Mustang Tales

April 29, 2022 Vol 2. Issue 32

Message from Principal Masone

Dear Families:


It was wonderful to see many so many families at the Night of Excellence this week. I am so glad many of you were able to join us. Thank you to Adam's Mountain Cafe for making our dinner so special and everyone throughout the school, district and community who contributed to this magical night. Proceeds benefit our talented special education team who planned and executed the entire event.


Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Join PAC, Parent Action Committee, in celebrating our teachers next week. There is a schedule of events below that includes bringing a special treat or message for your child's teacher. Student notes and drawings make such a difference to our educators.


May is upon us and we have so many upcoming events. Please join us at MSES and throughout the district for several scheduled events like World Culture Night, Field Day, Movie Night and more!


Have a terrific weekend.


Warmly,


Maria

Important Dates

  • May 4 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • May 5 - World Language & Culture Night @ MSHS 5-8pm
  • May 11 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • May 16 - 3rd through 5th Grade Field Day @ MSHS
  • May 18 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • May 20 - Mustang Might Family Connection Movie Night 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • May 20 - Field Day, K-2, MSES
  • May 26 - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony
  • May 26 - Last Day of School - 12:00pm Dismissal

Night of Excellence

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Teacher Appreciation Week - Celebrate your Teacher!

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Kindergarten: Ask Your Expert!

In kindergarten, we finished up a three week domain where we learned lots of different ways that we can help protect our Earth. This past week we focused on Endangered Animals and got to go to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to help bring our learning to life.

What does it mean if an animal is endangered? (There are not a lot of this species left). What does it mean if a species is extinct? (There are no more animals of this species that are alive). What are the names of some of the endangered animals we have learned about? (Pandas, Rhinos, African Elephant, Mountain Lion, Gray Wolf, Polar Bear, Green Sea Turtle, Snow Leopard, Bengal Tiger, Tree Kangaroo). Why are some reasons these animals are endangered? (Humans hunt them and humans cut down their habitats and take away their food and shelter). What was your favorite part of our trip to the zoo? (Answers will vary).

2nd Grade: Ask Your Expert!

Second graders are learning all about Human Body Systems! They will learn about our main body systems (skeletal, circulatory, muscular, nervous, respiratory and digestive systems) and become experts in how the systems work and the functions of the organs in each system. In May, we will be participating in a hands-on lab where students will be working with real organs and creating body system projects! Ask your expert: What is the building block of our bodies? (cells) When cells that have the same function come together, what do they create? (tissue) When tissues that have the same function come together, what do they create? (organs) What does the digestive system do? (food that we put into our mouth is swallowed and moves through our esophagus and into our stomach where the juices help soften it more. Then, the food is squeezed through our intestines where the nutrients are absorbed. Then the food makes its way through the large intestine where the waste is pushed through the anus and released from our body!)

This Week in 4th Grade:

Fourth Grade is completing fractions and decimals and starting with Tables and graphs! We have also completed our Colorado History Projects in Social Studies as well as "digging in" to Rocks and Minerals with our Science and CKLA Language Arts units! Now we are entering our CKLA Language Arts Poetry Unit and enjoying all it has to offer!

Attention, Families: It's Egg Time

Our chickens are laying again! Please contact Ms. Bradbury (abradbury@mssd14.org) to get on the list for eggs by the half-dozen. Egg pick-up is donation based - give as little or as much as you can! - with all proceeds going towards the care and feeding of these beautiful laying hens!

Yearbooks are HERE!

2021-2022 MSES yearbooks are here and Ms. Woytko has a few extras up for sale. It is first come first serve. There are only 20 available. Please send $24.00 (check or cash) in an envelope with yearbook, student's name, and teacher's name. Let me know if you have any questions. Mwoytko@mssd124.org
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In Our Community...

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Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal