UPE News Update

September 17, 2021


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Thank You

Our first two Late Start Wednesdays have been a huge success. Our amazing professionals have had the time to examine their beginning of the year reading data and are busy helping each other create the best instructional groups with the most impactful instruction for every single child. We are so grateful to our community for making this possible for us.

Important UPE Covid Update:

At present, we have approximately 25% of children wearing masks at UPE (it goes up and down depending on the day). In our tiny school population, we currently have a number of medically fragile people eager to be at school who have a constant fear that they are not as safe as they could be. We are all neighbors, friends, and community members. No matter what our beliefs about masks, I trust we all will guide our children to make decisions that maximize the safety of every single human in our school.

Additionally, during the past few weeks, we have had two confirmed cases of Covid among children. None of these required a school quarantine. Thank you to those parents who followed our District process for notification. At the same time, the number of children coming into the office with sniffles and coughs has been going up. Please know that if your child chooses not to wear a mask and they become directly exposed to a child with Covid symptoms, they could be quarantined for 7 to 10 days. Our number one goal is keeping children learning in person, safely. If a child comes to school sick or becomes sick, we will be calling you to check your child out for the day.

Masks at UPE are strongly encouraged for children and required for adults in the school building. I ask that everyone make the effort to encourage their child to wear a mask. Doing so will

  • Protect our medically vulnerable and unvaccinated

  • Increase the odds that we can maintain in-person learning for all

I thank you for your grace and thoughtful consideration.

  • Mr. Briggs-Hale

Opportunities to be involved in your school!

PTO Meeting: Tuesday, 4:30 to 5:30 In Person in the gym. We’ll begin the process of organizing our Halloween Carnival, Holiday Events, and Fundraisers. PTO is an essential piece of what makes the Ute Pass Elementary School experience so special. We are going to have some fun together this year while we support learning, students, and teachers!If you cannot make it in person, you can join us at: https://meet.google.com/xze-yrya-hzd

School Accountability Meeting: 5:30 - 6:30 PM In Person in the gym. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and be a part of our ongoing systems improvement process. Your input, questions, and ideas are essential to UPE's future!

If you cannot make it in person, you can join us at: meet.google.com/dyd-ckcw-uyg


UPES Annual Art Fundraiser is coming soon! Students are busy painting wonderful creations that Original Works will turn into t-shirts, mugs, journals, aprons, magnets, keychains, even facemasks! Order information will be in your student's backpack September 22-24th.
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A huge thank you for the generous donation of playground balls!

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Manitou District follows the CDE Concussion Management Team/ Return to Learn model at all schools.

Please feel free to contact our school nurse or school counselor

Nurse: Kimberly Nowland/Sarah Lee 719-755-1410

Counselor: Stephanie Wilson 719-685-2209


Buy a book and bring it in!

Donate $10 and I will buy it for you!

Either way, let’s work together to bring A Puppy’s Tale series to Ute Pass Elementary Library.

Books by W. Bruce Cameron

  • Ellie's Story

  • Molly's Story

  • Bailey's Story

  • Shelby's Story

  • Max's Story

  • Toby's Story

  • Lily's Story

  • Cooper’s Story

  • And more!

Important Dates


20 - School Pictures

22 - Late Start 10:00am

29 - Late Start 10:00am


1 - 4th to Starsmore

6 - Late Start

7 - 5th to Sanborn

15 - No School/Teacher Workday

19 - PTO 4:30pm SAC - 5:30pm

21 - Early Dismissal 12:30pm/Parent Teacher Conferences

22 - No School/Parent-Teacher Conferences

26 - School Picture Retakes

27 - Late Start

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Swim Club Details

Practice is set to begin on September 13th.

Senior groups (typically high school- advanced middle school swimmers) practice from 4-5:30 pm M-F

Junior groups (elementary- middle school) practice from 5:15pm-6:30pm M-F

Novice group practices 3x per week

Junior group practices 4x per week

Senior-prep practices 5x per week

Here is the link to our practice schedule: https://www.teamunify.com/SubTabGeneric.jsp?team=csctst&_stabid_=209264

Late Start Wednesday Schedule for the First Semester:

September 15

September 22

September 29

October 6

October 27

November 3

November 10

November 17

December 1

December 8

December 15

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