UPE News Update

May 20, 2022

Deep Gratitude for MSSD 14 Leadership Current and Past:

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself saying to the incoming UPE Principal, Jackie Powell, “You are going to have a blast in this job. This is an amazing place to work.”

For eleven years, I have had the great honor and pleasure of serving Ute Pass Elementary School and the Manitou Springs school district. It is a place where people come together to do public school just a little differently. Some might call us “weird,” others, “innovative.” Every day, even on the hard ones, I’ve interacted with parents, staff, children and community members who believe Manitou is special. Relationships, Deep Learning, and Opportunity are not just words; they are the mission we all feel when we wake up every morning. If you don’t believe me, ask our teachers. They live and model it every day.

I am ready for my next chapter. While I’m retiring after 30 years in public education, I’m not leaving the community. I am excited to stay connected and continue to support Manitou Springs School District 14 in any way I can. I know in my heart that Manitou is and will be outstanding. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside a lot of great leaders. Our current leadership in Manitou is among the best I’ve experienced. These people are right for this moment. They are uniquely skilled, compassionate, and caring. They are ready to listen, connect, adapt, adjust, and learn alongside you.

Ute Pass Elementary School and Manitou Springs School District 14 staff, parents, children, and citizens have given me many gifts: learning, laughter, and the power of community. I look forward to supporting and celebrating the Manitou and Ute Pass communities as you continue coming together to serve our children.

Chris Briggs-Hale, Retiring UPE Principal

Important Dates for the Last Week of School

23 - Please return all library books

24 - 5th to Fox Run Park / 6th Promotion / Variety Show Practice 2:50pm

25 - Beach Party 8:30am / Variety Show 6:00pm

26 - Last Day of School - STUDENTS OUT AT NOON- Buses run all routes

  • Slide Show 10:30am
  • Autograph Signing 11:00am

Variety Show Returns

Dear Ute Pass Elementary Parents and Students,

I am thrilled to announce the return of the UPE Variety Show! Any Ute Pass student is welcome to participate in the Variety show, but they need to have something they have practiced and prepared. Students could sing, dance, do gymnastics, play an instrument, etc. I will be talking with the kids in class and I will help them prepare for the performance. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or if you want to inform me of your student’s participation. Acts with inappropriate material will not be included in the show.

Ute Pass Variety Show Schedule
Tuesday May 24
th – Variety Show Rehearsal – 3:00-4:30 – Students are not required to be

there the whole time. As soon as we run their act they can leave with a parent.

Wednesday, May 25th – Variety Show – 6:00 – 7:30

Thanks, and let me know if you have questions or concerns!

Mr. Ferguson iferguson@mssd14.org

Nutrition Service Update for Next School Year! No Free Breakfast or Lunch Next School Year!

Why are meals no longer free?

Over the past two years, the federal government allowed all students to eat free breakfast and lunch regardless family’s financial situations. However, beginning August 19, 2022 all students will be charged for both breakfast and lunch unless they qualify for Free and Reduced-price meals.

You will need to submit a Free and Reduced meal application for this school Year 2022/2023.

You can find the new application on the web site in July. www.mssd14.org Nutrition Services Department.

If you don’t qualify for free and reduced price meals, please make sure that there is money in your student’s account.

Just a Note:

While you are submitting your application, we will provide your student with meals allowing the student to charge meals. If the account goes into a negative balance, the families are responsible for paying the outstanding balances. Please remember if your student had money on their account it is still there and If your student owed money It is still there also.

Any questions or concerns, please call. Paula Faucette, Director of Nutrition Services, at 719-685-2005 or email pfaucette@mssd14.org

4th grade Volcanos

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Time to return all library books!

Please look under the bed, in between the couch cushions or wherever else a library book might hide and bring it back to school asap!

We do not charge fines for lost or damaged library books but we sure love receiving donations to purchase new books for everyone to check out.

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22/23 School Year Calendar - Including Late Start Dates.

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