Mustang Tales

March 12, 2021 Vol 1. Issue 19

Message from Principal Masone

HI Mustang Families,

Can you believe I am mentioning the word "snow" again? We are slated to have a lot of snow this weekend. If we should have substantial snow that prevents us from attending school on Monday, we will have an E-Connect learning day. Teachers will provide activities on Canvas as well as one Google Meet.

Friday, 3/12, was the end of the grading period and report cards will be mailed home in the next two weeks. Spring break is March 22-March 26.

If you can believe it, we are already planning for summer options at MSES. Please look for summer learning and play options coming soon.

Have a wonderful weekend!

For Our Fuel Ed Families:

FuelED families:

Google Meets with MSES Teachers: Classroom teachers are continuing their Google Meet connections every other week. Please look for communication from your child's MSES grade level teacher about this in-person learner to FuelED student connection time.

Counseling Google Meets: Contact the MSES counselor, Ashley Root, about any student or family needs. (

Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade lunch bunch discussion group, 3/17 from 11am-12pm.

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade lunch bunch discussion group, 3/31 from 11am-12pm.

2021-2022 Registration Information

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.

2021-2022 Returning Student Registration Process

Currently enrolled students who will be returning, both resident and non-resident, will be rolled over to the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. You 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 2021-2022 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.

Intent to Return Survey -

Kindergarten Enrollment 2021-2022

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Popsicle Stick Building Photo Gallery

We are so proud of all our Mustangs who participated in the Popsicle Stick Building Challenge over the last couple of weeks! We didn't have room in this newsletter to add all of the individual photos of our amazing students and the results of their dedicated work, so we turned them into a slideshow photo gallery! We hope you enjoy seeing all the interesting and imaginative buildings your children created.
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Yearbooks On Sale Now!

This year's yearbook is being sent to the printers! This is the last chance to guarantee your student's yearbook. Price is $24.00 for a full color yearbook. You can use the order form attached below to pay with cash/check, or order online.

To order with debit/credit card, please go to:

Enter School ID: 9518221 or search for our school.

Once they are all sold, no more will be printed. Get yours now! Yearbooks will be delivered at the end of April.

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Student Spotlight:

Ms. Mussi's fifth grade students had fun creating a chemical change that inflates a balloon with vinegar and baking soda! The students put vinegar in the bottle, baking soda into the balloon and when the two were combined, it inflated the balloon and the reaction was cold to the touch. Enjoy their smiling (from behind the mask) faces!

Ask Your Expert!

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


We are finishing up our Columbus and Pilgrims domain this week. Next week we will start on our next domain: Colonial Towns and Townspeople. Ask your expert: What year did Christopher Columbus sail from Spain? (1492.) What is the poem we learned that helped us remember what year he sailed? (In fourteen-hundred-ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.) Did Christopher Columbus actually land in the Indies? (No, he landed in the Americas.). Why did he call the native people Indians? (He thought he was in the Indies.) After Columbus sailed to the New World, did other explorers sail across the Atlantic Ocean to continue exploring? (Yes.) Why did the Pilgrims decide to leave England and journey to the New World? (They didn’t like the King telling them how to worship.) What Native American tribe helped the Pilgrims learn how to hunt, plant, and fish? (The Wampanoag tribe.) What does the word "fascinated" mean? (You are amazed by something and give all of your attention to it.) What is something you are fascinated by? Why? (Answers will vary.)

1st Grade: First graders are learning more and more about animals and habitats from all over the world! Ask your expert: The ox-pecker and the giraffe live in the East African Savanna. How do they coexist together? (The ox-pecker eats the bugs that irritate the giraffe. The giraffe provides food and protection for the ox-pecker.) Are all forests the same or are their different kinds of forests? (Different kinds; We learned about the temperate deciduous forest and the tropical rain forest this week!) Why is it dark on the ground or floor of a tropical rain forest? (The canopy made by the leaves of the tall trees blocks most of the sunlight.)

2nd Grade: Second graders have finished up our study of cycles in our world! Ask your expert: What is a water cycle? (A process of the sun, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and run-off/collection.) Do we get new water all the time? (No, the water we use today is the same water the dinosaurs drank and bathed in, too!) What is special about any cycle? (They have a starting point, stages, and then back to the starting point again! The cycle starts over!) What is groundwater? (Water found deep in the ground that is pure for drinking, like in a well.) What is the term for the process of an animal that starts out one way, but then changes to something totally different? (Metamorphosis) What animals do this? (Frogs and butterflies.) Are you in a life cycle? (Yes.) Which part? (Growth). What stage do most cycles end with? (Adult).

3rd Grade: Third graders are beginning their exploration with fractions. This unit is intended to expose third graders to the fractions skills they will develop further in fourth grade. Ask your expert: How do you read a fraction like 3/4? (Three-fourths.) What is the bottom number? (It's the amount of pieces the item has been divided into.) What does the top number mean? (It means how many pieces you get.) Let's try an example. Imagine that you have one whole pizza to eat. The pizza is divided into 8 pieces. You eat 5 of those 8 pieces. What is the fraction that you ate? (5/8 or five-eighths.) How much is left? (3/8 or three-eighths.)

4th Grade: It is time for ‘Eureka! Student Inventors!’ Ask your expert how they define ‘Invention’. Then, have them tell you about our Game Show! We have four eccentric Judges: Jacques Cousteau, Hedi Lamar, Thomas Edison, and George Washington Carver! We are learning about Collaboration, Research, Pitching a Product, Knowledge of Simple Machines, Documentation, and Failure. Finally, we will be making our own inventions in our groups! Ask your expert about their groups’ name and slogan! Also, ask them about our esteemed judges and what each judge was famous for inventing. What is their favorite Simple Machine and why? (Inclined plane, lever, pulley, screw, wedge, or the wheel and axle.)

5th Grade: Fifth graders are wrapping up our CKLA Renaissance Unit! Ask your expert: Who was known as the “Young Bard of Avon”? (William Shakespeare.) What does “Bard” mean? (It is another word for poet!) Fifth grade is also beginning our annual science fair preparations! Students in all three classrooms have been learning about the scientific process through a variety of in class experiments, demonstrations, and videos! Science fair packets will be heading home next week. Our annual science fair will be May 13th! It is certainly an exciting time for fifth graders as they prepare to show off their scientific knowledge!

Art: Third grade artists are learning to see and draw flat shapes as three-dimensional forms. This week we learned that the four "best friends" an artist has when they’re drawing are the circle (sphere), triangle (cone/triangular prism), square (cube), and rectangle (rectangular prism/cylinder). In parenthesis are the 3D forms these flat shapes can become. In art, most everyday objects man made or in nature are derived from these forms, making them essential to learn how to draw. We will use these forms to help us construct and draw more 3D objects in our designs for our space t-shirts.

Music: Fourth and fifth grade musicians are beginning original composition projects this week. We’re exploring question/answer phrases, how lyrics can help determine a song’s rhythm, and the way scale choices can help create a mood. We’re also looking at African American influences in music, as we explore spirituals, jazz, work songs, blues, and gospel tunes.

TEAMS: Second graders are studying “Cycles of our World” in their CKLA domain. In TEAMS, our focus has been on the life cycle of a chicken. We got to see this first hand a few years ago at MSES. The students have been discussing the differences between the natural life cycle of a chicken and the incubation process. After preparing their rough draft on paper, the students are creating their own iBook using an app called Book Creator as they explain the process in their own words.

Reading/Math Intervention: Third grade math is working on multiplication facts and simple multiplication and division. We are starting to work on reading an analog clock too. Fifth grade math is working on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of decimals. In reading, we are all working on reading syllables with ‘r’ controlled vowels as well as reviewing the other types of syllables we have worked on so far. Ask your expert: How many types of syllables can you name? (Open, closed, vce, vowel teams, r-controlled.)

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Important Updates

  • Don't forget to turn your clocks one hour ahead this Sunday, March 14th!
  • Report cards will be mailed on March 19th.
  • Grab and Go lunches will be available from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Monday, March 22nd. You will receive 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches per child.

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 or Caitlin at

Upcoming Events

  • Mar 12 - End of Quarter 3
  • Mar 16 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Space Foundation, 8:30 - 11:30 am
  • Mar 22 - 26 - Spring Break
  • Mar 30 - Class Picture Day (outside and masked)
  • April 7 - Asynchronous Learning (at home)/Staff Work Day
  • April 26 - 30 - MSES Book Fair
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COVID-19 Response

We ask that everyone continue to use the MSSD14 COVID Intake Form only when your student or someone in your household has COVID-like symptoms. 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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Parent Action Committee

Please support the PAC by participating in the grocery rewards program (details below).
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