UPE News Update

March 19, 2021

Spring Break March 22 - 26

Update from Nutrition Services Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch for Spring Break!

What: Free meals provided for the week of spring break - 5 breakfasts & 5 lunches

Where: Manitou Elementary School and Ute Pass Elementary School

When: Monday, March 22nd, 11 am - 12 pm

Questions? Please contact Paula Faucette, Director of Nutrition Services

719-685-2005 or pfaucette@mssd14.org

Thank You For Helping Us Maintain a Wonderfully Long Stretch of Deep Learning!

I would like to thank all our families and caregivers for a truly incredible third quarter. This has been our longest stretch of uninterrupted schooling (save for two quarantines) all year. It has made a positive impact on our student’s academic growth. Each adult’s vigilance with student symptoms, monitoring, keeping sick children home, answering phone calls, and great communication with our Covid Intake Form has ensured we only had just two quarantines in three months. Without this vigilance, there would have been many, many more. It’s been a community-team effort!

You can’t beat in person learning for effectiveness. Our children have been making spectacular progress toward closing learning gaps caused by this Pandemic last spring and all this year. I am so proud of our teachers who have put in huge hours to ensure equity and access for each child. Teachers and Parents are “Pandemic Heros!”

Have a restful break and we look forward to building on this success in the fourth quarter. We know all children can and will meet their “stretch” goals (more than a year’s growth) in reading before the end of the school year! Take this time to encourage your child to get lost in an incredible book. Public libraries are still open!

Finally, Word of the Week will resume again on Friday, April 2nd!

All the best,

Chris Briggs-Hale, Principal

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Art Walk

Congratulations to 10 2nd graders whose artwork will be displayed at Manitou Springs City Hall for the next several weeks. If you visit City Hall look for the display, Pikes Peak Birds: Aluminum Foil Embossing by Ute Pass Elementary 2nd Graders

Students have created quite a bit a fabulous art recently. Some of those pieces can be seen on our digital art gallery, ArtSonia.

You can visit anytime at www.artsonia.com and entering our school code: WBYF-TFCC

Please complete the Intent to return form

We ask that all parents and guardians, regardless of whether your student will attend MSSD14 in the fall for the 2021-2022 school year, complete the survey below. Please complete one form for each student currently enrolled at MSSD14. A link will be available to begin the survey again after submitting responses.

All parents and guardians of returning students will receive official online registration instructions for the 2021-2022 school year in the beginning of June that will need to be completed prior to the first day of school on August 20, 2021.

Individual schools will send specific information during the summer months such as calendars, activity/sports information and required check-in days.

Link for Intent to Return:


Important Dates


22-26 - Spring Break


2 - Book Character Day

7 - No School/Staff Work Day

20 - Class Pictures

23 - No School/Staff Work Day

It’s time to apply for Preschool for the 2021-2022 school year!

*Applications accepted beginning Friday, March 5th*

We have a limited capacity for 15 children in our preschool class, so we will be filling those spots first to in-district children prioritizing children with special needs along with considerations such as balancing girl/boy ratio, age ratio, risk factors, etc. There is no enrollment guarantee, as preschool is currently an optional program.Out-of-district applicants will be placed on a waiting list and notified in August if there is space available.

Your child must be 3 or 4 by September 1st and must be fully potty trained.

You will need to fill out an enrollment application as well as provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and $25 deposit. All items may be turned in to the school office beginning March 5th. *Applications will not be accepted before this date, and an application is not considered complete until all documentation and deposit requested is turned in to the school.

Please check out important information about our Preschool program on our website. You may pick up an application in the school office or download one from our website. https://www.mssd14.org/cms/one.aspx?portalId=57448&pageId=14777553

You may choose to apply online via Google Form as well. Link below:


For more information, call 685-2227 / or email lgrieb@mssd14.org

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