The Pony Press
February 17, 2023
From the Principal...
Families and Community,
Well if that wasn't the strangest week! Good thing we packed SO MUCH fun into the first two days, since we had no idea that was all we'd have with our students!
Book Character Day was a blast, and the costumes/outfits were so amazing. Thank you to the families that were able to join our parade! Students enjoyed read alouds in the classrooms by family members, and our entire school participated in a "DEAR" (Drop Everything and Read) time that morning. Reading for enjoyment is such an important thing for students, and watching adults read is also important in shaping their mindset towards reading! Just as I would challenge the students, I also challenge our families to pick up a good ole book whenever possible and take a break from phones and tablets!
On Tuesday, we continued our Love to Read week and also celebrated kindness on Valentine's Day! Thank you to PAC for putting hearts around the building to spread kindness for our amazing staff (and for the bundt cakes, of course)!
Ending the week with conferences was a great culmination to a crazy wonderful week! Having the opportunity to sit in on several conferences, I felt so much pride for our staff and students, but also for the support our students receive outside of school from you. The growth they've shown is tremendous and should absolutely be celebrated! Thank you for your partnership in providing such a strong educational experience at UPES!
Keep scrolling to see some of the exciting learning opportunities from this week!
Your partner in education,
Jackie Powell, Ute Pass Principal
Important Info for next week...
Monday, February 20th- No School, President's Day
Tuesday, February 21st
- Specials Day 2
Wednesday, February 22nd- No Late Start Today!
- Specials Day 3
- Clothing Drive tubs available after school
- Connect14 Cookie Monsterz and Creative Movement classes at UPES
Thursday, February 23rd
- Specials Day 1
- Ping Pong Connect14 Club at UPES
Friday, February 24th
- Specials Day 2
Important Dates in February and Beginning of March
20- No School- President's Day
28- 3rd and 4th grade to Pueblo
28- Variety Show Rehearsal 3-4:30 pm
1- Late Start
1- Variety Show 5-7 UPES gym
9- 6th grade to Manitou Springs Middle School
14- PAC Meeting 3 pm in the gym
15- Late Start
22- Late Start
22- Performing Arts Night (Honor Choir and 5th grade play)
27-30 Spring Break
Join our Amazing UPES Crew!
Dates: Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (volunteer for one day or more)
Contact Person: Ms. Powell- email@example.com
What will I do: Assist with math games, flash cards, and help grow our students' math skills!
Dates: Flexible- one to three times per week for 20-30 minutes
Contact Person: Mrs. Kettler- firstname.lastname@example.org
Times: Also flexible!
What will I do: Help Mrs. Kettler check-in books, replace books on the shelves, etc
Dates: PAC meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 3 pm in the gym
Contact Person: Amanda McCloskey- email@example.com
Times: 3 pm
What will I do: The PAC puts on several amazing events each year, and also helps support our staff through monthly appreciation surprises! Contact Amanda to see how you can help!
Watch us Grow!
Izzy and Addy in the Book Fair on Book Character Dress Up Day!
2nd Graders on Book Character Day!
Ms. Ferguson as "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!"
1st Graders during DEAR time!
These "Cookie Monsterz" have taken over our kitchen every Wednesday after school with Senor Batson!
5th graders giving out high fives during the parade on Monday!
Where's Waldo and Curious George!
Revised Specials Schedule for February
UPES Morning Announcements
Our morning announcements are such a wonderful way to start the day! We have student-led announcements and singers every single day!
We want to share some of this Pony Pride from our "home" to yours! If you'd like to watch morning announcements, we are live-streaming them each day! Simply subscribe to the Ute Pass YouTube channel at this link- UPES YouTube
Information about Universal Preschool
Colorado Universal Preschool Program (UPK)
Last April, Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill that works towards “every child in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten is eligible for half-day (15 hours), state-funded, voluntary preschool beginning in the 2023-24 school year. Three-year-olds with qualifying factors are eligible for part-time (10 hours) preschool programming. Families of children in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten with certain qualifying factors, are eligible for an additional 15 hours stacked on top of the half-day programming, bringing those children to full-day programming.”
Manitou Springs Elementary School and Ute Pass Elementary School will continue to offer our exceptional preschool programs for both three-year-olds and students that are in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten. Information for families
Families are now able to submit an application through the state-wide Universal Preschool System for the 2023-24 school year. Here is the link to the application: https://upk.colorado.gov/
Families will still need to complete our preschool enrollment process as well as the UPK application. Here is the information for MSSD: Student Enrollment
Small Group Counseling, Classroom Counseling, and Individual Counseling is underway!
Please reach out to Stephanie Wilson if you have any changing needs where we can better support your student!
Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call her at 719-685-2209 if you have any questions.
Ute Pass Elementary PTO/PAC
If you are unable to make it to meetings and would like to be a part of PAC please reach out.
Thanks so much,
- PAC Meeting 2-14-23, 3 pm in the gym
Landsharks is Back!
UTE PASS ELEMENTARY SPRING TRACK SERIES
We offer a non-competitive youth program to introduce running to young athletes in a safe and fun environment. The focus is on self-improvement, being an encouraging teammate, and making new friends. The Spring Track Series is a fun running program led by Sara Striegel and is open to students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Please remember to purchase a RED team race shirt if this is your first season running.
Practices are scheduled for Wednesdays/Fridays beginning April 12th with a celebration practice on May 10th. Practices consist of running games and track workouts with a strong focus on fun.
Races are held on Monday evenings at Woodland Park Middle School’s track at 5pm on April 24th, May 1st and May 8th. Runners run TWO of the following distances:
All runners will run the 50m sprint,
followed by the 400m OR 800m race
All runners will run the 100m sprint,
followed by choice of a 400m OR 800m race
All runners will run the 200m sprint,
followed by the 400m OR 1600m race
Registration opens February 1st and closes April 12th at 5pm OR until we reach CAPACITY
Runners must be registered prior to their first practice. Please register online at www.Landsharksrunningclub.com $65 registration fee through April 5th then an additional $10/runner fee applies until registration closes.
I look forward to working with your athletes! Please consider volunteering to help coach or work at our race site. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer.
Coach: Sara Striegel
MSSD14 is hiring fulltime positions and subs!
Breakfast and Lunch Information
A healthy breakfast and lunch is a key factor in growing a healthy mind and body! Ute Pass Elementary will offer breakfast to students for $1.45 and lunch for $2.95. See below for information on accessing menus.
You can find the new free and reduced application on the district website- https://www.mssd14.org/departments/food_service.
If you don’t qualify for free and reduced price meals, please make sure that there is money in your student’s account. You can add money online at this link- https://mssd14.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=57448&pageId=13267314
Any questions or concerns, please call Paula Faucette, Director of Nutrition Services, at 719-685-2005 or email email@example.com.
Late Start Wednesdays
Thank you to families who submitted the form to sign up for Late Start Wednesdays. It helps tremendously with staffing and preparation. If you missed the opportunity to sign up, and are in need, please contact Danny Tramel at firstname.lastname@example.org for approval, as we are at our capacity.
Breakfast will be served until 8:00am, however, due to changes in the federal funding, we can no longer offer free breakfast.
Late Start Wednesdays for second semester:
- January 25
- February 1
- March 1, 8, 15, 22
- April 5, 26
- May 3, 10, 17
Some of these classes are held at UPES, but transportation is provided for students who wish to attend a session at Manitou Springs Elementary School. Please visit www.connect14.org to sign up today!
22/23 School Year Calendar - Including Late Start Dates.
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