UPE News Update

October 8, 2021

Time to Schedule your Parent/teacher conference

Please read all instructions carefully and use the link and password provided below to schedule your conference.

* Please make sure you indicate in-person or virtual in the "My Comment" section of the sign-up.

  • There is an early 12:30pm release on Thursday, October 21 and no school on Friday, October 22.

  • Conferences will take place Thursday, October 21 (afternoon and evening) and Friday, October 22 (morning)

  • We will be offering a choice of either Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences or In-Person Conferences. In the “My Comment” section please indicate In-Person or Virtual. If you select virtual, the teacher will contact you to provide your meeting link. Please indicate your preference on the sign-up by October 15, 2021. After that date, only In-Person conferences will be available.

If you choose in-person, please note the following:

  • Adults must wear masks when attending in-person conferences

  • No older or younger children who do not attend UPE will be allowed to attend your in-person Parent /Teacher conference.

If you have any questions, please email or call the office.

LINK: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0548ABA72C7-fall8

PASSCODE: utepass (please note all lowercase, one word)

After School Childcare at MSES - Transportation Down is provided!

After school childcare will take place Monday-Friday, 2:45-6:00PM, at Manitou Springs Elementary School. Tuition for the semester is $720 and can be paid in 3 installments through MySchoolBucks or at the front office of schools. You can register using the following link, Google Form, or by contacting Danny Tramel, dtramel@mssd14.org. Childcare begins Monday, Oct. 11th and registration is open until Oct. 25th.

Dear Parents, Community, and Friends,

Since the Waldo Canyon fire, our school, teachers, children, and families have been on a journey to discover what our Ute Pass environment has to teach us. Starting with the Mountain Academy for Arts and Sciences 6th Grade program (now expanded to include two sections), we've learned a lot about the critical links between academics and the arts and the imperative to connect our learning (and our hearts) to the outdoor world that holds us here together on this old Ute Pass.

Our new action plan has us taking meaningful, measurable steps toward making Outdoor/Environmental learning part of our building-wide programming. Our plan also includes powerful steps for ensuring every child is a strong reader and mathematician across the next few steps. Our first “leverage point” in our Action Plan is focused on Improving our Environmental and Outdoor Learning Systems. Each of our staff is taking a lead on this initiative.

Toward this first Leverage Point, we started the year with a whole-staff professional development focused on Leave No Trace Training and teacher-lead examples of standards-based, environmental and outdoor lessons. This year, we dedicated half of an existing FTE to a new outdoor/Environmental Learning Coordinator (the Marvelous Eric Wester). Since then, each day has been filled with the best, first instruction while making logical, meaningful links to topics that connect us to this world. This work expands, deepens, and adds value to our work to ensure the strongest readers, writers, mathematicians, artists, musicians, and human beings. Each teacher has taken the embers of the tragic Waldo Canyon Fire to kindle the fire of curiosity in the hearts of everyone who lives here.

- Chris Briggs-Hale

We Need You...To Be a Substitute Teacher at UPE!

  • Did you know you could earn $115 per day as a Substitute Teacher at Ute Pass Elementary School?

  • Did you know it can be more challenging for Ute Pass Elementary School to fill substitute positions because of our location up Ute Pass?

  • Did you know you can choose your days and opportunities?

  • Did you know that you’d be contributing to the health and wellness of our staff and students if you pursued a Substitute Teacher license to serve UPE this year?

… and let’s be real: being at Ute Pass Elementary School all day with the BEST children and teachers in the world is a BLAST!

This year, under the Colorado Department of Education Emergency Substitute Certification Program, you only need to have a High School Diploma and a clear background check. Check out CDE’s Substitute Teachers Page at: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/licensure_subapp

If you want to learn more, contact Marsha Weimer at mweimer@mssd14.org

5th Grade spent the day at Sanborn Camp

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We have received donations for two books, we still have eight to go!

Buy a book and bring it in!

Donate $10 and I will buy it for you!

Either way, let’s work together to bring A Puppy’s Tale series to Ute Pass Elementary Library.

Books by W. Bruce Cameron

  • Ellie's Story

  • Molly's Story

  • Bailey's Story

  • Shelby's Story

  • Max's Story

  • Toby's Story

  • Lily's Story

  • Cooper’s Story

  • And more!

Important Dates


15 - No School/Teacher Workday

19 - PTO 3:15pm

21 - Early Dismissal 12:30pm/Parent Teacher Conferences

22 - No School/Parent-Teacher Conferences

26 - School Picture Retakes

27 - Late Start

Late Start Wednesday Schedule for the First Semester:

September 15

September 22

September 29

October 6

October 27

November 3

November 10

November 17

December 1

December 8

December 15

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