UPE News Update

May 16-20

PTO Meeting Wed., May 18 6pm. Please join us to discuss exciting plans for our playground!

Mr. Briggs-Hale’s Class Notes:

A few MORE UPES Accomplishments To Celebrate (continued from last week)

School-wide Garden Project:

- The sixth grade students will be building and installing two four by eight foot garden beds in front of our building in May.

- Many teachers are excited to use the gardens to connect to classroom learning, to build teamwork, and to get dirty!

- Check back in August to see the progress we've made and the crops that we are beginning to harvest.

Walking Track:

- UPES PTO Contributes $11,000 to the construction of a Walking Track on the UPES playground.

- Manitou Buildings and Grounds to break ground during the summer of 2016.

UPES Chorale/Kirkpatrick Family Foundation Partnership:

- The UPES High Altitude Youth Choir (HAYC) joins Arts 14 and includes MSES by alternating locations by Semester.

- HAYC performs a November concert at the Sallie Bush Center and a February concert at MSES


- Introducing first graders to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

- Many stories of students blossoming with the parts they played

Destination Imagination Goes to State Level Competition:

- Four of the five teams at UPES placed in the top three in their categories.

- Three of our teams have qualified for the State Tournament on April 9th!!

PreK Expansion:

- Expanding to offer an afternoon session for 4 year olds (pending minimum numbers required)

- Adding 3 year old, multiage session with the existing 4-year-old morning program.

Pony Run and Silent Auction a HUGE Success!

PTO’s Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser was a huge success this year! There were so many great items donated by generous businesses and people! PTO is so very grateful! Thanks to all the support and participation, PTO exceeded their goal for funds raised! This will allow for the targeted area of funding- technology, STEM, and Lego robotics to receive support from PTO next year. This also brings in the needed funds to host fun student & community events, such as the Halloween Carnival, Breakfast with Santa, Craft Day, and the Pony Run. PTO meets once a month during the school year. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn more about the school, teacher & student needs, and have a say in the use of fund appropriation. Please join us at our year end meeting, Wednesday May 18th @ 6:00 pm, where there will be discussion about the proposed track, a year end wrap-up, and farewell to another incredible school year at UPE! Let’s continue to create a school where kids love to learn, teachers love to teach, and the community comes together!

Yearbook Club Needs Your School Photos!

If you have taken photos at any of our school events this year, please share with our yearbook team. All photos can be uploaded to the following Google Drive site:


Join the Scouts!

Hello Scouters,
Pack 33 would like to invite all kindergarten through 4th grade boys to come to our end of school year events. Come out to see what our pack is all about and join in the adventure.
We have a Pack meeting on Monday, May 23 at 6 pm at the Church in the Wildwood in Green Mountain Falls. We are also having our Bike Rodeo and Popcycle Party on Saturday, May 28 from 9-11 am at the Ute Pass Elem. playground and field.Everyone is welcome. Scouting is a family event so please bring your siblings.

Please contact Cub-master Dooley at 719-322-4880 or email at dooleyjonathan@gmail.com for more information.


This and That...

** If your child has medication at school, please come by the office the last day of school. Any medication left at school will be disposed of during the summer.

** The last day of school is Thursday, May 26. It is a 11:30am dismissal and all buses, will run regular routes, including those to Manitou. We have many fun events planned for that week!
  • Beach Party Wednesday, May 25 in the morning
  • 5th Grade Graduation Thursday, May 26 8:30-10:00am
  • All School Slide Show Thursday, May 26 10:30-11:00am
  • Yearbook/Autograph Thursday, May 26 11:00-11:20am
  • Students Dismissed Thursday, May 26 11:30am

** All library books need to be returned as soon as possible. The library is now closed for check out, and we are gathering library materials in for inventory processing. Thank you for helping your child locate any Ute Pass Elementary School books!!

Camp Opportunities for Students

Weekly Activity Report

Mon., May 16
All Day 3-5 Field Day at MSHS
2:50pm Animation Station (last class)
5:30pm BOE meeting at UPE

Tues., May 17:
7:15am Staff Huddle
2:50pm STAR Study Hall

Wed., May 18:
6:00pm BAAC/PTO Meeting

Thur., May 19:
6th High Trails
2:50pm STAR Study Hall

Friday, May 20:
6th High Trails
8:15-11am 5th At MSES presentation of Seuessical
2:00pm Kindergarten Graduation

Recycle Those Old Crayons at UPE!

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Choice Re-Enrollment Form

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Ute Pass Elementary School

Ute Pass Elementary School, located at the foot of Pikes Peak, serves the historic communities of Cascade, Chipita Park, Green Mountain Falls, and Crystola. Ute Pass Elementary is a small school where personal attention, strong relationships, and rigorous learning lead to unequaled opportunities for high achievement and leadership development. Our small size leads to big advantages for children – personalized attention, strong relationships, and a cozy, nurturing environment. If you are new to the area, we invite you to come in for a tour. If you are a member of our community, become involved in our school and to visit us often. Our school is a reflection of the great people who attend, work here, and support us. Please feel free to come in, visit, volunteer, and share of yourself.