Mustang Tales

October 29, 2021 Vol 2. Issue 10

Message from Principal Masone

Dear Families,

Happy Halloween! After wonderful conferences last week, this week was filled with great learning and lots of fun.

Students at Manitou Springs Elementary use the language arts curriculum CKLA, Core Knowledge Language Arts( Kindergarten has been learning all about fruit and pollination through CKLA. Students learned how insects, like bees, transfer pollen from one plant to another and help fruit grow. Today, they checked out fruit up close at our annual pumpkin drop. First grade teacher, Jon Pletsch, dropped pumpkins from the school roof and students from all grade levels made predictions like, "A big pumpkin will hit the ground faster than a small pumpkin because it is heavier." Ask your child, if the prediction was correct.

As a reminder our school Core Values are : Relationships, Deep Learning and Opportunity. After more than a year of COVID, we are working on a new teaching format to address Deep Learning for primary students through a flooding model. Flooding is a technique in which multiple staff members provide educational instruction to an individual grade level at the same time to remediate and extend student learning to ensure we reach the individual needs of our students. One of the tools we are using to remediate early readers is a program called Really Great Reading, ( Our goal is to have each and every student in our school reading at or above grade level. You can help us reach our goal by reading to your child or having your child read to you---every day!

Our PAC, Parent Advisory Committee, is meeting the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00am and 5:30pm, in person. The next meeting is November 9th. PAC is planning on helping MSES fund another service dog and would like your input and suggestions. Join us to hear more!

It is essential that students wear masks on the bus. If your child rides the bus, make sure a mask is in place before leaving home. Because our drivers need to pay attention to the road, we need students to come ready with a mask.

I hope you were able to join the fun today at the Halloween parade. It was fun to see so many friendly faces. Check out the pictures below.

Have a terrific fall weekend and Happy Halloween.



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Important Dates

  • Nov 3 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • Nov 10 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • Nov 17 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • Nov 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 1 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • Dec 8 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • Dec 15 - Late Start Wednesday (2 Hour Delay)
  • Dec 20 - Jan 5 - Winter Holiday Break

If your child will be absent, please call the front office to have the absence excused. This may include illness, car trouble, appointments, family trips etc. This helps teachers with planning, and adds an additional safety measure for our kids. Thank you!

Counseling Corner

I Matter, a program that pairs youth with mental health professionals, launches today. Youth and their parents can visit the I Matter platform to take a confidential online survey about their mental health and schedule sessions with a licensed behavioral health clinician, primarily online over telehealth. All Colorado youth ages 18 or younger—or 21 and younger if receiving special education services—are eligible to receive free services. Visit to learn more.
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Holiday Help

If your family could use some extra help (food, clothing, toys) during the upcoming holiday season, or you want to sponsor a family who is needing help, check out the flyers below before November 15th!
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Nutrition Services

Breakfast and lunch are free for all students. We would still like all families that qualify to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch form on our district website.

Breakfast and lunch menus are available online here.

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After School Childcare

Parent Advisory Committee

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Colorado Torpedoes Swim Team

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Manitou Springs Elementary School

Maria Masone, Principal

Jennifer Sueppel, Assistant Principal