September 9, 2022 Vol. 3 Issue 43
Message from MSES
We are enjoying learning together with your children. We have started our new math curriculum in grades kindergarten through fifth grades. Eureka Squared offers a lot of opportunity for student engagement. The program encompasses six features: fluency practice, application problem, concept development, problem set, debrief, and exit ticket. You can look at the Eureka Squared Facebook page here.
This week we will host our PAC and SAC meetings on September 14, at 10:15am at MSES.
What is the PAC Committee?
Our Parent Action Committee (PAC), provides fundraising and learning opportunities for students. The group also funds mini grants for teachers. This allows teachers to purchase additional classroom items. PAC also supports teacher lunches and celebrations. Last year, PAC voted to purchase our school service dog, Day.
What is the SAC Committee?
The School Advisory Council (SAC) is a team of people representing various members of the community–parents, teachers, students, administrators, support staff, business/ industry people and other interested community partners. SAC members gather to discuss the school’s action plan, achievement data, and school wide growth. They review goals and objectives established for the school to ensure we are doing what's best for our children.
Please join us!
We will host Open House September 15th, 5pm-6:05pm. This will be an opportunity for you to visit your child's classroom and hear more about your child's school day and our curriculum. We will begin in the auditorium promptly at 5:00pm.
We are accepting new out-of-district students in grades 1, 2 and 3, who might want to join the Mustang herd!
Don't forget this Wednesday is a late start!
muSTANG Rules at School
S- Safety First
T- Take Responsibility
A- Act Kindly
N-Never give up
- Sept 12: MSSD Board Meeting, 5:30, Regular Meeting Link
- Sep 13: Fall Picture Day - Order Ahead - Click Here
Picture Day ID: EVTKDJG3W
- Sep 14: Late Start, 2 Hour Delay
- Sep 14: SAC Meeting at 10:15am
- Sep 14: PAC Meeting at 10:15am
- Sep 15: Marquardt's Class to Starsmore Discovery, 8:30am - 2pm
- Sept 15: Open House, 5-6pm, grades 1-5
- Sep 21: Late Start, 2 Hour Delay
- Sep 22: Larsen and Goldman's Classes to Starsmore Discovery 8:30am - 2pm
- Sep 23-24: 5th Grade Camp Shady Brook trip!
- Sep 27: Creek Week Clean-Up Day
- Sep 28: Late Start, 2 Hour Delay
- Sep 30: Homecoming Parade 1:00pm
Picture Day Volunteers Needed
If you are available for either morning or afternoon and would like to help, please contact the Front Office at 719-685-2195 or email Caitlin Morissette email@example.com.
Ask Your Experts
Below: Meet our 1st Grade Teachers: Ms. Shoemaker, Mr. Pletsch and Ms. Carley!
Below: Meet our 3rd Grade Teachers: Ms. Mussi, Ms. Elms and Ms. Woytko-Morris!
Below: Meet our 5th Grade Teachers: Teacher Wood, Ms. Kazmier and Ms. DeLarm and then check out some photos of 5th grade learning in action!
Safety at MSES
This week we introduced our School Resource Officer, Amanda Strider, and our school security officer, Tom Tryggestad, to all of our students at MSES. The team spoke to each grade level during lunch to explain their roles at MSES. Students had great questions for our security team.
Because safety is a priority at MSES, anytime you enter the building please be prepared to provide your identification. We will issue a name tag immediately for all adults after scanning your driver's license. Even if you are a returning adult, we will ask for your identification every time.
Thank you PAC!
Meet Day, our four legged black Labrador Retreiver. She will gradually increase her time at MSES as she recovers from a torn ACL. All of the dogs in Day's litter were named after Supreme Court Justices. Day was named after the first female Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor. Day spent most of her time in the prison system in Kansas between Fort Leavenworth and Ellsworth. For inmates, having a dog is a privilege because it allows opportunities for extra breaks in the yard with their four legged companions. Some dogs are trained here in Colorado in the Florence and Canon City prison system.
Thank you to PAC, our Parent Action Committee, who funded our dog. She has already made a difference!
Hello Mustang Families,
This week in 3rd grade we started our SEL Unit on Emotion Management. Our lesson this week was called “Why Emotions?” Your child learned that emotions give us information about what we want or need. For example, “scared” tells us that we could be in danger, while happiness tells us what we enjoy. Ask your child what information the emotions fear, sadness, and happiness give us. For more information on this unit check out the QR code!
This week in 4th and 5th grade we started our SEL Unit on Bullying Prevention. In this unit, your child will learn specific skills to help stop bullying. Students will 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
This unit teaches children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school be a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn. Of course you are an important part of this process! 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. If you have any questions about the Bullying Prevention Unit or the Second Step program, please contact me. 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 our school a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn.
Ashley Root, MA, LPCC
Manitou Springs Elementary School