specialist, Early interventionist in District 11 for preschool, and neuromuscular massage therapist
Favorite Food: panaang curry
Hobbies: mountain biking and trials dirt biking, singing, drinking chocolate pb fit shakes
Why Ute Pass: This is my community! My boys attend here!
Most Excited About: Experiencing the learning process with the youngest learners! Watching them learn to love learning and grow in confidence!
Duty/supervision/breakfast begins at 7:35.
The first bell for students to enter classrooms is at 7:55, and the tardy bell will ring at 8:00. Dismissal is at 2:50.
Here are the ins and outs of our pick up/drop off lane:
- The family drop-off/pick-up 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 students in the locations noted on the map above.
- No car will move into or exit the lane until every car has been loaded. (If you do not have the time to wait, please consider parking and walking in the areas marked above.)
- When all cars are loaded, the line of cars will 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.
- Furry Friday dismissal- on Fridays, bring your dogs through our pick-up lane for a treat!
- Feel Good Friday afternoon concerts- Mr. Ferguson will be playing every Friday afternoon at dismissal (weather permitting)!
Please note the available areas for parking and walking above. If your child is sitting on the wall with their teacher, please ask a staff member to get your child for you to avoid excess traffic near the pick-up lane. As always, your patience is deeply appreciated!
Ute Pass Elementary PTO/PAC
We will be looking to fill the following positions: Staff Appreciation Head, someone to manage the UPE PAC Facebook page, and a PAC representative to staff. We will be discussing homecoming week, the parade, Halloween ideas, Staff mini-grants, etc...
If you are unable to make it to meetings and would like to be a part of PAC please reach out.
Thanks so much,
Upcoming PAC Meetings- 3:00 pm in the Gym
- September 13, 2022
- October 11, 2022
- November 8, 2022
MSSD14 is Hiring!
Scan the QR code to find out how to join the Manitou team!
Breakfast and Lunch Information
A healthy breakfast and lunch is a key factor in growing a healthy mind and body! Ute Pass Elementary will offer breakfast to students for $1.45 and lunch for $2.95. Menus will be available beginning next week on the district website--> departments-->nutrition services.
You can find the new free and reduced application on the district website- https://www.mssd14.org/departments/food_service.
If you don’t qualify for free and reduced price meals, please make sure that there is money in your student’s account. You can add money online at this link- https://mssd14.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=57448&pageId=13267314
Any questions or concerns, please call Paula Faucette, Director of Nutrition Services, at 719-685-2005 or email email@example.com.
Late Start Wednesdays
Thank you to families who submitted the form to sign up for Late Start Wednesdays. It helps tremendously with staffing and preparation. If you missed the opportunity to sign up, and are in need, please contact Danny Tramel at firstname.lastname@example.org for approval, as we are at our capacity.
Breakfast will be served until 8:00am, however, due to changes in the federal funding, we can no longer offer free breakfast.
Late Start Wednesdays for first semester:
- August 31
- September 14
- September 21
- September 28
- October 5
- October 26
- November 2
- November 9
- November 16
- December 7
Two of these classes will be held at UPES, but transportation is provided for students who wish to attend a session at Manitou Springs Elementary School. Please visit www.connect14.org to sign up today!
Champions After School Care
22/23 School Year Calendar - Including Late Start Dates.
Landsharks Running Club
Ute Pass Landsharks Running Club Fall Cross Country Series
Practices are scheduled for Wednesdays/Fridays beginning September 2nd with a celebration run to follow after the last meet. Practices consist of running games and track workouts with a strong focus on fun.
Races are held on Monday evenings at Shining Mountain Golf Course. Races will begin at 5pm on September 19th, 26th and Oct 3rd. Runners run ONE (1) of the following distances: Kindergarten & 1st grade 0.5 miles only, 2nd-6th grade 1 mile OR 1.5 miles.
Registration opened August 1st and closes September 9th at 5pm OR until we reach CAPACITY
Runners must be registered prior to their first practice. Please register online at www.Landsharksrunningclub.com
$65 registration fee through September 3rd then an additional $10/runner fee applies.
I look forward to working with your athletes! Please consider volunteering to help coach or work at our race site. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer.
Coach: Sara Striegel
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