Mustang Tales

September 23, 2022 Vol. 3 Issue 45

Message from Ms. Masone

Dear Families:

This week we celebrated International Day of Peace. Students at MSES and 8th graders from Manitou Springs Middle School made Pinwheels for Peace in our classes in honor of the International Day of Peace that occurs every September 21st. Their pinwheels were decorated with messages of peace and were gifted to MSES staff and SILC administrators and hopefully some of you too! Thank you to Carrie Dunlap and Emily Leskee (MSMS Art Teacher) for making this wonderful event possible.

Fifth grade students and staff were off to a terrific camp outside Deckers at Camp Shady Brook. Students participated in archery, canoeing, tomahawk throwing, rock climbing and more. This year we joined MSES with our sister school, Ute Pass Elementary and we had a blast! Check out our amazing pictures!

We had a wonderful SAC, School Advisory Council, meeting this week. We reflected on our CMAS test scores and celebrated the great accomplishment of growth in ELA, English Language Arts in all grades assessed, 3, 4, 5.

Our PAC, Parent Action Committee has been actively planning Maniboo, our Halloween Carnival, for October 28th from 4:30-7:00pm. The next meeting will be held on September 29, at 8:30am. If you cannot attend a meeting, look for opportunities to donate cupcakes and treats for our prizes.

Next week is Spirit Week in honor of Homecoming week. Students are welcome to dress according to the theme for the day with a culmination of a lot of green and gold on Friday for our Homecoming football game.



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Important Dates

  • Sep 26-30: MSSD14 Homecoming SPIRIT WEEK!
  • Sep 27: Creek Week Clean-Up Day
  • Sep 28: Late Start, 2 Hour Delay
  • Sep 30: Homecoming Parade 1:00pm
  • Oct 5: Late Start, 2 Hour Delay
  • Oct 11: 4th Grade to Flying Pig Farm, 9am-12pm
  • Oct 14: No School, Staff Work Day
  • Oct 17-21: Scholastic Book Fair - Open before and after school and during Conferences!
  • Oct 19: Fall Individual Picture Retake Day
  • Oct 20: Half Day 12:30pm Dismissal (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
  • Oct 21: No School, Staff Work Day (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
  • Oct 26: Late Start, 2 Hour Delay
  • Oct 27: Larsen's + Goldman's Classes to Starsmore Discovery Center 8:30am - 2pm
  • Oct 28: The Return of MANIBOO, our annual Halloween Carnival! @MSES, 4:30-7:30pm

Meet our Health Office Team!

Amy Evans, our school's Health Tech, has been with MSES for 5 years and has been a CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) for 13 years. Her favorite day of the week is pizza day.

Sarah Lee is one of our district's School Nurses. She is returning for her second year with MSES and spends a few days a week supporting at Ute Pass Elementary School as well. She has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years.

Amy and Sarah spend their days at MSES bandaging scrapes, taking temperatures, and connecting with your children. The two will continue hearing and vision screening next week. If you do not want your child to participate, please give us a call at 719-685-2195.

Below: Amy Evans, MSES Health Tech and Sarah Lee, MSSD14 School Nurse

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International Day of Peace

MSES art teacher Carrie Dunlap and MSMS art teacher Emily Leskee, brought students from our schools together on September 21st, to celebrate International Day of Peace. Students delivered pinwheels to staff and friends at school.
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Ask Your Experts!

First Grade

First graders are patella, or knee, deep in our Human Body domain! Check in with your expert and see if they can answer the following questions: What kind of doctor specializes in caring for children? (A pediatrician) Why do you have a skeleton? (To support you, give your body shape, protect important organs, and help you move) What is a voluntary muscle? (A muscle you decide to move by thinking) What is an example of an involuntary muscle? (Your heart, your lungs, your eyelids) How long does your body take to process, or digest, food? (About two days) Lastly, have your expert tell you all about our fun Skeletoni Macaroni project!

Third Grade

Third graders will soon be animal classification experts! As we begin the unit, here are some questions to ask: What are some of the ways that scientists classify animals? Scientists classify animals by whether they are invertebrates or vertebrates. They classify animals as cold-blooded or warm-blooded. Scientists consider body designs such as body coverings, lungs or gills, wings or fins. Third graders will be able to explain what taxonomy is (grouping organisms based on shared characteristics) and also tell you about the 5 vertebrate groups: Amphibians, Mammals, Birds, Fish and Reptiles. Ask your expert about "All My Best Friends Represent Vertebrates! Then see if there is a vertebrate they can classify for you. They will even learn about pattern breakers, like the duck-billed platypus, that has a bill like a duck in the bird group, a flat tail like a beaver in the mammal group, and reptilian webbed feet. Your third grader will know it is a mammal, and that the most unusual characteristic of the duck-billed platypus is that it lays eggs! We will wrap up our knowledge by visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, to make sure we are classifying correctly!

Fifth Grade

Fifth grade spent two days at Camp Shady Brook! Check out some of our pictures below:

MSFD Fire Safety Poster Contest!

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Counselor's Corner

Hello Mustang Families,

This week in 1st Grade, your child learned to use body language and context clues to figure out when someone feels worried. They practiced looking at the person’s face and body, as well as thinking about what’s going on in the situation. Encourage your child to notice when others around them might feel worried. Have them practice using body language and context clues to figure out when family members, friends, or characters in books, movies, or on TV might be feeling worried.

This week in 2nd Grade, your child learned that we can feel disappointed when something we want or expect does not happen. Remind your child that everyone feels disappointed sometimes. Ask them what they can do to feel better the next time they’re feeling disappointed.

Important Announcement: I am on the exciting new journey of pursuing a clinical counseling license! I wanted to inform you of this new endeavor to let you know I am currently receiving supervision from a Licensed Professional Counselor in the community who will be overseeing this process and giving me feedback along the way to help me grow as a professional. Supervision means once every two weeks I meet with my supervisor to discuss my work as a counselor and receive feedback. It’s important that you know these conversations are confidential and are for my growth as a professional. Thank you for supporting the counseling program at MSES! Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Ashley Root, MA, LPCC

School Counselor

Manitou Springs Elementary School

Message from PAC- Maniboo is Back!


We are planning to host Manitboo October 28th from 4:30-7:00pm at MSES. We are in the planning stage - please be on the lookout in the coming weeks for volunteer opportunities, donations and more information!


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!

Box Tops Went Digital!

Thank you to our parents who are scanning their grocery receipts into the Box Tops app - you've already earned $59 for our school so far this year! Box Top funds are used to support your students by helping with classroom supply purchases, classroom celebrations, games and outdoor activities, and more. Download the app today and start scanning to help us keep learning fun at MSES!

September Breakfast/Lunch Menus:

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Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal