Mustang Tales

September 9, 2022 Vol. 3 Issue 43

Message from MSES

Dear Families:

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!

Open House

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


Important Dates

  • 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

We could use two or three parent volunteers to help on Tuesday, September 13th. Check out the video below from Lifetouch to learn more about what Picture Day help entails!

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

Picture Day Heroes | Parent Volunteers

Ask Your Experts

First Grade

For the past two weeks, students have been learning all about fables! Check in with your expert and see if they can answer the following questions: What is the setting of a story? (The setting is where a story takes place) What are characters? (People or animals in a story) What is a fable? (A short story that teaches a lesson) Ask your expert which fable that we’ve read is their favorite (Possible answers include: The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Goose and the Golden Eggs, The Fox and the Grapes, The Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing, and The Dog and the Manger). See if they can describe the moral or lesson that their favorite fable is intended to teach!

Below: Meet our 1st Grade Teachers: Ms. Shoemaker, Mr. Pletsch and Ms. Carley!

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Third Grade

As we start the school year, third graders have been studying the 7 continents and 5 oceans. Using the Equator and Prime Meridian, they have created a world map of their very own. The Wind In the Willows is our first read-aloud for the school year and students are enjoying Toad's silly choices and the friendship between the characters, which are two of the four themes we focus on in classroom discussion (friendship/loyalty, hospitality, responsibility and irresponsibility). Ask your expert which character is showing hospitality? Irresponsibility? We have also dived into our new Eureka Math program, so keep the skip counting (3, 6, 9...) going to support your child's repeated addition skills and multiplication concepts!

Below: Meet our 3rd Grade Teachers: Ms. Mussi, Ms. Elms and Ms. Woytko-Morris!

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Fifth Grade

5th graders have been busy the last couple weeks getting to know each other again and starting all of our new units. We've been reading stories in our CKLA Personal Narrative unit, while practicing narrative elements and descriptive language. Ask your expert: What are the narrative elements? (Character, setting, problem, solution); What is an idiom (figurative language where the literal meaning won't make sense in the story) and an example? (It's raining cats and dogs; Don't let the cat out of the bag; It's a piece of cake, etc). We've also been learning geography land and water terms in social studies. As a hands on activity to show what they know, all fifth grade students worked in teams to represent a land/water form with leggos! An engaging activity that allowed the students to be creative and demonstrate their knowledge of the vocabulary terms.

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!

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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.

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Day's Debut

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!

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Counselor's Corner

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

School Counselor

Manitou Springs Elementary School


The MSES Parent Action Committee depends on donations from families and community members to organize and host the many fun events we have planned for the upcoming school years. Please click here to donate any amount you can - every dollar helps! Thank you!

September Breakfast/Lunch Menus:

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Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal