Mustang Tales

October 14, 2022 Vol. 3 Issue 48

Message from Ms. Masone

Dear Families:

We had such a wonderful week with your children filled with learning fun. We kicked off the week with a celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day. We had a phenomenal presentation from the Red Spirit Drum Group and traditional Native American dancers. The performance was a magical opportunity for all grade levels.

Field trips abound this week! Third grade's study of mammals culminated with a trip to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo while fourth grade enjoyed our local Flying Pig Farm. Fourth grade has been learning about life zones and the foothills region, right here in Manitou. As a commitment to the whole child, we believe field trips are an essential part of the learning opportunities we offer at Manitou Springs Elementary School.

This coming week we are hosting fall conferences on October 20 and 21 at MSES. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and learn more about our new math curriculum, Eureka Math Squared and our language arts curriculum, Core Knowledge Language Arts, CKLA. Please be sure to use the link below to sign up for a family conference.

SIgn -Up for Conferences

We are hosting our Scholastic Book Fair October 17-21. The Fair will be open before and after school and during Family Conferences. This is a great opportunity to provide reading resources to your child and support MSES with this library fundraiser.

Have a lovely three day weekend. Thank you for choosing MSES and sharing your children with us!



Important Dates

  • Oct 17-21: Scholastic Book Fair - Open before and after school and during Conferences!
  • Oct 19: Fall Individual Picture Retake Day (8am-11am)
  • Oct 20: Half Day 12:30pm Dismissal (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
  • Oct 21: No School, Staff Work Day (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
  • Oct 26: Late Start, 2 Hour Delay
  • Oct 27: Larsen's + Goldman's Classes to Starsmore Discovery Center 8:30am - 2pm
  • Oct 28: Fitness Friday! 7:30am-8:00am
  • Oct 28: The Return of MANIBOO, our annual Halloween Carnival! @MSES, 4:30-7:30pm
  • Nov 11: Veterans Day Celebration
  • Nov 16: MSES Literacy Night
  • Nov 18: Fitness Friday! 7:30am-8:00am
  • Nov 21-25: Fall Break - No School
  • Dec 2: K-2nd Grade Family Connection Movie Night @ MSES

Ask Your Experts!


Kindergarten students have enjoyed many classic stories in our recent "Stories" domain including Chicken Little, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They all created the characters and setting from one of our stories so that they can practice retelling the plot to families at home! Students have also listened to stories that aren't as familiar such as The Story of Jumping Mouse and The Bremen Town Musicians. Our big focus has been centered around learning story elements. Here are a few questions that you can ask your expert:

  • Is a fiction story make-believe or does it teach us about something real? (It is a made-up story.)
  • What is a character in a story? (WHO is in the story)
  • What is the setting of a story? (WHERE a story happens)
  • What is a plot? (WHAT HAPPENS in the story, and the order that a story happens)
  • What did Chicken Little think fell on her head? (a piece of the sky)
  • What really bonked her on the head? (an acorn)
  • Who are the characters in The Three Billy Goats Gruff? (Big Billy Goat, Middle Billy Goat, Little Billy Goat, and the troll)

Second Grade

Second Grade students enjoyed an amazing performance from Native American dancers to celebrate Indigenous People's Day. We sampled fry bread and even learned a folktale that was acted out by some of our very own kiddos. It was an amazing experience and great learning opportunity for students to celebrate the many diverse cultures that exist around us.

We are currently learning about new ways to incorporate place value into our day to day lives. Ask your expert: How many $1 dollar bills are equivalent to a $10 bill? How many $10 bills are equivalent to a $100 bill. Looking for something to practice at home? Have your kiddo show you different ways to make the same number.

We have also placed numbers into standard, unit, expanded, and word form. Ask your expert: If I show the number 256, how do I model it in unit form? How do I model it in expanded form?

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Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade went on a field trip to Flying Pig Farm this week and had a blast! We rotated through four stations that supported our Life Science and Social Studies units, including wickiup building, animal care, scientific observations, and gardening. Ask Your Expert: What are some things we should do when working with animals? (Approach them slowly, give them space if needed, offer food, use soft voices). What is something that you tasted today and enjoyed OR did not enjoy? Why? (We tasted fresh tomatoes, sorrel, spicy peppers, and more!) Which did you think was more challenging -- building a wickiup or pulling tomato plants? (We built mini-wickiups to get a hang of how to do it, and then collaborated to make one giant one! We pulled old tomato plants out of the soil to prepare the farm for the frost). Did any plants in the garden surprise you with what they looked like or smelled like? (EX. The corn stalks were INCREDIBLY tall! The dill smelled fresh and herby. Some of the cabbage was blue and purple!) Lastly, what was your favorite part of this field trip?

Principal Appreciation Month

A shout out to our Assistant Principal, Jennifer Sueppel, who has been a wonderful addition to our school staff beginning last year. Ms. Sueppel joined us after many years of teaching and loves children and our community. Thank you, Ms. Sueppel!
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Counselor's Corner

Dear Mustang Families,

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. To help our school be a safe and respectful place, students K-5 have learn specific skills to help stop bullying. Students learn how to:

  • Recognize when bullying is happening, report bullying to a caring adult, and refuse to let bullying happen

  • Be a bystander who helps stop bullying

  • Support someone being bullied by standing up for that person and being kind and inclusive

  • Recognize, report, and refuse cyber bullying when they see or know about it happening

We need your help, too! Get involved in making our school a safe and respectful place by letting us know if you hear about bullying at our school. Make sure your child knows to tell you or someone at school if he or she is being bullied, or if he or she knows about someone else being bullied. Give your child the clear message that it is never okay to bully others. For more information on our school’s anti-bullying policy and specific procedures, check our school website or contact the school office. Thank you for helping us make MSES a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn.

This week in 3rd grade, I taught a lesson on bullying and the importance of kind acts. I read the book Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and we discussed how small acts of kindness can change the world. We also discussed the 3 R’s of bullying that teaches students how to Recognize, Report, and Refuse bullying. Ask your child about the 3 R’s of bullying and what power they have as bystanders to stop bullying.

Ashley Root, MA, LPCC

School Counselor

Manitou Springs Elementary School

Original Works ART FUNdraiser!

Art students have been working hard during their time in art class to create beautiful pieces of art for our annual art fundraiser, Original Works. Next week, your child will be bringing home a packet that will include their artwork and ordering supplies. Some students chose to create an additional Original Works project at home in addition to the self-portrait they created in class, which means they will have a separate order form packet for each submission. If you are interested in ordering any products, please return your completed order form, artwork, and payment to MSES no later than Friday, October 28th. Products will arrive the week of Dec. 5th. Thank you as always for supporting the art program at our school. With last year’s profit, we were able to buy extra special art supplies like plaster, glazes, paint pens, and acrylic paint. Please contact Carrie Dunlap at if you have any questions.
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The Return of MANIBOO!

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Box Top Digital Earnings:

Thank you to our parents who are scanning their grocery receipts into the Box Tops app - you've already earned $95.00 for our school so far this year! Box Top funds are used to support your students by helping with classroom supply purchases, classroom celebrations, games and outdoor activities, and more. Download the app today and start scanning your grocery receipts to help us keep learning fun at MSES!

Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal